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    Sometimes, Someone Just Gets You

    A couple months back, someone I vaguely know in passing from a website I frequent took possession of several of the items I had been giving away. She wanted to compensate me somehow, I gave her my PayPal address and my mailing address and forgot about it.

    A few days ago I received a package from her that was so perfectly me! She included a project bag she made, a nice card, some sock yarn, a skein of beautiful metallic embroidery floss, and a gorgeous focal bead!

    To say I was thrilled is an understatement!

    The project bag is perfect because my doggos are two of my favorite people!

    This photo does not do the bead justice!

    Anyway, thank you again, dear stranger / friend from the internet! ❤️❤️❤️

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    Pearls Coming Out of My Ears!

    I still haven’t shared my recent additions to my crafting supplies, but I did want to share these. I love freshwater pearls in oddball shapes and sizes so much that I actually bought several strands of potato and peanut shaped ones in assorted colors, as well as a 1 pound bag of mixed colors and shapes.

    Now when you buy that 1 pound bag, you get a lot of really weird shapes. Some are more like slabs then rounded pearls, and some are doubled, or just oddly elongated. This lot of also dyed in about two dozen colors, which makes it even more interesting.

    I spent some time this afternoon moving all of my freshwater pearls into one bin, separating them roughly by color.

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    As you can see, I got tons of the spruce blue/green color and they’re taking up two spaces. The three greens near each other, and the gold, orange, and white on the far right were all stranded and are roughly the same shape while the rest are really mixed.

    I still don’t know what I am going to do with all of these lovely pearls, but I’ll think of something!

    Pearls were almost all purchased from Fire Mountain Gems, though a few strands came from Michael’s.

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    What’s New in the Shop?

    The last week or so has been crazy busy here, not just with the website issues (I’m still working to restore images to the blog for the 2013 posts) but with creating all sorts of new items for the shop. A lot of the new arrivals are perfect for Halloween! Here’s just a few of them.

    Skull earrings handmade from polymer clay. I have these in pink, blue, green, purple, and black. The colors are all pastels.
    Skull earrings handmade from polymer clay. I have these in pink, blue, green, purple, and black. The colors are all pastels. $9.99
    Red and teal handmade polymer clay bow earrings. I can make these in other colors as well.
    Red and teal handmade polymer clay bow earrings. I can make these in other colors as well. $5.99
    Handmade polymer clay and glass beaded necklace with square mirror.
    Handmade polymer clay and glass beaded necklace with square mirror. $17.49
    Halloween cats earring and necklace set with seashell and resin cats and acrylic and glass beads.
    Halloween cats earring and necklace set with seashell and resin cats and acrylic and glass beads. $15.49
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    Back to Work!

    E1I received an order yesterday for a pair of these so I spent the evening stitching them up. These and my girly skull earrings are my best sellers and I never remember to make an extra pair to have on hand. Doh!

    These shipped out this morning and hopefully make someone’s daughter very happy!

    I recently became enamored with the idea of learning to play the ukulele. Of course I need to get one before I can learn to play it, which means I need to make some sales. Money… There’s never enough of it!

    Last Monday I took some of my jewelry items with me to pool league and I sold 3 bracelets and would have sold two pairs of earrings but we missed each other in the way out. Hopefully she still wants them next week. If she does, that will put me at about the $50 mark plus some survey money I have coming in. I found one online I think I like for  about $100 but I also made the mistake of going into a music store and falling in love with a ridiculously beautiful one that is marked at $300. I really should stick with the budget one though as I don’t even know if I’ll be any good and it’d be a shame to spend a fortune and not stick with it.

    Anyway, my earrings are shipped and I’ve spent most of the afternoon doing surveys online until I could finally cash out. With the cash out I’m expecting in a few days, and hopefully the sale I should make on MOnday, I will very soon have my ukulele! I’m so excited!

    Now its time for me to work on my donation to the Bark at the Park though. October will be here in no time!

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    Things I’ve Been Doing

    I’ll let the pictures do the talking this time!

    This tiny little closet space is perfect for my fabric and scrap storage! Snug as a bug! #sewing #fabric #storage #stash

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    Holiday Shopping & Current Crafts

    Thursday Mattie’s Dad and brother came by for Thanksgiving dinner. We had tons of food, good things to drink, and lots of pie for dessert. Normally I am all for them visiting, but after five hours of the TV volume being really high, I ended up retiring to the bedroom, and shortly after slipping out to Michael’s to take advantage of their holiday shopping Thursday night sale. They had a 30% off everything coupon, and a lot of the store was marked down as well.

    I looked up the regular prices of things after I got home, and I got out of there with what normally would have been $53 worth of stuff (yes, I know they are over priced) for $29. What did I get? All sorts  of stuff. I walked out with….

    • 2 strands of beads, reg price $3.99 at 60% off
    • 2 5″ x 5″ stapled canvases, reg price $7.99, 70% off
    • 5 2 oz blocks Sculpey III clay, reg price $2.79 each, 16% off for buying 5
    • some weird plastic rings to use at stitch markers in my knitting, reg price $2.99
    • 2 skeins Bernat Softee Chunky yarn, reg price $3.29, 31% off
    • plastic 6″ embroidery hoop, reg price $3.99
    • small pair scissors, reg price $1.79

    Plus I also had a 30% off reg. and sale price items, so that brought it down to $29 and change out the door. I pulled the regular prices off of the website and I think some are slightly different than in the store, but it gives you an idea.

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    The yarn is a lovely orangy-brown color and the beads are green and purple. I grabbed some clay colors I don’t already have, plus black, because I always seem to be using black, and the one other thing I wanted was a very thin, fine paint brush, but I was 1) out of money, and 2) couldn’t find the ones I really like anyway.

    I’ve also made some other trips to Michael’s in the last few weeks as well, and have come home with a few items each time. So many things I want!

    Now, what have I been working on you ask? I finished a pair of fingerless gloves I will keep for myself for sure in black with rainbow eyelash trim. Right now I’m working on another pair in lettuce green that are longer, and without the eyelash yarn edging. After this is done? I’m thinking of doing a scarf- a scarf I will want to actually wear, not the scary mess I made when I was first getting the hang of things. Hopefully I will have photos of both soon.