Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Valentine's Day 2012

I know, I know, Valentine's was a week ago, but due to my crazy life, I didn't get to share any pictures or decorations until now, and I promised my Mom she would see them. :) I found lots of great ideas on Pintrest, and loved what I was able to add to the decorations I already had. I made Pumpkin Waffles for dinner which a few of us had been craving for weeks! So yummy, and I will post the recipe soon. :) I found some great  free printables from Pintrest that I made up as 5 x 7's and framed.

Love One Another (scroll down the page, on the right hand side)

I love this pillow that my Mom gave to me, thanks again Mom!

I also was able to use scrabble tiles as decorations, which since I always have at least a few games on hand was a fast and easy way to add some new fun decorations. 

I painted a scrabble tray red, and then spelled Valentine on it.

I bought a small square wood plaque for under $1 at JoAnn's and then painted it black,
glued on some paper and spelled out Love and You in scrabble tiles. Don't you love the quilted heart block? My Mom made that as well.  My Valentine Subway Art printable was found here.

This year I wanted to do a dessert table for my kiddos with some of their favorite treats, but because I didn't feel great, and knew I was hosting Book Club at my house, I did the table a few days later. It may have been late, but everyone loved it!

I hope you and your family had a great Valentine's Day as well. 
My girls handed these out to their friends at school. :)
We cut slits in the pictures above and below their hands
so that they were holding pixie sticks. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bead Soup!!!

It was so awesome to come home to from Texas to find my Bead Soup waiting for me. I tore right into it, and love what Jennifer sent me. There is Amethyst chips, Cape Amethyst, crystal, pink Jade, a cool handmade clasp, and a cool focal and findings from Fallen Angel Brass. Oh, and I can't forget the awesome silk ribbon from KAS Beads. :) Here is my soup, and I can't wait to play with it, I have pulled several strands of my lampwork beads out to see what I can create!

Look what else Jennifer sent, this great lampwork dangle necklace!
I love it and it is so fun to wear!
Thank you Jennifer!

To see what Jennifer said about the soup I sent her, click here!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Trunk Show at The Bead Factory!

Wee Gems and Charmed Pennies Trunk Show
at The Bead Factory
5705 N 26th Street
Tacoma, WA 98407 
Saturday, February 11th
10:00 - 4:00 pm
I am so excited! I have been asked to do a trunk show at The Bead Factory in Tacoma, WA. I have been a vendor at their Puget Sound Bead Festival for the past few years, and it is one of my favorite shows to do, so I am thrilled to have this chance. You can find Charmed Pennies and scrabble tiles at their store year round, and I will have a huge selection there at the show as well., I will also be bringing my Wee Gems. I have a batch of fabulous tiny lampwork acorns that all I have left to do is to epoxy the bails into them, and they will be ready! I will also have hearts, frogs, and lots of bead sets as well. Here are some pictures of my items in the store.

 a small selection of Charmed Pennies and Scrabble Tiles
 An Alice in Wonderland Charmed Penny and necklace!

Look at all those pearls!!!

If you have never been to The Bead Factory, I recommend going as soon as you can. They truly are the nicest bead store I have ever been in. Their selection of beads and findings is incredible, and the staff is just as amazing. I actually started my journey in beads in their store, many years ago now. Who would have ever guessed that a quick stringing lesson, a strand of pearls, and a few findings would lead me down the path it has, with me returning as a visiting artisan. Truly, it has been an amazing journey!

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