Saturday, September 18, 2010

Brick and Mortar - The Alabaster Jar

Tra-La!! It been less than six months and here I am writing again!! I am proud of myself.

I unpacked most of my bead box... it seems that some things must have been put into another box, though, it looked a little "empty". I know that I have a ton earrings that haven't been listed in either of my shops, and some cell phone charms that I have made, too.
My search has some oomph behind it, because I have been offered by a brick and mortar shop, here in Astoria, OR to have some of my work carried in the shop.

My "discovery" of The Alabaster Jar has been a blessing in so many ways... It is part art gallery, part bookstore, with offerings of spiritual healing and physical well being through Reiki and massage. All of which is resonate with me. A multitude of classes are offered, as well... belly dancing, drum circle, mask making/painting, and more!

If you are in the area, stop in and check it out at 1184 Commercial Street, Astoria, OR... if you're not in the area, check it out online. The website is still under construction, though it is completely functional... just not all of the offers are listed in the links, yet.

I will blog more about this brick and mortar shop as I make more "discoveries" from within it... Meanwhile, check out my ArtFire Studio and my friend's shop WickedSoaps for sinfully wicked bath and body!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Next Random Post

It's been months... life has been in full swing, and I've been up to here with stuff to do and stuff to procrastinate. Stuff to do; moving from CA to OR, unpacking, registering the kids for school, and trying to find my beading supplies. Stuff to procrastinate; unpacking, writing a blog, making anything from my beading supplies.

Now don't take that the wrong way... I LOVE to make my pretties. Somehow not everything got packed into the same boxes... and there is so much still to find, like findings and wire and such. I have some of the crystals out and have been staring at them for the better part of three weeks. Perhaps something awesome will come of that. I will keep you up to speed, and post pics, as soon as I have something to show you!

In my life outside of beading, I have been reading, and watching movies, and making new friends in our new neighborhood. I am learning that this area is pretty historic, even if it is still very small town... On the weekends we go hiking and to the beach.

And on that easy note... until next time. Perhaps less than six months from now!!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Not Lazy... Just Busy

It would seem as though my poor blog has been neglected, yet again, for a month! Some good news, though; I have received more blogging beads from These beautiful Swarovski Crystal Heart Pendants are blue, as a tongue-in-cheek, anti-Valentine's Day theme. I know too many military wives whose husbands are on deployment, that I just couldn't stand the thought of happy and pink this year. Sorry. I will be making a necklace and earrings set from these, as time permits... (these pics are directly from

The clasp that I have chosen is quite unique, and the design I have drawn out uses it as an "inverse"... so that it will be the focal of the necklace. This clasp can be found in the Sterling Silver Clasps section, by following the "Toggle" and "Heart" links. Though you may want to wander through the entire section, just to admire the vast selection of clasps!!
I am posting these pics to show you where my creations start... just from the sight of these fantastic items. As I have not yet completed my design, you will need to wait to see my finished pieces... Ah, the joy of something to look forward to! You know I'll blog again!!

** And to make the FTC happy... I did receive these products free of charge from, so that I could review them honestly; and I was not paid in any way for my opinions. **