Wednesday, July 30, 2008


I just got back from visiting my family in Illinois. The last day of my visit we all went to the Coles County Fair. My little niece Bailey (7) really wanted to climb a rock wall, clearly made for adults. My brother at first told her no but on the way back we passed it again and he agreed to let her do it. She was really too small only weighing in at 45 pounds but the guy felt sorry for her and let her do it anyway. She made it all the way to the top of the wall within minutes. All of us including myself didn't think she would be able to do it but as she got about halfway up we were all cheering her on. I couldn't believe it when she reached the top. Her arms were shaking at one point when she couldn't reach the foot holds. This single event of the trip brought so many life lessons to mind. The fact that she wasn't afraid at all, that she didn't take no for an answer and that it didn't matter if any of us believed in her at all because she knew she could do it! My wish for her is that she never loses the incredible spirit that she has and that she enjoys her medal for reaching the top =)

Friday, July 18, 2008


This is for all of us who miss out on the rapture of being incomplete. Love this song and album by Alanis Morissette.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Hearts for Betty

If someone reads this before our dinner tonight don't let the cat out of the bag but I made these earrings and bracelet for Betty's birthday. I found these heart glass beads at the Whole Bead Shop booth that was at the bead show at the Alexis Park Hotel a few months ago. I found a lot of very fun beads there. Everything is sterling silver and the red heart beads are glass with a few black seed beads. Her favorite color is red so I'm sure she will love them!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


I tried embossing by myself for the first time last night while making a birthday card for my glass making friend Betty. It turned out alright but I forgot to shake off the excess embossing powder before turning on the heat gun. I have a very shiny kitchen as a result and a shiny outfit.