Tuesday, June 29, 2010


I finally have new pieces to put in my shop.  I've been in the process of working on these for about 5 weeks now.  Needless to say, I've been distracted but I'm trying to get things back in order and dedicate more time to creating.

here we go...

Please Take My Heart Gemstone and Lampwork Bracelet

Honey and Apples Lampwork Gemstone Bracelet

Fields of Lavender Lampwork Gemstone Bracelet

I'll be putting these into the Bei Mondi Etsy shop hopefully by tomorrow.  Oh, and I hope to have pictures soon of the new hobby I've become obsessed with.  Very excited!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Finishing Things Up

Lauren has been busy, busy, busy finishing up the school year.  We are finally done with recitals, concerts, and working on having some fun.  I just wanted to show off what this kid has accomplished in the past few weeks.

Recital for String Camp.  She's in the middle of the photo.

Orchestra Concert
Yeah, she's the one behind the microphone stand.  Not the greatest picture unfortunately.

Dance recital for Hip-Hop and Jazz

I am so proud of all she has accomplished this year and we are ready for lots of craziness this summer!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Day for Dad :)

Oh, Dad.  You are one crazy guy.

I will forever be searching for a person who is more optimistic than you.  The glass is always half full and you can do whatever you put your mind to and more.

Although you will be hitting 80 next month, you have the heart and soul of a teenager.  And could you please bottle up some of that energy for me?  I guess that pot of coffee a day is working for ya ;)

Who else would literally give you the shirt off their back?  You'd give the shirt, shoes, hat, without a second thought.  Need some cash to go with that?  No problem.

You might be a bit accident prone (falling from the attic floor to the garage below...breaking ribs while going uphill on the riding lawnmower on wet leaves...) but its no accident how much you love and care for your family.

One of my favorite memories from my childhood is the silly songs you use to sing to me and big sis Brandy.  "all I need to make me happy is two little girls to call me pappy...".  And who can forget when you accidentally drove off and left mom while we were trick-or-treating.  hehe.

Father, grandfather, great grandfather...you are all of these wrapped into one.  You are such a special person to so many people and I a so lucky to call you "Dad".

I love you, Dad!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Come on Summer!

Just staying busy around here.  School is almost over for the kiddo, recitals are finishing up, and summer is coming quick.  It will all go by in a blur if we don't try to slow it down a bit.  I look forward to the "girl" time this summer trying new crafts and exploring the Pittsburgh area with my "mini me" in tow.

And my garden is out in full force.  Its difficult to keep my mind on making jewelry when I just want to be outside playing in the sunshine and smelling all the lovely flowers.  I almost need some days of rain just to get things done inside.  Maybe I should do a little rain dance.  Nah...the neighbors would think I'm crazy.
Ok, so I've at least squeezed in a project or two for a friend.  

Botswana Agate with seed pearls

Labradorite with sterling silver

Is it any wonder why I love this stone?  Look at that blue!
My sweet friends, enjoy the sunshine! :)