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Larry & Joe

Yesterday we headed to the Bouckville Madison Antique fair, and I have one word for it. MISERABLE. It was so flipping humid and hot, I just did not enjoy walking around in the hot sun. We stayed a few hours and only purchased 2 things. I got some really cute vintage buttons, for $10. Looking back on it now, I realize I should have tried to barter with the vendor a bit.
My brother in law, Kevin, found a set of Jarts, which he had been wanting. It provided some serious fun for the boys later last night after dinner.
I brought my camera with me, in hopes of taking lots of fun pictures at the fair but frankly, I was too busy sweating buckets to bother with it much. I did take this picture above of my husband and his friend Larry. They are sitting on this really cool Coke bench that I would have loved to buy had it not been $1500 ! GAH! It would have looked soo freakin cool in my kitchen though.

We barbequed some burgers, and chicken, had pulled pork sandwiches, I made a potato salad, we had some baked beans, and a friend brought chicken wing dip, and we had some pistachio marble cake for dessert. Delicious! We went to bed late, at Midnight which is really rare for me.
And here I am up by 7:30am like always. I wish I could sleep in!
I'm looking forward to getting back into the studio today to work on some new designs. I'm hoping it's not too hot up in the studio. Man, am I a big complainer today or what??!
I do have some Exciting news!! I was asked by the lovely Heather Powers of Humblebeads and the Art Bead Scene, to be a regular contributor to the Art Bead Scene Blog!! I am so excited at this new endeavor because I have admired this girl and this blog since the beginning! When I first started making jewelry I discovered the Art Bead Scene and was instantly taken by the plethora of information, the contributing editors, the pretty pictures, and mostly the monthly challenge. The first necklace that I submitted, with the Coffee Theme- was a winner!! This boosted my confidence in beading so much that I continued to keep creating pieces! Long story short, I owe a lot to ABS, and I couldn't be happier at this opportunity to give back!!
So keep your eye out for some articles written by yours truly at the Art Bead Scene!

Take some time to read this week's bead and jewelry
blog round-up!

A Bead A Day A Crystallized "Square Ring"! If you have never seen a "square ring", stop by A Bead A Day to see how it has been incorporated into a bracelet. Jewelry Making Too Much Jewelry Business Success? Is it really possible? And if so, what do you do about it?

Art Bead Scene Art Bead Scene announces the August monthly challenge theme - a beautiful woodcut print.

Beading Arts The simple spiral square stitch can add pizazz to your projects. Learn this easy stitch with an easy-to-follow tutorial!

Carmi's Art/Life World Carmi explains how she made her glue gun leather brooch.

Cindy Gimbrone aka The Lampwork Diva Looking to create a pendant from one of her antique button treasures, Cindy tries her hand at mold making.

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Melanie shares her new Shino glaze tests, and ponders about new work.

Jean Campbell Jean helped deliver two babies this week: a new nephew and a new bracelet design

Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio There are a couple of new bead and blog books on the shelves at Barnes & Noble! Lorelei's got the scoop!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton The BIG REVEAL is here! Check out Andrew's submission to the Use the Muse II contest!


  1. Congrats on your new association with ABS, L!

  2. Thank you so much Christine! I'm really stoked!

  3. Congrats on your new gig!! Can't wait to read!

    I hate haggling, I never know when to do it and I always feel bad. You're probably just too darn nice.

    Oooh, definitely have to check out the "Too Much Jewelry Business Success" article, because that's definitely my problem. Waaay too much success.

  4. Wow, cool, I'm looking forward to reading something by you on Art Bead Scene :)

  5. Congrats! How cool is that? I can't wait to see your contribution to ABS. You'll do just fine I'm sure. Sorry the antique fair was such a bummer. At least you had a great time with friends. Enjoy your weekend or what's left of it!

  6. Yahoo! Congratulations to ABS' newest star! You are so all over the blo-o-sphere, I thought you were already associated with them. So happy for you. Like you, ABS wa a first blog for me too and then there was Lynn and you. I'm learning from the best!

    I hate to sweat too, and my idea of fun NEVER includes hours and hours in the humid summer sun. Just wait until you produce your own power surges and personal heat waves, oy!


  7. Hi Lorelei
    Sounds like a fun weekend with family/friends. Congrats on your new "position" with ABS! You'll be a natural fit there and we'll all be looking forward to your contributions.

  8. Yay for you! What a privilege and honor to be invited into being a regular contributor at ABS!!! Definitely need to spend much time celebrating this coming weekend in Philly :)


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