Good, the Bad, the Beautiful

Make you sure enter to win the Book giveaway from yesterday, you have til 4pm today to enter!

Good news:

- I turned another year older, another year of wisdom, and experience, and life... it's all passing me by so quickly I sometimes can't keep up.

-I got to spend my birthday afternoon with one of my favorite friends, and this was one of the gifts she bought me!

- I enjoyed a nice evening out with my honey, and had a most excellent dinner and even have leftovers for lunch today!

-My friend Maggie bought me the cutest bird house on Etsy that I had coveted. I saw it sell out from my favorites and was so surprised when she gifted it to me yesterday! I can't wait to hang it up outside!

-Joe surprised me with this for my birthday gift!

- My mother made me the most beautiful handmade crazy quilt and gave it to me this past weekend! Isn't it just super! I love it, so happy and colorful!

-I bought myself these super cute Chaco sandals from Zappos, and can't wait to show them off.

-I was able to make this adorable beaded bracelet this morning to put in my Etsy shop.

- My jewelry will soon be available for sale at a cute little shop in Carbondale Colorado, called "nest"!

The kick in the pants news:

-BeadStar did not receive any of my 5 emailed submissions, they are floating around in cyberspace unclaimed, unloved, unseen. So very sad about this. I was really happy to be able to put together a few pieces for 5 of the categories.  So. Now. What to do with them?? Submit them to something else? sell them in the shop? Hold em til next year's Bead Star? Give em away as gifts?   Update: This turned into a good thing afterall.... They were able to find my entries!

- A dear high school friend died from a long 3 year battle with Cancer. Makes the above bad news, not so bad afterall.


  1. LOVE the crazy quilt your Mom made you! I want to see it in person and touch it. :) And that birdhouse Maggie got you is very cool.

    I'm sorry about the passing of your friend from high school. That is so very sad.

  2. Lorelei, who did you e-mail to find out about your Beadstar entries? I also entered three pieces, and would like to know what happened to them. Let me know.

  3. What a great quilt! Moms are so wonderful. The missing jewellery thats a real let down..sorry that happened to you. Sell them in your shop! I'm sure they will be snapped up by some happy peoples! Im so sorry your friend died young..huggs ox

  4. I love the quit your mom made for you! gifts like that are a real treasure, I'm so sorry to hear about your friends passing, so sad to die so young

  5. When you emailed them did you get the automatic reply that they were received? I got that reply on all 9 of my entries.....hmmmmm....that makes me wonder.
    I would say that you should try for other publications. I am sure that they rock! And if that doesn't work, sell them.

    So sorry Lorelei about the loss of your friend.

    Enjoy the day.

    P.S. My word verification is "human" as in we should all remember that we are only...human

  6. Lorelei, Happy Birthday!! You are right about the another year wiser with more experience- wait until you turn 55!! I did this year... Very sorry about your friend, my husband lost his best friend since grade school to the disease last year. It is a horrible disease and so sad for those left behind. I also sent entries to Bead Star and didn't get any kind of conformation. Now I am wondering too?
    You are a talented young thing so keep on keeping on, you will be fine. Sounds like a lot of people really love you and I sure appreciate your videos and and all the inspiration you share. Adorable birdhouse!!

  7. Happy, happy, happy birthday to you! Wow, you received some awesome gifts!

    Too bad about your submissions to BeadStar. I'd take them off your hands so you don't have to worry about what to do with them!

    I'm sorry to hear about your high school friend. It seems so many are affected by cancer these days, and it really makes a person wonder why.

  8. So sorry about your friend. I feel very deeply for you as I went through something similar. My best friend died of Cancer a few years ago we were only 23 when it happened. He fought for 4 years. It turned my whole world upside down.

    On a happier note, I absolutely adore the quilt your mom made!! So fun and full of colour!! I have always wanted one like that. I may just have to learn to sew ;)

    Hugs my friend, and have a great day :)


  9. That sucks about bead star! How do you know they never got your entries? Like Erin P.H., I got automatic replies on all 9 of my entries that they were received. Did you get replies?

    Also, very sad about your friend. That obviously sucks more than bead star...

  10. I love your quilt! crazy quilts are one of my fave patterns.

  11. Lorelei - It looks like you had a wonderful birthday. I love your Mom's quilt. I used to quilt so I know the time and effort that went into making that beautiful piece. I also think the bird house is adorable.

    I am so sorry about Bead Star. I also received automatic replies. Maybe you should just save your lovely designs for next year. You will be ahead of the curve.

    With my deepest sympathy regarding your friend.


  12. There is good with bad and when we can see the good within the bad we are blessed. A birthday, some joy, and some sorrow. My sympathies on the passing of your friend...your perspective on your own disappointment is a testimony to your love of life and the life of your friend.

  13. Hey Lorelei, I absolutely love the quilt from mom. All your birthday gifts rock.
    You're already a "Bead Star"!

    From sorrow will come peace. My sincere sympathy regarding your friend

  14. I LOVE that quilt!

    I found your blog through Katie and I'm your newest follower.

    Stop by when you get a chance.

  15. I love handmade quilts. So nice!

  16. Glad your birthday worked out! And see.... I told you that everything with the Bead Star business would be resolved. The power of being positive is a beautiful thing!

  17. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. That happened to me a few years ago too. It's so sad and leaves you with many odd feelings... Otherwise I am so happy to see that you appear to be having one of the best birthdays EVER!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your new quilt and the owl picture! I wonder who will move into that awesome little house you got there?!?!?! (Please keep us posted on that) :-D

  18. Its great when you get to enjoy your birthday, isn't it.

    I love the birdhouse and that quilt from your mum is so fabulous, just from these photos I'm drawing inspiration for all sorts.

    Sorry to hear of your friend's passing.

  19. I'm so sorry, Lorelei. I am glad your friend isn't suffering anymore, but I am so sorry for all the loved ones left to grieve.


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