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* I spent this past 3 day weekend watching my husband absolutely OBSESS over buying a VW bus. That guy really knows how to dream, I tell ya. He showed me countless vans for sale, made me watch videos, had me check out funky interiors. He emailed several people asking lots of questions about their buses for sale. He even talked about having one shipped, having another delivered.

* He's also on a crazy belly fat diet that doesn't allow him staples like starch and sugar. So we have been eating tons of meat and veggies, and I've been making easy starchy sides like baked potato and risotto.  But yesterday I made the scones. And he didn't even eat one. Proud of him but really he's missing out. Big Time.

* I have to clean out the spare room so my sister can come up and visit me this coming weekend. It's become the storage room, and no, you can't even walk into the room. It could be featured on an episode of Hoarders.  So yes, I have my work cut out for me.  Maybe I can just create a path to the bed and clear the bed so they can sleep in it. Would that be good enough? I need to have a tag sale, but that can't happen until the Spring. Gotta store this stuff somewhere.

* I am slowly checking things off my to do list. Next up, finish writing instructions for magazine submissions. Bead Soup creations.  Taxes. gahhhhh!

* A long long time ago, someone asked me to recreate these earrings. It took a while to get all of the components and now I finally did and they are finished. But it's been so long, that I can no longer find the original requestor. And I forget if it came from email, Facebook or Etsy. So if you see this, and it was you, please leave a comment and I'll get these listed for you asap. Sorry it took so long!

* I have been continuing working out at the gym. I know I haven't mentioned the progress here. Before Christmas I was going 3 times a week, easy. Now I'm lucky if I can get there once or twice.  It's hard. But I am trucking along. I typically do 20 min. on the elliptical, and then 25 minutes on either the bike or treadmill. Yesterday I went and tried that little section at the back with the timed circuit machines. It was cool to try something new. I think a few days of doing these a week should help tone up muscle. I'm not even sore today but I did it with a friend and was only half-assing it.
I don't ever get on a scale so I can't say if I've lost much weight. But clothes are feeling better so I figure that's a good sign.

*Here are some of the pieces created yesterday. These will land in my shop at some point today.

Happy Tuesday!


  1. When I was a kid, our neighbors had an orange VW Bus. When I rode in it I thought it was the coolest thing! Ahh, the memories....

    I love all the pieces you made, especially the necklace. I need to get in gear for bead soup. I've made a few pieces but I'm trying to use it all up just to see if I can.

  2. My son and hubby would love to be looking for a VB bus! They actually went up to a house in CA one time when we were on vacation and talked to the guy about the one in his drive way - I was floored they did that - and then they talked w/him for almost 1/2 an hour!! I guess it could be compared to my love of beads,....

  3. Loved this post with these updates on what you are up to!

  4. Maybe you should ask Jillian if her VW bus has any siblings looking for a new home ;)

    Good for you for continuing to go to the gym!

  5. Hi Lorelei - that requestor from long ago was me. So glad you were able to obtain the materials. It was clearly worth the wait - they are adorable. Thank you! Shawna

  6. Love the randoms! Very lovely jewellery. I need to get my ass to the gym! Or at least to the swimming pool.

  7. Oh, vdub busses. So much love for them. My favorite illustration teacher had one. Total hippie. My nephew loved little toys ones when he was 2. Everything about them makes me happy.

    My to-do list is similar to yours! Except taxes. I got those done the other day (pain in my booty, let me tell ya). Lol. Must find time for the bead soup! Started mine but put it away somewhere only to be forgotten... until I read your post O_O

    Those chips in the necklace on the bottom collage... are they shell? Stone? It's very pretty!

  8. My nephew renovates old vws. He got a really rough bus around christmas and got my parent's home owners assn. all up in arms by having it parked in front of their house. They were NOT fans but some neighbors knew the true value!

  9. I have always wanted to see inside a VW bus. Did he ever find one to purchase? The scones looks delish. I will have to copy it down. I love the earrings and the new jewelry, Your wares are always a inspiration.

  10. Catching up on the blogs after our vacation! I have to commend you for anything at all that you do at the gym, it's always going to benefit you! Good job! Love that necklace and other pieces you created, but all in one day and there's more? Your creative juices are running in the fast lane!

  11. I'm not sure how long Joe is on his diet, but there are some good recipes using almond flour in The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam (including a yummy scone recipe). She does use agave nectar in some of her recipes, though, which may not work. Oh .. and love the fun, chunky, multi color bracelet (and everything else). :)


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