| 09 May, 2014 18:48
Best wishes to all you out there who give your love and support to those who touch your life. Have a wonderful day!
I always tell my family not to buy me anything - what more could I ask for? Ummmm, this year I did kind of what something - a NutriBullet 900 Pro. I struggle with trying to lose weight - getting older and having a demanding full time job with lots of stress thrown in - sure doesn't help. Oh yeah, and being female is another gotcha. I have been making a drink (an extraction) in the morning for about 5 days now. This one drink has replaced my lunch too since I don't feel hungry enough to want to eat lunch. And at this point anyway, I don't seem to crave sweets and junk food. I lost 1/2 pound - hopefully, it stays off! Seem to have more energy. So far I'm liking it. Stay tuned.
| 28 March, 2014 19:06
Finally had some time to myself to complete this project. Been researching, collecting data, etc, on University of Pennslvania and other colleges. Son has been accepted for master's program at UofPenn (and a couple others) and it is not an easy decision let me tell you! So much to consider. I think the biggest obstacle is that he will not be able to come home much if goes to UofPenn - maybe once/twice a year. - money permitting. This would be difficult - we are close. But he has to do what is best for his future. Sigh.
Well I finished the dragonscale chain maille weave bracelet today and it is now on my website. It is one of the more complicated weaves - but I did not give up! Actually chain maille can be a real challenge and you get a real sense of accomplishment and pride when done. It is also lots of fun and not too expensive, depending on what metal you use.
I made this bracelet from anodized aluminum jump rings - first time I ever used them. Bracelet looks like it might be heavy but is really light. And these jump rings come in lots of colors. I think I will make some chain maille with silver and red anodized aluminun next.
So, take a look at my new bracelet posted on www.beejjewels.com in the Chain Maillle category and let me know what you think.
Take care now - Betty
| 16 February, 2014 21:08
I was all made-up and ready to go out for a meal and drinks with my son and husband. However, my son was helping out his group at college to finish up a paper due Friday night and it took way longer than expected. So my husband and ran out for Subways for all of us. But hey - I got to spend an evening with my two guys anyway! What can beat that!
Clasps I ordered to finish a cool dragon weave chainmaille bracelet - made from black and bronze anodized aluminum rings - came in but I have yet to open the package. Really, how come time goes by so fast? But I will have the bracelet finished and on site soon. Maybe if I could just stop reading; I just started the first book in the James Rollins Sigma Force series. I finished the first two books in his Order of the Sanguines series about a month ago - awesome!!
| 28 April, 2013 16:25
Well, I finally got by acetylene B-tank and Smith torch put together and ready to use! I mean really, I only had it for like 6 months and just getting around to it. I admit I was hesitant to move from a hand-held mini torch to a "real" tank/torch system. But the mini torch was just not doing the job - especially for soldering copper, brass - not enough heat. I summoned up my guts and did my first project with my new torch - a pair of earrings - copper layered over sterling. I was amazed at how easy it was - not as daunting as I thought! Please check out my earrings on my website www.beejjewels.com under the "Earrings" gallery and let me know your thoughts. I soooo love the torch :-)
| 22 December, 2012 20:48
Wishing all a wonderful Holliday and Happy New Year!
Mark Twain. . . .
New Year's Day now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.
| 28 July, 2012 19:50
Referred to as gem of the sun by the Egyptians, peridot has always been linked to light. This often transparent yellowish-green stone is supposed to protect a person from nightmares, ward off evil, and release negativity. It is also said to help heal a wounded ego and bring clarity of thought. More commonly found in China, Pakistan, and Arizona, some peridot have come to Earth in metorites.
| 28 July, 2012 19:37
Couple in Pittsburgh (Yea! my home town) won a diamond and platinum pendant and a vacation package from Sandals Resorts. Daniel Monarko told Melissa Geer he was taking her to a friend's engagement party. While walking through the courtyard they stopped to watch a man with a chainsaw carving a big block of ice. The sculpture turned out to be a massive diamond ring with "Melissa will you marry me" in the center. Without saying, she said yes.
| 28 July, 2012 19:29
On the morning of June 2, 74-year old Ignacio Cervantes arrived at the flea market with his family to sell gold jewelery. While he unloaded his inventory, two armed men approached and shot Cervantes. The two men fled the scene in Cerventes' Lincoln Navigator - suspects have not yet been found. Cervantes was taken to hospital where he died from his wounds. Keep in mind - selling jewelery in a flea market where there is very little security is very dangerous.
| 04 July, 2012 18:00
I found this article in June/July American Craft magazine interesting and enlightening.
What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. If we are free from the burden of trying to be completely "original", we can stop trying to make something out of nothing. What we need to do is collect good ideas - be curious - look things up - chase done every reference - collect books - follow people doing really interesting work. The more good ideas you collect, the more you can choose from to be influenced by.
YOU WILL NEED...curiosity, kindness, stamina, a willingness to look stupid.
TO STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST....
GOOD THEFT = Honor, Study, Steal From Many, Credit, Transform, Remix
BAD THEFT = Degrade, Skim, Steal from One, Plagiarize, Imitate, Rip Off
| 04 July, 2012 16:52
Wishing all a very Happy 4th of July! Enjoy your time with family and friends and most of all be safe!
Don't have any big plans today just grill some burgers and be a couch potato. Back to work tomorrow :-(
| 23 May, 2012 22:23
I grew up in the 50's/60's with practical parents. A mother, God
love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused
it. She was the original recycle queen, before they had a name for it...
A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.
Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends
lived barely a wave away..
I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom
in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other.
It was the time for fixing things. A curtain rod, the kitchen radio,
screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress Things we keep.
It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that
re-fixing, eating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste
meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always
But then my mother died, and on that clear summer's night, in the
warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning
that sometimes there isn't any more.
Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away....never
to return.. So... while we have it..... it's best we love it.... and
care for it... and fix it when it's ! broken........ and heal it when
This is true. for marriage....... and old cars.... and children with
bad report cards..... and dogs with bad hips..... and aging parents.....
and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we
are worth it. Some things we keep. Like a
best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.
There are just some things that make life important, like people
we know who are special........ and so, we keep them close!
I received this from someone who thinks I am a 'keeper', so I've
sent it to the people I think of in the same way.... Now it's your turn
to send this to those people that are "keepers" in your life. Good
friends are like stars.... You don't always see them, but you know they
are always there. Keep them close! TEN THINGS GOD WON'T ASK ON THAT DAY.
1.... God won't ask what kind of car you drove. He'll ask how many
people you drove who didn't have transportation..
2.. God won't ask the square footage of your house, He'll ask how
many people you welcomed into your home.
3... God won't ask about the clothes you had in your closet, He'll ask how many
you helped to clothe.
4... God won't ask what your highest salary was. He'll ask if you
compromised your character to obtain it.
5... God won't ask what your job title was. He'll ask if you performed
your job to the best of your ability.
6.. God won't ask how many friends you had. He'll ask how many people
to whom you were a friend.
7... God won't ask in what neighborhood you lived, He'll ask how
you treated your neighbors.
8.... God won't ask about the color of your skin, He'll ask about
the content of your character.
9... God won't ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation. He'll
lovingly take you to your mansion in heaven, and not to the gates of
10... God won't have to ask how many people you forwarded this to,
He already knows your decision.
| 14 May, 2012 23:49
A 19-year old filled out a credit card application at a jewelry store in Illinois, using his real name and address. No problem, right? Well, he asked to try on a $700 diamond earring, and then fled the store with the item. The police used the application information to track and arrest him. He was charged with one count of felony theft. Don't think a criminal life is something he should pursue.
| 14 May, 2012 23:30
Just read this in one of my mags. An 86-year old woman visited a jeweler in Escondido, CA to sell some items to the manager. A little later she realized that her 1.50 carat diamond from her wedding ring (handed down from her mother) was missing. She called the store but it was not there; she assumed her diamond was gone forever. About a month and a half later, a stranger was walking through the parking lot of the jewelry store, spotted the gem and took into the store. The store manager contacted the women; the gem fit perfectly into her setting. Amazing.
| 04 April, 2012 21:39
A time for renewal and the promise of new life. This year Easter is extra special - it is also our son's 21st birthday. Time certainly does fly. I would really like to go out to Easter brunch but my husband, the gourmet cook, will be preparing a delicious dinner. Got plans?
| 04 April, 2012 21:27
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Calendar Of Posts
- Happy Mother's Day!
- Dragonscale Weave Anondized Aluminum Bracelet
- Valentine Day Fizzle
- New Torch And Loving IT!
- HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
- AUGUST Birthstone - PERIDOT
- A Super Cool "Ultimate Marriage Proposal"
- Warning to Jewelers: Jeweler Killed in California Flea Market - Stockton, CA
- What a Good Artitst Understands - Nothing Comes from Nowhere
- July 4 - Happy Holiday