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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Orphan Bead Necklaces

I'm so in love with these necklaces. I'm obsessed with this style right now. I just pick out 30 art beads of a color, each one different, and then wire wrap them on closed jump rings. SO pretty!

Spring Bulbs...The Results Are In!

Well, I think enough time has gone by I can determine which were bloomers and which were duds.

My biggest mistake this year was listening to the "just cram the bulbs in the pot, they will be fineeeee" advice I (think) I heard....somewhere? Or, maybe I just FUBARed them by myownself.  A bunch of them didn't seem to grow up very high, and then the bud would kinda wither and rot. Hmmmm.

On to the results!

Daffodil - BLOOMED
I have one so far, but it looks like I may get more


NO BLOOM - I'm really bummed about this one. Bah



BLOOMED - maybe one?

BLOOMED - maybe one?


BLOOMED. All of them. And they were lovely

One (a white one) so far 

I think I killed by putting too much fertilizer. 
It was doing good and then *slices finger across neck*

No blooms yet but growing like a champ

BLOOMED - I knew you were my favs for a reason, I got a ton of these

BLOOMED. I sure love my hyacinths :)

I think next year I may dial back my tulip purchases and go for more hyacinths. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

My Bulbs Report

Brent & Becky's Jackpot tulips

And mine!

B&B Flaming Purissima tulips

And mine!

My Hyacinths are also up. I love them! I'd buy these color mixes again for sure! I got them from White Flower Farm

Hyacinths - from the catalog

And mine! Next year I think I will give them a little more room. They got a little squashed. 

Grape hyacinths (theirs)

and mine. I love the white ones and the different shades of blue. 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

MORE beads!

I went bead shopping with the wonderful Sally and her lovely husband at San Gabriel Bead Co.

Look at the goodies I got! Can't wait to get my butt in the bead room and start creating!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Spring Not Spring

It's not spring but my garden is confused as hell with this weird weather we have been having.

First tulip!

These little guys are my favorites

Wall O Jasmine. You would not believe the smell. It's heaven. 

Hyacinths. These guys are blooming pretty short - I may have crammed too many in there. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Pre-40 Overhaul

Hi all. So, in just a few short months, I will be turning the big 4-0. I'm not worried about it. So far, each decade has been better than the last.

However, I was a little worried about what I lovingly call my "food baby"

That's me on vacation last fall. Now, don't get me wrong. I've been chunky my whole life, except for two skinny blips after high school and after I got divorced 10 years ago. I've learned to love what I look like. I have no interest in being a skinny minnie. What did bother me, however, was how that size kept inching up and up. I can do the math - 5-8 lbs a year for the next 10-20 years....hmmm.

I was mostly worried, however, about my overall fitness. I got winded going up a flight of stairs. I did nothing but sit on my ass all day. And oh MAN do I love to eat. LOVE IT. You gotta understand, my husband and I live to travel. How the hell am I going to see the gorgeous Japanese temple that I flew 10 zillion miles for if its at the top of 100 steps and I can barely manage the 15 steps in my house.

So, I decided now was as good a time as any to take a crack at being healthier. I started on the down-low on January 7. Since them, I'm about 13 pounds down. Here's what's been working for me.

Jenny Craig. Yup. Good ole Jenny. I've been a Weight Watchers girl forever, but it clearly wasn't working for me. I needed something that, frankly, is idiot proof. I eat the yellow box for breakfast, the green box for lunch, a red box for dinner, and a brown box for snack. I mean, obviously there is more to it, but there isn't much more too it. I hate cooking - I don't have to cook. I hate planning - I don't have to plan. I hated counting those freaking points - no points here. I love it. The food is delish, the plan is easy and I'm having good luck with it. So it works for me.

My Fitness Pal. I know Jenny isn't going to hold my hand forever. This will hopefully keep me accountable about portions and nutrition after Jenny. And I love having my facebook buddies on there for support.

Map My Run. This is such a cool app. You turn it on. You got on your walk. It tells you all about your speed, time, etc. And it links with other apps to help with exercise tracking.

Fitbit. I am addicted to this thing. Its a step counter, sleep monitor, calories burned and calories eaten gadget from heaven. Its amazing how motivating this tiny thing is.

Stuff I'm trying ...

Fitstar. This app gives you workouts that use your body weight (no gear!), and the workouts adjust to your level/progress. Very cool.

Yoga Studio. An app with lots of different yoga classes. Very cool as well.

If you are on any of these apps, lemme know. I'd love more friends!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

More Necklaces! I May Be Addicted...

I love this piece. The beads are from JulsBeads, and I got that great chain at Bead Fest. I will have to order more! I love cool chain

A friend gave me earrings she bought with the agate slices. The earrings were too big, so she wanted me to convert them to a necklace. Voila! I love how this turned out. 

This weekend I cleaned out my "can you please" pile. You know, the broken jewelry friends ask you to fix, the beads from a necklace they'd like me to make into something new. I love the challenge and that I can help out a friend, but MAN am I a procrastinator. When people give me stuff I usually tell them "You know you will get this back in about 8 months, right?" HA. Well, now I'm all caught up (for now) 

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