Monday, October 12, 2015

Fast and Easy Earrings Book Giveaway!

Want it now?

I love earrings. LOOOOVE them. I wear them all the time, even in pajamas, and I feel completely "off" if I don't have them on. Earrings are also a huge seller at my craft shows. Back when I was doing lots of shows, I made sure I had at least 300 pairs ready to go at any given time. I have a divided box that houses only pairs of beads, and when my creativity decides to head out the door and play without me, I can pull out the doubles box and get to work making earrings.

Photo above and below show my display of never-ending earrings.

This Kalmbach book is packed with over 100 projects for earrings, including everything from long, delicate chain earrings, simple wire work adornments, and mixed materials. I have Lucite earrings on page 103, too!

The book is separated into sections:
  • Crystals
  • Glass
  • Metal and Wire
  • Stones
  • Pearls
  • Mixed Materials

You will learn everything from how to make your own ear wires (and how to make the ear wire part of the entire earring design) to how to make post earrings using wire and a few twists of the wrist. Making post earrings from start to finish is something I'm going to jump on, because it's a great way to use my collection of lampwork disks and even buttons! 

With over 100 earring tutorials, you can choose to make something fun and flirty or demure and classic. Hoops, chandeliers, posts, and everything in between!

I am giving away a copy of Fast and Easy Earrings and you only have to do a few things to get a chance to win. 

You don't have to do them all, but the more slips with your name on it go into the Sorting Bowl and the greater the chances you have to grab this awesome book!

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The winner will be announced on Friday, October 16th.

Best wishes!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

These are a few of my favorite things...

(The title is even more fun if you sing it!)

My little boy (and he's so little here it pangs my heart!) trying out new things even if they're uncomfortable and a bit confusing.

My little boy again, trying new things when he's unsure. He's brave in so many ways, but joining the swim team at barely five years of age was huge.

Me trying new things, even when they're waaay outside my comfort zone. This caterpillar bracelet on square stitch is so pretty..but an inch too large to wear. Now it adorns the neck of a vase. I made this years ago, at the beach.

Source unknown

My VW bug. It's not magenta (yet) but it has hearts and flowers on the back. One of Zack's teachers called it "the coolest car on campus".

Writing. My brain stalls a lot right now, but writing down small vignettes helps me remember later how to put things together.

Photo by Ken Graham

Rick. We will have been married fifteen years October 28th.  He's put new meaning into the vows "in sickness and in health."

The road (or river) less traveled. You miss a lot of you don't look around once in a while.

Fun colors in my hair. It's like painting a wall in your house. You can be in complete awe at how it looks, or head back to the store to buy a different color and start over, muttering, "I'll never do THAT again!"

Mail day, when a package arrives. Isn't that the coolest?

I'll do more posts like this more often. It's fun to dig through old photos and see what's there.

What are a few of YOUR favorite things?

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Good Stuff is Coming....

Keep checking have no idea the things I have in store, or what you might laugh at, love, enjoy.

More Etsy Finds.

More ways to connect with people.

More giveaways.

More random fun/pretty/cool.

Follow me (click the box on the right) or sign up for emails.

And never be afraid to ask for certain topics!

Yeah. Good stuff.

Stay tuned.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Winners of Maire Dodd's Stamped Spoon Theory Spoons

If you haven't read "The Spoon Theory" by Christine Miserandino, you really need to, even if you've never been sick a day in your life. The story tells how those who live with a chronic illness, or even a short-term-but-never-the-less-daunting short-term illness, have to be careful about how they parcel out what they can do in a day.

The original post appeared on my nascent blog, but as it's just getting started, I wanted to share it here as well, since so many of you have followed my journey. This giveaway is a cross over from my new blog about Lyme disease and other invisible diseases -- My friend Maire Dodd, who some of you know, created special imprinted spoons for the launch of the blog, and I am very grateful to her for her selflessness and her friendship.

Each spoon is vintage and is stamped by Maire with the words "inner peace". Side note - I have no idea how she stamped so well on a concave surface, but that's Maire. She can do major things with her hammer! They're adorned with natural rose quartz and twine and a spoon is going out to the following people:

Jean from Pretty Kitty Dog Moon Jewelry


Mimi from Baubles, Beads, & Other Curiousities

I'll email each of your for a shipping address.

Please pass along both blogs


to your friends!

I also opened a Facebook page just for Lemon Sugar Hold the Lyme, 
which can be found at

This blog will begin again its journey through books, beads, Zack, vintage goodies, and funny things. I'm not saying there won't be a sad post from time to time, but I'd like to make this place happy, and even the Lyme blog happy. I hope that it will grow, with your help, and become a place where people of like minds can commiserate, help each other, laugh, share stories and successes, and boost each other up. 

No more being alone. 
There's a place to go, and it's 

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Blog Giveaway Crossover!!!!!

OK folks! For those of you who don't know, I've split my blog in two. This blog is the revamped Pretty Things, full of pie, silliness, giveaways, a Bead Soup Blog Party next year (!!!!!!), and all sorts of "the pretty things in life". I moved my Lyme story to a new blog,

Even though it's about Lyme disease, it really covers a lot of ground for those who suffer from invisible diseases with no cure -- fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, you name it. So please visit, Lemon Sugar Hold the Lyme, sign up to follow, and I am ALWAYS looking for guest bloggers (who may remain anonymous, of course).

Maire Dodd created a special giveaway to help launch the site and this is your LAST CHANGE to sign up to win one of her amazing vintage spoons, stamped with the words "inner peace" and adorned with natural rose quartz. This was a very generous move on her part!

Here is the full post to learn why a SPOON.  Leave a comment ON THAT PAGE and I've extended the date for comments to Saturday, October 3rd. 

Thanks so much for your support over the past three years and beyond. I know it hasn't been easy watching me disintegrate before your eyes into someone you don't really want to be around (and I get that) but things are swinging up.

Much love to you all!