Saturday, December 10, 2011

Push Pins

These are new in the Phishstuff catalog and are so very cute!  This particular set is a special order.  Christmas is coming and a set of push pins would be an ideal gift for a co-worker, teacher, baby sitter, or a guy.  Special order time is almost run out, so if you want to choose your colors you must hurry! 
I do have some listed on both Etsy and my web site.  If you choose three, I will combine the shipping and only charge for one item ($2.25). You can even order from each site and I will do the same, just drop me an email to let me know.

I do hope that your holiday season is filled with joy and peace. Blessings to all and Merry Christmas!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Experiments with Murrini

I have been wanting to experiment with murrini (handmade glass cane -this one by Double Helix glassworks) and while everyone else has perfected it, I am still way behind on figuring it out.  I finally purchased some and though have been a bit intimidated by it, I was finally was able to play.  I have tried a few things, but this is a bead I kind of like.  It is bigger than what I ususally make and the little star pattern circle is the murrini. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Burger joints blog entry months later!

I just found the blog entry below after losing it.   Thought I would post it anyway, because I took so much time to get it done.


Well, I decided to change my blog and just make it about general stuff about what is going on with me.  I hope that I will post more often and with informative and interesting stuff.  Please feel free to leave comments.

One thing I have been wanting to talk about is burger joints.  I really like a great burger.  I am not talking about fast food joints, I am talking about places known for their burgers.   My Father must have passed the gene down because he did too.  AND what is funny is that I am not a total meat person, but a good burger just is like nothing else. 

So I am posting the results of my most recent inquiries into burger joints.  I am limiting this particular posting to places in Texas.

#1 Mighty Fine Burgers and Fries -
So far this joint has topped the list.  The burgers are basic, but good.  There is the standard variety of fixins to complete you burger, though mine kept simple-pickles and ketchup.  The ordering process is a bit different. You feel a bit like cattle being driven through the maze of gates, especially on the extremely busy weekends.  When you arrive at the order area, the staff is always courteous, asking how things are going and if you are having a "mighty fine" day.
One of the draws for the kids is the hand washing station.  It is very unique and you can even get a sticker showing your completion of the process.  I honestly look forward to bringing out of towners (with kids) to show the place off sometime.
I also have to congratulate the fries. The fries are cut on premises from real potatoes and cooked in peanut oil.  I also love the fact that they have sea salt on the tables to season the fries, along with other interesting seasoning choices.  One order of fries easily feeds two people for your info, too.
So about the actual location- it is kind of like having a picnic.  My vote for best location is the Round Rock location because of its semi outside seating area.  That is always where I sit when I frequent Mighty Fine. There are actually three choices of seating -inside (boring), semi outside (best) and outside (second best).
I have to say the huge crowds are a good indication that this place is a hit.  I will suggest it to any person who can appreciate a decent burger and doesn't appreciate the same old fast food places.

Next Burger location coming soon!


I have a secret sale on my web site right now that is 50% off the original price.  The prices are not posted, but if you put the item in your cart, the 50% off will be reflected.  The items on sale are on the SALE! page of and ends Saturday, September 24th at 10am.
Judie and Joan have managed to find a lot of things already, but there are still quite a few pieces available and the prices will never be lower!
Here is one of the items on sale and it is made with hand coiled sterling silver wire, handmade lampwork by me, blue quarts and Balinese silver.  It is about a 6 3/4 size bracelet.

Take a peek!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Which way would you choose?

Life is always bringing us new challenges to learn from.  When we don't learn it the first time, it is often repeated until we do.  So one popped up for me today and it is one that I have had in the past, so I guess I haven't learned my lesson yet.  I have a lot of resistance in regards to this particular one, but I think I will try to beat it this time.  I have decided to choose the loving path instead of the anger/frustration path, but it is still a bit of a challenge to give in.  I have been learning so much about life and the roller coaster ride our emotions can take us on-usually (as for me) self -imposed.

I have decided not to be the emotional roller coaster ride and practice loving kindness instead. 

This is a quote from a higher source(the Masters) taken from a Brian Weiss book -

"Life is a school. We are here to learn compassion, non-violence, faith and charity. We are here to unlearn negative emotions like fear, anger, jealousy, and greed."

Love to all and pass it on (the love)!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Back into beads!

I have manage to get some beads made without melting and here are some of my favs-

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Back and forth, back and forth

Geez, I can't make up my mind what I should do with this blog.  I really want to keep it going, so will try.  Would love to know if people are seeing it!

BTW, here is my latest endeavor- ETSY-

Please visit me.

I have also update my web site and made the photos capable of enlarging, added a sale page and other stuff. Visit me there, too.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Late August Musings

I have the best intentions of posting on my blog, but life just gets in the way.  I have been working on the inner Stefanie a lot lately too and there's a lot to work on!  The best advice I can give is to work on yourself a little bit everyday and to remain positive.  If you are not positive, work on getting yourself back to being positive.  We really have a lot to be thankful for!   

The Texas heat has been quite a drag lately.  We had a break in late July when we went to Colorado and it was wonderful to feel cool breezes again.   Colorado was so beautiful and all I could think about was how nice it would be to live there.  The "vacation" was a bit of a challenge (backpacking, hiking, camping), but still fun.

Work stuff- I have been working on Phishstuff a little everyday too.  It has been too hot to make beads so I have been spending time on my web site and Etsy to trying and get noticed.  I started selling on Etsy in March 2011 and am pleased to be reaching more people.  I held back for many years from selling on Etsy because I knew that my photos would have to be good, so I finally got my digital slr and got to work.  Check it out and let me know what you think