Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Tribute To My BFF

I am a member of the yahoo group Beaded Art Dolls. I recently entered my first beaded art doll beadalong. Though I have made many art dolls, I had never made a beaded art doll. My first project was a transition from "art" to "beaded art".

It is a tribute to a long distance friendship that I highly value. Deb is one of the kindest, most loving, giving and conciderate people I have ever met. The doll was supposed to depict a song. I don't even know the name of this song. It's a little tune that I'm not sure where I heard many years ago. One of the girls on the group, Rosalie, thought it was in an I Love Lucy episode. The words are:

Friendship, Friendship. Just a perfect friendship.
When other friendships have gone to pot
Ours will still be hot.

Thats all I remember.

The dolls are a tribute to my friend Deb who lives in California. BDZ members know her as dochoamom.

I met Deb about a year ago on My Space. Our love of beading is what brought us together. Thanks to the internet and the Verizon Network, we have become good friends and speak on the phone every day. Deb's outlook on life is different than any other person I have met. We share the events of the day. We support and console each other, encourage each other and bounce ideas off each other. We share Saturday morning coffee, review books together and skim through our newest magazine issues together. When my husband saw the finished dolls, he picked them both up, one in each hand and made them dance and sing "ta dee da da, I finally get to see you". He is so funny and supportive.

The symbolism in Deb's doll is that she lives in a hot climate and wears flip flops and skirts. She has pet turtles and beads belt buckles. My doll has my wild hair and 2 of my animal totems, the frog and cardinal. I am wearing jeans that I would still love to be able to wear all jazzed up. I love glitz and glitter and rhinestones. Each bead was applied with thoughts of our friendship and love.

Deb this is my tribute to our friendship. I feel sure that we will be BFF.

PS: Someone on BAD just posted the words to the song. Here it is Deb. This is totally how I feel about you.

If you're ever in a jam, here I am.If you're ever in a mess, S.O.S.If you're so happy, you land in jail. I'm your bail.It's friendship, friendship, just a perfect blendship.When other friendships are soon forgot, ours will still be hot.Da da da da da da dig dig dig.If you're ever down a well, ring my bell.If you're ever up a tree, just phone to me.If you ever loose your teeth when you're out to dine, borrow mine.It's friendship, friendship, just a perfect blendship.When other friendships are soon forgeet, ours will still be great.Loddle doddle chuck chuck chaa.If they ever black you're eyes, put me wise.If they ever cook your goose, turn me loose.And if they ever put a bullet through your brain, Ill complain.It's friendship, friendship, just a perfect blendship.When other friendships are soon forgit, ours will still be it.Ah loddle doddle hip hap hap.If you ever loose your mind, I'll be kind.And if you ever loose your shirt, I'll be hurt.If you're ever in a mill and get sawed in half, I won't laugh.It's friendship, friendship, just a perfect blendship.When other friendships are are up the crick, ours will still be slick.Ah loddle doddle woof woof woof, hep hep hep, chopp chop chop, digdig dig.Good evening friends

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Frogs in My Pond

Talking to Jonna, I realized that I had never posted pics of my frogs. Afterall, we put the pond in partly to have them near so I should introduce you. Well, I haven't actually named them. But I talk to them constantly. They don't jump in the water when I come near, and I am very close while taking these pictures. They know that we gave them a beautiful big home and we would never hurt them.
Frog is another of my animal totem. Frog teaches not to be so materialistic and to grow more spiritual.
Here is the frog pond today, covered in snow and ice.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Look what Jonna Sent Me

These are some of the most beautiful stones I have ever seen. I think they are Agate, maybe Jasper. I'll have to ask. Jonna is one of my Cyber Pen Pals. We follow each other's blog. I sent her something I wanted her to have. Today, I was surprised with an envelope from her with these polished stones. You can just look at them forever. She collected them and polished them and she loves them. I feel honored that she shared her treasures with me. Thank you Jonna.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Answering My Own Challenge

The day was overcast, but I grabbed the camera to take pictures wherever I went on this Saturday morning. I no sooner got out on the road when I saw a hawk flying low and perch on a lamp post. I can't resist getting a pic of Hawk. He is my highest animal totem.
It is really mesmerizing to see a hawk watching you back. I can't move on until he flies away.

My spirits are high all day. Not many things raise my spirits higher than an encounter with Hawk.
Ok, I'm moving down the road now, on my way to one of my LBS. There are only two near me.

This is my LBS..Beads & Something More, 3019 LWE, Mishawaka, Indiana and the owners.
I should know their names. We chat for a long time when I go there. I love them. They are perfect people, people. The kind of people that make you welcome and you enjoy being in their store. They are the best. There is another store in town and when I go there, I'll get pics also.
I left to take lunch home to my grandsons and things got busy so I had to put the camera away that day. The following pics were taken the next week, after we had had about 3 inches of snow.

I know, you're saying why in the world would I take pics of a cemetary. Well, my home is near a railroad yards. The direction I usually go in is over the tracks. There are about 50 trains a day coming and going, so quite often you are waiting for a train to pass. This cemetary sits next to the tracks and the road I am waiting on.

My attention is always drawn to the headstones. Some of them date back to the early 1800s. Entire families buried next to each other. Calculating how old they were when they died. So many died young. Wondering what their life was life in the era in which they lived. What kind of house did they live in. What was their job. Quiet time spent in meditation while a 15 minute train clacks down the tracks. Cemetaries have always facinated me.

This is a view looking in the direction toward the little town of Osceola. I think it might be about 10 blocks long. This is about how much traffic that is usually on the highway, unless its a weekday. However, since the unemployment rate here is about 10%, its been alot less.

This is the same intersection looking in the other direction. This road runs along the railroad tracks.

This is a connecting highway. I live just a couple of houses off it. This picture is taken from the bridge over the St. Joseph River.

The view of the river to the east.

Below is to the west.

This is the road I live on. It dead ends into a bay on the river. This is a nice little rural area. Mostly pretty quiet. The subdivision down the road is relatively new and causes more traffic than I like, but it was part of the housing boom.

This is the bell ringer at my neighborhood Walmart. I took this picture because there are a lot of bad things said about Walmart. But one thing I like is that they allow the Salvation Army bellringers. The Boy Scouts can sell popcorn at the door. The Girl Scouts can set up a table to sell cookies. The Lions Club can come to give you candy, if you take it, in return for a donation. Our local organization against child abuse is allowed to wait outside for donations. I don't know of another store in our area that still allows it.

And just for laughs, here's the airport. I think its just used for corporation planes and for Notre Dame alums to park theirs when they come in town for games. Charlie Weiss better watch it. I don't think they like him very well right now.
So there you have it. Nice little area. Boring? Well, maybe. But my life is quiet and I guess I like it that way.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Birdfeeder Saga Continues

A little while ago I posted that we were trying to keep my squirrels out of the feeder that I bought especially for my beautiful Cardinals. The first pic shows the completed project. We put an acrylic dome (formerly party salad bowl) over the feeder. That didn't work since Chippy could still hang by his feet from the branch above and swing into the feeder.

Then we got the idea that if we added a wider platform above the bowl, Chippy might not be able to reach the feeder. We kept watch and never saw Chippy get into it. Solution to the problem? NO! See that green feeder to the left? We Chippy just climbed on it and leaped into the Cardinal feeder.
My solution was to move the Cardinal feeder farther out on the limb. Heck, I think that worked! Wrong!!

Chippy still gets in there, sometimes. But not often. I'm happy.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Here is a Challenge!

I have a good friend who lives in Southern California. On my way to work today, I was wondering what scenery Deb sees on her drive to work. I have not traveled much, so I don't know much about other areas of the country except I am excellent at Geography! So I have decided to take my camera with me this weekend wherever I go and snap pics around the area I live. I want to give Deb an idea of the lay of the land when I talk to her about what I am doing. BTW, we talk EVERY day and I am addicted to those conversations.

So, the Challenge is for anyone interested, take a few shots of what YOU see everyday so we can place you in the setting where you live. This will be interesting. I promise.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Squirrels in the Bird Feeder

I usually believe that Sunday is a day to relax and do only what you want to. But I have given Terry a task today. You all know how much we enjoy our little rodent Squirrel friends. Well, I bought a special feeder for my Mr. Baldy and Family (Cardinal) and I can't keep this little guy or his friends out of it. A plastic dome over the top didn't get it. Moving it away from another feeder to Chippy can't perform an aerial trick didn't get it either. We'll see what Terry the Toolman comes up with. More later....
OK, I need to clarify this for new visitors: I absolutely LOVE squirrels. I feed them peanut butter sandwiches by hand. When I open the window to feed them, they try to come in the house! They stand at the window to get my attention to let me know they are hungry! BUT...I also love Cardinals and bought a special feeder for Mr. Baldy and Family. That is the feeder that I need to keep my Chippys out of. Show you a pic tomorrow.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Show and Tell

I don't buy much for myself. But when it comes to gardening, birding and beading there is not much that I deny myself, within reason, of course. So I decided to show you some of the things I have bought recently.
This little birdie bead was a purchase from Heather at She has such cute little critters also. Worth a moment to take a look.

And, since starting the BJP, I realize how much more I want to know. So, what better place to find answers than Robin herself! I ordered these two books directly from her at If you are new to bead embroider, or just want to learn cool techniques, please check these out. They are absolutely wonderful. Want to know how to make an interesting tree trunk? Or a mountain stream? Or just thoughts for journaling. Definitely one of my favorite purchases ever.

Ok, I'm not a great photographer. But this pendant is awesome. Its by Laura Mears and I bought it from You may have seen some of her work incorporated into pieces done by Sheri Serafini or Heidi Kummli. I was obsessed to own one. Now I must really plan this piece to do it justice. I see bead shopping in my future!!

This picture does NOT do this pin justice!! It was a gift from Sue U She had a drawing from the names of all people that posted on her blog during a certain time frame. I'm thinking that I'll do that sometime. When I was taking the picture of the pin, my daughter and her friend came in and they went wild over how beautiful it is.
I thought the next thing would be "can I have it?" - NO!

And here is a book that my bestest friend Deb sent to me. We are on a journey together. I believe in the power of the universe and I have heard a lot of good things about this book.
I would also like to mention here that I have also bought some absolutely beautiful beads from Charlene at Right now she is having a buy 3 get one of the same value free. Charlene's son is ill with no insurance so she has been trying to increase sales to be able to help him. She is a wonderful person to purchase from and is one of my favorite on line stores.

And saving the best for last here!!!! My grandson spent the weekend at my house and was gracious enough to take a trip to Michael's and Hobby Lobby with me. While I was in the bead aisle, he was looking around for something crafty to do. He selected one of those potholder looms. This is a potholder that he made and turned into a stuffed chicken. It was a present for my husband who loves chickens. He probably loves them because he misses his youth, when he had chickens and roosters for pets.
So, that's all I have for now. Hope you enjoyed looking at my treasures. I don't buy a lot, but when I do, its because I really love what I buy.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


These pictures are from a distance, but I had to post them because they are special to me. 6 hawks all overhead at the same time! They are so majestic. They glide in circles, rarely flapping their wings. I watch in awe, and thank them for being there for me to honor them by watching their flight.
Thank you hawk. You lift my spirits.