Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Holidays

Hoping everyone had a happy holidays. We had a house full of people for most of the day, but it was the least stressful Christmas we've had in a long time. We ate, visited, opened presents, ate, opened presents, ate and visited. What astonishes me is I still have a fridge and freezer FULL of food?

Hubby loved his gifts. He got night vision binoculars and spent about 15 min watching the horses out the window last night. I also gave him a new super duty battery charger with a timer on it so he doesn't boil his batteries anymore, and he got TONS of stocking stuffers. All in all I think I did good for him with gifts this year.

I got a COOL guillotine shear for cutting sheet metal, it'll cut up to a 1/4 inch thick sheet! I'm most excited about this gift, hubby also got me a system so I can listen to my Iphone music in my truck! He also gave me a small trail motorbike, which in all honesty I think was a gift more for him than me *snicker* I am really nervous on bikes and really not comfortable. But he had a blast zipping up and down the driveway on it!

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season filled with laughter and fun!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Luxe Box came today!

I've subscribed to Loose Buttons Luxe Box and I admit I adore it! It comes every month with samples of different beauty products and it's only 10 bucks a month! It was a treat to myself and I've felt pampered each time it's arrived. It came today, perfect timing as I was feeling really grumpy after hours of Christmas shopping, long line ups and lack of HO HO HO in general. It really doesn't feel Christmasy at all to me this year. And then.............I picked up my mail YIPPEE!

It comes packaged beautifully, with a card explaining each items uses and costs. I love the boxes they use, they slide out and are pretty sturdy. I'm saving mine for future uses, maybe storage in the studio!

So, my box had the following. DDF Firming Cream which I actually got to request. We had a choice of one product this month and I've been wanting to try some anti aging cream for a while so this was perfect timing. It retails for $2.90 a gram and I got a 48 gram sample size, a 40.00 value!

Yves Rocher Mandarin shower gel YUM! Lovely scent and everyone knows I adore anything scented. It retails for 3 cents a ml and the sample size was 400 ml so a $1.50 value.

Two samples of Paco Rabanne a mens (going in hubby's stocking) and a women's. The women's is a bit heady but now that I've had it one for a while I'm really liking it, a very rich scent that makes me feel decadent. Both samples total a $3.30 value.

I also got a FULL size Nyx eye liner, interesting because I was just thinking about eye liner the other day. I'm curious to try this as it's been forever since I used eye liner. It's a $4.00 value.

We also got adorable Loose Button chocolate coins, very cute.

So my total value for this months Luxe Box $48.00, pretty good I'd say. Plus shipping is included!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


If you’ve lost focus, just sit down and be still.
Take the idea and rock it to and fro. Keep some
of it and throw some away, and it will renew itself.
You need do no more.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Just don't give up

“Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.” - Ella Fitzgerald

It's been a quiet Christmas season here. When the winter Stinking Fish Studio Tour was cancelled I didn't replace it with anything else. I didn't book any craft shows, mainly because it was too late to get into any of the bigger ones. In hind sight maybe I should have done something. It's been lean this season, not many sales. Online sales are slow, I think the worst of this economy is finally in Canada.

I'm plugging ahead daily, trying to stick to my goal of a minimum of 5 days a week in the studio in preparation for Tucson at the end of January. Still working on pods and tiny boro beads, having a lot of fun with them. Hoping to have LOTS for Tucson.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

New boro!

I've change my torch set up and boy what a difference! I turned down my propane PSI and switched to my cricket torch. I am thrilled with the results. I've got new pods I am really happy with the finished product and lots of teeny tiny boro beads, all of which will be at Tucson Whole Bead Show.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


The divine spark is within you, know that it’s true and shine today!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

What really Matters

And the truth is that what really matters is what happens today - Rosanna O