Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Gem stones in!

I have some new gemstones come in yesterday. They are beautiful!
Pink Tourmalene
Smokey Quartz
Prehenite Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald
Lemon Quartz I have some new gemstones come in yesterday. They are beautiful!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ronnie Warren Concert

This was an awesome concert! Ronnie Warren played 7 different instruments and sang. Not all at once of course. I have a video of him playing the saw, but it is turned sideways and I can't figure out how to make it right. Maybe Ben will show me. Here is Ronnie Warren on the harmonica.

Of course he plays the violin and guitarAnd a melodica...and keyboard...and tin flute. Who knows what else he can play or will learn to play. If you get a chance to hear him in concert GO. His whole family are musicians.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Elizabeth Louise Murray

Mrs. Murray's funeral was a reminder of how special she was. It was also a reunion of sorts. Pastors and friends from all over came to pay their respects to the Murrays. Seeing the children all grown up! My goodness. It has only been a couple of months or even a couple of years since seeing some. But 17 years since seeing others!

Did you know kids change an awful lot in 17 years!

I know she will be greatly missed. At the same time, she is with her Savior, son, parents, and many friends.

Elizabeth Louise Murray, we will miss you my friend!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Alopecia Aeriota

Alopecia is simply baldness. The hairroot goes dormant and hair falls out. Alopecia Aerota is "areas of baldness", Alopecia Totallis "is no hair on the head...at all", Alopecia Universal is no hair anywhere on the body.

I have Alopecia Aerota. I have been completely bald twice (on my head). Right now I have a wide "mohawk" with bald spots. I can get my hair up in 2 pin curls! One on top and one in back. That's how my wig stays on.

If the hair cannot grow back with pigment, it may try without pigment (pure white). I have a few strands of the pure white hair.

I wear a wig to church, hats or scarves everywhere else. I let it all go at home. My scalp is very sensitive to the lace and other materials in the wig. Plus, even though it is a medical wig (airy) it does get hot.
But I don't have to worry about the rain. I just take the wig off, shake it out, and put it back on. Or just tuck it into my purse to stay dry!

Alopecia is not painful but can be emotional. It can be treated with prednisone injections into the scalp. These help the regrowth of hair for a while. But steroids have a lot of bad side effects and for me it just isn't worth it anymore.
I began the injections when I was 12. So long as I continued with them, my hair grew back. But, the steroids over the years have caused weight gain and emotional issues. I have had steroids for lung problems and joint problems as well. So, for the last 2 years I have avoided all steroids, pills, shots, inhalers... I am going to try to go 5 years without steroids of any kind. We will see how it goes!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


We had 3 earthquakes yesterday. The epicenter was 3 blocks from the church. I felt the first two, but not the third. I think the dog did though. He was begging to come in the house.

They weren't strong nor unusual. We had one 9 days earlier too that was 3.4. These were 2.7, 2.5, and 2.2. The unusual thing is to have so many in 3 hours time! The fault is 3 miles below ground.

I doubt anything exciting will happen today. Unless I get to go fishing!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

This is a fun video my son Ben put together. The story is true. If you want additional details just ask. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

John 3:16 Bracelet

My favorite scripture of all time is John 3:16. I made this design to show off that verse. This is a charm bracelet with each charm representing part of the verse. The rest of the bracelet is made with firepolished Czech glass beads. Most of the charms are made of pewter. A couple of charms are Sterling Silver.
I was excited when I found the globe charms. I was able to buy several in different colors. I specifically decided against a pink globe. I just think it would look quite right if you know what I mean.

I have made this design in several color variations.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Gems and Pearls

I don't have much to say today. Except, I want to buys more beads! It really is an addiction. Those of you who bead know that. I have some semi-precious gems and pearls coming, but I want them now. Not really to make anything yet, but to hold in my hand and feel their beauty.
I have some black diamonds at home just waiting to be worked with.
I kept making excuses that the pearls I wanted to use with them weren't in. Well, the pearls are in, but I like the gems just by themselves!
Well, I will just have to be patient to wait on my package. Then I will have to get busy making jewelry. Then sell it!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

This is such a pretty necklace. The peridot and purple Swarovski crystals accent the colors of the lampwork beads. The pearls give it a delicate touch. I love working with pearls. The lobster claw clasp is Sterling silver.