Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Hallowe'en! A day late...






The photo shows my "costume". :-)

I couldn't get my husband to take a photo of me in my costume,
but for those who have seen my blog before or know me,
you know my love of Harry Potter.

For past Halloweens and when I go to see the HP movies,
I dress as Harry Potter or a Gryffindor student.

This year I decided to be a "new" Hogwart's student who is sitting
under the Sorting Hat waiting to be sorted into the "right" house.

So which should it be? Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin?

I chose this costume to reflect my real-life situation.
I have actually gone back to school this year.
Indeed, just this month.
I started online classes at University of Phoenix on October 4th, 2011.

It's been an intense month for me.
I'm looking forward to finally earning my degree though.
I hope that my grades will make any of the houses proud...
well, maybe not Slytherin. ;-)

I am now starting my 5th and final week of my first UoPX class
and it counts for 35% of my grade, so I really should be working on
finishing my essay and PowerPoint presentation due by Sunday at midnight.

Just thought I'd drop by and say hello!

When I get myself organized, I will be making more jewelry and probably
blogging about some other wonderful fun I've had between my last blog post and this one.
It hasn't all been homework. ;-)

In the meantime, I wish you all happy creating!

~stephanie~


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

DIY Jewelry Tool Storage...

I did some craft room organization yesterday...
and realized that I finally had gotten tired of losing track of my jewelry pliers. ;-)

I had most of my pliers sorted in these vintage memo/paper sorters,
but they sat on one of my craft desks.

The three pliers I used the most I just took "to" each project.
Since projects were/are generally done wherever I could find surface space,
this was not necessarily near the neatly organized sorters. ;-)

Often I'd end up losing track of them under some bin of beads,
or in amongst a basket of beads, or wherever.

Yesterday, I realized that this green basket was now going to be empty and an idea
just came to me. Luckily it worked!
The basket was big enough so that conveniently my two sorters of pliers fit into it together.

So here is what I came up with.


I posted this photo on Facebook and had several inquiries about how the storage was put
together, so I took a series of photos to show the details.



Finding the basket that will fit two memo/paper sorters is probably going to be the trickiest part. The basket should also be of sturdy plastic with a sturdy handle,
since it will get a bit heavy when it's full.

My two memo/paper sorters are from the thrift store and both vintage.

The blue one is one of my very favorite vintage finds ever.
It's marked on the bottom eldon office supplies 1980. I love the cool color and shape and that it has a space for pencils, which allows me to have a space for all those small tools.

Of course, now I won't be able to see the awesome blue color much, but
that does not detract from the overall awesomeness (and usefulness) of this item. :-)


I have a mishmash of pliers. LOL


Then you just stick the pliers in however they fit most conveniently for the space and for you!

I didn't check the original photo before I put the pliers back in,
so the order of how they went in changed somewhat, but that's the beauty
of this DIY project. You can put them in and take them out, any way you want! :-)

Happy Creating!

~stephanie~

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ends...

I went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 yesterday!

And I like to dress up. ;-)

I could not wear the robe after all,
because it was already 90 degrees out when we left for the movie at 8:30 am. LOL

Two of my dogs were quite fascinated with my real wood wand.
Bella, the black and white, was actually trying to bite it.

My t-shirt is a Harry Potter themed one, but a bit non-traditional.
It's this one from teefury.com. I love teefury.com!

I took a photo of the the movie poster as we were leaving.

I'll miss there being new Harry Potter movies to look forward to.
I was exhilarated and devastated when book 7 finally arrived.

But as J.K. Rowling said at the London premiere
of Deathly Hallows: Part 2...

"Whether you come back page by page or by the big screen,
Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home."

I am very happy that I have had and will continue to have
Hogwarts in my life.

Happy Creating!
~stephanie~

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Birthday Dinner!

Friday, May 20, 2011 was my 39th birthday!

To celebrate, I was lazy most of the day, just hanging out at home with the dogs and watched The Scarlet Pimpernel on Netflix. ;-)
After my husband got off of work, he took me out to dinner.
Traditionally I have go to my favorite Japanese restaurant for my birthday, but this year,
I decided to try something different.

We went here:

Luna Bella Restaurant

And I had the Shrimp Scampi appetizer (wonderful!)
and this Ahi Salad as my entrée.

My camera phone flash doesn't really do this gorgeous salad justice!
And it was very good.

My husband had the Calamari appetizer, and though I only had a bite,
he assured me it was the best calamari dish he'd ever had.
For his entrée, he had Chicken Sweet Basil Fettuccine Alfredo (with the chicken on
the side, since he is a vegetarian...lol). He enjoyed the fettuccine very much.

For dessert we shared the Risotto Cheese Cake with Ginger Crust.
We both loved it!

There was live jazz music,
though I did not get the name of the singer with the beautiful voice.
It was a nice accompaniment to dinner, as we were seated only a couple
of tables away in a back booth.

I think we will definitely go there again soon.
My husband's birthday and our anniversary are in early June.
And looks like, from their website, we were just ahead of enjoying the
Summer Light Luna Bar Menu
I have a hankering for some Fish and Chips. ;-)

Chef Steven Shultz is also hoping to be one of the final two contestants
in the Iron Chef Tucson Culinary Experience in late June,
so I definitely placed my vote for him online.

If you haven't tried Luna Bella, I do recommend it!

How did you celebrate your last birthday?

Happy Creating!
~stephanie~

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thrifty Thursday

New luggage!

And it was an awesome bargain!

On my last trip, I went with one of our older carry-on rolling bags,
and though it served it's purpose, it was difficult to organize and also
kept falling over every time I left it standing on it's own in the airport. lol

On my next trip in 2 weeks, I will need a bit more room, so I have opted to have a bag I can check in, and went in search of something more sturdy and with more features than our old luggage (which is at least 12 years old). The best deal I found (a Kenneth Cole canvas suitcase that retailed for $400, usually sold at Ross for $89.99, but was on clearance for $62.99) was unfortunately much too large for my needs and my height. It was nearly half as tall as I am. ;-)

Luckily my husband found this Revo aluminum frame red suitcase at a different Ross location.
And it was on clearance for $41.99! With a retail price of $260.

I had never heard of the Revo brand, but am quite impressed with the style, light weight aluminum framing, and interior pockets/organization! Also it has 4 wheels, so is much easier to maneuver and roll through an airport. This one is a 24" size, so must be checked in (thank goodness I'm flying Southwest, so that will not cost me),
and I'd love to find the smaller carry-on version of this if at all possible.

I can't wait to use it!

Happy Creating!
and happy travels!!

~stephanie~

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Woof Wednesday


Removed this rug from my craft room today.

But apparently Bella wasn't as happy to see it go away. ;-)

Happy Creating!!
And tail wags from my three - Ginny, Bella, & Mocha.

~stephanie~

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Adventure!

Embarking on my adventure...


Have not meant to neglect my blog for 3 months,
but I do have an adventure to blog about.

I haven't traveled since 2003, when I went to visit my very sick grandmother
in Stockton, California. Only a month after my visit, my grandma passed away,
and I was unable to go back to attend her funeral.
Oddly enough, when I returned after my visit to my grandmother,
I attended my first ever Duran Duran concert at the Rialto theater here in Tucson.

This recent adventure also involves Duran Duran! A strange coincidence!!

This time though seeing them for the first time with my best friend of 27 years.

My friend Simika lives in Hesperia, CA and the concert was on April 14 in Pomona, CA.
So I flew into Ontario the day of the concert and Simika met me at the airport.
We got ready in rooms at our hotel near the airport.
I wore hot pink jeans and a green toned leopard print sleeveless top. ;-)
And being only 4'9", had to wear 3" platform sandals. I could write another blog post on my adventure of trying to find shoes (that fit - I'm a size 5!) for the concert,
but ended up wearing a pair I already had. lol

Thank goodness also for the VIP tickets we had too, guaranteeing we would be in at
least the first few rows, though we hoped to get as close to front row as possible.

Here are a several pics from the concert:



Do you think we were close enough? ;-)

It was awesome!
It was a great time, except for a bit of a sore throat from all the screaming I did. ;-)
And despite having been worried about some of the minor health problems
I'd been experiencing for over half a year (fatigue, muscle aches, dizziness),
I felt great the entire time, pain free! Gotta love adrenaline!!!

I stayed to visit with my friend and her two daughters - 16 and 9 years old -
for a couple of days after the concert and had an enjoyable time.
We had one bit of scariness when my friend's car had some engine trouble and
we had to wait for the tow truck at a rest stop off the highway (for 3 hours!),
but there was a gas station, small convenience store, McDonald's,
and three cell phones to use, so it was only a minor inconvenience.

Here is our view as we were waiting (I forgot to mention it did get dark on us):


Before the car trouble, we'd been to Hollywood Blvd., my very first trip there,
to see the Duran Duran star on the Walk of Fame, and some of the other sights.
Very interesting people on Hollywood Blvd.! :-)


Here are a few photos from that adventure:


And in two weeks, I will be embarking on yet another adventure!
Again back to California, but this time to Northern California, to see family and friends.

I have been offered a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium with a childhood
friend who also has a degree in Aquatic Biology. I was born in Monterey (Fort Ord),
so this is a special trip for me for many reasons. When I was in high school I had
plans to study marine biology, but then moved out to the desert. ;-)

My family lives in Stockton and though there's nothing much exciting about the city of
Stockton, it will be very nice to see everyone though and do some catching up!
Seven years between visits is a long time. :-/

Thanks for letting me tell you about my adventure!

Happy Creating!!
~stephanie~



Sunday, February 20, 2011

Spring Facebook Giveaway!


spring flowers giveaway!

enter a comment below the first post on my Facebook page
to be entered into the drawing on March 1st to win
a pair of the "spring flowers" earrings
pictured above!
(color of earrings will be my choice unless I have the color you request in stock)

ENTER HERE!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Connections...

I met the lovely Heather DiSimone, and her friend Elisa
at the Whole Bead Show at Windmill Inn here in Tucson on Sunday February 6th
at their suite for The Beadin' Path during the Tucson gem show.

I forgot to take a photo of them at the suite, but you can find lovely photos
of their time in Tucson at The Beadin' Path Facebook page!

I went specifically to the show to meet Heather,
who I've chatted with for a couple of years on Twitter!
She is super sweet and tweets about lots of fun new
designs she works on for her shop!

I did see on Twitter that she would be doing demonstrations at the suite,
and I'd seen some of the designs - via Twitter - that she had
previously done with the Pierce and Rivet tool she was
demonstrating, but I absolutely fell in LOVE with the tool in person!

I've only gotten to play with it a couple of days since I've had it.
Mostly because I'm still deciding on the collection of metal components
I want to create the designs I have in mind,
but I can tell you it only took me two mistakes to get the hang of
this small, but amazing, tool - and that the possibilities are endless!

It was even more exciting to me, because I am not a big fan of the E-6000 glue.
Not that there is anything wrong with the glue,
but I am just hyper sensitive to certain smells!

Below are some photos of the tool and a sampling of my beginner projects. ;-)

See The Beadin' Path website for some really
awesome videos on how to use the tool!
I was going to make a video, but...

The tool and the fabulous lucite beads I got at the suite!
That is my Summer Collection color palette!

What's in the box.
I know it looks similar to another hole making tool out there, but it's definitely not the same! ;-)

This photo shows the bag of assorted sample rivets that comes w/the tool.
And part of the small collection of metal components I had on hand, and that I have played around with so far!

I enjoyed mixing metals!

and look at the "backsides"! Aren't those rivets so clean and neat!!
Just amazing! And an extremely strong connection.

I can't wait to get more metal components to play around with
and I'm also hoping soon to get the add-on to this tool,
which does eyelets!! I plan to wire wrap some buttons
using the eyelet holes created in the metal components and...

...well, you'll see! ;-)

Happy Creating!

~stephanie~


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day...


Hugging is healthy.
It helps the body's immune system,
it keeps you healthier, it cures depression,
it reduces stress, it induces sleep, it's invigorating,
it's rejuvenating, it has no unpleasant side effects,
and hugging is nothing less than a miracle drug.

Hugging is all natural. It is organic, naturally sweet,
no pesticides, no preservatives, no artificial ingredients
and 100 percent wholesome.

Hugging is practically perfect. There are no movable parts,
no batteries to wear out, no periodic check-ups,
low energy consumption, high energy yield,
inflation proof, nonfattening, no monthly payments,
no insurance requirements, theft-proof, nontaxable,
nonpolluting, and of course,
fully returnable.
-source unknown

{{{HUGS}}}

Stephanie

Sunday, January 9, 2011

new year...

I never put up my Happy New Year post here,
and now it has become not such a happy new year...

A tragedy occurred in Tucson yesterday,
if you have read any news, I'm sure you
have heard about it by now.

So sad.

A disturbed young man with a gun.
Five adults and a young child dead.
More still fighting for their lives.

Many everyday heroes who prevented this disturbed young man
from harming even more people.

My thoughts go out to all those affected by this tragedy.
The victims.
The families of the victims.
The city of Tucson.
The state of Arizona.
The entire country.

We all share compassion for loss of life.
Except those who choose to say they do not,
though if those lost were important to them,
they would feel pain.

Pain is universal. Unfortunately.

But so is hope and peace.
We can have hope and we can hope for peace.

I hope for peace.

S