Sunday, March 20, 2011

More gifts in the mail!

I just received my final OWOH gift from Sabine at
It is a beautiful handmade card and a lovely journal. Thanks so much Sabine. Please visit her blog to see her lovely work.

I also received a lovely fairie gift from Judy over at http://once we for her Pay It Forward gift. I love the box as much as the little bag. Please check out her blog to see her fantastic fairie designs.

And this is what I have been working on. It is my first beading project, I think I should have started smaller, but I really wanted to make the lizard. I have no idea what I will do with him when I am done but I am enjoying the process. I have to say though, that I need a magnifying light. Those seed beads are really hard to see, especially at night!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pay It Forward!

I just read about this on Purplepaintsmuse blog. It is a way to spread a little kindness in this world. Basically, this is how it works. The first 5 people to leave a comment and email me with their snail mail address will receive a special package from me sometime during 2011. This is my way of saying thank you for visiting my blog.
Now your challenge is to continue to spread the kindness. See if you can do 5 nice things for someone in 2011. It doesn't have to cost money. It can be a kind word to someone who is feeling low or an hour of your time at a soup kitchen. There are so many ways to spread kindness.
Email me and let me know what you have done and I will post it on my blog anonymously. Won't you join in and spread a little kindness in your world?
If you'd like to read more about it you can go to

If anyone knows how I make those blog addresses actual links, please help me. I have clicked on every button I know and even clicked the link button and typed it in like I was supposed to but then it wouldn't even show on the post. HELP!!!

More Goodies!

I just feel like I am celebrating my birthday all month!!!
Look what I got from ChatElaine. I won this on her website! She made it just for me. Aren't I lucky!!!!
She has two etsy stores if you'd like to check out all her goodies! They are beautiful!

I received these beadbacking fabrics and the beautiful cabochon from Nicole at Beadwright. I had entered a blogaversary giveaway at Pieces of Fate and Susan picked me!! What was really funny was that Nicole over at Beadwright was the big winner of my OWOH giveaway!!

And finally, my wonderful Big Sister in England sent me some of her leftover fabric. She has decided to give weaving a try so is getting rid of her fabric stash! And I am the lucky recipient!!

This is a close-up of one of the fabrics. Don't you just love the butterfly's!!

Thank you to everyone!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Have you ever felt violated? It is an awful feeling. When someone lurks around but doesn't make their presence known. When you don't share a private part of your life but they invade it anyway but don't come out and tell you, rather they sneak around and then make an off the cuff remark that makes you realize they have been lurking in areas of your life that you hadn't shared with them.
If it was an accident that they stumbled upon this area of your life that you hadn't shared with them, then why wouldn't they comment about it? Why make an off the cuff remark so that you would know they have invaded your space but they don't come out and just say it? Oh, it makes me so angry.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Seriously, Who Puts Gluten in Shampoo!!!

Ok, this is seriously crazy! I went to get my hair cut and I decided to try a different salon and stylist just because. So as I am there, I notice that she was using a product on me that I had never seen before. (trust me, I have seen and tried them all!) So I asked her about it. She was telling me about all it's qualities and how there are only 2 salons in Illinois now carrying it because it is so new. They are using it because some of their clients have gluten sensitivities and this is gluten free. WHAT! I have spent the last year trying every shampoo, cheap, expensive, foreign, organic, etc on the market because my head has been itching like crazy and I have had this rash behind my ears and along my hairline. Yeah, come to find out it is because of the gluten in the products I have been using. Who the hell puts gluten in shampoo??????????
This is the first time in a year or more that my head does not itch. No wonder I couldn't get rid of the rash. I'd put cortisone cream on it like they told me and it would go away for a day or two and then be right back. So, this is the big test. My head doesn't itch and I'll see if the rash goes away and stays away. Of course this stuff costs millions, just like everything else I have to buy. Man, somebody is making a fortune out of others misery!!!
So, now don't you feel educated???? Geez, now I have to go check my lotion and makeup to make sure I am not inadvertently getting it there. I am not totally ok in the intestine dept and am now in awful shape, so I am thinking I might be getting gluten from non food sources.
I just ought to go live on a deserted island somewhere away from everyone and everything and just commune with nature!!!
My luck there will be wheat fields everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!! UGH!!
Oh, the brand of the shampoo is Neuma. This is what they state:

NEUMA brings beauty, health and well-being to hair. Our collection of professional performance beauty products contain ingredients which above all, do no harm - because like you, we care for earth and hair.
ZERO synthetic fragrance, sulfates, parabens, 1.4 dioxane, phtalates, glutens, neurotoxins, aluminum compuonds, glycols, formaldehyde donors, ureas, carcinogens and environmental pollutants - simply a genuine, sustainable brand.
Renewable, beneficial, plant-based, colour safe ingredients
Certified Organic Extracts
85% post consumer recycled bottles
100% certified wind power
100% recycled fiber containers

Organic raw materials, sustainable business practices and continuing membership as a global corporate citizen will make the difference in the long run. It's the right thing to do.

Yeah, so who would figure that I have been so religious about not ingesting any gluten yet here I have been putting it on my head every day. Don't you think somebody would have suggested to me that there may be gluten in shampoo??? UGH!!