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I’ve been a bit quiet of late….we’ve had severe flooding here – I was on holidays and travelling at the time and got stuck away from home.  Back now though and getting back into the swing of things.  Finished off this pair of earrings for a lovely customer…..think I might do some more in different colours.  What do you think??

Finished-Earrings Close-up

Hope you’re having a good one….whatever you’re doing!




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Have you ever dug your heels in about something that you really DIDN’T want to do?  And I don’t mean when you were a kid and were determined not to cut in half the last red jelly snake to share with your brother!  (Although thinking back….that would be right up there  amongst the top things to dig your heels in about…)

No.  I’m talking about knowing you have to do something – sort of  life or death (well almost) – with the knowledge that it’s no longer a democratic decision on your part.  You know…..the choice is no longer solely yours to make, outta your hands etc etc.   Of  little comfort is the fact that knowing the outcome will benefit you and therefore probably others around you,  knowing that you will get used to it…..eventually (sure! yada, yada…etc)…..and maybe you won’t even hate it so much anymore.

I’m talking about EXERCISE!  *sigh*

I hate exercise!

Ok, I’m lazy. I know that.  I love to be a couch potato.  I love to watch the telly.  I love to dawdle around when I’m doing my shopping.  Any sport that involves sitting on my butt….I’m your man!  Er, well….woman 🙂   Even my work involves sitting down – either making beads, or making jewellery or book keeping etc.  Actually I used to be incredibly active when I was growing up, continuing all through my teens and early twenties.  I think that’s the problem – I’ve used up all my energy in the first 20 years of my life!!  LOL   Or maybe it’s because I have Fibromyalgia and it hurts  to do much else than sit,  some days.

Either way…….apparently 71.5 kgs for my petite frame is way too much, as is my cholesterol level of ……(mumble, mumble – not telling!) . Oh and don’t forget the fact that I can’t seem to run the fur babies around the back yard without collapsing into a heaving, wheezing, coughing mess.  Add that to my various sleeping issues etc etc and my  doctor’s orders are that I slide that chair under the table, put up the foot rest on my comfy recliner, turn the computer off,  lace up my joggers and move my butt (and my legs) towards the great outdoors.  Or the treadmill.  Whatever is my preferred option – that choice is actually up to me!


How does one start this new-fangled exercise stuff?  Actually, I did start walking a few months ago.  For a couple of weeks anyway.  I am a self-confessed “night freak” BUT I got myself out of bed at 5.30 in the morning (what the hell was I on??  And where can I get some more???  :)) and joined the army of “morning freaks” for their daily dose of dawn torture.  And most of them even looked HAPPY at that time of the day!  Pretty sure my face told a very different story to theirs….LOL    Several mornings, I even walked in the rain!  Now that’s dedication!!  It was on one of these rainy mornings when I was hurrying home, that I strained my foot and ended up  with a foot spur – which was incredibly painful.  See!  I knew exercise was damaging to your health!  This would not have happened if I was tucked up in bed!

Not that I’m really fat or anything – I just need to lose enough weight so that I don’t have to succumb to Number Two on my list of things that I really HATE doing……………CLOTHES SHOPPING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway……….I’ve procrastinated enough.  Time to just “man up” and get stuck in.  Maybe I’ll start nice and slow.  Just a few laps around the lounge room and then I might have to have a little lie down on the couch with a cuppa. 🙂

Catch you all later!!  Hope you’re having a great week!

Cheers – Sandy

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I don’t know why I have such an addictive nature.  I’m forever grateful that I don’t gamble.  I’d be living on the riverbank under the bridge by now.  But I just can’t help myself!!  I’m an addict……and all you bead and glass junkies out there know EXACTLY what I’m talkin’ about…..

THE NEED FOR GLASS and BEADS and MORE GLASS!!  I’m insatiable!  I have about 900 kilos of the stuff and I just ordered more!!  Should be here tomorrow.  Just in time for a torching session on Friday – woohoo!!  I figure at the rate I buy glass, I’m gonna need 4 more lifetimes to use it all up.  I told myself last time I ordered glass (about a month ago), that this would be IT for a very long time.  That was before I realised I had the attention span of a goldfish – about 3 seconds – and that one month in a goldfish’s world was indeed a very long time!!   Anyway…..how can I help it when the glass companies keep bringing out all these “to die for” colours!     Must…..have……more…..colours……

Anyway,  because I’ve got such a massive stash of beads – both my own lampwork goodies and store bought treasures – I have decided to have a massive de-stash of lots of stuff.  Mainly because I’ve got no room left to put anything – my little studio is busting at the seams and spilling over into the rest of the house (which as you can imagine, impresses my DH no end!!  NOT!!!  lol).  I can’t find anything and my head is all cluttered up too…….so time for action!  I’ve spent the last couple of weeks sifting through my bead pile and stringing some bits together – it’s dawning on me what an ENORMOUS job this de-stash is going to be!  But has to be done.

So no pics just yet……but watch this space – there’ll be some bargains to be had!

Hope you’re all having a great week…..if not – get busy being happy!

Cheers – Sandy 🙂

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Hello Fellow Bloggers and lovers of hole-y glassy baubles!!!  This is just a short post….yeah, right!   I want to show you some piccies of the beads I made earlier this month at Leah Fairbanks workshop at Wildlight Studios in Brisbane.  I had the BEST time in the world!!  Leah is a totally amazing teacher!!  If anyone is in two minds about doing a class with this super-uber talented lady – sign up NOW!!!  Leah brought her delightful friend and assistant, Susan, with her and they are two of the loveliest people you will ever meet.  A HUGE thank you also goes to Tracy of Wildlight Studios, for her generosity and kindness in making sure I had transport to and from the studio and also to my fellow classmates – who were a tremendous bunch of AWESOME people!!!  You guys ROCK!!

Now that I have gushed enough…..here are the pics….includes my very FIRST aquarium bead EVER!!!

Aquarium Bead

Aquarium Bead - different side

Fern bead

Foil and Flower Bead

Hollow Sunflower Bead

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Just thought I would share with you a bracelet that I made late last year and have now just put it up for sale on my website.  There’s something very satisfying about starting out with some glass rods and sterling silver wire and creating a little piece of art right from scratch.  All of what you see in this bracelet has been created by me from raw materials – with the exception of the two sterling silver beads on either side of the focal and the little star charm on the dangle. I gotta say it’s really nice to see a finished product after having cut, shaped, balled, soldered, hammered and polished wire  into submission – not to mention the melting of glass into pretty beady things….lol.  Hope you like it!  For more info (inc price etc) click on “My Website” in the right hand column….. 🙂   BRACELET IS NOW SOLD!!! Thank you Alex!!

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Here we go – last one for tonight!  These are the most gorgeous colour combo of light and dark green-ish with crystals and sterling silver components.  They are to be found on my website…… Enjoy!

EARRINGS ARE NOW SOLD!!! Thank you Alex!!

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Just another quick post…… Unusual “Flying Saucer” lampwork bead earring with gold filled wire and hand crafted large loopy ear wires.  Great accessory for that little black dress!  Available on my website now…….

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