Thursday, February 28, 2013

Out of the Mouths of Babes

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A good friend emailed me this funny story. Neither of us knows from whom it originated. Perhaps someone out there in Blogland could help. I would love to give the author credit. The only clue is NSW (I am assuming New South Wales)... any Aussie readers know the origin of this charming tale?

A 1st grade school teacher on the mid coast of NSW had twenty-six students in her class. She presented each child in her classroom the 1st half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. It's hard to believe these were actually done by first graders. Their insight may surprise you. While reading, keep in mind that these are first-graders, 6-year-olds, because the last one is a classic!

Don't change horses
until they stop running.
Strike while the
bug is close.
It's always darkest before
Daylight Saving Time.
Never underestimate the power of
You can lead a horse to water but
Don't bite the hand that
looks dirty.
No news is
A miss is as good as a
You can't teach an old dog new
If you lie down with dogs, you'll
stink in the morning.
Love all, trust
The pen is mightier than the
An idle mind is
the best way to relax.
Where there's smoke there's
Happy the bride who
gets all the presents.
A penny saved is
not much.
Two's company, three's
the Musketeers.
Don't put off till tomorrow what
you put on to go to bed.
Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and
you have to blow your nose.
There are none so blind as
Stevie Wonder.
Children should be seen and not
spanked or grounded.
If at first you don't succeed
get new batteries.
You get out of something only what you
see in the picture on the box.
When the blind lead the blind
get out of the way.
A bird in the hand
is going to poop on you.
And the WINNER and last one!
Better late than

Czech Beads to be Won

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The generosity of our fellow beaders continues! If you skip over to Cyndi's Beading Arts blog, you will find out how to win some lovely Czech beads courtesy of The Best Beads. There will be THREE winners... plus there is a BONUS... but you'll have to go to Cyndi's blog to find out what it is! 

The deadline to enter is March 6, 2013.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Last Minute Give-Away!

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Sandra of  Creative Chaos has more beads to give away (I think today might be the last day to enter?? Sorry!)

Check out this post to enter. Sandra would love it if the winner used some of these gorgeous beads for at least one bracelet to be sent to 7000 Bracelets for Hope. This is a fabulous cause that I've donated to and blogged about last year. Thanks for this, Sandra!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Beautiful Bracelet Give-Away

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So you all know I can't resist sharing whenever I come across a generous artisan willing to GIVE her work to a blog reader. Ontario's Deborah Read is a designer and teacher who has been published in "Glass Craftsman" and "Lapidary Journal", among others.  She specializes in (but is in no way limited to) metal etching and various glass processes. 

Deborah is offering this lovely copper bracelet made using her own Zentangle-inspired stamps:

To enter this give-away, to be drawn March 1st, 2013, go to Deborah's blog post and leave a comment. She is a participant in the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party, paired with the U.K. designer Jo Tinley of Daisychain Designs. I am anxious for April 6th to see what Deb and Jo create with the marvelous components they have exchanged.

Deb has a shop on Etsy where, in addition to jewellery, she offers her rubber stamp designs, as well as printed resist sheets for doing your own metal etching.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

January Was My Lucky Month!

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I won this pretty bling from Karla Morgan of Texas Pepper Jams! She made this Arabesque bracelet and matching earrings last month while reviewing "Easy Crystal Stitching" by Nikia Angel. I was thrilled to receive these in the mail yesterday. So sparkly... I can honestly say this is the blingiest jewellery I own!

Hard to tell from my photos... there are gold and AB beads as well as some that look like royal purple. I love my beautiful set, Karla... thank you so much!

Karla has more book reviews for you so check her blog regularly. If you love pepper jams and FUDGE, you'll want to visit her Etsy shop. YUM!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Amazing Polymer Clay Cane

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I was so impressed with, and moved by, this touching work from France's Sophie Arzalier (of the blog Cristalline). She shared this yesterday, calling it a work in progress, and accompanied by a beautiful dedication. Sophie singles out friends and family, but devotes her wonderful design also "à toutes les mamans" (to all mothers), especially those who "have struggled and continue to struggle in order to become mothers", those "remembering their own mothers" and "those who have known the joy of motherhood". These translations are my own. If you read French, it is well worth a visit to experience Sophie's poetic and uplifting words in her own tongue.

Sophie Arzalier is a talented polymer clay artist, teacher and the author of Tout sur... Les bijoux en pâte polymère (2009), a book about creating PC jewellery which has also been translated into Dutch and English. She shares many free cane tutorials on her blog. I hope she will someday develop a tutorial on this sublime cane design. Bravo, Sophie! 

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