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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Mexico, Jewlery and Arctic Weather!

Hello everybody and greetings of the season!  Doesn't December just fly by?   My husband and I spent the first 2 weeks in Puerto Vallarta - our #1 favorite holiday destination.  I only took a few pictures and they were mostly of iguanas.  There were a lot of them running around the hotel grounds.  So many in fact that you just kinda got used to them!
This big guy was probably a good 6' long with his tail.
He let me get pretty close but I didn't trust him enough to get closer!
So prehistoric looking!
My husband Robert & I on vacation.

We returned home on the 16th, which gave me just enough time to prepare for promoting my jewelry at a local clothing store in Valleyview, called 'Main Attraction'.  My product was well received and I had a great time visiting with folks for three days before Christmas.

The first thing you saw was me when you walked through the doors of 'Main Attraction'!
But.....the reality is this.  It's winter in Northern Alberta and we woke up to a very frigid -35 degrees this morning! Just a short while ago we were in a climate that was 30 degrees ABOVE zero - such a huge swing!  It can always be worse I guess, but not much!  Anyways, I'm a tough grandma and I donned all my winter apparel and braved the weather and after tending to my chickens and packing in the day's supply of firewood I went for a walk on our sled-groomed trail.  Thirty-five minutes of cardio with my dogs!  This is no easy feat.  Were I to slip off the trail, the snow is up past my hips.  Plus we have a young moose that's hanging around the farm so I have to be wary.
This is not for the faint of heart!
Winter is my time to stock pile jewelry.  Okay, who am I trying to kid?  Beading is an all-season addiction!  This is what I created last night and this morning.  Guess I was in a bracelet kind of mood!

Well, I just wanted to get back into the swing of things and get y'all caught up!  I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Really Big Sale!


This is YOUR official invitation to join me, Gypsy Road Beads and 70 other vendors tomorrow, NOVEMBER 15th and get a jump start on your holiday gift buying. 

The Home Business Variety Market
The Farmer's Market

together at the Memorial Hall

from 11am until  6pm

Hope to see you there!


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Valleyview Home Show Success!

The Valleyview Home Show was loaded with vendors!  If you couldn't make it out, you can catch me at the Valleyview Home Business Sale this coming Thursday at the Memorial Hall!  The tables were huge and the venue was warm and comfortable!  The morning started out at -27 and the wind was blowing so that may have had an impact on the traffic.  Even still I did very well with my sales, took orders and put items 'away' for customers.  All in all - a very good day.  My mom had a table next to me - she was selling Schneider's popcorn supplies so I had a chat buddy, which is always nice!

The tables were super long and I was able to display my wares in a very eye pleasing way.  I was very happy.

My gift boxes arrived so I used them to display my necklaces. 

Getting them lifted up just an inch really made a difference.

My new earring display.

The far end of the table.

This is my gear.  How do ya like that for portability!
 Well, just thought I'd catch ya up on the sale!  Thanks for dropping by and Namaste!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Valleyview Home Show!

to the

Fall 2012 Edition
Saturday, November 10th 
  11:00 am - 5:00 pm
                                                    at St. Stephen's School Gym
                                                   There will be a concession!
                                                   Hope to see you there! 
Conch Shell, Coral & Turquoise Necklace
The Valleyview Home Show is the perfect venue to begin your Holiday Shopping!  I will be there displaying my hand crafted Gypsy Road Beads jewelry.  Come and visit my table and see what I've been up to lately! 

Citrine Bracelet
Slab Turquoise Necklace
 Here's a sampling of the vendors representing all sorts of companies:

Lia Sophia, ItWorks, Scentsy, Schneiders Popcorn, AVON, Steeped Tea, Glitter Tattoos, Unique Bling & Things, Mary Kay, Norwex, Visalus,  Passion Party, Tupperware, Co-Z-Toes, Empire Shoes, Bottoms Up Diaper Cakes, Watkins, Epicure, Ghost River Outfitters, Sunset Gourmet, Creations by Lois, PartyLite and Candy Cane Creations.  I'm sure there will be many more!

If you're interested in having your own table, contact Amber-Lynn 'Banman' Sherris at 780-524-2355 or Shannon Slemp at the Hospital for registration forms.

Thank you for dropping by my page today!  Hope to see y'all on Saturday, Namaste.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Give It Up!

Sometimes, I seek out ideas for something new to write about by reading Lori Anderson's E-Book: Follow the Path - Ideas and Inspiration for the Creative Blogger.  I love it!  There's a treasure trove of ideas packed into it.
This morning, while sipping my herbal Steeped Tea, I came across a question that hit home with me.

'What habit have you recently given up'?

Last June, in an effort to combat symptoms of anxiety, I gave up my habit of drinking coffee. Oh, how I loved my coffee!  It was the perfect way to start my day.  Two blissful mugs of the nectar with cream and sugar.
And it wasn't just the drinking of the coffee either - the place to drink it was important too!  The sun deck on a warm spring morning, by the bonfire on a snowy winter afternoon, curled up by the fireplace on a frosty winter morning in my jammies, out on the front step getting mauled by the dogs, with friends, with my husband.....  Ah, yes - sweet memories!  Don't forget the mug!  Oh My Goodness!  My coffee could only be taken in one of two of my favorite mugs!  The good ole days!

I had already tried several techniques and medication to alleviate my symptoms of anxiety and giving up coffee was on the very bottom of my list.  Eventually, one sad day I got to the bottom of that list and so........I switched to decaff!  Six months later I gave that up too, and felt even better yet!

Honestly, it was difficult at first.  Suffering from a little bit of withdrawal, I developed a migraine for three dreadful days but, it passed.  I nearly caved.

I was amazed though at the immediate positive results I achieved simply by giving up the habit of drinking regular coffee.  By making this one relatively simple change in my life, my level of anxiety diminished significantly.  I don't know why it worked for me but it did.  I thought giving up caffeine to combat anxiety was one of the stupidest things I'd ever heard, but I was desperate.  And, in order to prove the theory wrong and move on to the next one I gave it a shot and the rest is history!

Now I am a happily devoted tea toddler! My favorite supplier is Steeped Tea and my favorite blends are 'Cherry Rose Sencha' and 'Hawa-ya-doin'.

Thankfully, there is life after coffee!  I've had a lot of fun discovering all the interesting herbal tea blends and I feel good too!

Thank you for dropping by today and Namaste!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Ladies Day!

My friend Nicky Wirth has invited me to a sale event next week to promote our stuff!  Nicky is a representative for both Steeped Tea and Scentsy and I of course sell Gypsy Road Beads JewelryWe will have everything for sale from handcrafted bracelets, earrings and necklaces to loose tea, teapots & accessories, warmers (wickless candles), buddies (cutest stuffed animals) and room spray, and much more!  We're your 'One Stop Shop' for quality items.

The event is sponsored by Prairie Coast Equipment in Grande Prairie, Alberta in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Here's the info: 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
8am - 6pm

Located At:
15102 - 101 Street
Grande Prairie, Alberta

"We're rolling out the PINK Carpet!  Join us Wednesday, October 24th for our 3rd Annual Ladies Day Event.  Enjoy HUGE discounts on toys, clothing and merchandise.  Enter to win door prize baskets and enjoy a snack and beverage".

Sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun!  Hope to see you there!  Here's a sampling of some of the Breast Cancer Awareness Jewelry I've created:

 Thanks for dropping by and Namaste!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pay It Forward Give Away

Recently Rebecca Anderson of Songbeads held a little PIF giveaway on her Blog and I was one of the lucky winners!  Thank you Rebecca - I love this idea!  It's called 'Pay It Forward' and it goes like this:

Gypsy Road Beads (me) will send a piece of handmade jewelry - a Surprise Gift - to the first three commenters on this blog post.  So hurry!  Leave a comment on my blog below with your NAME and E-MAIL address so I can get in touch with you.

A beautiful example of Rebecca's art called 'Frost Gardenia' available for sale in her ETSY shop.


To complete the sign-up you have to play along too. To do this, you must blog a similar post and pledge to make a surprise gift for the first three people who comment on it.  So, are you in?  
Once the winners are established I will e-mail you for your snail mail address and a ask a few questions (likes/dislikes, favourite colours, sizes general stuff like that).

Thanks for dropping by and Namaste!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Prima Beads!

About a month ago I received an intriguing e-mail from Prima Beads.  They said they were going to mail me out a "Introduction Package".  Yesterday I received said package!

I'm a beader.  I get very excited about receiving parcels!  Seriously!

I ripped into it like a kid at Christmas!  The contents unveiled!
Well, this is pretty exciting!  I get a beautiful box full of goodies to play with and all they ask in return is to review the product!  Consider it done!

First up is the bracelet.  Bracelets are my number one favorite thing to create. The pearls were nice to work with and I did get quite a lot of them!  Love the little rose dangle and the toggle is solid.

I decided to follow the directions and make the necklaces and earrings that looked so pretty on the cover of the booklet.  It is a kit after all.  The directions were easy to follow.  I would think that a total beginner would have no trouble at all completing this kit in a weekend! 

Here's the finished product!

These colors will take me right through the holiday season!  I LOVE my new set!  An added bonus for me is that I've never made a necklace with a fringe before so it was great to learn something new.

All in all I would rate this product A+.  The tool worked well for forming loops and cut nicely.  I think it's a terrific value at $25 for the kit.  I enjoyed playing with this Pearl Collection Kit and recommend Prima to all my beady friends!  By the way, I have a ton of pearls leftover for other projects.

Thanks for dropping by and Namaste!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Variety Fair Success

October 4th was Valleyview's first Home-Based Business Variety Fair and it ran in conjunction with the Valleyview Farmer's Market.  I was impressed by  the variety of vendors with quality goods and the shoppers who seemed to be gearing up for the holiday season already.  It was a welcoming, warm venue and a good time was had by all!  Tip of the hat to Nicky Wirth for organizing the event! 

My sweet daughter (below) came and hung out with me and managed to make it through the whole day!  Thanks Randi!

Not a fan of the round tables so did my best to display!
Thank you to all my friends and family who came out to support me and of course a huge thank you to all my wonderful customers, new and existing - you make it all worthwhile!

See y'all at the next fair on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25TH.

If you have a home-based business and are interested in participating in future fairs, Nicky Wirth would love to hear from you - call her at 780-524-4737.

For those of you that were asking, YES my mom will be at the next sale with her AVON catelogues and SCHNEIDERS - yay!

Thanks for dropping by and Namaste!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Valleyview Variety Fair

I'm very excited to be a vendor at the first, VALLEYVIEW VARIETY FAIR tomorrow!  All my jewelry will be on display and I have lots of new pieces to select from.  There will also be a basket FULL of specially priced bracelets.  Come on out, support local and treat yourself to something pretty!

Valleyview Variety Fair

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Valleyview Memorial Hall - Main Hall

As well, the Valleyview Farmer's Market is being held in the small hall and the concession will be open!  So there will be plenty of vendors to choose from and you can even stay for lunch.

Hope to see you all there!

Thanks for dropping by and Namaste!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Bead Soup Book Blog Tour

Today is DAY ONE of EIGHT days of exciting giveaways from the contributors to Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Book Blog Tour!
Some of the contributors in Lori's book, Bead Soup: 32 Projects Show What Happens When 26 Beaders Swap Their Stash are blogging about their experiences with contributing the book and have some wonderful giveaways.  All you have to do for a chance to win is click the contributor's links below on the appropriate day, go to their site, read their blog and leave a comment!  Easy as that.  In addition, for every comment you leave your name will also go in for the grand prize shown below!
Some of the prizes in the grand prize!

Below is the list of the Book Tour contributors with their day marked with links to their Blogs.  Do a little blog hopping, leave a comment and maybe you'll win something really cool!

Winners will be announced October 8th & 9th - Good Luck Everybody!

Monday, October 1st
Lori Anderson -- 
Rebecca Anderson --
Barbara Bechtel -- 

Tuesday, October 2nd
Lori Anderson --
Kerry Bogert -- 
Jennifer Cameron --   

Wednesday, October 3rd
Lori Anderson --

Thursday, October 4th
 Lori Anderson --
Jeannie Dukic --  
Lyn Foley --  

Friday, October 5th
Lori Anderson -- 
Cindy Wimmer -- www.SweetBeadStudio 

Saturday, October 6th

Sunday, October 7th
Erin Prais-Hintz --  

Monday, October 8th
Lori Anderson, 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Craft Sale Season

Craft Sale Season is upon us and I've been busy creating.  The inspiration for some of my new pieces comes from Lori Anderson's book, Bead Soup: 32 Projects Show What Happens When 26 Beaders Swap Their Stash.  You can read more about this super fantastic, super fun idea here on Lori's Blog.  I've been a participant for two of Lori's Blog Hops.  It really is a lot of fun.  If you're interested in purchasing your own copy of Lori's book, just click here!
Lori's wonderfully inspiring book!

My beautiful Picture Jasper Harvest necklace (which will be available for sale at the Variety Fair on October 4th) was inspired by Jeannie Dukic of Jewelry by Jeannie.   Her 'Roasted Eggplant with Chicken and Leeks Soup' recipe from page 61 really appealed to me.  I never would have thought to pair the picture jasper with the green jade & pink emperor jasper - thank you Jeannie!

My magnificent Rose Garden set was inspired by Heather Powers of Humble Beads.   Her 'Vegetable Garden Soup' recipe on page 28 spoke to my inner muse.  I used a handmade ceramic pottery rose focal from Captured Moments along with a variety of other stones and beads to create my new favorite fall set.  Heather is an amazing artist with books of her own.  Visit her page and see for yourself - thank you Heather!
Ceramic, jade, jasper and wood along with some pretty interesting lamp-work beads make up this substantial necklace.
I used red ceramic, picture jasper, agate and a carved jade bead for my matching bracelet.
Yes, I'm still stuck on my tribal-style jewelry - love this stuff!  The faux coral pendant is teamed up with some pretty interesting stones.....coral, onyx and carved onyx too.  Available for sale at the Variety Fair on October 4th.
I got busy making this stunning 3-strand Red Set with beautiful impression jasper, carved agate butterflies, green jade tubes and black onyx.  It's gorgeous and available for sale at the Variety Fair on October 4th.

I know this was on the last blog but it belongs here too!  Inspired by Lori Anderson's bracelet on page 69.  Love the mixed metals.  The bluestone gleams in the light and the swarovski's shine like little lights!  One of my new fav's.
 I will have plenty of more new pieces for the upcoming fairs.  I do hope to see everyone there!  The next one is Thursday, October 4th from 11-4 at the Valleyview Memorial Hall.  Thank you for dropping by and Namaste!