Sunday, July 31, 2011


The Bead Soup Blog Party, a new event for me, will begin with sign-ups starting August 1 - 3. If you would like to participate, or check it out, click on the button on the right or click here.

I am going to participate in this even if I have to stand and make my jewelry. I guess my motto will be "Where there's a will, there's a way". I have cleared the top of a chest of drawers to use as my work space since I have had so much trouble sitting for long periods of time with this ol' back!

I am excited and a little nervous, too, since I am always in such 'awe' of the beautiful designs I have seen produced from the soup mixes. I certainly am not a seasoned designer, but love beautiful jewelry and have enjoyed my journey of learning to make the few things I've done so far.  This should really stretch my imagination and my abilities. I hope I can do this activity justice! Time will tell!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Yay! My back is slowly getting better. Going for a follow-up visit on Wednesday. Still having to take some pain medication. I do not like doing that, but broke down last week and decided if relief was to come, I would have to give in. It's working, and I've been able to put more hours between doses today!

The pictures below are just a couple of 'fun' pieces I put together before I hurt my back.  Nothing fancy or special, just plain and simple.  I've not been able to put together one thing lately because sitting has been impossible!

Washer necklace with fun summer colors from a cute piece of scrapbook paper. Ribbon is anchored with a matching glass bead and length is adjustable by using another heart-shaped bead as a slider.

Simple little pair of black coiled wire earrings with three clear crystal dangles on each.

Isn't that what summer should be about? Fun and simple, with some color thrown in? I love summertime! It's always been my favorite time of the year, and I still have some to enjoy as soon as I get this back well! Certainly hope you are making the most wonderful memories with your summer.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Just How Long?

I hurt my back cleaning out a flower bed on Mother's Day.  I love working in the yard, but haven't done so in quite some time and should have known better than to do all that bending and pulling! Just how old did I think I was? Just as old as you feel, and I felt great that day and slept so good that night!

The next day was the end of feeling good for awhile, and I wonder when this pain will end? The last two weeks have been nothing but sheer torture! Doing my little exercises and finally got some pain med. The muscles in my left leg have been tight for so long they just ache, in fact they have been throbbing. It seems like the pain med has given them a little relief, so keeping my fingers crossed and still praying continuously.

My daughter loaned me her laptop for a little while. The only time I've been on the computer is when I walk around a little. I can stand at it for only a short time. Sitting at my desk is a definite no-no! So, all the things I love to do that involves sitting...visiting my blogging friends, beading, taking my daughter to her ball practices, watching a little tv....well, they can only be done in short spurts. My bed and my heating pad have been my best friends for the last two weeks.

Cannot wait until I can enjoy life again, and hopefully the rest of the summer. Meanwhile, I will visit all my inspiring blogging friends when those little short spurts let me.