Saturday, May 31, 2008

Kiwis and Beads

Being a lampwork bead maker and participating in online forums has allowed me to "meet" many interesting people that I would have never met before if it were not for technology. Although I have never met them face to face, I have come to know them and become friends with them through this miracle called the internet. Someone, who has become a very dear friend, is someone whom I have never met face to face. We have talked to each other on the phone. We have chatted endlessly as friends do, and, yet we have never met face to face. The reality is that we may never meet face to face, and when I die, if that is the case, I will honestly say that not having met my friend can be marked as a great regret in the story of my life. However, because we have come to know each other through the miracle of technology, my dear Kiwi friend, Deb, a native to New Zealand, has convinced me that we were, indeed, separated at birth, in spite of the 14 year age difference between us. As a kiwi bead maker, she is in a sense isolated from other bead makers because there are so few in her area. She also relies on the internet for help in developing her skills. Her beads are beautiful as you can see from the photo. She has an ETSY store, and I have the link here in the side bar. Her store name is FireBirdFlameWork. She also has a fabulous blog! Be sure to visit her blog to get to know my dear Kiwi friend a little better. I can say that I am thankful for the great blessing of Deb in my life! Get to know her a bit better and be sure to check out her store. Her beads are fabulous!
So, until later, I can only wish you, the reader, the gift of such a great friendship! Thanks, Deb, to you, too! I have been blessed! The bead's name is Kiana. It's a Persian name that means the elements of nature--earth, wind, and fire. That bead is perfectly named.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Grandma's Button Box

When I was little I remember the button box. It was an old cigar box that held my grandma's precious buttons. She cut them off of clothing that was too worn and ragged to wear, and when money allowed, she would buy herself some beautiful buttons from Woolworth's to put into the lucky recipient's clothing. I don't know why it happened, but when she died, I was given the button box. I know that I didn't take the box with me when I grew up. I don't know where the box is, but I still have the buttons. With all the moves, they have traveled with me from one part of the country to another. It is only recently that I have started to use these wonderful vintage buttons in what I do. As a young bride, I followed in my grandmother's footsteps and clipped buttons off of old shirts and dresses. I also picked them up at garage sales and thrift stores. Now, these buttons don't have the class of the ones she had, but they still have their stories. I don't know the stories, but I remember the ones my grandmother would tenderly hold in her hands. "I cut this one from your baby dress. You were baptized in that dress." "I cut these buttons from your mother's dress. She really loved that dress." Those were just some of the stories and memories. I don't remember them all, but I do remember that box. I wish I had it now.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

My Flat Faced Doll's Quilt

I remember sitting by my grandma
As she made a quilt for my
Flat faced doll.
My cousin had flattened my doll's face
With his fist and with a rock
Because he was angry
And he didn't like little girls
Or their dolls.
Drinkwater's face was cracked and broken
When I found her in the sandbox,
Yes, that was my doll's name.
So, when my grandma gave her a quilt
So she would feel better soon,
I loved them both very, very much!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Above the Earth

We ride on silvered wings
Searching for what's past the night,
We glide through forests dark
Into softened, darkened skies above the earth to
Look and see the treasure that we are.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Growing Up in New Mexico

I grew up in New Mexico. Another of my fondest memories is the day that I was finally allowed to eat real chile with my food. Now, this is not the more "modern" type of chile that you eat today. This was the sauce my grandmother made from the chile pods. I was about 5 years old, and I had been whining because I wanted some chile with my beans (frijoles) like everyone else had. My mother looked at my grandmother who looked at my grandfather who looked at my aunt who looked at my older cousins who looked at me. They were in agreement, finally! I could have some red chile with my beans and my meat. I looked in awe as my mother, in this rite of passage, dipped her teaspoon into the delectable sauce. She simply dipped the spoon into the sauce, then brought the spoon to my plate. She dripped 5 drops of red chile onto my beans. Everyone looked at me, remembering when they had those delicious drops of sauce put on their plates as small children. I put my spoon right into the spot where that first drop landed! It was delicious! I think it was the most delicious food I had ever had! I swirled it in my mouth savoring the taste. Then, it happened. I felt the burn! My mouth burned like it had never burned before. I cried. I yelled out, "Help!" My mother handed me a tortilla and told me to eat that. I did and the burn went away. By this time, everyone at the table was laughing. I was determined not to cry again. I looked them all in the eye, and I savored another bite, only this time more quickly than the last, and I ate some of my tortilla right away. Oh, it burned. It was hot chile, but I was determined to be a grown up for the rest of the meal, and I succeeded! My cousins congratulated me on eating my first chile. My mother just smiled at me. When my meal was over, I asked for an ice cream bar, and my grandmother handed me one. She just smiled as she watched me eat it to cool off my mouth. After that, I was invited to partake of the entire feast at each meal. Most of the time, I did. My tolerance for the hot peppers grew, and as I grew older, I could keep up with the best of them. Now, when I dig into that delicious product of the earth, the chile pod, I think of the first time when my mouth burned, and now I smile. Those memories are treasures.

Friday, May 23, 2008

New Crayons!

My favorite time of year, growing up, was when we received the list from school for school supplies! I remember, my mother and I would take the list and go to the store to buy what I needed for the new school year. Always, always included on that list were new crayons! Now, for school, we could only buy the 24 size crayons, but, inevitably, I would find, when we got home, a new box of 64 crayons waiting for me to take to my room! I've always loved shopping for school supplies. I remember buying pencils, pens, paper, and crayons. When my children were old enough to go to school, we'd go together to buy what they needed for school. Again, they could only take the 24 pack of crayons to school, but, inevitably, they would find a package of 64 crayons when they got home. Going through all the colors was like finding gold at the end of the rainbow. Even now, I can smell the wax of new crayons in the air. Imagine that, and it's almost summer. New crayons, again!

Thursday, May 22, 2008


Someday I will retire.

Someday I will travel,

Someday I will sit and watch a movie in the afternoon and do nothing else,

Someday I will hold my grandchildren in my arms,

Someday I will rest,

Someday I will die.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Haiku - Seascape

Seascape horizon
Slips beyond the pounding sea
To the Ocean's door.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Is Spring Finally, Really Here?

When our local weatherman is right about the weather, I'm sure that there must be rejoicing in heaven. He tends to miss the mark on accurate forecasting, but I'm sure he's a very nice man. I have to admit, though, that today, he was right! The angels are singing as I write. He said that we would get into the 70's, and he was correct. We hit, 70 degrees, finally! Our weather has been running about 15 degrees BELOW normal. It was a long, very, cold winter. We needed spring, but it just hasn't come. The robins came back on time. I'm sure they were very puzzled by the cold weather and very unexpected snows that we had in April and early May. Even today, as I walked my dog, the air was still very cool, but it did warm up.

My bead making has been into the spring and summer mode now for a very long time. Today, I looked at my beads. I saw seashells. I saw flowers--lots and lots of flowers! I saw bright, springtime colors. I saw little critters that help to make up summer. I saw fish. I saw hummingbirds. I saw butterflies. There they were looking back at me from their containers. Spring and summer beads, all of them.

I know our local weatherman is predicting another day in the 70's. I sure hope so. We are really ready for this wonderful change of weather. I also hope that this means a change for the warm in days to come. Let the angels sing! I certainly hope our weather person is right for a very long time--about the warm weather, that is. I 'm going to watch him now and see what he has to say. I really hope it's warm, and I hope he's right!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

And you wonder why I like pink?

Of all the colors, I have to admit that I do like pink the best. Although pink doesn't find its way into all my beads, I love what it is. As I have said before, I am a person who rises very early in the morning. I don't even set an alarm anymore. I am usually awake just at dawn or before. This photo is one I took before the sun began to rise. I was trying to photography my efforts to produce an encased floral bead. Nice tries, but not quite there yet. When I looked out my window, I saw the the dawn beginning to push away the night. That sounds rather poetic, doesn't it? In the distance, I saw the pink begin to rise on the horizon. As cold as it was, I was very impressed by the color. I went back to try to photograph my florals again. This time, the light was much brighter. Now, look at that sky! Do you wonder why I like pink?