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Hello!  I am sorry I have been away for so long.  Miami and the Gathering was so much fun, but I have been running full tilt since I got back.  I don’t really have pictures of the trip, as I am one of those people who always forgets to take pictures, so I don’t even try anymore.  I know, I know.  Horrible. I’ll try to do better at my upcoming shows.  I’ll be in Houston at the Houston Bead Society show in November and at the Best Bead show in Tucson in February.  Come see me!  :D

For now I have a 9.99 auction on ebay.  Happy Bidding!

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I took the morning off and read a book.

Yeah, so those of you who know me, realize this isn’t exactly earth shattering news.  However, I have been working awfully hard this last month, and working half days on my so-called days off.  Thursday’s torching session left me all caught up on orders and with three new sets in reserve.  WOOT!  I am actually ahead for once.

On Monday I took my time reading my usual book/agent/publishing blogs and ran across this post on Author! Author!  Beren deMotier, author of THE BRIDES OF MARCH, guest blogs about her road to publication and why she ultimalty decided to self-publish.  The memior takes an inside look at a same sex couple who married in Mutltnomah County, Oregon in March of 2004, during the brief period of time, same sex marriages were legal.

After reading deMotier’s guest blog, I popped onto amazon, read the first chapter, and immediately ordered it.  The book arrived this morning.  Greg knew I was a goner as soon as he saw me open the amazon package.  Ohh, a new book.  New reading material (like I don’t have a to-be-read pile twenty books deep already).  I wasn’t disappointed.

Throughout THE BRIDES OF MARCH, I laughed with deMotier at the everyday trials and tribulations all families experience and was moved to tears as she took me through the feelings of finally being married and what the right meant to her and her family. And then what it felt like to have to it taken away.

As an artist, a former vagabond, and self-described hippy of sorts (minus the drugs), it’s hardly a secret I am a liberal democrat (though I rarely talk politics here).  I’ve always been for gay rights, was appalled when I saw signs advocating the passage of banning gay marriage on lawns of people I knew and loved in 2004 when the measure was on the ballot in Oregon, and was terribly disappointed when California passed prop 8 last year.  However, I can’t say I ever really understood what marriage meant or could mean to my gay friends.  This book changed that.

Update....what I've been up to.

It’s kind of been a while since I updated ya’ll on what I’m up to.  Mostly I’ve just been torching away.  My friend told me I needed to start making more marbles and since I am easily influenced, that is what I have been up to.  Here is a collection of recent ones I’ve made:

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Some are on ebay, and some are on etsy and  few of them are sold already.

And here is the big news.  We adopted a new puppy!  He is a Maltizu.  Half Shih Tsu and half Maltese.  We’ve named him Duncan Donut and he really is that sweet.

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Here he is loving on our sweet Golden Retriever.

Deanna gets crafty...

It’s been a while since I’ve written about what I’ve really been up to, besides glass of course.  About a month ago my friend Rebekah decided we were going to learn to sew.  I am usually up for trying most things, so I said sure.   Rebekah commandeered her grandmother’s sewing machine and we were off to Hobby Lobby.  After annoying the crap out of everyone in the fabric section and spending a lot more than we should have, we were armed and ready to make our first pillows.

Here is mine:

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And here is Rebekah’s…otherwise known as the one my dog tried to steal.

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We had a blast making them (even if it did turn out to be the most expensive pillow on the planet).  You see, this led to me wanting a sewing machine, which hubby got me for valentines day.  He’s so romantic.  No, seriously.  I really wanted it.  Which led to me needing a sewing table of some sort.

So we went to the used furniture store and found this:

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Real pretty right?  Yeah, that’s what I thought.  So I decided to paint it and Greg (Mr. Crafty), suggested I cover the drawers with fabric.  This led to another trip to Hobby Lobby.  You don’t even want to know how much I have spent at this point.  Then Greg says he’ll line the drawers with cedar incense slats.  So far I have resisted ordering the cedar.  I think I’ll actually make something with my new sewing machine before I go that far.  Anyway, the desk is all dolled up and ready for for public viewing.  Whad’ya think?

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It needs a matching chair doesn’t it?  Look out used furniture store, here I come.  :)

The Lemonade Award!

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Wow, what a sweet thing to do!   Kandice Seeber of Coloraddiction sent me the Lemonade award.  Thanks so much Kandice.  This is just what I needed this week.   It seems the post holiday dreary syndrome has presented itself to me and I have been in a little bit of hibernation mode.  This really lifted me up.

Anyway here are the specifics:

This award is given to people who look at the bright side of life and make lemonade out of lemons. These are the rules for participating – which is totally up to you, the bloggers nominated:
1. Put the logo on your blog.
2. Nominate 10 blogs which show great attitude or gratitude!!!
3. Be sure to link your nominees with your post.
4. Let them know they received the award by leaving a comment on their blog.
5. Share the love and link this post to the person that gave you the award.
So here are the blogs I am nominating – some of my favorites!
So I didn’t quite make it to ten, but these are my favorites.

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