Monday, February 15, 2010


OWOH has come to an end again. My magic carpet is crashed over in the corner taking a nice long rest. It was an amazing journey this year, 1088 active blogs in 40 countries participated this year and minus a few I made it to all of them. The talent and generosity of everyone participating is amazing! And of course I have a list of things I just have to try and tons of blogs bookmarked to go back and check out further.
So now on to the fun part, Announcing my winners!

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2010-02-15 18:41:08 UTC

After careful count and recount (anybody know how to get numbers on your comments for next year? ) here they are

My heart earrings go to Rosanne.
The flower name badge holder to Mitz.
The dutch spiral bracelet to Triannas Treasures.
The wire cuff to Nanbon44.

Congrats to all 4 of my winners and thanks to all who stopped by and left a comment on my blog in the last few weeks!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Up and away!

Are you ready to go? Here take my hand and climb on. We're off for adventure, soaring through the skies of Blogland near and far. I have been waiting a year for this trip! Off to see old friends, anxious to meet new ones. There are many great stops filled with treasure untold along the way. I do say I am so excited. All set now? Let's go!

Hello and welcome to my Blogland home! I am so glad you are here! This is my second year participating in One World One Heart and I have to say, it is the funnest thing I have ever done here in Blogland. For those of you that are new, here is the rundown.

~ From Lisa's (the creator) site

I created this event in 2007. The original idea behind this giveaway event was to bring bloggers together from around the world who may never ordinarily meet. It closes the gap of the blog community and enables us to interact, discover new and wonderful people, and in the process possibly win a prize or many prizes along the way. 2007 had roughly 85-90 participants and many connections were made because of it......friendships that are still going strong.
We had a strong showing the first year for sure, and then in 2008 we had just about tripled that number. In 2009 there were 911 participants, to say I was amazed is an understatement. 28 countries were represented in the 2009 event as well."
(click on the word site above to go to Lisa's actual post with way more info)

I will be giving away 4 items for this years event. All you need to do is post a comment on this post between now (1/25/10) and midnight PST on February 14th, 2010. BE SURE THAT I HAVE A WAY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU! If your name does not link back to your blog, then you need to leave me an e-mail address to contact you. I will announce my winners sometime on the 15th when I get home from work. I will be using a random number generator to pick my winners.
Thanks for taking a look around, and if you would like to see more of my jewelry, you can find me on facebook

Ok now for the goodies!

Heart earrings done with AB crystals.

Blue beads and silver flowers name badge holder.

White and purple Dutch spiral bracelet, 7 inches long with a lobster claw clasp.

Braided wire cuff made with teal and black coated wire. Adjustable in size.

Thanks for stopping by, good luck to all and safe travels to you through Blogland!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Yep, again I have been MIA. Its a good thing I "blog without limits" or I would be in trouble!
So here are some quick updates to what I have been up to while I was MIA.
I got a new job!!!!!! I took a job offer as an LVN at the correctional facility in Soledad. I am totally nervous as this is my first LVN position since I got my license last October. I will be starting there on 11/30. Most of the time getting a state job takes a long time but due to budget restrictions, I have to start by 11/30 because they can no longer hire as of 12/1. We are cutting it a little close aren't we?
This will be a 1.5 hour drive each way for me so it looks like we are going to be moving soon. Mike and I decided not to rush the moving because I don't want to be stressed out about it right before Christmas. Our goal is to move by mid January. We have started packing up some things and cleaning so its not all bunched into the last few weeks we are here.

My oldest daughter turned 13, OMG I HAVE A TEENAGER SOMEBODY HELP ME!!!!! Ok so it's not that bad but still, lol. We took her to the Ducks Stanford game the day after and we lost boo but we still had fun! For her party I am "gulp" taking her and her friends to see New Moon on Saturday. Yep, that's right. Me, my friend Tia and 8 giggly, screaming, crazy 13 year old girls going to see New Moon. I know, what was I thinking?!?!?!?

I did my first craft show. Didn't turn out so hot. But lessons learned, I will never ever sign up for another craft show that is not juried because I can't compete with B & S sellers (that would be buy and sell, stuff that is not handmade)
I still need to work on my PIF piece for Jewels, I have the pattern made, just need to pick up beads to start it. Maybe I will do that in the morning. I was going to stop at a bead store today on my way to my CPR class after my dr appt but it took longer than I thought so I didn't get to stop.

My hospice family took me to dinner last night at TGIF's to celebrate my new job. I have been so lucky to have worked with such a great group of people in Hospice and I love them all very much! And since I work in 2 departments, I have to go through the tears and goodbyes one more time but at least I will have some great pics of all of us!
I have been trying to organize my finished jewelry and get it listed in my ETSY shop. Wow that is a lot of work!
Just read on Lisa's blog that One World One Heart is coming soon! Can't wait for that. I have some cute pieces made that didn't sell and maybe one other thing in the works that I will be giving away on my blog so watch for that to come.
So that is what I have been doing for the last month. Wow, I think I need a nap just reading that!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Painted Pumpkin

My wonderful boss Nancy brought us in mini pumpkins for Halloween. I am not talking about the flat squished ones, this is a nice round one like you would carve, only smaller. I brought it home to figure out what to do with it and it has been sitting at my desk mocking me for two weeks. I knew I wanted to try painting it, but what to paint? Last night while surfing the blog world I found this cool Terrorific Tuesday project from My Big Mouth.
I love the saying on the sign she did and new it was a perfect fit for my pumpkin!

Witch parking only, violators will be TOAD!

The side with loops and stars.

The back with more loops and stars.

Couldn't leave out the broom now could I?

I have to say, I am not by any means a painter and I did this all free hand and man it was not easy! I have a newfound respect for people who paint artistic works. I can also understand the love they have for it as even tho it wasn't easy to do, it was SO MUCH FUN! Maybe I will have to have another go at a bigger sign for home since this pumpkin is heading back to work!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Spiders, Bats and Ghosts Oh My! Free Halloween Craft Project

So I got this great idea from one of my myspace buddies to make spiders from Styrofoam balls. I have had the stuff forever and have been meaning to do them but we finally had some free time tonight.

Our spiders turned into more then just spiders tho. We have ghosts and bats and pumpkins and ghouls and some special Jordan creations.

So seeing how it is Halloween and these are super easy, fun and kid friendly, I am doing my first ever free craft project!

Spiders, Bats and Ghosts Oh My!

Styrofoam balls, assorted sizes.
Acrylic paints in assorted colors.
Paint brushes
Foam brushes
Hot glue gun
Pipe cleaners
Stick on Crystals
Googly eyes
Glitter Pens
Puffy Paints
Tissue Paper
(Basically any fun things you have around the house for decoration)
Something to cover your workspace with, we used up some of our plastic grocery bag stash from when I forget my shopping bags.

1. Paint all of your Sytrofoam balls with a layer of your acrylic paint using your foam brushes.
2. Allow to completely dry (trust me or you will have painty fingers like we did :) )
Decorate with you random gathered supplies.

For Pumpkins, use 2-4 1 inch pieces of green pipe cleaner together pushed about halfway down into the top of an orange ball. You can pull them out after you make the hole and pipe in some hot glue to secure the pipe cleaners in.
Paint on your pumpkin face.

For Ghosts, use a white ball, paint on a ghostly face. Optional, glue tissue paper streamers about a foot long cut into strips to the bottom of the ball to give it a ghostly appearance.

For Spiders, cut 2 pipe cleaners in half. Fold all four pieces in half again. Piece two folded pipe cleaners together for each side. Bend into spider leg shape (think like a chair with the back, seat and front legs). Bend the tops down about 1/4 to 1/3 inch and stick into opposite sides of the ball. Secure with glue before adjusting legs.

For Bats, Bend 2 pipe cleaners at the same time for a uniform shape. Make your first bend about 3 inches down into a V. Bend the bottom half of the wing into this shape VVVVV. Cut off excess and place one wing on each side of Bat, securing with glue. Cut 2 1" pieces, fold into v shapes and place on top of head for ears. I used two tiny scraps stuffed in the face for fangs (this would be a good idea for spider fangs too.)

Use your imagination and be sure to send me pictures of what you make!

Tori's Ghoul

My eyeballs.
Oh and I almost forgot. Colby and I finally made our Pirate ship that I got as a kit last year on clearance from JoAnn Fabrics.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Fan Page

Yeah fun things! I finally created a fan page for my stuff.

Jax's Beads on Facebook

I know I haven't been around here in a while but again busy life takes over. We went to Santa Cruz a few weeks ago for an end of the summer mini vacation. We had so much fun.
You just have to jump on the beds when you stay at a hotel.

Pool jumping fun.

Mini Double shot at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. $10 ride bracelet nights rock!

Me soaking wet after the log ride, of course right? lol.

We also went to Comedy Jam this year. It was our second time going, tho we missed last year because we were in Oregon. OMG it was so much fun.
We went with our friends Courtney and Robert and got to see Carlos Mencia, Kevin Hart, Cedric the Entertainer, Angelah Johnson and a few others. There were 10 comedians total but the best of the night was Gabriel Iglesias!

He is so freaking cool and does fan pics after his shows. We are going to see him again in Sept at The San Jose Improv. Totally can't wait!

I also decided that I am going to get a booth at the Berryessa flea market Holiday Fair Nov. 14th and 15th. I am so excited because it will be my first ever craft fair. Nervous too but more excited. I am working on ideas for setting up my table and getting stuff ready to sell. I will post some pics soon as I have them. I have a few ideas but need a trip to Goodwill to keep it budget friendly. I also need to come up with some cute packaging ideas so any suggestions are welcome.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Blog linky love giveaway

Time to pass out a little linky love for one of my favorite blogs, Carolee Clark from King Of Mice Studios is an absolutely amazingly talented artist. I look forward every day or so to see the new creations she makes. Of course being that she paints tons of Halloween items, you know that puts her right at the top of my favorite list!
This week she is hosting a giveaway for a hand painted Halloween black cat box. Be sure to stop by and check it out. You won't be disappointed.