Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pumpkin Carving.

We got our pumpkins carved today! One of my favorite parts of Halloween is getting to carve the pumpkins. I have so many books and patterns printed I can't ever decide which ones to do. We never managed to find the patterns in the garage so we bought a new book today. I know it's cheating but have you seen my garage lately? Yeah its that bad.
Jordan and I tackled the gutting of the pumpkins while Tori and Colby were still at school today. She of course did her one tiny little pumpkin and then promptly ditched me for afternoon cartoons.

And no that is not the one she gutted, hers was softball size.
She did come back for a few minutes and help me poke on some of the pattern.

Tori and Colby made it home and they were much more willing to help.

Here are our finished results. I did the haunted house, Jordan picked the cat which I ended up finishing, Colby did the skull and Tori did the face that kind of looks like the clown from it. I am so excited to set them out tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Agenda update

So I managed a few things today. The house is mostly clean. Laundry needs to be folded still but what can I say, a house of five, there is always laundry to be folded. My desk was clean. My oldest daughter is doing a diorama book report and she has left her cast off's all over my desk. Thankfully that will be taken care of after she does her one chore, dishes.
The homework is still missing. I am hopeful it is in the back of my car currently at work with my husband. It is the only place we haven't checked. Cross your fingers.
Thanks for the input on how to get my pictures in my posts, I was wondering if it is possible to do an album on here if any one knows?
Now for the funnest part of my day, Ornaments. I have completed four out of five. Here is a sneak peak.

I only have silver ornaments in the house right now and wow are they reflective! The silver chain with the blue beads is my favorite combination so I am glad I was able to get it to work. One more ornament to do tomorrow morning and tomorrow evening will be pumpkin carving. Of course that means my husband gets to crawl through the garage sale in waiting in my garage to get my pumpkin carving patterns. They are at the very back of the garage. Of course maybe it would be cleaner down there if he had done the garage sale (I organized it all but I work every weekend, so a little hard for me to do) instead of taking a nap!

Today's Agenda

I am hoping that by listing my to do list, I will get more done today. First things first, I am working on personalizing this blog. If any one has any suggestions, please feel free to help me out here! I am lost! I tried adding pictures to the header but photobucket kept insisting that my photo had been moved and it wouldn't up load. Maybe I will try putting it somewhere else and uploading from there.
Number two on my list. Ornament swap. I signed up for my first ever swap and thought I would have plenty of time to get them out. I just realized it is Oct 29th and I haven't even started. I looked at tons of ornaments to get some ideas but haven't gotten on to actually getting them made.
Third on my list, Cleaning house. Ok well it's not actually third on my list. My desk must be cleaned before I bead. I somehow misplaced my daughters homework and I can't let her miss out on turning in her first ever Kindergarten homework! I know its here somewhere. I put it up in a spot and thought wow, I know I can't lose it here. Well now I can't remember where that spot is.
Now off to see how much I can get done from my list!

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Hi and Welcome to my blog. This is something I have been meaning to do for a while and have just never gotten around too. I have been greatly inspired over the last few weeks reading all the wonderful beading blogs out there.
First a little about me. My name is Jackie, all my friends call me Jax. I am married (ten years this coming May) and I have three children, Tori, Colby and Jordan. I just gradutated this past spring from an LVN program and got my license just a few weeks ago, FINALLY! I spent two years doing pre-reqs and am one credit shy of my AA and I did 18 months for my LVN certificate. Then of course there is months of studying for N-CLEX, taking N-CLEX, waiting for N-CLEX results, waiting for license. All I can say is its the prettiest shade of blue I have ever seen!
On to beading history. I made my first loom without a loom piece when I was thriteen. Without a loom means I taped my warp threads to the table and moved them closer as I went ultimitaly creating an anklet with my nickname- Jax. I moved on to working on a real loom but got busy with life as all teenagers do. I worked, w
ent to school and was a teen mom (OMG I know I am a statistic how weird huh? lol).
I grew up in Oregon in a small town in the Willamette Valley all my life. In 2004, my husband, three kids and I picked up and moved to the Bay Area. I was frustrated with school and life, and he wanted to try something new plus his closest friend was here. I was hoping that with more nursing programs in the area, I would have a better shot of getting in a nursing program.
The first place we lived was awful, the landlord was a jerk. The only good part was I met Mary. She brought me back to the beading world. She sells her work at Yosemite National park to help pay the bills, she is retired. Her sister does basking weaving up there if you ever get to visit. I had to learn and so being wonderful that she is she taught me. The rest is bead history.
So now on to my blog name. I was sick from the flu shot last week and sick of being in bed by day two. I spent a few hours on you tube watiching how to beading videos. I learn so many cool things- Auntie's beads has the best ever videos. So I ended up making a
wire wrapped bracelet from some beads I got in a grab bag like four years ago and have been saving since, not sure how to get them together.
I am thrilled with the results. All in all, my day, like my life sometimes, felt unproductively productive!