Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Insert funny Disney World story...

One of the things I love about Disney World is all the little things that happen while you're there. I mean, everyone knows they're going to be riding Space Mountain, eating with Mickey, and riding the monorail! But there's so much that happens that you don't plan for!

That's why I'm starting this new little thing on my blog. I just adore sharing my experiences with everyone, and I know you guys would really get a kick out of some of my stories!

Some of the stories are funny, some are magical, some are helpful, some are just fun memories, and some of them just make me shake my head when I think about them later! :)

The first story I want to share with you all is the latter. ;) It took place just a few short weeks ago, on Monday, February 9. Jimmy and I had just spent a wonderful morning at Disney's Animal Kingdom and were then 'hopping' over to Disney's Hollywood Studios for the afternoon/evening. We had decided to forgo Disney transportation on this day, so we were driving our own car. [Note: Disney World transportation is a wonderful thing, and we use the heck out of it while we're at Disney World! We just wanted to have our car on this day, in case we wanted to venture off property to the outlet shops!] Anyhoo... So we park our car in the huge parking lot, and walk to the tram, even though we weren't very far from the entrance. Since there were other people still parking and walking to the tram, we had to sit for a few minutes and wait on them.

While we're sitting in the tram waiting, Jimmy notices that someone driving an SUV has run over a traffic cone in the parking lot. The CM working that isle had them back up to see if the cone would just roll out. No luck. Then the CM has the guy go back and forth several more times to see if the cone can get 'unstuck' from under the SUV. Still no luck, and while he's doing this, you can see that there are at least 3 more cones lodged under the SUV! Finally after several minutes of back and forth, the CM just has they guy go ahead down the isle and park. Everyone in the tram claps and cheers, and we head towards the entrance. As the tram passes the isle that the SUV guy drove down, we can see that there are five traffic cones laying in the isle!

Maybe their traffic cones should be more this size:

I still wonder how you can run over that many traffic cones all at once!

Look for more stories coming soon! ^_^

Monday, March 30, 2009

Lovely Lavender

Not a whole lot going on today. Work was fairly normal. lol Well, as normal as an afternoon at a daycare can be anyway. Hehe...

I'm featured in a beautiful treasury right now!

That's my Lavender Scented Handstitched necklace on the bottom row, in the middle! I love those glass lavender bead pendants there to the left of my necklace! Such a beautiful treasury!

This weekend was very nice! The Sweetie and I got to see The Knowing, and Monsters vs. Aliens. Both great movies! We wanted to go to DollyWood, but the weather was just not good DollyWood weather. Maybe this weekend!

I've also been getting information together for a Disney World trip for this fall! I know I know!!! We were just there last month... But I'm so ready to go back! lol We would love to find some more people to go with us, but schedules just never work out for everyone! And there are certain times of year that I just refuse to go to Disney World! ;) Crossing our fingers for this fall though!

Although, if The Sweetie gets to work on this video game project that he's been talking to the music producer about, we won't be going very far from home for very long for a few months! Other than the trips we have planned for this summer while I'm off, we'll most likely be in Knoxville. The Sweetie will need to be close to home so he can stay in good contact with the producer. I'm so excited for him!

I guess we'll just have to see how it goes. I do love this time of year though! Planning for summer vacations and time together makes me feel so happy!

And on that note... I'm off to bake some cookies!

Hope you all are having a wonderful week so far!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Jelly Beans for Breakfast!

Okay okay... I know it's really late, but I just had to share this awesome treasury with you guys!

I love being a part of such a wonderful, colorful, fun treasury! See my jelly bean necklaces down there? Third row on the right. Everything looks so pretty together! Go check out all of the other yummy treats as well!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Beaded Party Ring Necklaces!

Wow! Two posts in one day! How do you like that??? ^_^

This is just a quick post to share some necklaces I made with the beaded Party Ring charms from earlier.

I love the way they look on the silk ribbon! How fun for a birthday party! And the silver chain is great for a more toned down look that is still fun and yummy!

Have I mentioned lately that I love seed beads???

Well, I do!

These are probably my favorite creating medium ever! No matter what sort of crafty things I get into, I always seem to come back to seed beads.

And I do have to admit that I'm running out of room in my seed bead drawers already. I have to idea how I'm going to keep them together after these drawers are filled! And suggestions??? I like having them organized by color; makes it so much easier when I'm starting a project.

Speaking of projects...

Here's the latest from the bead bakery:

Beaded Party Ring Biscuits!!! Oh I loves them! ^_^ I've never had real Party Rings, which look like this. (Not my picture, by the way!) I love the colors! They look so yummy and pretty! I didn't do all the different color combinations, just my three favorites. If anyone wants one of the two colors that I didn't make, just let me know! I made mobile/purse charms out of this batch:

I could easily convert them into necklaces and bracelets though!

I'd really like to do a collection of beaded international treats. Add some beaded Battenburg cake slices to these Party Rings for the UK. Pizza for Italy, taco for Mexico, pizza for Italy, sushi for Asia, etc. If you have any ideas, let me know! I would just love to have an 'around the world' type section in my shop!

Monday, March 16, 2009

And we're off...

...to the Ball! I hope you all have your ball gowns and glass slippers ready! Those are a must for any Royal Ball.

And don't worry, a beautiful carriage is already on it's way!

It measures 2 7/8" wide at the widest part, and 1 3/8" tall. I've attached it to some icy blue organza, and candy pink satin ribbons. I didn't tie the ribbons together yet. This way you can tie it onto what every you like - rear view mirror, Christmas trees, doorknobs, etc.

I can totally see this hanging in some sweet little princess's bedroom window! ^_^

That's all for now, but look for lots more beaded treasures in the coming weeks!

Hope you are all having a wonderful week!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Por Favor Mantenganse Alejado de las Puertas

On the very first trip I took to Disney World when I was about 8 years old, I very distinctly remember riding the monorail back to the Ticket and Transportation Center, after a wonderful, exciting day at the Magic Kingdom.

I was sitting at the window, and was able to look out at Cinderella's Castle, as it shifted colors in the darkness. I couldn't take my eyes off of it. The monorail came to a stop in the lobby of the Contemporary Resort; I could see the top of the Chef Mickey's sign, rising up above the entrance to the restaurant. I could hear people bustling about down below. I couldn't believe the monorail had just entered into the lobby of a hotel! All too soon, we were off again. The next stop was the TTC. My family and I walked slowly down the exit ramp. I gazed up as the monorail glided off to it's next destination, Disney's Polynesian Resort.

And mingled in among all of this...
I remember a friendly voice... "Please stand clear of the doors." "¡Por Favor Mantenganse Alejado de las Puertas!" You hear that, and you know you are there.

My huge love for the monorail, and this particular memory, was the inspiration for this new bracelet.

Handmade using seed beads, Swarovski crystals, and silver plated chain and findings.

It's a sweet reminder of all the wonderful places the monorail can take you.

Be whisked away to exciting early morning breakfasts filled with Mickey waffles, breakfast pizza, and lovable characters. Fancy afternoon teas filled with elegant china, fluffy scones, and delicate swan pastries. Tropical Polynesian luaus with daring fire dancers and dancing hula girls. And, one of the most important destinations... A Magic Kingdom filled with pirates, princess, ghosts, spaceships, fairies, Wishes... And a castle.
All just a monorail ride away.

I hope this bracelet will serve as a happy little reminder for you all as well.

Have a magical day!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Yum yum!

I just added the Beaded Cupcake Ornament party favors to my shop!

Also, I'm giving away free sample sets of my new scented beads with any orders placed in March! This week you get to chose between pink Pink Grapefruit scented, and purple Grape Bubblegum scented beads! (Keep a look-out for chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, and banana as well!)

I've been working on these off and on for a couple of years now! (They are handmade from 'scratch', so I do all the mixing and measuring of specific ingredients; hence the reason why they have been taking a while!) I'm finally really happy with them. I think you guys will love them, too! They are so so fun to use for bracelets! The natural heat of your body will bring out the stronger scents, so you can get a nice little whiff of them now and then. ^_^ I've had great fun mixing different scents on the same bracelets, too! Reminds me of Jelly Belly recipes! Hehe!

The sample sets consist of three beads that are each about 10mm. When the beads are actually for sale in my shop, the sets will consist of 10 beads that each measure between 8mm and 10mm. Look for them at the end of March! If you end up getting a sample set this month, and just have to have more before I get them listed, just let me know! I'm always happy to help you guys out!

A lovely girl on Flickr told me that they look like bon bons... And sure enough! They truly do! I've never had bon bons before, but I'd be willing to trade some of these beads if anyone can get some to me!

And now, I must go back to the bead factory. Teehee... ^_^

I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far!