- This blog started out as a way for me to display and sell my handmade jewelry creations. I have set up shop on Etsy.com, where my shop name is "Dreamin of Beadin". The link to my Etsy store is located on the right hand side of this page. Please check me out!! If jewelry's not your thing, then check out the site anyway ~ there are plenty of talented artists selling lots of cool things there. For your reading pleasure, this blog will serve as a sneak peek into what's going on "behind the scenes" in my world. I love to cook, so there will be plenty of recipes, as well as product reviews and the occasional product giveaway (woo hoo!) I also love to take pictures of anything and everything, and I just bought a new camera, so there will be plenty of photos. And I like wine too, so things could get pretty interesting . . . Thank you for your support of me, Etsy and "all things handmade" :)
While I don't recall ever having a summer that sucked, I must say that the Summer of 2007 will go down in the record book as the best I can remember!! Seriously, it's been GREAT, and I will be sad to see it go :( But I do love and look forward to those cool, crispy autumn days, so it's not all bad.
We spent the past weekend up North with Annette and family. It was my niece's 8th birthday, and I am super glad we were there to celebrate with everyone! It was great to spend some quality time with the kids. They have such personalities!! Here's a pic of Hannah and her little gal pals. To give you an idea, it was only 60 degrees TOPS that day, yet the kids frolicked in the lake like it was 90 degrees. I sure don't have that much tolerance to the cold!!
Just when some of my regular customers thought I had run out of ideas . . . I've been busy creating and will be adding new items to my shop in the coming days!! I've actually already started. The necklace pictured is just a small sneak preview of what's to come. I'm excited!
It seems we've been hearing a few too many stories in the news lately about product recalls of goods made in China. Here's the FDA warning about toothpaste made in China. Pretty freakin' scary. As recently as yesterday, there were claims of bad seafood that made it into American stores, and talk of lead based paint being used in children's toys. It also seems to be getting more and more difficult to find goods that are made in the U.S. This is why I am plugging the hell out of Etsy. I hope to spread the word about this fantastic site that features wonderful handmade goods by creative, honest and hardworking people. More people need to know about it! Seriously, it is a treasure trove of wonderful, high quality (and very fairly priced) goodies!! Now, more than ever, it is super important to know where the stuff you use and consume on a daily basis comes from. Tonight I made some purchases from a few awesome Etsy sellers. I bought some soap, lotion and other bath products. I will be reviewing these once I receive them. I am super excited to try products that aren't commercially made!