First I am thankful for my first NAS!  What's an NAS - it's my husband's term for a non-acquaintance sale from my Etsy shop.  So exciting!  What's funny is that I had just read Lorelei's awesome interview in the "Sell and Tell" column of the Fall 2010 Stringing.  It was full of great advice and I spent some time this weekend uploading better pictures and renewing some listings, and now am inspired to work even harder on it.  The package is waiting by the door in eager anticipation of the postman:

Second I am thankful for the many comments I got on my giveaway which closes in about 3 minutes.  Stand by for the winner announcement tomorrow evening.

Last but certainly not least, I am thankful to Courtney at Beads by Bruel for awarding me the Versatile Blogger Award.  It really tops off a weekend that was filled with three birthday parties, fun time at the pool, and great beady news!

Here are the rules:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award (if you missed the link here it is again :-))
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Pass the award along to 15 other bloggers who you recently discovered and think are fabulous
4. Contact the bloggers you chose and let them know about the award! (this will have to happen tomorrow)

Seven things about me:
1.  I am am blessed to be married to my best friend - I'm his biggest fan and he's mine!
2.  Nothing gives me greater joy than my kids - plus they crack me up constantly.
3.  I am horribly addicted to coffee.  Drug of choice - Venti Skinny Chai Latte with 2 (!!!) shots of espresso
4.  My brother is captain of a ship - the same brother I used to have pinch fights with now drives a ship.
5.  I cannot not be in the middle of a book - I like everything from romances to "serious" literature, but am horrible about finishing anything non-fiction.
6.  I love to cook and eat and enjoy a nice beer or glass of wine along with.
7.  I so wish to be in shape like a regular runner but two things are in my way - #6 and the fact that I don't actually run.  (Note to self:  Must work on the regular exercise thing soon.)

Fifteen Blogs in no order whatsoever (some long time favs and new finds, hard to whittle it down to a tiny selection of the all the cool blogs I follow)
1.  Jen Judd Rocks (my original bead friend)
2.  Sweet Bead Studio (beading mom hero)
3.  Kabs Creative Concepts (taking one of her classes at ArtBLISS)
4.  Pugly Pixel (great pictures and free downloads)
5.  Alterity Button Jewelry and Gifts (amazing seamstress)
6.  Churchy and her Sailor (Bead Soup partner and awesome gal)
7.  Jeanette Blix (another jewelry hero)
8.  Julesbeads (that girl cracks me up!)
9.  Waterstone (love her recycled leather purses - one is on its way to my house now)
10.  The Newbie Beader (she's new like me)
11.  Just Something I Made (she is an AMAZING artist)
12.  Pretty Things (Bead Soup really lit my fire on the blog front)
13.  Silver Parrot (another gal that cracks me up)
14. Lifestyle Bohemia (love their style and styling)
15. ¿Qué Onda Q'town? (what can I say, I am a sucker for a cool name and frequent pet pictures)

Have a great week everyone!


  1. CONGRATS on that big Etsy sale!!! Doesn't that feel great?? :-) You've come a long way! ...even since we met at BeadFest.
    Sounds like you wrapped up a great weekend.
    Thank you for thinking of little old me and the award!! :-)

  2. Congrats on the sale! Even more of a fire to get mine up and running.

  3. Congrats on the award and the NAS! Woohoo! Encouragement like that is worth SO much :)

  4. Congratulations on your award!!!

  5. Your first sale - how exciting! And thanks for the award. :)

  6. congratulations on your award and many thanks for extending it to my blog. :D


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