Oldies but Goodies - Lampwork

I can't be completely sure because one platform deleted my whole account once instead of just the shop part, but from looking through my files it looks as if I bought my very first lampwork beads in April 2010. I do remember, however, that I looked up where the name lampwork came from (in earlier times lamps were used to melt the glass).
Glass had always fascinated me, but I do have, erm, let's say huge respect for fire because it sounds less wimpy than saying I'm afraid of it although that is partially true.  Anyway, it is something I don't see in my own future, but why would I need it? There are fabulous lampworkers out there and I know I'm not the only one that is addicted to their products.
This week's Oldies but Goodies Challenge at the Jewelry Artisans Community gives you just a small idea of who else can't resist the call of the glass ...


1 MC Stoneworks
2 Cat's Wire
3 Violetmoon's Corner
4 Jewelry Art by Dawn
5 The Crafty Chimp

P.S. I know I've said it before, but I should really get back into my lampwork stash!


Zibbet finds of the week - Bears

Last time I let the wolves out, this week I thought I'd go and look for some bears.
I have told you about my own teddy bear before and I probably also have mentioned my Steiff animals before. Steiff didn't only make teddies, but also fabulous regular bears, both inspired me for today's post.
I hope you'll enjoy looking at my Zibbet finds as much as I enjoyed looking for them.

Polar bear pen and ink art print by Creations by Carrie D.

Handmade miniature teddy bear by Eclectic Wandering

Bored baby black bear photo by Creative Glass Arts

Teddy bear necklace by Laline Jewelry

"All Ears" painting by Sandrine's Gallery

Boyds Bears record clock by Hour Place


Quote of the week

Have you ever wondered how I pick the weekly quotes?
I mean, there are TV shows and movies you love, but to make others understand a quote from it, you practically have to tell them the whole scene, and there are others that are so full of quotes that you can almost grab them with your hand.
Although I try to bring you a new show or movie every time, I'm in such a hurry sometimes that I can't help picking one of my old favorites. Like today.
Who knows, maybe it's one of your favorites, too.

By the way, how easily are you convinced by someone?
Westley, Inigo, and Fezzik come to the castle to save Buttercup, Westley's true love.

Westley: Give us the gate key.
Yellin: I have no gate key.
Inigo: Fezzik, tear his arms off.
Yellin: Oh, you mean this gate key.

Well, that wasn't too difficult, was it?

The Princess Bride, USA, 1987


Oldies but Goodies - Autumn again

Actually this was also the topic that started the regular featuring of the Oldies but Goodies on my blog last year. Can you believe it?
So this week we got out the autumn colors for the Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge once again. Autumn colors never go out of style. We love the earthy look, we love the brilliant reds and yellows of autumn leaves and it's getting hard to believe that there were days when we are almost burning up from this year's summer heat.

Are you looking forward to autumn? What do you like about it? Tell us!
Maybe this picture will help you a little to get in the mood.

1 2 Fab Fristers
2 Violetmoon's Corner
3 Jewelry Art by Dawn
4 The Crafty Chimp
5 MC Stoneworks
6 Cat's Wire


Oldies but Goodies - Onyx

What do you know about onyx? I looked up the history and found this interesting little fact.
"Onyx has long been associated as a ‘captured’ demon, imp or spirit."
Does that make you look at this week's pieces from the Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge a little different?
If you want more facts, check them out here, but now just enjoy some onyx beauty.

1 Jewelry Art by Dawn
2 Violetmoon's Corner
3 RioRita
4 MC Stoneworks
5 Cat's Wire
6 The Crafty Chimp


Zibbet finds of the week - Wolves

Today I don't really have a story for you. I know that usually I have an anecdote for everything, but all I could tell you today is how I can't watch the ending of "Dances With Wolves" because, well, because it makes me tear up even now just thinking about it.
So why don't you listen to these wolf sounds instead before we head over to the pack of wolves I found on Zibbet.

Black wolf drinking horn style beer mug by Mad Dragon Designs

Photo print "Out come the wolves" by Sarah Schism Photography

Howling wolf wall hanging by The Looks

Wolf t-shirt hand screenprint by Couth

Sterling Silver cloud strife wolf ring by Le Dragon Argente

Carved bone and wood howling wolf pendant by Sassy Sudbury Sisters

Wolves sand carved etching wall hanging picture by Glens Glitz

Custom sewn valance in waterfall and wolves print fabric by Karen's Bed & Bath


Quote of the week

When I was a kid, my friend's parents often took her and me hiking. Hours of walking and picking flowers here and there which we then looked up at home.
I don't remember when I stopped going hiking, but it's really not my thing anymore, for several reasons.
It's not Kenya's thing, either, but her landscaper Brian won't take no for an answer.

Kenya: Who in their right mind would go out in heat like this? I mean, what is the point?
Brian: Don't look down, look up. Look at the mountains.
Kenya: I'm looking for rattlesnakes.
Brian: Don't worry about rattlesnakes. The mountain lions eat most of them.
Kenya: Very funny.

Okay then ....

Something New, USA, 2006