Sunday, December 30, 2012

These wonderful beads are from Valerie Norton, my Christmas Gift Exchange Partner!  I was really lucky to get Valerie as my partner.  She made the beautiful  wired tree, and the lovely lampwork bead.  She also added some beautiful beads from India!!!  I also got a "fortune cookie" soap! and it is sooo cool!Check it all out in these pictures!  Some of them are not very good but some are ok!
 It is now Sunday at 10:22 pm. I am on my way to bed and I am sitting here thinking just how BLESSED I am!!! Just a couple of months ago, I did not have a blog, Did not know the Amazing Lori McDaniel Anderson,  the Talented Jami Shipp,, the Wonderful Marlene Cupo, the Generous Valerie Noton, the Lovely Gloria Allen, the Super Smart Sandra McGriff, and dozens and dozens of Wonderful, Sweet, and Comforting people! 
 I have learned just how talented all of these people are.  I have learned how Kind and Supportive they can all be when someone is down or gets bad news, or feels awful!  I have been astounded by how many people will just accept that prayers are needed even if they are not asked for and offer them with smiles!!!
People joke with each other, and accept knew people like they were always there!  I am simply Amazed!!!
 In a matter of just a couple of months, I have joined an Inspirational Challenge, hosted an Inspirational challenge with a destash box from me as the 1st prize [I had never heard of a destash box before this] and am now getting ready to enter another challenge with the Super Smart Sandra McGriff as the Host and the 2 Blog Hops by the Amazing Lori McDaniel Anderson.  I am happier, more motivated and most of all more convinced that I really can make my business work and work well!!!
 So Thank You to all of my new Friends and here is to a BLESSED AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR FOR US ALL!!!
 Always remember you are all in my heart and in my prayers!  Love you all and GOD BLESS!!!








HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

I want to apologize, I went back and counted the number of artists we had and we had 15!!! Not 12!! I am so sorry!
I got to tell you, I learned a lot of important things in this challenge.
I was challenged to learn a new "thing" being a contest hostess!  I learned more about how the contests run, and that you can always learn form your friends!! Thanks you  so much Lori McDaniel Anderson, Marlene Cupo, Jami Shipp, Sandra McGriff and the multitude of people that commented on the wonderful entries!!!
I got the destash box off in the mail to Sandra McGriff.
My next project is to finish up my Christmas gift exchange gift and get it in the mail!!!!  That is going to be tonight and tomorrow!
Always remember you are all in my heart and my prayers.  Love you all and GOD BLESS!!!  Extra prayers for the families in Newtown Conn.
So the Season of Joy Inspirational Challenge has ended!!!  We had a wonderful time with it.  We had 12 wonderful artists participate!  The variety and quality and SHEER BEAUTY of the designs was amazing!!!
Then we had a really close race to the finish!  There were only a very few votes separating the 2 winners!!!
Sandra McGriff. is the winner of my destash box!!  And Rita, from Toltec Jewels is the winner of the wonderful necklace from our Sweet Marlene Cupo!
I want to Thank everybody that participated in this challenge!  I had so much fun and learned so much!  I saw a few techniques that I want to learn!
Thanks again!!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Right about now, all of us in most of the US. if not the World, are very sad and heart sick.  Any tragedy can create a stir of sympathy, any natural disaster can create a wave of prayers for comfort.  With this unthinkable act of violence against the Heart of our Nation, our Sweet, Innocent, Children,LET US RAISE A TSUNAMI OF PRAYERS, HOPE, SYMPATHY, COMFORT, AND MORE PRAYERS, the likes of which we have not ever seen!!!
Extend every hand, lift up every heart, PRAY WITHOUT CEASING, for the comfort and the hearts of the families that have lost their sweetest hearts, their brightest lights.
At this Wonderful Season of Hope and Love, please keep these families in your heart along with your family.  Keep them in your thoughts when you shop and when you rest.  It will take the combined efforts of our nation to help heal the pain and grief of these families.
I Vow to Pray for them Daily!!! Will you join me?
Always remember you are All in my heart and in my Prayers!!! Love you All, and GOD BLESS!!!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Hi everybody!!! How is the Christmas shopping going?  Wait...did I hear groans and moans??? LOL
I love Christmas.  All the Music, all of the wonder,, the True Reason for the Season!  Snow!!! [As long as I don't have to drive in it]






















 Yesterday on fb I said that Jesse James Beads had some really cool beads that were new.  Some of my friends said they wanted to see what I bought, SOOO...... I had to buy a few!!!  Lucky for me they were 40%off at Joann's!!! I will try to get the pictures on here for you!The sale is on until Saturday!!  Hope you love them, I know I do!!!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I am SOOOOOOOOOO excited!  I have friends following my blog!!!  I can't stay on right now but I will be back really soon!!! Thanks so much!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

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I really am excited about being in the Bead Soup in January!

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I hope everybody had a really BLESSED Thanksgiving!!!  I did!  Too much of every kind of food and just the best time with my family!!! 

I have really been stumped with how to allow followers on my blog and some other issues, but I think I have it working now!  Please let me know what you think! 

Did everybody get their Christmas shopping done?  I have not even started!!!  I am working on a bracelet for  a challenge I entered, the reveal is on Nov. 30th!!!  It is really exciting for me to try these new things!!!

I am off to do more beading!

Always remember, you are always in my heart and in my prayers!!! Love you all and GOD BLESS!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Hi Friends!
So everybody made it thru this weekend just fine!  We had a wonderful time at all of our Shows.  My husband covered for us at the Floral Shop Open House and did fine!  We finished that show out today and everybody said that he did a great job and they liked him!  I like him too!!!
We are talking about what we need to do to up our game for the next year!  We are going to have a meeting on that in a couple of weeks!  I will let everyone know where we are.  i would love to hear what you think!! 

If I don't talk you before...HAVE A GREAT AND BLESSED THANKSGIVING!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hi, everybody!  I am writing this just to say THANK YOU to all the wonderful people I have met in the last few weeks.
It all started when the new Bead Soup Book, By Lori McDaniel Anderson, came out.  I read a blurb on it and I was like..WOW, that sounds like so much fun!!!  I asked if I could join and I was just a little too late, Drat!!!  In the mean time I started following Lori on her blog, I started this blog, [with Lori's help], met some amazing women and I don't think my life will ever be the same.  And I am OK with that!!!LOL
This weekend I will be doing 3 [yes I said 3] Craft shows all in 3 days!!!???  What was I thinking?  I don't know, I will let you know when we are done!  I will either be a hero or shot at dawn[ well maybe not shot...LOL]
My daughter and I usually do the shows together.  Now, however, we are getting a lot of invitations to different shows and I really did not want to tell any local show no if I did not have to!  The solution?
I am setting up the Friday Library show on Thursday at 6. On Friday at 12 pm.,  I am setting up the Saturday show at Sautter's Floral and gift shop. Then I am going to work the Library show from 3-8. And Friday night while I am at the Library show my daughter and my sweet hubby will be setting up our regular [late November] show.  That one is at a local school and has about 180 vendors.
The Friday night show and the Saturday and Sunday at the Floral shop are new, so we will see what we can do with those.
My biggest concern is having enough stock to make a good showing at all three of the shows!!!
We have a fun and inventive set up [you can see it on pinterest at pinterest.com/willowdragon under the board named Stone Soup].  I will try to take pictures of all 3 venues this weekend and get them on here early next week.
If anyone wants to pray for us to have successful shows and to have fun I will take it all and be very grateful!!!

Always remember you are all in my heart and in my prayers!! Love you all and GOD BLESS!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I just uploaded a bunch of pictures from our inventory.  I am going to try an get it all on facebook so you can see what all we have.  I will put some on here but we have probably close to 200 pieces right now!  Anyhow my facebook page is: facebook.com/willowdragon.  And they are on pinterest as well. That is pinterest.com/willowdragon.


















Don't forget to let me know what you think, you can comment on here or an facebook and like and follow me on pinterest. And always remember you are all in my heart and in my prayers, love you all and GOD BLESS!!!