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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Home sweet home!

We are back from a wonderful trip to the Chicago area to see our son and his family. We were gone for 2 weeks and loved our time away to be with family that we only see once a year. Lucky for us they are going to be moving to Fort Worth in December so maybe I can get to see them 2-3 times a year then over long weekends. That would be so nice. Hopefully this will be the last place they will be until my sone retires from the Navy. We will wait and see.

While I was gone I did manage to finish my DD socks. I also started on another pair of crew socks for my mom. I am not posting pictures until I can figure out what is going on with my photo album on the computer. It has locked up on me and there are over 500 pictures on it that I need to put on a CD. But once I get things taken care of I will post some pictures.

I am back at work now trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel and hoping it is not a freight train. Seems like I just finish one project and 3 more pop up. Such is the life of a medical biller. Our work truly is never finished.

I had some down time last night so I worked on beading. I had not done much before we left. I managed to get a necklace, bracelet & earrings (all matching) done. I started on another set of jewelry this time in copper. I have never worked with copper before and am enjoying it a lot.

While in Illinois, we went to Gurnee Mills and I found a bead shop there. (imagine that!) I found something I had never seen before. It is called Blistered Pearls. What it is, is, the actual oyster shell with a pearl that has been embedded into the shell (blistered). I bought several of them and made corded necklaces and gave one to my DIL, one to my mom and I kept one for myself. I made sliding knots in the cord so it can adjust in length. (I found the instructions on the internet) I told the people at the bead store that they had some really nice stuff. They asked me where I was from and I told them Arizona..................well...........Then they procede to tell me they have a store just blocks away from my office!!!! And here I thought I had discovered and different shop than we have here. Oh well!

Not much else going on in my life. SO will close for now and wish you all a great crafting day!