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Shannon - GlassMistress

Shannon - GlassMistress

I’m a procrastinator, a sewist, a dabbler, a reader, a baker, an over planner, a mama to many furry kids and I regularly play with fire.
If you were getting married, would someone making the cake (paying for the supplies) be an appreciated gift, providing it turned out as you wanted of course?
Yes - Heather
It would be a huge gift! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
The reason I wonder is that it is usually something the parents are paying for so is the gift to the couple or the parents? - Shannon - GlassMistress
Operation invite selves to a friend's pool successful! Woot!
Making a 24 layer (4 tier) wedding cake this weekend. Ordered pre cut parchment for the pans ... Oddly happy about this.
Holy moly! That sounds like a lovely cake - and very glad you got the pre cut parchment :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I've never sprung for the pre cut parchment before..always cut my own and hated it, lol. This was my gift to myself. The cake is six rainbow colors per tier ... I should be crazy by Monday, lol. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Whoa. Today I saw a photo of a cake with tie-dye fondant...multicolor cakes must be the trend now. - Corinne L
Oh this rainbow is inside ... the outside will be little stuffed peacocks on the top, with edible paper 'feathers' trailing down the side and a burlap and cotton lace base. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Stupid pans are about a quarter inch smaller than the parchment ... I still had to cut the stuff, grrrr. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Lawd! If the way this cake is going has any bearing on the wedding this couple is doomed. One snafu after another :-(
As Weird Al says, just eat it. Wise man. - Eric - For You Wack MCs!
Cake break ... Off to deliver the quilt :-)
Nap bulldozer...
Cake weekend has begun. The first one, the groom's cake, is baked and cooling. If you are going to the wedding this is the one you want a piece of. Peanut butter cake, ganache filling, peanut butter, butter cream frosting. The house smells wonderful!
Tomorrow, 24 cakes in six colors! - Shannon - GlassMistress
FB message just now. "Hi Shannon, can I copy this bead for donation to a kids charity? Its really cute" Sigh.........................
Um - Steve C
At least they asked? That's all I got. :( - CAJ hates pants
That's a tough one. Could you ask them to credit your design, and maybe link to your site? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I told her to knock herself out. I dont like it, but I dont see how I can stop it, even if I said 'no'. Like CAJ said, at least she asked and that's refreshing. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Confession: Sometimes when I'm scrolling through photos of my glass work I come across things I cant believe that I made.
Interesting comment. I find the same kinda thing when I scroll through my pictures: "When did I take THAT?" - WarLord
You're very talented, Shannon! - Jenny H. from Android
To be 100% honest, every photo of your glass makes me say "HOW THE %¥#£? DOES SHE DO THAT??!?!" - Johnny from iPhone
Lol! I resemble these last 2 comments! - Yvonne from FFHound!
AC repair for MAN's car ... $1500. I hate to get all whiny but hey, Karma, what did I do and how do I make up for it?
AC died in MANs car ... I'm really beginning to hate Mini Coopers
I bought an air freshener for the office a week or so ago - clean cotton - and set it in the lobby. No one seemed to notice or complain so I figured it was an improvement. Today my step-mom had a wax candle thing arrived from Amazon (you dont light it, its just for scent). Its rose. I'm two offices away and I think I can taste it - ugh!
Yuck. - Jenny H. from Android
Right? It immediately made me think of my great grandmother's guest bathroom, lol. (rose bath beads) - Shannon - GlassMistress
Any of you 'fluffier' ladies have suggestions for a dress to wear to a wedding. It needs to be cool ... and cheap.
I've got a days worth of work in custom orders ... How flipping cool is that?
Done and heading for its first wash. Cross your fingers please
It survived! It needs a little lint rolling ... Cotton batting is fuzzy (as are our pets). - Shannon - GlassMistress
I just posted this guy in the FB auction room. My notifications blew up with likes ... 10 in 5 seconds! I guess it would be rude to comment "Bids peope! Not likes" schnort!
And he's gone ... under two minutes. Race horse! - Shannon - GlassMistress
Huh ... not only did he go in under 2 minutes, but he went to someone that wants SIX MORE ... woot! - Shannon - GlassMistress
yeah, I'm stoked. I'm trying to sell enough beads to pay for a visit to my mom's. That order will be a big help :-) (but i sure wish I could spend it on a cruise instead - dont tell my mom, hah) - Shannon - GlassMistress
Well, once your duty is done, anything else is for a cruise :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I was asked to make an Instagram bead, how'd I do?
Very well! - Pete
Do you think its recognizable? I thought it came out well but I dont use Instagram so I wasnt sure anyone else would know what it was. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Very nice! I recognized it right away without reading the post first. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Great! I got a little messy on the colors (tiny + 45 yr old eyes = messy) but was hoping it still worked. It took a ridiculous amount of time for such a small bead :-) - Shannon - GlassMistress
I'm often asked how long it takes to make a bead. Well, those ten rods represent five hours of work. They still have to be cleaned, some need to be wired, all need photographs and descriptions, and all will be posted on line somewhere. So, how long does it take to make a bead?
Longer than I have patience for. :) - CAJ hates pants
Mousie with a sunflower bonnet
So cute! - Big Fat Yeast Roll!
Holy crap you've gotten tremendous at making your art - Steve C
Thanks Steve! It has come a long way, with a long way yet to go :-) - Shannon - GlassMistress
8-10 beads in the box, driveway edged and swept, weeds sprayed, lunch eaten. I'm now trying to convince myself to do a couple hours of house cleaning but I seem to be stuck in my chair.
Holy hot stuff Batman! I might have been a little heavy handed with the rosemary mint body spray. I feel like I dipped my top half into BenGay. Thank goodness I didn't aim any further south!
Since I got my tablet ... coming up on 3 years now... I've wanted a bag/purse combo that would hold my tablet, camera, wallet, and a couple of small zip pouches. I've just about decided I'm going to have to make my own.
All the beadmakers are in Houston at the Gathering (convention) ... sniff. But I'm selling beads in the auction rooms like a mad woman since the competition is a little thin :-)
I saw a demo of beadmaking a few weeks ago -- I was SOOOO impressed! SO cool what you all do! #afraidOfFire - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
plus you use words like "frit." :-) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Frit happens, hee! - Shannon - GlassMistress
Ukraine says rebels shoot down Malaysian airliner, 295 dead
I just dont get it ... so sad. - Shannon - GlassMistress
I need to visit my mom. She has reached the limit of how long since I was there and evidently she no longer feels that visiting me is an option. She's 65 ...not ancient. Anyway there are four airports I can fly into. Four hours away, two hours, one and a half hours and one hour. She likes the four and one hour choices. Four because I have... between her and that airport and the one hour b/c it's closest. I like the 1.5 option because it's the shortest flight time and drive time (the one hour option goes as high as 12 hrs travel and two transfers). Shouldn't I get to choose how I travel? Is it a control thing that she feels like she should choose how I spend money I really don't have? Will I always be 12? - Shannon - GlassMistress
Speaking as a 68 YO mom, I'd tell her as a friend that she's lucky you can take the time and money to visit her and she should be grateful. I'd also wonder why she can't visit you. And I'd offer to pay at least half of your fare. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Let's see here. She complained that you visit other family when you visit her, but chose an airport far away because you have family you can visit when you visit her. Oh, Shannon. You choose whatever is best for you. It's your money! Can you even afford two 12-hr travel day off work? That cuts into both of your time. - Anika
Luckily I'm still salary so I only lose what I spend. But no, she's not hearing that it will be challenging to come up with the money for travel (and certainly I'm not voicing that I'd rather spend that money elsewhere- like a 4day cruise for me and MAN). But like all things with my mom, its complicated. I did try the 'be grateful for what you get' route but that derailed into "I'm... more... - Shannon - GlassMistress
ugh. I am familiar with this routine. As impossible as it may seem, when I started putting boundaries around what I would a.) talk to my mother about; and b.) be willing to do for scheduling visits and travel, she actually backed off quite a bit. there was drama at first, but I stuck to my guns and it got better. I think she realized she could act right or get nothing and chose the... more... - t-ra: WeirdnessSandwich
^^ agreed. And I've been making big efforts over the last few years to keep calm, and not take pot shots. I dont know if its improving things or not. I'm very aware that her fight isnt with me but my brother who is not only the favorite but hardly visits at all. I'm handy (he's out of country) so I take the brunt. I've been trying to counter complaints about him with "You should talk to R about that" but it isnt working. - Shannon - GlassMistress
I'll say its a 'no win' situation but follow that with I really dont see it as a competition. Maybe she does? - Shannon - GlassMistress
my brothers and my Dad were part of what I stopped talking to my mother about at all. after some consistent "I didn't call to talk about him" or, as you said, "You need to ask him about that" she got the message for the most part. she still has a "woe is me" trip sometimes and I just ignore it or gently dispute it with a "You know that's not true" etc. the struggle is maintaining some... more... - t-ra: WeirdnessSandwich
*sympathies all around* - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I hope you find a way to negotiate the situation that works for you and leaves you feeling more hopeful for future transactions. Family dynamics are hard. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
The glass convention opens today. Ah well....
An interesting aside to the glasswork carrying part of my budget is that I've begun to think of the value of things as number of hours worked. Tank of gas - 4-5 hours, dinner out 2-3 hours, mall brand makeup 2 hours, and so on. Using labor instead of price to determine value has had a great deal of impact on my spending decisions.
Not that I wont splurge, or overspend ... trust me I will ... but when I do it feels like a more informed decision and that I'm weighing my time against my 'want' and more often than not I put the 'want' back on the shelf. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Also interesting. Time as value seems to make me work ahead for things rather than behind. I need to go visit my mom before she blows a fuse over how long its been since I've visited. I've set a goal amount and plan on spending the next 4-6 weekends trying to reach it instead of blowing up a credit card and paying it off later. - Shannon - GlassMistress
I cant say I've enjoyed earning half of what I previously did. I can say I've learned to appreciate the challenge as well as what I hope are some lasting lessons. - Shannon - GlassMistress
When I worked retail I did the same thing. Nightclub cover charge- 2 hours. 2 beers- 1 hour. Hiking- 0 hours. =) - Yvonne from FFHound!
Waves hi from the sweatshop.
Today is my 20 year anniversary of working here, so I bought myself a donut.
I'm not sure if I'm jealous of people (women particularly) that have great relationships with their moms or just baffled that its even a possibility.
Mom has been laying on the 'when are you going to come visit' pretty thick lately and I should, despite financial concerns, go. When I tell her how many days I can spare she becomes upset - not enough. When I try to explain that I cant be gone from the job that long she hears that the job is more important than she is. She complains about having to spend time looking at beads on my last visit b/c it was wasted 'together' time - I thought we were both looking. She complains about having to drive to see my grandmother, or going to dinner with my uncle because that's time spent with others, not together - funny I thought we were both in the car. She complains about time in the car but wants to plan to drive three hours away to visit a winery she likes - Shannon - GlassMistress
I dont want to 'win' but I'd like to find even ground somewhere .... sigh. - Shannon - GlassMistress
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