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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.
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
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
Gosh I hope the crock pot is doing ok .... carnitas for dinner, I hope!
what beer should I bring? - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Egads it was good! - Shannon - GlassMistress
Paypal account hit 1k and I'm proud to say I peeled off $500 of it and paid off the range. I hope to keep following that plan and begin attacking credit cards next. With last year's salary decrease we are holding on but not really getting ahead, its nice to lower a bill for a change.
Sharing the footstool.
I love how these turned out!
My mom has pointed out to me that these arent all that creative ... you could find something like them in any gift store. Honestly ... I dont care ... they are so darn fun to make! - Shannon - GlassMistress
Moms. - Amit Patel
Least favorite question .... go!
"Can I get a discount on these beads?" - Shannon - GlassMistress
"Can I ask you a question?" - Stephen Mack
"What are you?" - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
What's your least favorite question? - Professor A.I.
"How much did that cost?" - SAM
"Do you remember me telling you to..." - Big Joe Silence
"What's your tattoo mean?" - t-ra: WeirdnessSandwich
I smell smoke. Second time today, it's a little unnerving.
Critter du'jour, bunnies ... No idea why :-)
Wishing Uncle Robert a wonderful birthday! Barry is good people and I've heard a rumor that you had a hand in that ... Well done! #unclerobert
Between the thunder and the fireworks poor Miss Emma has decided that she will live in the closet and never go out to pee again.
Bless her heart! Zahra didn't do too bad last night. Gave her her calming chews and put her in the kennel and on a scale of 1-10, I'd say that she was a 5. Big improvement! - Jenny
Oh, the kiln had some nice surprises this morning.
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Yay! More holy cows. - Betsy
Holy cows with no cracks, woot! - Shannon - GlassMistress
Ah the power of cheese!
Ha! Spock does the same thing. He sits at the kitchen threshold as I slice. OT: I don't think I've ever seen a picture of MAN in a shirt. - Anika
If MAN is home he's pretty much shirtless ... Until dinner, then he puts a shirt on. He's funny. - Shannon - GlassMistress
A friend posted on FB that she wa going to the mall to find her dream 'crop top' ... I'm not sure what disturbed me more, that she wants a crop top or that she's 78.
Lets face it, tiny powdered donuts are messy, the only solution is to eat them in one bite.
Here's a better photo of the elephand bead. Sunday's photo had a little 'beauty blur' going on so I thought you might appreciate a cleaner shot. The blur definatly hid his flaws - like that #$%@ bit of blue glass under his eye. The ball came apart when I took him off the rod so he's a loss but still a good start on what could be a great bead. Just...
...for fun I made one without the ball. He's a very happy fellow! - Shannon - GlassMistress
I shared a photo of the circus elephant on the ISGB (International Society of Glass Bead Makers) and he's nearing 100 likes - and some darn nice comments. *fans self* - Shannon - GlassMistress
I love this guy. Just adorable! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Thanks! I really like him too...I hope I can get it worked out so I can make one with it cracking. I could do the 'ball' separate but I really dig it as one piece. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Such a pretty cow - Amit Patel
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