Sunday, May 24, 2009

Painting Central


I'm not a great painter...in fact, I'm not even a good painter. However, it is so relaxing to sit and paint. I hope everyone is having an enjoyable Memorial day weekend.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Picture Day

What a beautiful life I lead?! I decided to add some photos to our Soft Flex facebook account today and was so happy to take a trip down memory lane. I've been so many places, met and worked with so many great people. After 10 years, I have hundreds upon hundreds of photos. I thought that I'd include a few of my faves from traveling in my post today.

My cousin Virginia and I went scuba diving in Key Largo, FL. It was absolutely amazing, once I got past the breathing under water part!

That same cousin, Virginia and I also went sky diving together. This was terrifying. The whole time I was concerned about Virginia, as if I could do anything to help her is something had gone wrong.

This was a fun trip. Lisa Vernon and I flew up to Toronto for Runway 08 at John Bead. Here we are with Mike John and his beautiful mother. They are such a neat company!

This has always been one of my favorite pictures. Jenny and I with her dad and Mike in Tucson. We just all look so happy after a long day of work. Lewis and Jenny have been amazing friends over the years.

Mud masks.....a girl OR guy has to look good for the bead show! This was in Miami, FL. We flew in early and enjoyed some days of relaxation in honor of my birthday. We had a really nice time.

Hotel room Monopoly. We are always coming up with ways to entertain ourselves on the road.

My Mom's first time at the beach was last year. I love this picture of her.

Josh and I spending quality time with his family in Tucson. I love him. :)

The 3 figures in this picture are Harold, Andrew and Bryan. We decided to rent scooters to see Oahu....and boy oh boy, I saw Oahu. I also almost died a few times that day - but I sure did have a fun time!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Good birthday!

Well, I made it to age 30. I decided to spend my actual birthday with the handsome boyfriend, Joshua. We slept in and watched a movie in the morning. I spent part of the afternoon by the pool and part of it eating yummy Mexican food. And then in the evening we went and hit some balls at a batting cage and then played mini golf. I've never been to a batting cage before. I'm a little sore today and I think I actually only hit 3 of 40 pitches, that bat was heavy....I'm just not a "keep your eye on the ball" sort of girl. I'm more of a jewelry making, yoga attending dog lover. But, it was fun to try. Being the world's best boyfriend, he gave me the world's best birthday present. We're going to see "Wicked" at Asu Gammage Theater in Tempe on July 10th. I've wanted to see it since it first came out. I read the book many years before the musical existed. I just can't wait! This gift is truly special because Joshua isn't a "I love musicals" sort of guy. He's more of a baseball watching, book loving gardener. So, it was truly a thoughtful gift that was special for me.

I felt very loved. I got lots of nice messages, flowers, cards etc. Thank you to everyone for all of the love on my birthday. I'm blessed to have so many wonderful people in my live - family, friends and co-workers.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

VIP's

Here are two of my VIP's - my boyfriend and my mom at the Arizona Center. I love them both!

Phoenix Art Museum

After we spent a few hours at the Sprint/Nextel store sorting out my phone issues, I decided to take my Mom (who is visiting from Montana) down to the Phoenix Art Museum. We were just in time for a tour of the modern/contemporary wing of the museum. That was a huge treat. It is so nice to have a little explanation to go along with modern art. With a painting, it is usually a little bit more clear what an artist was thinking or feeling. With modern art, it can be a little bit more complex to understand. Here's a few of my favorite things (sorry the pics are little fuzzy):

Louise Nevelson
"Royal Tide V" 1960

My Mom

Cornelia Parker
"Mass (Colder Dark Matter)" 1997

Philip C. Curtis
"Gift Bearers" 1971

Odilon Redon
"Vase of Flowers" 1905-10

Ernest L. Blumenschein
"Moon, Morning Star & Evening Star" reworked 1931

Phoenix Farmer's Market

Now why on Earth don't I go to the Phoenix Farmer's Market every week? I really don't know. It is close by. It has the best stuff. Everyone is friendly and helpful. I need to make this a habit. This morning when we were lounging around, I decided that it was a great opportunity to get down to the market with my Mom and have a look around. We left with all the fixings for a really nice pasta dinner for tonight - handmade pasta and sauce, fresh garlic & oregano as well as some really tasty bread. Mmmmmm....We ran into craft superstar Crafty Chica. That was really a treat. Have you seen her new book: Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing. I have it in my queue for a book review this summer. WHAT A FAB BOOK!? Check it out!



This afternoon we are going to go see the new "Star Trek" movie and then cook up our great finds from the market before I have to say good bye and drop my Mom off at my uncle's house. She flies out early tomorrow morning (with my Grandma). So, she's spending the night with him so that he can drop them by the airport in the morning and let me sleep in!

It's been a wonderful weekend so far and I look forward to another relaxing day tomorrow for my birthday with Joshua. A big thank you to all of my friends and family that have wished me a happy birthday. I'm really lucky to have so many wonderful and loving people in my life.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Nap Time


So cute! Josh napping with Cash and Honey this evening.


I'm not going to fib. I'm exhausted. As of tomorrow, I'm on mini-vacay for a visit from my Mom & Grandma as well as my 30th birthday. I look forward to having no worries, sleeping & visiting. Heck, maybe I'll even find time to bead?! I haven't gotten to sit down and just plain bead in far too long. The darn day job always seems to be getting in the way!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Toronto

There are no better host and hostesses than the folks at John Bead. They truly are so hospitable and I can never thank them enough for taking such good care of me when I visit! We've aligned with distributors that are on our same wave length. They have family owned and operated distributorships. In North America, with John Bead, Foreign Source andEurotool - we just absolutely cannot go wrong.

I was happy to meet the Editor of Canadian Beading, Alison Savage. I was even more delighted to see that the cover project for the latest issue (#6) uses our Serenity Trio. Wowza!

I got to meet and spend time with Pam from Tierra Cast as well as Doug from Unicorn Beads. They were both a treat for chit chat. I got to learn a lot about their product lines as they each introduced John Bead as their Canadian distributor. Here's Pam helping some customers with Make-it-Take-its. She was so sweet, all of the staff at Tierra Cast that I've had the fortune to meet seem sweet. What a neat company, full of neat people!

Designer Adela Kodonova from the Czech Republic was on hand to showcase the Jablonex beads. She was the designer for Runway 2008 at John Bead and is always full of smiles. She was excited to try our Trios in a few designs. I'm sure that she will make something fabulous!

Last night, we were treated to dinner at Wayne Gretzky's restaurant and tickets to a comedy show at The Second City in downtown Toronto. SEE - those John Bead'ers are REALLY great hosts and hostesses! It was so nice to laugh and I laughed hard. Although, I did not understand some of the Canadian jokes. But, there was a pretty funny impersonation of President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton. All in all, it was a long day and I was really exhausted last night but it was a happy exhausted.

Today, after I finished demo-ing and packed up I decided to drive back downtown and check out the CN Tower. It was really windy today and the clouds were moving around the city at the speed of lightening.

Isn't it just amazing?

Lake Ontario from the Observation deck.

Downtown Toronto from the bar/cafe. I stopped in and had a really yummy bowl of wild mushroom french onion soup and a beer. Mmmm! This was the point that I really missed sharing with my special somone. I wanted to bob my head or blink my eyes like "I dream of genie" and have Josh appear in the chair across from me. It was such a lovely view, I wanted to share it with him.

Then I headed up to the Sky Pod. Now this was COOL. It is supposed to be the world's highest observation deck. With all of the wind blowing, I could feel the building moving. I've never felt a building move underneath me. I tried not to think about it too much and just focus on the view.

The all glass sky pod offered a really neat 360 view of the city!


And then on my way out, I checked out the glass floor on the Observation deck. It was so strange to stand and look down. I'm not in the least bit afraid of heights (I jumped out of a plane for crying out loud). However, when I stepped out on the glass floor, I was shocked to find my heart skip a beat.

All in all, it was a succesful and fun trip to Toronto. Did I get much sleep? No. Did I get to spread the word about our wonderful products? Yes. Did I get to see some eyes light up at the sight ofTrios and our new Extreme? YES. Did I have a good time? Yes. I call that successful

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