I am so excited to be participating in my very first Bead Soup Party!
I’ve been wanting to do it for a while and finally decided that now was to time to do something kinda challenging.
Here’s how it works….you are paired up with a partner. You each make up a ‘soup’ of a vocal, clasp and some other beads. Then you send it to your partner and you each have to use at least the focal and clasp to make a piece of jewelry.

My partner is Lisa Lodge. She makes beautiful beaded jewelry (some are one of a kind) using pearls, Czech firepolished beads and a variety of stones.  Her shop is ‘Pine Ridge Treasures’ on ZIBBET.  She is having a ‘Grand Opening’ Sale!  She is taking 15% off of her very reasonable prices.  Check it out… It’s really pretty… And be sure to visit her blog

We both mailed out our ‘bead soup’ to each other on Saturday, so we should get them sometime this week.  I can’t wait to see what she sends me!  She says it is very different than what I am used to working with, so it will be a challenge…

I’ll post a picture when I receive it.


Antique Rose Emporium


The Antique Rose Emporium in Independence is a wonderful place! Not only do they have tons of roses to choose from, they have all the other plants you want, too!  One of the things I love most about it, is that it is a lot like an arboretum.  They have lots of plants in the ground, so whenever you go, you can see what is in season.  It’s also very casually planted…some plants self-sow and others are perennials that come back every year.  Not a formal garden at all.  And they have some of the cutest whimsical stuff!

Colorful Bottle Tree

This is a cute little church where they have weddings sometimes.  You can see a cemetary in the foreground. But this isn’t just any cemetary…

Take a closer look….

Closer still and you will see what I mean!

I get a kick out of these ‘headstones’ every time we come here!

 There is always a ton of stuff blooming…

Today there were some beautiful poppies!

I love the Terracotta  Man.  He is too cute!

The bees were all over the poppies!  I think they were enjoying the beautiful sunshine…

Now….If you follow the yellow brick road (yes, there really is one here!) you will see…

The Tin Man! Right here in Texas…Looks like he stole Dorothy’s  bike….

And here is Dorothy’s cute little Toto!

We had such a wonderful day!

Spring Is Here!


We received a wonderful April shower today! I know it’s just March! It was exactly what all the plants needed that are trying to wake up from that crazy winter we had. OK, I live in Houston, Texas so my winter wasn’t as crazy as your’s, but still…
We aren’t used to 20 degrees for several days in a row! After last year’s really cold weather, we decided to plant a tropical garden. I have always wanted one and dear hubby finally said ‘yes’.  I mean, after all, there is no way we would have back to back record cold winters. Right?  Ha!
So, we lost a lot of the tropicals. Well, not totally…. A lot of them are coming back from the roots. But, we lost a whole bunch of top growth.

Queen Palm...not so Regal now!

Canna lilies

Don't remember what this was!


Saturday, we went to The Antique Rose Emporeum. It’s a great place… (more about that tomorrow) We bought some yellow rose bushes to go with the beautiful pink ‘Belinda’s Dream’ that we already have. We planted them on Sunday and then got the glorious rain today… The garden is on it’s way to recovery!