Heather’s Ramblings

Archive for November 2007

I heard a term today that I haven’t heard before – Wedding Vegetables. I heard this term on the show ‘Top Gear’ and while I assumed it was a euphemism for a man’s groin I was compelled to look it up. According to the Urban Dictionary the wedding vegetables are –

A classy term to reference the entirety of one’s manhood. The term includes the penis, scrotum, and BOTH testicles; however it is acceptable to still use the term in the instance one may have just a single testicle.

I found this term and its definition to be very entertaining so I thought I would share it with all of you in hopes that it puts a smile on your face too.  If you have any terms or phrases you want to be featured as educational tidbits just email me at heather@squareonebeads.com and I will feature them.

I hope this amused you as much as it amused me.  Until next time, TTFN and ta ta for now 🙂


Insomnia sucks.  Not only can I not sleep but I also cannot really do anything when I give up and get out of bed.  I get up because my hubby has to get up early and I don’t want to disturb him, but now that I am out of bed there is very little I can do that is quiet enough not to disturb him.  Our walls are thin so even though I’m in the living room and he’s in the bedroom I have to watch what I do or he’ll wake up and tell me to come to bed.

I’d have a cup of tea but  my water dispenser has turned the heater off for the night and I can’t turn on the microwave because it is loud.  I can’t watch tv because it is also to loud.  I can’t clean for Thanksgiving because then I’ll wake myself up even more.  About the only thing I can do is play around on the computer, and that is why I am here 🙂

My ode to Insomnia

Insomnia my enemy,

Insomnia my friend.

You never get the best of me,

But you’ll try to the end.

The gift of extra wakeful hours,

You think will ruin my life.

Sometimes they are as useful,

As the sharp edge of a knife.

Extra hours of wakefulness,

Cut thru the fog in my creative life.

During the day my vision is muddled,

At night it becomes so clear.

My body’s need for sleep,

Causes my mind to lose its fear.

And inspiration that would never come,

Now comes in untold droves.

For exhaustion is a treasure map,

To my minds creative coves.

It’s Flaming Hot time again – this weeks entry is about studios.

…and a mess 🙂 I try to organize it and keep it clean, but really it just feels like way to much effort. Its dumb I know, if I put things away when I was done with them it would never be a big mess, I’d find things with no problem, and I wouldn’t have to spend a full day every few months or so fixing it back up.

If it were any other room in the house the mess would bother me, but somehow in my studio the mess is soothing and makes me happy. Of course a clean studio also makes me happy. Basically, when I go in my studio I’m happy. You want to know my favorite thing in my studio? The door. I love being able to go in my studio and shut the door leaving the rest of the world out there and creating my own little world in my bright yellow studio where all my beads, oil paints, silver clay, and camera equipment live.

My studio is my favorite place, my little piece of sanity, and a mess, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Until I clean it 🙂

This weeks Flaming Hot topic was when do you list your auctions and why?

I used to have a full time job where I worked from 8-4.  This got me into the habit of coming home from work, turning on the kiln and oxycon, and while they were warming up I would clean out the beads I’d made my last torching session.  Then after I torched for a while and ate dinner I would photograph the beads I’d cleaned earlier and sit down at the computer to edit the pictures and list auctions. So my typical listing time was between 730 and 9pm.   There was so science behind that time, it was just what worked for me.

Now that I no longer have a full time job I find that I still have plenty to do during the day to keep me occupied.  I’ve been spending longer periods of time at the torch or making jewelry, I’m expanding my sales and advertising, and I’ve also been spending time getting all of those little projects done around the house that have been building up.  So by the time I am done with all my running around I still end up listing about 730-9pm.  No science, it still just works for me and my life.  🙂

…be able to support myself with my glass instead of supporting my glass with a full time job.

Right now, I may just get the chance to try it out. I lost my job this week and while I am looking for a new one right now, I also have a lot of free time on my hands. I’m not telling you this to make you feel sorry for me, just to explain where I am coming from.

When I was working full time I felt like I never had enough time at the torch but now that I am available I have decided to do what I can to improve my skills and advertise my business as much as I can. If I’m lucky maybe I won’t have to go back to a full time job.

Towards this goal not only am I working on making beads or photographing them every day but I am also trying to advertise myself more. I’ve joined a couple of blog groups, yahoo groups, and am listing on Ebay and JustBeads more.

I am also sending out newsletters from my site and giving away beads to keep people looking at my site. Here is my latest offering. If you are interested in learning how you can win this bead go here. Go to the store and select the monthly giveaway category. Free Bead, November

My next step is going to be advertising. I haven’t decided if I’ll stick to web ads or if I will take some out in magazines as well.

Well now that I have bored you with my intentions, its about time I get to work on them. 🙂 Wish me luck!