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I have one of the sweetest hubbies in the world. For Valentine’s Day he didn’t get me flowers or candy. Instead he got me something that will last much longer and I will enjoy much more. A new set of pots and pans, All-Clad pots and pans to be exact.

I am not being sarcastic. I like to cook and I like to cook using good quality tools. My mixer and blender are Kitchenaid, my knives are Wustof-Trident, but my pots and pans until today were crap.

I ordered the All-Clad 9 piece set from Cooking.com. The delivery information I got said they would be here the 23rd but they arrived today. Unfortunately, today I worked until after 7 so ended up going thru a drive thru rather than making dinner in my new pans. Otherwise I wouldn’t have eaten until 9pm and that is just to late for me to be eating dinner.

Anyway, I just wanted to share my excitement with all of you and show off my new pans. Aren’t they pretty? I can’t wait to use them. You’ll be getting a lot more cooking entries from me now that I’m not embarrassed to let people see what I cook with. ūüôā


I’ll be sure to let you all know what I think of them after I use them.


I would like to introduce you all to a fellow Creative Blogger, Kelly Drill. ¬†Kelly’s blog Macaroni and Glue¬†is a fun blog combining her work, family, and friends that I think you would really like. ¬†Be sure to take a few moments to check it out this week.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day I offer you this Crystal Heart Pendant. ¬†Strung on a black satin cord with sterling clasp this is a pendant made of Swarovski Crystals. ¬†The pendant is about an inch tall and a bit over an inch wide. ¬†Normally this pendant would sell for $40 but for this week I am offering it to you for $30 with free first class shipping. ¬†If you are interested email me at heather@squareonebeads.com. ¬†Thank you.


For those of you who don’t buy finished jewelry because you make your own I have a lovely goddess bead for you. ¬†Normally she would sell for $25 but this week she can be yours for $15 plus shipping. ¬†She stands 32mm high, has a 12mm waist, and was created on a 1/16″ mandrel. ¬†She’s got a cz decorating her belly button and was created from a marvelously streaky multi-toned glass. ¬† If you are interested in her or have any questions about this bead email me at heather@squareonebeads.com.

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Here is the special for this week. ¬†Its another caterpillar bracelet since I received so many nice emails regarding the first one. ¬†This one is a simpler one and would typically sell for $45. ¬†This week it can be yours for $30 plus shipping. ¬†It is 8.5″ long and will fit a 7.5-8″ wrist comfortably. ¬†It also features a button handmade by me.


If you are interested in this piece email me at heather@squareonebeads.com.  Act fast because there is only one and next Sunday the deal will be over.  


If you are more interested in beads than in finished jewelry come back tomorrow when I will list a bead special for the week.

My friend¬†Kaye Husko¬†tagged me today. ¬†This tag works by my posting 7 facts about myself and then tagging 7 more crafty friends. ¬†So here we go –¬†

1) I bowl in a Guys and Gals winter league.  We bowl every other week so it goes from September to April.

2) I started a new job as an esthetician last week and really like it. ¬†I work at Oasis Salon and Spa in Watertown, WI, doing facials, body waxing, and makeup. ¬†I took my state board exams on the 7th and haven’t gotten the results back yet. ¬†I am going nuts to find out for sure if I passed, I’m sure I did but until I get confirmation I am going to continue to go nuts about it ūüôā

3) I am a huge fan of Dr. Who and Torchwood.  I also really like Top Gear.  All three of these shows are on BBC America and sometimes it seems like we watch more British television than American television.

4) I am addicted to trying new artistic media. ¬†I am teaching myself oil painting and am starting to use borosilicate glass in my lampworking. ¬†Every time I go to the craft store something else reaches out to me and whispers “Try me, try me, you know you want me.” ¬†And I am weak, I give in to that voice quite frequently.

5) When I try a new artistic media I am not happy with it until I find a way to combine it with at least one other media I am already working with. ¬†Right now I’m combining my oil painting with polymer clay and glasswork.

6) My puppy Spike has decided that the trash is just a new toy box for him and it is driving me crazy.  I have no idea how to get him to stop, this is not something my other dog Summer ever did so I am at a loss on how to deal with it.  If anyone has any ideas I would appreciate it.

7) I spend way to much time on the computer. I like to chat with friends and play games, in addition to the computer work I do for my jewelry business and for my job.  Sometimes I feel like the keyboard is attached to my fingers.

So, that is 7 things about me. ¬†Some you might know, some might be new to you. ¬†I am tagging the following friends –








Today’s topic is do you want to be me? ¬†The short answer is no.

The long answer is, sometimes I don’t even want to be me, instead, I want to be Jessica Alba. ¬†Why Jessica Alba? ¬†Why not? ¬†She’s rich, she’s beautiful, and she has millions of people who adore her.

Sure, I suppose Jessica doesn’t work in hot glass so she doesn’t get to watch the transformation of a solid, into a liquid, and back into a solid but in a completely different form than when it first started out. ¬†

She is also an actress which means she does her work far removed from her audience.  I however, am an esthetician, and when I give a facial I am one on one with my client and get to watch them visibly relax and enjoy the experience.  I get the immediate feedback that Jessica does not.

I also know for a fact that she doesn’t have my crew that loves and adores me and thinks I’m wonderful. ¬†I’m talking of course, about my darling husband who has been so supportive of me in both my artistic, educational, and career¬†endeavors and my two dogs who think I am wonderful because I give them cookies and belly rubs. ¬†The three of them couldn’t care less about Jessica Alba.

So, when you look at it that way, my life isn’t all that bad. ¬†Which is good because I cannot be Jessica Alba, so I will have to be content to be me. ¬†Since I will continue to be me, you will just have to continue to be you, because I don’t think the world could handle two of me ūüôā

And that my friends, is the very long answer to ‘Do you want to be me?’