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10-20-2004, 12:12 PM
Various threads on loss, sadness, and mudflinging have made me decide one thing: I know very little about many of you other than that you work with glass.

Maybe we'd all be more connected and know each other better if we learned other things about ourselves. And pbhthththt, it's just fun, and I'm curious! So list 5 things that we, as a group, don't know about you! Folks have such diverse interests, jobs, and life histories, I can't wait to learn more about the people behind the teeny icons I see, and the beads!

I'll start:

I live in Oregon (moved here last year) but I'm a Jersey Girl, having spent my first 20 years there before a long stint in California. (I want to meet some Portland area glassfolk, anyone? I don't know anyone else who does this "in person.")

I've been practicing bellydance for about 6 years.

I worked in a high-end restaurant kitchen for a year for free a few years ago, just to see what it was like to be a woman in a kitchen full of Latino guys working with wonderful food. I wrote a book about it that is currently collecting some fine rejections ("Great writing, you aren't famous enough, sorry.") That was at night. By day am I a geek, designing and building web sites for fun and profit. I've worked with Microsoft and Xerox, and had a hand in building and/or designing nike.com, starbucks.com, us.playstation.com, homedepot.com, wamumortgage.com and other large sites.

I have a tattoo and my belly is pierced.

I am happily married to a wonderful DH, but occasionally miss all the time I had alone when I was single. Being alone is not the same as being lonely.

10-20-2004, 12:32 PM
OK, this looks like fun. And God knows we could use the diversion.

1. I live in south central Michigan, in a small town...I grew up five miles from here, but lived in Boston and New Hampshire 15 years ago when I graduated from college. My ex-husband and I had a great time there. (another fun fact: he and I are friends now, even after divorcing, and his wife is awesome).

2. I have two sons and a stepson, they are 13, 11, and 9. And being a stepmother is a challenge sometimes ... my stepson is very spoiled by his mother, and sometimes it's saddening (and hard) to watch.

3. I'm a senior technical writer for a large, pretty corrupt software company. It's an OK job. I work at home, and it's not hard ... so really there's nothing to complain about in that regard! :) I never get away from my work, but nor am I spending 3-4 hours a day on the road getting to/from either.

4. My favorite food is Mexican. I'd walk a million miles over hot glass for good salsa.

5. I am happily married to the man of my dreams, the best husband in the world. Life is good!!

10-20-2004, 12:32 PM
Let's see... five things you don't know...

1. My best friends in the whole world are my immediate family. My wife, my kids and my Dad. I guess that's why I never really want to go out... I've got it all right here at home.

2. I've always worked for myself. The few real jobs I tried didn't last long. I would never make it in the corporate world. I'm a horrible employee. I fire myself regularly. I guess I'm a really bad boss too, because I keep rehiring myself.

3. I enjoy fishing and diving. I love the ocean. Sometimes I regret not living closer to it. I need another trip to the keys.

4. I am easily goated into a debate. Especially by the witless. If you want to have a battle of wits and come unarmed, I'm gonna hand you yer arse in a hat- LOL

I know it's a horrible waste of time... but I'm a sucker for a good tongue lashing. Any body wanna argue about something? :p

5. I also have a few tatoos and have a piercing about 8 inches below my belly button ;)

I can't wait to read every one elses.

:D :D :D

10-20-2004, 12:35 PM
I'll join in!

I live in Victoria BC beautiful place but LOTS of rain, I have lived in Calgary and Courtenay as well. We just bought acerage in Stettler....whoopee!

My main intrest in the past has been horses ( what a suprise huh? ). I have taught rising lessons full time for over 15 years. Horses were my profession full time till about 3 years ago when I quit, due to long hours, too much stress and little pay.

I love most all animals....except spiders!

I long to travel a bit more than we have both myself and my boyfriend rodeo all over but we often don't take the time to stop and sight see. Something we are going to do in San Fran at the end of the month!

I am a 4-H leader for our horse club, something I enjoy alot as I grew up a 4-H member myself!

10-20-2004, 12:35 PM
What a fabulous idea! I'll play!

I was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, and after a 20 year stint in Michigan, I'm back in Toledo.

I've worked with computers since I was in the Army in 1975, and worked for IBM as an engineer. I'm still a geek, and have my ham license (KA8ELJ) and am a storm chaser.

I used to be a well-known teddy bear artist (http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&q=%22debbie+kesling%22+teddy+bears)/designer, primarily making miniature teddy bears. I wrote a book (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0891347380/102-8217988-4387324?v=glance) that was published in 1997, and still have copies for sale. I was also a contributing author for several books, and I was a regular columnist for Teddy Bear & Friends magazine for a few years. That is the teddy industry equivalent of Bead & Button :D During this part of my life, I worked with Disney, QVC and others.

I was a breeder of endangered parrot species for many years, specializing in cockatoos. I was one of the first, if not THE first, breeder of Goffin's cockatoos. I'm in the process of parting with most of my feathered friends, as they live with my ex in Michigan and he can no longer keep them. Cosmo (http://blackswampglassworks.com/cosmobeads1.jpg) lives with me in Toledo, and I love him with all my heart. I raised him from an egg. I was published in this endeavor, as well, writing for The Pet Bird Report and I was referenced in "Guide to a Well Behaved Parrot" by Mattie Sue Athan.

I live in a 100 year old house in Toledo's historic district, and share my life with John (http://blackswampglassworks.com/jpc.htm). We met when I was in the first grade, and have been best friends for over 40 years. He is a true Renaissance man: A fabulous cook, technogeek, graphic artist, musician, glassblower and romantic. And he is a stud muffin.

10-20-2004, 12:37 PM
THis si a good Idea!!!!

I live in TN but was born in Rhode Island. We moved when I was about 7.
I like it down here but I miss the ocean.

Me and my mom volanter(Sp?) at or local Dog Shelter. We don't have a pound in our county so we always have at least 40 dogs and she has been suporting them with no funds other that what she gets from her job. We helped her become a nonprofit organization so she can get grants. And we have been placeing alot of dogs in New england so That is why we keep going up there!

I Love to sing

My mom owns a dog grooming shop called 'The Barking Lot' :D This is here second shop. She sold 'The mutt hutt to our other groomer. We will be moving to our NEW location at the begining of the month.

My brother is teaching me the bass guitar so I can be the bassest in his band. :rolleyes:

lol. I will let you know when we have a cd Out. :D :D LOL!!!

teh brat

10-20-2004, 12:40 PM
5 things? Let's see, I can't compete with the location of Mr. Smiley's piercing, but I will do my best.

1. I am a math prof at Clemson, and I believe I am the only one with an eyebrow pierced.

2. I also make quilts! Little ones, big ones, beaded ones.

3. I am married to the greatest guy ever, and last week he asked me for a bead making lesson. :clap: :clap: This week he doesn't want to make anything but hollow beads. Go fig. :rolleyes:

4. I just killed my office computer deader than a doornail!

5. I have some great new friends here in Clemson, and we have started a monthly meeting for people who like to play with beads and eat (not the beads). One is tonight at 7pm at the Mercantile in Pendleton, SC. Come join us!


10-20-2004, 12:51 PM
1.) Im 28 YO Single White Female lol in Northeast Indiana working glass in my home .......

2.) Absolutely love boro and my newly found love metalsmithing I love it love it love it The options and ideas for new jewelry abound! YEAH!

3.) I have 3 crazy kitties I love dearlyyyyyy Lenny, Lucy and Lionel They are a constant source of entertainment, comfort and sweet funniness.....

4.) I work full time at a ad support agency as an art specialist. I get to do all kinds of fun stuff such as Redraw Logos, scan pictures, recreate artwork and redraw cutoff butts from pictures lol....

5.) I have no tattoos and only my ears are pierced and only once....I am boring in that sense lol but I have lots of scars from glass and burns ? Does that count as "Branding" ? lol and I am a complete and total clutz I cant hold on to anything I swear lol ok rather I have problems holding onto breakable things that belong to other people because well IM A KLUTZ! lol so be forwarned!.....

ps....and to the contrary im not really a Copy Police Fanatic I just believe you should always give credit where credit is due.....thats all....over and out can I have my badge back now? lol or am I back to "Villain of the Week" Status? :evil:

10-20-2004, 01:00 PM
Ok, my turn...

1) I live in central Florida with my wonderful hubby of 7 years and our 2 kids- girl 4 yrs old and new baby boy 4 months. (we're done now) one of each. :)Oh and we have 3 dogs. I'm a stay at home mom and love it but admit it's much harder than I thought it would be.

2)I enjoy photography and scrapbooking and was heavy into the scrapbooking until I got "scrappers block" and someome introduced me to "beads" ...the rest is history and I'm a year behind in my scrapbooks now. :)

3)before I was married I worked at Hooters as a waitress. :)

4)both my husband and I are only children

5)I'm a Republican & a Christian

Sue in Maine
10-20-2004, 01:03 PM
Five things about me by Sue Walsh of Bucksport, Maine

1) Grew up an Army Brat and graduated from Kubasaki High School in Sukiran on Okinawa. Graduated and came home to Maine and planted myself. My 2 brothers followed 2 & 4 years later- Paul graduated in Beverly Mass and Scott in El Paso, TX.

2) 50 year old divorcee with 2 adult daughters, Kris (28) and Amber (24). I describe my living situation as "I inherited a house. It came with my Mother and all the bills attached." Mom and I share a house and I'm becoming more of a caretaker every day. It's scarey. Nothing prepares you for a parent getting older and, since she's only 71, she's not old enough that we should be dealing with the health issues that we are. Since diabetes is rampant in my family, I had a gastric by-pass in May and have lost 60 pounds already. If I dodge the diabetes bullet, it was worth it. I'm feeling great and I'm happy with life, although worried about my Mothers health.

3) Been working with stained glass for several years, fusing for 1 and lampworking since May 2004. Haven't really looked back at stained glass or fusing since starting the lampworking. I "ppp" daily and enjoy every bit of what I'm doing. I'm on a hh and 70 pound tank of propylene.

4) Loan Officer for a federally chartered credit union but it's not my life. Rather, it's what I do for a living so I can afford my life, which is a quiet little life in a nice corner of Maine.

5) Excited about Maine and surrounding states lampworkers getting together and meeting. In fact, we're meeting in Porland this coming Saturday. I now have 19 lampworkers on my address list and I love WC. I joined in on a quirky thread on copy cops and learned one important thing there which I will pass on (free of charge here!): Spell SCHERMO's name right OR ELSE!!!

Sue in Maine

10-20-2004, 01:13 PM
I LOVE knowing about people!

1. I have lived in Santa Cruz since I was 6. I left to go to college at UC Davis but for some ungodly reason, I came back here after graduation. My father was in the navy and we were stationed here when he was killed in a car accident. That was the end of my traveling.

2. My husband and I went to the same high school but did not know each other. I met him in the womens bathroom in a bar in Davis because his then girlfriend was puking her guts up on her 21st birthday. When I moved back home, I discovered that his best friend was my new roomate. Weird.

3. I used to be a swimwear designer until my boss was indicted for check kiting and ended up in federal prison. I am now a graphic artist/technical writer/marketing manager for a company that makes bar code readers. I have been in this job longer than I have ever done anything in my whole life. 14 years.

4. I was voted best legs in high school and I was homecoming princess.

5. We finished building our first home this May and it was the most stressful time in my life. My husband has type 1 diabetes and sometimes I wonder why I put up with all his crap and then I remember how much I love him and my boys and it is all worthwhile.

10-20-2004, 01:13 PM
This is fun, I'll play too:

I was born in Windsor England and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area when I was two years old, and here I stayed. Cause I love it!

I am married 14 years to a wonderful guy, my best friend and we have one adorable little 4 year old daughter, one awesome orange cat, Rusty and the best yellow lab on the planet, Honey.

I quit my job recruiting Accountants after my daughter was born, cause as much as I enjoyed my job, not to mention the money, I like her alot better, so now I'm a stay at home mom, and beginner bead maker.

I love gardening and cooking and hate cleaning house

I'm 42 years old and 20lbs overweight cause I gained 50 when I was preggers food tasted sooooooooooooo good! LOL And I don't give a red rat's a** so there! Oh yeah, and I love a good joke!

10-20-2004, 01:17 PM
Lunesse -- excellent idea! I'm enjoying learning about everybody.

As for me, well.....

1. I live by the beach, but never go; yet when I lived on Maui, I went every morning.

2. I used to be an extra (background actor -- LOL -- "prop that eats") in movies and television.

3. I study alternative science for fun (and even run experiments).

4. I've started writing several books, but haven't finished writing a single one.

5. Many years ago, I helped a very famous glass artist design some of the sets/props for an opera (he was set designer for that production).

10-20-2004, 01:18 PM
1) I am 41 and live outside Chicago in a town called Bensenville. Born in the burbs and lived here all my life except for 3 years my ex was in the Navy. We lived in Virginia Beach, Orlando and Pensacola.

2) I have two kids Erin (girl) 23 and Tyler (boy) ,,, you do the math

3) Been Married twice and divorced twice ,, been with Brian for 9 years and we are never getting married, if it isn't broke don't fix it.

4) Going to the Galena area this weekend to look at a piece of property we really like.

5) I have been Wiccan for 7 years

10-20-2004, 01:20 PM
This is a fun thread! :D

1. I’m 25 years old and my birthday is Sept 7. I’ve never met anyone with the same birthday.

2. I just moved to North Carolina a month or so ago. I lived in Seneca, SC almost 3 years. Before I moved to SC I lived in Cashiers, NC all my life.

3. My DH and I got married March 19 of this year. We met each other on the internet 5 years ago. Hotmail classifieds is where we met!! He was a college student at WCU and I was going to a community college. We sent emails to each other for a week. We met each other the following week. He got his first tattoo on our first date. He got a scorpion on his left arm. He isn’t even a scorpio?

4. I have one tattoo on my ankle of an iris. It isn’t colored, the pain was too much! I had my tongue pierced for a year, but my teeth were cracking. EWWW!
My belly button is pierced and has been for 5 years. I want another piecing. Either my nose or eyebrow.

5. I’m a huge animal lover! I have 4 cats and 2 dogs not to mention the ferret and the cockatiels. I’ve been saving my money on Ebay so I can adopt a donkey from a shelter. Hopefully by the end of the year I will have saved enough.

10-20-2004, 01:30 PM
This is a fun thread! :D

1. I’m 25 years old and my birthday is Sept 7. I’ve never met anyone with the same birthday.

Mine is September 11th- Doh! So close!!! :D

Deepwood Art
10-20-2004, 01:36 PM
list 5 things that we, as a group, don't know about you!

You don't know that...

1. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE spending time by myself.

2. The best part of my day is sitting on the couch and have all four dogs jump on me all at once.

3. My relationships with my daughter and my husband-like person are my two greatest accomplishments.

4. I have 5 tattoos that I no longer talk about.

5. I LOVE a cold room if I'm able to snuggle under the blankets.

And now you know. :)


10-20-2004, 01:36 PM
Yay, for Virgos!!!!!

Mine is September 11th- Doh! So close!!! :D

Cindy D.
10-20-2004, 01:37 PM
Okay - I'll play --

1. I live in Oakville Ontario - which is about 30 minutes outside of Toronto. I am currently living in the house I grew up in which is really strange when my son was small and I was taking him Trick or Treating to the same houses (and people) I was going to when I was his age!!

2. Married, 2 stepchildren (28 - boy, 25 - girl) and ours together (11 - boy)

3. I have my own business as a Leadership Trainer and Coach, wrote a book recently on Coaching (even managed to get it published - mostly 'cause I promised to buy most of the copies myself - cases of 'em make great coffee tables!!), have an online beadstore & artisan studio, am launching an online discussion forum for business women and... whatever i think of next!

4. I was really shy when I was young and am astounding people with the 'stuff' I get up to now! I figure that the older I get (am now 45) the more latitude I have to do what I want - most people will just simply start labelling me 'eccentric'!!! Yahoo - the freedom!!

5. New to glass but LOVING it - beyond addicted. Am a definitive bookworm but have recently discovered other physical pursuits (ran my first marathon when I was 38 (have stopped that nonsense) but switched over to TaeKwonDo and will be grading for my black stripe soon! Not bad for the nerdy geek!!

10-20-2004, 01:49 PM
Hmmm what can I tell you...

1. I live 15 minutes North of Caglary, Alberta and hate every second I live here. I am from the West Coast and I miss family (so much), rain, moisturized skin, twisty roads and the colour green. Don't get me wrong the people in Alberta have been the nicest people I have ever met, one tax and I like their government but that is it. Moving back to B.C. will be happening shortly, preferable to Victoria.

2. I ride motorcycles. I have two, a FZR 600 (sport bike) and a V-Star 1100 (cruising bike). Both black. I used to race dirt bikes when I was little and then showed horses until I was 19. I am now 32.

3. I have been self-employeed for 11-12 years as a glass/clay artist. I own a paint your own pottery studio & gift gallery in Calgary (for sale so I can move home) and I usually work 7 days a week.

4. My fiance is my BEST FRIEND, we are super silly together, get into trouble together, get drunk together...etc. My Mother (Phyllis) is my other best friend (see above on what I do with my fiance and add that here as well).

5. Some of my greatest loves in life....I love all animals (with legs) and have been called Dr. Doolittle more than once, I love good vodka - super cold, I love a wicked storm, I love sleeping.

If I were to add a 6th item it would be that I am a huge SMART ASS.

Next please...

10-20-2004, 01:50 PM
Mr. Smiley you are just a pinata full of fun and surprises! Oh, and OUCH!!! :wink2:

I am realizing how boring I am after reading the other posts in this thread. Oh well, here goes anyway.

1. I live in Washington state (not the pretty part) was born and raised here and have lived here for my whole 35 years minus the time my husband was in the army. During that time we lived in Denver, Panama and Arizona.
Panama was the best 3 yrs of my life. Made the bestest friends I'll ever have.

2. I had my daughter 25 days after my 16th birthday which promptly forced me to pull my head out of my..... Well you know, I turned my life around. She is now 19 and is a beautiful, funny, and responsible young lady. In spite of my youth and inexperience. :rolleyes:
I also have a son that took 12 years to conceive. He is now 2 and little perpetual motion machine. He keeps me over-busy! ;)

3. I have been married to my knight in shining armor for 15 years. We met when I was 14 but I took a detour and we got together when I was 17 and my daughter was 16mos old. He has a big heart and has been an awesome dad to both my kids.

4. I have only ever held one job and it's not worth mentioning. I am a stay at home mom and love it.

5. I learned to crochet at 5 and have picked up various hobbies along the way. I have made quilts, done many forms of beadwork, tatted, knit and crocheted lots of stuff. I have wanted to make beads since the mid 90's but didn't get a kit until a few years ago though have only been able to use it since this summer. As a side note I also played violin for a few years. I miss it and hope to get another violin to really torture my family one day. :wink2:

Well that's my life in a nutshell. Not flashy but I'm not complainin'. :D

Thanks for readin'

Lehcar-My birthday is Sept. 5 though my b-certificate says the 3rd. I get 2 birthdays a year. :) I'm now 70 but don't look a day over 35. :p Unfortunately I don't get twice as many gifts. Bummer. :confused: :( :D I was born in a military hospital. My birth certificate is all messed up. They spelled my mother's maiden name wrong too. At least they got the sex right. :rolleyes:

10-20-2004, 01:50 PM

I'm 42, a Cancer and pretty tall, but I still like to wear big honkin platforms or chunky heeled shoes. I've been with my DH since I was 14 and he 17, we married at 21 and 24. That was a very long time ago. We have two kids Amy (14) and Artie (13). My family means the world to me.

I used to own a cute little shell shop on an Island in the FL Keys for 18 years. Now I don't. Now I live in the beautiful mountains of NE TN, not too far from Asheville. We have 1 and 1/2 acres of lawn, lot's of big trees and a mountain view.

I'm retired for the moment till I figuire out what I want to do, that's allowed huh? I worked almost everyday while my kids were growing up and so now I'm making up for it, well at least till the money situation let's me.

I'm a bit of a loner, NEWS TO YOU GUYS HUH???:eek: LOL! I've always been able to entertain myself. ALWAYS. So I do enjoy my being alone and agree, it's not the same as lonely! But I also love to get together with people I know and don't know, especially glassers and the such. I am very outgoing and can pretty much talk to anyone, that goes back to owning a store for so long, but sometimes I can't think of a thing to say.:confused:I'm lazy and hate houswork. OK, those go together, I'm really overboard when it comes to things I want or want to do. Does that make sense?

I too have a mother that's ill. Had a major operation a couple weeks ago and will undergo chemo and radiation in the months to come. Geez that sucks. Sucks, SUCKS! It upsets me and I don't like it. Sometimes I don't wanna think about it. I talk to her daily to keep up her spirits and to know she's not going to go through this alone, my 2 sisters are also keeping in touch to let her know that.

Well, that's 5 things out of a million for ya!:D

Jennifer Geldard
10-20-2004, 01:51 PM

1. I was born in Conn., but spent my life in Massachusetts.. no Boston accent. Was raised by my mom, and have 2 sisters... I still say that, though we lost my big sister Cindy when she was 27 to cancer... my other sister Sally was born... drumroll please..... Sept. 7th :) I'm a taurus...may 8.

2. I'm a party girl... always have been...belly shots anyone?? :D

3. 5 piercings... all in the ears. ...want a tatoo, but haven't come up with a design yet I could live with for the rest of my life.

4: Love a good debate as well.... will hammer my point home to an annoying level, especcially after #2 (see above).

5. Love animals... even spiders.. ... Love my son and husband.... Love glass....love dancing.... love singing... love laughing.... love campfires... love the way a person's head tilts when they bite into a taco.

10-20-2004, 01:58 PM
Great thread - I've read everyone's responses so far, I love this kind of fun stuff!!!!

* I'm 34 years old, never married, no kids and have no desire for kids in the future. I live with my boyfriend near Dallas, TX . . . we have one "child", a 160 lb Great Dane named Lexus. Who, by the way is SSSPPPOOIIILLEEEDDD!!!

* Unlike Mr Smiley (who becomes more interesting by the day), I have ALWAYS had corporate jobs and admire people who can do other things. I'm in Purchasing, currently working at the Mary Kay HQ in Dallas.

* I'm a former competitive bodybuilder but still work out alot and eat clean because I'm obsessed. I have a ring of fire tattoo around my bellybutton and augmented bodyparts above the bellybutton (kinda needed those after the severe dieting). I work hard to maintain my appearance and despite the exterior stuff, I'm very insecure inside. I wish I wasn't like this.

* I'm a car freak. I love fast, loud cars . .. don't even get me started on NHRA, I went to the races once and it gave me goosebumps :) Both my boyfriend and I drive Z06 Corvettes, I love looking in our garage and I love the fact I can hear him a couple of blocks away before he gets home :evil:

* I'm very blessed with a close family - both in location and in spirit! My mom and dad, and my sister and her family all live within a half an hour from me. I admire my parents relationship more than any other I've seen. They met in grade school and have been married for 34 years . . and they still joke and laugh with each other. That's the way it should be!

10-20-2004, 02:02 PM
1. I am a 31 year old Cancer.

2. I went to the University of Georgia, where I met lots great friends and partied my little but off...I have been a friend of Jimmy K. for three years now so my butt has gotten a bit bigger.

3. I married my wonderful husband in May 2004. Honestly, sometimes I do not know what I did to deserve him. He is just the greatest, most patient and understanding man I know.

4. I am extremely close to my family...my sister and mother are my two best friends. I moved to my hubby's home town after we married, so I miss seeing them everyday. He keeps telling me that he is going to sell his business so that we can move, but I am not going to hold my breath.

5. I am a newbie to lampworking, but I love it! I have to make myself work on my other art ( I sell chimes ), instead of picking up the torch every night. I have a boring job working for an attorney in a small town...so thank goodness for the art outlet...and now for WC!

10-20-2004, 02:04 PM
This is too much fun!

1. I am a 33 yr old SAHM to Gabriel (4) and Aidan (1 1/2) with a BA in Poli Sci and minor in English. I have been married 2x and my dh James is the love of my life. I knew the moment I met him that I would spend the rest of my life with him. I was born on 1/5/71 in Decatur, Illinois and Aidan was my birthday present in 2003!

2. I have moved 9 times in the last ten years and have lived in Springfield, Decatur and Stonington, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, Bloomington, Indiana (which I loved and miss), Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and now Kansas City.....just to name a few of the places I've been.......

3. I love rollercoasters....big ones, small ones, ones with loops, but I haven't been on one since before Gabe was born!

4. I utterly detest going to the movies.......The last movie I went to see in the theater was The Cat in the Hat with my ds.....that was almost a year ago. I guess I am about due for another one!

5. I'm a big old library junkie! I go pretty much once a week and love to read mostly non-fiction.....I was on an Everest kick, but now I am onto vegetarian cookbooks. I took speed reading in grade school and I pretty much devour a book a day or so!

That's me in a nutshell!

10-20-2004, 02:04 PM
Okey dokey here goes:

1. I live in Northern Illinois, and boy, the weather is crappy right now

2. I am a happily married mother of 2, one boy, one girl

3. I work part time at Starbucks, WAY cool job

4. I am a polymer clay artist who will be starting glass soon (as soon as I can afford everything Im going to need that is)

5. One of the highlights of my day is coming here and looking at all the Show & Tell threads, amazing inspiration for a beyond-newby, thanks to all of you!

Robin :D

10-20-2004, 02:07 PM
1) I'm turning 38 in a couple weeks and am still single and looking. Guess you could call me picky. I'm pretty independent and not willing to settle.
2) I grew up in Western Michigan. (Marne and went to school in Coopersville) the family moved out to California when I was in 8th grade.
3) I play several musical instruments French Horn, Oboe, English Horn, flute, a little trumpet and I just bought a cello. I 'm pres. of a symphonic band and play in the occasional pit orchestra.
4) I lived in Japan for 5 1/2 years and can speak a bit of Japanese.
5) I'm #5 of 6 kids. We're all pretty close and get together often. Some of my best friends.

Got lots more, but we were told to do only 5 and I don't want you all to get to know me tooo well. :)

double S
10-20-2004, 02:08 PM
For mr. smiley: I know that you are supposed to take your hip meausrement 8 inches below your waist. You are talking about your hip I hope :evil:
1. Been in Austin, for 18 years, that long... It seems shorter for some reason grew up various places but mostly Fl. most of my family is still in the St. Pete area
2. Married for 15 years next week :D 3 kids( see avatar) 8, 5, and 2 we started having them late!
3. Was an archaeolgist and museum educator before the kids were born. High cost of child care kept me home to begin with, came to enjoy it and with father-in-laws help will stay home till the 2 year old starts school full time
4.have been doing needlepoint for 12 years my walls are covered with stitched stuff :D
5. longing for the day when I have enough money to do all the things I want to do for my kids :) and for DH and me :D

10-20-2004, 02:08 PM
This is a good idea - thanks for coming up with it!

OK - 5 things about me:

1.I grew up in CA - moved to Washington 10 years ago (Portland is not that far away - and Olympia, with a side trip to Frantz is almost halfway :)

2. I'm a medical technologist. I work swing shift in the laboratory at one of the hospitals in Tacoma - best job I've ever had.

3.I owned an art rubber stamp company "Second Star on the Right". Just shut it down a few months ago. I had started playing with computer graphics, designed a few websites and had printed out one of my designs on a greeting card. Someone said "that would make a great rubber stamp" and off I went. Did the rubber stamp convention circuit for a year (so I can really feel for those doing the bead show circuit - it's a hard way to make a living.).

4.I turned 50 this year - birthday is Dec. 24. So far it's been the best year of my life - new job, new home, new hobby (glass) and all the new friends I've met because of the glass.

5.I'm single and don't want to be. My marriage ended unexpectedly 3 years ago (not by my choice). I've been doing the match.com thing looking for a new SO. If you have a 47-58 year old single male in your pocket with a little bit of life left in him, package him up and email him to me :wink2:

10-20-2004, 02:11 PM
Fun thread!

1. I live in a ghost town in Montana - population of about 45. Was born in Worcester,Mass, grew up in NH. Live a while in Iowa, Missouri, and Minnesota. Have been in MT for 16 years.

2.I'm not necessarily shy, but a loner by nature - which is probably a good thing considering where I live!

3. I think I have the world's best husband (for the past 18 years)and am thankful (most days :D ) that he's in my life.

4. I'm 54 years old and finally this year got the courage to get my nose pierced - something I've wanted to have done since college days!

5. I love to spend time outdoors. Hate heat and humidity and love cold weather. (25 degrees right now and a bit of snow on the ground - happy me!!)

10-20-2004, 02:13 PM
AHA! I knew I recognized that name from somewhere - we both posted over at Polymer Clay Central. Welcome to the world of glass. I'm a newbie , too, still putting together my glass studio.

Okey dokey here goes:

1. I live in Northern Illinois, and boy, the weather is crappy right now

2. I am a happily married mother of 2, one boy, one girl

3. I work part time at Starbucks, WAY cool job

4. I am a polymer clay artist who will be starting glass soon (as soon as I can afford everything Im going to need that is)

5. One of the highlights of my day is coming here and looking at all the Show & Tell threads, amazing inspiration for a beyond-newby, thanks to all of you!

Robin :D

10-20-2004, 02:21 PM
I'm 40 - soon to be 41, live in NH with my husband, 2 dogs, 2 cats and one goldfish.

DH and I are high school sweethearts - we started dating way back in 1980.

I am also a lawyer, but have never practiced law.

College took me 5 years, because I was partying too much to bother to go to class.

I'm dying to get my nose pierced but too chicken to go through with it. Does someone want to come with me?

10-20-2004, 02:22 PM
This really is a great thread! I thought I'd jump in here with my 5

1. I'm a State Department brat, so I've been bouncing around the world for most of my life (a few countries in Africa, and then India), but I ended up in Kentucky for college, and liked it enough to stick around there for 8 years. I'm living in Oklahoma now (followed a job), and have been for just over a year.

2. I've only got the two piercings in each ear (pretty boring, huh? ). I know just the tattoo I want, and just where I want it, but it will cost $250, and that's glass money! :D

3. Not married, and no kids, but I do accumulate pets at an alarming rate, and lavish all of my attention on them. I'm at two cats and a dog right now, which is making my apartment feel empty, and I'm thinking about fostering some animals for the local shelter if they need folks for that.

4. Deathly afraid of cockroaches. I know, it's weird, since they're completely harmless, and fairly clean, but I still panic at the sight of one. This is a source of endless amusement to friends and family, who have taken to buying them as gifts for me and then hiding them in something else, so that when I unfold a blanket, for example, I find a carved wooden cockroach sitting there staring at me. *Sigh* the things I put up with ;)

5. Have strange desires to rearrange furniture about every three months. When I reach the point that I've moved the furniture to every possible configuration for a space, I move. In my 8 years in Ky, I lived in 9 different places. I just love unpacking in a new space, somehow it just makes everything seem more interesting :)

10-20-2004, 02:26 PM
1). My name is CARRIE, not VAVERSKA.... :rolleyes: guess I should stuff that into my sig. line, huh? Vaverska has been the name of my Art Studio for years. I have sold my art most of my life, though glass is a new venue for me. Vaverska is a reference to my Swedish grandfather who always joked that the only art you could make a living at was "vaverska' ( weaving fishing nets)...well, it does lose some humor in translation!
2). I couldn't be brief to save my life ( duh! Like you haven't figured this one out, maybe I should take this out?!?!).
3). I always, always tell the truth. I hate a liar even worse than I hate a bigot! Besides folks, telling the truth just saves time! LOL!
4). I will be becoming Mrs. Andy Griffith before 2005 closes. It has been delayed this long because we are buying a house first, and have had to go back to square one with THAT several times. Our wedding ( and many other happy memories) is something we want to start new and fresh together in our Home. ( And no, the house is NOT located in Mayberry. It is in a small town though, the one I grew up in!)
5). I am a total Bibliophile! I literally read EVERY book in my small town library growing up....cookbooks, car repair manuals, even the encyclopedia!...and every book in my families impressive library too. I learned to do crossword puzzles before I went to school, have forgotten more spelling and "proper" English than many people ever learn ( again, self evident from this post! :p ...that I have forgotten that is!), used to get in trouble for sneaking a flashlight to read under the covers, and read the cereal box at the table....the only things I like as much as books are my sweeties ( Audrey/DD and Andy/ soon to be DH), glass, and paint!

10-20-2004, 02:36 PM
1. I'm 33 Born Dec.3
2. Married To a wonderful guy for 13 1/2 years, Joe Khan, everyone said it wouldn't last past 1 year
3. 3 kids Nelson 14, J.J. 13, and Noelani 10
4. I lived in the Rocky Mountains in Oak Creek, Colorado for 13 years of my life.
5. I am heading off to Indiana tomorrow to go to a Bead and Breakfast with a bunch of my beady-eyed friends!!!
See- ya

10-20-2004, 02:42 PM
1. I have lived all my 44 years behind the "Orange Curtain" AKA Orange County California. "It never rains in California" (a BIG BS to that one :evil: ) Currently I am as wet as if I had just gotten out of the shower wearing my clothes. My back yard is flooding the house onto a new wood floor and an antique barristers bookcase and if I don't play in the rain all day and night it will do more damage! (no, I can't sandbag due to grading and a weird deck).

Ohhh... Tell not whine, sorry. :wave:

2. I am married to a wonderful Englishman, who is out of town on business. This is bad as he is the chief as well as grocery shopper in our house. How fortunate am I? VERY! The last time I was in a grocery store I discovered there were 23 different types of olive oil. Yes, I bought the wrong one. We will not discuss the mustard! We each have a daughter mine is 18 his is 14, they are both incredibly marvelous humans. How fortunate are we? VERY!

3. I am a retired professional assassin and am currently a professional toilet cleaner. I have not had a boss since 1986. How fortunate am I? VERY! I would make a bad employee I'm a vocal efficiency freak!

4. I love to salt water fish, grow staghorn ferns, build adirondack chairs and collect old kitchen utensils. Give me a book and it's an instant and cheap vacation at $24.95. How fortunate am I? VERY!

5. I started lampworking because I wanted to make marbles but they don't survive well without a kiln. When I can afford one I'll never put down that marble mold. Mostly I make fishing lures and chili peppers. I have a minor and tanked O2. How fortunate am I? VERY!

10-20-2004, 02:49 PM
Five things you didn't know about me...

1. Unless someone else comes jumping out of the closet in this thread, as far as I know I am the only openly gay WC'er. No, I'm not one of those nancing flag-waving little girlie-guys (see below. And yes, I have quite an opinion about those nancing girlie-guys. It's not a good one...). I look more like Grizzly Adams than Ricky Martin.

2. I love the outdoors! Fishing, hiking, camping, doing yard work, splitting my own firewood, swimming in lakes and rivers, canoeing, etc. If it's outdoors, I'm up for it!

3. I'm as 'married' as I'm able to get to a wonderful guy for nearly 10 years now. We have an adopted son, a cat, three dogs, and live in rural north Georgia.

4. I watch maybe half an hour of television a week. Sometimes not even that much. I've got better things to do with my time.

5. I'm a voracious reader. By the time I was in the seventh grade I had read everything in the house including the entire 27-volume set of encyclopedias and all of my Dad's technical and how-to manuals. Today I still have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. I've spent several months reading all I can about quantum physics. I don't understand the mathmatics of it but I enjoy it! For daily reading I prefer hard sci-fi and either soft or hard fantasy.


10-20-2004, 02:56 PM
Oh yes, sharing is so nice....

I'm 29 years old (for the first time) and I live in a small town outside of Tallahassee, Florida. I'm originally from a Wasilla, Alaska (where my heart will always long to be).

I have a 10 year old son (Michael) from my first marriage and he is the light of my life. Unfortunatly he's got his mothers temper...

I am currently on my third marriage to a wonderful man. What's the old saying... third times a charm.

My hobbies include reading suspense novels, watching any kind of movie (except westerns) and lampworking. One one of those pays for itself at this point.

I work at a Concrete company and am the only female at our location. I am kinda small (5'7" @120lbs) but I have all the guys I work with scared of "ticking off the woman". I don't drive a mixer... I make sure the DOT or DEP doesn't come in and shut our doors.

My mother got me into lampworking about a year ago... She wanted to start a business and needed a partner. Since we didn't get along when I was a teenager (does anyone get along with a teenager?) we thought this was a good way to make up for all of that. It's been wonderful! I can't imagine a better business partner. Now that she's moved it gives us an excuse to visit one another and write it off...

Oh - and I'm a Picese

10-20-2004, 02:57 PM
This is such a nice idea, I love people and hearing about life experiences, every experience molds us into who we are meant to be.....

Allright, a little about me....

1. I am 31 and pregnant with my first child, who is scheduled to be born on December 30, talk about timing (tax deduction)...Oh believe you me, I'll be eating lots of hot peppers and walking around the malls and taking baths........................

2. I am married to my high school sweetheart. We have broken up many times since then, but always ended up coming back to each other. He's my soulmate. We just got married last year, but lived together for awhile before.

3. I have one dog, an Akita, Kuma (avatar) who is my current baby, I'm trying to prepare her for baby #2. Funny cause last night I was laying next to her on the ground with my belly up against her back and the baby kicked her. She just kinda turned her head and looked at me with that "what the heck are you disturbing me for" look on her face.

4. I am an accountant for a non-profit in Chicago and have worked here for about 9 years, straight outta college! I love the people I work with, that makes all the difference.

5. I am happy with my life despite all the really horrible things that have happened in it, for both me and my family, but I am a true believer in "EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON". I'm sure everyone here has some sad stories they can tell, but just think, you're alive right now and reading this and typing, you have some purpose in life that you don't even know about.....

10-20-2004, 03:03 PM
AmyJoy, December 30 is a GREAT birthday! Its been mine for 32 years now! That darling baby will be destined to be great (or, like me, a great pain!). Just promise me that you will never, EVER make the mistake of telling him/her that " this gift is for your Christmas AND your birthday"...(I'm still not over the trauma! :( LOL!). :D

10-20-2004, 03:12 PM
Ok... here's me!

1. My most common dreams are where I'm a spy and that people are chasing me -I'm usually rescuing several people from the "bad guys". Hiding them and escaping.

2. Although I like to imagine that I'm shy- I actually like being the center of attention.

3. I don't get nervous by being in a place I've never been before. I can navigate very well, have a great sense of direction and seldom get lost.

4. I've been divorced for 5 years and still keep in contact with my was-band. We're friends.

5. I've been working aggressively at becoming debt free and will be by 8/2005.


10-20-2004, 03:16 PM
Here it goes...

1. I live in Texas, but am not a native Texan - I have lived all over the place - we moved every 4-5 years when I was a kid - my Dad designed power plants.

2. I work for a corporation doing business development research and analysis, but have a home office, so I have some flexibility with my hours.

3. I have been married 15+ years and have no kids - used to have two lovely little Schnauzers, but now only have a cat.

4. I have one brother who is a college football coach and both of our parents our still with us - we are very lucky.

5. I was adopted and have two half brothers and half sisters - I call them the bio-fam. I found them about 10 years ago and have kept in touch.


10-20-2004, 03:17 PM
1.Born in Elgin Ill, (1948) Live in Elgin Ill now and work in the forensic department at Elgin State Hospital
2.On my third marrage(17 years this time) six kids, 10 grandkids and two on the way, they multiply like flies.
3.Did pottery for twenty years.some leatherwork,made fishing lures out of wine corks.Hollowed logs and made drums . been melting glass for almost a year and really like it.
4. Have a small shop in a craft mall. The wife (Sparky) works there and I help out there. Hope to retire in seven or eight years and set up a little four station lampwork shop.
5.Just got my '23 T-Bucket going this summer after 12 years. 350 chevy that runs like a bat outa, well ,, Also have a '47 Buick in parts

Nice thread Tom

10-20-2004, 03:25 PM
My real name is John, I'm 46 and an Aries

I was born and live in NYC (GO YANKEES!). We recently bought an old house in Adamstown PA (PA Dutch... really German area) that we are restoring on weekends. Hopefully we will move there full time soon.

I'm a college administrator for an Art School in NYC. I have my degree in Photography from the school I work for. I've been running their Photo facilities for 22 years. ( PS, I'm burned out and looking for a change. Hopefully this will be it!)

I'm married to a wonderfull woman, Rita, 15 years now. We've been together for 26 years. No kids, just three cats: Caboose (14yo), Onion (9yo) and Vodka (4yo), That's a snap of Vodka at the top of the post.

I'm a fly fisherman - not very good, but I have a good time. I'm an all around handyman, machinist, woodworker, photographer and science buff. I'm even disturbed enough to have built my own kilns. Our workshop is in the basement of our PA home, so I only get to work on weekend nights.

10-20-2004, 03:28 PM
great idea Lunesse, and a wonderful way to get to know each other a bit better! :) Val

10-20-2004, 03:29 PM
I'm dying to get my nose pierced but too chicken to go through with it. Does someone want to come with me?

Oh Ellen - me too - I wish we lived closer together!!


Rose Leslie
10-20-2004, 03:31 PM
I will try this.

1. Live in Manhattan Kansas since 1982. Before that all over the place. From the west coast to the east and then Germany and Berlin. Before the wall was down. Yup DH was in the military. Raised two kids during this time. Now to old to remember there ages. Have seven grandkids. Ages from eleven to six months. I have been a school bus driver for USD 383 for seventeen years.That is fun when the kids are fun.

2. Taught my self about the computer. Ha! It still knows more than I do.
3.I show dogs and love it. Have for twenty years here.
4. I'm an artist and love to paint, make jewelry and make glass beads among other things. Love to experiment with other mediums.
5.Enjoy meeting people and talking with them. My sister is my best friend along with another dog person living a long way from here. DH tollerates the dogs but allows them inside the house. He is a hard worker and tollerates what I do.
That is about it. On going life that is allways learning every day. Opps Been married for 39 years. That should be it. :clap: :clap:

10-20-2004, 03:32 PM
Ok so this seems like a good way to get to know people - we know your beads better !

1. Born in the "Beaches" of Toronto - I am really old (49) and every once in a while that 1/2 century things comes flying through my brain and I cant believe it. I wish I had found lampworking, fusing, beading and all the other crafts I started about a year ago much much sooner. Moved all over Toronto areas but finally resided in Cannington Ontario on a 5 acre Hobby Farm with my daughter and all sorts of animals including horses, dogs, cats, goats, chickens, turkeys, pot belly pigs, sheep you name it we adopted it.

2. Both my parents are gone and missed terribly as I was very close to both my mom and dad. I know if they were around today or if I had started glass way back when, both would have been totally involved with me and the glass and would have loved it.

3. I have a daughter 23 and a granddaughter 3 - totally dedicated to them- she is revamping the 125 year old farm house (has gutted the kitchen/livingroom/masterbedroom/grandaughters room and refinished) and she just tore down are old shed and is making all the arrangements for my new shed (my studio 20 x 25) to be built on the old shed site. She is so handy !

4. I work full time from 7 to 5 daily M-F as a Controller who controls nothing and everything- live by myself with my two cats and always something to do. In the summer weekends are down to the shore and winter is home in Sellersville PA. Moved to U.S. 7 years ago on working visa's and havnt left yet (operative word here is yet!) I keep wishing for retirment and to work glass full time.

5. No tatoos, no piercings (my daughter has them all- more than enough for both of us) I am just so in love with glass that if I met Mr. Right, right now I may only notice him if he's made of pyrex (get your mind out of the gutter Mr Smiley and Tattooed Freek! - thats not what I meant) LOL :evil:

10-20-2004, 03:33 PM
1). My name is CARRIE, not VAVERSKA.... :rolleyes: guess I should stuff that into my sig. line, huh? Vaverska has been the name of my Art Studio for years. I have sold my art most of my life, though glass is a new venue for me. Vaverska is a reference to my Swedish grandfather who always joked that the only art you could make a living at was "vaverska' ( weaving fishing nets)...well, it does lose some humor in translation!

Actually Carrie, "Väverska" means female weaver, as in a woman weaving any kind of cloth. I have never heard it in reference to fishing nets, I always though they were knotted. It might be from one of the obscure coastal dialects though...

5 things about me...

1. 36 y/o and still live in the city where I was born, on the Swedish wet (oops! Freudian slip!), I mean west coast. All the bad things you have heard about British weather could have been said about the mild coastal climate we have here.

2. Next Wednesday is my third wedding anniversary! Well, not only mine... DH Mikael has some part in it too. And it's my DH's birthday. Can you think of a better way to make sure your husband doesn't forget the anniversary?
I've been married once before and have a wonderful son from that marriage.

3. I have only had my drivers lecense for 3 years. I realised that I had to get one when my employer put me as a consultant at Volvo Cars. :D I didn't need one before as I both worked and lived in the centre of the city and it's really easy to get around here on foot or by bike or bus.

4. I love to play Sims. I got the new Sims2 the same day as it was launched but curiously enough I don't seem to have much time to play as I used to BG (before glass).

5. I love reading fantasy books. Eddings, McCaffrey, Zimmer Bradley and Pratchett are my favourite authors.

10-20-2004, 03:38 PM
GREAT thread.

1. My former co-worker and I just marked our third anniversary of running a mobile soup kitchen on Sundays. It has been rewarding, heartbreaking and a great learning experience. (Please if someone asks for spare change, look them in the eye when you say no. Carry fast food coupons if you wish to respond with food instead of cash. )

2. I started beadmaking after attempting many hobbies that were a replacement for pottery. Beading, polymer clay and knitting went by the wayside, and wood carving, kite-making and metalsmithing never even got started.

3. I'm a Christian, married for 21 years to a wonderful man, have a daughter (senior, interested in engineering) and a son (freshman, FUNNY kid, interested in mooching off rich friends). We have two rescue dogs, and I keep koi. I kill them occasionally, too. =(

4. I'm taking a class from Michael Barley in a week and a few days! Can't wait!

5. I'm recently had a social-anxiety healing of sorts. Social anxiety was the main reason I did NOT attend the gathering in Portland, but now I think I would LOVE to meet all of you in person. I hope it lasts ... it is kinda cool.

10-20-2004, 03:40 PM
1. I am single, never married, and no kids. I will be 46 soon.

2. I moved to Charlotte, NC from Breckenridge,CO in 1999 to pursue a job in motorsports/NASCAR. I got side track with a real job doing mortgages for the first 3 years here. I now have 1 class to finish up in the spring on another degree in Motorsports Management. Now I don't want to quit my day job making beads, so my hopes are to work as a NASCAR official so I can travel 2-3 days a week.

3. My beloved cat of 19 1/2 years died in July, and 10 days later a kitten show up on my front porch. I would like to get a puppy sometime, but need to figure out my future first.

4. I have a Mickey Mouse tatoo on my ankle, and two holes in each ear.

5. I like being outdoors, but I agree with mtmorn. I don't like heat and humidty. Give me snow and 25 degree w/ 15% humidty any day. My hobby is racing. I volunteered my time as the team manager for a SWTour racing team in Colorado. The car number was 78 and the sponsor was NitroTech. So that is where I got the name NitroGal78. Now my real love is working with glass.

Great thread.

Thanks, Lisa

10-20-2004, 03:45 PM
AHA! thanks for the clarification KiKi! I knew it referred to weaving, guess it fits even better being a feminime reference! My grandfather teased me much, but loved me much as well, he said if I had to make pretty things, they should be useful too, like weaving. He then would say "Go! Weave me a net Vaverska so I may catch you a fish!"...thus, my confusion over the specific type of weaver. My Swedish is VERY limited and poor! Mostly I remember the timbre of my grandparents voices, their accents, and some little rhymes and stories from that time.....Like the one that starts...( please forgive the spelling!) " Ride, ride ronka..." or 'ride a little horse..." I'm not certain if this is a common nursery rhyme, or something more peculiar to my family. My apologies for mangling the Swedish language! :) The Sjobergs and Rydbergs would spin in their graves to hear me try to speak it! :rolleyes:

10-20-2004, 03:45 PM
OK. I'm fairly new here, but I'll jump in.

1. Am a Colorado Native but got smart about 15 years ago and moved north of Denver.

2. Was married for 20 years and had 5 kids ages 9-19 when my DH suddenly and unexpectedly passed away!

3. Remarried now and just waiting for the kids to be grown and gone (they are now 14-24.

4. Fell in love with making beads a couple years ago and no longer have time to clean my house :p

5. Looking forward to getting to know you all! Thanks! :wave:
Patti G.

10-20-2004, 03:47 PM
This is so fun!

1. I am 25, have lived with my boyfriend in SC for 5 years in March. He's a (mostly) doll and I couldn't live without him.

2. Went to 18 different schools, a few of them more than once. Wasn't an army brat, my family used to work construction and we moved a lot for new jobs. It was great to have that experience and I have some childhood friends from all over.

3. I LOVE to drive! We have a BMW M3 and I am obsessed with her. Her name is Bella and she will be one year old in November. She's so bleeding fast and handles like nobody's business. And she talks back. Thinking of buying her some special gas and an oil change for her birthday. We go to Indy for the Grand Prix every year and meet up with friends from all over the world. Spend the entire week getting drunk, going to parties, meeting new people to add to the group and arguing about the drivers.

4. I had a baby when I was 19 and gave it up for adoption. No big secret to anyone who knows me, but I always feel weird when people don't know. Like I robbed a bank and can't tell anyone! LOL Still see him when I go home to Louisiana and he couldn't be cooler. I picked his mother through a lawyer I found in the yellow pages. That still cracks me up!

5. I am a ham. Love taking pictures, love being the life of the party, but also like to listen to other people. I try to get everyone's life story out of them within 2 days of knowing them. Usually don't have to do much or even ask many questions. Am feircely (sp?) loyal to my friends and family.


10-20-2004, 03:50 PM
What an interesting and diverse, group we are! That's way cool.

10-20-2004, 03:54 PM
This is a fun thread.

1) I live in the same town I was born in but have a strong desire to move to Colorado at some point in my life because I am crazy for the mountains and snowboarding.
2) I am married to my best friend and his name is Paul. We've been married for 5.5 years but we've been together for 10.
3) I have one tat that my husband and I designed on my lower back. I've never regretted the tat.
4) I am not a mother but I am an aunt.
5) I am a Christian although probably not a very good one sometimes.

Thanks for the thread!

10-20-2004, 03:59 PM
Hmmm, fun!

1. I'm 42, married to DH for 11 years (second marrige for me, first for him), one daughter, five. That's Punkin for all of you who thought she was a pet, lol! Her real name is Connie.

2. Born and raised in Alaska, near Seldovia. Grew up on a fishing boat, subsistance lifestyle--grew and hunted most of what we ate. I really appreciate electricity, let me tell you!

3. Worked in auto parts when I had a "real job". Sold crash parts mostly....got burned out after I had Punkin, lost my parents, and met my longterm goal of selling a million dollars in one year.

4. I'm a Christian, though I guess you could tell that from my sig line....

5. I'm a pilot, but haven't flown since we left Alaska.


10-20-2004, 04:03 PM
wow, this is really cool and interesting!

1. I am 45, been a nurse for 24 years, been married 24 years to the only man for me who is a doll. I have two daughters, one 20, one 18. Two grand sons that are to die for and who I babysit every day. I work full time but just weekends. (and when I have a minute mostly late at night I torch my heart out).

2. My belly button is pierced, I used to have my nose pierced, but it fell out and I never replaced it.(and by the way the nose piercing didn't hurt)

3. I modeled once for Green's Dept. Store. and had long hair until I was 38, and I'm never going back to that>>too much work.

4. I took care of both of my parents when they were sick(not one of my other 3 siblings would help) I am the youngest. This was one of the hardest periods in my lift, but came out the otherside with a broken heart(when I lost them eventually) but stronger as a person, and wishing to God I could still have them every day with me. Love people and other glass artists and their creative minds.

5. Love animals(except for snakes)am a devoted wife, mom, grandmother, artist and glass bead maker, and never want to grow old and will die trying to find the secret to youth.(hee hee) In other words, I am never going to wear polyester!!

**By the way did you say there was another cream out there that dissolves wrinkles?? :D :D

10-20-2004, 04:03 PM
Hey John! Which school? I was working in NYC a few years ago for a "prominent photographer" I met lots of photographers when I was there...and maybe in passing I met you as well! lol I was working as a nanny at the time but also have a degree in photography! Im only 28 though ;)
My real name is John, I'm 46 and an Aries

I'm a college administrator for an Art School in NYC. I have my degree in Photography from the school I work for. I've been running their Photo facilities for 22 years. ( PS, I'm burned out and looking for a change. Hopefully this will be it!)

10-20-2004, 04:04 PM
AHA! thanks for the clarification KiKi! I knew it referred to weaving, guess it fits even better being a feminime reference! My grandfather teased me much, but loved me much as well, he said if I had to make pretty things, they should be useful too, like weaving. He then would say "Go! Weave me a net Vaverska so I may catch you a fish!"...thus, my confusion over the specific type of weaver. My Swedish is VERY limited and poor! Mostly I remember the timbre of my grandparents voices, their accents, and some little rhymes and stories from that time.....Like the one that starts...( please forgive the spelling!) " Ride, ride ronka..." or 'ride a little horse..." I'm not certain if this is a common nursery rhyme, or something more peculiar to my family. My apologies for mangling the Swedish language! :) The Sjobergs and Rydbergs would spin in their graves to hear me try to speak it! :rolleyes:

I know the feeling - all of my grandparents were Swedish immigrants. Every time I speak Swedish I have that mental picture of all four of them rolling over in their graves!! I can remember friends not being able to understand my grandparents because of their heavy accents. It always confused me because I didn't know they had accents :D Guess in retrospect they did.

10-20-2004, 04:17 PM
:wave: Ignuss-Fatuus
I'm with SVA (School of Visual Arts) where did you go?

10-20-2004, 04:24 PM
I didnt get to school in NYC I went to Indiana University in Fort Wayne....:-s wish I could have schooled in NYC though! The lady I worked for was names Jill and she taught at The New School and a few other places around manhattan...I was lucky enough to get to know Eddie Adams, Joyce Tenneson, gosh my mind is so bad! there were others I met that I knew much better and my mind is just mush right now its so embarassing....grumble one of the photographers I really enjoyed meeting lived in the Bowery in an old 6 story bank it was wild but with my bad mind I can remember his wifes nick name L.A. but cant remember his or his daughters which is sad cause his lil daughter was an absolute peach!

10-20-2004, 04:27 PM
Five things about Sarah...

1. Born in Monroeville, PA (just outside Pittsburgh) on March 9, 1974. Yup, I'm 30 years old. My dad was in the Navy, so we moved every 2 - 3 years, so I got used to making new friends real fast. I've lived in Pennsylvania(Pittsburgh, Monroeville and Slippery Rock), Virginia (Norfolk), California, Alaska(2x on Adak), Florida(2x Pensacola and Jacksonville), and Portugal (The Azores). I have 1 sister, and two brothers all younger than me. Mom, Dad, Sis and youngest bro still live in PA, the oldest of my bros is in England right now in the Air Force.

2. I went to college to become a teacher and got addicted to the internet, flunked out. But in the meantime, met my DUTCH husband thanks to the game I was addicted to (called a MUD). Worked at Burger King in the summers and after I flunked out of school, until I moved to Holland in 1995. Married my DH in 1996 and we have 2 girls, Judy (who will be 6 on Oct 24) and Kristel who is 3. I've lived in the Netherlands for nearly 9 years. And been married for 8.5.

3. I draw, play with computer graphics, write html for fun and friends (learned it all on my own), read (learned to love books from my second grade teacher Mr Chaney - Thank you Mr Chaney where ever you are!), I LOVE to read, sci-fi, fantasy, horror... McCaffrey, King, Pratchett, Perry to name a few... Before I found glass I was working on my drawing skills and was exploring Coloured Pencils.

4. I spend my days taking care of the kids, husband and house, and work evenings cleaning offices. Its not the best kind of job, but around here its the best I can do with the kids still too young to stay at home. After I get home, I normally turn on the torch. In the last year and a half, I counted the approximate hours I've put into my glass and it counts up to a parttime job. ;) I owe this all to Linda (swamperfolk) who last april sent me almost everything I needed to get started, all I had to do was find the gas. I love you Linda! :clap: :D

5. What I want to do in the future is stop working outside the home and concentrate on my glass. I want to have my own little garden shed studio, where I can have everything ready to go anytime I want to play, and be able to play whenever I have the urge and need. I want to take classes with some very special people and learn way more about the glass I've fallen in love with. I want to be able to travel to the states to meet all the people who have inspired, influences, encouraged and helped me in the last year and a half. I love them all and hope to be able to repay each and everyone sometime!

Big hugs from Holland,

10-20-2004, 04:45 PM
Way kewl thread!!!!
5 things about Julie
Live in rural Alberta on a farm. Feed currently, 230 head of cattle every morning before I go to work. Also look after the calving in the spring time til DH and DS get home from work and then we all go out and process the newborns.
Have my own home based business called Blind View Window Fashions where I go into people's homes and sell custom made window treatments. Thus I can set my own hours (a must cuz of the cattle).
Age 51 going on 18. Love to party......much to the chegrin of DH :D
Love to shop. West Edmonton Mall is my FAVORITE place in the whole world!
Can count on one hand the number of holidays I've taken in the last 25 years. Guess it goes with farming........

10-20-2004, 04:48 PM
A wonderful thread - should be a sticky!

Five things:

1. In two years I'll be 60 and feel very lucky to have lived my life. Three super grandchildren - all boys. Husband that let's me be me and has provided me with great oppotunities for travel. My dream since I was about 13 was to go to Spain and I was able to do that.

2. I love to play with words. I love big ideas. I love discussions - one-on-one or a group. But I really don't like the telephone. Never have. Love all kinds of music and love to sing. Especially while driving. SPeed limits are just suggestions, right?!??!!! I've become less competitive over the years. But I love games.

3. Lived in CT until 7 years ago. Now share time between FL and CT. Also spent a few years living in NY working for an airline - not stewardess. Worked at a bank, in the engineering dept. of a specialty insurance company, managed a McDonald's.

4. I've become lazy and have learned to live with it. If I don't finish a project, that's OK. I don't cook. I don't clean. I don't iron. Zoloft has been a true wonder drug for me.

5. I'm not religious 'tho I was brought up Catholic. I'm too curious to deal with any church's dogma. But I do respect other's practicing their faith. I used to find math and science truly fascinating. Archeology too. I wish there was Stephen Hawking out there when I was in my teens.

OK! That's what came from the top of my head just now.


10-20-2004, 05:09 PM
I have to jump into this one! I love reading about everyone! It's so cool!

1. I'm Mexican and German. . mostly Mexican but MAN did I ever get a German nose!!!

2. I am REALLY into death and dying and proof of life after death - that mostly started a while back when my grandmother passed away. . . revived earlier this year after my father in law's passing - . . currently reading a book on how to communicate with people in our lives who have passed. . . don't know that I'd try it but it is very interesting reading. I'm also VERY religious. Hispanic Catholic although I don't believe in one religion being right. . .to each his own. . . .

3. I own a HUUUUUUGE Yankee Candle Collection and purchase at least one for my collection per week!

4. Once every three months or so I let my daughter play hookey and we have "Girl Day" which consists of going to lunch and then to the mall (specifically, Bath and Body works, Yankee Candle Co., James Avery (a Texas thing. . silver jewelry), the makeup counters (I let her have little to no color lip glosses - she's nine), the book store and Starbucks (I have a frappuccino and she has a Jones Soda!)

5. I love life, my family & everyone around me. Recent experiences have taught me that life is too short to NOT enjoy it although I'm sure there's much more in store for me when I die and I will NOT be disappointed! :wink2:


10-20-2004, 05:19 PM
What a fun and interesting thread! :)

1. I live in Spokane with my DH Daniel and my son Garrett. Both Dan and I were born and raised here. We live on 14 acres just outside the city limits that have been in my hubby's family for 4 generations. Deer, pheasants, racoons, quail - we have em all.

2. I work as a database administrator for a company that sells equipment and services to utilities. It's a good job though not long on excitement. I have also worked for Nordstrom as a department manager (jewelry - where I fell in love with glass and stones) and for Egghead as their webmaster when they first launched their online store.

3. It's been a pretty turbulent year. My Mother passed away at the end of January after a 5 year long struggle with Alzheimers. My 80 year old father has just remarried to a dear friend of the family - it's so wonderful to see him happy again after all those long years of misery.

4. I love online gaming and my favorite is Everquest which I try to play at least a few hours each week. :)

5. I love movies, books (science fiction, mysteries, fantasy, science), and travelling, though I never seem to do enough of it.

David E Ricketts
10-20-2004, 05:30 PM
1) I believe Love is a non-verbal communication and is the key to a happy life. I may not speak spanish, or Greek, but if I walk up and hug them or shake their hands, that they understand. "LOVE"
2)God has blessed me with a great wife Anne Marie Ricketts (I'll hold the age) and four great children, Chris 21, Amanda 19, Austin 15, and Cameron 12,
3)I was All State and All Americian in high school , and All American my freshman year in college in Track and field.
4) I look forward to the Rolling down the hi-way in our portable glass studio,and visiting all of you an a cross country trip (may be awhile)
5)I believe in (my case at least, WE opt to impress God with how good we are rather than confessing how great he is.

10-20-2004, 05:37 PM
Great thread!

1. I am 54 years old, live in Chicago (last 34 years). I've been with DH (so really is DSO) for 28 years. We have have a big, 102 year old house on the north side of the city. No kids for either of us.

2. I have been a registered nurse for almost 31--yikes!--years and currently work at the University of Illinois Medical Center in the Cardiothoracic ICU. Guess I like fast paced!

3. I love to travel and will go almost anywhere that I can. Paris is my favorite place in the world. I think I've been there 5 or 6 times at least. DH took me there for my 50th, which made turning 50 not nearly so bad.

4. I LOVE sushi and eat it at least once a week. I would have it 3-4 times a week but DH gets burned out. I also love sake! I speak a bit of Japanese and my favorite sushi chef in the world is trying to teach me more. Not an easy job after I have sake.

5. I have nine cats--Velcro, Dancer, Peyton, Nutmeg, Simba, Thumbs, BT, Freckles and Chatterbox. I also take care of several strays right now and feed a few raccoons and possums that come up to the food bowl that's always full outside my door. As I don't live far from downtown Chicago, I consider the raccoons and possums very special friends in my life. They are just too cute.

I have really enjoyed reading this thread and getting to know everyone. Thanks to you all for the 'inside peak' at who you are.


10-20-2004, 05:52 PM
Ok, my turn...

1. I met my husband at High School in 1988 - we have been married now for coming up on 11 years. No Kids, but 2 dogs who we treat like children!

2. I am a High School teacher in Art, Photography, Drama and Computer Art.

3. I perform in amateur musical theatre and LOVE it and love to sing - I was classically trained.

4. I am a member of the SCA (medieval recreation group) and make 'period' beads for that organisation - my main market for selling so far

5. I have been lampworking for almost 2 years, but i still feel like a newbie - I dont get enough time at the torch but I love it and am slowly getting better all the time.


10-20-2004, 05:54 PM
My turn to jump in......

1. I was born in Pasadena, CA on New Years Eve, and am 51. My mother held it against me for years because the maternity ward was on the wrong side of the hospital from the Rose Parade, and they wouldn't let her get up to watch it. :rolleyes: I spent most of my misguided youth in a small town in Idaho. And have since gone back to California and then packed off to Oregon, where we have been for almost 20 years now.

2. I am married to the sweetest guy (most of the time) who shares my interest in glass, although he does fusing rather than lampwork. He is also the jewelry maker, putting my beads into his finished work.

3. No children, but do have 6 cats, 2 dogs, 2 horses, and 2 peacocks. I love my animules, and they are my children.

4. I have worked within the Judicial System here and in Idaho for a total of 26 years. I am a judicial assistant to a great judge here in Eugene, Oregon. It is a much less expensive way of getting to enjoy the law without having to go through allllllll that schooling. :D

5. I have always done arts or crafts, having dabbled in oil paints, needlework, love crochet, PMC silver, and beads. Lampworking is the most I have enjoyed, and will stay with it.

That would be me in a nutshell. Boring as all get out, but I like my nice little life. :)

10-20-2004, 06:06 PM
OMG I am still giggling over the 8 inches... REALLY??? :wink2:

1. I am married with 4 kids (2 & 2). I have been married to DH #3 since after my 3rd was born.
My second child still thinks DH#3 is her bio Dad since boyfriend disappeared/ran off. So I have 4 kids with 3 Dads but one kid thinks last DH is her Dad. Not sure when to tell her (25 sounds good! :)). Clear as MUD? :D Hmm... Long story and the book will be out in the Spring. :)

I met DH in Aruba at a convention for my business. He lived in Kentucky and moved to Ca. :)

2. I am self Employed with my own business. All I wanna do is run away and make beads! My business is car/truck rental and I am in the middle of developing a property for storage. I have lots of NEW gray hair and disdain for red tape and a fear of City Hall.

3. I love Mexican, Chinese and Sushi. I don't care for American food too much. I love Chili's!
Sushi gets me into trouble since my favorite Sushi bar is more BAR than sushi and the owner is a buddy of HD.
Oh I should say DH is from Texas and loves to cook BBQ. He is a good cook we had chicken tortilla soup this week and chicken enchilada's plus wokked garlic chicker. :rolleyes: PARTY at my house!! I make the vegtables!

4. I have 5 holes for earrings. I would have had my belly button pierced if I was 20 years younger but never my nose. lol
I love books, Anne Rice Novels, plus unusual off the wall books like David Austin rose's my backyard is full of his roses. Christopher Radko ornaments make me smile! I love the internet and all the free information!
I love WC! :D

5. I love glass and have been making beads for over 4 years part time. This year, I started taking some glass classes. Next I want to take a class with Lauri Copeland, then Remschneider, then Fowler etc...
Recently have been taking Connie Fox wireworking classes to put my focals into bracelets! I am now trying PMC clay also.

P.S. My name is not JAMN! those are my kids initials and business name!

10-20-2004, 06:10 PM
I'll toss in 5 things about me...

1. I'm a natural redhead, born July 24, 1975--which makes me a Leo. Leo and redheaded stereotypes pretty much apply to me. ;) I have 6 piercings, 3 holes in each ear. No tattoos, although I have considered it...(more on that in #5) DHTB is 3 years younger than me :evil:, and is a Scorpio. We get along very well, but there is the very occasional clash that always results from two different personalities. He is the chef, and I am the baker. Together we have two large dogs, and two parakeets.

2. DHTB and I have been together 3.5 years, and we have bought a house (first for both of us) in Tucson AZ. He just got his first new car, a VW Jetta TDI (and is loving every minute of it!)

3. I have been constantly "online" since 1993. I MUDed for awhile, but have been on IRC since '93. (IRC = Internet Relay Chat. It's real time chat, and I have hung out with the same group of people all this time.) Most of my net friends are geeks, and I consider myself quite geeky as well.

4. I grew up in Florida, and have also lived in Tennessee (Crossville) and Kansas (Kincaid). After age 17, I lived in Georgia (Athens), Massachusetts (Leominster--but went to school in Waltham and Worcester), Washington (Seattle), and finally Arizona (Phoenix and now Tucson). I was adopted at birth and raised by a woman with a son who was already grown and out on his own. So, while I had a brother--I was really raised an only child. We moved around a lot, I found out later, because she was avoiding my biological mother--who had been promised visitation.) I found my biological mom(and other family) just two years ago. They are great people, and I hope to be living near them within the next 5 years--so I can get to know them better. I have a bioligical half-brother, and we act like we grew up together. It's great! I have not been able to locate my biological father. The woman who raised me, was not the nicest person in the world (putting it mildly)--and I have been estranged from her (and her family) since 1992. I hope to move back to Florida to be near my birth mom and family, but in doing so I run the extremely high risk of running into my adopted mother who is extremely paranoid and schizophrenic and happens to live about 30 minutes from my real mom! (Something I'd rather avoid.) There is a lot more to this story, but.....

5. Lastly, I was in a house fire when I was 4 and have 3rd+ degree burn scars on 45% of my body. (Entire back, arms and from the neck up.) Strangely enough, fire does not scare me in the least and I love lampworking and once co-owned a furnace shop. I believe this is because I was asleep, and don't really remember very much of what happened. My birth mother found out about the fire from the news (she lived in same town as adopted mother), and ran to the hospital where she was only able to see me via a window. After that, information was withheld from her--so she had no idea if I lived or not until I found her two years ago. (For two weeks even the doctors weren't sure I would live.) I think I'm pretty well adjusted, and have often been told I have an excellent outlook on life. I pretty much am of the feeling that life will move on--with or without us, and I'd rather move with it and learn more. (Now, about that tattoo--- I have often wondered if it was possibly to turn the giant scar that covers my back into a "scene" of some sort, but I don't think scar tissue can be tattooed. Plus, I'm sure the cost of such a large tattoo would be prohibitive...)

:D :D



Libby L.
10-20-2004, 06:14 PM
Wheeee this is a good idea!

1. My name is Libby Leuchtman and I am 46 years old with a wonderful husband Rick, my son Daniel who is 16, and my crazy daughter Allie 13. My knuckle head dog Auggie (who likes to eat underwear) and sweet kitty Malcom.

2. I own a bead store in St. Louis. www.sorellabeads.com. I have had it for 3 years. The store also has an 8 torch studio where I teach lampworking and have guest artist come and teach.

3. I love to read and garden....if I had more time.

4. Nothing is better to me than a scary movie and a pile of beads to string.

5. I have learned to never count on anything. Everything changes and nothing is a sure thing. Hard lesson to learn but a good one.

The Libster aka Libby

10-20-2004, 06:28 PM
Wow, We are Diverse and yet lots of things in common!
Ok ...
1. Just turned 37, I mean 29.
2. Mother of a 9 yr old boy, 13 girl , 17 girl, married to the only person in the US who seems to understands me for 19 years.
3. Born in New Mexico but spent most of my life being shuffled form NC to San Diego and back due to divorced parents. My grandmother was Mexican and everyone says I am exactly like her down to her macabe sense of humor, she was also a painter.
4. Bilingual and live part time in Mexico where I paint and sell with a gallery in San Miguel de Allende, It is an artist type of "soho" and the only place I feel truly "right". "Once upon a time in Mexico" was filmed there and those people were a pain! The rest of my time in NC where my DH's Business is. It's hard to change from such extremely different lives somedays. Really hard on the soul but glass helps! Thank God!
5. My friends call me "Reinita" (means little queen) because I am such a girlie, girl diva! I once worked as a Hooters girl and gave horseback riding tours to gringos! - not at the same time, don't go there! LOL!

Thats 5 sorta, mashed together.

10-20-2004, 06:30 PM
More than you ever wanted to know about me.

1. I was raised alone by my mum after my dad died when I was 1. She is now my best friend but I was once an obnoxious teenager who made her life hell. Thank goodness she has forgiven me.

2. I own my own house and am slowly working on making it mine.

3. At this very second i have a total of $0.04 in my bank account. Its been a very big glass month. :evil:

4. My goal in life is to renovate houses and sell for a profit. I'm studying interior design (which I love) but don't think I'd ever be suited to a 9-5 job. I have always wanted to have a job that doesn't feel like work because I love doing it so much. And I love to get my hands dirty.

5. I'm a voracious reader, I will read almost anything (and in abt 5 hours). I go off into my own little world, so theres no point talking to me because I won't hear you. I read a book from start to finish, no breaks in between.

5. I have a twisted and sick sense of humour. Very sarcastic and am a total smart a$$. :D :evil: :D

5. I love creating something from nothing, which explains why I'm so hooked on glass. I love the look on people's faces when they ask, you make beads from those rods! They automatically think I'm so artistic and talented (I know better :D )

5. I can't count past 5 :D

10-20-2004, 06:37 PM
I really like this thread, it is so fun to read about everyone here… :clap:

I think most of you all know I am somewhat of an environmentalist and animal activist…
And that I have 10 cats, my motto is No Kids, Just Cats…

What most of you might not know is (I know a few of you know):

* I am 32, a Cancer and I am from Southern California, specifically Modjeska Canyon. I am SO happy not to live in CA anymore!!! I LOVE the PNW!!!!

* I moved to Los Angeles in 1999 after I met Taylor (my LTBF, been together since ‘97) and I worked in the movie/entertainment business… (not adult movies, but I did go to some cool parties at the Playboy Mansion :evil: ). Taylor works in the movie business as a 1st Assistant Camera in Vancouver BC which is why I moved to Washington (commuting from LA to Vancouver was no fun). Living in WA is sort of like a layover on my move to Vancouver while I get all of my paperwork completed to become a Canadian resident. Fortunately my Mom owned an empty house on Whidbey Island, that made it an easier move. Strange how things fall together…

* When I get to Vancouver and get settled I am not going to get a full-time office job but instead I am going to get a job as a waitress at a funky, hip, delicious restaurant because of all of the jobs I ever had I love waitressing the most, weird huh??

* I love being alone here in WA. I think it is different than lonely too. I love the rain, the lush green environment and I think even the giant slugs here are cool!!

* I have 4 tattoos and 12 piercings (4 in one ear 3 in the other, my nose, my belly button, and you figure out where the other 3 are… :evil: ) actually it used to be 13 piercings but I took my tongue piercing out to clean it one day and never put it back in… :evil: Taylor has a piercing in the same area as Mr. Smiley… hee hee hee

* I have to also admit to having a great fascination with raptors/birds of prey...
I think they are the most magnificent creatures and I love catching glimpses of them and seeing them floating through the air…
If I could be reincarnated as any creature it would be a bird of prey!
(surprised it isn’t a cat aren’t ya!)
There is a bald eagles nest that I can see from my front deck, I love listening to their calls…
Such a funny call for such a big bird…
But they are more incredible than any words can express.

10-20-2004, 06:41 PM
[QUOTE=Lehcar]This is a fun thread! :D

1. I’m 25 years old and my birthday is Sept 7. I’ve never met anyone with the same birthday.

September 8 here, close!!

10-20-2004, 06:52 PM
alright, guess I'll spill my guts here, too...

I am a total spaz that hates boring repetitive work of any kind (especially housework-- it's just gonna get dirty again! Why bother?). I usually paint/remodel houses for money but I also work at many festivals and concerts (I detest large crowds so the only way I can enjoy live music is to be behind the scenes so I can escape whenever I feel like it and don't have to use one of man's worst creations, the port-o-potty). I love melting glass-- it is very addictive. I make art mostly for my own sanity but I sell stuff occasionally.

Just turned 34 last week but 3+4=7 so I'm actually seven... wish my body thought so!

I have a very sick (brain tumor) 13-year-old bestest dog in the world, a 1 1/2 year-old rescued feral dog that's finally starting to act normal, and a brand-new (10 week) puppy that someone left here last week that acts almost exactly like my poor dying old girl did when she was small-- it's really eerie... oh, and a devilish white cat with two different colored eyes that kills all lizards she can find. (see sig)

No kids, no SO, just me and the beasts (just the way I like it! No one bitching about how dirty the house is!!!). I have a few really close friends but am not very social anymore-- people tend to get on my nerves when they're drunk unless I'm drunker than they are... ha!

I drink lots of beer and smoke tons of cigarettes and believe that everyone should be able to do whatever they want as long as they are not hurting anyone else. I have an extreme potty mouth and a very sarcastic sense of humor... probably was a pirate or sailor in a past life except I am fully seasick and hate boats! :rolleyes:

Probably more than any of you ever wanted to know, huh?! :p

10-20-2004, 07:02 PM
Great thread :)
5 things about me.
1. Im 29 years old, married to my best friend in the entire world (wonderful, amazing, gorgeous, sexy, yummy, kind man) with 5 children. Love them all to absolute distraction.

2. Im a big advocate of homebirthing and birthing choices. Next to lampworking, pregnancy and childbirth is a passionate interest of mine. The whole concept of life creation and birth never ever stops amazing me. :) (not so much that im ready to do it again anytime soon though..hehehe)

3. I DONT drive..and am to scared to learn :o Silly i know..i just cant see myself behind the wheel. lol.

4. Ive spent my whole life moving around australia. I was an army brat growing up and cant seem to shake the moving bug even now that im an adult.

5. I can be really hard on myself sometimes. I can tolerate all kinds of things from others but am always ready give myself a roasting over just about anything..lol. Im a huge worry wort and suffer from a fair amount of anxiety... it used to cripple my life but these days I deal with it :D

Lorretta :)

10-20-2004, 07:07 PM
What a great idea for a thread :) I've loved reading it!

things you probably don't know about me....
1. I'm 35, married 4 years to my perfect man. Our DD is a 3 yo Diva In Training. We have two old doggies who still aren't sure what to make of DD :rolleyes: Born and raised in Alameda, CA. Went to college at Humboldt State. Have never lived out of ear shot or sight of the Pacific Ocean or one of it's Bays. Would move to the Oregon Coast if I could figure all the obstacles out!

2. I love Mexican food - could eat it for every meal. It's all about the salsa ;)

3. I'm l-a-z-y. And all this stuff that I need to do really gets in the way of all that glass melting I'd like to do!

4. I'm Insanely Pathologically Social - but many many of you already know that!

5. Here is my really big secret - I just got my Real Estate License... Please don't throw your wonkies at me!!!

10-20-2004, 07:33 PM
1) I'm 43 years old & have lived in the metro Detroit area my entire life. The house I grew up in was haunted.

2) I have a husband of ten years (although we have been together for over 20 years) and a three year old daughter, two Boston Terriers & two cats & 37 rose bushes.

3) My last real job ( over 10 years ago) was as a chocolatier. I once made a three foot palm tree with a monkey out of chocolate

4) My husband & I have been making our living as artists for over ten years, he works in clay & I have worked in clay, metal, painting, fiber and just about anything else you can name. If I am not creating something I feel incomplete.

5) I like animals & books and a glass of wine & the peace & quiet of my garden.

10-20-2004, 07:43 PM
Let's see - nobody really knows anything about me so it'll all be new!

1. Born in NJ, travelled a lot as a kid with my 6 B&S (I am #6) and parents 'cause my dad was a pilot for Eastern Airlines (remember them?). My dad was a B17 bomber pilot in WWII and I am extremely proud of him. Mom passed away 2 years ago today after a long illness.

2. Left NJ when I was 17 to go to Stanford where I majored in applied math - but I managed to get in some fun courses such as SunBathing 101 (we met on the roof of the dorm), and Kegging 202. I graduated in the same class as John Elway....

3. Lived in Sydney, in the wonderful land down under for about a year in my late 20's - one of the best experiences of my life! I love all you Aussies!!! Although, I must say, ever since I lived in the southern hemisphere, my sense of the seasons and time has never been the same!

4. Got married and had a baby when I was around 30. My DS is the best thing that ever happened to me. DH ain't so bad either.... ;-)

5. Met the glass demon in 2001 I think and haven't looked back. Since I finished college, I have always worked - all high tech mumbo jumbo and I can't wait for the day when I can say so-long to corporate America (and not have to worry about feeding me and my family). Oh yeah, I have a great Wheaton Terrier named Chester - he's the best.

10-20-2004, 08:16 PM
If it's interesting to see how diverse we are...the commonalities are something too! My name is Julie and I live in Indianapolis and I thought I would clarify that for any other blondes out there... :evil:

1) I work inside sales at an IT company and am miserable...I was actually reduced to tears today and spend most of my time trying to figure out how to make lampworking a full-time job. One year and I should be financially able to do it...one year.... :(
2) I began lampworking in April of this year and have been practicing, buying equipment and improving like crazy since. I have never been in love until the first time I lit that torch. I just invested in a good digital camera (thank you Mr. Smiley for your help!!) so hopefully I will be able to post pictures soon.
3) I have no spouse or human children; Barkley is my yorkie and Pandora is my tubby tiger tabby. They are lampworking ophans now. :cat:
4) I'm 35, a cancer, have 2 holes in each ear and no tats yet. :evil:
5) Thank you all for your advice and sharing on this site...I wouldn't be this far without you!!!

10-20-2004, 08:19 PM
What a great thread!
* I'm 40 years old (cancer-July 6th), I live in the Western Mountains of Maine but grew up on Mt. Desert Island. I miss the ocean, my parents still live on the island and my Dad's home is right on the beach so it is one of my favorite places to visit. I've been married 11 years (hubby #2) and have 3 children. Chris- 21 next month, Lindsay 19 and Eric who will be 7 next month, my 2 oldest are away at school.
* I owned my own hair/nail/tanning salon until after the birth of Eric- then I decided to be a stay at home Mom. I went back to work when Eric started pre-school but this past June decided to try and work at home full time making jewelry and beads, I also still do many of my hair customers and volunteer for my son's school.
* I'm an avid reader, I read on average 8-12 novels a month. I've not watched a tv show in years. I also dabble in photography, web design, computer maintenance/upgrade and paper arts.
* I've no unusual piercings and I'm taller than most of my friends and family (5'11") I love it when I see or better yet stand next to people taller than myself, which isn't often.
* I have many good friends and interests, but hate to leave the house. I go into hibernation/anti-social mode quite often (my friends call it artistic mode). I thrive on peace, quiet and solitude which I'm getting more of now all the kids are in school.

10-20-2004, 08:26 PM
I am learning all kinds of wonderful things about you guys.

Here are five things about me.

I am married to an awesome guy (9 years Oct. 28th!) and we have three beautiful children together.(6yrs ,5yrs and 18 months)

I have one son, now passed away, from a prior marriage. He would be 15 this year.

I live in Ohio, in a house that was built in 1907. My house faces the funeral home across the street, and a graveyard butts up against my backyard. It's interesting.

I have been making jewelry for almost 7 years now and started out with the business name 'CeltiCreations' which I shut down when I started lampworking.

I love celtic mythology and cultural studies.

~~Mary Cordie (m. Stevenson) Lockwood
age 34

10-20-2004, 08:53 PM
Umm ... I'm trying to decide how much to say here ... I think I'll keep it relatively unshocking - although I know that's impossible to do for some of you - lol

I've been married 22 years and have two demanding children ages 15 and 10 - all of whom I love very dearly - which is just as well for them. Our house is small (for CA standards) and a mess and very lived in. I spend no time housekeeping or cleaning - just the very basics and have finally stopped apologising for the mess when people visit!

I'm English - so is my husband - we've lived in CA for the last 14 years. That makes me an alien ... which is what I always tell the people trying to get me to register to vote. They always look at me as though I am a lunatic as well as an alien.

I was a fashion designer and a professor at a prominent London college (I hated it) until we had our first child and emigrated to the States.

I have a wonderful studio my husband built me and have been metalworking for 12 years and lampworking for two years - only recently have I been putting in enough time to move beyond the newbie label with my beads. I have found it to be one of the most challenging things i have done, but enjoy it immensely - until recently.

I was diagnosed with depression and social anxiety order yesterday and today is my first day on medication (I'm still crying - it'll take a couple of weeks for the medication to kick in) ... I'm hoping to get back to enjoying the things I've been missing these last 2 months ...

Today I have spent 5 hours reading the WC forum ...

Too much information?

Nice to read about everyone ...


10-20-2004, 08:54 PM
1. I am originally from Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

2. I now live in Southern California by the beach.

3. I am a retired Art Teacher with 6 kids ages 5-20. All from the same Dad and all play soccer.

4. Besides glass I also love working with clay.

5. Gizzaz means glass in Arabic.

10-20-2004, 08:57 PM
1) In February, 2005, I will have worked as as an Art Librarian for 20 years! I've worked in one art school, two universities and now two museums.

2) I married Gus, a computer game nerd at age 37. We met on the WWW, back in 1995 when it first started.

3) I was born in upstate New York only because my father was doing an internship there that year. I grew up in Sioux Falls, SD but escaped to Southern California at age 18, where I attended college. I spent a year in Paris, then went to graduate school in Boston. I spent 6 years in NYC - hated it - moved to LA. Loved it there. I ended up here in Boston, when my husband was recruited for a job in his field and I found a job as well.

4) When I have taken those political surveys, I seem to come out largely Libertarian with liberal leanings. I'm a strong believer in personal freedoms and personal responsiblility, which unfortunately, tend to end up at the opposite ends of the political spectrum.

5) I'm a firm humanist (aka Atheist). In spite of my artistic bent, I'm very scientific and rational.


10-20-2004, 08:58 PM
Hmm only five things??? Ok!

1. I love Disneyland (I go at least once a year!) and I love Santa Claus! I believe in the spirit of Santa Claus and have quite a collection of Santa Stuff.

2. I have 3 sons ages 19, 16, and 9. I love all kids, even the holy terrors, they are so interesting. I count my sons as friends and they share all their secrets with me! I am also lucky enough to be the confidant for my nieces and nephews.

3. I am Mexican and Norwegian (ha- what a combo)! My name: encantado means delighted, enchanted, in Spanish. My spanish teacher/friend told me I seemed delighted all the time and explained this word to me! I have been married to my 2nd husband for almost 4 years, he is Mexican, and hopefully I will be going to Mexico for Xmas.

4. I work for the Government as the Lead Legal Assistant for 4 Judges, Attorneys, and I have 6 Legal Assistants in my group. For the most part I love my job and the people I work with. I have worked here for 10 years!!!

5. I have always loved doing crafts! I have tole painted, cross stitched, ceramics. I have loved beads since a really young age, and started making bracelets about 4 years ago when I ran across some Lampwork beads! I took a class and have been hooked since then!


10-20-2004, 09:26 PM
Ooh, good thread! Here's mine super quick like, cause I have to get back to work!

1) My birthday is Monday, I turn 32 and I am SUCH a Scorpio it is just creepy. Born in Alabama, lived here all my life, barely have a southern accent, and have good grammar skills (generally speaking) I attribute this to my first grade "Gifted" teacher. Thank you Ms. Hopkins!

2) I hate all cheese except the grated parmesean in the can and mozzarella on pizza and in those cheese stick thingies. I cannot put yellow cheese in my mouth, I will surely throw up. I attribute this to watching Mr. Rogers visit a cheese factory when I was six.

3) I'm a new member of a tribal fusion bellydance troupe (since August) - www.gypsyredtribe.net - and I've danced for 2 years. I have a tattoo around my bellybutton which I had before I ever did bellydance. I want another BIG one on my lower back :D I also want my nose pierced, but I too am a chicken! Wow, what to I attribute this to? Being a freak? :cool: ;) :D

4) I don't have kids and I never want any. My tubes are tied after I had a baby for my sister 2 years ago and nearly died in the process. My children are my 4 cats that I love with all my heart. I would do anything for them. I'm a huge environmentalist and animal rights activist. I believe that humans have the responsibility to care for our planet and respect the other living creatures that live on it, even if it interferes with the making of the almighty dollar.

5) I am Wiccan (ooh, a WITCH!) and have been for 15 years. I take my faith very seriously and I take being proselytized to VERY poorly. I respect everyone's right to believe as is best for them in matters of faith. Just don't ever tell me what to believe :)

Hmmm, so much for super quick like! :wink2:

10-20-2004, 10:15 PM
1. I was born in England Feb, 1970, so I am 34...Married 15 years to hubby, and have 3 kids, 2 boys 12, 10 and a girl 7. I moved to the States with My USAF hubby in 1991, 4 years in NC and we are now in Illinois. (I am not an alien..My dad was also USAF and stationed in England and met my ENGLISH mum but they decided to stay there...)
2. I am the youngest of 6, I have 2 sisters and 3 bothers... :D They are all a year apart and the youngest is 7 years older than me. So I was a suprise as well as the youngest.
3. I have 3 holes in each ear and a tatoo around my belly button that I got for my 30th birthday. I would get more...maybe I will...soon. (just don't tell hubby)
4. I work for a youth agency in my Town so I am supposed to be a mature, professional adult. (read, I am also the boss of my dept.) This sucks. I am not Mature, I haven't even decided what I want to be when I grow up. I love to play and joke and have fun,I am also way too liberal compaired to the others I work with and have to bite my tongue often. I HATE having to be the bad guy!! The upside to all that is I get to work with kids, and there is nothing more rewarding. (most days).
5. I love to read, watch old movies, visit art galleries, poke around fun stores (WC is a great place to poke around if you can't get out)...but only if there is nobody there nagging me to hurry up...I do like to be alone.

10-20-2004, 10:30 PM
Thankyou for starting this thread. I've been participating on WC!for nearly three years now and didn't know the protocol for introducing myself first. So maybe this will make up for my bad manners.
1. I am a single woman living in the mountains of central Colorado running my own retail business selling my pottery, a pile of misc. stuff, and BEADS.

2. My son is graduation from DeVry university in Colorado Springs this weekend while I am committed to hosting a bead show in Iowa instead of being at his graduation. He says he understands, but its tearing me up since I know how important this is to him- and he has done such a great job getting through school.

3. I have a degree from Iowa State University in commercial art and don't ever want to have to do that! So far (twenty six years later), I haven't had to.

4. I enjoy my business more than anything, except I'm burned out on pottery (after twenty five years of production) and I refuse to turn making beads into a production situation like I did the pottery. Its not about the money any more.

5. I invested in and was left with an old hotel in Fairplay CO (the Hand Hotel) from 1987 till I finally got it sold in 1997- ghosts and all. I never thought I would have my own business and I certaintly never thought I would own and run an old haunted hotel. Many life lessons were learned with that experience.

so, thanks for asking if any of you all are ever passing through Colorado near Fairplay, I would love to meet you. Thanks Pat


10-20-2004, 10:48 PM
What a cool thread!!

1. I am 43 and have been single for 15 years....hmmm...or is it 16 now....I lose count! I divorced my filthy rich hubby and took not a dime and everything I have is MINE...I have worked for it :D (former hubby and I are friends, but his wife isn't too fond of me :evil: ) I have 3 children that I am crazy about Chrystal 21, Jordan 19 and Benjamin 17.

2. Out of the 4 of us in my household, 3 of us are in college. Chrystal is going to be a teacher, Jordan is following in his fathers footsteps to be a finacial planner and I am working towards my Masters Degree in Nursing administration. Benjamin wants to be a fireman/paramedic (the only child that is remotely intersted in health care..LOL) So when he graduates from High school....there will be 4 of us in college at the same time (you don't even want to see our tuition and book bills!!!)

3. I put myself through nursing school with 3 small kids and very little money (still paying that darn student loan too) I am pretty proud of what I have accomplished and I think that is why my kids have all planned college....they watched me struggle!!

4. I am the adminstrator for our homecare and hospice program at the local hospital. THE most rewarding job I could ever have! (and THE most stressful!!!) I worked as an ER nurse for years......and worried that I would miss patient care.....but I LOVE taking care of nurses :D

5. I have dated my "soul mate" for 5 years.....in a long distant relationship...................He recently retired from the military and is really struggling with that transition. The simple fact that he has not choosen to move near me has me on the edge of making a decison to move on....which makes me really sad. :crying: (I have been on that edge for about a year.......so you can see it isn't an easy decision for me!!)

Hmmm.....I left out that I live in a small city in South West Michigan and that I have been melting glass for 2 years now :D I think that any art form is therapy for the soul...........melting glass is what lets my soul sing.....and I love that!

10-20-2004, 11:02 PM
If I had more time (and read more carefully) it would be fun to do a tally of things I have learned reading this thread such as how many ex-hooter girls and wiccans have responded.

1. Just celebrated my 4th anniversary to my DH who (like someone else posted) went to school with me but I did not know back then. (would not have worked out back then anyway). I am sure crazy about him (and my 11 yr old stepson) now though.

2. I am a software developer/analyst but just do it so I can afford my glass hobby :). - my nickname at work is "database Barbie" which would be offensive if I was not in my late 30's.

3. I have a completely different life than I did 10 years ago when I left my first husband. (please - for anyone out there hesitating to move out of a bad relationship... do it! You really CAN start over).

4. I talk to my parents almost every day. They are really fun and interesting people that I would want to hang out with even if they weren't my parents.

5. I love being a "girlie-girl" - I love makeup, high heels, the color pink, etc.. I am not ashamed of this.


10-20-2004, 11:03 PM
Okay, I'll keep this going...

1. I've been married for 4 years (been together total of 8) to a wonderful guy. Not our first marriages, so we both have 4 children between us from previous marraiges. All but one child are grown and on their own. In fact, we now have our first grandchild.

2. I was a paralegal for most of 25+ years until last March when I decided to go full time with my beads. Hubby & I owned an authentic Mexican restaurant and night club for a while. Hubby is from Mexico. I also owned a specialty cut flower business for a few years.

3. We are going to Mexico next week to look for ocean front property as we are planning to move there. We will also see our grandchild for the first time.

4. I'm originally from the Bronx, NY but moved to Florida at a young age. A couple months ago was the first time I went back to NY since moving here as a child. I did move to Mississippi for a few years but then came back to Florida almost 9 years ago.

5. I have been making beads for approx 2 years now. I have always been involved in arts and crafts (well as far back as I can remember).


10-20-2004, 11:25 PM
Lemme see........

1. I have been married for 10 years and have no plans for children at this time. Not that I don't like em, I just like being able to hand them back.

2. I am a recently returned college student. After my service in the Military (boy, did I not fit in) I went to college on the GI bill as a Potter.....Well, my wife was an art major and as we all know, TWO art majors have a tough time eating so I dropped out and worked for the Post Office for 5 years. Now that Mary has Graduated, I am back as a Biology Major with a minor in Secondary Education.

3. I am a paddler....no, not that kind....I generaly paddle Whitewater, but anytime I get to spend in a non-motorized boat is good.

4. I am an environmentalist. But, I am not the throw paint or picket type. Currently, I am working with power companies to write the Hydropower License that will govern the ways dams on the Catawba river system are ran. This will impact ecosystems, recreational users and public users. Knowing that I will be signing a document that will stand for fifty years makes me proud of the work I do......

and 5....I do my best to be easy going and try not to sweat the petty stuff, or pet the sweaty stuff for that matter.

10-20-2004, 11:56 PM
oohhh...this has been interesting.

1.) I just moved to Gulf Breeze, FL 3 1/2 months ago which has been our family goal for about 4 years and it must be meant to be because of the way it just fell in our laps. We are all so very happy here, my dh and I both work from home now, but the best part is watching my 13 year old daughter come out of her shy shell with her new friends!

2.) I have lived in 8 different states, 15 different towns and way too many different houses to keep up with and I am only 33 and my parents weren't in the military! Hopefully Gulf Breeze is my last stop.

3.) I have eyes in the back of my head...well tattooed on the back of my neck anyways! I got it when I was 30 and it is a reminder to my children that moms know all (at least I put the fear of God in them!). My 5 year old son was scared of it for a couple of years. muwhahaha!

4.) I love to change the color of my hair. Right now it is violet.

5.) I would be a recluse if I didnt have children and may just become one when they grow up. It's really simple, I am happy when I am in my home and unhappy when I am not. My dh and I both work from home now and have found we pretty much dont need to leave the house except to do things for our children. So maybe one day I will be able to afford a home on the beach so my few trips out a week can be quick ones to the water and back to make more beads!

Thanks for starting such a fun thread.

10-21-2004, 12:36 AM
Ok, here goes nothing....:)
I'm 48 years old, mother of three and grandmother of six. I've been married to the love of my life for the past 14 years.

I use to own an Architectural Imaging Company.

I started making beads in June of this year.

If I seem a little grumpy at times I'm sorry. DH is a whistleblower on a company here in Texas that received millions of dollars in TIFB grants, (everyone with a phone in Texas had to pay into this fund). This company is fraudulently taking Texans money and padding their own pockets with it. After my husband turned them into the State of Texas this company had him arrested on bogus charges. He lost his new job with the school district and now he can't find a job anywhere. For the first time in my adult life I'm scared. We've used all our money to pay an attorney to defend my DH. My bead sales on Ebay is what is feebling paying our bills.

Sorry didn't mean to get carried away....but this is my life. Not a very pretty picture after having it all. Now we have lost it all by doing what we thought was the right thing.

I'm trying to hold strong to my faith and praying we will survive.

I know this is more than anyone wanted to know. I just needed to tell someone.

10-21-2004, 12:39 AM
Oh dear..
1. I think I am the oldest person here. I was 60 in Feb. I have been married to the same man for 35 years.

2. I am a happily retired registered nurse. I began making beads 5 years ago and am so glad that I finally discovered what I wanted to be when I grew up!

3. I have three children, all grown, and 1 beautiful 7 month old grandson. Being a grandmother is more fun than I ever imagined.

4. My youngest child, Sara, is 28 years old and has multiple handicaps. She is mentally retarded and has cerebral palsy. She lives with 17 other adults with disabilities in a community in our city. Letting her go was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, but it was also the best thing.

5. All the women in my family live well into their 90's. I hope I will do the same...and still be making beads !

10-21-2004, 12:40 AM
I may as well join in the fun!

1. Been married for almost 28 years to my dear husband, been a stay at home mom most of the time and have 3 kids ages 30, 22, & 15. Hubby is too good to describe LOL. He puts up with me doesn't he? :rolleyes: OK, he leaves hair in the sink when he trims his moustache which drives me batty. :wink2: Our middle child Adrienne just married this last July. We tried convincing the kids to elope but they wouldn't hear of it. Oldest child Maria lives with her DBF and they are talking about doing the Las Vegas thing Yippee!! :clap: We will go with them. Our son Isaac is in the 9th grade and is such a good kid. Now if he could just stop ruining all his shoes skateborading.

2. DH and I are both Christians (those dreaded born againers) and Republicans (a double salvo!). Hey it's about the balance LOL. We have learned that our faith is best expressed naturally rather than forcing it on people. Believe it or not people do want to know about God. All I have to do is wait to be asked. It happens. I am Mexican American and he is of German Irish descent. I call my kids halfsies :D .

3. I love to read and can go through 3 books in as many days when an "urge" hits me. I enjoy many kinds of books like: Anne Rice (her latest books are kind of annoying), Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne with an "E") , M.C. Beaton (Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth are a hoot) and Sci fi (I am a trekker ) books, movies (Contact) and television always get my attention. Recently, Patricia Cornwell books have gotten all my reading time. I too have read encyclopedias and cookbooks. This must mean something ...any shrinks in the house? The blues rock!

4. I taught myself to write before kindergarten. Taught myself to build computers and am boldly attempting bead making. I crashed several computers learning how to fix them so my terrible looking beads won't scare me off from lampworking. I have been "crafty" all my life. I figure that I just have to express my creativity in some manner.

5. As I get older (I am 52) I find that being alone is good. Alone is not lonely as someone here has said. I am mystified by the behavior of people and how astonished many seem to be that every action has a reaction. Watching or listening to two people discuss an issue with clarity, humor, civility and passion is a joy to behold. I had a short stint with therapy and paxil. I recommend it to any who needs a bit of help sorting things out.

I know my life is nothing to crow about and I am very glad about it!


10-21-2004, 12:53 AM
This is great. I love reading about everyone.

Here are the 5 things you don't know about me.

Born and raised in Louisiana, moved to Jackson, MS. divorced and just stayed. Worked as a cocktail waitress/bartender for 10 years, remarried moved to Nashville, Tn for 8 years and now we are back in Jackson for the last 10 years.

Worked with my husband as a foodbroker for ten yrs. (Things happen to me in 10s it seems) before becoming involved with stained glass. Opened my own stained glass studio when we moved back to Jackson, doing commissioned work and teaching. Closed my studio down this pass January and built a studio behind my home where I still do commission work. It supports my bead habit. I am a newbie at lampworking and hope to be as great at it as ya'll are someday.

Love playing golf and traveling when I can find the time . I tend to be a workaholic. Love to work with my hands. Good thing since thats how I make my living. Love animals. 2 dogs and 2 cats. No children.

I am a tool time girl. Love tools and do most of the handywork around the house. Hubby is not too handy though he tries. He supports me in all my endeavors and puts up with me which can be hard to do at times.

I would love to live somewhere else like Sedona or West Yellowstone or maybe even Sante Fe. Oh, I am 52. 53 this Dec. 2nd

10-21-2004, 01:21 AM
Ok.. 5 things about me...

I am 28 years old, married for 6 years, met my husband on a BBS have a 3 1/2 year old daughter, fish, and two devon rex cats. Been at the same job for 7 years. Work fr a company that makes medical devices, I work in the contracting department. I am a very girly girl, can walk comfortably in pointy toed heels and never owned a pair of sweats until about 6 months ago. I am a shopaholic and buy things just to buy them.

I went to NAU, second semester I went to a total of 2 of each of my classes the first class and one in the midterm, asked to take my finals at a different time because I forgot to go to them and ended up with a 3.5GPA. Got kicked out after 3 years, had nothing to do with grades, have not gone back to college yet except for random classes here and there.

Have had the police pound on my door at 4am to issue a search warrant and search my house for 8 hours and they wouldn't let me eat or go pee. most awful experience of my life, then they had my phones tapped for about 3 years. I was never arrested or convicted of anything

Had nude pictures of myself published in various places and had an article written about me in a magazine after I crashed the NAU web server for having too many people go to the site... never mind.. looooong story

I am terrified of ferris wheels and revolving doors.

I am a recovering anorexic and have very strong feelings and opinions about body image and eating disorders. I don't hide this fact since I believe that many people could learn things and need to be educated since I was on the verge of death and I never want anyone to go through what I did and still do go through on a daily basis. I believe each day you need to live your life to the fullest and not hold back because who knows what will happen tomorrow!

I am open minded and honest, but I am very stubborn and a total smart ass.

10-21-2004, 01:34 AM
OK here goes.....
1) I am a married 48 yo female with two girls. One 23 who just loves to push my buttons(has her own place). the next 13 who has cystic fibrosis, but is doing well.

2)I have a host of mental and physical diseases. The two major are manic depression and severe rheumatiod arthritis. I laugh at these diseases(especially when I am popping my meds :wink2: ) and keep on going. The way I look at it is I got all the defunct genes so my 4 brothers and 1 sister are fine.

3)I am extremely opinionated and harsh, but kind and understanding(refer to 2).

4)I have 6 cats Francais(named after my departed Dad), Eon Fluff, Boobala, Willow, Chester (my big boy) and Kira my daughters little girl. I love them all to death. There is nothing like reclining while vibrating with the heat on(refer to 2), with at least 2 cats on ya.

5) I am an Witch who is almost 5 ft tall, a lot over weight now(refer to 2) :evil: (at least I blame 2 for the weight)and I have bright purple hair. Oh did I forget to mention I am a loner who thrives on being true to herself even when it is painfull.

I have enjoyed this thread greatly, but I have an extremely bad memory so when I forget, please forgive .


10-21-2004, 01:56 AM
This is so great! I think I've been reading this thread for almost an hour! It's really late... but now my kiln is almost done with the beads I worked on a few hours ago - bonus!

I'm 34, a cancer, born in Texas but lived a few misc places growing up (including Woodstock, GA!) before we moved back to Texas. After getting my undergraduate degree in poetry writing (ok, english technically, poetry writing tract), I followed a man to New Mexico. (clarification - we went together - I didn't stalk him!) I ended up getting on with a great high tech company there, and after a couple of years, they transferred me to San Jose, CA. (I left the man in New Mexico!) And then about 7 years ago they transferred me to Austin, Texas.

I'm getting married in 4 weeks to an amazing man - he's everything all wrapped up into one! We met on match.com. We have a lot of similarities and just enough differences, and fortunately we both believe there should be space in our togetherness. Neither of us are big on being the center of attention so we will forgo the large wedding, and are getting married in Jamaica. :clap: No kids, but we do have 2 cats and a kitten (see Cat thread!) ... or maybe they have us!

By day I work in human resources and have been with the same company for almost 11 years, in 3 different states. I did obtain a master's in human resources and business so am not advising folks based on my poetry background alone! :wink2: I enjoy what I do most of the time and adore the people I work with. But I can't say I don't daydream about being a full-time lampwork artist!

I have always dabbled in some type of art or craft, and came upon lampworking when I was doing finished jewelry/beading. That was about 6 months ago and I've just about gotten up enough guts to post on ebay! (maybe the set that's in the kiln now!) I'm nowhere near where I want to be, but sometime or another you just have to jump in and swim, right? I'm using bonny beads (vs. bonnie) as my grandmother's name was Bonny. She had an amazing influence on my life in so many ways, to include art, and I like logging on and seeing her name everyday.

I also love to read - fantasy, horror and the occasional romance. After bad or long days at work, there's nothing better than coming home, putting on my winnie the pooh pajamas, grabbing a pbj and diet coke, and curling up with a good book and 3 cats!

Wow - this got long!! Does 5 paragraphs count as 5 things? :o

I'm loving getting to know everyone a little bit!!


p.s. I have 5 piercings - all in ears. I've had my belly button pierced 3 times and took it out and let it grow back everytime!! :angel: No tattoos - but my fiance has two! :p

Ellen Altamore
10-21-2004, 07:20 AM
Holy moly - this thread is almost as long as the old "Loud and Proud HH" thread!
1. Sign Language Interpreter
2. married forever - one son who lives and works in London
3. love reading murder mysteries and Jazzercise and glass
4. live in and love south west MI
5. atheist

Helen Simon
10-21-2004, 08:28 AM
I'm such a blabber, y'all probably already know these:

1-Fanatical Christian, somewhere between Reformed Calvinist and Charismatic, often called a Jesus Freak, and soooo grateful to Him, rescued from a life of drugs, alcohol, and the residue destruction.

2-Married to a great man Chester, who sacrifices a lot and puts up w/ my messiness, although he's a neat freak, and fast food when we get hungry...unless he cooks.

3-Homeschool Mother to 2 only (spoiled) sons, one brilliant, good-looking grown son in pre-med, but he's flaky like me, so that may change, and a very active, creative, golden son Abraham, gifted to me in my old age for my work with Right to Life. I know 3 others God has obviously blessed from the same episode in our lives, all unfruitful for many years.

4-Artist in many mediums since childhood, although my hippyness prevented much accomplishment. Currently crazy about GLASS, and thinking it may last my life, where God has blessed my efforts greatly.

5-Learning to play the fiddle, bluegrass style, with my little son in a homeschool band...what joy! One of my many majors in college was music, voice, but this lady teaches to play by ear!

Love, Helen

10-21-2004, 08:34 AM
Great thread! :clap:

1. My favortie title is "Mom". I have beautiful 13-year old son, with the most loving, caring soul. I am so blessed.

2. Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, yet I am drawn too the water, and vast green areas.

3. Happily married to a younger man....lol.....

4. I have a BSN (nursing degree), and start graduate school next year...

5. Enjoy riding my bike, laughing, hugging, long road trips, colors, mother earth, watching my son grow, and making love to my husband......


10-21-2004, 08:39 AM
I can't believe I just read every post! How fun to learn about so many people. Here is what I can come up with:

1. I'm 46 yrs old, b-day July 10, divorced since January (married 19 1/2 years). I'd LOVE to meet someone nice (except I never ever even meet anyone who is single!!!)

2. I have 3 kids who mean the world to me...19 yr old Vassar sophomore, 17 yr old DD, and 13 yr old DS. None of whom are as obsessed with crafts as their mom.

3. I have a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, but have never taught full time. I got married and had my first child within 1 yr of getting my degree, and was a stay at home mom for 17 yrs.

4. I designed sweaters for boutiques during grad school, and also patterns for yarn companies. I had a bridal veil/headpiece design shop out of my home for 10 years, during which I designed for at least 150 brides per year. I got tired of brides and obsessed with scrapbooking in 1998, and became a Creative Memories consultant until that became too limiting, then bought all SB stuff and had a shop and workshop out of my home. Now I want to sell off all of my stock, but can't figure out how to do it. Haven't SB'd for a year, but would like to catch up. Now I want to PPP glass all the time, and have GG Glass to try to pay for glass and the extras we'd like that alimony and child support from cheated EX-DH don't pay for. I also teach 2 psychology classes per semester at a state college, where I find that my students really aren't even prepared for high school level work.

5. I could eat sushi for every meal every day (but no wasabi, ever). Anyone near me want to go get some???

Have to add #6, which is arguably the most unusual thing about me---I have no sense of smell--never had it, but didn't figure it out until I was 11 yrs old. Until then, I thought it was a giant conspiracy, and that everyone just automatically said "oooh" to flowers and "yuck" to barf, farts and poop. Turns out that I had a "bubble" in the nasal turbinates that totally blocked my olfactory nerve. Had the bone removed, but the nerve must have atrophied, because I still can't smell :( :crying:

10-21-2004, 10:01 AM
Here's 5 goodies I can share.....

1. Sandy Schafer, born December 23 (I share with our great Beth) and I am 54. Dillingham is my maiden name, and everything I ever did as drawing, painting or anything I ever created was signed Dilly, so when I started melting glass and setting up web pages I realized "Dilly" is the artsy-fartsy side of me, so I had to stay true to myself.

2. Married 28yrs next Monday to my best friend, Randy, have 3 great kids, Heather 27, Shannon 25 and Todd 19. Heather is back in school to become a teacher, Shannon is a surgical tech and get's married next July, and Todd is a freshmen with a major in Natural Resources. All 4 of them are the reason i am here on this earth!!!! Oh, plus the two dogs and two cat's!!! :D

3. Went to college back in the dark ages to be an Architect, but that was pre-womens movement and was told that there was no room for women in that profession and the commercial art department was across the hall!!! After a couple years in commercial art, I was a drop out. Worked as a commercial artist, got married and became SAHM for 17 years. Couldn't think of a better, more important job!!! When the youngest hit school, I went back to college and got a few degrees in construction, finished commercial art, and ended up with a degree in Interior Design. Went to work as a Commercial Interior Designer, and went through a lot of jobs quick. I was good and decided if I wanted to peek in my profession I had to move quickly. I had a goal of working for a large company. I made it, and was the designer for Kellogg's, Keebler & Kashi. So I managed to screw up a bunch of buildings all over the world :evil:

4. When my son, stopped telling me about his activities in Jr. HIGH, because he didn't think I could come, I stopped and realized what was important in my life. I quit my job and signed on as a consultant, which was the same as being an employee, but I called the shot's as far as hours. It allowed me to be there, and as time went by I worked less and less. So, about 2 yrs ago I found beadmaking, told them where to put there corporate corn flakes, and haven't looked back!!!!!

5. I love reading, walking, setting around a campfire, organizing big shin-digs (which helps since I am doing my daughters entire wedding) and working on our 100 yrs. old house. We do auctions, garage sales and surplus sales regularly because hubby works at home too with an internet resale business.

Life is good, I enjoy everyday, and one part of my day is setting here talking to all of you!!! Thanks for making each day a little bit more special!!

Dilly aka Sandy Schafer

10-21-2004, 10:02 AM
5. I could eat sushi for every meal every day (but no wasabi, ever). Anyone near me want to go get some???

Me too! My favorite sushi is at the Osaka Tea Garden. Have you ever gone there? I love it.

10-21-2004, 10:20 AM
4. When my son, stopped telling me about his activities in Jr. HIGH, because he didn't think I could come, I stopped and realized what was important in my life. I quit my job and signed on as a consultant, which was the same as being an employee, but I called the shot's as far as hours. It allowed me to be there, and as time went by I worked less and less. So, about 2 yrs ago I found beadmaking, told them where to put there corporate corn flakes, and haven't looked back!!!!!

GOOD FOR YOU!! :clap: More people in this world need to wake up and realize that there are more important things in this life than the Almighty Dollar. When I was hired at my current job I told my new boss that my family and my health were both more important than any paycheck he could give me and that family events and doctor appointments would never be missed. If my son has an afternoon school ballgame then our clients are darn well going to wait an extra day for their project.


10-21-2004, 10:20 AM
Me too! My favorite sushi is at the Osaka Tea Garden. Have you ever gone there? I love it.
I ate there twice last week!!! Want to meet for lunch sometime??????????????????????

AMR GlassWorks
10-21-2004, 10:36 AM
Well here goes!
1. I'm a native Texan but got hijacked (that's what I felt at the time) up to WA state when I was 12 after both my grandparent's were gone. Moved to Longview WA and finished up my schooling there (Go Monarchs!!).

2. Came back to TX and was briefly married before meeting David and have been married to him almost 18 yrs. We have 4 kids, David's two-Chris and Amanda and our two- Austin and Cameron.

3. I grew up with science fiction. Dad was a sci-fi buff along with being an artist (guess where I got my artistic talent! :D ) I love the Sci-fi channel! I also love all the mythilogical (sp?) related shows also, LOTR type.

4. I love all types of food. I'm the adventurous one when it comes to trying new foods in the family!

5. I want to travel around and teach one day! I used to be a substitue teacher for 4 years and I think teaching glass would be way more fun than elementary anyday!! :D

10-21-2004, 10:36 AM
I may as well join in the fun!

Our son Isaac is in the 9th grade and is such a good kid. Now if he could just stop ruining all his shoes skateborading.

Oh how I know this world!!!! I have a 15 year old 10th grade skateboarder $40 for skateboard shoes (the "cheap" on sale ones at the board shop, and 2 weeks later he's proudly showing me his new holes!
Does you garage and yard look like a scrap yard...assorted rails and plywood ramps and "fun" boxes everywhere??? I can't remember the last time a car actually went in my little 1 car garage.

AMR GlassWorks
10-21-2004, 10:39 AM
Does you garage and yard look like a scrap yard...assorted rails and plywood ramps and "fun" boxes everywhere???

Um, YES!!!!! LOL!!! My 12 year old proudly told me he is aspiring to be a professional skater!!! :rolleyes: Um I think NOT!!!! :eek:

10-21-2004, 10:47 AM
Thanks Carl, if they just put "Great Mom" on my tombstone, I will have achieved lifes greatest goal!!! I already have the, "you'll like my parents they are cool". Boy, that sure made my husbands and my day!!!

Enjoy those ballgames, they go fast. When son went to college and I didn't have to cheer him on anymore at his running events, we got bored and decided we would start running, now he comes home and runs with us at 5k's. Plus the two DD feel so guilty they have started :D


10-21-2004, 11:16 AM
I'll play!

1) Born Sept 19th (48 yr old virgo) and raised in Holland, Michigan. My dad is an adopted PK (preacher's kid) so we went to the Christian schools starting with 7th grade. We did public school K-6th since it was close enough to walk to. Back when it was safe to walk to school. Have 3 siblings, older brother, 2 younger sisters....I'm the blacksheep of the family, the odd ball and proud of it! :evil: Was a shy, awkward, but creative child growing up (didn't walk till 18 months :eek: ) Then a party animal for the middle third of my life, amazing how outgoing a little booze+whatever can make you. Became very street-wise at an early age despite my sheltered home life.

2) Worked in a local sweat shop (automotive insulation supplier) for 19 yrs, 7 months, and 12 days. Fought for the right to prove myself on jobs that were "guy jobs". Was their first female big-line operator and the only one stubborn enough to hold my ground & stick it out, gaining the respect of my boss and the maintainance crew.

3) By age 26 was divorced 2x (no kids). Owned a small house that I loved working on when not partying with my friends or cruising around with my 2 german shepherds, Chip & Dale. Not a girlie-girl, a neighbor once told me I should have born a man... :eek: ...was under my truck replacing something. Not that I knew a darn thing about cars except I couldn't afford to take it to a shop. Same for the plumbing, electrical and carpentry repairs. Never tell me I CAN'T DO something.

4) Bartended part-time at our local dive. Had my daughter (now 14), best thing to happen in my life....probably saved it. Married her dad (my boss) a year later & built a new house in the country 10 miles south of Holland. Always felt I wouldn't do it (marry) again but he was totally different than any man I've ever met. Great sense of humor, major outdoorsman, soft at heart, and RESPONSIBLE! We're both very independent and give eachother space and freedom to pursue our individual passions (outdoors & hunting for him, glass & camping for me) He has 2 kids, we raised his son in our house, he's a great kid! His older daughter is finishing up at MSU & getting married next spring. Our youngest is our payback for what we both put our folks through...an adventurous and independent little stinker.

5)I quit working the factory job in 95, 5 months before DH received an eviction notice for the tavern building (small old warehouse). It is now a downtown parking lot. We built a new place in 96 (The Office Bar in Holland). I started my adventure with glass in the spring of 95. First with stained glass, then quickly into fused work. Torching beads didn't come into the mix till 2 yrs ago. Loving it! I still help out at the bar a couple days a week, more this time of year (hunting season) but love staying home when I can and goofin off either in the glass shop or on the computer.

Loving this thread too!

10-21-2004, 11:41 AM
Linda and Anne,

Skateboarding Moms Unite! :clap: If we had a garage I am sure it would be full of ramps etc. At the moment Isaacs shoes look as if a bear chewed them up LOL. I told him that his next pair have to last awhile unless he wants the absolute cheapest skateboard looking type shoe. He will have to tape his current ones up and use them to skate in. I am such a meanie :evil: It will snow soon so the skateboard will get put up most of the time.

We just got a new skateboard park close by so he will have to go there every once in awhile during the winter for a "fix". His friends are so cool. Nice kids. Skateboarding sure has changed over the years. There is even a famous Christian skater. I used to think that skaters were punks. My oldest who is 29 (almost 30) sat me down and filled me in on the changes in skateboarding when Isaac wanted to get a board. hehehe I guess I needed an update. Now if I could just get used to the music......


Does you garage and yard look like a scrap yard...assorted rails and plywood ramps and "fun" boxes everywhere??? I can't remember the last time a car actually went in my little 1 car garage.

CD Lampwork
10-21-2004, 11:47 AM
I'm going to do this a little differently. First what you probably already know:
1. Married to Travel'ingal Deanna (she's 14 years younger than me), 2. Live and travel full time in a big RV (I fear we may have damaged David and Anne when we visited them based on their 5) 3. Have a dog and parrot, no kids, 4. Used to buy all kinds of toys: sports car, personal water crafts, motorcycles. Now I just make beads of them. 5. I've been known to drink and look at naked ladies :evil:

Now what you may not know:
1. I'm an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church. Internet minister....all I had to do was type in my name. I did it in order to perform Deanna's sister's wedding. It was cool. My mom was so proud, she always wanted me to be a minister.

2. Deanna and I like going to strip clubs together :evil: . Try it! It's so much better with your spouse. It cost a bit too much, so we don't go much anymore.

3. I was in the Peace Corp in the '80s in West Africa (Ghana). Still one of the defining moments of my life.

4. I'm dyslexiac. Can't see letters correctly. It's always been my excuss for why I can't spell. Truth is I just can't spell.

5. I'd have been a musician. If I had any skill or disaplan at all that's the direction I'd have followed. I still carry a guitar that I've had since I was 12. Still can't play it, but someday....

Like yourself,

10-21-2004, 11:57 AM
I grew up with science fiction. Dad was a sci-fi buff along with being an artist (guess where I got my artistic talent! :D ) I love the Sci-fi channel! I also love all the mythilogical (sp?) related shows also, LOTR type.


Sci fi Rules!!! Been a fan since I saw "War of the Worlds" and "The Day The Earth Stood Still" watching late night movies with my mom. In the 70s I discovered Robert Heinlein and Frank Herbert. I don't have as much time to devote to Sci Fi these days and am now trying to watch late night reruns of Farscape when I am up late beading. (And all versions of CSI and Law and Order)

I meant to add one other thing to my list LOL. I love to cook Mexican food. Nothing fancy just good old at home food that I grew up with. Someone here said "It is all about the salsa" and I couldn't agree more. In fact a bad sauce or salsa can ruin a meal for me.

Ok , enough sci fi and food :)


"After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. It is not logical but it is often true." Spock to Stonn in Amok Time

10-21-2004, 12:03 PM
Wanted to add that I am a avid/voracious reader, and will devour a whole series in about a week. My favorite genre is sci-fi/fantasy, and some of my favorite authors are: Goodkind, Wurtz, Stephenson, Gibson, Jordan, Furey, Weis/Hickman, Feist, Jordan, McCaffrey, Anthony, etc etc...

I am also a woodworker, (with a shop no longer), and can use any wood working tool there is--my favorite is the lathe. I love to turn bowls, and hope to have at least a small woodshop in the future so I can continue to do that. I can also frame, sheetrock, build cabinets/bookcases, and do minor electrical and plumbing. I'm a fast learner, and if it involves using my hands it usually makes me happy. =)

Lastly, I am a HUGGGE Jeep fan, and want to get a CJ and restore it so I can take it out and rock crawl with it.



10-21-2004, 12:04 PM
This is so much fun! I was just wondering the other day what the folks here did when they weren't making beads. Jobs, etc.

1. I just turned 45 on September 9 and have been married for 22 years to the man I met just before my senior year in high school. We dated off and on and married immediently after our respective college graduations. I pinned the bars on DH when he was commissioned into the Marine Corps. I laugh and say that it was almost an arranged marriage because we never spent more than a few days together until after we were married.

2. We have 3 great daughters. Jessica is 18 and a freshman at Texas A&M University in Galveston. (her Aggie daddy is very proud). Rachel will be 14 in November and pole vaults. And the caboose is Tonie. She is 7. Yeah, I can hear everyone.....we weren't going to have any more children... famous last words. Does anyone know the military meaning of "dash 3"? DH kept calling her that before she was born. Finally I asked him why. It seems that DAsh 3 is the third bombing run that takes out anything that is left standing from the first two. That is pretty accurate. She will always have the distinction of being the child that broke Mom's nose with her head. We were at the local mall when I bent over to ask her if she wanted to go get a corn dog for lunch. She jumped up and the back of her head shattered my nose. Thank goodness dd #1 caught me before I hit the floor. Had a nose job a few days later to repair the damage.

3. I have a bachelor's degree in education but have not taught full time since dd #1 was born. I have spent hundreds of hours volunteering in classrooms of all dd's and also volunteer as a reading tutor at a high risk elementary. I am currently working on a master's in education with emphasis in english as a second language and adult education.

4. I made my first bead in August and took a class in Austin, Texas. I have had my hands on something or other ever since my babysitter taught me basic embroidery when I was 8. I used to teach English smocking and French handsewing and embroidery. I was introduced to black and white photography 13 years ago and it is my true passion. I completely lose track of time in the darkroom and I have no desire to go digital. My mentor told me that I need to think about it if I am to accomplish what he believes I am capable of. Color manipulation, etc. I am really excited because a friend from church wants me to do family photos for her. I don't do the traditional style, it is much more informal. I am honored that she wants one of my photos. I also hand dye fabric and have just convinced the owner of the local quilt shop to sell my fabric.

5. I grew up in Amarillo, Texas and have lived in College Station, Texas for almost 16 years. We live in a 60+ year old house with a huge yard with lots of room for my roses. I don't even try to keep track of how many there are. Last year I wanted to enlarge my already huge flower bed and my dh asked why. I said "grass or roses? What's your point?"

Did I mention that I can be longwinded at times? Anyway, the thing that I am very proud of right now is that my oldest dd calls me from school almost every day and wanted to come home to attend the elementary school fall carnival.

take care everyone!



10-21-2004, 12:04 PM
ok...you guys probably know more about me cause I am a free speaking sharing soul...but for those of you over the last couple years who haven't been reading...here we go

Evelyn Kaye "Husko" now but used to be Powell...I got a chuckle when I saw there is a Kay Powell on the forum...that used to be me a loooooooooooooong time ago. I have never been called Evelyn, why its my first name I haven't a clue....Well, I guess Dan used to and still does call me Evelyn in usually one circumstance....as he walks through a store looking for me...he usually calls "Evelyn where are you???" I have been a Husko and married to Dan now for 25 years. I am 43...will get to be a year older on Nov 30....number five of six kids. I grew up in three places...started out in Phx AZ...moved to Wells Maine...and at 14 moved to Reedsport Oregon....and I still claim..."I have no accent!"

I married Dan pretty much out of high school...he was still in high school..yeah I know :evil: his mom claimed I trapped him....he didn't seem to complain. We have two kids...Brian 24...soon to be 25...in Feb....and Jenn soon to be 22 in November....both kids are married...and Brian and Wife Amanda are making us grandparents of a baby girl in February.

I was a stay at home mom...until my kids wheren't home anymore...soooo...what to do?? (long story here on how I got into jewelry) but after the death of my mom...I dabbled in making jewelry and sold it on eBay, where I found lampwork beads to buy...bought way to many and made Dan worry...so he said "Hey, maybe you should take a class and learn how to make those" so I did...and the rest is history...or fate...I tend to think it what I was meant to do after raising my kids. Dan also makes beads, which makes it that much more special.

I love to camp and kayak "inflatable kind please" I wanna fall out if I tip over. Also love to hit the road with Dan on our harley...nothin like the feel of fresh air on your face and the scenery of Oregon to relax a soul.

As time goes by Dan and I have promised each other to take one great vacation a year, now that the kids are grown and we can afford it...life is to short to wait...we are gonna enjoy as much as possible.

so eBay and making beads are my job....I work seven days a week...many hours..in my pj's and take breaks whenever I please. I post Dan and My work on eBay and we formed a great at home business...that keeps me extremely busy...."so when do I get a maid???" sounds funny coming from a stay at home mom....I used to have such a spotlesss house LOL

10-21-2004, 12:26 PM
Ladies!!! I'm Susheke over at PCC and just started lampwork too. Come join the newbie assignments when you are ready :)

AHA! I knew I recognized that name from somewhere - we both posted over at Polymer Clay Central. Welcome to the world of glass. I'm a newbie , too, still putting together my glass studio.

10-21-2004, 12:50 PM
Oh man, I have loved reading this thread! What an interesting group.

1 Mommy of Stefan 8 and Claudia 6, the best job I have ever had. I cry just thinking about how much I love my children.

2 Virgo - September 13th and yes I'm am my harshest critic, quietly judgemental but constantly telling me to "shut-up", use to be painfully shy but now I'm just crowd challenged and can get lost in the details with no hope of finding my way out.

3 I have had many jobs but my last full time one was a Ski Instructor in Breckenridge CO where I met my husband. He was a private lesson :)

4 Professianal Fine Art Photographer - just a fancy title for saying I have a wholesale business selling my photographs in the form of note cards and prints as well as anything else I can transfer them onto.

5 Grew up in Maine and want to return there to raise my children, it's just that husband wanting a high paying job thing.....so we are in PA.

10-21-2004, 04:01 PM
Five things about me that you don't know--I imagine I could tell you any five things and you wouldn't know it.

1. Eight years ago I went to Toronto to visit friends having a pre-wedding gathering. Four years ago I married one of the people I met there. Loved being single, love even more being married to the canadian. Sometimes the best things are not at your front door.

2. People I like: those secure enough in themselves not to feel threatened when others aren't.

3. The wish that will never come true: having children. Fortunately #1 also netted me a grown step-daughter who gave me two perfect grandboys. Canada is a long drive.

4. Favorite travel memories: Roatan Honduras, Niagra Falls, Yosemite, Duck NC, Smokey Mountains, and the back woods of southern Missouri.

5. The job: techie type. networking and security. 20+ years in higher education. Without art, tech is unbalanced.

10-21-2004, 04:15 PM
five things about me...
I've always been an artist of some sort even in past lives.
I have only been flaming for about 1 month, and I am obcessed!
I have a 21 yr old son at school and a 7 yr old daughter who keeps me on Prozac. :clap:
I have lived in Kokomo, IN all my life except for 1 1/2 yrs at the C.I.A. (Colorado Institute of Art)
I have throughly enjoyed all your posts and thank you for all the tips!

10-21-2004, 04:40 PM
Five Things about me

I am 34 years old, birthday June 22. I have lived in North Carolina since I was three years old. I am an only child. My biological mother died when I was 5 and my maternal grandparents raised me. I was legally adopted by them when I was 12 years old. My parents were wonderful and I did not have a traumatic childhood. My father (one who raised me – not the sperm donor) died when I was 18 and it bothered me a great deal.

I am married to DH for 9 years this January. We are 18 years apart. I have two sons from earlier marriage. They are 13 and 12. My boys are 11 months and 1 day apart. My oldest son is named Richard in honor of my dad. Each is very much into sports and watch sports when they are not playing. (Oldest is sooo happy Boston won last night) My mother shares our house with us and we have a dog named Nixie and 2 Bata fish. We live on an Island off the coast of North Carolina – Topsail Island and I live on the North End, called North Topsail Beach.

I am an office manager at Campbell University aboard Camp Lejeune (Marine Base). I have worked for Universities for 9 years now. (Duke and Campbell) I like my job, but I do wish I could quit and make beads full time. First bead classes were on February 16, 2004 and have been making beads every minute I can since then.

I have no tattoos nor do I have piercing other than my ears. (Two holes in each) I have no desire to get a tattoo or another piercing. I hate needles! I also do not like massages! I have scoliosis and osteoporosis, so the only person who can touch my back is my Chiropractor.

I live at the ocean and like walking on the beach, but I DO NOT go in the ocean at all. (Unless it is in a boat, which we do have because I LOVE to fish) I like the smell of the ocean and like looking at it but never get more that my feet wet. I hate crowds and do not do well in them. Disney World and Las Vegas are my two most favorite places in the WORLD!!!!


Melinda Melanson
10-21-2004, 05:22 PM
This has been a very fun and interesting thread!! I'll add a bit about myself.

1. Married to DH for 21 years. We have a 15 yr old girl, 1 cockatiel, 1 cat, 1 tortoise, lots of fish, and 4 dogs. Whewww that's a mouthful. DH is retired Air Force. Met him when I was 15 :evil: Don't know what I would do without him.

2. Contrary to popular belief, I am NOT a Satan Worshipper. I am not religious at all at this time. But I reserve my right to practice/choose a religion at any time in the future.

3. I love creepy fun things, I love the dark. I love cartoon witch's. I love the witch in "Sleeping Beauty", "Wizard of OZ" etc... Fall is the best time of the year. Not hot, not too cold, candy, baked foods, turkey, pie etc....

4. I am a tomboy, and just spent the last week replacing the fencing around my house, almost 300 feet of it. I have also done most home repairs, sheetrock, painting, roofing, plumbing, flooring, pouring concrete, framing etc.. I don't mind replacing windows, but you won't catch me washing them. I usually leave the electrical and gas stuff to hubby or a contractor. I like the satisfaction I get when a job is finished, not to mention the money saved on contractors. I have also been known to dabble in auto repair. Although with the computer guts the cars have nowadays, I don't fix things much anymore. Old cars are so much easier to fix. No freakin computers, sensors etc... I rarely wear makeup. I usually have to throw it out before I use it up. The last makeup I threw out was at least 3 years old, and my DD made me throw it out. Used to own a housekeeping business, but due to bad back and arthritis, I had to dissolve it.

5. I've always loved marbles, but about 15 yrs ago, I started beadweaving. I have over 300 lbs of beads!! I am a bit obsessive compulsive. I LOVE beads. I rarely make jewelry, but love to cover things with beads. I love to make beaded dolls. Some of which have been published in Bead & Button. I also have anxiety and do not travel much.

5.5 I have one tattoo, plans for at least 3 more. Couple ear piercings and belly button pierced.

10-21-2004, 05:53 PM
1. My husband I have been maried 20 years. We moved from Ohio to Utah in '85 on the "3-5 year plan". We wanted to "move out west". Meant to live in Colorado but found jobs in Utah. Our first winter we tried skiing.... so much for the 3-5 year plan. I've now lived here longer than anywhere else in my life.

2. I have a dog, a cat, fish and 2 kids; a 15 year old boy and a 12 year old girl. Since they were born here in Utah we call them "Utards". (Even after all these years I recognize that Utah is a bit of a strange place!) We also run a home for wayward children... or at least that what is seems like, considering the number of kids who hang out at our house.

3. I studied Botany in college at Miami U., and have always worked as a lab tech... I've been working in labs since I was 17! I don't work in a plant lab anymore, so my botany is restricted to gardening!

4. I love winter and I love to ski....living here in Salt Lake makes it easy for us to ski every weekend... and we do! 7 ski resorts are with in a half our of my house. What more could a winter girl ask for?

5. Religion.... I belong the the "Seventh Day Recreationalists". I frequent many "churches"... I worship at "Our Lady of the Lift Lines" in the winter, in the summer it's "Our lady of the Great Outdoors" and now that I discovered this hobby, "Our Lady of the Lampwork Studio" is a common place you'll find me!

10-21-2004, 06:02 PM
:) This has been wonderful reading about everyone...We are a truly diverse group...
1 I was born and raised in the South, Georgia, Alabama and Florida...I transplanted myself to the Oregon Coast one of the most wonderful places on earth...ocean, mountains, green, trees, animals there really isn't too much it doesn't have. I still make it down to Florida once or twice a year to visit my Dad near Tampa/St. Pete.

2. I've been married to my DH for almost 28 years now...we have 3 sons, 26,24, and 22, all have left the nest...

3. I was a baker/cake decorater for 25 years which I absolutely loved...but that job turned into a frozen prepackaged world...so I moved on and found glass beads...lot of the techniques are similar and I love playing with glass.

4. I have 3 kitties...Jazzmine (our rotunda siamese), Lunacat (my little manx with the full moon), and Purrkitty (a little tuxedo cat adoptee), our family pup...Makita...a really smelly sheltie...he does overtime in the finding something stinky to roll in department..

5. I love making jewelry and wearing it...I'm a member of Holiday House...a local artisan group...there I make soaps, gingerbread houses, beads, beads and more beads, anything that strikes me as fun and creative...I love being with and sharing with other artists...in any medium....

I would love to get together with other beadie folks in the area...anyone interested?


10-21-2004, 06:29 PM
Wow! You are ALL some amazing, talented, wonderful people!!

Haley M. Smith (in a nutshell)
1) Married 5.5 years to Josh, a caring, sensitive and hard-working man. 1 daughter (Raegan Jane), who's almost 2 and two cats.... DH and DD are my world. I love them both and am so thankful they are in my life. My cats are pretty cool, too!

2) I grew up in a retirement community south of Tucson (Green Valley), but was born in New Jersey. Don't remember it, as I was 2 when we moved. We moved due to my mom's health (see 3). I went to NAU and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education, which I used all of three times substitute teaching. I followed love (after meeting him at NAU) to the Phoenix area, where I current reside - while wishing I lived closer to the water!!

3)I'm an only child. My dad is not only one of MY best friends, but one of my DH's as well. He spoils his grandchild relentlessly. He lives in Tucson, has the ultimate bachelor pad and travels quite a bit. My mom past away from complications due to severe Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was 20, the summer after my Sophomore year of college. We had moved to AZ because of the barometric pressure.....plus, my grandparents were there. She had suffered for 27 years, died at age 50 and is still missed GREATLY by those who knew her.

4) I'm rather shy....and a home-body. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE movies and books. Any kind. Of both! We have an extensive movie collection and my book collection gets larger by the second, practically. My current read is The Life of Bees, but love any fiction. Books are quite an obsession.....I buy and buy and have TONS I haven't read. I also LOVE recommendations....... :wink2:

5) ....and most important. I'm a Christian. I like talking about my faith to those that like to listen, but never try and push it. I keep an open mind and try my hardest to be non-judgemental to those that have differing opinions on religion and politics. If we were all the same, life would be rather BORING!!! :)

.....and I'll be the big THREE-OH this Sunday. :wave:

10-21-2004, 06:35 PM
Hmmmm look at how many have read this thread.

:wave: Hey YOU ...yes you! :wave:

If you thought this thread interesting then add your 5 to ours. We want to read about YOU. Awe comeon....it only takes a minute.


Laurie L
10-21-2004, 06:47 PM

I am 33, married to husband for 8 years but together for 13. 2 cute kids:Ashley is 10 and Tyler is 2 (Quite the age gap, am I a sucker for punishment of what)

Live in the country ( have almost all my life). Love dogs, not fond of cats ( sorry all you cat lovers ). Where we have plenty of room to skidoo all winter and dirtbike all summer. Love camping and fishing. A real country girl/tomboy.

Blonde, blue eyes, 5'7". Have a tattoo thet encircles my ankle. Love being artistic and creating something from nothing. Enjoy working for myself. Like to be alone. But do enjoy a big party. Am an introverted extrovert (LOL)

Other hobbies include.... oh wait I dont have any....too busy with everything else.

Have been making jewelry ince '94. Mostly bracelets and earrings with the odd neclace. Going to start looking into selling on the bay. This is probably my true hobby and obsession along with my newly discovered torching !!!

Have three degrees: Pro Photagraphy - Wedding Consultant - Esthetician See even in my professional life everything had to be creative and artistic or I just could not do it.

Have a very small family. My Mom and Dad both have recently been diagnosed with cancer, my husband broke his back skidooing in the rockie mountains in British Columbia (Revelstoke) this year, I have a heart condition called Ventricular Tachycardia. My only sibling -sister is pregnant
with twins.

That me

10-21-2004, 07:01 PM
This is a wonderful thread!

I'm 58 years old. I was born and raised in Phialdelphia ,Pa and moved to NJ with husband #2 about 29 years ago. Met my DH and married him not long after which was 26 years ago.

I'm a retired nurse and love being able to be my own boss, I was so burned out and tired of the politics when I finally left my last job. I found out about lampworking from Jewelry Crafts, Lapidary Journal and a few other magazines. I bought a couple of Lewis Wilson videos, Cindy Jenkins' first book, a small kit, turned on that lil ole HH torch and haven't looked back since! DH and I both work from home full-time now, altho he is a mechanic and rarely gets time on the torch.

Together we have 9 kids..... and 15 grandchildren which makes for big Holiday parties! My oldest daughter and her DH are both Air Force and active in and out of Iraq. All of the rest are in one part of corporate America or another. We have a 9 year old dog who has become our child over the years. He's a mutt, sheds all the time and is as sweet as can be! Better behaved than the kids where when they were teens!!!

I am not a housewife! I refuse... if it's dusty, here's the spray and a cloth! :evil: I'm basically shy and anxious in many situations, but once I chill out.... watch out! I can be quite the smart a*) !

I bought my first computer maybe 6 years ago? plugged it in and taught myself how to set up a web site, do eBay, and desktop publish. I still don't know the basics of some programs and I use my mouse backwards! I didn't know the cord was supposed to go the other way..... !!!!

I am totally addicted to glass and could stay home and make beads 24/7 if I didn't have to go the market etc.!

Oh, one last thing....... I am Jacqui/Jacquidol/Jacqui Collins-Parker...... Gets confusing when you meet someone at Bead Fest and all they know you by is jacquidol! {Hi Dread!}
Hugs y'all!

amy fgb
10-21-2004, 07:19 PM
This thread's been so much fun to read! Great idea. If anyone's still reading... :D

1. I'm 35, and have been married to my husband Steve for two years (but we were together 7 years before we were married) with 2 grown step-kids.

2. Steve and I met at a karate training in Canada. I have a black belt (so does Steve, but he's higher ranking than I am), and competed nationally for three years back in 94-97. I decided it was more fun to get burned by glass than punched in the face by a human, and don't train regularly anymore (though I do really miss it). :D

3. I teach kids who can't talk due to severe physical disabilities to communicate using technology (think Stephen Hawking here).

4. I'm a sucker for Andy Griffth and Don Knotts (anyone know anyone else my age who's a pathological fan of Matlock?)

5. I'm adopted and am more grateful to my adoptive parents for the life they gave me (and for my birth mother to care enough to give me up) than I could ever say.

10-21-2004, 07:21 PM
What fun! Here's my novel, so I hope ya like to read! :evil:

I'm 38 yrs old and have a DHTB who I have known since we were in kindergarten. We even rode the same bus together! I had a crush on him in junior high, and of course I never told him! He was a grade older and moved to GA in highschool, and back down here in his late twenties. We met again when I was 32 and had given up on guys, and he sure changed that! My 16 yr old DD thinks he's the "coolest dude" (lol!), and he is very supportive of anything we want to do. She has been homeschooled since the 4th grade, and is a happy, confident, super good kid who knows where she's headed in life. She planning to study Pharmacology. I'm SO lucky, I tell you, I had given my poor parents hell at that age! :eek: Oh, I also have dogs, cats, birds, fish, and I want a ferret! :D

I've been a nurse since the age of 21 and am now looking at changing my career due to problems with walking and standing on my feet for long periods. I was a former athlete (racewalking) and damaged my feet (very small, size 5!) from the wear and tear of obsessively walking 5-8 miles a day for years in my teens and all the way up to having my DD at age 22. I had grrrreat legs and a 22 inch waist, but didn't know I was breaking down my little feet. Neurologist says I have a rare (only 2% of population) and extremely high tolerance to pain - funny thing is, while I don't LIKE pain, I have only one hole in my ears, and should have my whole body pierced! ;) :D

I have been raised in a family with an extensive art background, and I have always loved to do things with my hands. I get that from both parents, they were both working artists. This glass thing is a sure obsession, and I love it because it's not hurting me, except my wallet! I have to always have some kind of creative outlet, as I'm a very hyper nervous person and I don't want to go back to cigarettes. I have a problem with eating the wrong things and over the years gained a bunch and lost my status as a a slim health buff. I'm hoping that the more I get involved with the lampworking, I'll control other things in my life too. We're all like that in this family (except DD, she's level headed!), obsessive, compulsive, ADD, ODD, BADD, you get the picture! :p ;) :D

Let's see, what else? I love country music, all music really, but especially the country stuff. I looove gardening and growing my own veggies, my other passion. I would love to try natural soapmaking, have all the stuff to do it with. I sculpted with polymer clay many years, hmmm, some painting, but a lot more sculpture. My dad had buckets of Plasteline I got into all the time. Oooo, yeah I almost forgot, I looove video games! I have PS2, and all of DD's friends think I'm cool! I have a collection of all the Tomb Raider games. Hey, I'm having fun now, life is too short! I didn't get to have Atari when I was little, so I'm making up for it now! :cool: Oh, and I love living in the country and will always love living "almost in the boondocks".

That's my family, hobbies, and stuff, but what about me and what I'm like should you ever meet me in person?? Okay, I was always a really shy person growing up because I am severely hearing impaired (over 60% deaf, both ears) since infancy. I taught myself to lip read to aid in communication, along with the help from hearing aids. I love to sing, and this was something that amazed my doctors while I was growing up, because I could play instruments "by ear". My mother says I was singing in the crib, lol, for real! Imagine this, a tiny little baby, cooing in long drawn out tunes! That's what they tell me, lol! I only learned to get over the shyness working with people like I do in my career. I'm still a little bashful when I first meet someone, but give me a few minutes - then I'm chatty, and a little outspoken (in a nice way! :angel: ) and will drive some people nuts. But, I'm a very "good listener" too! I've come a looong way, baby! :D :cool: :D :cool: :D

10-21-2004, 09:28 PM
* I have three kidneys.

* I have type O negative blood and periodically donate platlets.

* One eye is near sighted, the other is far sighted, both have "fourty-itis"

* I have a degree in Engineering, and am a stay at home mom/part time bead maker.

* I've always walked to the beat of a different drummer, and when I catch that son of a bitch, I'm going to beat the crap out of him.

10-21-2004, 09:32 PM
2. Deanna and I like going to strip clubs together :evil: . Try it! It's so much better with your spouse. It cost a bit too much, so we don't go much anymore.[/QUOTE]

Great idea............................

10-21-2004, 10:23 PM
Very Interesting Group!

1) I'm a little bitty blonde. Been divorced for a long time, raised two great kids

2) Have worked very hard at not having a "real" job and managed to support my kids quite well along the way. Always had some kind of art going in my life. Last unusual work that I had was laying out and permitting fiber optic telecommunication routes all over the US.(telecom crash ended that gig and my racking up all those air miles!) Now I stay here on the rock and make jewelry and art furniture.

3) Do my best to do what I think is right regardless of whose toes it might step on or what the personal cost might be. There is nothing more important than honor and your word.

4) I live on the top of a ridge 600' above the deep blue Caibbean Sea. Have been in the Virgin Islands for 16 years where I'm extremely political active.

5) Believe that everything happens for a reason and have learned that the best comes out of the worst if you just have faith and keep going no matter what!

10-21-2004, 10:35 PM
Very Interesting Group!

5) Believe that everything happens for a reason and have learned that the best comes out of the worst if you just have faith and keep going no matter what!

Good thing your name is Hope!!

Just kidding, couldn't resist!
Please don't mind me, one more sip and I've consumed a bottle of wine this evening.

10-21-2004, 10:40 PM
....oh, I'm lucky.....there's always Hope.........
..and when I'm around, it's never Hopeless....... :clap:

10-21-2004, 10:49 PM

10-21-2004, 11:26 PM
Hrmph! I just HAD to PM Amy T. to tell her that I ( not she) am the worlds biggest Andy Griffith fan! After all, I DO sleep with him every night! LOL! You would not believe the dumb jokes he hears ( and EVERYONE is certain they are being quite witty), nor the huge-mongous collection of Andy Griffith paraphenalia we has amassed! He works one job in a restaurant ( been there 8 years), and everyone is always "gifting Andrew with this and that! LOL :p ...but if I have to put up with ONE more nincompoop asking if we plan to name our babies Opie and Bea......( who BTW, would be Taylors! :rolleyes: ) :evil: ...I'll go "Dirty Harry" ( or at least Barney Fife) all over their rears!
I'm loving hearing from everyone! Each post has some little bit that is relevant to me and makes you all seem more "real"! Keep 'em coming!

10-21-2004, 11:30 PM
What a wonderful, positive thread!! I've been in and out the last few days so I just caught up! It's nice to meet all of you!
Here goes:

I am 52 years old. I was born in Sanford, FL when my Dad was recalled to duty, but I was raised in New Orleans and had a wonderful childhood (I'm still trying to grow up) My family owned a florist and nursery, but I cannot grow anything. We now live in a burb of New Orleans, about 5 minutes from the airport, right off River Rd.(Mississippi River)
I married and moved to Panama Canal Zone for 3 years and had a Beautiful baby girl. After a divorce I met my DH and have been with him since. I have a 2 year old Grandson, Adrian. He Loves beads.
I have taught Stained glass, and done commission work in that medium. I then moved on to China painting, which I sold to Oak Alley Plantation for a number of years.
I had to take over the family business after my Father's death and closed it after 2 years. That was in 2000. I have just recently lost my Mother this year.
I am now take care of my Grandson 3 days a week and try to make beads whenever I can. I hope to improve my work so at the end of the day I have more keepers than wonkies.
I hope this gives you a peek of who I am.

10-21-2004, 11:39 PM
Holy moly - this thread is almost as long as the old "Loud and Proud HH" thread!
1. Sign Language Interpreter
2. married forever - one son who lives and works in London
3. love reading murder mysteries and Jazzercise and glass
4. live in and love south west MI
5. atheist
Way to go Ellen!!
Short and to the point.. :D

Daphne of Dilluvian
10-21-2004, 11:53 PM
Good grief, I don't know how I am going to find time to finish reading everyone's posts. Anyway, I am going to be brief.

I am 32, married 10 years with three kids, the last two being fraternal twins.

Although I am very warm and friendly, I am very melancholic and seem to need twice as much down time as most people in order to process all of the perceptions that flood in on me.

I've always been an expressive person and practically lived in the fine arts building of my highschool. Sing, play flute, write, art. Love it all.

I regret not having the courage to pursue my true passions when I was young and am trying to acquire that courage bit by bit.

I am very close to my only Sister and since she is turning 30 next month and our b'days are less than two weeks apart, we are going to have our picture done by a very high end photographer in order to try and capture the special friendship that we share.

Thanks for everyone's candor, it has been great to get to know you just that much better.


10-22-2004, 12:02 AM
someone mentioned they would reply, if anyone was still reading this thing.

I AM!!!!!!!!! =)

This has been SO great! and now it can be like a reference, if someone posts something I can go check if they posted in here, and go "oh! He/she is the one who did this/that/had THAT tattoo. ;) )

Keep going, you reading lurkers! ;) :clap:

10-22-2004, 12:40 AM

I will start with the things you probably already know about me; I'm 33, multiracial (Am. indian, Black, Welsh) happily married with three beautiful kids, lampwork full time.

And then I'll fill you in on my scandalous history! :wink2:

1. THE SORDID PAST: I was raised hungry po' but not hopeless po' by a single alcoholic mother. I have eight piercings and one tattoo. I call myself "home schooled" but the truth is that I dropped out of third grade and read library books until I'd aquired a passable education on my own. I have two ex husbands (one heroin addict, one hopelessly spoiled mama's boy) and one current husband, an incredibly wonderful man who had me knocked up almost as fast as I could say "Hi, I'm Kalera, will you be my boyfriend?". I had a host of earlier occupations including burrito-roller, barista, 900-girl, bookstore slave, snake breeder, poet, glass cutter, gardener, and retail manager.

2. HOBBIES AND PASTIMES: I love to garden, sew, cook, write, restore old houses (I live in a 1909 bungalow) and visit forums. I used to sysop a dialup BBS. I and a friend founded the Benevolent Order of Badgers, (BOoB) which is a women's club dedicated to absurdity, among other things; we meet on Thursdays, in pajamas, and bring at least one questionable food item.

3. BACKSTORY: My grandma was a dwarf, my Pappy is from Ohio, my Ma's folks were Utah Mormon, and I'm a descendant of black and Cherokee slave-owners as well as Apache rebels. I've lived in OR, WA, and CA. I've been lampworking 12 years but just took my first class this week (IT ROCKED!). I'm a butch princess; a sturdy creature who does all the car repairs and home improvement but I really like to do it in a fashionable top with bouffy hair, good shoes, and lipstick.

4. AILMENTS AND DECREPTITUDE: I have a couple of the commonest learning disorders, and my body seems to have a fascination with producing small benign tumors. There's one in my head which I have named "Skip". I'm hypoglycemic and have to eat every two hours. Basically I'm damn lucky because the only things wrong with me are annoying at worst, nothing like what many people I know have to face.

5. MISCELLANEOUS: I was raised mildly pagan with a vague nod toward traditional indian ways, but ended up Wiccan about ten years ago and have stayed that way ever since. Integrity, honesty, kindness, and generosity are extremely important qualities to me; that's what I want to see in myself, and what I strive for. I have a couple of exes who are girls. I like beer, wine, whiskey, and strippers. I'm a fiscal conservative and a social liberal who has ended up Republican even though I think the party has long since been hijacked and is careening down the mountainside with no brakes. My favorite sister is a right-wing conservative born-again Christian, and even though we don't see eye-to-eye on much she's shown me that love, friendship and respect can cross all political and social boundaries.

10-22-2004, 01:46 AM
Kalera, I think I'm in love....

10-22-2004, 02:00 AM
Kalera, I think I'm in love....

HAHAHAHA!!! I was thinking the same thing after reading your post, Kalera! Thump thump! I always like seeing your posts but the fact that you have named the little critter in your head "Skip" is absolutely priceless! If I were you my pat response would be, "Skip did it!"! In fact, I think I'll start using that from now on! Thanks!!!!!! :D I'm gonna name mine "Glitch" instead, though, and even though there is no concrete evidence of his existence in my case, I know he's there...

It has been a hoot reading everyone's bios! Thanks for sharing!

10-22-2004, 02:38 AM
It has taken me two hours to read all the replies. What an interesting group of people!! I love this idea!

Let's see where on earth do I start?!?!?! I have one of those pasts that usually makes people's jaw drop.

1. Born in Annapolis Maryland a little over 40 years ago. My rock in life has always been my Dad - and always will be. My mother well....let's just say she didn't like me 40 years ago and it took me about 33 years to figure out she was never going to. I grew up VERY insecure and used men to fill in. Maternal side is full of alcoholics, suicide and mental disease ranging from Bipolar to Schizophrenia. But me....ha I'm normal. LOL

2. I have been married twice. First one was a violent drunk. It actually took me getting shot at 5 times to get out of that marriage, don't worry he was drunk and missed!). He is out of jail but I have no idea where and have nightmares to this day. My fabulous, loving, humorous, fun can't-say-enough-good-things-about-him husband, has been my knight in shining armor for 10 years now. (He used to be my neighbor when I was married to the first one.) We have been married for almost four years and have two beautiful kids 3 and 2 years old. I had to have my tuba ligation reversed to conceive so we are TOTALLY Blessed!!!! Oh and to top that, I had to have a hysterectomy earlier this year due to complications from my last pregnancy.

3. I have a 19 year old son who lives with my Mother, a much longer story I won't go into, who was almost killed in a car accident on Mother's day 2003, he had to be revived three times before being flown to the hospital. He has minor brain damage and some physical ailments but came away very, very lucky.

4. I have always been creative, I have made my own soap and toiletries, painted rocks, woodworking, and made stepping stones from Portland cement and river rocks. I have been a Waitress, Court Clerk, Title Researcher, Private Investigator, etc, etc. I started lampworking on August 30, 2003 taught myself from Cindy's book and would love to actually SEE someone else make a bead. I have always been fascinated by glass and beads so lampworking was inevitable!

5. I am passionate, silly, sometimes immature, loving, eccentric and a (proud) B!tch. I love animals, will wreck the car to save a turtle. I put my family first and me second even though the b!tch thing comes into play sometimes, so then I just go melt glass. :) I got my naval pierced for my 40th birthday, had a tattoo but it was cut out during my hysterectomy and I really want another, I just can't make up my mind. I love life and am thankful for evey day I have to spend with my family and friends.



10-22-2004, 03:29 AM
What a great thread!!! This sure is an interesting collection of information... asolutely fascinating! I like reading about everyone, especially you guys who have overcome some pretty tough situationss with your sense of humour intact - you inspire me.

Well, hmmm, I don't know what to write. I'll give it a go, anyway.

Since so many of you mentioned your tattoos and piercings, I'll mention that I am pierced in six places - two holes in each ear, my nose (nostril), and my belly button. I got my nose and belly pierced (not at the same time) right before I turned 35.
I am deeply spiritual, but not religious. I used to b very active in service - I would teach Sunday School and sing in my church's praise and worship team. I also used to edit the church bulletin. Then, I decided to end an abusive marriage after 15 years and became an outcast. It didn't help that my husband was telling tales about me up at church. Well, I have not lost my faith in God. He has definitely carried me when I could not walk. I see that people are just people and everybody is fallable. I think I will look for a new congregation someday soon. Right now, I'm visiting some of the same churches as Linda, but mostly "Our Lady of Sleeping In" and "Church of the Blessed Weekend Getaway."
I have two sons, ages 8 and soon-to-be 6 years old. Both are very bright and very sweet. I am a stay-at-home mom and am happy to be so here in sunny Colorado.
I started working glass back in 1990. It wasn't until 2002 that I began lamworking. I prefer glass work to English Literature and stock trading.
There are more things, but I'm out of space.


Su Poole
10-22-2004, 04:35 AM
Wow, it's been fascinating reading all the responses in this thread.

Lucky me, I get to answer for myself and the man in the SHED. (sorry, Kalera)

Mike's stuff (he doesn't read online much so half of this might be true)

1. He's an art teacher in one of the roughest parts of the UK. Imagine 'To Sir With Love' meets 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' and you might have an idea of the neighborhood.

2. He fell in love with lampworking about five months ago and now I'm starting to worry, because he spends so much time in the SHED that I think he's got someone else out there with him.

3. He's been married twice now (not counting that nice rod of Moretti he met last week...) with a son (24) and a daughter (22) from his first marriage and a son (5) from his present one. I'm hoping that he doesn't get any ideas about the glass because I hate dusting little figurines.

4. He lives aboard with me on our narrowboat, and wouldn't ever live on dry land again.

5. Right now he's struggling with illness and has been off work for four months, which may be good as he has plenty of torch time, but is terrible because he can't walk more than a couple hundred yards in total for the day.


1. Born in Indiana, raised in Wisconsin, married and lived in Kentucky first time and now living in the UK.

2. Oddest job: driving a horse and carriage in Louisville. Best job: stablehand in a show horse stables in Kentucky.

3. Three daughters (one surrogate) aged between 15 and 30, and one son aged 5. We had him when we were 46 (yeah, what WERE we thinking?) Grandmother to one lovely little boy (2) in the US.

4. Piercings only in my ears, no tattos and a brain that works in mysterious ways.

5. Not a lampworker yet, but I've made jewelry for years and am starting back into it when I can get Mike to make beads for me.

There now, wasn't that ... interesting!


Mike's website: www.tillerman.co.uk
eBay ID: thetillermanbeads

Emily NZ
10-22-2004, 04:46 AM
What a fantastic thread!

Well where do I start with me?
I'm Emily Lake and I turned 46 on September the 14th.
My father was a dutch immigrant and died when I was 5, my mother bought up my two sisters and brother by herself. She took in dressmaking - mostly bridal. She also painted water colours, did pottery and printmaking etc. I get my artisitic bent from her. I just wish she was still alive and could see my beads. She would have been my biggest fan!

I had three children, married and divorced before I was 26, not neccessarily in that order! :D I married again to my DH Alec who is 16 years older than me and he had 3 grown kids. I am step grandmother to 4.

I started flameworking in 1978 when I was 19, making spun glass ornaments. As a child I always had some sort of handcraft on the go. I learned to sew by hand and machine when I was eight. I could also crochet, knit, tat, cross stitch etc. I was a voracious reader - still am.

Met my husband Alec also a flameworker, when I was trying to get back into glass. I wrote to him to find out about local suppliers. We exchanged a few letters before we met, and were together permanently within 3 months of our first meeting.

I live in New Zealand, a really beautiful country. If you ever get here please look me up! I love meeting other glass people, the two Gatherings that I have been to have changed my life. I have the most wonderful friends as a result. The USA is so far away from me it makes me sad at times that I just can't go visit when I feel like it!



10-22-2004, 05:42 AM
I and a friend founded the Benevolent Order of Badgers, (BOoB) which is a women's club dedicated to absurdity, among other things; we meet on Thursdays, in pajamas, and bring at least one questionable food item.

That is the coolest thing ive ever heard!!! :D :clap:

Lorretta :)

10-22-2004, 10:36 AM
Holy Cow, Kalera! You win my "Coolest Glass Chick of the Year" award!! :cool: :cool: :clap: :clap:

10-22-2004, 11:05 AM
So nice to meet you all!!

1) I met my husband on a blind date on April Fool's Day when I was 15 and he was 19- been together ever since. Got married at 20. Coming up on 15 year anniversary.

2) We have 2 children that are beautiful, talented and smart- 10 year old daughter Lauren Skye and 6 year old son Mitchell.

3) I am a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

4) I was a nurse for 10 years and then became a Massage Therapist- have been a therapist for 12 years and I specialize in infants and children.

5) My birthday is on Halloween and I was adopted. I am best friends with my parents and I actually live directly behind them- literally throught the back gate- it is awesome!! No, I don't ever want to find my birth parents.


10-22-2004, 04:05 PM
I'll share five things I bet you don't know about me...

1) Ya'll know I have five kids (ages 24, 13, 12, 9 and 6) but did you know I also have a granddaughter aged 21 months? Gulp.

2) I raced cars for several years and would do it again if given the chance. All my life, I've needed to compete and tend to overachieve at everything I do! (see #3 below)

3) I'm an avid tennis player. I play on four teams and am on the courts 2-4 hours per day, every day. A lifelong singles player, I'm now 42 years old and starting to think about doubles!

4) I'm in the process of ending my 15-year marriage.

5) I'm an avid reader with no favorite genre. Fiction, non-fiction, cereal boxes...

So yeah, I don't sleep and I haven't actually sat on my couch in a few years. I have a serious caffeine addiction, which makes all this possible!


10-22-2004, 07:38 PM
Ok I missed editing my post by one damn minute GRRRROWWL not fair so if someone can replace my post with this one please? Beth? Val? pretty please <G> Here is the edited version.

wow I got a great read out of all the responses, we do have a varied group here <G> Now what to tell you without you running in terror :evil:

I'm 39 and will be 40 on December 15th and still no gray hairs LOL. Hubby has all of them and he's five years younger. I prefer younger men :evil: I still live on the same property I grew up on except not in the same house. Its a small redneck town (hate the rednecks, love the town) Ive been able to travel all over the US and a little into Canada and I love traveling, a lot of it was done by myself which constantly amazed my friends. I always thought I would move from here but taking care of my parents when their health was failing took precedence over quite a few things and dreams in my life so there was a LOT I put off doing. (Mom passed away in 92 and my Dad in 97)

I love learning and have taken courses in several things including bartending.
Most fun- Trained as a bodyguard (only female in the course) but never got to work as one due to parents health. Got invited to a special school for anti-terrorist training in Mexico by the same guys who taught my bodyguard course but also didnt get to attend.(they only invited me and one other student)
Ive trained with various weapons and I used to have a pretty nice gun collection, 2- Colt AR-15's, Benelli M1-90 shotgun, 2-Group Industry Uzi 9mm's, an H&K USP 9mm pistol but its dwindled down to one Mossberg shotgun, and two Baby Desert Eagle 9mm pistols and one 1913 Colt .32. (several of these carried while traveling alone) Various swords and knives. Training in Tang Soo Do (a korean form of karate).
My friends at Ren Faire used to ask what I did for a living and I said I kill people. After seeing my collection they actually believed me :evil:
If it was just the bad guys I wouldnt hesitate to make a living at it. :p
Half of my family is in law enforcement and other half is criminals. Ive always been the one on the fence in between LOL
I was the top student in my law courses and wanted to get my degree in Criminology but I still havent been able to return to college yet. (see unexpected pregnancies LOL)

Family and relationships- Right now I'm a SAHM. I have 3 daughters- a 21 yr old from my first marriage (lives with her boyfriend), a 3 yr old and 6 yr old from my current marriage. I believed I couldnt get pregnant again after a couple of miscarriages years earlier. So they were BOTH a huge surprise. They are my pride and joy. Hubby actually went to my high school but we never knew each other but a lot of the same people. Turns out he knew my nephew for 12 years as well and we had never met (LOL) until a Halloween party my sister threw in 1997 and the rest was history. We got married in 1999 on Halloween in Vegas- at the same church my parents were married at in 1957- and I got to wear a black dress.
My first husbands family turned out to be mob related and I only found out after we had married. I have no communication with him nowdays and Ive found out hes wanted in at least three states.
My girly-ex who is still my bestest friend had the CIA buggin both our phones for almost a year after she left her ex husband who worked for them (thats a whole nother story LOL)

I love reading, writing, photography and recently started making jewelry again.
I have about eight novels started but have yet to finish one, it helps to switch around if I get writers block. My poetry is extremely dark for most peoples taste but Ive had a few published in Goth/vampire mags and some are being published in a book thats being printed soon. And some of my photo's as well. I can read up to 5 books in one day if no one bothers me LOL which I dont get to do as often anymore with the kids. Sometimes DH takes them out all day and I get a day to myself to catch up.

My life is the Twilight Zone and I have come to accept this. LOL
One thing I found out at age 28, was that I was adopted which was the big shock of my life. This was after my mom passed away, my dad got drunk and told me. I found out from my step sister who actually had known about it, that my mom faked her pregnancy with a pillow, so she was shocked my dad actually knew. Her and my dad had seperate bedrooms so it was easy to do. Then she left to go have me. What she really did was go pick me up. Im pretty sure the adoption wasnt legal and Im not sure if the info on my BC is correct. She knew the right people to fake it. What little info I have is not enough to put together who my real parents might be and anybody who knew anything is dead or scattered. We used to joke my mom was a russian spy. I still believe it LOL- she was an enigma wrapped in a mystery etc. I picked up a lot of those traits and Im not sure it was a good thing. I have some severe trust issues even with those closest to me. No one gets all the way inside those perimeters :cool: :(


10-22-2004, 10:29 PM
HI Everyone! I have always lurked but decided I will come out of the flame! Would love to get to know some folks!

Here is about me!

I am 48 years young, a happy, recently singled mom of 3, 12, 11, & 10, 5 dogs, how many cats and 5 geese, living in rural MO. I have been selling on Ebay as my "real job" for about 4 years now.

I am a retired, US Navy air traffic controller. :p

I got my nose pierced the day I retired but let it grow back as it was a pain in the .....nose? One of those rebellious things.

Been lampworking since 1995 after I saw an article in B&B on Tom Bowden(?) beads. He graciously wrote me back and told me where to get all I needed. I ordered everything but a torch and made my first beads on a jewelry torch. They hang next to my work space for humility's sake. Self taught? No such thing. Pat and Mike Frantz probably don't even remember the hours they spent on the phone with me answering my silly questions.

My next dream is, when the kids are grown I will sell the house, buy an Rv and put all my lampworking equipment in it and travel around the country to shows, actually get to look at other people's beads in person and maybe even take a class or two from some of the "masters". And fish somewhere in between. Sound like fun?
Bye for now, Kathie

10-23-2004, 12:08 AM
I think I've read every post here.
I'm 50 years old (and still can't believe it) I was born and raised in the city of Chicago. I was a wild child in my younger years and have many fond memories!
I moved to Florida at 21 with my then boyfriend, we were married for 8 years and had a beautiful daughter in 1983, and he died in a car accident in 1984. I raised her alone, spoiled her, waited on her hand and foot...she then had a daughter in 2002, my beautiful granddaughter (my tinyhead) and my daughter has now decided that she doesn't want to be a mommy.
I am now raising a two year old, who misses her mommy, my life has been turned upside down. I've never felt this bad in my life. I've had to quit my weekend job, because there isn't anyone I know who wants to babysit on a regular basis. Between my job and my beads, I paid my bills and had a little extra.
I have always been creative in one medium or another, and that has always kept me going. I don't have as much time to make beads as I used to, and am still trying to make a plan as to how I will figure out our life now. It's only been a month, a very emotional and crazy one.
I'm very lucky to have a significant other who is very supportive and says he will support us....I have to believe that for now.
I am very spiritual and have wanted to try Wicca for a long time, but am kind of afraid, I'm not sure why.
I have a tattoo of a hummingbird on my left ankle.
I sit here wishing my 'bio' could have been full of happiness and that life was good.

10-23-2004, 12:18 AM
I hope its not too late to post but here are my 5

1) When I think to do the math I remember that I am age 37 but in 2 years I am quitting b-days so hubby can't tease me about turning 40 as I did him. *Yearly tributes will still be expected as they improve the life for all that deal with me on a day to day basis ;)*

2) I move around a lot and no longer make friends as easily as I used to. I am used to being lonely.

3)I love animals! Along with my 1 dog, 2 cats (one is 17yrs old) 3 guinea piggies I co-own with my kids, I volunteer for the local shelter by going to 3rd grade classrooms and teaching an 8wk course about wild animals and pets.

4)I totally love to go for walks when it is snowing!

5)I still dont have my glasswork tools yet, so I just drool and dream about what I want to do. I really hope this will be my niche in the world.

Question: What is a SAHM?

10-23-2004, 02:15 AM
Question: What is a SAHM?
Hi Susan, :wave:
SAHM means-stay at home mom.
I'm finally picking up what most of the abbreviations mean, it's taken a while. There are a few that have me stumped but I will figure them out eventually. :)
Now you know, :D
Have a good one,

10-23-2004, 02:31 AM
Five things about me:

1. I'm 38, single mother of a 15 year old daughter who is eligible for her permit on Christmas Eve... have been single since her father and I broke it off when I was 8-1/2 months pregnant. Have dated on and off, but nothing serious... too many things I want to accomplish right now... I hate to sound like the President, but being a single parent is "hard work"... when she graduates she wants to go to UCLA (she's an A student). If she does, I'm following her over to California and moving into some type of artist area in the mountains or near the ocean (money permitting) and I'm going to live an eccentric artist lifestyle. (hey.. I can dream, right?)

2. I worked as a Patent/Trademark paralegal for 13 years. Left a very financially cushy job 2 years ago to pursue my love of art and jewelry. Scariest thing I ever did, but still glad I took the risk. You only live once, so try everything - that, I guess, is my motto.

3. Went through the entire 6-month process and was eligible for hire as a police officer. Had my last meeting/interview on September 11, 2001 at noon.. Rethought the whole thing sitting in the locked-down police station watching the Trade Center disaster on the television and left... never returned.

4. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minneeeesota.. Still can't figure out why people think I have a "Midwest" accent. I mean, what the heck is a Midwest accent yaaaa you betcha??? (Hated the movie Fargo, by the way... :) )

5. Tattoo... I have a rose on my ankle.

10-23-2004, 10:53 AM
It took me a few different sittings to get through everyone--Phew! But I finally feel like I know you all now! So here's me...hope i'm not too long winded!

1. I'm 22, and have always been an "arts and crafts" person. It all started from my artistic mother who, when i was a little girl, would give me her button collection to play with. I would sit there and organize the buttons one way then by antoher way...i could sit there all day long sorting buttons into muffin pans...sigh...those were they days. My other favorite toy was a salt box.....a plastic box filled with salt (like a mini sand box) and i would play with with making shapes in the salt--almost like a zen garden. I have an older brother and sister whom I talk to on a daily basis, and i ADORE my mama....and I"m a daddy's girl..still.

2. My daddy is 1/2 Syrian and 1/2 Lebanese, and his whole family is from the "old country". When I was little, I had a hard time distinguishing "arabic words that only family knows" from "english words only friends at school know". Any of you ever seen "my big fat greek wedding??"....well, that's my family :) and that was my wedding last year...more on that later. Where I grew up, Terre Haute, IN, while there is a large Syrian community there, there's also a lot of racism there...and I've, unfortunatley, gotten a nice dose of negativity from school kids and neighborhood kids.

3. I graduated high school early and started right in to college. I went to saint Mary of the woods college--an all female, liberal arts, catholic (no you dn't have to be catholic to go there) college. My great grandma, my grandma, and my mom all went there, so I was excited to attend there as well. I majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. while in college i started my own jewelry business. I also worked at Los Alamos National Laboratories one summer, and I met my husband while in college. I graduated with honors and made some very good friends.

4...my hubby--he's great--he can actually stand me ;) !!! We were set up by mutual friends for a dance at my college. I didn't know any guys (it was the beginning of the semester and i went to an all girls school, what do you expect??) There are a couple of other colleges in T.H...one being Rose Hulman Institue of Technology-and engineering school. My new best friend from saint mary's had a boyfriend who went to rose...and he had a friend.....and we fell in love. We got married last January after being together for nearly 4 years. I was the first of us kids to be married (my mama says we were married in order of maturity...) My sister got married just this past summer and my brother just got engaged. My mother-in-law thinks it's hilarious all 3 of us kids are marrying non-Orthodox/non-arab people.....hey, you can't always choose who you fall in love with. My hubby-Josh-and I are are the best fit--he's about 1 ft taller than me and so sweet and so cute-and SO smart (aerospace engineer--in grad school now). We love to go biking together--we love shopping and talking and EATING --and he puts up with my family--ahhhh..he's a good one.

5. After graduating from college (2003) i had a lot of good leads with my jewelry business and decided to keep on doing that rather then going to grad school for bio. After getting married i started to really miss the "bio and chem" education i had gotten in college, but i really didn't want to go back to school and i loved having my own business....and that's what lead me to lampworking. I already had experience from all of my lab classes of working with a flame and doing some small scale glass work (stir rods, pipettes..) and I decided to start making my own beads. I read some books bough some material and went for it....and that's what brings me to you all! I am now a full time glass artists and LOVE it. My husband is amazed that this is what i do and thinks is awesome. He's always coming up with ideas for me to try. And our cut kitty Penelope (penny for short) keeps me company during the day while he's gone at school.

Ok, who's next??

10-23-2004, 12:57 PM
I am relatively new to using this site.
Still reading thru the posts here but I figured I'd throw mine in too.

1. Blasts from the past: I was HS yearbook photoeditor, theater stage crew head, spent a college semester studying in London, once worked for "Glass Magazine".

2. My favorite artist is Maxfield Parrish. I have been getting beautiful calendars for years and recently took the pictures from old ones, framed them, and designed a room around them.

3. I have been making glass beads for about 4 years and recently took a super glass fusing class at Bullseye in Portland (during the ISGB gathering). After the class I immediately went out an got a larger kiln so I can fuse at home. I love anything to do with hot glass and I never ever have time to do as much as I would like. (I am also a member of SGBMA-- a bead group in MD.)

4. I am an art director/graphic designer. Last year the Professional Society I worked for (16 years) eliminated the Creative Services group that I worked in. It was a little scary at first but has been a huge blessing. Now I have a job 5 minutes from my house and I sometimes come home for lunch and make beads! :>) (before I had an hour + commute each way). I am also growing my freelance business and also hope to someday be able to make some money selling beads--right now I just have expensive hobbies. When I visit folks I used to work with they always say how great I look-- it is because I am smiling so much more!

5. And last but not least: I have been married for 16 years to a rare and wonderful husband who does 99% of the cooking and shopping-- can't beat that. He is not an artsy guy but he is taking a silver jewelry making class with me-- on five Sundays during football season!-- I know he loves me. I also have a smart beautiful eleven year old daughter. Her big thing right now is cheerleading-- not really my kind of thing but she is having fun and it is great exercise. I have also given her a couple lessons on the torch.

Amy Phifer
"Live, Love, Laugh, and Learn".

LLuvia Brito
10-23-2004, 01:40 PM
1. The closest thing I have to religion is Zen Buddhism, I started to study eastern religion and philosophy a few years ago. I was constantly surprised by the things I read, because they seemed like reflections of how I already live and think.

2. There are few things I love more than glass! Books, reading, learning, and my boyfriend Marcus are the major ones. Marcus and I spend most of our 'extra' money on collecting books.

3. I have been pierced 7 times not counting my ears. The ears are the only holes left. All above the belly. Tongue piercing scares me.

4. I really am a shy person, I don't get out a lot, my best friend is Marcus. We have been together for about 2 years, his friends have become my friends. I have never been good about meeting people or making friends. I treasure my time alone with books or glass.

5. I was homeschooled and never got any kind of diploma, in November I will be taking the GED test. The main reason is that I would like to attend a university. I'm not sure I want a 'real' job, I've only ever had one and I hated it! However I have a lot of interest in subjects like philosophy, anthropology, and sociology. (I can't stand math.) I love to learn I'm just not sure what a lampworker like me could do with that information!

10-23-2004, 03:24 PM
O.K. Ready or not!

#1 I live in Woodburn, OR. I raised 7 children 3 of mine & 4 of my DH.

#2 I "work" for my DH construction Co. We have 6 employees
#3 I have a large parrot rescue operation. The ones I take will more than likley never be able to be placed in a home as I only take the worst of the worst.
#4 I was a professional dog handler for 30 years. Thats why I never want to be in a bead "show" I have had my fill with travel, never again ( yea right)
#5 My 19 year old Grandaughter just had her first child so that makes me a Great Grandmother now

10-23-2004, 05:04 PM
Ok I guess I'll jump in as well...hmmm where to start??LOL :)
Was born and raised in Toledo Ohio hi tink!! :wave: what high school did ya go to? Graduated HS in 75 oh damn that makes me 47 LOL. Went directly into the AF to be an air traffic controller because I figured I hated school and my attention span is about 5 min before boredom sets in..it was a great choice! Out of the service in 80 and into the FAA in 82 still as a controller, worked at a few places but ended up at Orlando international, been here since 89.
Married to the same guy for 27 years :D this coming Jan, we met in the AF. Waited til out of AF and no insurance to have the first kid <-----that's me, day late and a dollar short. 2 kids Justin 24 and Casey 20. They are the best but very spoiled hmmm who did that?! :evil: Our other kids are our 2 great danes who absolutely rule our house..what?.. you think it's weird that I decorate around my dogs? or go car shopping with a tape measure ??LOL I thought everyone did that. In my house if you hear running water you might jump up and yell OUTSIDE! And everyone we know knows to protect the crotch area from tails and heads LOLOL, if you come to my house be prepared to get a slobber towel when you walk in. :p
Got into glass back in 98. It was suppose to be therapy after an incident at work. The counselor I was seeing said "ya know if you look up caretaker in the dictionary YOUR pictures is likely to be there." She said I needed to quit taking care of everyone else and start taking care of myself so... started doing stained glass, then moved to fusing then in 2000 was introduced to the torch!! Yeah baby the hotter the better! :evil: :evil: Don’t get near enough consistent time on the torch but love it anyway. :envy: In the process of doing a website and getting on the bay, my goal is both by the first of 2005. Sculptural and murrini work are my fave things and off mandrel stuff.
Am a voracious reader esp. of the contemporary romance genre but right now into fantasy and vampire stuff. My requirement in most of the books that I read is..Plenty of gratuitous sex, romance, and violence is ok but they have to have a happy ending..I figure I have plenty of reality in my life so I need the fantasy LOLOL :D :evil: :angel: Oh and glass/art books. Dh and I are avid scuba divers and travel a lot for that. Ok here is the best part drum roll please..... I am eligible to retire in mar 2007 yeahhhhhh glass as much as I want then wooo-whooo. :D Dh has always wanted me to get my pilots license like him so maybe I'll do that as well ohhh the possibilities are endless...Hey Kalera :wave: I to am hypoglycemic what a PITA Huh? I have an awful time remembering to eat enough times then my sugar crashes and it takes me 2 hours to stop shaking, cuts into my bead time.

10-24-2004, 05:14 AM
OK- Here's me :evil:

#1 Born an army brat in El Paso, Texas, USA. I was the first born of 4. My favorite toy was a big plastic B-52 I called my "see", cause when dad pointed out the airplanes overhead he'd just say "see?"...lol- I guess no parent is perfect, huh? Moved to Michigan at about 3 yrs old and been here ever since.

#2 Had a heck of a time "conforming" in school, but loved college. Went for nursing at first, but when there was a 2 year waiting list for clinicals, did a quick switch of majors to study botany. Worked as a landscape designer and tree specialist for many years, but now find myself again providing hospice care for a dear friend. I'm a full-time torcher/Ebayer when I'm home. I fall back on landscape design and installation when Ebay is slow ;)

#3 Was married and divorced twice, but have 4 beautiful children and 4 awesome grandchildren to show for it ;) Might be single for the rest of my life, but they, and my beads, keep me well occupied anyways ;)

#4 I also help my mother run a small cooperative art gallery in Flint, Mi. My mother has been the president for many years, and I am nearing my third year in charge of publicity and PR. I also take on the task of curator for a show every so often.

Oops! All that schooling and still can't count! :eek:
#5 I have 4 cats and love them all. Such different personalities and so much like children....sure helps that "empty nest syndrome" :D

10-24-2004, 05:30 AM
Art tells you alot about a person. I have been fascinated with how the mind expresses itself for years and have tried to paint and sculpt but find I have no talent. Then I began to read about artists and what the media/critics said about them and found that maybe I do have something to express. Yesterday I found this website www.lisafittipaldi.com and picked up her book
A Brush with Darkness and found out that although she has sold over 500 paintings, she doesn't consider herself to have any talent. So go figure? we all are insecure in the most basic things about our lives. So what do people think about my new discovery? Has anyone else read her incredible book?

10-24-2004, 06:06 AM
1. We are an unschooling family.

2. We're slowly renovating our 100 y.o. Victorian home by ourselves. Scott has a wholesale bakery in the basement and I have a medical transcription business on the second floor, but we play much more than we work!

3. We've visited 9 other countries in the past few years.

4. We choose to live simply so we can work less and play more. We are active in www.freecycle.org and avoiding rampant consumerism.

5. I used to follow the Grateful Dead. Scott and his buddies lived in a party house that was condemned and torn down when they were done with it. We're both happy to have found much more constructive outlets for our energy. ;)

One extra: I was born in Natrona Heights, PA, across the river from where SARAH/JACINTHE was born, in Monroeville!

- debbie (and scott)

10-24-2004, 07:12 AM
1. My name is Jimmye Frances. My mother knew a girl with that name when she was in high school and thought it was such an unusual name. When she was pregnant with me she decided that would be my name whether I was a girl or a boy. My dad is a Jim and my aunt was a Frances. (Oh yeah, I'm female) Then, she thought she was so clever that when she was preg with my sister, she decided on the name Terri Lynn...regardless of the sex!

2. I'm a retired art teacher of 30 years as of last spring. I can tell you that I've learned so much being a teacher. Recalling those first years in the classroom are TOTALLY different that what I did last year. Learning is such a wonderful thing!

3. Other than my latest passion of beadmaking, I absolutely love photography, pastels, watercolor, ceramics, weaving....and the list goes on and on. I picked up beadmaking after retirement...something I wanted to do for a couple of years.

4. I raised my daughter (now 28) totally on my own who now lives in Chicago (about 10 hours away). I remarried almost 5 years ago to a wonderful man who has a daughter (31) with her hubby and a son (almost 12). And I am blessed that my parents are both still living and are located an hour away. And my sis and her family are close, too. Honey (cocker spaniel), Phoebe (the fat, fussy cat) and George (the goldfish) round out the family.

5. I love God, good food (both eating it and cooking it), crisp fall mornings, the Christmas season, a nice glass of wine, gardening, good friends and WetCanvas!

10-24-2004, 03:14 PM
1. I live in the middle of the worlds biggest cornfield (Central Illinois), having moved here from Australia ... but I'm British.

2. I have 4 children ranging from 19 down to 3.

3. Up until I moved here, I was a radio and club DJ

4. I'm SO looking forward to my divorce becoming final.

5. I'm never getting involved with a man ever again. EVER!


10-24-2004, 08:48 PM
1. I am the mother of two hillarious and beautiful children...Brandon age 7 and Lauren age 5 1/2.

2. I am married to the man of my dreams (who I met at the early age of 15).

3. I like all kinds of pets but can't stand reptiles of any type.

4. I live in Southern Indiana in the middle of a woods. The nearest neighbors are 1/5 of a mile down the gravel road. We have high speed internet but we have to haul our own water since there are no water lines back here in the sticks.

5. I recently quit my job of 12 1/2 years to stay home with my children and play with glass!

10-24-2004, 09:32 PM

10-25-2004, 12:21 AM
My name is Janelle and I've been lurking on WC for a few weeks now. I've enjoyed reading about everyone. I wasn't sure how to introduce myself - this is a great way to do it!

1. I'm 35 - single. I grew up in Colorado, moved to Nashville where I worked at the Country Music Association (despite not being a huge country fan) and then found myself in Seattle - which I adore. I live near Alki beach - gorgeous!

2. I have been blowing glass (off-hand) for 5 years and have just set up a flameworking studio in my garage. I have been renting time but just fired up my minor and new Jen-Ken for the first time today!

3. I work at the University of Washington where I manage an incredibly talented group if illustrators, photographers, web designers and the like.

4. I adore animals - sadly, my menagerie got a little smaller yesterday when I had to put my 11-year-old kitty to sleep. I still have a Persian (Beanie - the guy in my icon) and another cat (Claire), a Pug (Buddy), a hedgehog (Zaida) and a Sugar Glider (Roo) - all rescued from various sad situations.

5. I was an exchange student in high school and college in Germany and once worked catering for various bands to pay for my schooling. My most interesting job was working for Motorhead and Saxon as we careened through Europe on a tour bus!


(P.S. I couldn't have set up my home studio without the fantastic info on WC and the great people here!) :clap:

10-25-2004, 01:27 AM
Let's see... five things you don't know...

what's 8' below belly? sorry, had to ask.

:D :D :D

10-25-2004, 01:32 AM
ok, I''ll be "nice"....
I live in Oregon for the last 4 years, we came here from the Olympic Pensulia of Washington for my husband's job. He is a shipwright and extremely talented, and rides and collects cool vintage motercycles and drives a vintage MGB. Pretty cute too.
I have a degree in fine arts and textiles and never used it and am totally obsessed with hot glass.
I collect McCoy Pottery and Turner prints and am a sucker for vintage barkcloth.
I make part of my living by "junking" and selling it on Ebay.
Oh, the bad part, I have the most painful disorder known to the medical profession and am a gimp due to it. So what!

10-25-2004, 01:33 AM
Okay, Okay...I've been avoiding posting on this thread, although I have been reading it...(I'm nosy, yet private,lol!) but am starting to feel a bit guilty at looking through all your living room windows while keeping my shades drawn. So, here goes!

1. I am 35 years old, married twice, divorced once. (although I threaten another when I'm really mad! :wink2: ) My first marriage proved that you DO marry your parents; my mother was an alcoholic and my father is a mechanic...I married an alcoholic mechanic. DUH!

2. Having my daughter 7 years ago (with NO pain meds at all, damn doctor anyway) taught me that we need to come up with a better word for how a mother feels about her children...LOVE just doesn't describe it. She's my past, my present, my future. She's my friend and my best debate buddy. I look in her eyes and see myself, only better. She has saved me from myself.

3. I married my boss 7 years ago. Do the math....our DD was 5 months old at our wedding. :D We spent the first years we were together (pre-kid) traveling the country doing Pow-Wows. (as vendors)

4. My mother died when I was 11 years old, and I still don't know exactly what from. I sat in the funeral home drinking coffee and planned her funeral because I was the most "grown up" of the bunch of us. (damn step-father anyway.)

5. I have moved 37 times..maybe more, I may have forgotten a few.....And our DD has lived in Iowa, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, and Iowa again before she turned 4 years old. Don't worry...we are much more "stable" now that she is in school.

But I'm still crazy.... :D

Whew! That feels better! Shades are up, look all you want! (believe me, there is sooo much more that you aren't seeing ;) )


10-25-2004, 01:37 AM
ok, I''ll be "nice"....
I live in Oregon for the last 4 years, we came here from the Olympic Pensulia of Washington for my husband's job. He is a shipwright and extremely talented, and rides and collects cool vintage motercycles and drives a vintage MGB. Pretty cute too.
I have a degree in fine arts and textiles and never used it and am totally obsessed with hot glass.
I collect McCoy Pottery and Turner prints and am a sucker for vintage barkcloth.
I make part of my living by "junking" and selling it on Ebay.
Oh, the bad part, I have the most painful disorder known to the medical profession and am a gimp due to it. So what!
Oh, and I am not sure how old I am, my birthday is next week and I am going to have to call my Mom and ask her AGAIN, I keep forgetting.

10-25-2004, 09:48 AM
OK I don't post a lot but I read everything here and this is a great thread.

I live in the greater Little Rock Arkansas area and have lived in Arkansas my whole life.

I come from a family farm background, but I work in a museum in LR doing graphic design and exhibit design.

I have a daughter, a 2 1/2 yr. old grandson, and a granddaughter on the way in Jan. YEAH! I have been married to my 2nd husband for 2 years. My daughter introduced me to him! We live with 3 cats.

I like to ride with my husband on his Harley once in a while, but I have no tatoos or piercings other than ears. I live with neck pain from an auto accident in 2001, but I have a great DR. who helps me keep it under control.

I am in love with lampworking - I have wanted to do this for a long time. I am looking for a good charity or organization for prevention of teen suicide. I'd like to do some bead auctions from time to time for this cause. I lost my 17 year old son 6 years ago and I would like to do something to help save someone else's child. If you know of an organization of this kind, please pm me. Lampworking is a great mental therapy for me. It brings back some joy to my life.

10-25-2004, 10:16 AM
Ok, here I go....

1. I am new to lampworking. I took a beginner's class in July, and fell in love. I am frustrated because I don't have a torch/studio area/all my stuff; but I will get there. A fellow WCer has promised me a HH torch!!

2. I was born in Atlanta, GA, and have lived in this area all my life. I have been married 20 years, and have no kids. I am raising my DH's 2 oldest grandsons, 11 and 12, and they are great! The homework is killing me!!! I have been late everywhere I go since becoming a mom. How do ya'll do it???

3. I have a toy poodle, Buster, that is the most wonderful pet I have ever had. He makes the whole family laugh, and is the best investment I have ever made!

4. I am an accountant by trade, but when I retire, I will probably turn the entire house into a studio for lampworking!!

5. I am the most impatient person on earth! I am constantly working on getting better in this area, but it just takes too long!!! :p

My life story, boring as all get out!!!!

10-25-2004, 11:01 AM
BeachBeads...what is the most painful disorder known to the medical profession? This may sound crazy, but is it Trigeminal Neuralgia?

ok, I''ll be "nice"....
I live in Oregon for the last 4 years, we came here from the Olympic Pensulia of Washington for my husband's job. He is a shipwright and extremely talented, and rides and collects cool vintage motercycles and drives a vintage MGB. Pretty cute too.
I have a degree in fine arts and textiles and never used it and am totally obsessed with hot glass.
I collect McCoy Pottery and Turner prints and am a sucker for vintage barkcloth.
I make part of my living by "junking" and selling it on Ebay.
Oh, the bad part, I have the most painful disorder known to the medical profession and am a gimp due to it. So what!

10-25-2004, 05:56 PM
Just divorced after almost 13 years :-( I did move in next door to the ex-wife however so I am close to my kids. I know some of you may think I am insane but, well, ok you are right but I am close to my kids and that is all I care about. Besides, the mother-of-my-children (aka x-wife) will let me use the garage to do my torch work there since I have no other place to do it.

Have three beautiful children aged three, five, and seven.

Almost gave up lampworking over the summer. Still trying to determine if it is something to travel the path of life with me or not. This decision is not being influenced by where I do my glass work.

Job: Information Architect. AKA: Person who knows where the hell we stuck all that data and knows what it still means.

Never want children to be sad ever again.

Been a while since I was here and I am sad that I was away for so long.

10-25-2004, 07:20 PM
Sure hope we save this thread so that we can refer back to it. Can't absorb it all at one time.
I'm 69 years old. Is that the oldest so far. I've been making beads for about 2 1/2 years.
I am still married to my first husband and have two daughters. Carla Alexander is my youngest daughter and Sarah my oldest
I'm terribly conservative, have no tatoos and only have one ear piercing in each ear.
I taught china painting on the road for about 35 years specializing in portraits.
I am almost more addicted to gardening than I am beads! Onalee

10-25-2004, 08:04 PM
1. I am 24 years old and my birthday is Aug. 19.

2. No kids, but I have 2 cats, One Siamese (Simon) and One Norwiegen Forest cat (Fuzz Fuzz).

3.I work at a Land Survey Office and My boyfriend is a Land surveryor.

4.I live in Fort St. John, BC.

5. I love making beads, but I only have a HH because I am too broke to get an upgrade atm :D

10-26-2004, 12:49 AM
Okay, I just got home from a 12 hour car ride home from Panama City Beach. It was dreadfully hardy to have to come home!! You know, waking up to the sound of cashing waves was just horrible --- :)

I should be reorganizing for the rest of the week, but instead I've been engrossed in this thread for the past couple hours !

Anywho about me:

1. Born and raised in Southern Indiana (when I graduated HS, I swore I
would never return to this "overgrown cornfield". After college, I decided it
wasn't so bad here - now I'm staying)

2. LOVE the water - enjoy swimming and boating (just can't get enough of
it !) :) :)

3. Aspired to be an architect, but whimped out because I HATE writing
papers. Instead I took a totally different route. Became a professional
jeweler. Met my DH of 10 years, while working at a great jewelry store.
It's great to have a hubby who appreciates great jewelry. :D

4. I'm a busy stay-at-home mother of two beautiful girls (7 & 4). I'm very
involved with my children - Brownie leader, room parent ....

5. Adicted to lampworking!!! Stay up late into the night .... Rise early in the
morning!! A small price to pay for something so rewarding!!

I've enjoyed learning more about the people behind the names!! :wave:


10-26-2004, 07:07 AM
It has taken me quite a number of days after reading this thread to put part of my soul up here on print,but hey-You guys and gals seem to great.There isn't a day that I'm not lurking here.So here goes.

I'm 56-aahh 57 next month.Only been lampworking for less than a year,didn't think it would this addictive.I started doing wirewrap jewelry about 3 years ago after taking an early retirement from East Ohio Gas.I was a customer serviceman.The guy who comes out and turns your gas back on.(Tried to get a bumper sticker that said "Let the Gasman turn you on" but the company wouldn't go for it.)

Been married 3 times-presently married now.Two kids from my 1st-a boy and a girl.

Had a computer store with a buddy that we ran for about 5 years.Did that while I was working full time at the Gas Co.also.We called the company "DREN Computers". Spell DREN backwards and you'll why.

After doing wirewrap jewelry I got into Precious Metal Clay,and the wife got into making jewelry.We named the business "Wiredreams" and do about 10 art and craft shows a year.

After buying all of you all beads off of Ebay to put into our jewelry,I thought why not make my own.So here I am.

I am a former "Marine" There are no ex-Marines.and the Marine Corps is very near and dear to my heart.Us Marines are very anal when it comes to that.
Was in the Corps back in 67-69.Got to go on a vacation to sunny Vietnam.Got they in January-68,just in time for the TET offensive.Had Malaria twice.

I am presently listed at 100% disabled due to PTSD(Post Tramatic Stress) from the VA.Its hard to believe something could stay with you for 35 plus years,but my wife will attest to that when she wakes me up from a nightmare.But they are less now than they use to be.AAHH-medication."Life with chemicals" is not all bad.lol

10-26-2004, 07:49 AM
This is kinda like speaking in front of a crowd, Im very nervous.
1. Im Jeff, I was born and raised in Chicago the 2nd of five kids. Im 48 years old now. I spent the 60s in a Catholic brainwashing facility subjected to various abuses at the hands of cranky celibant nuns and pedophile priests.I survived that.
2.My high school years were like the movie The Outsiders. I was a greaser and got involved in street gangs , drugs and alcohol.I lost friends and family to shootings and violence and prison.I survived that.
3.College was never an option,I went to work. I was an ironworker for about 12 years, I have been fixing and painting cars for the last 18 years.
4. Im married with 2 kids. Been with my mate for 30 years,married for 23. She saved me from killing myself with alcohol,and is my best friend. Im an alcoholic and a non drinker for the last 18 years.
5. I love animals, especially dogs, i never met a dog I didnt like. I have 2 dogs and 2 lovebirds.I really like this melting of the glass, its the best hobby Ive ever had.

10-26-2004, 01:59 PM
This is a great thread... I love reading all about everybody who haunts this forum!!! Hehehe...

Okay, 'bout me:

1. I was born in Livingston, N.J. and lived there until I was 26, when I finally decided to move to the Adirondacks with my husband. (Well, back then he was still my boyfriend, but now he's my husband!) I grew up in a part of New Jersey that bordered the town of Irvington and the City of Newark. Kind of a rough area, but it gives me a deeper appreciation of where I live now! (Read: we can leave our car doors unlocked overnight, and not only are they still there in the morning, but all of our stuff is still in them, too!)

2. I have had some interesting jobs. I started out as a church organist and choir director when I was 16, and started college as a music therapy major at Montclair State University. Since then, I have worked in a grocery store, worked as a veterinary technician for several different hospitals, worked as a compounding pharmacy technician (I made special prescription medications that aren't available commercially), worked as a zookeeper, worked in two different nature centers as an animal care technician and educator, worked as an environmental planner and community development specialist, and worked as the executive director of a small watershed organization. >whew< And I'm only 30 years old... What next? Well, I now own my own shop with two friends, and I'm trying to make a go of the glass and beads thing. So far, so good! Had my first real show with another local artist just this past weekend, her name is Les Cosgrove, and she does wonderful work.

3. No...um...UNUSUAL...piercings to speak of, but my two best friends are Chinese, and they grew up in Calcutta, so they introduced me early on to the wonderful word of Henna tattoos! No pain, and they aren't permanent, so if ya hate 'em, they go away!

4. I met my husband when we both worked for one of the aforementioned nature centers. He thought I was one of the HIGH SCHOOL volunteers (I was actually 20), and therefore was a bit hesitant to start dating me, but once he found out that I was legal, things were ok! :p We did have a brief "vacation" from each other for about a year and a half, but we got back together in 1998 and haven't been apart since. The two happiest days of my life so far: the day we moved in together up here in the Adirondacks and the day I married him last November! :D No kids, yet, it's quite enough for the two of us to take care of each other and the dog...

5. I have been a Monty Python addict since I was 12. I can probably recite almost every skit verbatim from the television shows, except for maybe some of the later episodes where John Cleese is notably absent. I used to own the entire series on VHS, and am in the process of replacing my old, worn tapes with the shiny, new DVDs so they last forever! Hehehe...

Texas Leprechaun
10-26-2004, 08:58 PM
Hmm. I'm assuming 5 things I've not shared yet, nor are part of my public profile. OK. Here goes...

1) I have an absolute passion for the writings of Terry Pratchett (which explains a lot) and Neil Gaiman. They actually did a collaborative novel once which is on my list of all-time literary favorites (Good Omens--imagine Monty Python doing the Book of Revelations. That about sums it up).

2) I love cars. Especially classic cars. Especially classic Mustangs. But I'm really impressed with some of the stuff they're doing w/ the late-model cars, too. And I love that style aesthetics are being reintroduced again. The 90's were largely an era of the McCar. I credit Dodge's retro edge with shaking it all up again. Dunno how well they run/last, but damn, they got style.

3) Been married 4 yrs to an absolutely amazing lady. When you find a woman who can go to a mud-bogging competition in the morning and an opera in the evening, have a blast at both events, and be utterly stunning and charming at each, you don't let that one get away. This is our 1st and hopefully only marriage (despite the fact that I occasionally refer to her as "my first wife" just to keep her on her toes :evil: :D ).

4) No kids. May not ever have any, depending on what the specialists tell us tomorrow. She may lose the uterus. We do have 3 really, really spoiled dogs (which we refer to collectively as The Puppins): a Jack Russell girl named Pooka Lou, a long-haired dachshund boy named Aloysius Snuffalupagus (AKA Snuffy), and their daughter, Espresso (whose existence proves that dachshunds become fertile at a frightfully impressive young age). We also have a pile of nieces and nephews we can cheerfully warp if kids of our own don't seem to be in the cards.

5) My dearest fantasy is being able to leave clinical practice and become a full-time artist/craftsman/writer, but at this point, it ain't gonna happen with our finances. I really like what I do, at least in theory, but between insurance companies and the complete disaster that is the Texas community mental health care system, I don't get to spend nearly as much time on the actual job of helping stuck folks get unstuck and stay unstuck. Most of my time now is spent jumping through administrative hoops and fighting pitched battles to be able to help the people we're supposed to actually be helping. The business processes are now more important than the clinical product, and that bothers me, especially in that I work in the non-profit sector, where the people should come first.

Mike E etc
10-27-2004, 10:32 AM
One... too fat to do technical rock climbing anymore.

Two... woman only put up with me for 10 or so years... and then quit men forever.

Three... if it was not for booze... I would have to take real medications.

Four... a friend to me is someone you can tell your darkest secret to and not worry about it... it is sad but he is dead now.

Five... I am a very good at lies because a lie lives within my reality.

Mike E

10-28-2004, 08:59 AM
Oh! this was a great idea. I've really enjoyed reading about everyone.

1.I'm married 9 years to a really wonderful man. He is my second husband, but worth the wait. We were unable to produce children, so we have 2 beautiful tri-collies named Puddy & Polly.
2.All my younger working years were spent being in an office. Went back to school and graduated from nursing in 1997. I work for a nice lady dermatologist who travels, so we get lots of time off.(with pay) hehe
3.I have lived in the beautiful black hills of South Dakota my entire life.
4.I may be fair, fat, and 46, but I can water ski on a slalom ski. Took me a couple seasons because I didn't want to have to drop a ski when I got up. We also fish and spend most of the summer on a boat having fun at the river.
5.I love lampworking, and feel this is the most creative form of art that I've ever done. I like to do things with my hands.
6.Wish we could all get together this afternoon for coffee, so we could have a huge group hug.

10-28-2004, 12:06 PM
This was a great idea!

- I am the oldest of 4 kids and spent a lot of time taking care of my brothers and sister while I was growing up, so now I'm basking in my second childhood.

- My background is in science and I spent many years in the laboratory doing basic research & development. Several years ago, I had a chance to reconsider what I wanted to do when I grew up, and eventually became a freelance medical writer. So now I actually get paid to write about things I don't know much about! I work mostly from home and specialize in writing up the results of clinical studies for the FDA and medical journals. It sounds boring, but it does take a lot of creativity. It's especially exciting to learn the results of multi-million dollar experiments when I didn't even have to do the lab work!

- I've been married to a great guy (Cory) for over 11 years now. My stepson Logan is 25 and lives in Minneapolis. He is a good kid and is beginning to resemble an adult. Cory and I live with 2 cats--Rio and Mariah. They are sisters that were rescued from a bad situation, they are usually a joy to have around, and they know that they rule our house.

- I started fusing glass about a year before I switched career paths, and loved it! I'd get up at 4:00 every morning so I could play around before I went to work. From fusing, I've branched out and tried many things--concrete, PMC, printmaking, found objects, metalsmithing. Sometimes I wonder if trying all these new things is more about me meeting people and learning to be comfortable in new situations than making art. All of it's been great fun, but most recently I've been more focused on lampworking. I don't have as much time to play as I'd like, so I'm improving very slowly, but I love the meditative aspect of it.

- I grew up in NW Montana (near Glacier Park) and have lived in the Pacific NW for most of my life. But my favorite place on earth is Canyonlands, in SW Utah. There is nothing like being in your favorite remote place in nature to put things into perspective.


10-28-2004, 03:12 PM
BeachBeads...what is the most painful disorder known to the medical profession? This may sound crazy, but is it Trigeminal Neuralgia?
yep, , also called tic deleouroux, and I have a rare form which effects othe nerves and it spreads throughout my body called migrating nerve disorder.

10-29-2004, 12:27 AM
I have it in my face on the left side. I cannot explain to anyone how painful it is. Sometimes just to talk, touch my face, or a light breeze will set it off. Other times it doesn't bother me for months.
I can only imagine what you must go through! My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

yep, , also called tic deleouroux, and I have a rare form which effects othe nerves and it spreads throughout my body called migrating nerve disorder.

10-29-2004, 12:59 AM
1. I have my degree in Accounting but currently work as the music minister's secretary at my church.
2. I started out in college as a vocal performance major (soprano) and have sung in operas and operettas (think Gilbert & Sullivan). I can hit a high C...and on a good day go a bit higher.
3. I grew up watching Monty Python on Public Television and my favorite comedic movie is "The Holy Grail"
4. I am shy when in a room where I don't know anyone (though most people who know me would NEVER believe it)
5. I'm a HUGE football fan (ROLL TIDE!!!)

10-29-2004, 02:30 AM
My gosh, this will take forever...... not really :D

1. I just started beadmaking a few months ago, and I try to create as many beads as I can with a husband, two children, and a part-time job. I am also enrolled in school for Dental Hygiene. I must not be doing too bad, I have a quite a few orders already.

2. My favorite color is Purple and I sure wish I had more of it in glass rods. :p

3. I think my ultimate favorite food is boiled pototoes sopped in homemade gravy. (macaroni & cheese is right next to that)

4. I enjoy making seasonal applique sweatshirts and have been in craft shows selling them.

5. Wow, this one took me forever to think of.......... I love shopping and doing laundry. Weird hey? (but never at the same time unless it's ebay shopping)

Great thread idea!
Melissa :wave:

10-29-2004, 05:30 PM
1.Been making lampwork beads for about a year now and just upgraded from my hh to a minor...woohoo!

2.Love spending family time with my Husband and dogs.(4 pugs and 2 golden ret.)cuddling and watching dvd movies.

3.I enjoy designing jewelry and logos.

4.Love to golf with my husband.

5.I enjoy teaching craft classes at the Senior Centers during the weekends.

Sandee W
10-29-2004, 10:50 PM
Hello from probably the newest newbie here...
I live in Bremerton, Washington but moved here in 1979 from Santa Cruz, Cal.
I worked here for the DOD where I met my life partner which I might add, was also from California, Fresno to be exact. Small world huh...
When the need for a "downsize" hit our installation, I was in for a page turn in my life and so I've done some non traditional time spending, little $$, searching.
Stained glass was my entrance to what I'm am totally absorbed with now although Lampwork bead creation is making me realize that patience and practice are like learning to walk (it's just been 50+ years since I had to do that) so if anyone has any great advice for me, please know how much it's appreciated. Hope to get this down soon...
I have a wonderful daughter here in Bremerton, with two of lifes joys called Grandsons, and my son is in Santa Cruz, but missing from my life.
Love the ocean, sunshine, and laughing.

10-30-2004, 02:53 PM
Wow, this is hard!

1. OK, I really, really don't like to talk about myself! I tend to be kind of quiet, but a good, loyal and caring friend. I have a slight phobia about talking on the phone...I need face to face contact.

2. I have been lampworking for a little over two years and found that it is my passion (after trying many other creative activities, of which many supplies still litter my home :) ) Initially I went to college for music education, lost my path, went to business school, nursing school, got married, had kids and taught piano lessons for many, many years and still play for a blues band at our church. I quit my "day job" (office manager) a year ago so I could make beads and jewelry full time.

3. I have been married for 24 years to my wonderful DH who supports me in all my crazy ideas and have 3 almost grown, beautiful kids who are a joy to us, having passed through what we lovingly call the "tunnel of stupidity" from about ages 13 through late 16. OK, they've always been a joy, but parenting is much more fun now that they seem to have their brains in place.

4. I am a huge animal lover...much to my DH's chagrine. We share our home with two dogs, four cats and have one horse which we board out in the country (we were up to five horses when I thought I wanted to raise them. That was before my stallion kicked the crap out of me...now we're down to one wonderful gelding who is truly a soulmate.)

5. I am in the middle of a wonderful spiritual awakening.

OK, writing about myself was alot easier than talking. I'm enjoying reading everyone's revelations.


10-31-2004, 02:19 PM
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this thread, checking out your websites, and bidding on some of your items!!

1. Who I am..... My name is Denise and I live in Minnesota about 5 minutes from the Mall of America. I have 2 boys from my first marriage. Brian, almost 22, is over near Baghdad right now, but will come home in January. David, 20, is working on finding his way in the world. (Went through the skateboarding phase with him just like several of you!) I have been married to my almost always awesome hubby for 9 years.. we met through a personal ad in the local paper. We have a daughter, Sadie, who just turned 3.

2. Body stylings.... I have 4 piercings, 2 in each ear. I'm amazed that they stay open since I hardly ever wear jewelry. And my only markings are the stretchmarks on my stomach, gift of motherhood. :p

3. Previously.... I worked as a secretary for many years, until my last pregnancy when I got dizzy at work. I thought it was laziness and a physical reaction to hating the job I had, but it was pregnancy!! WooHoo Those first 3 months I couldn't watch tv, read a book, or look at the computer. Even walking through grocery store aisles made me woozy. Sadie is the best little girl in the world, most of the time.. hee hee

4. Now.... I work from home, selling quilting fabric on eBay. Found lampworking through various groups and threads on eBay.. very excited about learning and look forward to someday having more than an hour or two per week to practice.

5. I value.... my immediate family, silence, honesty coupled with consideration, and my very own washer and dryer!!! (was an apartment dweller most of my life).


10-31-2004, 06:30 PM
:D (and another :D for Robin, and :D Loretta, and :D Candace!)

Thanks for making my day, guys...

Kalera, I think I'm in love....

11-01-2004, 12:30 AM
Next year in 2005, if we are all still here, I will turn forty in March and then celebrate my and Brian's 20th wedding anniversary in August, the good Lord willing.

All my "first-half-of-life friends" I am no longer in contact with for various reasons. I have begun to very tentatively make some new ones, for the second half of life. :) Some of whom I've met here on WC.

I have been in weekly therapy for over 15 years with the same therapist, who sees me on a sliding-scale, ability to pay basis. I owe her my life. I see her every week and I take medication. I could write a book about why I need long term therapy, and perhaps I will one day.

I think one of the many things that binds my DH and I together, is that we have similar backgrounds, as far as socioeconomic (poverty) level and also living in alcoholic households while growing up. He is also in counseling and on medication. We are both on SS Disability now, and raising our two sons.

We didn't have children right away. We worked hard, and (and partied hard), the first 7-8 years we were married. There were times each of us had two jobs. When babies starting coming, we continued to work. I worked full time outside the home with my first son, and then when #2 son was born I stayed home because I had became ill with rheumatoid arthritis at that point.

Another interesting fact about us, we are both born-again Christians who do not support George W. Bush, or any right-wing politics in the U.S.

11-01-2004, 09:53 PM
This thread is taking awhile to read through but it so interesting to see a little window into everyone's lives.

Five things about me:

1 - I have to begin with my wonderful family. My three boys (5 months, 4 and 6) and my husband whom can make me laugh all day. Of course, I still have to pass through the 'tunnel of stupidity' stage as I believe it was termed :evil: .

2- I tend to be a Jack of all trades and Master of none type of person. I've delved into so many hobbies and crafts that we have to build a bigger house so there is some room for the rest of the family! I have a fascination for glass and metal which I am currently favoring by exploring lampworking, fusing, PMC and metalworking.

3- I teach Genetics and Cell Biology labs at Bowdoin College and I want to incorporate the work that I do into my beads. I'm already envisioning my mitosis beads. Quiz time - anyone remember the phases of mitosis? Prophase, metaphase, ... LOL Oh yeh, I forgot, I can be a geek too :) .

4- I love M&M's, the Harry Potter series (isn't the next one ready yet?), chocolate, Pepsi, more chocolate, the Lord of the Rings, chocolate, WC, soccer (and you thought I was going to say chocolate didn't you), my digital camera and computer, and yep you guessed it - CHOCOLATE! Did I mention that I wished I had my Husband's or my son's metabolism?

5- Last but certainly not least but the hardest to write about, I lost my Mom 14 years ago now while in college on election day. She is always in my thoughts and I can only hope my kids will remember me with the same fondness (passion? its hard to find the right word here) as I remember her when the time comes.

Otherwise I am as normal as can be, hoping my beads will one day be able to express all of the beauty that can be found in this world.


11-02-2004, 12:57 AM
3- I teach Genetics and Cell Biology labs at Bowdoin College and I want to incorporate the work that I do into my beads. I'm already envisioning my mitosis beads. Quiz time - anyone remember the phases of mitosis? Prophase, metaphase, ... LOL Oh yeh, I forgot, I can be a geek too :) .


I live in the geek world to.... check out my show and tell from last week:http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=226262

11-02-2004, 11:26 PM
Well, there's two of us here (husband and wife - we do everything together ;) so do we get 10 things? Naw, we'll consolidate:

1) Rick is originally from Toledo, Ohio moved to "the lake" 20 yrs ago to be with "me", Robyne, small town girl from small town Ohio. We live on the shores of Lake Erie, in sight of Put-In-Bay.

2) Rick is a die-cast die maker leader - works for Visteon (FORD), Robyne is a stay-at home-do-what-she-can graphic artist & published rubber stamp artist. Rick's a real handy guy, making most any kind of tool we need and is always happy to teach or help others.

3) We used to have a stained glass studio, (Robyne's mother lives in it now). We still work silver (lost wax/ vacume casting) and now we're into lampwork thanks to a class offered at Ford.

4) We have three grown kids, 5 grandkids, 1 ornery Silky Terror, and a bunch of fish out in the backyard pond.

5) We are competitive sport kite fliers. We travel to the east coast several times a year to judge, compete, and help further the sport.

Enjoying getting to know the rest of you,
Rick & Robyne Gardner :wave: :wave:

11-05-2004, 12:33 AM
This is my very first post! I hope people are still reading!

1. My name is Donna, I am 43 (or 23 with 20 years experience) married for 20 years to a awesome man who has the patience and willingness to put up with my stubbornness. We have two children a 14 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. Our children are home-schooled and they love it as long as there is no school involved!

2. Raised in a military family, and marrying a military man, I have moved around quite a bit. I have lived in Germany, Alaska, Virginia, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Texas, and Arizona. We now live in a small town just north of Atlanta and this is where I plan to stay.

3. I have been a nurse for 9 years working in a very busy emergency room in Altanta, GA. Although I love my job, I get a little worn out by the fast pace and only work 12-24 hours a week.

4. I have always had a soft spot for the underdog and have taken in strays my entire life….stray friends, stray children, and stray animals. We volunteer each week at a local humane society (huge mistake) and have collected 3 dogs, 3 cats, two turtles, and a horse. My husband (also known as the great equalizer) says we have reached maximum capacity (ya think!?!).

5. I have been making glass beads in my head for about 3 years, and finally took a lampworking class in April. Three weeks, 11 disposable canisters of mapp gas later, and my family went in search of a 12 step program and a full time housekeeper!

11-05-2004, 06:24 AM
Life is wondrous! A dragonfly landed on my arm while I was floating down the Guadalupe River...and stayed there for a good 10 minutes of his/her 24 hour lifespan. She/He was beautifully irridescent...shimmering in the early morning sun and comfortable...just hanging out.

I struggle with hitting the "back" button too often on these forums...maybe a result of lessons learned in life? :D

I have been married 3 (YES..3! times). My current (was that me saying "current"? ACK!) husband is a pilot in the Army.

I'm the baby and only daughter of 3 in a military family.

My mom is the most awesome, loving, manipulative, giving, selfless, expectant, quintessential southern belle ever. But Hey, she was raised by Nana...so we all come by it honestly.

11-05-2004, 11:22 AM
Our children are home-schooled and they love it as long as there is no school involved!
My son is homeschooled as well! Do you ever take your kids out to the park in Roswell, just off of Holcomb Bridge Road on Tuesdays? Loads of other homeschool parents and kids gather there for social time. If you do go then I've probably seen and maybe even met you!

11-05-2004, 11:31 AM
Five things that most of you don't know about me...

1) I met Chris Isaak and sat next to him on a plane to Hawaii in 1998. He ended up having his manager call me and invite me to come free to his show that night. I've had a crush on him ever since.

2) I entered an allergy tip contest in 1997 and ended up winning the grand prize - $8000 towards a cruise. I took three of my friends and we were in the Owners Suite on the Norwegian Dream and travelled in the Southern Caribbean.

3) I am addicted to points, miles, frequent visit cards, anything like that. I buy things I don't need to get more, search the sites to see what else I can do to get more miles, transferring points/miles, and go out of my way to earn more. I also know my frequent flyer and stayer numbers by heart (alaska, united, hilton anyway)

4) I grew up north of Seattle, went to school at the UW and then went to grad school at UC Berkeley. I guess I'm smart. Anyway then i went back to Seattle, then moved south to Tacoma (Dupont) and then moved south to Portland. I have no plans to move further south but after the election I considered moving to Canada.

5) I work as a genetic counselor, helping people understand and cope with their risk for genetic disease, or the risk for their unborn baby, their child, their siblings, or parents. I am pro-choice and I never tell people what to do.

11-06-2004, 02:09 PM
My son is homeschooled as well! Do you ever take your kids out to the park in Roswell, just off of Holcomb Bridge Road on Tuesdays? Loads of other homeschool parents and kids gather there for social time. If you do go then I've probably seen and maybe even met you!

Never been to the park in Roswell, we will have try it soon!

I saw you, though we never actually met, at a Southern Flames meeting. I have attended two meetings but was a little intimidated by the skill and talent of the folks there. Everyone was very welcoming and kind, I just felt like I was in over my head. I will try again soon!

- :D Donna

11-06-2004, 03:26 PM
Never been to the park in Roswell, we will have try it soon!

I saw you, though we never actually met, at a Southern Flames meeting. I have attended two meetings but was a little intimidated by the skill and talent of the folks there. Everyone was very welcoming and kind, I just felt like I was in over my head. I will try again soon!

- :D Donna
Talent, schmalent! Just show off your stuff and everyone will "Oooooh" and "Ahhhh" over it. :D Don't miss the meeting on Saturday 13th! There'll be a great demo and lots o' fun stuff going on! PM me for details...

Lori Peterson
11-08-2004, 01:20 AM
1. I was born in Minnesota, in a suburb of Minneapolis, and was raised by my grandparents after my dad died when I was three and my mom had to work full time. My mom is a fantastic lady and is living with and taking care of my grandma back in Minnesota now and I miss both of them lots.

2. I kiss my dog on the lips. She isn't slobbery so it's all good. Her name is The Puppy and she is a three year old dachshund. I am truly obsessed with her. My husband is even worse. He has a little dangling air freshener in his SUV that says, "I love my wiener". I often wonder what his co-workers think when they see that.

3. I used to work at a huge corporation (with the initials h. p.) in the accounting/finance department. I worked there for 8 or 9 years, something like that. I remember very little about what I did there. I do remember spending more time fiddling with the colors for the graphs than is normal for an accountant. I soon discovered that perhaps being bad with numbers might be a sign to get out of accounting.

4. My husband and I are best friends. This wasn't always the case. It took work. It still takes work but it's worth it.

5. I am a video game voyeur. I love watching other people playing video games but I really suck at playing them myself. I'm not a good button-masher, if there's a cliff, I will fall off of it, if there's an obsticle, I will crash directly into it, etc. But if my daughter gets a new video game, I am there watching her play! She says I serve a purpose, too. I'm a good cheerleader. I do, however, love to play DDR (Dance Dance Revolution). I pretty much suck at it and have two left feet but I love playing it!!!

11-08-2004, 01:28 AM
<snip> 2. I kiss my dog on the lips. She isn't slobbery so it's all good. Her name is The Puppy and she is a three year old dachshund. I am truly obsessed with her. My husband is even worse. He has a little dangling air freshener in his SUV that says, "I love my wiener". I often wonder what his co-workers think when they see that.

OHHHHH Lori, that is too funny!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!! :wave: :D

I cannot wait to hang out with you again!!! You crack me up!!!

Lori Peterson
11-08-2004, 12:52 PM
OHHHHH Lori, that is too funny!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!! :wave: :D

I cannot wait to hang out with you again!!! You crack me up!!!

Me too!!!! :wave: :D

11-08-2004, 10:14 PM
1)I was homeschooled 6-12th grade! Nice to see others that are doing the same. School bored me to tears and my mother finally took pity. More or less taught myself highschool. Listening to other people just gets me in trouble :). Now I'm a senior in biomedical engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill.

2) No torch yet. Maybe in a few years when I settle down and get an area when I can use it to silversmith too. I am trying to figure out if I could use the same torch to weld and do silversmithing. Not sure I will have time to do beadmaking, so I am trying to hang around here and see what is involved. Ended up coming over here after Mobility posted on the Wearable art forum.

3) I enjoy animals. My dog died recently and I am considering fostering for a rescue once I move next fall. Species is as of yet undetermined, but exotics might be a nice change (always enjoyed corn snakes, but my parents quickly banned them before I could get one). Better mention that to possible roomies. If I don't get into grad school I might decide to spend a few years as a dog trainer, since being a lab tech for 30+ years isn't that appealing to me.

4) I enjoy leatherwork as well. I still haven't had the sewing machine I bought fixed :( (big mess, was told it works well and can't even stitch), so not too much from me yet.

5) I grew up in a tourist town and have learned to dislike capitalism. I would rather spend $3K on a dog than on stuff for me (except a car maybe, I will have to get one soon as much as I don't want the financial burden).

Jacqui L.
11-09-2004, 01:23 PM
Hi There,

I am also a Jersey Girl. I grew uo in a little town in Morris County called Mendham. I've been in NH for 20 years now.

I'm also a massage therapist and an African drummer. Our group is called Rhythm Rising and it's a world music percussion group. We have fun!

So you're a belly dancer, huh? Guess what? todays your lucky day. My husband and I have a business selling tribal & ethnic jewelry, and bellydance things and we're the largest supplier in the country. Just type SIRIK into your web browser & you'll transported to bellydance heaven! Happy shopping!


11-10-2004, 11:37 AM
Great Thread!

1. I was born and raised and still live in Bremerton, Washington

2. I have been married for 24 years and have a wonderful 22 year old

3. I breed and show dogs they are my passion (Bouvier des Flandres). Currently my female is the number 13 Bouvier in the US. Making beads pays for my dog habit

4. I love to travel. Went to Europe 2 years ago with 3 friends and can't wait to go back!

5. Recently I've started a new endeaver which is selling primitives and antiques.

11-10-2004, 06:08 PM
What a great thread! It's so neat to learn about others! :)

Anyway, here are five things about me:

1. I was born in St. Louis, MO and have lived here my entire life (26 years) except for a short 6 month period where I lived in Norfolk, VA when I was in the 5th grade.

2. I've always loved sports and have played soccer since I was 11. While in college, I learned that boxing (regular and kick) came naturally to me, so I've been dabbling in that for the past several years.

3. I graduated from the University of Missouri - Columbia (MIZ-ZOU!!) in 2000 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Meteorology. NO - not to be a TV meteorologist, but to work with the National Weather Service. Like most other college graduates...I do nothing related to my degree. :) Instead, I work at Edward Jones Investment's home office as a Systems Analyst for Accounting.

4. Throughout my school years, I was always a "band" dork since I played several instruments. I don't get to play enough anymore, but I can play the flute and piccolo....and even though it's been a long time can still play the oboe a little bit. Each year, I make it a point to go to Mizzou's Homecoming so I can perform with the Alumni Band playing my piccolo! *geek* :)

5. I just got married on October 9th to my wonderful husband, Dan! Our wedding was wonderful and a dream come true! If you're interested, you can see pictures on my wedding website at: wedding.sirwatson.com (http://wedding.sirwatson.com)

I hope you guys don't find me boring! ;)


11-11-2004, 10:02 PM
1) I have lived in Georgia all of my life. One of the few non-transplanted Georgians. You could call me a Belle.

2) My "real" job is working for Weight Watchers as a leader. I have maintained my weight loss for about 4 years. Don't ask me for before pictures, they disappeared from a WW meeting. I am sure that someone is going to upload them on the Internet and blackmail me one day. LOL!!

3) I am married to my soulmate, Michael and we have four beautiful children that range in age from 19 to 5.

4) I love, love, love Toby Keith, Elvis and Mickey Mouse.

5) I homeschool our children and in my spare time (what's that?!?) I am a Lampwork Artist.

11-11-2004, 10:57 PM
Oh, all right. :p

Prehistory -- Born in Casablanca, French Morocco, October 8, 1953, at Nouasseur Air Force Base. Arrived in NY harbor on a cargo boat from Africa in 1958. Spent time in the Pine Barrens near Lakehurst, NJ, Tyndall AFB, FL, and Naha AFB, Okinawa (Ryukyu Islands, Japan) before my folks retired in El Paso, Texas.

Moved to Alaska when I was 18, in 1972. Spent years doing the 'Alaskan Woman' thing, and have the chainsaw scars and wolf bites to show for it; I've eaten roadkill, and liked it.

Family - Married Louis, a physician, during a moose hunt to the Alaska Peninsula in 1992. He does the brain surgery -- and I do the snowplowing, gardening, equipment repairs and -- well, everything else. We didn't get married til we were about 40, so our kids are basically three smoothie miniature dachshunds, and they ALL get kissed. A lot.

Jobs- Worked as a commercial artist, well-driller, court reporter and costume/prop designer, and am active in our local Celtic re-enactment/living history group. Glass is something I do just for me.

Uh, other stuff... In the studio or garden, someone could mistake me for an inmate on work release from the local prison, but have been told I clean up okay. Guess I'm the kind of girl who hoists a 50 lb bag of dog food onto her shoulder at the feed store, wearing a skirt and stilettos. I do carry a knife and small blowtorch in my purse.

Don't have any tattoos though I did pierce my nose once, in 1972; thought it was over-rated. However, if I have booble reconstruction after a mastectomy, I'm going to ask the plastic surgeon to pre-drill my nipples for accessories. What the hell.) :cat:

love and kisses,

11-12-2004, 08:40 AM
1. I'm from the notorious city of Flint, Mich., as seen in Michael Moore's "Roger & Me." :)

2. My other hobbies include genealogy, rosary/jewelry making, volunteering (crisis pregnancy home, hospice, animal rescue), bellydancing, scrapbooking, cross stitch and watching entirely too much TV!

3. I don't use artificial birth control but instead use Natural Family Planning (and no, it's NOT the rhythm method!).

4. My confirmation name is Francesca, after St. Francis of Assisi :)

5. I'm one-quarter Palestinian.

11-12-2004, 11:13 AM
I am from Rock Hill, SC, former home of "Snap, Crackle and Pop" illustrator Vernon Grant and current home of several WC lampworkers including an (in)famous one! I have lived in the same longitude my entire life, in four different southern cities, despite always thinking I would move elsewhere after college.

I am married and my husband, Brian, is a teacher of computer science and math. We have a two-year-old daughter, Olivia Lee. (We call her Livy.)

I am an avid reader of all manner of literature - and some junk, too.

I am a natural lefty but play all sports right-handed. I play a pretty good game of singles tennis.

I have a handful of jobs including jewelry designer, freelance writer, freelance graphic designer and freelance web designer. In one parallel life I am an ER surgeon; in the other I'm a pro tennis player. I am an INTP.

Courtney Graham Hipp

11-13-2004, 02:02 AM
1. I'm vegan
2. I'm a lefty
3. I love to do yoga
4. I have 15 happy healthy adopted kitties :cat:
5. I have 6 piercings not including the other 6 in my ears

11-14-2004, 07:32 PM
This is a perfect thread for my first post. :wave:

1. I've been married close to forever and we don't celebrate our anniversary. I've got 3 boys. One is my heart, one is my soul, and one is a pain in my (oops :p ).

2. I've got 2 furry babies who keep me company. My girl is Lu who is a wolfdog and my boy Brad is a rescued red Husky. And would I ever looove to find the people who abused him in his previous life! :evil:

3. I 've had tons of different jobs. I think I get bored too easily. Working in a cheap make-up factory was the first and worst. Bartending was the most fun for awhile. Also the best money. I've done all kinds of arts and crafts and have been doing glass for a few years now. Started with stained glass, went to fusing and now I've been trying to make beads for the last 2 months or so. Husband keeps asking when I'm going to start blowing glass, and I keep asking him when he's building the glory hole. heehee I guess it's not out of the question. I looooove glass and there's too much to ever get bored.

4. I live in NJ and was born in KS. I still make it 'home' often to see my dad and grandparents.

5. I only have my ears pierced and no tattoos although that was a close call. 2 of my high school freinds and I went to get tatts one night and they did but I chickened out. Plucka-plucka.


11-15-2004, 05:39 PM
What a wonderful group we are!

1. My closet, my car, my office and my purse are VERY messy but for some unknown reason, my glass studio is pretty neat.

2. I used to tend bar at a chinese restaurant. There were very few woman bartenders then and sometimes men would come in, get furious when they saw me behind the bar, and stomp out. I love to cook and bake but only when I feel like it which isn't necessarily at mealtimes. I stay up too late reading when I am not staying up too late lampworking. I am an IBCLC (board certified lactation consultant) so I get to play with a lot of babies but then they go home. I also tutor kids in math. I love math but am really bad at computers which is why I hardly ever post and why I don't have a cool little picture in the top corner! I have never cared about winning.

3. Usually I am easy going but I can be fierce. I have been told that I can be intimidating but I can't see that at all. I have a hard time saying no. My son told the babysitter when he was little that when his Dad said "No" it meant No, but that when I said "No" it meant maybe. He is right. I think I am pretty brave and independent. I have traveled alot of the world on my own and given birth with no drugs but I fainted twice when I got my ears pierced at age 35.( The tatoo thing probably wouldn't work out too well)

4.I have 1 great husband, 2 great boys and 1 fabulous Jack Russell Terrier. My husband loves kids and me but hates dog. I adore my family but also my girlfriends are VERY important to me. Couldn't live without them.

5. I set up my torch in the days immediately following 9/11. I felt like I was jumping out of my skin and needed to do something that would demand my full concentration and attention. That demand is still one of the things I love about working with glass.

It's been great getting to know so many of you. Ann "Bijoux"

HI Amy P.!

11-16-2004, 01:35 PM
I am a new member but I am game!

1. I live in Superior, WI and have glorious Lake Superior in my "backyard." I was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and have lived in the US for 10 years.

2. I have a DH, 5 stepchildren, 3 stepgrandchildren, and one pet Betta fish called Fish Crackers. I would love to get an Amazon parrot later on.

3. Started working on stained glass four years ago, tried fusing, and now am working on getting my studio set up with my bead making equipment. Have been on WC! getting ideas and looking at all your work, it's all WONDERFUL! So inspiring! :clap:

4. Love reading and have been getting hints from Corina's Passing the Flame.

5. Jobs: too many to name but currently, work in Duluth, MN for the Uni of MN in Women's Studies. Love it.


11-19-2004, 06:35 PM
I am a fairly new member and just discovered this thread! I have been reading and reading! What a magnificent group individuals running the gamut of brave, courageous, humourous, and gifted all.

1. I live in Bellaire Texas a small town in the medical center area of Houston, where I work as a nurse in a cardiovascular surgery unit at a very large hospital. I am fifth generation Texan with ancestors from Spain in my background and grew up on a ranch in West Texas most of my growing up years collecting fossils and skinny dipping in spring fed pools of the canyons.
I am fifty years old.

2. I have two sons, James and William. They are grown, 21 and 24. James is in Austin working and planning to go back to college. William has signed up with the Navy and will be going off to boot camp probably right after Christmas. I feel extremely anxious about this.

3. Jewelry designing has been a hobby grown into a business over the past 10 years. My hip joints are dying from a disease caused avascular necrosis and I have had one joint replaced already. The other is on borrowed time.
I am hoping that my base of jewelry customers will grow well enough to support me when I am no longer able to be a nurse. I love helping to fix sick hearts. I will stay with the nursing job as long as I am able. There is nothing I love doing better, except designing jewelry. I started lampworking glass to get the beads I want for making my designs! I eat, sleep, and dream in texture, color, and dimension! I have been lampworking enough that I feel my safety glasses on my head, even when they aren't, and I feel stupid running my hand over my head to move them....and they aren't there!!!!!

4. I have been divorced twice and have been single for a very long time.
Five years ago....while recovering from my first hip surgery I had a blind date that has turned into a very long dating relationship. We are engaged to be married now and Richard is my knight in shining armor. While I was still hopping from the refrigerator to the counter on crutches trying to make sandwiches he took over and started cooking three evenings each week at my house and would make enough to feed me when he couldn't be there. His encouragement and support were invaluable in my recovery from the first surgery, my physical therapy, and finally my painful return to work. He kept telling me that I would look back in a year and see a huge improvement.
He kissed away my tears and lovingly helped me put myself back together.
We have built a new house together and I am sure that if a relationship can survive building a house, it can survive anything else.

5. I love creative beauty from the hands of every type of artisan.
Gifting the world with the hope, love, and care that shines through every creative effort is a noble endeavor. It elevates us from the mundane things of the world and reassures the inhabitants of our planet that beautiful, magical, original, creativity is not a notion but a fact and can be produced though combined collaboration of all that we think, all that we feel, and all that we dream. Our essence can move from our minds, through our hands, and manifest for all to see in physical evidence of the fineness of human beings.

A pleasure to meet you all!

11-23-2004, 10:09 PM
Great idea for a thread, we all like to talk about ourselves! Fun reading about you all too.

1. I'm Amoret I've been all the following ~ Amoret Bradley Sprunt ~ Amoret (see how much I like saying my name) Sprunt Baxter 15 years 3 children later (25, 23, & 21) all born at home ~ one in a house with no running water or electricity. a little hippy chick I was, I was Amoret Bradley (NMI) then Amoret Sprunt Phillips. I don't think any of them are skitzaphrenic.

2. Married Chris and had Sam now 9 years old, We moved from Wilmington to Raleigh for Chris' work, I miss my girlfriends in Wilmington. It took us 2 moves to get here, and my dad died, now I'm an orphan (I'm 48 I think). I'm very reclusive and have been slow to make friends here ~ I tried tennis to meet some people and made a few nice friends (but we've never gone out drinking) and then I broke my wrist playing tennis! no glass for about 4 months!

3. My daughter in law got me started doing glass. I saw her for 15 minutes at the torch and it changed my life! (about 3 years ago) I've always loved art, been a closet artist, do the art for a site called taxi1010.com (with my brother who lives in California) but glass, oh my goodness, if I didn't need sleep I'd make glass all night, but I love to dream.

4. In my mind I'm a comedian, and I might not be much but I'm all I think about.

5. I love my life right now, it's the berries. no tatoos, I peirced my own ears way way back when, long before it was in ~ I'm a trend setter too I had 6 holes in 1977. wanted a tatto when I was very young, all my adult children have them, but I'm too fat and old for a tatoo!
That's about 50 things about me!

11-25-2004, 10:31 PM
Okay, I'll bite:

1. I'm female, born 12/12/50, and have been married for 33 years, with 2 grown children;

2. I live in the Houston area, but wish I didn't--I'm trying to get Hubby to move to Arkansas or the lower midwest for retirement in the next 2-3 years. I've got an absolute need for hills, curvy roads, and the ability to grow many varieties of daffodils;

3. Besides glass, Ebay is my "day job" and I sell everything from butterflies to purses to costume jewelry. I'm still working on the glass, although I do some fusing. I just got a Minor (will be installed this weekend), and you can expect the first $100 bead by Sunday :wink2: ;

4. Hubby and I are very active in sports cars, including the restoration of a classic '64 Porsche we've owned since '67, which is--no lie--the way we met, so we'll never sell her. After 20 years under a table cloth, she's now running with a perfect body, and just needs a few more interior parts to be complete. I've also got a major crush on Michael Schumacher, the Formula 1 champion for the last several years;

5. I owned a pet shop for 10 years (specializing in exotic birds, which I also bred), and have a small menagerie at home. Unfortunately, I had to sell it in '96 because I had a major fall that triggered all kinds of problems, including broken bones, 6 surgeries, nerve injury, chronic pain, and depression (I'm bipolar). I haven't been able to work full time since then...

11-27-2004, 09:03 PM
Hi Everyone! I am enjoying reading about you all so much! What a special group of witty, fun, interesting, kind people you are!!

My name is Kelly Davidson, I just turned 40 on the 16th of this month and I was born and raised in Beaufort, SC., a small town on the coast.

1. I love the salt water and can't imaging living where there is none around. I once lived in Virginia Beach for awhile, but came right back home. My family has lived here for 5 generations now.

2. I first met my husband when I was 6 years old, although we didn't date until much later. :) He is the love of my life, and my very best friend. We have 4 children, ages 19, 16, 12, and 8 years old. We now own the home my husband grew up in, and our kids even went to the same elementary school we did. We are happiest when we are all together.

3. I have always been an Artist of some sort. My first love in art used to be oil paint, but to tell the truth, I'm not very good at it. In oil my work is very serious, and dark, and in glass it is bright,and whimsical. Glass makes me happy, so I've ditched the paintbrushes for the most part.
My husband was my biggest cheerleader when I started making beads, even when I was spending alot more than I was making! It paid off and I made my beadmaking a full time career when my husband, a computer engineer for Gulfstream Areospace told me he was unhappy at work and dreamed of being a Firefighter. Now we both play with fire for a living, and my daughter works at a coffee shop/bookstore called the "Firehouse". Kind of ironic.

4. My only claim to fame besides winning a dental poster contest in the 4th grade :D LOL is that once a movie was made in my hometown called "The Big Chill" and my grandma and I got picked to be extra's in the funeral scene. You can see my grandma really good in the scene, but I think I must have ended up on the cutting room floor. I was a great experience though and I really enjoyed it. I still have my Columbia Pictures pay stub!

5. I have 2 Golden Retriever's and 1 Silky Terrier, and Lori- Like you, I kiss them all on the lips! I also have two cats, one is a Maine Coon cat. I also have to include the many squirrels from around the yard I feed daily. My teenage daughters think I'm crazy because I buy the gourmet blend of nuts for the squirrels and talk to them. I would probably kiss the squirrels the lips too if I wasn't afraid they would bite mine off! ;) Oh, I also LOVE gardening, especially roses.

This has been great fun, thank you everyone for sharing your lives.

11-29-2004, 10:24 PM
Hi everyone! I'm new here (been lurking and wow is this place great!), so I thought this might be a good place to start...

1. I I'm 21 and own a business (actually a partnership), a house, and work full-time at a "real job" an hour away from my home. True, I have NO time, but I love everything I do. You can see the horribly outdated website I created for my business at www.lunalore.com . Really, it's very out-dated, but I will get around to it soon...I hope!

2. I am very happily married (but not legally, of course) to my life partner, Julie. She is my business partner and my best friend. We had a committment ceremony last June and I am so proud to have her in my life. We share a love of art in all forms as well as our spiritual beliefs and views. (We study and practise old religions and ways of life, ranging from native american studies to ancient egypt and everything in between.)

3. I take pictures, sculpt, draw, solder, paint, collage, work with wood, work in photoshop, play guitar (poorly), write, and take part in every other artistic endeavor I can. I cannot satisfy my creative hunger no matter what I do. I am always searching for other means by which to express myself. I guess you could say I am obsessed...it's almost pathetic really :wink2:

4. I used to ride and show Quarter horses competitively (and successfully) all over the US until I developed a fracture in my back and could no longer ride. It was devastating to me at the time, but I realize now that it really forced me to get in touch with my artistic side and I am grateful for that nudge. I retained my love of animals though...I have 2 dogs, 3 cats, 3 birds, and a snake. I couldn't live without them.

5. I love heavy rock music, my favorite band being Disturbed. I've gone through 3 copies of their first CD because I listened to it so much that each of them started skipping. Good music is good music...so I went out and bought 3 more copies...

So there you have it...a little bit about me. I have not started lampworking yet, but I am about to purchase my set-up and go to town. The thought of working hot glass is magical to me!! :clap: Can't wait to get to know all of you!

Mel :D

12-06-2004, 04:00 PM
:) Hi, My name is Larissa. I just joined WC. Here are 5 things about me:

I am 24 years old

I live in Port Townsend, WA

I have been making beads for 6 years.

I have been married to my best freind, Robbie, for 6 1/2 years. We got married when I was 17 and he was 18. Despite what everyone else thought and said would happen, we have stayed together and we still love each other!

We have 2 boys, Jasper who is 6 1/2 and Kai who is 2. Aso despite what everyone else said and thought we love being parents and we're even doing a good job! :)

12-10-2004, 02:24 PM
Huuuuummm, 5 Things?

1) I am married to my best friend also, 17 great years.
2) We have 2 children Leslie & Brandon 14/12. My son and I raise Red Eye Tree Frogs and Tiger Leg Monkey frogs, my daughter and I for the moment only have shopping in common. :D I wouldn't trade the for the world though!
3)One of my favorite things to do besides the obvious is spend my quiet mornings with Stormin Normin (our one year old Shepherd) and Alexander (our 6 year old Maine Coon). They both steal the couch so finding a spot to sit is difficult.
4) Born in Florida. Live in Washington State. Hubby was Born in California. We met in the middle.
5)We are a military family. US NAVY. 2 years to retirement if all goes well :clap:

Dave and Becky Jurgens
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12-11-2004, 06:32 AM
Guess Its my turn...

1. I was born at 1978 (makes me bout 26 now, 2004) In israel, and still lives here, not planning on leaving. :D

2. for the last four years I have been studying Chinese medicine and if all works as planned, next year I will get my accupuncturist diploma.
for now, when I am not melting glass, I trat people with chinese massage therapy (called Tui-Nah) that I have been studying for two years.
this "tool" is just amazing!!! get a treatment if you could find a good Tui-nah therapyst!!!

3. Every tuseday night I go for a rollerbladig skete of about 10-15 miles (20-30 km) with a group of about 100-200 skaters.

4. I am a colorblind!!
low grade colorblind, but still doesn't know exactly which the colors I am using are...
I go with my feeling about colors, not really knowing what colors are they or how "Exactly" they will show in the end.
it all started when i was a child and called to my father "hay! look at those preety green flowers" they were yello... :p
I still have no idea what is everybody talking about when thay are talking of the green light in traffic light... (guys, trust me... its WHITE!)

5. I sing!
I sing WELL!
Hell, I am a good singer!!!

thats it right?


12-12-2004, 12:02 AM
Ok, I've been lurking for quite a while, off and on, so I guess this is a good way to jump in... :p

1. I used to be a commercial-rated helicopter pilot. Well, I guess I technically AM still one, they didn't revoke my license, but no one in their right mind would fly with me right now, and I'm not current. There are two kinds of pilots - those who have crashed, and those who are waiting to. I'm the first kind.

2. I used to be a speedskater, and I skated at the Salt Lake City Olympic Oval the summer before the Olympics were held there. Bonnie Blair is my sports idol. I looooove speedskating, but Kansas is not a good place for it...

3. I'm an artist wannabe. My whole life I've loved art, and always flunked it. I discovered rubberstamping 12 years ago, and finally found something I could do. Always wanted to get into beads, and resisted until 2 years ago - then got into lampworking last year. Still hoping for just the right 'thing' to come along to make me a 'real' artist, even though I know deep down inside that a)I'm already one if I'm making art, even if it's not any good, and b)there is no right 'thing,' unless you call it practice, practice, practice...

4. I crave being different (see #1 and 2). I've always felt the need to excel and to stand out at something, and since I'm not pretty, or popular, or particularly athletic, I've always chosen to go at 'unusual' activities. I think I have adult-onset ADD though, I find myself flitting from one thing to another more and more rapidly these days. In a nicer tone, I refer to it as 'trying to cram it all into one lifetime;' when I'm not being so nice it's more of 'she just can't make up her mind and focus.' Either way, it's not conducive to that excelling thing.

5. In my 'spare' time I work fulltime, raise two kids, two cats, and a husband, make jewelry, make beads, knit, rubberstamp, lead a Girl Scout troop, teach Sunday School, and occasionally cook, clean, and iron. I don't sleep nearly enough, and am still trying to figure out how I could get a 36 hour day so I could get at least half the stuff done that I want to.

12-12-2004, 12:38 AM
Hi, Karin--I'm a noncurrent fixed wing pilot. Got my license in '69, in the Chicago area--one month after I turned 18. Haven't flown since '75, though--I got pregnant and couldn't fly, then had a baby with Spina Bifida, so you can figure the rest. She's grown now, so we hope to get back into it during retirement...

12-14-2004, 09:54 AM
I LOVE this thread and have had big fun reading and
giggling over all of them......
Well I'm STILL a newbie so these should all be news to ya'll......

1. Born Sept. 5, .....another Virgo...grew up in Virginia for most of my life in a small town where everyone knew everyone and if you got out of line the neighbors would spank you and send you home to be spanked again....ggroflol.. My mother was one of those people who shouldn't have had kids....I tried to escape by slitting my wrist at age 12...........I didn't really get to know my father until I was around 22 and we're VERY close now....my mom....well every now and then I still fall for the "I really want to make a relationship with you" crap; then the o.k. I'll try stage, then the wailing and crying stage; then the I was so stupid to think she's changed stage, then the I'm never talking to her again stage. Right now we're in the I'm
never talking to her again stage......been there for the past year.

2. Married my high school sweetheart TWICE!! We dated from the time I was a freshman and he a sophomore....married when I was a senior and he was in the Marines.......separated a year after that, divorced 2 years after that....though we kept in contact and I still visited his family and hung out with his sister.....even met some of his girlfriends.....got remarried about 3 years after that and some where in there we have 2 kids a boy and girl and later we adopted a 14 year old girl who was my daughter's friend and to save her from foster homes; people STILL say we were nuts. She's worth the teenage trauma......most days....gggroflol

3. I'm a loner; suffer from depression and social anxiety unless the socializing is with other artist, should be on medication but refuse because I'm scared it'll mess with my creativity and I just plain hate taking medicine. I can go months without ever leaving the house before I force myself out. I've learned that alone is not lonely; and I manage the depression by staying busy every hour of the day on various projects.....spinning, dyeing fabric, embroidering, soft sculpture dolls, beading, and yadda yadda. I wasn't always like this.....we moved a lot with the military and I had many jobs that I loved,
even supervised a crew at a golf company and managed a store......then the politics got to me and I quit.......tried going back to work a couple of times and found I can't stomach the politics; so now I just create.

4. My husband spoils me rotten and he's still my best friend even though we've had a rocky road and I would have divorced him AGAIN 7 years ago if it wasn't for the kids. We have the basic dysfunctional, co-dependant relationship. In a magical world I would have divorced him.....smacked the kids with the magic wand and they would have been grown and out on their own, then I would have moved to a old farmhouse that I could restore with a 5' 5" tall auburn haired woman that resembles Angelina Jolie as my soul mate and we would make bead; raise all kinds of animals; and be happy forever.

5. I've always loved glass and bought one of Cindy's books 8 years ago and it's taken all these years before I actually got to play with fire!!! Working with the glass feels like I've come home!!! My plans for going to a glass school are still in the dream stage; until then I come to Wet Canvas and soak up the knowledge, advice, and fun when I can.

That's about it.......oh almost forgot, I'm writing a book and it's going to be a bestseller because everything in it will be true....and you know truth is stranger then fiction......I've led a soap opera life or better yet a Lifetime Movie Channel life!!!.....gggroflol......
Darlene......STILL a newbie

12-14-2004, 05:28 PM
Darlene--I've been bipolar for over 40 years. Don't worry about the meds--the benefits FAR outway the disadvantages, if the right drug is selected. It might take a few trials to find one. I'm on 2 right now, and I'm trying to stay stable until the FDA approves the Vagus Nerve Stimulator implant.

Find yourself a good psychiatrist who has lots of experience with meds, preferably a pharmacopsychiatrist. This is actually a recognized subspecialty, and they are worth their weight in gold. I drive about 80 miles to see mine, passing up literally hundreds, but I wouldn't change for the world.

Sherrie L. Branch
12-15-2004, 07:55 PM
All right--here goes

I am new to Wet Canvas. My daughter Dana said I needed to become involved.

I am in business with my daughter. We formed Campfire Creations about a year ago, Although I started working in glass over 3 years ago. I like to consider it a hobby, but people keep wanting to buy beads, (and I have to be careful because my daughter will sell them off my neck every chance she gets). I love working with her--she is great. Althought she only started a year ago--she took to bead making and surpasses me now on a regular basis.

I am 52 years old. I am very happily married to a wonderful man. We, my husband and I, currently live in Texas, but are planning to return to Northern Florida where my daughter and I share our business (it's hard to run a partnership when you are 1,000 miles apart.

I am a retired RN.

I have two children (Dana and David), two grandchildren (Michael and Jack). They are the light of my life (another reason to go back home).

I am having my first bead show in our small town this friday. Hope it is a small turn out as I do not have the inventory that we have in Florida. But some of the ladies around here wanted to have the opportunity to purchase Christmas presents and one of the local Realtor's offer to sponsor the show. Soo here I go again.

I have agree to work with the local chamber of commerce to organize a Market Days once a month for the two local communities which will feature local artist and home grow/produced products. There are so many talented people our there.

Well that a good start--hope to become a regular to Wet Canvas and be able to participate and be useful.

12-16-2004, 12:19 PM
1) I'm Jeanette Savina Cobb (Maiden name "Becerra" which means female calf :o )
2) Married to my carpenter/computer tech/glass artist husband Charles E. Cobb II on 12/19/97 (whom I met on the internet) Anniversary coming up!
3) Discovered glass art in the fall of 2001 (stained glass, glass etching/carving, mosaics, glass fusing, glass beads) which we do in our art glass studio/woodshop recently built next to our home on the edge of Jasper & Newton Counties in NW IN.
4) Have 6 children combined and 10 grand children ages 2-12 and a spoiled rotten cat named Visa (cuz she's everywhere you want to be.)
5) Own an assembly & packaging company with 40+ employees in NW IN

Glad to be a new member of WC. Happy to get to know everybody.


12-20-2004, 05:46 PM
1. I was born and raised in Montana but have lived in Washington state for the past 11-years
2. I've been lampworking for about 1 year and am seriously addicted
3. I LOVE cats...especially Tabby, my Persian!
4. I've been married for 20 years and have two teenage boys (that I adore!)
5. I'm an engineer during the day

12-25-2004, 12:06 AM
Seems like a good place to get started!

1. I live in Rockford, IL, very near the IL/WI border.

2. I recently "left" my job (Mech. Engineering) to pursue entrepreneurial interests.

3. I am a 25 year old male that has the itch to light the torch at a moments notice!

4. I have a vintage toy website, which is currently in so-so condition! When I am not playing with fire or playing with the puppy, I am searching for old toys (got any?)!

5. The puppy I mentioned earlier is actually a 9 month old, 75 lb. Rottweiler and he is my boy!

On another note, I can't wait to get started with this board. It is by far the most extensive resource I have found! Thanks to everyone for their support. I have already learned an immense amount!


12-26-2004, 02:35 AM
Hello there!

I just got a small starter kit for christmas (was the only thing that i asked for, really) and i am so grateful for the info that i've read from this site in researching glass art... So here goes!

1. My name is Darin, i'm 28, and i live in the land of cheese.. Not a die hard Packer Fan, but i enjoy the excitement that my friends and family have whilst watching, and i enjoy the games too...

2. I live with my Fiance, who rolls her eyes when i get started talking about glasswork, because she can't get a word in edgewise..

3. i have a pet too.. her name is Consuela... formerly known as Willard (essential components were recently not found..) she's a little teddy bear hamster that i picked up a while back to console my soon-to-be wife one hard day..

4. I love to paint, draw and create.. so when i thought about glass, i realized that i could get brilliant colors and create interesting things that people will use, i thought it an important avenue for creating aside from my sometimes dark painting.

I don't really have a 5th item, just a thanks for welcoming me! you guys are pretty darn cool!! Hope you all had a nice holiday!


12-26-2004, 10:15 AM
1. I've been divorced for 21 years

2. I love doggies... and kitties, too, but I love my doggies.

3. I work at a drudge job...I'm a mail carrier so if I didn't do lampworking and design jewelry I'd have no life and be depressed.

I have one daughter who is a wonderful person. I adore her although sometimes she drives me crazy! LOL. She is 25.

5. As I have grown up I have come to truly appreciate my friendships with a few special women I know. I feel so much support from them which I never felt from anyone before in my life. They are jewels.

6. I'm cheating and adding that I LOVE WC!!!!!