Monday, November 27, 2006

Hey! How's it goin'???

I started a job at a grocery store last week...holy crap, I didn't realize how many different types of tomatoes, pears, lettuce, peppers, there are! So many numbers running through my brain...I think it's on overload. You have to not only be able to tell what type of tomato or pear or parsley the customer is buying but, the code that goes along with it. There are lots of those too!!!! It's mind numbing. I got my first real chance on the register with an actual customer on Sunday. I was extremely nervous! Everything went okay even though I had to look up the codes for a bunch of things. My mind started drawing blanks. There are so many of them & some of these cashiers can ramble off the code for pretty much anything in the store. I like the job glad I will be taking a Medical Transcription course soon as well as working at Zehrs.

I haven't done hardly any beading in over a week...sigh...I just don't feel like it...I feel like I have to memorize all these damn codes or customers are gonna get mad or something.

Working again tomorrow...hope I don't screw anything up! :o)


Pam :o)

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


Why do I get my hopes up? They always seem to get crushed by one thing or another. A family member offered to pay for me to take a nail technician course, as it is a job where I can sit down. Something I pretty much need as I have a bad back & bad knees. Turns out that it is more expensive to take the course than she thought it would be. So now I'm back to looking for a job that I can do without being in pain at a place that follows the Employment Standards Act.
Wish me luck as I know I'll need it.

Yesterday my oldest daughter turned 16! I think she really enjoyed her day!
Kirsten got this beautiful sterling silver chain with a marquisite cross from her boyfriend DJ.

The girls had a great time having dinner with their Nanny at Mr. Green Jeans in Toronto, then off to see the play Wicked. After that they visited their young cousins that they haven't seen in a long long time. The following day Nanny took them to see The Nightmare before Christmas in 3D!
Lucky toads!

This is Ruby, Lily, Ginette, & Arthur their cousins & Aunt.

Here is a picture of my most recent piece.

This is bead crochet done with size 11 japanese beads & myuki fringe beads on a polyester thread. The bead caps & clasp are sterling silver & the pink beads on the ends are faceted cats eye beads. I like how this one turned out.

I seem to be on a bead crochet kick time I may have more pictures to show of the bead crochet that I have been working on.

Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day!


Thursday, November 09, 2006

It's Thursday

I spent most of yesterday cleaning my house for the arrival of my Mother-in-law (Penny) & her husband (Richard). They drove from Ottawa on Wednesday to her sister's in Pickering for the night & then drove here to St. Catharines. The daughters both have their Birthday's this month, one is turning 16 and the other 14! (makes me feel old) Anyway my Mother-in-law & her husband are taking my girls out for dinner to Mr. Green Jeans & then they are off to see the play "WICKED"! They will be spending the night at my Brother-in-laws with his wife & their 3 kids. My girls are going to have loads of fun that's for sure!! The only thing the girls have known for well over a week now, is that their Nanny was coming to visit to give them each their birthday gifts & that it was bigger than a bread box & smaller than a jewellry box. LOL!

I think they really liked this surprise from their Nanny!! Can't wait to hear all about the play tomorrow & see the pictures they take of their cousins. Lily is 6, Ruby will be 5 in Feburary & Arthur is 8 months old.

My Mother-in-law told me that she thinks that I would be good at learning how to do acrylic & gel nails, seeing as I'm so good with my hands using those tiny beads. So now I need to decide if this is something I want to do. I've thought about it before. As Penny said, "You will be able to sit down & I know you'd be go at it!" (I have a hard time standing for long periods due to a bad back & bad knees) Penny said that she would also pay for me to take the classes to learn how to do this. Guess I've got some thinking to do.

I did manage to sneak in some beading yesterday. I made the two pairs of earring that my neighbour ordered, she came over & said I need earrings, nothing to long & classy but contemporary. Hope these fit the bill. :o)

Both are made with Swarovski sliders, Swarovski crystals & sterling silver earwires. I hope she likes them.

I also made a pair of hoop earrings. The hoops are sterling silver & I used silver size 11 beads & two sizes of dagger beads. My oldest daughter wanted them as soon as she saw them! I like the way they turned out, don't you?

Today I've been working on a flat caterpillar bead crochet bracelet, could possibly turn into a necklace. For this one I'm using size 11 Japanese seed beads & Myuki fringe drops in white AB. It is all strung on polyester thread. What a bitch to get it started after only ever having used crochet cotton, it took me a bit to get used to first using smaller beads, ( I usually use size 6 or 8's) then getting used to the thread. Well, so far it's looking pretty good. I'd post a picture but my kids have the camera to take pictures of their little cousins in Toronto. So, when I've finished it I'll post a picture for ya. :o)

Off to go & bead some more while I have the house to myself for the next few hours until my sweetie gets home from work.

Pam :o)

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Been a while

Well, it's been a while since my last post.
I was working at this place called International News, all seemed GREAT! Then they started scheduling me for 6, 7 & 10.5 hours shifts without a single break!! I mentioned that I needed a meal break for that long of a shift. I do have type 2 diabetes & need to eat on a somewhat normal basis. They told me that beacuse they only need 1 person to work at a time that breaks don't happen & it's not going to change now! Well, I called the labor board & told them what was up, I am perfectly within my right to ask for a meal break after 5 hours worked. Needless to say if I'm not going to receive a proper break then I shouldn't work there! Also during my employment with this company, I was told to come in for work one day at 11AM and work until 9:30PM but I would only be getting paid from 2:30 - 9:30 & yup, you guessed it, NO BREAK...umm HELLO...I don't work for free & I don't know many people who do unless it's volunteer work! Anyway, I am back to searching for a part time halfway decent job with a company who follows the rules for employees set out by the Employment Standarts Act! Jeesh!!!

On to beading!
I haven't done a lot but have finished up some projects that needed to be done. The first is one of my own designs. It is a tapesty done with Delica beads, 6880 to be exact & is Chinese characters which spell the word Goddess! What do you think? I am really pleased with the way it turned out.I have also recently made a European 4 in 1 chainmaille ring for myself. Actually I had one made a few days ago then, a friend came over tried it on, and is still wearing it. I hope she likes it as much as I like mine. I find them very comfortable to wear. Here's a picture. It's not the best picture but it'll do.

Today I even managed to upload 5 new patterns at (designer name Looner Creations) Sorry shamless plug.

That's about all for now. I have designed a few new patterns & want to bead them up first before I publish them at Bead I also have two ornament patterns to write up...I LOVE BEADING!

Pam :o)