Monday, April 28, 2008

I'm teaching classes!

Hey Folks! There's a new summer class schedule out at The Bead Shoppe. For those of you that don't know, I'm a beadaholic! Not only do I make my own jewelry, I also work (manage) at a bead store! Going with that, I also teach a fair amount of classes at the Folsom shop. Class attendance has been a little low for a while, so I thought I would blog to see if I can get some of my friends to attend (hint-hint, wink-wink*) ;)

Now for the dirty details:
Yes, there is a class fee which ranges from $15 to $35.
Supplies are extra! You can bring your own from home or buy anything you need at the store (we have hand-outs for supplies).
You MUST sign-up in advance! Either classes fill up too quickly and you miss out, or no one signs up and they get cancelled!
You can view the complete list of classes online at
You do have to call or come in to sign-up for all classes (no online sign-up)

Here are some pictures of my more favored projects:

Casual Chic Necklace

Vintage Flower Bracelet

Zigzag Flower Necklace

Flower Pins

Yes, I do love flowers! There are several other classes offered ranging from beginning to advanced. Please sign up and keep me company! Again, I only teach at the Folsom store, but you are welcome to go to Roseville to take classes there if that location in more convenient for you!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

When baking goes WRONG!

It was my boyfriend, Chris', birthday this week. I decided to bake him a angel food cake. Mind you, I've never made one before; but I bought the Betty Crocker mix and I figured it would be a cinch! I scanned the directions and poured water in a large metal bowl, added the mixture and then whisked it all together. I thought that I had found a large enough baking dish for it, so I poured everything in it and threw it in the oven. About fifteen minutes into baking, this is what I found:

It had already started to ooze over the top and around the sides of the dish onto the oven rack! I decided to shave the outter ooze off and let it bake some more!
Chris, of course, had to take pictures of me trying to salvage his cake! I allowed it to bake some more until the outer edges seemed nice and golden and crispy. Sadly, as I removed it from the oven it was still moving around like jello! Deciding to bake it some more I stuck it back in the oven with foil over the top so that it wouldn't burn at a slightly cooler temperature. Unfortunately, it made the top sink into the rest of the cake! A bit broken-hearted I took it out of the oven to cool.
Pathetic and concaved, I stuck twenty-eight candles in it, gathered the friends and roomies to the kitchen to sing "Happy Birthday" to Christopher. He blew out all the candles at once and everyone had a good laugh at my failed attempt of baking an angel food cake! Luckily, I had strawberries and whipped cream and peanut butter cup ice cream on hand!
After serving up the berries and cream, everyone (including myself) poked at the sad cake! Now I know to find a much larger dish for next time! Also, I'm seriously going to work on my cooking and baking skills!

What a weekend!

It's always great when my weekend starts out good! Friday night I went out with one of my best girlfriends, Amanda! We had our favorite girls night out of dinner and a movie - I know, I know, it sounds kinda boring, what can I say, we love it! First we went to CPK and then we saw "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" (which was hilarious!).

Saturday morning I had to teach Bead Knotting ( I made this necklace in class:

I used these awesome enameled and lucite flowers I bought from Etsy! Of course I had to play some more after class, so I made these:

The wonderful, Miss Hana, was kind enough to model for me! ;)

Then on Sunday, I vended at the Earth Day Festival in Southside Park. I was there with my Mafia sisters Amy, Antoinette, Sofia, Deb, Monica & Ruby. It was freezing cold, but we made the most of it! Unfortunately, all my pictures are in my film camera! Fortunately Amy has some awesome pictures on her Flickr page ( Check them out! There's some great stuff to see!

All in all, it was a pretty great weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Etsy Feature!

Check it out! I'm featured in the etsy treasury! Yay! I'm so excited!

Thank you so much artbylisak!!!