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Description from Smoky Rose: this piece is unfinished.
90% of my pieces are unfinished.
I don't know if it is because I am unsure of myself - if I lose interest after the design challenge is met - or what....
I would imagine A.D.D. is behind it somehow. No, I'm not making fun - I wouldn't do that. I was just diagnosed in the past couple of weeks. (Boy! do a lot of things make sense now!) I've battled depression my entire adult life - and recently, in one of the deepest, darkest times I've known, I found a doc who believes I also have ADD. This dark time is when I found you ladies - and unbeknownst to most of you (I would suspect the wise, wise, owls ie: Anita, etc) could see right thru me - but to the rest who I've been hiding from - you have held my hand thru this odd and difficult time - and that is why I Picked for you a beautiful bouquet at Easter time. I am SO grateful to you all - You've been more help than you know!
Please see this piece.
Yes, it is entirely tooooo long - I have to scale it down to about 26" or so....

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  1. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    see pix.

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  2. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Mary, one of my boys has that problem and I tell him things aren’t unfinished but are a work in progress. You are a work in progress, & wonderful things are waiting to come to you. Thank you for sharing w/ us!!

  3. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Thank you, Mommykat!
    Thank you!

  4. Michelle Downy Chick
    Michelle Downy Chick says:

    Mary–if 90% of your other pieces are as beautiful as your pick and your pic, find the courage to finish! You are such a joy and an inspiration here :)

  5. KPJEWELS
    KPJEWELS says:

    Mary, I have a son and a grand-son with ADD, so I completely understand your situation. Life is not easy but if you take that beautiful necklace that is in the pic and put a few minutes at a time into it, it will work. You CAN finish it. If you think of it as a work in progress, just like mommycat said, you can do it. BTW thanks for sharing and you have produced a beautiful pick here. Now we want to see the finished necklace next. OK? We’re rootin for you.

  6. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Thank you, girls!!!
    This isn’t a lame attempt on my part to be showered with compliments and goodness – you all have already done that.
    I wanted to a) stop hiding b) say thank you SO much and…. c) see if I was on the right track at all – pretty much my mom is the only one who has seen my pieces.

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    That’s a very nice necklace (and pick)! Sometimes I make one earring (that was rather complicated) and then I don’t finish the other one until weeks later! Or I also do that w/ necklaces!

  8. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    no, you were not asking- we are giving, thats what friends do :)

  9. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Hi Mary, I think possibly all of us have been there, whether it be ADD or some other issue, so don’t feel alone. When I get feeling this that I always say that things can’t get much worse so they have to get better…which of course, they always do! :-) Your story has touched me. Your picks are beautiful and your wit is great…so thinks will get better and better and better because now that you have been diagnosed, you will have the tools to know how to cope. Like 3KJEWELS said..w.e’re rootin for you!

  10. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    I’m touched – truly touched by you all – as I have been since January.
    You’re fantastic, and I’m glad I’ve got yas!
    Thank you!
    - now we gotta stop before I cry – My eye make-up looks awesome today, don’t wanna ruin it ;)

  11. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Mary, you are very brave to share that with all of us. Thank you. Being real with yourself and others can be a hard but beautiful thing, and it’s the only way to go. Each and every one of us struggles with something, whether it be low self-esteem, depression, an addiction, or just difficult life circumstances. But being honest about them is what helps bring healing. I myself have suspected for quite some time now that I may have bipolarism. (Don’t laugh! I know, I make jokes about it too!) But I can laugh at myself and now that I don’t try to hide it from those around me, I feel so much more free and ready for change. The fact that you start a project and don’t always finish it is no big deal. We all do it. (At least I know I do!!) Honestly Mary, your necklace is my favorite one I’ve seen posted so far. It’s BEAUTIFUL. And when you finish it people are going to stare in awe. ;) Keep it up and love yourself unconditionally.

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    :D (here’s a smile then)!

  13. Cathy H Chocolate Chick
    Cathy H Chocolate Chick says:

    OMG, Mary, you have touched my heart! I think that you are so talented, interesting, and kind you have no reason to doubt yourself. My daughter is suffering from deprssion right now too. It can be an awful thing. Hope that your dr can give you something to make you feel much better. This is an awesome necklace – absolutely gorgeous!! I always wondered what to do with that lovely brass filigree flower. This is perfect – great job. :)

  14. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Ivy – I would never laugh, sweetheart – never. Yeah, we laugh at ourselves, sure – it’s what gets us thru and keeps us from crying, I know. You guys all inspire me – a few weeks back when we were talking about difficult marriages, I wanted to speak up – just wasn’t ready. I know we all have a cross to carry – no doubt! I am far from alone – having a little circle of folks to smile with is how we keep carrying the cross – and not set it down and give up. I may sound dark, but worry not – I’m not giving up! Hugs and Kisses to you all!

  15. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Cathy – thanks! thanks so much! Oh yeah – as a pharmacist, you know – and I’m a pharmacy purchaser in the hospital setting, the doc is trying some different goodies on me – and I think this is where this recent border-line obnoxiousness is coming from (liothyronine+methylphenidate) – so, I’ll you to excuse me while we fine tune some dosing issues. I’m so sorry for your daughter. How old is she? It’s a bear – and it’s a bear hiding it. You don’t want to wear it on your sleeve, of course – I’m pretty private and secretive as it is – but when you find someone who understands, it’s like you just lost 20lbs and your lungs double their capacity!

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    I too have many unfinished pieces… keep buying beads and findings only to put them away for when inspiration hits… there are a lot of stuff just sitting there waiting… keep thinking it’ll happen with the next piece I get, the next one, well maybe the next one… your necklace is coming out beautiful (I’m not just saying that to be nice) you are almost finished! better sunny weather always uplifts me so maybe you too?

  17. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Mary,

    thank you for being so vulnerable and honest about this aspect of yourself, I’m really touched. As others are saying please be kind and compassionate to yourself, you already are with us! I definitely relate to what you’re describing in your long journeys to figure out what is going on with your lifelong depression and difficulties in finishing –
    don’t set yourself any kind of “gotta have this finished by…” for that lovely necklace you shared with us okay??? just let yourself work on adding to it as you feel like it, believe me… sometimes I “dash off” a Pick too quickly and then figure later, Oh why didnt I put… and that too… :) … likewise with working on making pieces, one part of me says “why aren’t you done yet?? the other will say “okay don’t rush,…ssshhh, inspiration will come, just trust the process”…
    hey Ivy, figuring out any part of what’s going on with us,especially an aspect like maybe being bipolar… no laughing here! I’ve also had periodic depression and OCD at times… it’s taken me many years and some very supportive folks to help ease those shadows…be good to yourself too, okay senorita??
    like Mary, I greatly appreciate all the kindness, sympathies and support I’ve gotten from others here!!! :)

    Joyce

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    M mccallister mrs chick says:

    good afternoon mary. i have just had time to look and read through the picks. i am hoping you are feeling better every day. i think it was brave of you to open up on here. several times i have wanted to mention things that was going on with me but felt silly as i know none of you personally. we have such wonderful people on here that inspire and encourage each other. i have been battling some self defeating thoughts for about a couple of weeks and often wanted to just mention it on here to be able to get the words out of me. please feel free to reach out to me anytime you need to.

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    TuckyMisfit says:

    gorgeous colors, brave expression of self.

  20. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    And right back to you, Monica.
    I know, it’s funny – we don’t ‘know’ one another and yet we do know some intimate details of eachother’s lives. My family knows I struggle with depression, of course – but they don’t understand. Nobody knows about the ADD. My husband denies the reality of depression – not only does he not think I have it – he doesn’t think it exists…… how do you think that makes somebody feel? In many ways he’s a good man, but….this may be a line in the sand with us. I was upfront before we were married – didn’t want to pull the wool over his eyes, just because I was in ‘a good phase’ – but it’s hard getting thru something like this without support. To say nothing of the ADD! I am the villiage idiot in my house – and the villiage idiot to my in-laws – and boy! I am tired of being the villiage idiot. You guys accepted me when I wiggled my way into the clutch of Chicks – accepted me and welcomed me. As such, I wanted you to know the ‘other me’…and wow, it is great, the response, the support, and encouragement. You opened up a couple weeks back about men, as did CAS, as did Ivy and hushed up, listened, and sat here – I think that day gave me the courage to be myself today.
    We do have wonderful people here. There is so much to gleen and share. I can’t imagine being anywhere else or with any other folks :)

    Thank you too, for sharing Joyce – and Ivy – you call me courageous, look at yourselves! and your accomplishments! Joyce, excelling as you acedemically – Ivy, your children, your business(s) and school! – all while chasing your own demons.

    DD – yes, the sun helps, you’re 100% right. This is largely why I love the SW. The love of my life, the one who got away, moved to the SW years and years ago – and introduced me to it. I never felt better in my life – physically, emotionally, creatively…. the whole 9.

  21. Fashion Chick aka SC
    Fashion Chick aka SC says:

    Mary,please keep your chin up!! Beading is a wonderful tool to use when the blues strikes because as we create,we smile,we laugh,we believe and all of this helps to fade the clouds. I think that all creative people have a little quirkiness to them and that’s what makes us so GREAT!!!

  22. KPJEWELS
    KPJEWELS says:

    Mary, my doctor recommended knitting for my nerves. It was great therapy. I sort of got away from it and my grandchildren got me into beading and now that is my therapy. Hang in there girl.

  23. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Stephanie! a new face to me. Thank you! and nice to meet you!

    Stephanie and Evelyn – Beading is great! Best thing I’ve ever picked up – it keeps the brain busy with deciding on color combos and searching for muses. It’s good, clean, healthy stuff!

  24. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Yup, just like Stephanie C said, creative people are usually a little quirky or eccentric but that’s what makes us great! Mary, don’t let anybody label you (including yourself!) as an idiot or anything else negative because you are a divine creation and if someone can’t see that, then that’s THEIR problem!! About the lost love in the SW, would it be totally crazy and unrealistic to maybe move down there? Just a thought. I would like to eventually move there too, my father lived there for a little while and said that it was like being somewhere magical, and that it fosters creativity. Well whatever you do, keep beading!! ;)

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    WOW! My heart goes out to each and every one of you sharing your hurts and uncertainties.
    Courage Mary Smoky Chick, courage!! There seems to be a little bit more confidence and maybe even a little defiance in your tone. Hang on to that and find support wherever you can. I’m here, we’re here for you when you need support. I fully believe there are no coincidences. Maybe we found each other here for a reason.
    And I do believe you have a devotion to the Blessed Mother? (forgive me, I don’t mean to offend anyone else.) You and I both know what a sweet haven of comfort and help she can be.

  26. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Funny, Ivy – my folks were ea snow birds who moved to the SW – there, they met and married and lived for several years before coming back to the Mid-west and eventually back East. They told me that if I ever went out there (more so than the other kids, they felt, that I’d never come back.) My first trip out there – within an hour, I said to myself ‘this could be home’ Yeah – I think about it. It could happen one of these days.
    ….and yeah, artists are usually ‘different’ – perhaps some of my/our creativity is borne of the darkness we carry, the pains we carry – I know – and I guess that’s where we can find the good in something bad, right?

    Mary, Sweet Mary – yes, the Blessed Mother is with me. Nobody’s offended – I so doubt if they would be. If they believe or not, if they’re warm enough to be reading this, they’ll accept what you and I hold dear and respect it as such. I think you’re right – I think there’s a lot of reasons why this group has been drawn together. I hope I can be there for you the way you have all been there for me these last couple of months!

  27. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    I guess you could say that, although I don’t necessarily subscribe to any particular religion, I do believe that deities from all the different world religions are unique interpretations of a greater, Divine Spirit.

  28. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Oops! LOL! Sorry, got the two Mary’s mixed up! I thought you were asking me about my beliefs…sorry!

  29. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Ivy – looking back at what I wrote, I can see why you would think that – omg! sorry – no mam, you’re right – I would never push anything on anybody – Mary Sweet Chick and I know we’re both on the same page with ‘that’ subject – otherwise, I wouldn’t go there to that level.

  30. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    so many Mary’s – Smoky, Sweet + the Lady upstairs
    - just like life in all girls Catholic school for me – half the class was named Mary! The nun would call on ‘Mary’ and we’d all respond!

  31. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Smoky: I had just about decided to give up posting and picking, too, for that matter. It’s easy for me to fall into a hole and have difficulty digging my way out. But I just had to see what was going on today and read your description…I paged all the way down w/o reading the posts. I am SO sorry you’re suffering now! I have been treated for depression and panic disorder for over 15 years; I stopped driving and rarely go out. That there is ANYONE else dealing with this kind of difficulty breaks my heart!!! Wish I could reach through the computer and give you a HUGE HUG! It was brave of you to open up like you did – you are a blessing to others though you may not know it! And though a stranger, you are loved across hundreds of miles!!!!

    I promise the days will get brighter. I said it once before and will say it again (even though I’m not the bestower of “Chick” names), you really are BRAVE CHICK!!! Love, Shannon:>

  32. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    lol Don’t apologize, I’m the one who made the mistake! Things like that don’t really offend me anyway, I’m very open and I appreciate when others are too. I just gotta check which Mary it is next time! lol ;)

  33. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Shannon, I imagine that must be a very difficult thing to be dealing with, I hope you find support and comfort here as well.

  34. Chicky Suz aka Susan Z
    Chicky Suz aka Susan Z says:

    Mary smoky chick;I am relatively new to the site and I was amazed at the camraderie you all have going on here. I have someone close to me that is seriousy depressed and has ADD and doesn’t recognize it. It is very serious, but can be over come. Your necklace is beautiful, you will finish it when the time is right.I have peices around for ever that one day I just up and finish it…

  35. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    To All: Smoky needs support and love and encouragement and humor…These abound through all of you! I have just finished reading the posts…I am utterly humbled. Don’t know how many of you are religious, but I believe the shortest distance between human beings is prayer…that being said, you all may as well be in my computer room right now (boy is it crowded in here!)!! Tissue, please….

  36. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Tissue is right! :-) I’ve gone through a few of them today…

  37. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Shannon, don’t give up posting and picking, please! Do you know how much I enjoyed our conversation the other day? Do you know that it was you that I thought of this am before I did this, and thought, Gee – Shannon, I’m not such a neat lady anymore, hu? Please don’t leave – I’m so sorry for your pain too – we can do this together!

    Susan Z – funny part is, I haven’t been with these gals long either. Just since late Jan/early Feb. That is how comfortable everybody has made me feel, that I can be this open, this naked. It’s a good place to be (LB, that is) I’m sorry for your dear one who does not realize…. different, but similar to my husband who does not see me. I live in secret – he does not know I see a doc, does not know I’m medicated. I prefer not to be screamed at as though I am a small child – so, I live in secret. That too, I suppose is why I had to tell the clutch – tired of my secret world, I guess… I wish the best for your dear one, that they eventually see – because each day now I feel a little stronger – and I wish that for others in my predicament. God knows there’s a bunch out there. Life is just plain too short.

  38. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Today we cried together.
    Tomorrow, let’s laugh together :)

  39. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    I’m just speechless…not normal for me! And, Mary, you are, indeed, a neat Lady – so very special!!

    Yeah! Let’s laugh tomorrow…maybe even get a jump on it and giggle some this afternoon! :>

  40. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    that works! big time! :)
    I better see you here tomorrow, Shannon! – or I’ll track you down and take you bead shopping!….then again, that would be fun – ok – I’ll track you down and make you eat brussel sprouts! so be here, neat lady!

  41. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    good afternoon everyone,

    I too am very touched by all the tenderness, vulnerabilities, love and good humor being shared here, very rare to find IN PERSON… thank you everyone for being such caring folks, I too wish everyone well in figuring out how we can cope with these painful aspects of ourselves including depression, ADD, being bipolar… or painful relationship difficulties…
    seems as if part of the creative process does include those quirks and eccentricities that DO make us great artists as Ivy mentioned!!! :)
    Well, wish that I could personally hug each and everyone of you! and my best wishes and prayers go out to you my sisters… one day at a time!

  42. Debbi aka Sparkle Chick
    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    I can hardly see through my tears, but know that I am smiling too at this amazing, strong,courageous group of women.

    I have been pretty absent from making fresh picks lately. I get too frustrated. I do love reading the comments and feeling a part of a little beading family! But I am not the Happy Chick my name implies…it’s what I aspire to be.

    I have been living with depression for over 10 years and I do believe my worst days are behind me.

    Smoky, Shannon, Joyce, Mrs. Chick, Ivy…to all of you…we are here on this LB blog for bigger reasons than we thought!

    Smoky…beautiful pick, stunning necklace!
    Let the process and the journey of beading bring you joy..don’t worry about the destination.

    God bless you all!

    Yes, smiles tomorrow…maybe it can be goofy joke day?!

  43. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    sisters in jewelry!

  44. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    I’m also new to the group, since @Jan. I have several family members who are ADD and/or hyperactive. It just makes life harder for them. But==I have also noticed these same people are really smart, creative and kind people. Just like you.
    I may never keep all the Mary’ and Chicks straight in my head, as I often have a problem w/ names, so apologies in advance.
    Smokey, just don’t quit on yourself, please. I have a brother who has done that, and his life is not a good place.
    I am so sad you can’t be honest w/your husband. But I am glad you have found a new group of friends who know you as a special, giving, creative person who deserves respect and love. Hang on, there are better tomorrows waiting out there now that you are getting the help you need.

  45. kcdesigns AKA sporty
    kcdesigns AKA sporty says:

    Smoky chick- thanks for sharing yourself with us. I am just catching up on the pick and the posts. Its amazing this group of ladies and how we have become friends through this site. I hope you know that we are here for you, for support, encouraging words or whatever you need. I can tell you have made some good friends here and you are loved. your necklace is beautiful and you will finish it one day-don’t be in a hurry. maybe this is the necklace to help you though one bead at a time. I will say that your pick name should be changed to- this is me. I don’t believe its the other you-this time in your life is part of your tapestry and when its all done it will be beautiful- you just cant see the whole thing right now. I have a bff who has struggled with depression and she went to a very dark pit but with love, support, and some good meds she is coming out of it. She is on the other side and knows there is a reason she was there- to be revealed at a later time. hang in there Smoky Chick, be proud of who you are. I will be praying for you. You are very talented, keep creating!!!

  46. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Debbi, don’t quit either.

  47. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Hey, I like Brussel Sprouts! Better make it Asparagus…Yukky!

    Smoky…Call Matt at LB (use the direct # on the bottom of the home page). There’s a special surprise waiting for you there!!! If it’s too late today, call in the morning and ask for Matt!!! I don’t think it’s too late, I just talked to him…Call him now if you can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Frustration, it’s part of the creative process – Nobody leave! We’re gonna do this together – and someday – at some bead meeting, we’re all gonna get to meet face to face, sit, and eat, (drink, for those of us who fancy), and talk, laugh, and cry together – and that can’t happen unless we all keep comin’ back!
    You’re all beautiful. I can’t see your faces, but I can see your hearts, and they’re beautiful. May God bless every one of us!

  49. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Sporty Chick – check out the name! ;)

  50. kcdesigns AKA sporty
    kcdesigns AKA sporty says:

    so proud of you- hold you head up, and think of your beading chickies when you are feeling low!!!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    What’s the surprise if you call????

  52. movie chick aka susan
    movie chick aka susan says:

    I just finished reading through all these posts and as I sit here crying because of the heartfelt emotion pouring out of the comments, anyone is lucky to be a part of the group here, whether they have a chick name or not…i am dealing with a mother that cannot see how sick (mentally) she is and therefore refuses to get any help…she has been living with me but I am afraid because of instances with my child she will need to find another place to live…these comments remind me that I am not only person dealing with these issues and that beading is good therapy when the home environment gets to me.

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Beading IS really good therapy!

  54. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    I still say a bead retreat should be forthcoming!! Rug Hookers (yeah, I do that too…) have ‘em all over the place…why can’t we?

    And it’s a good thing you can’t see our faces, Smoky! We’re all red ‘n puffy – sniffly, too! Never a good look!!! I’m investing in waterproof mascara as of today!

  55. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Movie Chick, That’s a tough one…Home should be your sanctuary! But your child comes first…Be strong…XXXXOOOO:)

  56. movie chick aka susan
    movie chick aka susan says:

    Shannon – thanks! :) (has anyone noticed how much I like to use the smiley face :) )

  57. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    oh Susan – I’m so sorry. That must be heartbreaking. I can’t even think what to say right now. ok – I did, Stay here with us. A group of artists with big hearts – big, beautiful hearts – and we’ll all lean on one another.

    Shannon – check out your Mauvie pick ;)

    BEAD RETREAT!!!!!!!!!! I’ll bring the Late Nite, Last Call Jalopeno Doritos and beers – and BEADS!

  58. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    well, how ’bout this, Susan – all day, deep stuff, heavy stuff, tears, the whole 9 – and have you noticed how many smiley faces in the strand of chat? too cool!
    yes – Mom’s are amazing beings – but your little one…. Hard choice, but you’re making the right one.

  59. movie chick aka susan
    movie chick aka susan says:

    Mary – best idea I heard in long time…just made me tear up again…the struggle of late with my mother, my father caught in the middle and wanting to protect my child..yes, I will stay, we will all stay and lean on each other…thanks :)

    I will bring the movies for the BEAD RETREAT (of course!!!)

  60. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Movie Chick, you’re right, beading is excellent therapy. So is writing. (Smoky, I just remembered that I did a journal entry this very morning about how I start things and don’t finish them!) I hope your home situation gets better and everything works out where everyone is happy with it. And I am a smiley face junkie too :) See?!!

  61. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    I am too. And if there is a bead retreat, put me down for Strawberry Margaritas!

  62. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Yes! You can bring the movies and I’ll cater it! lol

  63. movie chick aka susan
    movie chick aka susan says:

    if your food is anything like your picks, we won’t know what do with ourselves :)

  64. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    woo hoo! Ivy catering! Cannot wait!

  65. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Cuban cuisine, Ivy? Zesty? Hot?

  66. movie chick aka susan
    movie chick aka susan says:

    we should have the bead retreat in ana arbor, michigan (during the summer)…close to lima beads so if we need supplies, we can storm the place :)

  67. kcdesigns AKA sporty
    kcdesigns AKA sporty says:

    my friend just sent me a recipe for grapefruit martinis- never had them but they look good so I’ll bring those, spinach avocado dip and chips-okay now Im hungry

  68. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    absolutely!
    Matt – can you hook us up with some names, Holiday Inns, Marriots, etc? ;)
    We should be close to Lima – we’ll need to restock at a moment’s notice!

  69. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    and salsa yes, in addition to Cuban food please… :)

  70. kcdesigns AKA sporty
    kcdesigns AKA sporty says:

    okay was typing when Ivy said she was catering- Ill just bring the drinks- let Ivy do the cooking!!! that would be funny if we all went over to LB- I would love to see their faces when we all walk in-ha ha

  71. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    you guys ever hear of Philly Cheese Steaks? Hoagies?
    you need to try them – I’ll bring some of them, too.

    Grapefruit’s good for you!

  72. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Mary, you in Pa? me too. Small world.

  73. movie chick aka susan
    movie chick aka susan says:

    yes, to see the look on their faces…that would be priceless!

  74. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    that would be funny! 30 of us knocking on their door, half snookered, wanting to shop!

    -gotta have some cheese & crackers – what’s sitting around chatting without good cheese & crackers?

  75. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Let’s all raise a glass tonight – what’s in the glass is up to you – in salute to LIMA BEADS! Without them, we all would be without eachother – the world would be a less bright place for us! Cheers!!!!!

    And a second salute to the creativity within all of us – and the artistic outlet that has brought us together!!! Cheers, again!!! (That’s all, two’s my limit!)

  76. Michelle Downy Chick
    Michelle Downy Chick says:

    Oh my gosh…you are all so cute…what a great supporting cast everyone is here. We knew the beads were great, who knew the women involved were too! :)

  77. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Mommykat! No way! Yeah – I’m in PA.
    I work in Philly – live on the Bucks/Berks border. How ’bout you?

  78. movie chick aka susan
    movie chick aka susan says:

    my lovely ladies, I must tear myself away now and deliver the litlle one (movie chick jr aka Kelsey as she now wants to be called) to her hip/hop dance lesson…you know I will be back on in a few hours, cannot stay away for long :)

  79. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Downtown in Downingtown, not far down 76 from Phiily

  80. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Cheers to the Ladies!
    Cheers to Lima for tolerating us ;)

    I’ll raise a glass to that tonight, Shannon.

    Yeah, Michelle, pretty cool, hu? and now you’re one of us!

  81. Michelle Downy Chick
    Michelle Downy Chick says:

    Ah! I’m honored to be one of you!

  82. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    okay chickies,

    close to L.B., uh oh… :) … way dangerous, hee hee!!! just kidding… hmmmhh, love the idea of a beading retreat for all of us to meet in person, yeah!!! when??? :)

  83. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    you do what you gotta do, Susan.

    Mommykat – holy cow. sure, I know where Downingtown is! It’s the next stop on the turnpike after KofP Mall!!!!!! – Where as, I’m up the NE Extension near the Quakertown exit.
    shhhh – what’s that I hear?…. mimi-pre-BEAD RETREAT?

  84. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Need to go feed the kiddos – be back later. Hang in there all!

  85. No Photo
    M mccallister mrs chick says:

    i want to be invited!!!!!! beads, good conversation, great company, and good food. what more could a chick want????

  86. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    We can talk early retreat, how about a beading lunch date? Let me know.

  87. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Monica, please?! Of course, you’re invited!
    Well – what little I know of Ann Arbor, I’m thinking it’s a summertime thing – we don’t wanna be messing with snow.

    Would it not be awesome if we could actually pull this together? it would be a complete hoot!

  88. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Beading lunch date sounds super!

  89. kcdesigns AKA sporty
    kcdesigns AKA sporty says:

    oh I just remembered I can bring the Ben and Jerrys- they are from VT you know. I have actually met them. Anyway, phish food anyone

  90. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    OMG I am laughing SO hard right now at the thought of us insatiable beaders storming the LB office!!!! HA HA HA HA HA!!! Lima Beads, are you guys reading this?! You must think we’re all nuts! And you know what? WE ARE!!! LMAO!!! I am definitely raising a glass to you all tonight, this is hands-down my favorite website!

  91. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    I hate to do this, but I gotta go – the tummy’s growling in a big way.

    Thanks Friends! Thanks so very much!
    Good night.

    Be well!

  92. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Thanks Lima!
    You guys are too cool!!!

  93. Michelle Downy Chick
    Michelle Downy Chick says:

    Night Mary!

  94. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Good Night Smoky…Sweet Dreams…Yak at ya tomorrow!

  95. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Good night, Mary! I gotta sign off now too, I’m making BBQ chicken and I don’t wanna burn it!! LOL Talk to all you lovely, crazy, creative, wonderful ladies tomorrow!! :)

  96. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    ‘Night Michelle – we’re glad to have you!
    ‘Night Shannon – sweet dreams to you, yak at’cha tomorrow!

  97. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    ‘Night John Boy! ;)

  98. Cathy H Chocolate Chick
    Cathy H Chocolate Chick says:

    Night, Mary – we’ll keep you in our prayers!

  99. Debbi aka Sparkle Chick
    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    Mary Smoky & Mommykat…LOVE your area in PA..vacation there often when my hubby takes me on my yearly pilgrimage to QVC! hahaha

    Did somebody forget about cheesecake? OMG!

    I had one last bottle of Seagram’s Jamiaican Me Happy in the fridge…cheers to you all, my supportive friends near and far in geography, but always near to my heart! And to LB for putting up with us! You’re the best LB team.

    Michelle Renee…I’m in MA too…western ma…Chicopee. I think Susan is in or near Worcester.

  100. No Photo
    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Yeah, who could forget cheesecake!!! Nite Smoky/Mary!

  101. Michelle Downy Chick
    Michelle Downy Chick says:

    Debbi…small world! Western MA is so very pretty! I’m more central like Susan…not so pretty sometimes!

    I third that cheesecake!

  102. No Photo
    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    Hey!! Beaders Retreat?!
    Can I come?
    I’ll bring the CHOCOLATE!!!!!
    Sporty, bring a couple quarts of B&J’s Phish Food, it’s my favorite.

  103. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Yeah to storming the L.B. office, chocolates in hand… :) … and B&J’s Phish Food :) … and some pistachio gelato… and whatever food Ivy’s catering will provide…

  104. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    I’m in Memphis – Guess I’ll bring BBQ, Mint Juleps and an Elvis cd!! Am I gonna be the only one with a Southern accent?

    And you’re all right! LB is the greatest thing since no-kink beading wire! Well, gotta run feed the dogs (4 of ‘em), and the cat, and, at some point, myself! Think I want Black Bean Soup, Salsa, Chips, Marghueritas, Philly Cheesesteak, Ice Cream, and Cheesecake for dessert! Ans I’m not even pregnant!!! Keep Picking and Posting – You’ve all done a good thing today – Hugs to everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!:>

  105. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    ANYONE bringing chocolate is welcome!!! Are you kidding??!!

  106. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Darn! I’m so far away and would love to meet all of you. Beading friends are the best people! Guess I’ll lift a glass tonight,too.
    I will be away for a few days, as we must go to Oklahoma for a funeral. Tough weekend ahead.
    I’ll be eager to see all the new picks when we get back.

  107. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Happy in Texas – take care this weekend, the girls are behind you – I think that’s pretty evident after today.
    I jumped back on real quick – can only stay a minute.

  108. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Btw, this pick is beautiful, and it is all of us in a way. We all have our light and dark places, but the trick is to make something good out of it all.

  109. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Thanks Harriet! Safe trip!

  110. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    I have marked this page to be easy to find, so I can stay in touch…very proud of myself as I’m not very good at computer stuff!

  111. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Mary Sweet Chick, you had better come!
    Michigan is just a quick hop and a jump for you!

    Debbie Happy Chick, love the “Q”!!! Hmmm – what do I love more, LB or Q …. in the old days, I’d say Q, now LB! But I am a Bare Escentuals junky – what’s your favorite Q stuff?

  112. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Smoky chick, do you have a usual day off?

  113. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Ditto…Safe trip to and back! Sorry for your loss…tough times for us all…:( We’ll be here when you get home!

  114. No Photo
    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    Oh! Smoky and Happy Chick. I love Q too!
    My favorite Q stuff is Southwestern jewelry.
    I’ll have to say I’m much more attached to LB these days though.

  115. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Smoky – “Swirl, Tap, and Buff,,,” Snickering…hehehehe

  116. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Mommykat, I’m off on the weekends. I’m playing phone tag w/Verizon. I may take Mon (upcoming) off…. but every weekend – what day of week is good for you? I have to use the balance of my vaca time before fy end.

    Carolyn Pollack, Sweet Chick Mary? – yeah, LB is home now.

    Swirl, tap, buff?!?!?! Shannon, are you a BE girl?

  117. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Most Sundays r good- 1st one in May as are 3rd, 4th & 5th…. think about if any work for you

  118. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Mommykat, I will check my calendar. I am certain that at least one of those Sats can work! Cool! You wanna grab a bite at KofP?

  119. Debbi aka Sparkle Chick
    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    Hi “Q” girls too! LOVE the BE (swirl, tap, buff!) and I must say, I am a Philosophy girl…or should I say “chick”?! I love Amazing Grace the best because it makes me feel so special. The scent just takes me away!
    I am going to bookmark this page so that when I need a lift, I can read all of the inspiration on this page…Harriet, thank you…I’m not a quitter so I will hang in there…I’m too stubborn to quit!
    You’ll be in my prayers as you face a tough weekend.

  120. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    I’m a limited BE gal…Mostly use Clinique (Bonus Week junkie…Buy about $21 worth and get a neat bag of some kind with a lipstick, moist’zr, mascara, etc, for FREE!) Also love the SW jewelry…always watch that one for ideas and then go straight to Lima! Is that wrong…? Like I’m gonna stop if it is!!!

  121. Michelle Downy Chick
    Michelle Downy Chick says:

    Oh my gosh…I’m as addicted to Clinique free gifts as I am to this site.

    Safe trip Harriet…you’re in our thoughts! :)

  122. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Good, Debbie! You hang in there!
    Love the Amazing Grace – soft, feminine, not overbearing. What’s one of the new ones…in the blue box, smells like vanilla + blueberries? cannot warm up to that one at all. If you like it, I can give it to you at the BEAD RETREAT ;)
    We should tell Leslie Blodgett about the BE Chicks! She’d get a howl out of it!
    Really though – isn’t it the best? I had awful acne, much better now – still a tad oily. I wonder where BE was all my life. I agree w/the infomercial, if you have troubled or oily skin, how can you put that wet goop on it? ugh! Been BE since May 2004 – no turning back!

  123. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Shannon, that’s not wrong! Check it out, Carolyn Pollack was on the other day, right? did you see? I DVR’d it – she had turq & picture jasper. Well, I’ve been messing with non-traditional turq ideas for a few weeks – but I logged on next day, came up with a great turq + picture jasper + smoky + …. what else? (Land of Enchantment IV?) Hers was a pendant. I ‘saw’ a super long necklace with mine, wrapped around approx 3 times. – it’s not idea stealing, my love, it is Inspiration!

  124. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    OK Girls, I’ve got to scoot again.
    Will catch you all tomorrow.

  125. Cathy H Chocolate Chick
    Cathy H Chocolate Chick says:

    So glad to hear that you girls are also addicted to QVC! I have not been watching nearly as much since I found this site. I didn’t even watch Leslie the other day and usually you can’t tear me away when she is on. I have so many eye shadows that I need about 10 more eyes to use them all.lol I also love Carolyn Pollack and often use her pieces to get ideas for my own. I love the colors in her rodeo romance. (What about you Smoky?) Now that I have LB I can’t see paying the price for her pieces!

  126. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Ditto, Cathy & Smoky! Glad to know I don’t have to give up the gratuitous pilfering of ideas from the Q! I’ll have to replace it with another guilty pleasure! Btw: I loved your pick with the Turq! A really long necklace would be so nice – those and chokers are my faves! Oh, and Lariat-style, that, too!

    Cathy: 10 more eyes?…I just laughed and laughed – Today, 10 more eyes would’ve been a bad thing – Would’ve had to call Servicemaster to clean up after the flood! Ha!

  127. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    OK – I’m gonna run for a bit…

    By the way, Michelle, got the last Clinique bonus and it had a little baby blush in it – I love it – Bet I can make it last a year…!Talk to you later…:>

  128. Michelle Downy Chick
    Michelle Downy Chick says:

    Me too…Got two because I had to order something and wait for itto come in. I love it!

    See ya later!

  129. Classy Chick JbyJill
    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    I felt compelled to hop in on this conversation…About 3 years ago, I went through a very rough time…maybe someday I will share with you all…Through this difficult stage of my life I “found” beading. It has become my therapy, along with a little happy pill…I have found inspiration through the beads I buy and of course the compliments I get on my designs. I never thought of myself as a creative person, but sometimes I can’t believe what I have created. The Lord works in mysterious ways. At such a low time, I never expected so much joy to emerge. I love this community of beaders I have found on LB!!! Now I know we have far more in common than just beading. Thank you for being such a beautiful group of people.

  130. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Hi Everyone, just thought I’d jump in and say that I’d bring the coffee and Bailey’s Irish Cream to the retreat! And I really have to laugh at Ivy’s description of a bunch of women showing up at LB door with chocolate in hand (I’d have Bailey’s in the other hand so someone would have to open the door for me)!
    Classy Chick, I’m really glad now that you won the Easter Egg Hunt after hearing a bit about your story. It’s amazing the things we all have in common!
    Goodnight everyone! :-)

  131. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    One last quick note just to say thanks for the kind notes. Y’all take care.

  132. Debbi aka Sparkle Chick
    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    Jill, so sorry you had to endure a very rough time a few years ago, but it brought you to the therapeutic world of beading…sometimes good things come out of dark times. I think yesterday could also be called “stripping the layers”…

  133. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    When we want to leave a thought or message in support of one another, this should be our page of reference. Jill, so glad you were led to this site…and glad you’ve come out on the brighter side of a dark time! :>

  134. Classy Chick JbyJill
    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    Thanks Girls! You are the sweetest bunch of people. It would be a dream to meet one day at a LB Retreat!!!! Wouldn’t that be awesome? I wonder if there is some sort of convention center there? I think LB should organize one!!! I would be there!!!! :)

  135. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Mary Smoky Chick — love your pick and your beautiful necklace! Don’t worry, you’ll complete it when the time is right. I am so blown away by this page –the openness, honesty, friendship. I have marked it to my faves so I can return to it easily. What an amazing group of women we are! Beading truly is therapeutic for me and now I realize it is for so many others. Stay strong and we will all get through our trials together!

    Harriet — my prayers are with you during this difficult weekend.

    Jill — I’m sorry to hear you had such a rough time a few years ago. I, too, never felt I was a creative person until I discovered beading. Now I can’t imagine my life without it!

    Beading retreat + chocolate + Lima Beads + new beading friends = priceless!!!

    By the way, I live in Kokomo, Indiana. Anyone else from around here?

  136. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    We got back late last night, @11:00. Long drive, but glad to be home. My cat was gld to see us, too. We left her inside for safety, and she doesn’t like being inside that long.
    Btw. , my cat looks like the one I use for my photo.hmmm…maybe she needs a pick designed around her colors?

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