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Description from J Yee smart chick: for the "green" challenge, and for all the lovely old huge tree forests in Washington state... :) and elsewhere in the pacific northwest!!!! :)


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  1. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    beautiful Joyce! I’ve been thru those old growth, ancient forests in the Olympic range (those are the ones to the W of Seattle, correct?) – they are amazing! just amazing! the butressing roots – the gigantic trees….. very peaceful, very soothing. Love your pick!!!!

  2. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    oh and the squirrels in those woods! teeny tiny little chipmunk sized squirrels, East Coast girls – so darling – never saw anything like that here.

  3. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    thank you smoky rose,

    yep, those olympic range forests are amazing… the rainforests are stunning, we have a lot less of those tall tall giant old cedars and others… there’s a book about Seattle titled “Emerald City – an environmental history” by Matthew Klingle that I’m reading right now, might make us cry for all the destruction of old growth forests, wetlands and steep hills that happened to create “Seattle”…
    yep, the squirrels are really funny too… I met one chatty little guy a few years ago on a hike w/ a friend up by Leavenworth in the mountains, that little timberlake squirrel scolded us for invading his forest :) ….

  4. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    I am sooo thrilled to meet someone familiar with these beautiful things! so thrilled! That’s two books I must watch for now. One that Plucky told me about re ADD and this one.
    I hear you – I also saw the clear cuts – enough to make you cry. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle! we can’t keep cutting trees, girls. Those of you who have seen what Joyce and I have know – those who have not – holy cow – utter devastation, all at man’s hands.

  5. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    Very Cool, It’s always sad to lose those ancient majestic trees! My husband has a book about the old logging camps in Washington state, it’s really sad to see what they did!!!!

  6. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    I used to go visit cousins in Washington State and we camped around/in the Olympic Mt. range…The smells, along with the sights and sounds were awesome…Soooo gorgeous.

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    RubberT aka Plucky Chick says:

    Beautiful trees, beautiful pic, into my favs!

  8. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    This is a really beautiful pick. the African Jade really makes the pick stand out among the lighter colors.

  9. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    how ’bout at night, Donna? I remember taking in some deep, deep breaths and saying ‘ it smells like Christmas!’ – yes, delicious scents

  10. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    Hey Smoky! I know, the older I get, the more scents are what I remember! And the dripping of those gigantic ferns! And the silence…except for the dripping of the rain forest around us. Its a wonderful place. I don’t like to think of the AXEmen!

  11. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    thank you chickies… yep, it’s hard to imagine what it was really like when the trees in this area were routinely really huge…. it often takes hundreds of years for some of the huge old trees to get so giant… at night the trees seem even more magical… and yes the smell of the trees is wonderful too…

  12. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    yeah, the ferns – forgot ’bout them. did you see any elk? evidently, it was elk mating season when I was there – and heard the buggling! (again, forgive spelling – I’d rather chat than look up words) we have one beautiful country here!

  13. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    two words: sea stacks! how ’bout them?! ahhhhhh

  14. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    OOOOH! Makes me want to leave the Atlantic coast and go out west! Miss it…

  15. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    I thought about that Joyce – I remember thinking, wow, you tree were already quite large when Louis & Clark found you – you were already quite large when we were becoming a nation! it’s quite humbling – in a good way.

  16. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Let’s go, Donn’ !!!

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

    hey let’s go… I’ve been “stuck” in the city in the last few years what with working and going to school… not much time to just get OUT to the mountains, forests… so refreshing… every area has its beauty, Hawaii’s “greens” just look different cuz Hawaii’s a tropical area… so there’s way brighter greens there… vs pacific northwest “greens” :)

  18. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    I got “bead busted” last week! I don’t have enough gas to get to work! How can anything so little add up soooo quickly? I swear its just gaining weight vs. losing it!

  19. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Chick Road Trip!
    its like the grocery store, Southern, you run in for a couple things and it’s $40! I don’t know how it adds up so quickly – I’ve actually yanked out my calculator once or twice doubting LB and hoping the total was less………….

  20. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    Nice try on that one, Smoky! The strands SEEM so reasonable with your adding them to your cart, and then there’s the total and I have to start TRYING to delete a few…Its impossible!

  21. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    smoky rose and southern chick,

    speaking of “green” Picks, sure makes me think of the infamous L.B. “big green bead machine” or BGBM… I’m IGNORING it right now cuz I just got a sweet little box of beads, the peach pits, honey tourmalinated nuggets, green garnet teardrops n’ some copper heart beads…. yep, adds up WAY too quickly…. and then WE”RE OUTTA lotsa “green” ie $$$$$$ ….
    hi my name is joyce and I too am a bead addict…. AND “Picks” addict too :) … off we go to work, we owe we owe….

  22. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    Our lovely “FOR educators” governor here in NC just cut our teacher pay 1/2% as of our next two checks…I thought, 1/2%…that’s not too bad…It comes out to $200 less a month! Are we ever @#%$#%%#@%! Never was good at math!

  23. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    you’re right. seems like I chat or watch BGBM. I hardly ever do both. ooooh – just as well for now. I enjoy everybody’s company – and can’t resist a sale – so it’s best for now! I love those copper hearts – so cute! We work so that we can bead!

  24. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    wow, Donna. sorry! You teachers work so hard and deserve our respect. what is his/her rationale? balance the budget? did he cut his pay in half too?

  25. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    Well, the state is broke! This cut is only supposed to get us all through June! Can you believe it? Its better than being jobless which has happened to my GM relatives…Hate to complain, you know?!?

  26. Michelle Downy Chick
    Michelle Downy Chick says:

    Joyce, I’m cracking up at one of your responses right now…I really think there should be Lima Beads Anonymous for all of us!!

    Great pick by the way! So earthy and gorgeous! My bank account may not like you very much, but I sure do!! :)

  27. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    Hey smart chick, don’t they say that the first step in getting help is to just admit you’re an addict! I’m sooo proud of you! LOL

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    oh my goodness – Southern Chick, I can’t believe they can do that. I guess if there’s no money… but still – how are you supposed to pay your bills. Your not paid enough to begin with.
    That’s one of the reasons my daughter chose not to go to UNC Greensboro. We weren’t sure how the cuts were going to impact class size and advanced programs.

  29. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Southern, that’s where WE are good. Vent here with us. We’re listening and feeling for ya – and for the time bein’ you can bead on the cheap. believe me, I know – be creative, have fun, play – it’s good, clean, HEALTHY fun!

  30. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    She’s going to Mary Washington, isn’t she? I taught in Richmond for 15 years and our contract clearly said that we would be paid, subject to availability to funds! I don’t know why we even have contracts, sometimes…we have no rights. And Va. is a No Strike state…if we even whispered Strike, we could be dismissed immediately!

  31. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    hey downy chick and southern chick,

    yep, there SHOULD BE a “Lima Beads Anonymous” club right now… and we’re IN IT!!!! :)
    thanks, I know what you mean… my bank account also doesn’t like how our Picks just encourages our er hum…. habit…. ooohhh sparkly… aaaahhhh …. and ta da… there goes yet more $$$$…

    by the way Donna southern chick, OUCH… my sympathies to you and all the NC teachers… every bit less hurts in this economy where our wages and budgets get cut but somehow prices of everything just keeps rising and rising… WA state isn’t great either at supporting education and teachers, some of our school districts are talking about reducing classroom hours next school year… sigh… and the human impact of so many budget cuts…. as a society what and whom do we really value??? my apologies for gettin’ on the “soap box”…

  32. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    Thanks so much Smoky and all you other chicks. I’d rather escape with you girls than gripe and worry about job junk! I’m grateful to have a job at all.

  33. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    me too, me too – my facility has had 2 rounds of lay-offs, we’re on the verge of #3 and have had other cuts….. I’m lucky, I still have a place to go everyday, but as I say all the time, it hurts motivation – has hurt mine, for sure – at a time when we all ought to be totally on top of our game, going at 110%, I see myself and others’ motivation and drive diminished…. a viscous circle.

  34. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    southern chick,

    whew – what you said about Virginia being a “no strike” state, that’s harsh… reminds me of WA state in another way, we’re “at will” meaning employers can fire folks for not much reason at all… all just ways to prevent workers from doing what we need to….
    I’m very glad we can all discuss and share what’s going on beyond Picks… I’m grateful to have a workstudy position right now w/ City of Seattle…. they pay more than my previous one on campus… it’s a small one person office (just my boss the district coordinator and me)… lots to learn about the services and programs the city offers…

  35. No Photo
    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Hey Chicks, just catching up on the convo here.
    My sympathies to all being affected
    by the economy. Kinda’ scarey.
    And teachers, well they are what get ALL of us an actual LIFE in this country. And yet never given enough credit for all they do. Hang in there!!

    Smart Chick, I TOO am ignoring the BGBM!!
    It’s dangerous. Hi, my name is Mary and I AM a bead addict. Sign me up for beaders anonymous please!

    And finally I’d like to rant a little about the destruction of so many of our beautiful trees all over the U.S. Several weeks ago I came home to find that our neighbors had cut down a beautiful, huge pecan tree. It broke my heart. Can’t see a reason for it. It was standing out in the middle of a hay field, not really obtructing anything. My Dad said that tree was like a landmark. It was a huge tree when he was a boy. He’s 77 now. I can’t imagine how old that wonderful old tree was. SAD. So very sad.
    Thanks for letting me vent and getting on my soap box too chicks.

  36. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    okay sweet chick,

    you’re in the “lima beads anonymous” bead addict club!!!!! :)

    yep, so sad about that beautiful huge pecan tree being cut down. in my neighborhood there used to be a lovely tall maple tree that I used to walk past on my strolls thru the area, just a couple of blocks from where I live, it got cut down, so sad… :( … it didn’t look diseased, many folks don’t understand that trees provide root protections for other plants, shelter for birds and other creatures, shade for houses and people, prevents soil erosion when it rains/floods…

    yes, agree about the scarey economy – how can we all support each other right now??? hopefully by sharing what we have, like going grocery shopping together… swapping stuff, fixing up more stuff… a classmate of mine from India said that there’s lots of little repair shops there, they tend to fix lotsa stuff up rather than just throw away… now if companies wouldn’t make stuff so shabbily that it tends to fall apart quickly and be cheaper to replace than repair…
    ooohhh, what if we could swap beads w/ each other eh???? :)

  37. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    Smart chick you might be onto something there!?!?! A gigantic BEAD SWAP meet! What fun…

  38. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    Can I continue an earlier vent? WHY do atheletes get such HUGE contracts and then act like such spoiled greedy buzzards? I know not all of them act badly, but really….

  39. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Okay, just catching up.

    My name is Debra, and I’m a bead addict…
    That didn’t hurt too badly.

    Texas is a “no strike” state, too.

    So sad about the big pecan, Sweet Chick. I have about 27 here at home. They sure drop a lot of limbs. At the end of winter, my yard always looks like a war-zone.

  40. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Girl, don’t EVEN get me started on the subject of athlete pay! It just burns me up. A teacher taught (or tried to) every one of them. Along with all the doctors, lawyers, CEO’s, you name it…

    I gotta get another glass of wine now!

  41. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    You go Chicky D! I’m furious…But if I have anymore wine (1 large glass) I’ll be worthless tomorrow. LOL

  42. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Well, I’m back. I just poured a teeny bit in the glass. Gotta go to bed soon.

  43. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    Me too! I wonder what the new sale pick will be? Well night to all…Have a great night and even better tomorrow…Til we pick again!LOL

  44. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    athlete pay! movie star pay!
    when we were kids, my dad took us rather frequently to see the Cubbies at Wrigley Field, Chicago. We grew up modestly – didn’t have tons of bucks. Dads can’t afford to take all their kids these days – the ticket prices are absurd

    I’m low on wine – grabbed a Mike’s hard green apple – that counts though, right?

  45. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    rats, Donna! lets all stay home tomorrow – na, that’s not gonna help the economy any – ok, catch you tomorrow – can’t WAIT to see your necklace!!

  46. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    ‘Night all…

  47. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    Hey y’all, I’m “fluffing” my nest…Hope it holds together. I’m using the little plyers to pull strands out and bend them a bit to make them look less tightly wound…a bit anal! I was nervous making this first one!

  48. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:


  49. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Joyce — this is a stunning pick! Love the deep greens with the brass pieces & those pink chocolate pearls!

    I agree about teacher salaries vs. athlete salaries — don’t even get me started! My mother is a retired school teacher & my husband used to teach when we were first married, but even without that factor, I still think teachers are overworked, underpaid, & underappreciated!

    I am a huge advocate for the environment, so I feel for those of you losing your precious trees. :-( (I am personally not huge… LOL)

    Love, love, love the idea of a bead swap! We all have those beads that, at one time, seemed like a great idea/deal & now we would like to find them a good, loving home. :-) It’s not that they are unwanted…just not by their current owner. LOL

  50. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    ah, where to begin…

    ditto regarding the huge disparities between athletes’ pay and teacher salaries… shows what we truly value…

    thanks chicky LE, glad you like the idea of a bead swap, I know the feeling – have gotten beads like everyone else has that SEEMED like a good idea at the time… then later, not so much… for instance I ordered a strand of antique soochow leaf carved beads from another company a few years ago, they were way too deep brown in color for me :( … nothing wrong w/ ‘em, just don’t like the color :(

  51. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    I call Joyce’s soochow leaf beads!!! ;)

  52. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Ah, Smoky Rose, you are so fast with the keyboard!

  53. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    we’ll share :)

  54. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    You’re so sweet! :-)

  55. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    aaaahhh, now if only I could find ‘em in my bead stash… let me look, okay???

    will let ya know if I find ‘em!!!!! :)
    southern chick,wish you well w/ getting that first “bird nest” bead charm done, looks so simple but gotta work w/ that wire…

  56. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    HEY smoky rose and chicky LE,

    I found that strand of dark brown antique soochow beads, there’s 18 on the strand, pls let me have your mailing addresses OKAY?? will put ‘em in the mail this week!!! :)

  57. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    anybody like yellow jade? omg, what was I thinking? just not me. Gosh, I know that if I went thru my stuff, I’d find things that I know for sure I’ll never use. decent stuff – just ‘not me’

  58. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    dunno,is it the yellow like L.B. shows their yellow jade? now you got me curious… well, just lemme know about that antique soochow strand of leaf beads okay??? you and chicky LE are welcome to ‘em, they are NOT the lovely shades of green/rust/cream that the lighter antique soochow usually is :(

  59. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    it must be temp out of stock, I don’t see it. it’s not as butterscotchy looking as the one they’re showing – it is a little more yellow + tiny bit of green blended in..
    I like dark shades – as though I need to point that out…. LB has all of our addresses… Joyce they must have been expensive – not sure I’d feel right…

  60. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:


    don’t worry about the cost, I got ‘em at a reduced price from a company in the southwest that unfortunately is now going out of business! I got several strands of antique soochow from them in different shapes, love the ligher colored beads w/ rust, green and cream/yellow… the leaf beads are beautifully carved, just lemme know.

  61. Bonnie R
    Bonnie R says:

    I had contacted Kevin about a way to safely pass email address’s on to other Chickies and he sugest that I set up one of those gmail or or such accounts where it wouldn’t matter if I had to delete it because I got too much spam.
    Also on the other line of discussion:
    I grew up deep in Logging country in Washington State (Shelton) and as much as everyone hates it, logging is good for the forest. Before the white man, the Native population routinely used “slash” burning techniques to control the growth of the forest. If the trees and not “managed” they get sick and die and then cause problems. Those who have traveled up the costal highway can see what mis-managed forests look like. All of those red tinted trees are either dying or already dead. The techniques developed by the responsible logging companies, allow for thinning and replanting which encourages good growth and good habitat for the woodland creatures. Remember Mother Natures solution is a raging forest fire. Much less damage done by selective logging.
    As to the AXmen show, one of those loggers is logging Alder which is a fast growing almost nusance tree and the guy on the river got caught. What he was doing was illegal.

  62. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Hi Joyce!!!!!! sorry that I did respond sooner – just a hectic time at work – trying to keep my nose to the grindstone… just emailed.

  63. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Hi Bonnie – very good thought with asking Kevin and his gmail suggestion. Thank you for that!!!!!
    I understand what you’re saying about the trees, I do. I studied Horticulture, with a specific interest in Arboriculture and I grew up in the Midwest – in prairie country – and fire is what renews prairie. Today though, so very, very little prairie land left. I drove up that coastal highway and saw the remains of the mismanaged logging. Utterly heartbreaking. You hail from a beautiful state!

  64. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    First of all..loved Joyce’s green pick..very pretty.
    2nd. I have a beading addiction, and I like neat new findings. Went in Hobby Lobby today to use a coupon to get a can of Krylon, and just went past the bead row on the way. Sorry, but the stock girl knows me and my friends by sight, and she saw me and said “we got in new stuff that I just put out, and part of it is on today’s 1/2 price sale.” $30 later, I went home with neat new stuff for beading, & 1 can of paint. Darned expensive sale can of paint.
    3rd.Know how you feel about losing trees, but as a neighbor found out in a wind storm, if it is diseased and the wind gets high enuf, the tree will come down…hard and fast. My neighbor got lucky and the willow tree only grazed her house- no real damage.
    Out here in West Texas, we value our trees, and count every bit of shade a blessing. But it’s also important to manage that resource wisely (and not let it do damage to anything else when its’ time is over).
    4th. Like the idea of bead swaps, just don’t know how to manage all the logistics. If we already have gmail, do we need a new account just for us Chick friends? ‘Cause I’m not sure how to do that.
    And yeah, 5th, Chicky D., we Texans have a bad track record on how much we pay our teachers as opposed to how much athletes and others get paid. I think we need to really reevaluate our priorities.

  65. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    Happy…a bead swap would be difficult, I agree, but it was a fun thought.
    And the deal with the athletes being overpaid, disgusting!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    hmmm – a bead- swappin’ retreat…

  67. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    I love all your comments. I too am a teacher. I think we, teachers, are like many other occupations in the fact we feel underappreciated and underpaid. When we have CEOs of corps. earning big bucks…Wow I could go on. How can our economy treat us all a little more fairly? Maybe we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in?!? Just my thoughts.

    On the other topic…Are you speaking about the Last American Rainforest, The Tongass? How fascinating to me! I teach my kids about that rainforest. They don’t even know it exists:( What a shame. I’d love to come visit. Don’t know if that would ever happen tho. Very interesting to me!

  68. Bonnie R
    Bonnie R says:

    Smoky Rose, I work for a Conservation District, I’m surrounded by Riparian habitat Specialists and Agricultural Specailists. I’ve learned more about soil testing and farm plans than I ever wanted to.

  69. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    I’ll bet you have, I’ll bet you have… how great it would be to sit and have coffee and talk sometime…

  70. Bonnie R
    Bonnie R says:

    What side of the coast are you? We are out here in Washington.

  71. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Bonnie – forgive me, I’m distracted tonight. Allow me to personally thank you for getting the ball rolling yesterday with your talking with Kevin regarding the more secure manner of sharing information with one another. It was thoughtful – and is very much appreciated, as you can see.

  72. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    I remember that you are from Washington State! I’m from outside Philly, actually – but do travel to Seattle on business and have friends there – have strongly considered relocation, that is, in part where my familiarity with your area comes from.

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