I’m not a purist #mess

Everyone with a wish list raise your hand πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Mine is all over the map and half of it doesn’t exist ( yet) like a blue fantasy necklace, a Cheez It dangle, wine coloured glass ( actually that did exist but I missed it ☹️), scrabble tiles and a book shelf full of books. Just throwing it out there into the universe.

One of the beads I have wanted forever but didn’t know existed was a lobster. That’s why you should always put stuff out there #theuniversemakesthingshappen I mentioned in a blog post that I wanted a lobster for my favourite Christmas movie Love Actually and to pair with the Ohmbeads Dirty Magic. Lo and behold, there is one made by Ohm ❀️🦐 exclusive to Maine Earrings and Company so awesome

I have a love for beach themed beads

Mr Lobster fits right in 😍

On a completely different tangent, I have coveted Trollbeads kilt for my Scottish heritage and Outlander for ages

I love swishy swing of it. The sporran is cute too. Trollbeads NYC has excellent customer service.

I am a bit of an Ohm Beads addict. They seem to get me. They make beads that speak to me, or for me. They are quirky and fun and beautiful. An unexpected sale before Christmas made me lose my mind a bit and I fulfilled many, many bead wishes.

1. Green Crack AMV044 is not available at Ohm HQ but I did see it at Diamonds4ever today ( when I was grabbing up something I will tell you all about when it arrives)

2. Cheerleader AHH023 is another oldie that can still be found at Ohm retailers, but isn’t at Ohm HQ right now, has been on my wish list for ages. I’m my kids biggest cheerleader so I have wanted this charm for awhile

3. Freedom Machine AAP024 is part of the Hipster collection. This charm reminds me of my youth and making mixed tapes for my friends, taping the New Year’s Eve Top 100 countdown off the radio while babysitting and Guardians of the Galaxy, which had a seriously awesome soundtrack. This one is available currently at Ohm HQ and most retailers.

4. Sacred Geohmetry is currently available. I picked 3 out of 5 from this collection: tetrahedron AAY019, cube AAY020, dodecahedron AAY022 I picked the cube for thinking outside the box, the dodecahedron because it reminds me of the Tupperware sorting toy

and then I needed a third shape because odd numbers are balanced so I thought hard ( and said “eenie, meenie,miney, mo” basically)

Let’s not forget December meant a new BOTM and LE glass from Ohm

I told you I went crazy 😝

I pre-ordered these from Star Bijou, Night Sky ,which is LE glass, is still available there and Stardust is currently available at Ohm HQ ( but limited to 1111 pieces)

To say my collection has grown a bit this past year is an understatement and now my wish list includes storage. I have clear plastic cases for my glass but my silvers are a disaster. I want something that I can sort by brand and maybe a bit by theme. I want something that is anti-tarnish and has room for growth. I’m putting this out into the universe so feel free to give me suggestions.

Also these pics from Albright-Knox Art Gallery ( I think a collaboration would be amazing 😍)

What does your wish list for 2018 look like?

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#beadmas continues

Congratulations Alex V you’re the winner of Day 9 Beadmas giveaway #ohmbeadsdancingshoes #dirtydancing message me contact info for Ohm

I’m loving seeing so many people connecting across the world. Tagging friends new and old on #beadmas posts on all forms of social media. So here I am with another give away

I have a pretty rare #ohmbead to give away

That I call #dirtydancing

My question for you today is how do you Saturday? Are you a “to go” or a “to stay” ?

Or maybe you are both? As we get closer to Christmas I’m thinking intravenous might be good especially when I think about how much wine I drank last night while I got caught up with some dear friends

Comment below with your Saturday caffeination plans and I will randomly draw a winner tomorrow β˜•οΈπŸŽ‰

Happy Beadmas

#beadmasmcctrish2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year ( second to summertime)

Have you been having fun? There are a lot of hosts across all the social media platforms giving away lots of different prizes. I admit I haven’t entered every challenge ( there is a crazy amount of them everyday, something for everybody) but I’m loving the selfie one #IAmOhm so I get to see everyone and Mike’s #mainfestOhm is my favourite so far.

I am partial to the #mcctrish

These are some of last year’s winners.

I have my third and final pair of #ohmdirtynonviolence #dirtyboots to give away

Since we are here on the blog instead of Instagram or twitter I thought I’d just ask a question instead of having you post/tag a #mcctrish so……

What are you hoping for under the Christmas tree?

Shoes ?πŸ‘ πŸ‘‘πŸ‘ŸπŸ‘žπŸ‘’

Beads?

Books?

Which ones?

I will draw a random name on Wednesday and announce the winner then

Happy Beadmas

Old, new, dirty, blue

Bead mail is like Christmas time for adults. When you live in London, Ontario bead mail is almost the only way to get a bead fix. We do have Pandora stores and an on line Elfbeads rep (Jennifer is a doll who lets us come for coffee and look at her pretties) who lives in town but instant gratification impulse shopping does not happen.


Not exactly old, the hipster collection came out in 2015 but  AAP023 Sound Circle is old school. We have a stately old hi fi in my living room that we spin our vinyl on ( and way more places in town to buy records from than beads, which is bizarre) 

​​Something new is AAE114 Catacombs2E in an all silver version, this video lets you see all of the details on this spacer. I love it at Halloween but also with my castle beads. There are lots of secrets in their dungeons πŸ°πŸ’€


I have never had a dirty bead before AAX601 Dirty Magic and I have no solid reason why not πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ I love this one though.  I love cooking and it makes me think of all the comfort foods you make in the Fall.

It also makes me think of seafood boils that are big on the east coast


Poor manatee πŸ˜‚

Everyone needs something blue πŸ’™


CE013 Make Out is part of the Make Beads Not War collection that is being retired this month, on November 15th. 
For a full list of what’s about to be retired you can read about it at Beadsholic or Endangered Trolls. Ohm has a really awesome deal tied into American Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping deals. American Ohm retailers will be having a 50% off retired bead sale, usually in store on Friday and on line for Cyber Monday. There is a spend ( certain amount of dollars) and get a free snap clasp bracelet deal too, retailers choose which deal they want to honour. 

I’m not sure which retailers are doing which deals. If you are like me and you have a wish list, I would suggest you look up Ohm retailers in the US, enquire about shipping to you, deals they are holding and make some plans for the weekend of November 24-27.  Christmas is just around the corner, you can get some great deals on gifts ( don’t tell Martha and Cheryl my plans πŸ™Š) 

Disclosure: for this blog I may receive some promotional samples 

Halloween at my house #noscarybusiness

My kids have always hated scary, my youngest who’s 15 still isn’t very fond of suspenseful. So while we decorate for Halloween, it is cheery and fun, not creepy or spooky. My oldest ( 18)  still won’t let me turn on the music until he leaves ( you know that creepy sounding organ music with mwahaha laughter overlaying it) 

So our Halloween costumes reflect passions, books and/or movies and are almost always homemade, sometimes with a little help.


I’ve been sewing for a long time, but since my boys were born it’s been mainly costumes and pyjamas. So these beads make me think of Halloween and except for Deadhead ( it was a BTOM {bead of the month} and therefore a limited edition)  they are all still available at Ohm Beads πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

From left to right back row

Sock monkey AHS006

Sewing machine WHB110

Books AHH001

The Enforcer AAS010

Knight AHS002

Non Violence AAP028 ( on the to be retired list later this Fall) 

Here are some costume pics that go with the beads above 


My monkey costume was a bit sad 🀣and G went as The NHL lock out ( Canadians will understand that one) in the bottom right. The army men are self explanatory. A bead that looks like the toy army manwould be cute but my boots work great πŸ€”


A couple of Chained AAE116 with The Enforcer would be a great match for the Lock Out costume.

 

Here’s my favourite moose and knight from a few years back ( got to love using a proper camera back in the day πŸ™ˆ) 

This moose ❀️ AAA 084


How about that little pirate!!!!     Ahoy or Arrr ( depends on site) AAH013

Mummy workshop at our house   Mummy AAR401

 G was Darth Vader and I think my Star Bijou order will be perfect ( but it might have to wait for next year’s Halloween) 


The top left bead is the December BOTM Stardust ( AAY035 ) which was available for pre-order last week and there will be some available at Ohm HQ on December 1 if you can’t find any at retailers between now and then. The same goes for the LE Nightsky glass  ( AMV049)  which is also available December 1 if you can’t find it at a retailer now to preorder. The UFO ( AAX014) is current and should be in stock everywhere. The final pic is Lucky Stars ( AAY036) exclusive to Star Bijou which I also ordered but in the straight silver version. 


My oldest was obsessed with Percy Jackson ( book series) for a while so this Rocking Pegasus WHB088 would be awesome but the books charm works too. If Kit’s dream of mythological creatures ever comes true, they will be perfect! 

B is an Owl AAA013 and G was a werewolf WHB079 ( the only time anyone was a monster) 



A pilot needs a plane Biplane WHB131 and a fisherman has a pet frog? This Pond Frog is a Collector’s Item AHV002 and I don’t know if I’ve ever seen it, maybe it’s time for a new frog? Sometimes you have to kiss a few before you find Prince Charming. Hint, hint. 


Pinned Up AHKS003 for the year G went at a washing machine

Mr Gnome  AHS014 for the year B was a smurf, a Jawa and a squire 🀣🀣🀣

Sock Monkey AHS006 and Striped Suit AMR102 ( a collectors item) when B was monkey business

Make out CE013 ( blue camo glass) and Non Violence AAP028 when G was a civil war soldier 

Aunt Gnome AAX011 for whenever I was dressed up 

I love looking at these Halloween pics from years gone by ❀️

Our street looks like this

and with less than a week to go until the big night, I’m not confident we’ll see much trick or treat action.

Disclosure: for this blog I may receive some items as promotional samples.

International Day of the Girl: October 11

Grrrrl power


Today I wore this stack to celebrate grrrl power. It doesn’t advance anything for anyone but it does carry a bit of a message. My 3 silver charms are all Ohm Beads πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦, they are bottom to top ; ukulele girl, Lady Gnohm and sip happens. They all make me happy for a few reasons, ukulele girl reminds me of my 40th birthday trip to Hawaii, Lady Gnohm stands in for me on my bracelets and is a female version of the fearless travelocity gnome and sip happens is also me when things go off the rails and the ‘red juice’ flows ( a group of friends and I bought her to celebrate good times while our boys played hockey). 

Red was my favourite colour when I was a girl. It’s a colour of power and gender neutral. I still love it and have painted my living room, dining room and youngest son’s bedroom red. The glass beads ( from bottom to top on second bracelet) are trollbeads red feather, ohm beads strawberry, Pandora, trollbeads scarlet bud and Elfbeads love Fractal. It is a Pandora cherry blossom on the third bracelet and Elfbeads heart glass from a promo kit a few years back on the first. 

I am wearing a J Crew liberty print top I bought this summer partly because it reminds me of a dress my mom made for me when I was little that matched one she made my doll. I loved that dress and that I matched my doll.  I taught myself to sew so I could make clothes for my doll because my mom had and then my Barbies and then myself. I took clothing and textile design in university because I loved those dresses. What little girls love should and can become their passions if we support them.

There are quite a few girl charms in the Ohm collection




Some are sporty, some are scary, some are symbolic and Girls Rule is pretty bang on for today!

 I would love to see something grrrl powered in the bead world though, what do you think? What kind of bead would say girls can do anything? Equal pay for equal work? If viagara is going to be covered by Medicare than birth control better be too? A bead that that says anywhere in the world girls have worth and are strong and can do anything they want to, what would it look like?  

Let’s put our thinking caps on and get creative, maybe we could get it made

Beadbash on the Lake September 2017

It’s been a year since I went to Mentor, Ohio to attend a Bead Bash and I’m happy to see that they look to be a legit event for bead lovers across the land to congregate at πŸŽ‰πŸ™πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

I’ve been wearing my collection of event beads to celebrate from afar


Even though I didn’t make it to this one, my memories of last Fall’s Bash are still fresh, you can read my post about it here #beadbashonthelake

I spent a ridiculous amount of money and had an amazing amount of fun meeting people in person that I’ve ‘talked’ to on social media. Julia and I made a How to #mcctrish video if you would like some inspiration.

This year I took advantage of preordering the event beads and Great Lakes Boutique was so awesome with their delivery, I had my beads the day before the event started ❀️ how freaking fantastic is that ?


Some extra beads made it onto my order πŸ˜±πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈI mean who stops at 3 beads? The blush waterish stoppers are an Ohm beads exclusive to Great Lakes Boutique for this Bead Bash and the Truebeadz polar bear ( which won’t stay in the right position for love or money 😩) is the other must have bead for me. I ‘threw’ in an Ohm beads igloo to wear with the polar bear and a Truebeadz pumpkin that I regretted not buying last year ( perfect for #orangeoctober2017) 

One of the reasons I needed the blush waterish stoppers was this Champagne d’Elsie bead I ordered from Anne Gauthier ( rosΓ© goes with everything ) 

I think they will work with many beads I have 


The polar bear and igloo have a strong Canadiana vibe for me 


There will be lots of ways to wear them 


once winter comes ( something to look forward to instead of the cold ) 

Did you go to Bead Bash in person or on line? Did you buy all the beads? I missed the party times and I hope to see more Ohmtiques in the future because some of them have stolen my heart