I know that I have been out of the net for quite some time.  I went through a deep dark depression.  In mid January 2015, my husband of 20 years passed away.  I decided not to have an autopsy so we don’t know what caused it.  They said they thought he had a massive heart attack.  I left it at that.  I was in the depression long before that though.  I just found out that I have not written in my blog since Dec 2013, so yes, it has been quite a while.  I didn’t start coming out of it until July 2015 and still trying to come out of it.  I guess doctor will have to up the dose when I go back in November.

In March 2014, I started doing Amazon FBA.  I managed to get 1 shipment in.  I have stuff here to send in but it just never seems to get shipped.  I still have some of the stuff to bag and tag to send them off.  I will do it.  Toward the end of February, I joined the Bundling Masterclass taught by Katharyne Shelton that includes a wonderful Facebook group where we help each other succeed or talk about our successes.  I learned quite a bit from this class and sent in some bundles with my first shipment in April.  I still have a few that need to have pictures taken and sent in.  Then in mid April, I started the Summer 2015 Bundle Mastermind Coaching Group sponsored by Debra Conrad to get more information on how to bundle and also how to use Public Domain in bundling.  We had a wonderful Facebook group where she gave us more content for the group.  Her coaching is wonderful.

So move forward to the end of July 2015.  I joined a class to learn how to make coloring books.  This course is called Introduction to Coloring Books for Adults taught by Katharyne Shelton.  I quickly watched all the videos and read whatever she gave us.  I joined the Facebook group and started discussing everything with the other classmates.  I was able to design and publish a cute coloring book called “Penguin Careers Coloring Book”. This coloring book is available in both the right and left hand version on Amazon and CreateSpace.


Well, that about brings you up-to-date.  I am currently working on getting an order into FBA, working on some bundles, and trying to make a coloring book for Halloween and a special request.

I hope this post find you well and following your dreams.

Grandma Marilyn

Bead It Forward For Breast Cancer 2014

Jeanette Shanigan started the Bead It Forward Bead Quilt Project back in 2006 with 31 beaders to support breast cancer research.  These beaders made the squares and sent them to her.  She sewed them together to make a beaded quilt.  This beaded quilt was auctioned off and the money sent to Medical College of Wisconsin Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The auction went over so well that she decided to let beaders all over the world know through the internet.  This allowed her to make more beaded quilts to auction off each year.  Each year, she would have a different theme.

2007 – Butterflies
2008 – Rose
2009 – Hearts
2010 – Turtle
2011 – Caring Hands
2012 – Birds
2013 – Flowers

To see pictures of some of these quilts, go to Fire Mountain Gems.

The beaded quilts became too much for Jeanette to handle on her own.  Bead and Button took over getting beaded quilts, shadow boxes, ornaments and much more created with the hundreds of squares sent in from beaders from all over the world.  I know they did the 2013 quilt but I think Jeannette did all the ones before.

The theme for the Bead It Forward campaign for 2014 is Turn The Tide On Breast Cancer.  The quilt square must be related to the ocean, anything aquatic, or beaches.

Each square must measure 1.5×1.5 inches (3.8×3.8cm).  The squares must be sewn to the middle of a 2×2 inch square of backing made with something like Lacy’s Stiff Stuff,  Pellon 60 or other stiff material.  These squares can be any type of beading as long as it fits in the square.  I have seen bead embroidery, peyote and brick stitch.  Just let your mind go and think of something with this theme that will fit into a 1.5×1.5 inch (3.8×3.8cm) square.

Following are some links to bead patterns for these quilt squares:











If you decide you would like to do some of these squares and donate them to the Bead It Forward project, you need to have them there March 3, 2014.

Here are some rules that you need to follow:

1.  The front of the backing must have no marks by pencil, pen or marker and must mot be stitched on.  It must be the backing only.

2.  You can dye the backing the backing if you want.

3.  You must attach your beadwork to the backing with thread….not glue or tape.  Remember it needs to be able to last a long time.

4.  You can submit as many squares as you want but they want you to save them until you have finished all of them you want to make before you send them in.

5.  The following information must be printed on the back of the backing of your square in permanent marker:  your name and an arrow showing which way is up.

6.  You must print out and submit the submission form along with your quilt squares.

You can find the rules and submission form at Bead and Buttons website.

If you make any squares for this cause, I would love to see them.  Put a link in my comment section so that I can go see them.


Sell For Free Online

OK, I knew about eCrater.  I have a store there.  I love the way you can make a mini shopping mall on eCrater.  In my mini mall, I have a beads pattern store, a craft supplies and kits store, a home decor store where I sell handmade items for the home, a beaded accessories store where I sell my handmade beaded accessories (pen wraps, lighter covers, lip balm covers and business card sleeves), and a beaded jewelry store where I sell handmade jewelry I have beaded.  You open to a page that has each one of these stores featured.  I really, really love this concept.  If you are interested in having an eCrater store, I wrote an article on how to go about setting your store up.  If you have any questions, either leave them in the comments here or on the Squidoo article.

Today, I learned of a new venue for selling online free.  This site is called Blujay.  I am not sure if I like it yet.  I just opened a store and tried to put in some of my items.  Not too thrilled with the way their categories are set up.  I sell bead related items and there is no special way for me to do this.  To sell your beads, you need to go to Jewelry and Watches and look for beads.  Who would think to look for beads, jewelry supplies, or gemstones under jewelry and watches? 

Of course, my beaded jewelry would have a place under Jewelry and Watches.  But, where would my beaded accessory sets go?  I look under Crafts and it shows Handcrafted Items.  So I click on that.  It would have to go under Other Handcrafted.  Not too thrilled with this.

I guess my bead patterns and craft supplies and kits would have to go under Art and Craft Supplies.  There is no further sub-category for beading or anything.  They are all lumped together under this category.  I wish they would have it sorted out so that you could find a specific type of craft supply.

There is definitely a place for my home décor items to go in the Home and Garden section.  I will have to check out this section more.

Hope you enjoyed this article and that it helped you.  If things change at Blujay, I will write another post letting you know.


Small Business Saturday Sale and Upcoming Bingo Game

Bead Patterns Boutique is having a 30% off sale Saturday November 30 through Monday December 2.  This is a site-wide sale.

Get out your wishlist that you have saved on Bead Patterns Boutique and get your purchases at 30% off.  You might want to browse through the rest of the bead patterns to see if you have missed seeing any of them.

Of course, I would love it if you would purchase my bead patterns but there are so many wonderful bead patterns in the Boutique for you to choose from.


All you have to do is to put your selections in your cart and use the code “small” when you checkout to get the 30% discount.

While you are looking through the patterns, you might keep an eye out for the four Snowflake graphics to qualify for Bingo cards for our next game.  They are in the more images of the bead patterns.  If you want to know how the graphics look, check it out at BPB Shop Blog.  Once you find all four graphics, send the locations to help@beadpatternsboutique.com to claim your card.  You will receive your card through email.  We have some wonderful prizes for you to pick from.


Beaded Ornament Contest 2013

Bead Patterns Boutique is holding a beaded ornament contest.  You start off by beading up a beaded band called “Christmas Wreath” designed and donated by SuJen Designs.  The band will fit a 2 inch ornament.  Once you finish the beaded band, you can embellish it any way that you want to make it yours.

You can find the rules and the beaded band pattern in the group files called 2013 Beaded Ornament Contest.

It doesn’t matter what level of beader you are.  All levels of beaders are welcome.  There will be prizes given to the top 3 winners.

You need to be a member of the Bead Patterns Boutique Yahoo Group.  You will need belong to this group to post your picture of the finished ornament in the Beaded Ornament 2013 folder and to vote on the poll.  Entries must be submitted no later than November 26th.  Don’t forget to give your ornament a name so that voters will know which one to vote for.

Each entrant is allowed only one ornament for this contest.  If you make other ornaments, you are welcome to start an album and put the pictures there for us to drool over.  I do so love eye candy. 

Voting will begin November 28th and end December 5th.  The winner will be announced on December 7th.

Good luck to all that enter.

Here is a picture of an ornament that my Bead Angel, Ellen Roskopp, requested and beaded.  I designed the band and she did the embellishing.  She had never done anything like this before and was nervous about being able to complete it.  I think she did a beautiful job with it.

JesusIsLordOrnamentCover-SAM_0106-finished-250 (use for pattern)

So if you think you can’t do it, give it a try.  You may surprise yourself just like Ellen did.  Remember, you are your own worst enemy.