Friday, March 30, 2007

Life goes on

I listed 2 new pens this week. The Spring Jagged Motion Pen (pictured), the Camo-Metallic Jagged Motion Pen, and the AGGIES Pen. I sold a ton of the AGGIES pens at the Winter in Aggieland Craft Show this past December, and I'm debating making an Aggies section in my shop. I'm really proud to be an Aggie and I'm hoping to get some more Aggie customers. Okay, I just talked myself into that one : )

I had a second interview with an advertising company yesterday. It really wasn't an interview at all. I spent 6 hours in the rain watching a trainer try to sell tickets to businesses on the assigned street. I wish they would have told me they were a canvass only to begin with. I thought they had the actual advertising account for the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars, but they really just hire people to go out and sell tickets door to door. I'd do that for the environment like I did for my last job, but I won't do it for tickets, no matter how great the deal is. I thought it was part of their advertising strategy, but not the only strategy. So, the job search continues...

Monday, March 26, 2007

Spring has Sprung

I'm so glad spring is here! The warm weather, flowers, and ladybugs. I saw a cute lil ladybug when I was putting down the top on my jeep, and she inspired this mini pen. You can view the listing here.

I've been listening to a lot of reggae lately on internet radio. I just might have to do a reggae inspired pen as well! Other ideas on my list for the week are: clouds, rainbow fade, camo, and music notes. I also want to play more with the design I named "jagged motion." I've already posted the Aqua Jagged Motion Pen. I signed up for another swap, too. It's called "no more naked envelopes," and I'll post my creations before I mail them out : )

Friday, March 23, 2007

1st Swap on Swap-bot

Here are the two packages I'm about to send out to Carole and Cheryl, my first swap-bot buddies! The swap was to pick from a list of things to send to your partners, and I chose memo pad and gel pen. Those square magnets came with the notepads, and I think they're pretty cute. Since the gel pens I'm sending aren't full-sized, I'm also sending some loom bracelets that I made. =) I painted the envelopes with watercolors, too. Presentation is everything right?

I'm not working at Texas Campaign for the Environment anymore. I'm sad because I loved that job, but I decided I needed to find something better for me and my family (the hours were 2-10pm). I had an interview with Sewell Automotive yesterday, and there are a few more steps in that hiring process. So being proactive, I went ahead and applied for 10 other positions today. Most were administrative positions, and one was for studio photographer! I don't care how long it takes, I just want to find somewhere I like working at. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

New Style

Here are the new pens I made this weekend, and I will be listing them on etsy today and tomorrow. I have to get all the photos taken first. It's a variation on the swirl design really. Instead of going around and around with the colors, I move them up and down as well. The mini pen is straight up and down evenly. The regular size one was an experiment with both techniques that turned out sweeter than I imagined! I'll be experimenting more in the future :)

I went to a peace rally yesterday! We marched from Mockingbird Station (Dallas) to a park near the site at SMU for the Bush Library. My sign said "Make Art, Not War" I posted a picture on my myspace page. The reggae band that played was awesome, and there were some excellent speeches. Three SMU students had signs across the street from us, and the one I remember the most said "Yay Bush". I was glad to see them exercising their first amendment rights, too. More people need to stand up for what they believe in. I draw the line at kid who cussed out a priest that was with us and told the priest he was going to hell. Violence is never the answer.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Purple Butterfly Pen

Well I made another version of the purple butterfly pen, and it looks fabulous! This is a complicated pattern, so I finished it over 2 days. It was about 8 hours all together, and I watched some CSPAN because they had some Senate Iraq debates on. They're working on passing a resolution that basically follows the suggestions of the Iraq Study Group. I followed that up with the movie Patton. I'm a pacifist, but I have a thing for war movies. Maybe, in a past life, I was a soldier fighting a "war for empire" or something, and thus died for someone's greed instead of something worthwhile like freedom. Hmm...I didn't think this post would take me down this path, but it did!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Wear Your Heart on Your Pen

This is the new mini pen that I have listed today. It featues a seafoam green heart on a midnight purple background, and is trimmed up in white. I love the name: Wear Your Heart on Your Pen. I have a bunch of mini pens up now, so I need to get busy making some regular size ones too.

If you have been reading the blog, you probably know that I love the environment, and I'm trying to make Scribble Scrabble Beaded Pens a green business. Well today I will be trying out the awesome transit system in Dallas, and hopefully I can use it to get to and from work without driving my jeep everyday. It doesn't get great gas mileage, and it's going to take me awhile to save up for a hybrid. Plus with summer rolling around, gas prices will go up, and it will still be $40 for a month-long rail pass. You can't beat that!

Monday, March 12, 2007

PEACE Beading Bag

Today I had to share my peace-themed tote made by Nancy Angellotti of! It was another gift in my peace swap box. It has become my new beading bag that I can take to the coffee shop when I want to work on things there, or beading classes, or beading parties! It's really well made and the fabric is purple, my favorite color. Thanks Nancy, I love it!

I have listed two new pens this week. The first one is the Purple Punk Mini Pen and it is a swirled design with black, silver, and purple. Of course, it writes in purple : ) The second is the Green Peace Mini Pen, and features a green peace sign on a cream background; writes in green, too. I plan to list something new everyday this week, including another of the famous purple butterfly pen pictured on my business cards!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Pink Punk Mini Pen

I made this one yesterday, and it's the first new pen I've listed in awhile. I call it the pink punk pen because the colors give it a punk rock feel: black, pink, and silver. It also writes in hot pink! I think I'm going to make another of these in purple.

I think I'm going to try to design one with a tree on it. I want to give all the proceeds to TCE. I'm just not sure if I should make it a mini one or the regular size one. Maybe a black regular and a green mini and they can be a set! I'll have to think on it : )

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Organization Needed

Well now that I have Wednesdays off, it will be easier for me to stay organized. My desk is a disaster area! I finally got some beading time in today, too. I mailed off a custom order today as well. It was a pen for Ilysa of, and you can view it here. It's blue with her name done in silver letters. She works with polymer clay, and her work is AMAZING! Okay time to get busy organizing so I can make some new pens. I only have 3 in my shop right now!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Cradle to Cradle

Wow, it's been a whole month since my last post! Now that I am in the rhythm of my new job and having a puppy, it will be a lot easier to set aside time to blog and read others' blogs : ) I just finished the first chapter of this book Cradle to Cradle, and I just love it. Instead of figuring out what to do with the waste after we consume something, we should remake the way we make things in the first place. This book was not made out of paper, or even recycled paper; it's made from "plastic resins and inorganic fillers." It's a "technical nutrient" that can be made into many other things! I used my new book thong from my peace swap box to mark my place. It has a peace charm on one end and a "believe" charm on the other end. It was made by Debbie Clark of cute creations to give and to keep. Thanks, Debbie! I'll be posting more of the things I received in the peace swap this week, too.