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This bird is flying.... [May. 30th, 2007|07:20 pm]
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Bird
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on over to:

http://candiecooper.typepad.com/savvycrafter

That's my new nest. I hope to see you there.
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Where's Rocker? [May. 22nd, 2007|08:24 pm]
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Where's Rocker?
Originally uploaded by feltmaker.
Not unlike the dog's bed, my blogging somehow got misplaced! But, all is well around here. Busy. Very busy. It seems that happens in the Spring.

I'm kicking around the idea of starting a new blog. I really miss posting to LJ normally. I'm sort of sad, but what can I do? So watch this space for a new URL.

I hope you are all well. xo-c
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Movin' on Up... [Apr. 24th, 2007|11:55 pm]
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Great Wall
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Last Friday we headed on up to Beijing to take a look around. We met with the tour guide at 8:30 am on Saturday and didn't stop until around 9 pm. We had our own little van with driver so that made it pretty easy to see a lot of stuff in a short time. First stop: Ming tombs, then on over to the jade factory, lunch at the cloisonné factory, then a ride through the country side to the Great Wall. The Great Wall was really incredible--we weren't prepared for the steep climb, but we made it. I only wish you could have seen some of the heads turn when I yelled, “Grandpa, wait up!" The rest of the weekend was spent at the Forbidden City and Beijing Zoo (to see the pandas). We capped Monday off with a dinner of Peking duck before the late flight home.

Tonight we went out for cheese burgers followed up with having 232 pictures printed. That's 4 days in Beijing with your grandparents for ya!
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West meets East [Apr. 19th, 2007|09:45 am]
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grandpa and rocker
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It wasn't love at first site, but Rocker and Grandpa are growing to be good friends.

Grandma and Grandpa came in Monday night and it's been go go go ever since. Yesterday Gram and I went fabric shopping and Grandpa and Butch went to the factory. Today we are off to Hong Kong to take a look around.

All is well here (except for the internet being down at home=no posting). Gotta run, Butch and Grandparents are in taxi heading this way. We've got a ferry to catch.
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Guanzhou Bead Mall [Apr. 11th, 2007|11:01 am]
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Guanzhou Bead Mall
Originally uploaded by feltmaker.
A quick photo of the bead and jewelry market.... ai yi!
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Gone Beadn'... [Apr. 10th, 2007|06:13 pm]
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beads n' fish
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Last Thursday I arranged a van to take 6 of us to the Guanzhou jewelry market. It's 5 floors filled with everything related to jewelry making (beads, charms, findings and more) which for me is heavenly and overwhelming at the same time. I loved the fish tank I came across in one of the stores selling "Venetian" glass beads. The same beads were scattered on the bottom of the tank which looked very cool. Next time, I wouldn't be surprised to find the fish wearing beaded necklaces or their fins pierced.
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Rain, Rain... [Apr. 2nd, 2007|08:52 pm]
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IMGP0807 (Small)
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If you are planning on coming to China this month (especially the South), bring your rain coat! It poured and poured today. Here's a photo at mid-day---it was so dark out!!! The cat, er, dog enjoyed watching the chaos out side caused by the down pour. People screaming, horns honking, and lots of splashing. We (Rocker and I) were just happy to finally test out the new flower lamp (on the left). Very exciting. The afternoon was capped off with a friend stopping by with coffee and a little beading.
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Catching up.... [Mar. 26th, 2007|11:10 pm]
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DIY Earring Class
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First off, thanks for all the fun comments from the last posts. I love reading them via my email. Unfortunately, this country I live still has the LJ site bl*ck#d so I can't respond. booooo.

Tomorrow I teach another DIY earring class. This is a photo from last week's class. There were 10 of us packed into my little bird cage studio. The “bird cage” is in reference to the bars over the window. Plus anything with bird in the title sounds quaint, I think. I'm sure I'll be glad to have those bars once typhoon season hits. It's gotten very drizzly, hot and steamy here the past few days.

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On Wednesday, my Great Uncle Walt passed away. In my book, he was known for being a family man, photography, windsurfing, and handstands. Mr. F reminded me that he is the reason we have a good wedding photo. It’s true; he saved the day on that one. He was an all around pretty cool guy and will be missed by us and many.
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S'more of something.... [Mar. 21st, 2007|09:39 am]
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marshmallow pckg
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If anyone was looking for a tutorial on roasting marshmallows-here it is. ;-) My friend bought me this bag of big fluffy marshmallows because I’ve craved Smores lately. We have these open pit BBQ places where you can rent the grill and bring our own meat and such. Does anyone know if it would work to toast marshmallows over a grill? The other day someone told me that she and her son use the toaster oven, but somehow it’s just not the same. But then again, I’d be roasting them on bamboo skewers vs. steel hotdog forks.
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Master Zhang [Mar. 15th, 2007|11:07 pm]
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Master Zhang
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This is my Tai Chi teacher, Master Zhang-coolest Tai Chi teacher on the planet. I had to call him tonight to say I couldn’t come to class in the morning. Using no English, he actually understood what I was saying, we re-scheduled for Sunday morning and THEN I called him back and asked if he wanted to go have coffee afterward with me and Mr. F. I’m totally patting myself on the back right now. lol

To be frank, I’ve not been the most enthusiastic about learning Mandarin. This place I live is really tough at times, adding the language just seemed impossible and as a result I only know survival bits and pieces. So, after a year of being here, I surrender (picture me waving white flag here) and thus Mr. F and I signed our life away last week to learn Mandar!n. 2 Xs a week, 4 hours per week, 7 – 9 at night, for 18 weeks. Yes, 18 weeks!! Goodbye, life! Or should I say Zie Gien! Tonight was the second night and well, remember that commercial back in the 80’s with the egg in the skillet---that’d be me. Any Questions? Yeah, I can’t remember how to spell my own name after class!

In other news, Mr. F and I were chatting about Hostess Ding Dongs the other day (very exciting-we’ve been married for almost 7 years now so I suppose this is what happens). Anyway, remember when they used to package Ding Dongs in foil? I’d forgotten. Rereading what I just wrote, I suppose this would also be a good illustration of what learning Mandar!n does to your brain. I sound like a goof-ball, I’m going to bed.
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