Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Tough Go to Paris & Beads...

What is it they say? When the Going get tough, the tough do XYZ...Hi all, as you have guessed by now, we went to Paris over the weekend...I know, life is just so good & we are so grateful to have the opportunity to travel to all these fun places right before we come home...We took the train on Friday, stayed about a block from Arc De Triomphe , went up to the top of the Eiffel Tower Friday night, spend 7 hours on Sat roaming through the very large Louvre Museum, to see it properly one has to spend a few months there, then a quick trip on the metro to Notre-Dame just in time for evening mass which was kind of cool, with the choir singing & the incense smell. On Sunday we walked the Champs-Elysees before our train trip back to London.

It was a great little trip, both hubby & I had been to Paris before, both of us when we were 12 years old, although I was 12 years old about 4 years before hubby...so this was all new to our adult eyes...we saw so much art, I will show you more photos of these and stories in the coming weeks...we loved it all, life is GOOD...We are almost done with the packing. I have a date with the lovely UK bead maker Laura Sparling on Thursday to chat & maybe torch a bit. I have a bunch of beads made for the weeks to come, so I will be listing a few new items every week or every few days, you have to check back in the shop for new items...

How do you like the new look of the blog? I thought it was time for a change. Also on the right side I have posted a poll about bead colors, please vote for your favorites when you get a chance.

I have a ton of yummy new beads for you today in the shop, you can also click on the bead photos on the right side to get there...

Sandi R. of TX wins the yummy landscape bead for last week. The ultra yummy bead in the photo above is for this week's bead giveaway...what can I say, it came out so good, very peacock. you can win it by commenting on this post. winner picked at random in about a week.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great rest of the week & make sure you think & feel good things...

Jelveh

Peace

26 comments:

Nancy said...

Hi Jelveh,
Boy you do travel girl! Sounds like so much fun. That peacock bead you made is fabulous! Might be my favorite one you've done!
Happy Beading!

ikkinlala said...

Sounds like a busy trip!

I like the new look.

ginny said...

Hi Jelveh:
What a wonderful opportunity you and Martin have had during your stay in England. The travels and sights you have seen will stay with you a lifetime!
I am absolutely in love with your bead giveaway this time. It is simply gorgeous!
I do like the new look of your blog. I came to your blogspot yesterday and thought I was on the wrong site because of the new look. Well, I thought that for just a split second, then I knew it was yours. Who could miss your stunning beads!
Ginny

SuziFitz Beads said...

I polled. :-)
It's lovely that can have the chance to travel around over there. i think it's great.

Beautiful new bead!!!

Jelveh Designs said...

Nancy----that bead is one of my favs too, thanks for the kind words...I love to travel, its been nice to be able to do so while we are here, since we dont have to pay for flying to Europe from the US, at least for now...

Ikkinlala----it was an awesome 3 day trip, we had dinner twice at the lovely little place...we walked a lot, but it felt good...

Ginny----girl, we are so lucky, I know it, it has been great to get to do these last min trips...
oh the bead, loves it myself, I found a stash of my silver glass & remembred how fun it was to work with it...and the blog, yeah I needed a change, thanks for the kind words...

Suzy----yup its been great getting to travel around here...Thanks girl for taking the poll and the kind words...

LisaL said...

WOW!! You are very lucky to be able to visit all of those places. I hope to visit Paris in the future before I get too old to enjoy it! LOL Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us. The new bead is one of the best so far. LOVE the coloring! Thank you also for the opportunity to win it. -Lisa

Stephani said...

Hi Jelveh,
What can I say that everyone else hasn't said already...you're a very fortunate person to have so many opprtunities, and to also be able to "work" at your passion...making beads.

Love the new site look...LOVE the new bead! Love to visit your blog and find out what's going on with you...I think we all live vicariously through you!

namaste,
Stephani

Kristen said...

WOW! That's awesome! And your beads are stunning!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jelveh, so sorry that you are going to leave us here in the UK and head home, but delighted you are taking the opportunity to visit a few European cities before you go. Have you tried Rome or Florence yet? If not you should squeeze in a quick weekend before you go, they are both fab and I am sure you can get a good cheap flight and I can recommend a really nice hotel (may be a little expensive) in both places. I am sure you are going to have a great time with Laura, her bead rock. Much love, Lynne (Wantage)

Anonymous said...

hi jelveh! the picture of you and your honey is wonderful! isn't the museum just glorious? the peacock bead is so beautiful..kind of reminds me of paris...i'm so glad you got the chance to travel a bit before coming back to the states. kind regards, lisa d., portland, oregon

jozd5150 said...

Love the peacock bead! Every week, you really outdo yourself with even more yummier beads :)

That is so cool that you are getting in all your travels before you have to come back to the States. I don't know if I'll ever get to Europe in this lifetime but it sure is fun traveling vicariously through your blogs!

Have an awesome week:)

jozd5150

Maria João Rebelo said...

Good for you Jelveh! I'm so glad you both found a way to take the most of your european weekends!!!
Can you squeeze Lisbon in?? Great weather, lots os museums and wonderful sightseing, and I can promise you some goos company!!! I've been cleaning up for the last 4 days and I have a room ready for the happy couple. I would love to have you here!! Please, do come!!
hugs, Maria Joao!
Oh yes, have fun tomorrow and send my love to Laura!

victoria b said...

what an exquisite bead, jelveh!!!!!! so gorgeously exotic and bohemian!

the blog looks so crisp and organized.

it must feel a little like a dream to be visiting all those places, and how romantic the picture of you two!

Jelveh Designs said...

Lisa L.----Thanks for the kind words Lisa...I feel very lucky to be able to live my life too & am thankful everyday for it...I am sure you will get to travel to Paris soon...just keep knowing you will see it soon...

Stephani----you are too nice girl, you make me blush, I just love meliting glass & when I am in a place when I might not get to it for a bit, due to the move, then I get really in to it...thanks for all the kind words...

Kirsten----Thanks so much for the kind words...

Lynne----yup we were kind of sad too at first about having to leave this lovely country of yours, we just had not had enough time to see a lot of places yet and love so many things about England...Also I was just starting to get involved with the Bead Maker community here and how lucky the the yummy Laura Sparling was just 7 miles away...but you know now its all good, we have had a great time, we have met lovely people, been to awesome places and its time to go back to our family, home and friends in California...I think at this point I would love to see Bath & the British museum in London & get some shopping in...love to meet up with you too, I know we said we would try at one point...send me an email...

Jelveh
Peace

M said...

Gorgeous bead! I'm jealous of your Paris trip - sounds like you had a lovely time! Best wishes on your move!
Melissa
(Canada)

gunay said...

Hi Jelveh,
I liked the new look of your blog and loved your new peacock bead!
I am so happy to read you enjoy life. Since you travel around Europe before going to States,I can tell you a nice place to visit in spring, Andalusia is fascinating with orange trees blossoms, the nice smell hangs everywhere, sevilla, granada, cordoba are so nice! I am sure, wherever you go, you will find happiness, because it is inside you. Lot's of Love,
Gunay

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the Paris trip was GREAT! I like your beads


acptuser(at)hotmail(dot)com

Rickie said...

Oh, goodie, a weekend in Paris--it sounds like you had a wonderful whirlwind tour of all the highlights!

Just wanted you to know that my gorgeous focal arrived today and it's just yummy and delightful and is aching to be played with as soon as possible. Thank you , thank you, for your generous spirit. I feel quite blessed to have won it!

Good luck as you finish packing and head for home.
Hugs,
>^..^<

Kristen said...

Jelveh, I love the new blog design. It is clean and easy to read! Reading about your travels is so much fun! It's nice that you get to enjoy it.

Melissa said...

Wow, sounds like you had a fabulous time in Paris, I'm so jealous! Gorgeous bead...off to check out your new ones in your shop :)

~M

Jelveh Designs said...

Lisa D.----Thanks girl, you are so so sweet..hubby and I had a great time...and yes he is a dish...yum.

jozd5150----Thanks so much for the nice words, we are having some fun here, its been a great opportunity...

Maria girl----I had a great time with Laura, she is amazing both as an artist and a human, loves her...hubby and I actually talked about taking you up on the room offer, I so meant to come see while we were here, but time just ran out...I promise someday I will come by and we will have a ton of fun...

Victoria B.----thanks so much, I had fun making this bead, its not always fun to make beads with the silver glass, this one came out just right...the trips have been great and we are thankful to be able to make them...the blog, yup change is good...

Melissa----thanks so much girl, the move is coming along well, the movers are coming soon & all is packed already, save for a bit of the glass and tools that I am still using...the trip was awesome...

Gunay Joon----I miss you so much girl, I dont think my aol emails are getting to you, but the ones from my update get there ok...just today I was talking about you with Laura, about how awesome of an artist you are, I even showed her your swan bead...I can not wait to see you again in Turkey or anywhere, come to California...I wish we had time, I would go to more of the places you mentioned, it would be great...maybe we should get the girls together for a trip...sometime this summer maybe...lets talk about it...loves you...

Jelveh
Peace

Jelveh Designs said...

acptuser----Thanks so much, it was a great trip...

Rickie----So glad you got the bead, thanks for the kind words, love to see what you make with it, knowing your lovely eye for color and design it should be awesome...

Kristen----Thanks so much, yeah I like the new design its more organized...Life is good, I love traveling...

Jelveh Designs said...

Melissa----Paris was great, I will post more photos in the coming days or weeks...thanks for the nice words...

Carolyn said...

It has been some year for you and hubby and now a new chapter is about to begin. Along with the other bloggers I thank you for sharing your trips with us. And girl your beads keep getting better & better. This bead is gorgeous. Carolyn

Anonymous said...

hey jelveh - greetings from canada - that peacock bead is amazing! - the new look of your site seems to work well - i, too, thoroughly enjoy "travelling with you" - they are places i will probably never get to........i did however just return from cuba(a fascinating country) - first time i've done any real travelling in years!! moving can be very stressful but with a hubby like yours it makes such a difference - lucky you!!

Jelveh Designs said...

yes ladies, I am a lucky girl...he is such a gem...yum...Cuba that is an interesting choice, love to hear more about how it went...