Thursday, April 30, 2009

Creativity slump

Okay, what suggestions or ideas can you give me to assist mom & I in our creativity slump? We need some help! Both of us go to the beading tables, turn up a lip and walk away. Not a good thing at all!!!

We are going to do some fun stuff this weekend and to look at things to get over this slump and maybe we should include an art museum session as well. Looking at pretty things and colors should help out!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

swine flu

Just saw that the first case of swine flu in Arizona has hit Phoenix. We haven't heard much of anything going on in Tucson so that is good news?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

busy at day job

Both mom and I have been super busy at the day job. I am getting my haircut (finally) and my eyebrows waxed!!! Very very excited!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

polymer clay

We baked and it worked!!! Now, we need to get some sanding paper and a rack to hold beads on for no shiney spots. Hooray! We got some beautiful stuff in the mail to make some more jewelery.....get prepared. This beautiful stuff will show up in the Viva Mexico shop once we get our creative juices going...

Friday, April 24, 2009


I have been doing "retreat" for work for the last 2 days which means that I have tons of work to do when I get back to work. Retreat was good but I am tired out from all that thinking. Don't laugh, mental work is much more hard then physical labor.

Mom is still here and this weekend, we are going to look at fabrics/furniture/paint etc, etc. Hopefully we will get haircuts and pedicures. I really really need to get my hair chopped off. sigh.

Saving loads of money for house and hopefully will get into more mood to bead more this weekend.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

New jewelry on Etsy

Here are some pictures of new jewelery that is on Etsy in our new shop called VivaMexico. The pictures on Etsy are better or they will be once we redo the photos again:)

more pics of new house

Okay to the left is the rest of the living room with those huge windows, a new window treatment is being planned along with new colors in the kitchen and living room. Below screened in porch.

Above the is master bathroom and that color is staying.

This is the bead room....the color is staying in this room but a different window treatment is definately in order!


I did contact Kate McKinnon about her property here in Tucson a while back but sadly that cutest property is out of my credit limit.....let me say my credit union had a wheezing fit! So thus the purchase of my cutest mobile home. It is pretty big, almost 2000 sq feet and not a lot of yard maintance, which is good cause I am allegric to some stuff and physically can't do a lot of it.

Okay enough of that, behold the pics: The living room:

This is the view from the back.

The kitchen thru the window:) We couldn't get inside that day. The inside view of the kitchen.
Funky Monkey Girl,

Monday, April 20, 2009

Viva mexico

Alrighty, I got pictures of house. Having problems getting them uploaded but I will try tonight so I can post them.

Mom and I made jewelery and got new jewelery posted on our new shop in Etsy called VivaMexico. Getting many looks already but a sale would be wonderful LOL! Our new banner is up on that site as well and it is just too cute!

Mom is still here which is wonderful for me! We are talking about paint and purchased a new couch and ottomon on Friday from Lazy Boy, they had a great sale going on.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Jolene of the Funky Monkey Girls, just bought her own home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

yes, I am finally a home owner and very very excited!!! Mom and I are going over there tonight to take pictures and hopefully I will get them posted!!


*This is momma monkey, Jolene has stepped away from the blogging and it sitting down scribbling lists of things to do, she will be fine.*

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Got this from Lucid Moon Studio

I love this idea so I am going to do it!!!!

Brave People Make Things so get excited and make things….

The first five (5) people to respond to this post will get something made by me.This offer does have some restrictions and limitations so please read carefully:
1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. Whatcha get is whatcha get.

2. What I create will be just for you, with love.

3. It’ll be done this year (2009).

4. I will not give you any clue what it’s going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something cyber. It may be weird or beautiful. Or it may be monstrous and annoying. Heck, I might bake something for you and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that’s for sure!

5. I reserve the right to do something strange.

6. In return, all you need to do is post this text on your blog and make 5 things for the first 5 to respond to blog.

7. Send your mailing address - after I contact you.IMPORTANT: This offer is null and void if I do not see you post your own blog to pay this forward. This text was used from and nice and make things! It’s going to be an adventure!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Much better at regular job and I have been pretty busy so this is the first chance to get on here but we are adding more items to our Viva Mexico etsy shop. Mom has been busy taking pictures on this very windy day in Tucson! I need to attach wings to my car so I can fly into work!! Picture a white mustang flying...with me driving, that would be scary:)

Funky Monkey Girl,

Monday, April 13, 2009

Lousy day

Totally lousy day at work.....oh it was bad news. I am exhausted but grateful to find out that my pain medication is at home and waiting for me. It is hard to work when you hip/bun burn/ache/grind/ickiness is hitting it......bleck.

Tomorrow will get better. We worked on Polymer clay projects this weekend, now if I can bake them without burning, life will be good.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

etsy store

Please if you see images on our store that are in our jewelery and aren't properly id to the person who made them, please let us know so we can take care of it right away.

The crafty chica connected us today about something and we changed it right away. We believe in giving credit when credit is due. She was very gracious about it and I love her stuff. I have a couple of her books and mom has one.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

polmer clay

Well, I believe I overcooked a couple of the polymer clay pieces.....the experiment continues on:) Good day for it cause it is rainy and chilly here.

Friday, April 10, 2009

new shop at etsy

Okay, we have opened another shop at Etsy

We LOVE Mexico, the people, the culture, the colors so this shop is dedicated to Mexican jewelery as seen and made by the Funky Monkey Girls. Stayed tuned for new items, we have been busy.

We are keeping Funky Monkey Girls but this is another avenue that we want to explore:)

Please visit often!!

Funky Monkey Girls,

Thursday, April 9, 2009

tooth infection

That is what I have a tooth infection so here is a script for antibotics and we will see you later to yank out that tooth. blerg. I am at home typing away on my computer too coolest!!

Oh sheesh

On top of everything else, my other broken tooth in my mouth is killing me. argh.......................

Can I go home now? I am calling my dentist, geesh, more money going out. Quick prayer, Lord let me get to the dentist today because of my tooth really killing me, amen! I can walk in....

Life stuff

I got bad news but it is actually my fault. Nothing to do with work nor jewelery stuff. This too shall pass & get better:) I am just disappointed. Obviously God has some other plans for me.

Mom & I just couldn't bead last night. Did you ever have that feeling that you are looking at your "stuff" and just couldn't get a clear thought of what you wanted to create or you didn't have the thing you needed. I swear of all the supplies that I have, I couldn't find a chain that would work perfectly with this necklace I was working on, argh.

Looking outside my windo & seeing a picture of the mountain and what is right in front in bright blue colors, a porta potty...that is my day.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Off from work

It was an interesting day....hopefully I will hear super awesome news tomorrow:) I find myself thinking like if I was blogging in my mind. Now, that could become quite serious, where are those happy pills of mine.

Mom and I are creating away and doing new stuff. My idea for polymer clay didn't exactly work out but I now have really beautiful and funky polymer clay beads. We picked up an oven thing so will be cooking tomorrow.

I kind of like having computer at home, just have to set it up so it is much more comfortable to type with then right now. Burning rings of fire in my shoulders and arms, to quote Johnny Cash:)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


I have tried several times to set up a shop on Artfire and I am getting no where. Not quite sure if I really want to open another shop in Etsy but I kind of what to separate some things i.e. jewelery styles from each other and keep it together. I hope that makes sense cause it does to me which in itself is quite scary!!

Okay feeling a bit stalled right now but it will be done. WE shall overcome and conquer the non creative stupid people in the world. Can we get t-shirts made? LOL

goofy machine

I wasn't ready to publish that last post....sheesh. Now, what I don't get is that when you are to send a project into a magazine, why do you need to follow the "so called" trends? Sorry but some of the trends that the bead magazines state is going to happen, don't. I guess it is kind of like government work, half the things they have you do is wrong & you know that it is but you still have to do it.

What kills me is when they state that you have to do a new procedure, don't test it and then spend oddles of money changing everything only to find out, the bloody thing doesn't work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! typical!!!

Off work and rejection e-mails

Well, called the boss and got tomorrow off so we can go looking for homes. I am excited:) We received some rejection e-mails regarding jewelery items for various magazines. We will keep trying:) We also have several projects/store items that we are working on. It will be too cool, hopefully LOL

I am so going to have to get used to this werid keyboard on this laptop. I swear everytime I press a letter or type something happens so everything gets all goofed up, bloody heck! Allergies/asthma are bad and body really really hurts!!! But I had to go off my narcotics so I can get a certain body function going properly again:)


Another follower, will check at home. Oh, I forgot to mention that the wonderful mom of the universe is giving me her old laptop because she ordered a new one in the mail so behold the new bloginesses, surfiness of me:)

btw, I found the pictures of my living room, I am goofy:) The catus picture is made by paper by my most creative monkey momma:) I bought the Frida poster from an art museum in San Antonio, several of the items on my shelves are from Turkey when I was stationed there when I was in the AF. Huipiles are from Mexico and they are antique, I bought them from Margaret's shop which I have jewelery at in San Antonio.


Oh mom and I had such fun creating stuff!!! I also created my first steampunk piece of jewelery!!! It is going to be a pin. Now, I have to pour resin over it cause I doubt if glue will keep everything down and that just looks least in my opinion LOL!

We are making jewelery for new store, once I can get the bloody thing set up (sigh), museum and for my mexican momma's shop. Loads of things to is getting most of her work done during the day so when I come home, beading we go! Please pray that they sell their house in Florida!!!

Monday, April 6, 2009


We have decieded that we really need to take a photography class. We have beautiful product but just can't get that look on a website.

I really really want to be home playing. darn work, darn work paycheck. Opps, never mind about paycheck, paycheck is wonderful warm and fuzzy and we loves it!


Trying to get signed up for new shop & the bloody site isn't working right! grumbles


whew, it was a busy driving weekend! We drove to Tubac to pick up some more tiles and knobs and hopefully some clay birds. We got the knobs and the birds but didn't find any small mexican tiles that I wanted. So drive back to Tucson to 4th street and behold, the small tiles. We have a project to do:)

Then on Sunday, off to Apache Junction to see my great auntie. The radiation is kicking her butt! She was really tired! I haven't seen them in a very long time so that was nice. Mom really enjoyed her visit with her aunt. Inez and mom aren't that far apart in age. I guess when mom & dad went to Minnesota when I was a little kid, I stayed with Inez and Floyd. I had "coffee" and played mousetrap with my great grandpa and grandma. I remember that pretty vividly:) What is so funny, is that I would tell a story about my dad going out dancing with some lady with sparkly red shoes. I guess Inez and great grandma would get such a kick out of that. That is one thing that hasn't changed, my imagination.

Speaking of imagination, mom & I are so full of ideas and various projects that we are bursting out our seams. We have to purchase more supplies but soon we will get busy on them. Mom also just LOVED Margot Potter's book, "Beyond Beading!" She has got tons of ideas from her book as well!! Just remember something that I have to do.....let me go do it before it gets buried in this overprocessed brain of mine:)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

blogging on the weekend

Well, I guess I have the follower widget but can't see it at work. Mom has her computer so I am blogging on it today. No steam to bead much today but tomorrow after visiting great auntie we should be able to have more steam to bead.

I got some really cool steam punk compontments from etsy so I will be creating or attempting to figure out what to make from them. I am hoping that I can create those like I can create most of my jewelery, not too difficult to figure stuff out.

Mom and I are plotting away and thinking seriously about starting a second store outside of etsy. We are also thinking about new focus for our creativity so stay tuned for changes:)

Friday, April 3, 2009



TOO busy!!! Why can't it hit on other days when I am kind of bored! sheesh.

The momma is here!

The funky monkey momma is here and boy was she tired yesterday! WOW! I feed her and got her all comfy and then we brainstormed away:) Oh, we have SUCH awesome ideas!!! Stay tuned:)

We are going to Tubac for bead and tile shopping then on Sunday to see my great auntie. And of course, creating will definately be in there:)

Thursday, April 2, 2009


Waiting at work for the monkey momma to arrive. I had a good meeting with boss and cleared the air on both sides regarding a lot of things.

Then our computers and phone system went down while they were installing stuff. That was not lovely because we couldn't get anything done. I was most upset and told my boss about it so hopefully they will call me ahead of time so I can set this up when no-one is at the clinic.

Followers and contest

Well we didn't win on the Jangles contest but you know, that is okay! Publicity is a great thing:) Plus we have another follower!

Okay, if you follow our blog can you drop me a comment since I still can't get that goofy follower widget to work? I would love to see who is reading our blog:) I promise we don't bite like other monkeys you may know LOL

I have gained 2 pds back from the 12 that I lost. Not a good thing so I am going to walk around the clinic very slowly a couple of times today. My hip is still bugging me from the fall but I am rather use to that pain.

Monkey momma will be here TODAY!!! We are both really excited. I worked on a piece last night & set up another piece to do tonight. The creative spirit hit me at 8:30pm last night. So I was up past my bedtime. I am thinking about adding more chain to my brass dragonfly creation.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Jangles blog

Hey, we put in three of creations using Jangle beads into her comptetion and TWO of our pieces is listed!!! We don't know who won but still that is totally awesome!!!!!!!!!

We are really excited:)

Go to Jennifer's blog


ps. Monkey Momma Walleye the fish died:(


I just had a awesome crafty idea:) hee,heeeeeheee........Oh yea, I can do it baby:)

Funky Monkey Glass

I got my glass from Kiwi arts, it is uber cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will take a picture of its cuteness in my mess of my crafting tables:)

The museum called from San Antonio asking for more product and sending a check so that is uber wonderful news!!

bad morning

I fell down and went boom. My left ankle twisted right under me. This is the ankle that had a hair line fracture in it a couple of years ago. So, the hip is killing me and the ankle isn't quite sure what is wrong with it yet.