Wednesday, December 6, 2017

To New Beginnings - A Personal Journey

Today is a great day!  After 26 years of marriage, my name changed from Mrs. to Ms.

This is the beginning of an exciting adventure in my life - a decision that I was finally able to like myself enough to walk away and no longer accept the mistreatment I was receiving from a man, even to the day I walked away, continued to tell his lies of love and devotion.

I may have wanted so hard to believe these lies in the past, even when I was aware that he was lying to me.  But, no more will I let insecurity be the driver of my life as it races into the future!

I have many precious friends who have been supportive throughout the last five years - without question, asking  "What can I do to help?".  No games, pretending not to know, only wanting to add to the gossip mill.  Taking the man's side, who has done nothing but cheat and lie for the last five years.

I will be paring down my Facebook friends of those who have professed to be the closest of my friends, but who have for the last months become close friends with my NOW EX-husband's mistress.  I no longer will have deceitful people in my life.

For our mutual friends, I just ask for privacy, his and my own.   I do not want to talk or hear about his life.  I want an honest friendship based on us, not him.  My life with him is over.

That being said, I am so excited to begin my new life!  I will be on my own for the FIRST TIME in my 56 years!  My last chapter will be ruled by no-one but myself.

Mitzy will speed her way to wherever the compass leads and my beloved dog, Charly and three cats (Bailey, Cleo and Pretty Cat).....and any other animal that arrives on my steps, will help me etch my place on Earth.  MS Deborah Apodaca will be the total navigator from this day forth!

I will send my new contact information to those who want to be an honest, true and loyal friend, when the time to move has come.  My heart will not break again from any false friendships.

I will finally be finding my niche in the mixed media art world - designing and teaching jewelry; coppersmithing; silversmithing; cutting and grinding my own cabochons and gemstones; hand-crafted art dolls; recycling glass for wine trays; photography and webpage design; and so much more!

The best compliment he ever gave me was that I was never scared to take the bull by the horns and give it my all for anything I wished to learn.  So I, MS. Deborah Apodaca, divorced December 6, 2017, will step into my adventure unencumbered by deceit and lies and taking that bull by the horn!!!

There is a time and a season for new season has begun!  2018, here I come!!!!


Sunday, May 15, 2016

2016 2nd Annual Bead Peep's Swap-N-Hop Reveal

First off, a huge thanks to Linda Anderson for hosting this event.  Check out Linda's blog at From the Bead Board.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of this hop!  That being said, I have not finished my swap goal.  BUT, please, please, please....................don't stop reading this post!

2015 was a very stressful year for me and ended with me heartbreakenly closing a store and having throat surgery.  I KNEW KNEW KNEW that I was taking on too much when I asked to join this hop, but I was so needing a push to get back my creativity.  And, I am excited to say that it has worked!  Unfortunately, I had a full plate and was just adding to the pile and putting me into overload.

After the closing of my store, I decided to turn myself and my artisans in another direction and go online.  So my creative outlet has been busy designing 4 websites (and my own webpage has been taken temporarily offline - and will itself be getting a facelift) and professionally photographing jewelry and art dolls for these webpages.  I am so excited for this new opportunity and it gives me a new purpose.

I am still trying to get my house back in order after bringing 2,000 sf of store supplies into an already chaotic mess!  But, it has made major strides and getting everything back into it's place and finding my "white space" is a lot closer than it was last year.  

I finally see a white light at the end of the tunnel and then I am in therapy again and this time for my feet and calf from pains that ended up not being related to my fibromyalgia.  So I keep seeing my time whittle away, 4 hours each day, right after therapy.

I know that excuses are just that....excuses, but I am working hard to get my items done!  I am currently in South Carolina on a long overdue trip to visit my family and packed and brought all of my supplies with me to finish my project and hit several other road blocks.

Evidently, all my family love me, since they keep making arrangements to spend time with me!  And that would be great until I get sitting down and realize that I did not, in fact, pack all that I need to finish my project.  I have improvised on some things, but I need to find a store tomorrow and stock up on some supplies, ie., glue........

My blog partner is Katy Heider and she sent me some beautiful shibori ribbon, a handcrafted enamel clasp and a variety of beads in my favorite array of colors!!!

I immediately knew what I wanted to make and it was going to be a huge challenge for me for several reasons.  I have never worked with shibori ribbon nor with the technique I planned to embark upon.  Hopefully, I will be able to do justice to this wonderful collection and make Katy proud!


In the meantime, please check out Katy's blog and find out what she has made from her bead collection.  Here is a photo of what I sent to Katy.

Katy, I'm sorry I let you down, but give me a week and I promise you won't be disappointed!!!  I can't wait to see what you have done with that beautiful piece of polymer clay.

Here is a listing of all the participants.  Please check them all out and then please return to mine next week and, hopefully, you won't be disappointed.  I, myself, will not be doing the blog hop until my pieces are completed and an update has been made to my blog.  

Hopefully, you did read to the end of the blog and will return!

MY PARTNER - Katy Heider 

Linda Anderson - Hostess -

Teresa Schurter
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Rachel Mallis
Palak (aka Pallavi Asher)

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Meet My Swap-N-Hop Partner!

I am so excited to be a part of the 2016 Bead Peep's Swap-N-Hop.  A huge thanks to Linda Anderson for hosting this event.  Check out Linda's blog at From the Bead Board.

My partner for the 2016 Bead Peep Swap-N-Hop is Katy Grow Heider.  Although she has done a lot of beading techniques, she loves the freedom of bead embroidery to express her creativity.  Here are a few pictures of her work.

I kept her bead embroidery in mind when getting Katy's beads together.  And since she lives in New Hampshire, I wanted to send a little bit of Florida sunshine her way!  


My inspiration for Katy's beads was Florida and the ocean.  Katy lives in New Hampshire and I wanted to send a bit of sun her way!  Here is what was in her package.

This polymer clay shield was handcrafted by Julie Anstaett of Bellapate.  It reminds me of seawater rippling over the sand with the summer sun over head.

The bead palette was selected to match these colors and was finished off with a magnetic clasp.

You can see what Katy has made from these beads on May 15th.  In the meantime, check out her blog at On the Pond Creations.


Katy sent my beads in handmade pouches made with flower photos.  My card also had one of the photographs attached.

And what was in these pouches?  Can you guess?  Shibori ribbon!  The ribbon is from Shibori Girl on Etsy.  There are also aqua teardrop beads made by Unicorne Beads; some aqua glass discs with green sugar on the edges from ClassySassy on Etsy.  The handcrafted enameled clasp is from BeadSwede on Etsy.  To finish off there are an assortment of seed beads in green, blue and purple.

Everything is now sitting on my beading tray waiting for me to begin.  I am already getting an idea looking at the color scheme and shapes before me.  Make sure to check back on May 15th for the final reveal!