Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My Grandson, Grandma and Electronics

Last night, I had two things planned.

One, to look through the 2 inch thick catalog of jewelry supplies I had just received in the mail.

Two, my plan was to watch the TV program, NCIS. For some reason I really like that program. (You can only read a large catalog for so long!)

Anyhow, my Grandson had other plans for me. He came over to my chair as I was reading and looked at the catalog as if it were definitely not supposed to be there. So, I moved it so he could come up in my lap. We read a book. Then he was off.

NCIS started and it was just getting good when he came back with his Leapster (Leapster, for the uninitiated, is a handheld learning game system with a stylus for playing games. It talks to you and generally makes all sorts of noises. Plus the child makes noises back at it when they get things right) Not a quiet activity.

"Me sit in your lap Grandma?" Now, what answer works other than

"Of course"?

That is when I remembered that two could play the electronic game. Since he was very absorbed in his game and really didn't need my assistance, I could watch my TV show and still have him on my lap. I reached for the remote for the TV and turned on Closed Captioning.

Now everyone was happy, even my husband who was also effected by all the noise. My Grandson sitting on my lap with his Leapster and Grandma watching NCIS and being able to follow the show with the Closed Captioning. Got to love modern electronics.

After he went to bed and NCIS was over, I continued catching up on what is new in the world of jewelry supplies with my new catalog. The answer: Lots. I found some beautiful clasps. The kind you don't wear in the back of a necklace, you show it off in the front. However, they are a bit pricey but will certainly "make" the piece. Ideas are coming and the pages are marked for the future.

Interesting. Don't you think?



  1. I love toggle clasps and have just started using them in the front of some of my pieces. I think they make it easier for some folks to clasp. I've seen many beautiful ones lately, including the two that you have shown. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

  2. Hi Bev!
    Pretty jewelry! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to say hello. I definitely recommend Shop Handmade. It's a no-fee site! It was way easier to set up than Etsy and the best part is that I don't have to pay a dime! Did I mention that it's free? :) Definitely check it out!
    Hope you visit again soon.
    All the best,
    cinnnamon & honey

  3. Those clasps are pretty--what catalog were you looking at?

    I have two weeks until my horrendous week of shows, and it seems like there is always something to interfere with my jewelry making plans. ARrrgghhh!

  4. Miachelle,
    The clasps were from Firemountain Gems. I vacillate between liking and disliking them. But if you are careful you can get some really nice things from them.
    Things are always interferring with jewlry making. Some things I don't mind, others I do. Good luck on all of your shows.

  5. Bev- What a wonderful afternoon spent with your grandchild. I got a mental picture of you 2 sitting in the chair, leapfrog, catalog and close-captioned tv program-delightful!
    I love the clasps, especially the snowflake looking one. It is hard to fasten traditional clasps at times so that makes sense that this particular kind would clasp in the front and become a part of the piece itself.

    Happy Beading and BOO Happy Halloween too!

    Thanks for sharing,


  6. Leslie, It was a great time with him. It just struck me how nice it was and I just had to blog about it. Bev