August 27, 2011

Heating Up

You probably know that Magpie Gemstones is in the heart of Texas, but you may not know that we are breaking record temperatures right now. The weather person predicts 109 degrees for today and we've had over 70 days of 100 plus degrees this summer. This heat and the drought along with the small fish pond near the door of Magpie land attracts interesting critters. One discussion this week pertained to whether the long snake in the little pond was a good snake or a water moccassin. We're still trying to figure that one out. I think you're supposed to examine the snakes eyes to determine the answer, but we have not decided which one of us is going to get close enough to do that! Any volunteers?

We did much better getting close to and personal with the new beads that went into the store this week. We're pleased to have Gibby back from his trip and available to take pictures for you. I think he might be partial to the turquoise and this week quite a few new strands of it are available for you. Below you see Turquoise Hubei Heishis and Turquoise Ma"an Shan Nuggets. These would heat up most any of your designs.

I also wanted you to see the Baltic Amber that's available. These are really nice colors. While I'm stuck in the house away from the heat outside, I'm contemplating the interesting ways I might use this amber.

If you're inside too, why not take a peek at some of the designs shown in Magpie's Client's blog? I always find inspiration there and call it my "marketing research". Magpie Gemstones certainly has a plethora of talented clients.

You may live in a part of the world where it's also been heating up and that makes it hard to think about Fall designs. If you are lucky and the weather is more temporate where you live, you have probably got a jump on Fall. It's time! If you are preparing for the Fall and holiday shows where you sell your jewelry, you might want to heat up that process before much longer and we've got the beads you need in lucious colors for the upcoming season. By the way, the shows around here start in ernest around October first and (Yikes) it's almost September. I'd better quit reminding you and start heating up my own workbench.

. . . heating things up for your jewelry designs, we are Magpie Gemstones.


  1. Anonymous27.8.11

    I'd send you some of the rain Irene's dumping on us if I could... The snake looks like a plain old water snake to me, not a cottonmouth/water moccasin - best not to poke them, though, since water snakes bite readily and even though they're not venomous, it hurts!

  2. Harmless water snake. Easy way to tell, pupils are round in non-venomous snakes. Pit vipers (rattlesnakes, water moccassins, copperheads) all have "vertical slit" pupils

  3. Water moccasins are supposed to have pupils like a cat. They look like a slit in the eye and run vertically. This one seems to have pretty round pupils so I think it non-venomous. No point in getting too close though.

    Pretty turquoise!

  4. My go to guy says most round eyed snakes are non-poisonous. That eye looks round to me! lol Looks like your little pond is wild thang central!! LOL