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1  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Updates on: April 26, 2016, 09:14:13 am
The new server is up.
The backup here is in progress and anything posted after 11AM Central time today to this forum will not be in the backup and will be lost once the forum has moved.
If you wish to start new topics/postings, go to the new site, grab a membership and post.
2  The Gathering / Our Place / Updates on: April 25, 2016, 12:04:01 am
For those of you who haven't looked at the Announcements...
George has given the forum over to me.  I have added Phishisgroovin as a second admin, and Lithicbeads and Hummingbirdstones are now both Global Moderators.

We will be making some changes here and there to hopefully make your forum experience bright and sunny!  We are looking into cheaper hosting service for the forum, and if we find a cheaper host we will be doing a move.  Right now we pay more a month here to keep things ad free and purchase disk space than some forums pay for almost a half of a year with unlimited disk space for images.  As soon as we find ourselves something suitable, we will let you know.  SMFforfree is not free.  You pay to keep it ad free, you pay for image storing space, and you have to pay for features as important as a database backup.   bricks  That said, we are on the hunt.

Stay tuned for further details and information!

3  Lapidary the Internet and You / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Shop and Swap / Re: Loom on: April 24, 2016, 11:57:22 pm
LOL!   saved2

Of course I do have to ask why you are parting ways with such a lovely loom.  They are not easy items to come by!
4  Lapidary the Internet and You / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Shop and Swap / Re: Loom on: April 24, 2016, 12:18:00 pm
When do you need this piked up by?  Any specific date?
I'm trying to arrange a roadtrip.
5  Lapidary the Internet and You / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Shop and Swap / Re: Loom on: April 24, 2016, 12:13:43 pm

Soooooo ........  when do you want to come pick it up?

Let me talk to the powers that be - My road trip buddies that is - to see when I could potentially grab this. 
That is going to be the deciding factor - if I can get up there or not.
6  Lapidary the Internet and You / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Shop and Swap / Re: Loom on: April 23, 2016, 04:06:33 pm
Holy crap!
Where are you located?
How much?
I had to leave my 48 inch 4 harness loom back east in my Parents garage...
7  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Anyone Work with White Quartz? on: April 23, 2016, 04:01:14 pm
White Quartz is gorgeous.
I have a few cabs of it cut by Connie.  She called it "Bull quartz." 
It's great paired with silver and since it's a neutral color it pairs well with a lot of other gemstones.
8  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: New Piranha Agate Cab on: April 19, 2016, 09:28:55 am
I just sat here for five minutes in awe as I viewed this stone.
It's gorgeous.   yes
9  Custom Designed Jewelry / Show Your Custom Jewelry Designing Photos / Re: Morissonite pendant on: April 19, 2016, 09:23:57 am
That shape, which I call an "axe" shape is one of my favorite shapes in beads and cabochons and not nearly enough folks make them.  It seems some folks are scared of the concave cutting and sanding.  You did a killer job on that Morrisonite, so your client should be thrilled.   yes
10  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: The Search engine hates me on: April 19, 2016, 09:00:28 am
Search engines are tricky.  If you don't know how to use qualifiers in the search, or don't use the images to help you, sometimes it is a hit or miss venture.

Qualifiers such as you "don't want treated material?"  So you enter "Black stone -untreated"   The qualifier is the minus sign with the "qualification" you are looking for, or in some cases, what you don't want...

Hope that helps.

I often will scan the images that come up as a listing near the top of the search because it may give me better results.
11  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Hello from Washington State on: August 28, 2015, 11:47:38 am
I really, REALLY REALLY dislike it when I delete someones sales posts due to it being in violation of forum rules and then they pull this full on malarky.  Congrats on being the first person to be banned by me in over a YEAR!

I'm a RETIRED INACTIVE ADMIN.  I really don't have time to deal with this behavior.  I come on here when notices hit my email that something has been reported and I certainly don't appreciate some of the behavior that mimics high school.  We are adults.  Act like one.
12  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Missing Earrings on: August 09, 2015, 01:19:17 pm
Any update on the missing earrings?


Nope.  Other than they seem to have just vanished into thin air without a trace.
I was credited on my account for the cost of the earrings.  Right now I just await the contest results which should be out any time in the next few weeks.
13  The Gathering / Our Place / MOVED: EXCITING new cabochon templates on: August 09, 2015, 01:18:00 pm
This topic has been moved to Shop and Swap .
14  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Missing Earrings on: July 10, 2015, 08:49:07 am
That is what we are hoping for Donnie - that they just got misplaced.
Poor Susan has been beating herself up over this because in all her years of handling the contests this is the first time this has happened.  I told her to stop beating herself up.  We're all friends with Mr. Murphy of Murphy's law.  Stuff happens.  I'm not blaming her for anything.  They have a very stringent protocol they follow when things come in for the contests.  The earrings came up missing long after the piece left her hands to go down the chain. 

My assumptions at this point are that they are sitting under paperwork or accidentally got put with another project and will turn up eventually.  I only have the alert out in the rare chance it was a theft.
15  The Gathering / Our Place / Missing Earrings on: July 09, 2015, 08:16:31 pm
This is an APB for a missing pair of earrings!

Many of you know I frequently enter the Jewelry Contests that Fire Mountain Gems holds every year. I sent in my Seed Beads category piece to them a couple months ago now and two weeks ago I was notified the earrings that go with the necklace have come up missing!

At this point we have no reason to believe they are anything but misplaced. Susan, who leads up the Contests is pretty beat up over this. I've tried to reassure her that everything is OK and that now and then these things just happen.

Should you see this pair of earrings on a person, listed on an Etsy shop or Ebay or any other place online or at a show, please know that they belong to me and please contact me ASAP or Susan Phelps at Fire Mountain Gems. Her email is:

Thank you!
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