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Saturday, October 31, 2009

my favorite Eagle!

I've had a lot of requests for eagles lately and since I haven't had a whole lot of time in the studio this past week, I decided to part with one I had planned to keep for myself. :) This is one of the beads I made after I had the visit from the pair of eagles that alighted on my neighbor's tree. They were just so magnificent that I made a few eagle beads after that day. This is one that I was especially pleased with and had planned on keeping for myself, but have decided to release into the world and see if he flies home to you. :)


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

For Your Goddess Within.....

Oh how I love to sculpt glass - especially goddesses! They are such a delight to create and oh so fun to wear! Nothing gets a conversation going more than a goddess around your neck! In rich colors, assorted body types, and some with intricate tattoos or crescent moons, there's sure to be a bead here that speaks to your inner goddess.....more to come in the days ahead so stay tuned!

Friday, October 23, 2009

A Delightful new Book!

I'm so excited about what came in the mail last week! I just got the book "Rejuvenated Jewels" by the fabulous and talented Amy Hanna! I just adore her work and the way she uses vintage pieces to create lovely little works of wearable art. If you haven't seen this lovely book, I highly recommend you visit her Etsy store, where you can order a signed copy!

Now out to the studio I go to create something special.....


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Eagle Eye...

OH how I love birds, especially birds of prey! Last week I was walking across the lawn from my studio to the house and I heard a distinct cry. When I looked up, I saw a pair of bald eagles in one of the tall pines in my neighbors yard! While we do have eagles in our area, I've never seen one so close to my house before. I rushed in and grabbed my camera and captured a shot of one of the eagles that patiently posed for me. Oh for a better zoom lens!

This is the inspiration for my bead of the day! Now available in my Etsy store.....


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

It's good to be the Queen...

......or so they say! Here is a special focal for the Queen Bee in your life - maybe it's you! :) Made on a base of royally rich red with a petite golden crown, I think this special bee would be adorable in a whimsical necklace or chunky bracelet. With Christmas just around the bend, I'll be listing more beads in this fabulous red since it's just so perfect for the holidays.

Happy "Bee"ding!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

For the Birds....

Oh how I love our feathered friends! Today I have something new to share.....a delicate cameo swan and an African Grey Parrot! The parrot was especially fun to to create even though all those little feathers were extremely time consuming. I really enjoyed creating him though and this just might lead to me trying other new bird beads in the near future.....stay tuned!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Glorious Green!

I seem to be on a color theme kick this week....yesterday it was blue and today I have some yummy green beads newly listed in the shop! From shimmery emerald green swirls on antique ivory, to the delightfully weathered look of copper green, there are enough shades of green here to delight the most avid nature lover!


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Into the Blue.....

Oh how I love blue! The blue of the ocean, the blue of the sky, the blue of twilight and the, I haven't been watching any vampire movies lately, but this little vial might appeal to a creature of the night!

Here are some new goodies in my store today, a deep cobalt blue vessel just perfect to hold a small amount of your favorite essential oil or perfume, fitted with a jeweled cork stopper. Also a colorful dragonfly who looks as though he is flying into an evening sky.....enjoy!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Dragonflies, Ravens and Bees, Oh My!

Oh it's good to be back in the studio and playing at the torch once again! I'm starting to list new beads daily in the shop - some spirited ravens, sparkling dragonflies, chubby bumblebees and more surprises to come! Hope you'll drop in to take a peek!

Happy Beading everyone!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Collaboration is a great thing!

Well hello my beady friends! I know, I am a tardy and infrequent blogger (shame on me!) but I'm back on track and in the studio after a hectic year of bead shows and teaching engagements. All good stuff mind you!

Several months ago, I participated in a wonderful collaboration project called Convergence, that paired lampwork artists from the International Society of Glass Beadmakers ( and jewelry designers from the Bead and Button readership around the globe. I was fortunate to be paired with the talented Melissa Cable who is the owner of Beadclub in Woodinville, Washington ( and the resulting creation has just been featured on page 16 in the newest special issue of Bead and Button magazine! This issue features 20 projects from the Convergence exhibit - if you haven't seen it yet better rush to get your copy! There are some amazing projects in there and they all look to be a lot of fun to create! So special thanks to Bead and Button magazine, the ISGB and my design partner, Melissa for making this wonderful project possible.

oh - and please check back tomorrow......I'm listing new beads in the store again! Yay!!