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Monday, December 21, 2009

Honeybee Tutorial and the Flow Magazine!



This is such an exciting month for me! First, my Raven Tutorial is featured in the Annealer Magazine, and now my Honeybee is featured in The Flow! The new, Winter 2009 issue is available now and features several tutorials you don't want to miss! Inside is a simple version of this Honeybee Tutorial but if you want the full, expanded version it's now available in my Etsy store as well. Be sure to pick up your copy of The Flow Magazine as this is also the 5th Annual Gallery of Women in Glass issue - you don't want to miss it!

Happy "Bee"ding!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Raven Tutorial Now Available!!



I have so much exciting news to share today! First of all, I can finally announce that my Raven / Landscape Tutorial is ready! I had to wait for the release of this tutorial for a special reason......this bead won the Grand Prize in the Annealer Magazine's "In Time for the Holidays Contest" and is featured on the cover of their Winter 2009 issue! In this issue is an abbreviated version of the tutorial for you but if you want the expanded version, you can purchase it in my Etsy store.

Also....my Honeybee Tutorial will be available very, very soon as well! Stay tuned!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Feathered Friends....






For anyone that knows my work, you must know that I love birds! Here are some new feathered friends I want to share with you. First of all is a raven I call the Berry Thief. I love the colors in the backgroud - it's fun to work with enamels! I also have another heron with an intense gaze and also something new.....a cheeky chickadee!

And of course as promised....here are a few new Owl Babies too! Little Petunia and Sammy...enjoy!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Wilbur the Owl Baby!


Well it finally started snowing today! Not much - which I'm glad for - but a wee sprinkling of white stuff creating a light dusting that resembles powdered sugar over everything. So, back to the studio I go to keep warm by my toasty torch! Lately I've had some adorable little creatures come out of my kiln.....Owl Babies! I just adore making them as each has their own personality and attitude.

I would like to introduce you to Wilbur the Worrisome. He's a rather shy and somewhat nervous little fellow who is forever looking over his shoulder! He would make a wonderful little companion to sit by your computer or he can be wrapped into a pendant and worn as a sweet little necklace. Stay tuned for more of his friends making an appearance soon!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Howl at the moon!


Good morning my fellow bead enthusiasts!! I'm just about to head out to the studio this morning but wanted to talk about my latest bead listing......yes, another wolf! This is my favorite one so far and is quite a statement piece. This one I made with a horizontal hole so it can be worn on a chain for a simple pendant or wire-wrapped into a more elaborate necklace design. It could even be made into a chunky bracelet or would also look great on a leather cord for a pendant for a guy to wear!

I hope you are all having fun getting ready for the holidays....I still have a bit of Christmas shopping to do but I'm waiting until after the weekend - I'm not brave enough to tackle the mall on a Saturday in December!

Happy Shopping!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Wolf Song


Good Morning!

Well it's finally starting to happen.....snow! OK so it's not much - just a light sprinkling on the ground but I know it's a sign of things to come. So, in my efforts to keep warm I'm spending more time in my studio next to my toasty little torch. Here's what's coming out of the kiln lately.....a pack of wolves! This hairy beastie is singing his heart out to a full moon on a cold winter's night.

Stay tuned for more of his pack mates making an appearance in the days ahead!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Heron Lake....



Yes, I still have birds on my mind lately......does that make me a bird brain I wonder???

Here's another majestic Blue Heron - this one strikes a pose along the shore of his favorite lake. Surrounded by water reeds and set against an enameled background with soft shades of blues and greens, this bead is one of my favorites so far!

And here is something new I just created by special request.....a Whooping Crane! I just adore these graceful birds and have plans to make more cranes over the next while, so stay tuned!

Monday, December 7, 2009

For my bird lovin' friends!




Good morning!! Well it's a chilly morning here in BC today - but the sun is going to shine, shine, shine! So far - NO snow!!!! Yay! Snow for me means a day of back-breaking shovelling to carve a path to my studio in the mornings so I'm thrilled I can "commute" to work without the shovel! lol!

The beautiful full moon we've had this past week and the bright blue skies we've been having have inspired my latest beads. Here is another heron awash in richly saturated enamels - oh how I love these colors! Frost-laden trees and a full moon add detail to this star-gazing heron.

I also have a cheeky raven who's prancing in the snow!

I've also listed another eagle with a strong gaze and ruffled feathers......set against an earthy background that resembles riverstone this focal is perfect for the eagle collector on your Christmas list!

I hope you are enjoying the season and finding beauty in every day!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

herons!



I've been getting several requests for herons lately so here are a few new ones! I have been having fun with enamels again and love the way that they resemble watercolor paints and richly saturate the glass with color. By softly etching these beads, I get an almost porcelain - like effect which lends the beads a wonderful softness. These are perfect for the bird lover on your Christmas list!

Cheers!