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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Softly Etched, Like Seaglass

Soft shades of blue glass beads with layered frit on the surface, gently etched for a smooth brushed finished (like sea glass). My own design of sterling silver ear wires as well, they look great from the front or side view. I believe I have two pair of these earrings, but the 2018 shows are starting, so grab them while you can.

Beautiful Blues


Beautiful Blue glass and sterling silver earrings. Think they might be too heavy to wear? Think again - these are hollow beads. Very light and easy to wear. These are the last pair of hollow earrings I have, so speak up if you like them!!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Can't See The Forest For The Trees

 Second of todays alcohol ink paintings. Another 'adventure' in painting, as in "I'm not really too sure if this is gonna work" kind of thing . . .  But I think it did, I really like this one as well. Yet another version of the many trees that have been so very good to me over the years. This "One of a Kind" painting will be making it's appearance at the next show - which is the new Arts at the Mill in Moorseville. A new 'adventure' in shows!

Raven


Alcohol ink paintings today, trying to replace some sales from the last show. Have really wanted to try painting this crow, it was scary but I really like it. Not sure I have another one in me though, kept holding my breath for pretty much the whole painting!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

I'll Be Here, Come See Me


New Show for me this Fall. Don't usually participate in a first year show but I have a feeling this will be a really good one. Haven't done anything in the Mooresville area but always wanted to find something. Please come by and see me. Will be showing jewelry and alcohol ink paintings, so stop by and give me a high five for moral support. See you there!!

Commemorative Eclipse Pendant







Another Commemorative Eclipse Pendant. I was hoping they would be noticed at the last show, just didn't know they'd exceed what I'd hoped - a case of 'be careful what you wish for'. The shimmer on the surface is so hard to capture with my limited skills, but it really is pretty. Scurrying to make some more before the rest of the Fall Shows . . . . . . . Working hard!!!

Such a beautiful set. Soft muted colors in the hollow beads, Silvered glass on the center hollow, 2 boro beads on either side with tiny opal chips that shine in the light. Matching hollow earrings round out this one of a kind piece. The hollow necklaces proved to be quite popular at the last show. They are lovely.

Hollows For Earrings

Beautifully striated blue hollow beads, large Swarovski crystals and roundels, signature ear wires and lots of sterling silver. How pretty! Only pair available till after Christmas.

Etched With Frit

Pretty etched pale turquoise glass with a soft frit blend on the surface. Signature handmade ear wires. Lots of sterling and Swarovski crystals make these special but may be worn every day.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Commemorative Eclipse Pendant #1


Last August 21st I'd planned to be at home, in NC, where an almost full eclipse was predicted. Then I got a call from our youngest son (who lives in Vermont) and was asked to come spend a week with our youngest grandchild (his son Emmett). Of course I jumped at the chance and was able to view the eclipse with them. I sure hope Emmett remembers it forever - I sure will. This is the first version.

Commemorative Eclipse Pendant #2

Last August 21st I'd planned to be at home, in NC, where an almost full eclipse was predicted. Then I got a call from our youngest son (who lives in Vermont) and was asked to come spend a week with our youngest grandchild (his son Emmett). Of course I jumped at the chance and was able to view the eclipse with them. I sure hope Emmett remembers it forever - I sure will. This is the second pendant version.

Commemorative Eclipse Pendant #3

Last August 21st I'd planned to be at home, in NC, where an almost full eclipse was predicted. Then I got a call from our youngest son (who lives in Vermont) and was asked to come spend a week with our youngest grandchild (his son Emmett). Of course I jumped at the chance and was able to view the eclipse with them. I sure hope Emmett remembers it forever - I sure will.

Moonscape

 A beautiful moonscape pendant. Silver glass, frit and a little touch of dichro for sparkle. Vivid shades of blue, one of a kind piece.






Fall Leaves


Fall colors in these leaf earrings. There are two pair of each color and will make their debut at the first Fall show in Concord - Christmas Made in the South. Look for me in the lower level, at the end of the ramp. Corner booth. You'll see me right as the end of the ramp when you enter the lower level. There's lots of new things since last year. Come see me. 

Frog Pendant

Froggie went a courting' … well, he's definitely putting himself out there anyway! This little frog pendant was taught at the last class in Florida and all the students loved it. Each one looked different, but they were all impressive. This is the only one, would take a lot to duplicate … just sayin' so you'd better jump quick!

Bodacious Hollows

 Bountiful bodacious hollow bead necklaces. Most impressive, without the weight. These went over so well at the last art show I just had to make more. They certainly take a certain confident woman who definitely wants a statement piece to wear. Earth tones and bright colors - something for every personality who loves pieces with pizazz!!!

Tree of Life

Tree of Life pendant. This piece has the added agate necklace included, all the way around the neck. A link chain at the end so the length may be adjusted to your particular ensemble of the day.  Thanks for looking.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Wowza!!

Well, this is what happens to my work table when it's just too hot to melt any more glass. There is a pretty awesome tree bead, a conch and a cute owl on the table, put I was pretty much DONE in that hot studio. I'm ready for cooler temperatures. So, please enjoy a few posts of my newest Summer venture - alcohol ink painting. I'm loving the time spent in the air conditioning doing the following painting. But it won't be too long before I crank up the torch again - I've got a plethora of shows this Fall, and I'd better get busy soon. Thanks for looking.
This painting is a tribute to my frequent visits to Vermont to stay with my son and grandson. I just love it up there, and would live there if I could convince my husband that it's not really that cold!! My son lives on Curtis Pond, in the middle of mountains, and he and his son spend many hours at the pond swimming in the Summer, rowing in the Fall and ice skating or playing ice hockey in the winter. I really like this painting, but it's sold. I should paint another! Thanks for looking.

Tree of Life - A New One

I've said it over the years, many times. Trees have been very, very good to me for many years … glass trees, that is. And they still are!! But the new summer venture painting with alcohol inks just HAD to include some trees. This was the first one I did. It sold in Myrtle Beach this past July. Guess that means I should paint a few more! Thanks for looking

Thoughts of Snow in the Summer

This alcohol ink painting makes me cooler every time I look at it … well, maybe just a little. Summer painting while it's too hot to work at the torch and this one just hits the spot. I am tired of 90+ degree weather!! Thanks for looking

Red Hot!

Another alcohol ink painting. This one's staying with me - but I feel I need to paint another. Loving the colors and the way it makes me feel as if there's a breeze in the air. An original painting this summer, while it's just too hot to be in the studio behind the torch. Thanks for looking.

Summer Sweets

Have a new venture for the summer - it's just too hot to place myself between a really hot kiln and and even hotter open flame torch! SO, this summer I've opened the door to alcohol ink paintings. These are not prints, they are all original paintings, and I absolutely love this art form and will post several more pictures. Thanks for looking

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Pint Sized Perched Owl

This must be 'Bird Week' because I have three different bird pendants to showcase today! And this little cutie pie is just as sweet as he can be  -  even if you don't collect owls!!  Perfect coordinating colors in both beads and the crystals add more sparkle. It's a little hard to see the pretty silvered glass purples in the wings of this little hooter, but my boro bead at the base ties it all together. A nice piece for all year.

Blue Jay Pendant

A great Blue Jay Pendant, not too big, but large enough to show off this wonderful bead. While I did not make this focal bead, I did make the boro bead beneath it. Hard to see in the photograph, but the Double Amber Purple boro glass has an undertone of the perfect blue to match with the focal. Was going for a look of a wooden 'perch' for this little birdie. I like it!

Tropical Pint Sized Parrot



What a little cutie pie! This sweet little pint sized parrot is so colorful and bright, it makes me happy just looking at it! While I did not make the parrot bead, I did make the little base bead as an accent at the base. The whole piece is just perfect as an end of the summer piece. Thanks for looking in.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Cutest Seahorse Ever!!


Here's the second of two charming sea horses. Look just a bit further down the page to see the other one. These pendants are just adorable. Dainty in appearance but substantial enough to definitely be noticed. Only two available, and I don't think they're going to be around long … really cute right?

Opal Feather Earrings - Yum!

Oh boy I love these. Sterling silver feathers with an inlay of beautiful opals. Hmmm, they just might not make it to a show!! New sterling ear wires made by me give a unique look. I really like these. Thanks for looking.

Rainbow Natural Stone Earrings

Rainbow stones - for the life of me I can't remember what these stones are … but they're really pretty right? Natural stones, mix of mostly blue, a little hint of green and a bar of rust. Sterling ear wires I make myself and Swarovski crystals round out the look for a pair of earrings to wear in any season. Dress them up or wear 'em with jeans. Only this pair available.

Ear Candy



One more pair of earrings using Tree of Life sterling charms and a moon bead with silver stars in the sky. A beautiful pair of ear wires too, made by me in sterling silver. Swarovski crystals finish up the design adding just enough sparkle to catch the eye. Suitable ear candy for every season!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

See the Sea Horse


 Is this cute or what?!? This pendant is just adorable … a friend did a great job of capturing it's cuteness sitting in front of a starfish prop. I have two of these - similar in design but each with it's own personality. Don't think they'll be around too long tho. Thanks for stopping in to see the new stuff.

Panda Anyone?


A friend did the photography for me and I love this gnarly branch he used. A close up of the focal Panda Bear probably would have shown the bead in greater detail, but the structure of this whole set up is amazing. The whole panda has been etched for a more realistic appearance - except his tiny little eyes. They're bright and shiny, not actually seen in this distance shot tho. A statement piece for sure. 

Three Moons


Three beautiful moonscapes, each one with it's own individual  personality. I love these beads, so much depth and character. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Oil Slick Sky

Using any Double Helix Glass on a bead can sometimes be a challenge, but 'Triton' is usually one of the easiest to produce a reaction with an adjustment of the flame. These colors were a first for me, and I really like them. Hope they can be duplicated in the future …. but when I use DH glass it's always a surprise!!

Dragon Heart

Here's my version of a Dragon Heart, all dark and swirly, some muted frit on the surface (of course, there's a little purple). BUT with some textured wings! Is it Halloween yet?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Another little sparkle fish to take to the show at the beach - except he looks more like a trout to me. Haven't seen many trout frequent salt water! but hey! he's kinda cute. And the silver glass did put a nice sheen to his fins and tail. Added a boro bead at the base. The combo turned out nicely.

Abstract Ammonite Pendant

A new ammonite press has been sitting on the work table for several weeks, this bead resulted in the initial use - the second bead, which of course was much prettier, developed a crack. Deserves another try tho, I do like the results.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Hot Summer Colors Necklace and Earring Set


Orange and red coupled with a turquoise base - sounds kinda weird, right? But I love this combination!! In fact, I liked it so much I made this set, plus a pendant and several pairs of earrings using these beads. These beads were so much fun to make, then slice with a razor blade to get that crisp clean cut all around. Even had enough to sell a few as loose beads. Seems as if I'm not the only one to like this color combo. 

"Coin" Earrings

Something a little different using a set of sterling silver 'coin' charms beneath purple and silvered ivory ringed beads. New ear wires with little studded silver spheres to finish off the look. Purple's my favorite color, so these might not make it to the show table … just sayin' !!

Summer Turtle Set

Cool, crisp beach set featuring a sterling silver rimmed turtle as the focal. One of a kind, 'cause it's the only turtle like this I could get. So, once it's gone, it's gone. Another piece being presented at the show in Myrtle Beach the end of this month, but if it ends up coming back home with me … I don't think I'll mind at all!

Shimmery Summer Butterfly

Shimmery Summer Butterfly using my favorite silvered glass "Triton". It still looks so pretty even when covered with another layer of transparent glass on top of it. Pretty for summer wear, but I think you'll love to wear it all year long. Sure to garnish some compliments.

Summer Bird Pendant

Pretty little bird pendant using copper green. Just right for that cool green outfit you were planning to wear. Simple, but still a unique piece to grab the attention of an admirer. I like it!

Silvered Glass Pendant

Such a pretty organic silvered glass pendant. Classic and stunning. Slightly different look all the way around the bead, but all shimmery and smooth all the way around. This side sort of looks like a distant moon hidden behind some nighttime trees.

Summer Stripes Earrings

Some Summer Stripes disc bead earrings. New ear wires I'm liking a whole lot, slightly dressier look, but I'm wearing them all the time. Very comfortable. Go with everything color - easy.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Owl on a Branch

Hooty-Hoot!! Such a sweet silvered owl. He's got just the right amount of silver glass to give a shine to his wings and the top of his head. This is one of only three owls I have this summer, each one quite different - it's hard to figure out how many pieces with a specific theme to make. But, too much of even a good thing is boring, right? I'd rather make something different every day, that's kinda why I'm doing this whole glass thing anyway. Thanks for looking.

Silvered Fish

This little fish has a whole lot of silvered glass on the surface, lots of shimmer that doesn't show up well in my meager photography attempts. But he's as cute as he can be and will be waiting for those 2 special 'fish' collectors at the show in Myrtle Beach - they always stop by to make their fish purchases as soon as the show opens.

Moonscape


Such a beautiful pendant - can you see the sparkly dichro in the mid section? Much prettier in person. Fine silver stars in the sky, mossy growth on the sandy river's edge - such a pretty, unique piece. One of a kind so once it's gone, that's it!