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Friday, October 24, 2014

The Birds Are Coming !!

Sometimes when a bead just doesn't look right, it magically turns into a bird!! This pretty set using a glass dubbed 'avocado' turned out really pretty … until the 10th bead. It just would NOT cooperate!! A soft voice kept whispering in my ear 'Make me a bird' - easy enough to do, I am to please. It's really a pretty set, all ready sold, but I wanted to share.

Celebrating Fall

A mixed set of Fall colored beads, fat and round - I love the colors here, and each bead has a different design. Tempting those of you who make your own jewelry - or those of you who'd like to learn, please call and set up a time to learn.

A recent strand of beads using a streaky taupe, medium turquoise and ivory. I love the color combo on this set. A a pair of sterling silver cufflinks with some softly etched beads - just something new to offer a variety of things to temp everyone ...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

BeadCamp in Nakomis, Florida - Wanna Come?

BeadCamp is a unique opportunity to take class from a wonderful selection of such qualified and awesome instructors - Please note here that I'm one of those instructors - Feb 24-28, 2015. Please contact Marley Bears at or give her a call at 919 323-9799. Come on down for the experience of a lifetime!

ISGB Boro Class - FINALLY!

Thrilled I was to have the opportunity to finally take a class from Nancy Tobey and learn how to make Boro Glass colors shine. These are only two of the beads I made in class and I was tickled with the outcome. ISGB was in Houston Texas and I took advantage of all that they offered. Now if I could find the time to dedicate more days at the torch I might be able to practice all that was learned. Yeah!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"Phoenix Rising"

Oh boy, I really struggled with this one, but I just love it. Have been wanting to make this bead for a couple of months but just couldn't get it in my head precisely right. After a while I figured, what did I have to lose …. so I just jumped in and gave it a shot. You can just see the sun behind the wing and there is just a touch of silvered glass that doesn't quite sparkle as much in the photo. I'm going to try it again, but I think I'm just as nervous as I was before I made this one. Keep your fingers crossed (and maybe even your toes!).

New Sage Earrings

Brand new earring wire design, and a beautiful shade of sage green glass with Raku frit sprinkled around the edges. This is the perfect color for the summer - light and airy, goes with almost anything, and oh so comfortable to wear. Sterling silver, as always, and Swarovski crystals round out this pair of earrings. Hope you like - it's the only pair.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Crayola Blue Heart

A fellow lampworker needed some extra funds to cover emergency surgery for her four legged furry child so she decided to sell off some of her handmade beads. An animal lover myself, and owner of a couple of four legged children, I purchased some of her colorful and unique beads, made some additional ones of my own, and came up with this collaboration. And just so you know, her pooch pulled through with flying colors!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The OTHER three little bears!

Here is my interpretation of the three little beads. A polar bear on the left, a teddy bear front and center and a panda bear on the right. Sadly the fourth koala bear and an accident and broke an ear, so he'll stay in my studio and keep me company. It's been a long time since I've made these little cuties but a previous request at BeadCamp in Florida caused them to resurface. Sculpture work still causes me to hold my breath when shaping the glass, but the result is so very cute (most of the time…)

Fatuous Feathers

These cute little birds have made several appearances in my studio. I make most of them as plant stakes to pretty up a gifted potted plant, or to spruce up a winter indoor garden. Their latest showing is as beads that went up for sale on an internet bead site. But they are as cute as can be and I plan to make some more, they're so bright and colorful and make me feel good.

Friday, April 18, 2014

From 'Too Dark' to 'Tastefully Tantalizing'!

Sharing what a wonderful customer did with what I thought was a fugly bead I'd given her several months ago. She did the beautiful crochet piece and decided on the components to make the pendant. I was just amazed, not only did she make something absolutely stunning … she certainly made me rethink my attitude about what constitutes a good quality bead both in design and execution. Wonderful job Patsy!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dog Says 'WOOF' - Cat Says 'MEOW'

A couple of cuties I haven't done in awhile - had to hold my breath practically the whole time I was at the torch!! Two Springtime cuties that are all about fun and bright colors. Getting ready for some Spring shows, catch me if you can. Check out the show schedule on the right side of this page

Front and back of this furry little ball of fluff. 

This little kitty looks like he's up to no good, right? Spring colors and attitude abound with this smooth operator and cute ball of fluff.

Front and back views of the same bead.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Great New Earrings - Aged Copper

Some new yummy earrings for the Spring, or anytime you want to have something unique. Only a few of these beautiful earrings, and they'll be introduced at the King's Walk show in Charlotte the end of this month. Happy Spring y'all - altho it seems like we went straight from Winter to Summer here!!

New Series: Native Trees

The Rainbow Eucalyptus trees of the Philippines have brightly colored bark that displays then sheds to reveal new growth. As the bark ages, the colors that appear are green, blue, purple and orange, then brown before being shed. These trees are mostly cultivated for use in paper manufacturing.

The White Oak  is the most common tree species of the Eastern United States, and can grow from 80 to 100 feet tall. It’s bark is gray streaked in color and has a life span, if undisturbed, of 500 to 600 years. The white Oak is valued for its timber products such as furniture, flooring and pallets, cabinet making, barrel making, interior finishes, and for heavy construction. It’s acorns feed squirrels, deer and chipmunks.

Friday, April 4, 2014

New Series: Native Trees

Quaking Aspen
Native to NC this fast growing graceful tree loves the sun.  Bright green Spring leaves contrast the smooth white bark that has dark splotches on a long and narrow trunk.  These trees may grow fairly tall and become clear of lower limbs over time. They are sometimes called ‘Trembling Aspen” because their leaves seem to tremble in a light breeze due to their flattened structure.
 The Flat-topped Acacia tree is typically found on the Savannas of South Africa. The tops of the trees are usually flatter giving an umbrella appearance. This exotic tree thrives in hot, dry regions and it's wood is extensively used in making furniture and flooring. Their striking silhouette against a setting sun makes for a stunning picture.

The Flowering Dogwood, native to North Carolina, is one of the most common and beautiful ‘understory’ trees – meaning they grow beneath taller trees. Its trunk is short and branches reach to spread a wide area of beautiful white or pink blossoms in the spring.  The leaves turn a bright red in the fall, and red berries adorn the branches.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Silver Mesh Neck Pieces - Brand New for 2014

I have several of these new mesh neck pieces. This is an example of the silver colored pieces, and if you'll check further down the page, there are examples of the dark colored mesh pieces. All have beautiful beads and crystals - a few have an added bonus. They are all very long (more than 36 inches), but completely adjustable to compliment whatever your wardrobe needs. New to shows this Spring of 2014. Please come check them out at one of the shows listed to the right of this page. See you there!

Cutest Little Cake Testers in Town!

These are just the cutest little things. Who knew a cake tester could take on a personality? These are sure to win over the cake lover, the baker, or that certain someone who has everything else! Lots of different designs and colors to choose. I think these will be around awhile.

Dark Mesh Neckwear for the Dog Lover

Here's another mesh neck piece with the new mesh. Beads and crystals a big 'ole doggie paw print - all adjustable in length! A great fun piece for the animal lover. Only one made just like this one.

New Silver Mesh Neck Pieces

A beautiful silver plated mesh neck piece with a couple of gorgeous beads. So chic - I have only a few of these, not so sure how long they'll last. Each one unique, but very classy - very long, or may be shortened to your own desired length at any time.

Friday, March 28, 2014

New Birds

A Springtime addition, cute little birdies for your house plants. Last year the mushrooms were such a big hit, I decided to try little birds. Bright colors and happy uplifted heads for these peepers. Hope you like them.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Sweetest little Chickadee - Love!

This is just the sweetest little Chick-a-dee ever, she looks oh so cute perched on her little silver nest - with a hopeful expression on her face. A new bird style with a traditional mounting. Ready to place on your own chain or leather cord. Lovely gift for the bird aficionado. Oh, sorry for the piece of finger and ruler in the picture . . .

Fish with Eyebrows!!

It's not too soon to think of the beach, right? Here's a new fish - with eyebrows! Attitude abounds in this new little fish, he looks like he knows everything! There's only one right now, but hopefully I'll get some more made soon, especially before I go to the Myrtle Beach show!

Springtime Birdies

Traditional bird in a nest pendant, beautiful colors in these beads - just in time for Spring (I hope!). For the bird collector, or the bird lover - great gift and certainly unique.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Brightest Little Mushrooms

The mushroom making may have gotten just a bit out of hand lately, but they are so much fun to make - and so forgiving. Thinking about adding this to the list of what gets taught in my classes.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Latest Funky Bracelet

Really enjoying spreading out a gathering of orphan beads and blending them with some odd silver and having them turn into a really fun and funky bracelet like this one. I have a lot for the Fall shows, all different colors, shapes and sizes. And they were all really fun to piece together. Don't think they'll last through the group of shows coming up ...

The Crows are Roosting

A brightly colored tree bead for Fall, a gathering of pumpkins at the base and crows in the branches - you just can't get more "Fall" than this piece.

Almost Gone

Those last few leaves are hanging on for dear life … but they are allllmost gone. End of Fall Tree bead, not quite like it is at my house, they're still changing color. But my son called the other day, he's in Vermont, remember? It was 19 degrees. I think in Vermont the trees pretty much look like this one does.

Just in Time for Fall Gathering - Acorns!

A family member suggested I give acorn making a try. I'd seen pictures of this done before - a real acorn cap used on top of a bead - so here's my take on the whole thing. I had to go back outside and gather a whooooooole lot more of those acorn caps to accommodate some of the beads made, but I think the whole thing ended up working pretty well. Originally I thought of Christmas tree ornaments, or maybe just a novelty piece, but these could pass as pendants too I think. Not sure how sturdy those natural caps are, but they held up really well drilling a hole in them. Guess I'll just have to wear one for a few weeks to check them out. Hope they're received well at the Fall shows! Thanks for spurring me on to do these Gretchen!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Halloween Mummy Earrings

It's not too early to think Halloween, right? Besides, these mummy beads were just too cute to wait for Halloween to make their appearance.

Friday, September 13, 2013

'Fraternal' Twins

These two sets must be fraternal 'cause they're the same thing, basically, but they don't look much alike. Just goes to show when you use the same techniques, but change the color of glass and some add on's, things can change quite a bit. Hence: 'fraternal' look alikes.

Freeform and Abstract

Just love this set, creative and fun - lots of options. A long link sterling chain finishes off the necklace so it may be adjusted to fit nicely with any outfit. Long or short, the choice is yours. Free form in design and definitely one of a kind - ivory, turquoise and black go with most anything, right? A nice set or a particularly nice gift.

Seeing Spots?

A striking set of graduated lentil beads with layers of clear, ivory and black. Everything has been etched to offer a soft brush finish to the beads. Just a great piece over all - perfect for that 'little black dress' you just got!

Graduated Tab Set

New this fall, a graduated tab set. Not exactly 'tabs', but I'm not sure what to call these beads. Doesn't matter, the set is really cool. A little silvered surface on the beads using silver foil melted into the surface. A totally unique look and the ivory base makes it suitable for any time of year, any color outfit!

Dogs at the Beach

"Dogs at the Beach", well - sort of. It's a dog, and there's a beach scene piece. Fun pieces to wear anywhere, any time of year - as long as you love dogs and/or the beach!

Pretty Close to Christmas Colors (?)

Trying to get ready for the fall shows and this piece will probably be as close to Christmas colors as I get this year! Busy, busy - lots of shows coming up, so torch time will be limited, but this is a pretty piece and it is a loooong bead. It's a statement piece for sure, lots of color, a little sparkle, a bit abstract in design. Raku frit dots the surface and a little adventurine contributes to the sparkle.

New Magazine Article

This article will be in November's publication of Ballantyne Living magazine distributed in Charlotte. I am very pleased and owe much thanks to Gretchen, Kathryn and Marley for their advice and assistance with this article - words are not my strong point. Thanks to each of you.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Asymmetrical Starfish Pendant

Trying to get ready for a show at Myrtle Beach the first weekend in August - held inside the nicely cooled convention center (thank goodness!). This pretty starfish will be added to the growing stash of water oriented pieces. And to my new friends I met at the Charlotte bead show - who seem to get an email every time I post something new - hope you like it too. It was a pleasure meeting you!! Have a great rest of the week. Hope to see lots of people at the show, always new pieces.