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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Is It Time To Buy A Spring Hat Yet?

Here's my version of 'Mother Goose' … with straw hat and necklace. Have been playing around with some more fun sculptured shapes and thought Nursery Rhymes and poems would be a good place to start. Attempts have been both super, and not so super - but that's part of the fun!

Abstract Sun/Winter Tree

Here's a different take on a winter tree … abstract sunrise in the background. Might need a little tweaking, but I might be on to something - we'll see how the next one looks. Any feedback appreciated!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Just in time for Valentine's Day, these puffy little hearts are sure to bring some smiles. Made using all sterling silver components and a Swarovski crystal atop each one for just a touch of that additional sparkle and bling.

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Circus Came to Town Today

Have been trying to do this little elephant for the longest time, and I'm so pleased with the way he looks. Maaaaybeeee needs a little tweaking here or there, but over all he's just about the cutest thing to come out of the kiln today. Lots of critters today, but this one is by far my fav. Elephant walk people !!!

Introducing the Speckled Sapsucker

This zany little bird is certainly one of a kind. But she is so cool. Stacked as a totem of sorts, she's gathering all the good omens for the day. She might be one of a kind right now, but I think I'll be making another pretty soon.

Slithery Spotted Snake

A different twist on something I made about 10 years ago … but way cuter. Lots of lovable looks in this little slithery snake. Wonder how far he'll get with those crossed eyes?

Fly Birdie!!!

 Somebody has their eyes on this bird, he'd better fly away fast. A fun bead, reflecting a very good day at the torch. Lots of little creatures showed up today. Such fun making new stuff.




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Woodland

A different take on 'trees' … there's a bunch of 'em! and I like it! Also, I like the rich blue colors in the sky brought by using a new frit blend found while attending the ISGB convention in Houston this past summer. I learned almost too much to absorb and picked up some new tools and colors of glass to try, it's been exciting experimenting. Spring shows start soon, hope to see a lot of friends this year. New shows and different show schedule posted, so ... keep up!

Spring Tree

Another tree for the springtime … always more trees. The Spring shows start soon - there will always be trees presented, and this year some paintings will be introduced - that's gonna be scary. We'll see how that goes. But rest assured, there will always be trees with me, a favorite to make and to share.

New Heart for a New Year


A new heart for the new year - lots of color and movement. Ivory, turquoise, black and a random carmel color I found on my table. A pretty good end result, I think. Only one, so once the Spring shows begin, I don't think it will be around long...

With Spring comes ….

Dandelions!! A new focal bead with a bit of a modern flair to it, but it met the challenge of 'design a 2 color bead'. You might notice some clear surface dots, but clear's not a color, right? Anyway, just trying to give a broad range of designs - something to hopefully please everyone.

"Here, Boy!"

This cute little fluff ball is a new doggie version made with multi colored DH glass giving a soft and mottled look to this pooch. A tiny love heart is on the front and back, and if you'll notice, a sterling fire hydrant is at the bottom. Only one of these, so once the Spring shows start, he won't last long.

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 marleybears@gmail.com 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.