Thursday, January 29, 2009


Find the instructions to make your very own totally cute "Toadspool" here:

My friend Tanya is getting very antsy about seeing these cuffs--so here you go, finally, Tanya!!
Pieced fabric exteriors with handmade glass disc & vintage button closures, muslin interiors. Very easy to put on and take off and oh so comfy! I love them and plan on making lots more! I just got home from the quilt shop with more fabric in fun colors :)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Sunday, January 25, 2009


Yesterday was the felting class with my friend and fellow beader Mona. Such a great time, and very inspiring to be in a room full of artistic women!

We made felted beads:

We made felted ATC's, this one is one of mine:

We traded the second card we made--I got this one, from Angie, I think?:

And I got the supplies for this super-bright felted lariat:
Mona made the fun beaded bead at the top, and some of my lampwork discs can be seen as well. It needs it's fringe at the bottom and it will be done!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I've been busy making all sorts of Spring things--like these floral buttons:Super-cute, yes?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Light Box?

I forgot how nice it is to just go find a sunny spot in the house to take pics--check out this one of my "Lava Lamp" series:

They just glow, don't they? Can't get that from a light box! Can you see me in them?

Anyway--new beads! These just named themselves as I was making them:

"Knick-Knack Paddy-Whack"

These are super-fun and I will be making lots of them in cool color combos! Yes, I left the chill marks as a design element :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Piles and piles of discs are being made:
Some of these will go into fabulous felt projects at Mona's Felting Workshop on the 24th--are you signed up? You should be! You can contact me for info if you'd like to join the fun :)
The studio walls have one coat of primer--one more is needed, I think. It will have to wait until after my class on Thursday--so much to do, so little time!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Hello Again!

I'm back! And drywall is all finished. Tonight.......PAINT! I know--pretty exciting, huh? Well, maybe it's just me :)

Anyway--tabbys from Friday's post have made it onto Etsy for an unbelieveable price--better click on my Etsy link on the right to check them out!

Alos, I'll be teaching at the Nebraska Bead Society this Thursday if you'd like to join us. Here's a link for more info:

Friday, January 09, 2009

Hearts Galore!

I made many hearts yesterday:
And a couple of experimental tabby focals:

This weekend I'll be working very hard in the studio (I'm almost ready to start painting!)--so you probably won't here from me for a couple of days. Everyone have a great weekend!!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Ayden, fresh from bed--with a scavenged-from-grandma's-studio barrette in his hair (don't tell his pa-pa) and my chasing hammer--ready to pound something! A year and a half old already and starting his terrible two's a bit early. He's been perfecting his throw-myself-on-the-floor trantrum. Gotta love that, right?

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

More Frit Beads!

More beads today--frit beads and "Lava Lamps:
Each set has about 20 beads--nice petite beads that will be beautiful in your creations :)

Monday, January 05, 2009

Wire Fun!

Playing with wire today, with a little help from this:

Here's mine:

And from there I made this "Birdnest Chain":

I don't know exactely what I'm going to do with this new knowledge, but it was fun, anyway!

Sunday, January 04, 2009

To inspire me in my new studio:
Now that the drywall is almost finished, I can really think about how I want to decorate my studio! The fun part, right? Today I embellished these letters (found at Hobby Lobby) with scrapbook paper and glitter. Gotta love that glitter :)

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Felted Beads!

A big felted embellished bead/sculpture:
Pattern from this site:

And a sneak-peek at my in-progress project:

New books have been ordered:

Don't you just love new books? Spending the afternoon looking at books is a favorite thing of mine!

The studio is coming along--three walls now have drywall and are ready for the next step--very exciting!!!

Friday, January 02, 2009


I've never been so excited about drywall in my life! But it is finally being put up in my studio!!! Here's a quick pic of the front wall, looking out my door. See, isn't drywall wonderful?

Thursday, January 01, 2009

The Mermaid

She's finished!

I'm teaching a few goddess techniques at the Bead Society meeting in January--just the thing I needed to get in gear and finish this one!