Friday, November 30, 2012

Shows, Blog Hops and Swaps!

Oh my!!

Tomorrow will be my last show of the year!!  You will find me in Crete, Nebraska at Doane College.  9-3 Saturday.  60 vendors with handmade goodies!  Come shop and keep those of us with small businesses in business!

Also.....Lorelei is once again having her 12 Days of Christmas Swap this year!  I get to play :)  My packages are all ready to go put tomorrow.  Hope everyone likes what I made :)  You can click the link over there on the right of your screen to find out more.  We'll start opening packages on the 25th, so come on back and see what everyone sent!

And....Lori Anderson is having a Blog Hop that I am participating in....there is also a link on the right for more info on that.  That is on January 11th.  Haven't decided what I am making yet, but I'm sure I'll think of something :)

No pictures for you yet.  Probably in January I will start showing you some of my new stuff.  I am making so many cool things right now that it's really hard to keep them quiet!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Another Month....

has gone by!  I can hardly believe it!  

We have been very busy with our last camping trip of the year:

 And Marley's birthday:

And Halloween:

Lots of family time, and of course, making beads!

I will have lots of new things to show you next year.  I have had my head down, diligently working on new things that I am not quite ready to show you yet :)  It starts with a new booth design, new shows, and lots and lots of new beads!  I have an entire box full of sale beads right "out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new" sale box.  Would you like to see it?  Do a little sale shopping?  Let me know....I'll see if we can work out a private showing just for you!  

Thursday, October 04, 2012


My weeks are flying by in a flurry of school, work, making beads and shows!  Here's a little smaple of what I made this week:)

"Meadow" earring pairs:

The new color palette, (so far without a name...any ideas?), in spacers:

and disc sets:

earring pairs:

mini sets of three with spacer pairs:

and more disc sets:
I am not quite finished with this color palette.  I think some triangles are in order.  Maybe a necklace.  But that will have to wait until next week, as we are taking Ayden into the wild (about 3 miles from our house) for a camping adventure weekend.  He is super excited to make smores and eat every meal outside:)  Let's hope it isn't too cold!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Meadow" Bracelet....

 Minus the brown and orange.
 Makes it more of a Spring bracelet I think.
Making a few earring pairs today before I switch to the new color palette.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Meadow Triangles and Discs

 Triangles on Etsy......

Discs at my next show....October 13th, Lincoln Bead Bazaar.  I am almost finished with the "Meadow" colorway.  I just want to make a few pairs for earrings.  Then on the the next color palette:)

Monday, September 24, 2012

More "Meadow" beads..

These will be made into 3-bead sets with 2 larger spacers.  Yummy but not too pricey:)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Color Palette Series

Each week I will pick a color palette to work in......mostly to keep me focused.  I do tend to jump all over the place doing things :)  This week is "Meadow", a lovely collection of teal, green, cream and browns.  I have made these spacers so far:

But rest assured, I'll be doing more things in this color palette!  Loving it :)

I'll keep it going, changing colors as the mood strikes me.  And end it when I am tired of it.  But before that happens, you'll see lots of pretty color combinations coming out of my kiln!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lots of Fun Discs...

 on sale today..
listed in my Etsy shop!

Help me clean out some of my bead trays!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Estate Sale Score!

A lovely map really good condition.  Usually I paint thrifted-estate-sale stuff, but I think I'll live with the wood for now.  And line the drawers with vintage maps. 8 drawers:

 The top drawer has hand-made sections in it...perfect for all my little treasures :)
The other 7 drawers are trays of gemstones fit in perfectly.  I may even put my seed beads in a drawer or two.  Haven't decided.  First, I need to find a place for this monstrosity!  It's 37 inches wide, 36 inches tall and 23 inches deep.  Big-guy-treasure-keeper.  Love.

Friday, September 07, 2012

She's still at it!

A lovely photograph by Kate McKinnon of my necklace:

Have you ordered the book yet?  You really should!

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

In Fall mode, still...

and making earring pairs for Etsy:

 Or you can make a bracelet, using one of the bigger beads and the two spacers in the body of the bracelet,  (off center, of course),  mixing in some silver and seed beads.  Or gemstones.  Use the second focal bead to dangle off the clasp.  Adorable!
By the time Fall actually arrives, I will be in winter mode.  Prepare yourselves :)

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

New Camper to us, anyway!  Ayden is loving going away for little weekends in the camper....
making marshmallows and poking the fire is his favorite, I think.  And playing UNO when it's raining.  He likes that a lot too!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Kate McKinnon

has a rather lovely post today that includes a blip about yours truely:

Kate McKinnon

My 15 minutes of fame!  Have you ordered the book?

Contemporary Geometric Beadwork

It will be a must-have.  Certainly!

Monday, August 20, 2012

School and Beading:)

Well, school has started!  Ayden and I are both loving it :)  Here's the little clown on the first day:

 Silly boy!

 I have been getting a bit of beading done, too!  My earrings:
 And my friend Kathi made these after Bead Society last week:
Nice use of the lampwork beads, Kathi!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Trunk Show!

Sorry about the late notice, but I have been busy getting Ayden to school this week!  I have also been getting ready for my trunk show at Beads and Boutique Saturday!  It's been an exciting time around here :). Anyway...come see me tomorrow from 11-4 at Beads and Boutique (formally Aquarius Beads), across the street from Southpoint Mall on 27th and Pine Lake.  Behind DaVinci's.  I have lots of beads for you to see!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

More Cuffs

 Made in the Jeannette Cook fashion :)
 I love making these...can you tell?
Sometime soon I will put some lampwork on them:)

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Is it Fall yet?

It must be getting close...I am making leaves already :)

These are on Etsy today!!!!

More Triangles...

 I made this one last night while watching a movie.
I really need to get on making some beads now, though!  I have a trunk show at Beads and Boutique on August 18th so I had better get busy!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012


 I have time to show you my pics from the Jeannette Cook workshop!  This is the bracelet I made in class.  I already have another one finished, and 3 more in the works :)
 Parts and pieces for the lariat:
 I finished these in class, and am working a bit here and there to finish the rest.  Done?  Not.  Even.  Close.
 And the Curl.....very fun to make.  And easy once you get the trick.  This one is almost ready for it's necklace piece.  And i have another one going.
 I'll post more pics when they are closer to being complete.
For now, I am recovering from last weekend's show, and gearing up for the next.  Which will be August 18th....trunk show at Beads and Boutique.  Formally known as Aquarius Beads.  Come see me?!?

Monday, July 23, 2012


 Already spoken for, too :)
Later this week stay tuned for pictures of projects from my intense beading weekend with Jeannette Cook!