Spring 2015 Class Registration

Registration begins at April 17th.  The Early Bird promo-code for spring 2015 is "FRESH" and is applicable for a 10% discount on a limit of 2 Classes, no Workshops or Private Lessons.  Hope to see you there!

Snail Herd


Just hit my goal for the week.  A batch of 50 snails for Beads of Courage. 
Well worth the 18+ hours of snailtastic fun!

Enameled Rounds - Update

The lapping process is complete:
 
Ever get an idea which can't wait?  Due to the break between class sessions, these beads will have to wait until I get a chance to lap a few facets.  Looking forward to sharing pictures of the finished beads in a few weeks. 
 

True Blue

Working on finishing a few jewelry pieces for a US Air Force silent auction in April.  The necklace features a hollow bead filled with sparkly CZs, a solid sterling silver slider which reads "USAF", a perfectly striped dark blue disc, and two encased beads. 

Spring Orphan Beads

The orphan bead container is getting full.  No clue what to do with these, but they seem look nice together. 

Nature Gallery - Spring 2015

The gallery section of The Flow features a few of my animal inspired beads:  Indigo Plume and Water Ballet No. 2.  It is truly an honor to have my beads included along side the work of the talented Joy Munshower, Vicki Schneider, Polly Toombs, and Marilyn Peraza.
The Flow Magazine

Ladies Man

Remember Salty the Snail???  Well apparently he is quite the ladies man snail.  His brood has taken over my flower garden.  Sadly, the vegetation cannot support his growing family.


 
I know what you're thinking... and table salt is out of the question!  
 
 
Thanks to Beads of Courage program, the adorable baby snails will be heading to Tucson. 
No worries, I will put air holes in the shipping container.

Happy Beading with Soda Lime Times

The April issue of
focuses on "Happy" themed beads.  It was an honor to be chosen as the featured artist.  Included are 2 super cute tutorials to brighten the readers' day.  Hop on over to the Soda Lime Times website to get your issue today. 
 
Hope everyone has a lovely week.  As always, HaPpY BeAdiNg!

Nature's Box of Crayons


A couples pictures from the hike today.  Minimal whining from the kids... always a plus.  I have hopes that someday they will be hardcore hikers, able to run the trails and push their own limits.  Every hike is an improvement.  All in all, a wonderful day. 

Ladybug Jamboree No. 2

Some color combinations just make me happy.  Creation is Messy's Poison Apple is one of my favorites.  With a splash of sunny yellow, clean white and bright red, the set is complete.

Bitten


Here are a few pictures from this last week.  I held off posting them for a few days, it just felt a bit braggy posting such lovely pictures of the local flowers when the rest of the country was experiencing snow storms and freezing temperatures.  Don't worry, I received my payback for the lovely weather on Friday when I was bitten by some angry fire ants, who's hill I unknowingly disturbed.  The swelling in my hands and toes has started to ease.  Amazing how something smaller than a grain of rice can inflict such pain.  Good news, the yard work is done so I'm back in bead mode.  Some new beads will be on Etsy tomorrow.  Enjoy!

Hodge-Podge Necklace

A Hodge-Podge of Beads. The entire set includes 31 colorful beads and measure 18+ inches in length. The total flame time: 10 hours (not including cane and stringer prep).  It even includes a sweet duck in the upper left corner.  Totally clipped him out of the photograph on accident.  Love how the necklace turned out!

2015 Bead Artist Hall of Fame

It was an honor to be inducted into the Beads of Courage Glass Bead Artist Hall of Fame.  Jean, Robert and all of the dedicated staff at Beads of Courage make a difference daily in the lives of countless children courageously fighting childhood illnesses.
 
 
The cause is near and dear to my heart.  My son Joshua was born with a congenital heart defect in 2003. He underwent surgery when he was 4 months old. When I design beads for Beads of Courage, I often think of his challenging journey and hope to help bring smiles to those brave children who face similar challenges. 
 
Close up of the Hall of Fame Bead

Super Something or Rather

It is amazing how productive a person can be when they are avoiding the Super Bowl crush of crowds near Phoenix.  I have locked myself in my studio and focused on finishing 2 tutorials for Soda Lime Times "Happy" Issue to be released on March 15th.  Sorry Charlie, no hints for now on what will be featured in the magazine, but I will share a fun bead which as been on my design board for 2 years now.  Crazy how designs/plans get pushed out of the way with normal everyday life:
 

Dogwood Bead Set

 
Update:  Added a little bit of dotted pizazz to the lovely focal with coordinating accents.
As a child, I often picked handfuls of dogwood flowers for my Mom.  I miss her dearly.

Shades of Blue

The dotted beads emerged from the kiln this morning.  I thought they looked lovely paired with one of my favorite enamel designs.  Enjoy!

Daisy Candle Holder

A student requested me to create a flower candle holder based on a boro piece she collected (artist unknown).  I changed the design to suit my personal floral style with a bit of colorful whimsy and also added a leaf.  The original holder had a very sharp base, so I also adjusted the stem to be rounded and smooth. 

Frog Prince

I do not condone kissing frogs to find a prince, however this little guy is cute enough to reconsider my position on the subject.  Maybe he should have been titled "Pucker up"?