Walk the Plank

Another bead placed in the donation box for the Beads of Courage program.  Argh!  Join me in the bead mutiny me hearties!

Gone Tubing

Last Summer, I discovered my life's passion...  Tubing. 
Floating down the river without a care in the world.  Fish nibbling at my toes.  Soaking up the sun while slathered in SPF 110 sunscreen.  The adrenaline rush of spotting a snake stick in the water.  Imagine the exhilaration of riding the rapids while friends try to pelt each other with wet jumbo marshmallows.  One hasn't lived life until they have felt the soft mush of a river-soaked mallow bean them upside the head.  I'm currently in the process of finding sponsors to financially back my professional tubing career.... kind of like Nascar, but with sponsorship stickers on my tube, sunhat, sunglasses, and swimsuit.  Wish me luck!
 Mint anyone?

Fresh Squeeeee-zed

Meet Carmen... not to be confused with the famous Brazilian singer, Broadway actress from the 20's & 30's. Nope, this Carmen doesn't need a stage to preform. She has a flare for belting out high pitch weeps on cue, just open the crisper drawer... on key or off, whatever gets her a treat!

Cerura vinula No. 2 - Display Complete

"Hey lady, if you let me out of here I promise to not disseminate airborne formic acid on you and stop eating the lovely shrubery in the garden.... pretty please???"

Soda Lime Times: June 2016

The June issue of Soda Lime Times focuses on the theme of Summer.  The featured artist is the talented Angelika Kaufmann.  It is a great opportunity to see how she makes her colorful beads and learn how to incorporate the techniques into your own designs.  Also included are tutorials by Terry Hale, Diane Woodall, and myself.  Enjoy!

Taming the Dragon

Second attempt at the Cerura vinula design pictured above.

Confession:  Creating a new sculptural design is always a learning process.  Even after 11 years at the torch, I find some designs extremely challenging.  During the torching process, mistakes occur when I hit the proverbial wall.  
The heat...
the challenge... 
minutes ticking away...
pure exhaustion of the mind and hands...
the breaking point when one chooses to continue or surrender to the beckon of the quenching bowl. 
Three hours into the first torch session for the design, I forgot to add the layered dots on the caterpillar's side.  Truth be told, I am my worst critic.  After the initial attempt, I reassess the approach, reorder the steps, tighten the techniques, adjust the proportions, rethink the glass color choices, and reassure myself that I can do better next time. 

The first attempt pictured above. 

Seed Spitting Contest

It is heating up and a slice of cold watermelon sounds mighty tasty right about now.  The first place winner of the seed spitting contest at the county fair goes to Ruggles with a distance of 2ft 3in.  It takes quite a pucker to generate such distance for a guinea pig.  Enjoy!

Stack of Flapjacks

What is it that makes Wolverine so HOT???  Is it the claws or the hair... chest hair of course.  Maybe it is the Canadian lumberjack thing he has going for him?  Any who, break out the plaid shirt and enjoy a stack of steamy flapjack.  Recipe link from the Food Network: 

Speckle


Summer Fling

Why do Summer romances fade?  Maybe because the conversation was one sided... or maybe one partner prefers pineapple shaved ice over coconut flavor.  One thing is for sure, the relationship was never the same after a sporty, beach volleyball entered the picture.  C'est la vie!

Painted Snail


polymita picta

Shell Shopping

When a hermit crab chooses a new shell, is it similar to taking kids shoe shopping?  Does the little critter compare style, color, fit, and comfort?  I would surely hope so.  Nothing worse than being seen in an out of season conch shell on Venice Beach... the fashion horror!

Non-Glass Project: DIY Cat Bed

Awhile back, a DIY cat bed caught my eye on Pinterest.  It took some looking to find the perfect vintage suitcase to dismantle.  The legs were a great find which I refinished a light walnut to better match a mishmash of wood in the living room.  The plush bedding is a quilted pillowcase sham over a standard pillow... so soft and comfy.  A feather toy, vintage luggage tag, original suitcase keys, and a monogrammed "G" added a bit of personality.  Gizmo seemed to know right away that the special project was for him.  He now naps there often and keeps his cuddle toy there always!  Someone is definitely spoiled and he is more than fine with that fact.

Soda Lime Times - May 2016

A new issue of Soda Lime Times is available! This month it's all about magical themes.  Hope you enjoy a special Woodland Fairy design featuring Lori Riley's Dichroic Gems.  Get your copy here:

Yummy Rainbow

Lori Riley creates beautiful, vivid, high quality dichroic for COE 33, COE 96, COE 104, and COE 90.  Pictured below are just some of the color palette available from Riley Designs.  If you are interested in adding a bit of bling to your next glass project, visit her website: