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!


The kiln was filled with a hodge-podge of beads over the weekend.  I will continue adding more colorful beads to the multi-bead set until it reaches a full 18-20 inches.  Approximately 9 more inches to go!  Until then, enjoy this silly little garden snail munching on the flowers.

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

Decorative Fan/Light Pull : Updated

Pictured Above is the Demo from Class.
Tomorrow, students will learn how to create decorative cone focals.  They can be used as end caps for jewelry projects, decorative light/fan pulls, cord handles for window blinds, and much more. 

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. 

Mish Mash

Some beads are made up of a little bit of everything, while others are thrown together on a whim.  Here are a couple to stock up the freebie bowl in my studio. 

Prized Rose

Gearing up for class next week.  The break has been nice, but I'm excited to be able to share my Tuesday nights with a talented group of friends at the Mesa Arts Center. 

A few samples for students to create beads of their own.

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"?

Duck Cabochons: Oval & Circle

Overcast and rainy, blah!  Here is a splashy little duck to brighten the weather outside, whatever it may be in your neck of the woods.

Arrrgh! It's Bead Mutiny!

Shiver me timbers!  Th' scurvy pirate be ready fer an adventure on th' high seven seas!

Ode to Peaches

 Could never be as adorable as the real thing, but the little bead is a close second. 
We sure do love this little girl!