Lost Coast

Being a home body, I find pleasure in friends' stories of travel and adventure.  "Lost Coast" was inspired by such an occasion.  The picturesque photo captured by a friend set the scene.  Waves of vibrant blue crashing against the weather beaten shoreline.  Windswept cliffs dotted with delicate purple wildflowers which overlooked the torrent below.  The salty mist of ocean spray softening nature's canvas.  Earth, water, and wind in a ballet of sorts.

Dinner and a Show

After months of studying abroad in Italy's finest music academy, Benito is ready to debut his tenor pipes.  Granted, he is no Luciano Pavarotti when it comes to classics such as Ave Maria, however little Benito manages to belt out quite a musical masterpiece everytime the crisper drawer opens.  Magnifico!

Life is a Wave

Gnarly is on a rad beach adventure of a lifetime.  Today, he was amped about learning to hang ten... eat waves... carve... all while riding goofy paw.  Was it easy?  Nope.  Worth it?  Absolutely.  After mastering the ankle busters, he moved onto some overhead action.  No longer a Barney, his new motto is surf, eat, drink, nap, repeat.  Move over noodle arms, the waves be cranking!

Purrmaid the Catfish

Hard to believe some people prefer them fried or in a fricassee. Nope, not me! This country girl likes to catch and release.

Workshop Demo

It was a pleasure to teach a workshop this past weekend.  Special thanks to the incredible students, many of which traveled a great distance to attend. 

Otter Relocation Program

Most of the otters in the studio have found new homes thanks to the helpful attendees at the ISGB Gathering.  Now to find homes for these cheeky otters.  Warning:  They are a bit clingy and enjoy clicking onto your snap jewelry.  Never a moment of privacy! 


Pirate Kooter drew a map which appears to lead directly to the vegetable garden.  Apparently the swashbuckling scallywag plans to plunder the parsley, loot the lettuce, and raid the radishes. 

Emerging in Blue

Catching up on bead photos, emails, and the studio "to do" list.   It was a dream come true to teach at the Gathering. Special thanks to the wonderful students, fabulous assistants, and generous vendors.  

Fresh Squeezed!

Need a little more zest in your life? Well if you aren't into the latest album by Beyonce, try the old school version of lemonade. Pucker-up buttercup!

Spoiled isn't always a bad thing!

Finishing tags and boxing up door prizes for the workshop. Students should come with extra space in their luggage to haul their fabulous loot home.  The workshop booklets are coming together nicely.  Seven days and counting!


Butterfly Snaps

Butterfly Snaps featuring Jackie Gundelfinger's amazing murrini. The snaps will be available to purchase in the fundraising area @ the ISGB Gathering.  Stop by her facebook page to order her wonderful murrini to add a bit of flash to your next flamework project. 

Meet My Significant Otter

My studio is overwhelmed with over 50 otters.  Hope to see you at the Gathering!

Bawk Bawk!

Ever wonder where Easter eggs come from?  Push aside the preposterous idea of purple speckled chickens popping out eggs onto a conveyer belt, all while being handfed jelly beans, gummy worms, and Belgium chocolate. Nope, time to put on your big girl pants and face the truth.  Say hello to Easter Bonnie **bawk, bawk** 

Snap Charms

Have you tried Patty Lakinsmith's Snap Charms??? I will warn you now, they are extremely fun to make and very addicting. I have had the pleasure of creating some donation items for the Gathering's Fundraising area. The system comes with detailed instructions and is available to purchase here:

Trade Beads

Creating trade beads for the Gathering. Sadly, I do not plan to stay for the day of trade, however I will have them with me on Friday. So if you see me, stop and say hi. I would otterly adore meeting you!

Writer's Block

It happens to every writer.  The inevitable condition in which an author experiences a creative block.  Words no longer flow forth and the writing process comes to a stand still.  When this occurs, Sugar implements a self imposed time-out away from the typewriter. 

Lifeguard on Duty

The temperature hit a whopping 85'F this past Friday.  Soon it will be time for the 3 B's...  Beach Balls, Babes in Bikinis, and Bikram Yoga.  Ok, maybe the last "B" is a bit of a stretch.  Get it?...  Stretch?!  Hope you have a nice #SundayPunday.

Glass Knuckles

Appropriate for punching life in the face   Please note, no one was harmed in the making of this post. He is actually quite friendly and a bit chatty in social situations.

Pucker Up!

Silvester "Smooches" Valentine is the Guinea's World Record holder for the most kisses given in 1 hour.  He plans to top his current record of 6,714 kisses and make a little extra spending cash on the side.  Wish him luck and pucker up!  Just a side note, lip balm isn't included with the purchase.  The line starts to the right and is single file.  No pushing, cutting, or lingering.

Floating Along

Lover boy is daydreaming of gift ideas for his Valentine.  He even has heart shaped pads on his feet.  What a true romantic!

Love is in the air

Tomorrow is February 1st... do you know what that means??? 
14 days until Cupig's favorite day of the year.  He has spent the last 11 months penning romantic valentines, spritzed with cologne... not going to lie, it smells like Old Spice up in here.  Fluent in the language of love, this skilled matchmaker also fancies himself a novice chocolatier.  Here are a few excerpts from his love letters: 
"I love you with all of my butt, it's bigger than my heart"
Or how about this romantic line: 
"Thanks for loving me even though I don't shave my legs as often as you might like."
A window into his soul:
"Once in a while someone wonderful comes along and makes Valentine's Day not suck...
you're welcome."
His loving, yet honest side:
"I lie awake at night wondering how I got so lucky (and also because you snore)."
My personal favorite: 
"If there was a zombie apocalypse tomorrow, I would kill you last."

Call for Beadmakers

Beads on the Trail 2017 is just around the corner. They need a total of 77 sets to be carried for Beads of Courage during the 2017 Iditarod. Each bead set needs to contains 5 beads. Even if you just donated 1 set, we can get to the end goal together. It is super easy to sign up and participate. Please join me in firing up the torches:

Snack time with Koala

Just a quick reminder to pack a healthy snack for work.  Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

Meet Jack

Jack is a fun loving donkey who enjoys T.V. classics like Hee Haw, Knight Rider and the Golden Girls. I mean who doesn't like a little Bea Aurthur and Betty White every now and then? A darn fool, that's who!


Bubbles is making good use of the rain this morning. Now if only he had someone to help him scrub behind his ears. The lovely and quite fitting color is CiM's Pachyderm. Enjoy!

Exploring Flamework Cabochons

Cabochon options for flameworkers have changed considerably since my original post back in February of 2012.  Here is an update to help navigate the world of cabochon systems and tool suppliers.

Changeable Systems for the Artist who enjoys Options:
Mango Beads

Flat-back Cabochon Mandrels:
Arrow Springs

Cabochon Mandrels with a Nub (yes, nub or nubbin are incredibly technical terms):
Zooziis (available in a variety of shapes)

Snap Cabochon System by Patty Lakinsmith:

Cabochon Molds:
CG Beads