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An Excellent Adventure in Milwaulkee


I’m home from Bead & Button and almost recovered – although my studio is totally wrecked.  Clean up is never as much fun as was had making the mess in the first place.

Above is a pic of a couple of my students from my Pod Lampworking Class. They were excellent students and made some great looking pods.  The ladies in the pendant class on Sunday also created beautiful work.  I’m hoping a good time was had by all.

I thank all my students and customers – I’m thrilled my work is going all over the country as well as Canada, Italy,  Australia,  England, Bermuda, and Japan!

And did I mention I came home with some pretty awesome work from other artists myself?

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snowmaggedon snowmaggedon close up 3

Sooooo glad spring has finally hit Ohio, although I haven’t put away my sweaters and coat just yet, it is, after all, Ohio.  I did put my snow days to good use I think: beading like crazy on this over the top piece and binge watching Netflix (and fending off a few cats who think it is fabulous that I get out thread and yarn and strands of beads for them!).  Have some events coming up to get in gear for: Trunk Shows at Beaded Bliss, The Bead Stash and my first trip to Bead & Button as an instructor.  Oh boy…

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“Where O Where Do My Little Baubles Go?” Contest

susan robertson and bad botany

This is my friend (and customer) Susan Ford Robertson wearing one of my “Botany Gone Bad” necklaces.  Susan lives in beautiful South Carolina, a vacation destination for many of us Northerners.  It occurred to me that my jewelry and beads often get to go to places that I have never been. So, I think I will have contest for the best photo of you, my friends, wearing a piece of my jewelry/bead, having fun.  The rules are simple:

1. Wear my jewelry somewhere.

2. Take selfie (or get someone to take it for you)

3. Send it to @ (yes I will post it far and wide).

4. Do it by September 15, 2014

I’m thinking a pair of earrings to the person with the best pic.

And yes, Susan, you are entered!

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Making Beads, Making Friends

Connie O'Connell and Jill Huelskamp

Connie O’Connell and Jill Huelskamp

These are my friends Jill and Connie in Asheville, N.C. at Hot Times in the Mountains Glass Bead Makers retreat.  Jill and Connie met on Facebook years ago playing Farmville.  In the process of growing fake corn and killing zombies (or whatever it is you do in Farmville, I’m more of a Sudoku girl myself) they started talking and discovered they both made glass beads.  Nothing bonds us together faster than the mutual love of fire and molten glass! Right?

I had been making the trek south twice a year to spend a glorious long weekend doing nothing but melting glass with my fellow pyros.  This past March Jill decided to go with me and meet her friend face to face.  It was a Hallmark moment.

We may have frozen our asses off, but our hearts are warmer.

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