Merry Christmas! The last few days have been wonderful, spending time with family and friends, making new memories and celebrating the holidays. Steve and I are certainly blessed! Wishing you all much love and happiness this coming year!!

Here are a few photos of Christmas presents I made this year, and beads this past week.


International Society of Glass Beadmakers - Glass Bead Evolution

I was so excited when I was contacted by Roberta Freeman back in March to tell me that the International Society of Glass Beadmakers wanted to feature my work in the Glass Bead Evolution magazine.  What an honor! 

I have been a member of the ISGB for several years.  I always anxiously await the quarterly issue, as it is full of tutorials, glass bead education, articles about my favorite beadmakers and packed full of drool worthy eye candy!  To say I was honored is certainly an understatement!

After I received the magazine, I was completely overwhelmed with gratitude that they had decided to put one of my beads on the cover...I've never been a Cover Girl before!  Then when I opened the magazine to find myself in such great company with some of my favorite beadmakers, and friends, such as Julie Nordine, JC Herrell and Lori Greenburg...well, I was humbled and overjoyed!

I want to express my appreciation and say thank you so much to the ISGB for the wonderful feature in the Glass Bead Evolution magazine. I am very thankful for all of the opportunities that ISGB has afforded me over the years, with the exhibit and learning opportunities, and now the magazine feature. I'm elated to be part of such a giving organization!!

Roberta Freeman did such wonderful job writing the article.  She is a wordsmith (word artist in my book) and such a joy to talk with.  She made the process easy, and after one conversation, I felt like I had known her for years.  I am now lucky to call her a friend!

Okay, off to work I go.  Have a great week, and as always, thanks so much for looking!

Electroforming with Texture and Designs

Here is something I have been playing with lately.  I decided to try adding texture and designs to the electorforming to accent the pattern of the bead.  The feather design in the electroforming flows with the design in the glass.  I'm excited about this as I think the possibilities are endless.

Since an injury limited my seat time at the torch over the past ten months, I decided to take what time I was able to work, and just play.

As always, thanks for looking, and I hope you have a blessed week!

My Little Wheelbarrow Herb Garden

My wheelbarrow herb garden, and of course, the birdhouse Ethan painted for me!

My wheelbarrow herb garden, and of course, the birdhouse Ethan painted for me!

The gazing globe that was my Grandma' of my backyard treasures!

The Atchison Dog House Inn, that Zoe really likes

The WELCOME mat is out :)

Okay, and a bead!  This bead was heavily electroformed, and the copper textured and finished with a nice patina
So, here are the results of what little yard work I have managed.  Since the injury, I my legs and back will not allow me much garden time.  The herb garden was priority!  I so look forward to fresh herb salads drizzled with olive oil and organic honey as a dressing. 

As always, thanks for looking, and many blessings to you and yours!

Getting Busy!

I have been busy working on some new beads for a special project.  Here are a few that I finished up this past week.  I'm slowly getting back to the studio, and it sure feels good!

First Friday at Indy Flame Art

Friday, April 6th from 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Circle City Industrial Complex
1125 East Brookside Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana
(Mass. Ave, 10th and Brookside)
Every Saturday from 12:00 - 5:00 PM
I hope you can join us!

Back at the Studio!

I finally made my way back to the studio last weekend to teach my first large class (pictured above and below) after having to take several months off due to a "Life Interuption" episode.  I have so missed the studio and all of my glass friends.

The class was great, and we welcomed out of state guests/students from Utah, Las Vegas, Michigan and Tennessee.  It was wonderful to see old friends, meet new ones, and finally meet a few on-line friends in person.

I will be scheduling lapidary and electroforming classes very soon.
As always, thanks for looking!