Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving and Giving Back

I am truly thankful this Thanksgiving.  I had a bad scare (abnormal pap smear) and just found out today that I'm fine but it could just have easily gone the other way for me as it has for countless other women.  We have lost so many brilliant minds and talented artists to uterine, cervical, and ovarian cancer.  I thought about Gilda Radner many times this week, I still miss her wit and vitality.
Of course when you are waiting for results you explore all the *what if's* in your mind.  One decision I made and am going to put to legal paperwork next week is the decision to donate my body to science upon my death (40 years from now, lol).  In all seriousness, medical students have to learn their craft on cadavers.  There is always a need and always a shortage.  By giving the most personal part of yourself, your body, to these students and helping them in their education you are also helping them to learn and potentially, in the future, save your children. 
I wanted to ask my friends on FB to consider this alternative to burial or cremation.  Not only will it further science and help our children to live longer but you also spare you family from the excesses of burial and funeral costs.  I don't see the need for a memorial myself because, Honey, if I didn't give you enough to remember me by while I was here you won't miss me when I'm gone.  ;)
I don't write this lightly, or to stomp on anyone's belief system.  I was a nurse and I will *always* be concerned with health and the human condition.  In 1990 one of the most devout christians I ever knew died of AIDS he received in a blood transfusion.  He was my hero.  He allowed the Dr's to try whatever they thought would help because, in his words, "I know I'm dying but I want to try to beat this disease in any way I can, God would want that."  What he suffered from the disease and the attempts at a cure were unimaginable but he never wavered.  His strength of spirit and conviction were boundless and I still stand in awe of what he accomplished.  He was just a little farmer from the country.  In the end he donated his body to science. 
This man and many others like him made it possible for ppl who are HIV positive to live happy productive lives for years instead of dying horribly (which they did back then, in droves).  Many of those men I took care of became more than patients, they became friends.  Every time I hear someone talk about how they've lived for 10+ years after diagnosis these are the men and women I think about.  These are the heros.
I miss you Virgil, I still think about you, especially around this time of year.  I hope your spirit is resting peacefully and am thankful for the good you did and the chance I had to know you.
So, as you can tell by what I've written, it's more than just cancer that affects my decision.  I've seen so much suffering in my career and it was always my goal to alleviate it.  To me, it is only logical to continue to do that as long as I can.
I'm posting this to my blog as well.  Much love to all of you and Happy Thanksgiving!  Hug the ones you love.  <3

Friday, September 28, 2012

Speak to me, oh fire.......

Contemplating logistics problems of new product design.........

and yes, I need the gloves.  Girl, you should see my hands, Madge would scold me.

It's more than just mild.  ;)  I wonder if it works wonders on burns, hmmmm.  

If Madge saw my hands she'd just throw down that file and leave, lol.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

New Personal Best

OK, glass isn't about speed, buuUUUUUuuut...

49 beads, all encased and carefully fire 7 hours.

I'm pretty proud of that (blows on nails and buffs them on chest).  There's also two 15 minute breaks and a half hour lunch in the mix there.

A word to those uninitiated to made to order and production work - if you are going to do 6+ long hour sessions you have to, I repeat HAVE TO, take breaks just like you would with any other production job.

If you were, as my maternal grandmother was, a factory worker putting little gears in Timex watches (which she did for 30+ years, I have no idea how she didn't go insane.....well, she was a little insane) you would go on strike if someone demanded that you work straight through without breaks.

Don't ask that of yourself.  Not only will you burn out on glass you could put your health at risk as well.

I do a run of about 6 beads, get up, stretch, walk around, etc.  Having a CD that you have to get up to manually change is a good alarm.  When it ends you know it's time for a break because, as we all know, you can get so absorbed in the glass you loose track of time and I have found I also lose touch with my body.  I turn off the warning signals that I've been sitting too hunched or the wrong way mentally and when I do that I pay for it later in pain and stiffness.

Glass is great and I love production work.  I'm weird that way, I do well with creative repetition - hand quilting is another passion of mine that makes most people batty, no pun intended.

However, at the end of the day you don't want to be this chick, all hunched over with your lampworking claw hanging out.......

It's not a good look.  Just sayin'......      ;)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Business is good........ why do I look like this?

I am finding, as business increases and I become busier and busier that I have one area in which I am woefully behind.
At what point did I decide that leftover USPS priority boxes were a good and efficient storage idea? *sigh* Honestly, if I have to dig through one more box I think I'll short circuit.
I never thought I would be to the place where I would be strolling through the Uline catalog seriously considering one of their massive shelf storage options but it's looking more and more like not only a desirable but a necessary solution.
I'm starting to understand what my aunt and grandmother (who ran a dress, accessory, and jewelry store in the late 1950's and early 1960's together) were talking about when they carried on emotionally about 'no room' and 'business growing pains'.
I feel ya maw-maw.  Send me down some good mojo from up above because I am drowning here, lol.
Smiling.......but drowning. :)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

More fun with patina

Lisa Liddy recently released her Color Me This patinas and I've been playing.  I just love what happened when I combined these bead caps treated with her indigo patina and this bead that has silver inclusions and exploits the transparency in the glass.  It's all about depth.  :D

I also love to play with gilding and these earrings are a combination of several different colors but the silver, of course, is what stands out.  I love how it looks against the copper.
As much as I love glass I do have a love affair with copper, brass, etching, and patinas.  There is something so satisfying in taking a blank piece of metal and through a process of removing material, forging, sanding, and  applying various treatments being able to create wearable art.  Since it's 24G copper sheet they're really light too!  Try playing with metal sometime, it's fun!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Fun with leftovers!

If you are looking for my BSBP reveal post it's here.

I had one of my drippy beads left over from my BSBP necklace and started playing with it and look what I did!  I kind of like it.  :)  I call it 'Blue Harmonic' and it's in my Etsy shop here.

I'm officially hooked on these graduated drippy beads.  The Saul Bell awards are accepting entries in the middle of September and I want to do something with these I think and enter it.  Mama needs a new jeweler's bench.  I won't win or even place but I'm gonna try anyway.  You never get anywhere if you don't stick your neck out and you certainly learn what not to do along the way, lol.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

BSBP #6 ~ Reveal! It's Not A Liquid

Glass, that is.  :)  The idea, sparked by Eva's focal and a conversation on a forum I read about whether glass was liquid or solid is where this necklace evolved from.

The most important aspect, at least to me, was to show visually how glass can be hard and angular (the beautiful roman sea glass) or smooth and organic (my ribbed aquamarine beads created and then melted to the dripping stage and taken out of the flame).  This is what draws many glassworkers to the medium and certainly what drew me.  The permutations are literally limitless.  Glass can be anything you can imagine (with years of practice, lol).

This was all about graduated sizes and opposites for me.  Also, I love Kadinsky, Calder, and anything Eames era/Atomic age so I was trying for a bit of that as well.

As to the opposites, here were some of the ideas:

Shiny vs Matte - The glass is the most obvious.  Matte Roman Sea Glass that my lovely partner Eva Sherman gifted me with against shiny aquamarine.  Also though, the lovely focal at the bottom was shiny and I roughed it up here and there with micron sandpaper and did that with the sterling beads as well.  Again, shiny vs matte.

Graduated sizes - The sea glass is actually graduated (by measurement) although it's not that obvious to the eye.  The drippy (for wont of a better description, lol) lampwork beads I created for this are graduated and that is more obvious.  The sterling beads go from small to medium to large and back again.  Also, the three pieces of the focal are graduated as well.

This was  a fun piece but I did fight with it and there were several iterations before I settled here.  Time allowing I would still have tweaked it more.  I'm not completely happy with the aquamarine, I think it's too bright and I don't like the drips yet, they aren't exactly what I had pictured in my mind.  You know how that goes though (or at least for me) nothing is ever quite good enough.  The conundrums of a perfectionist.

Off to enjoy the other creations!  Have fun everyone and thanks for looking!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 

 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead

Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio

Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads

Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae

Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders

Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place

 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle

Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads

Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 

Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art

Friday, August 3, 2012

I'm published!

I'm the featured artist this month at Beading Times.  I still can't believe it and I'm so excited!  Go and have a look.  :D

Beading Times

There are so many amazing artists that have been featured and I feel honored to be a part of that amazing group that is listed at the top.  I also have the honor of being a part of one of the most amazing groups anywhere and that's the glass artists at lampworketc. You guys rock!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Customer inspiration

I love my customers, I truly do.  If it weren't for their ideas and input much of what I create would never have come to be.

I have a friend who is a jewelry artist and she doesn't feel this way at all, she finds special orders irritating and intrusive and says that special orders and requests, ".....interfere with my artistic vision".

OK, I can respect that.  It's just that I really don't have some great artistic vision.  I just like to play with glass and fire (and beads and fiber and string and about a billion other things...oh and LOOK, a squirrel.....).

I really think of myself as more of a crafts-person than an artist and the term 'artist' in reference to me personally makes makes me uncomfortable.  It's not that I don't use it and in fact some people who purchase my work expect to see it so you can't really escape it's use, but it still feels awkward to me, like I'm lying or something if that makes sense.

But inspiration is a term I'm completely comfortable with and I'm grateful to the jewelry artists (and yes you girls and guys ARE artists) who are sweet enough to share their vision with me so that I can then move into previously unexplored territory and learn not only new things about glass but new things about what I can actually do now as well.  Fear of the unknown can hold you back.  I'm lucky to have fantastic creative people pushing me forward.

Sooooo, here's the eye candy, all inspired by requests from my customers.  Thank you all!  (((hugs)))

Friday, July 13, 2012

Flames, coffee, and new stuff!

I have a couple of new offerings in my made to order lampwork bead line!

First a little morning coffee:

then some fire:

And these are not part of my made to order line but rather a special order I did for a local customer.  I really really love the way they turned out and will be doing more crosses in this shape to offer in my shop soon!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Cool website find!

Toni Lutman over at (one of the glass forums I hang out at) posted a link to a website called 'Artists Inspire Artists' that has pages and pages with a plethora of all kinds of artwork and you can even submit your work via their Facebook page.  I've been having a great time just browsing through all the art.  People are so creative! <3

Artists Inspire Artists

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


I was blown away by the beautiful contents of my BSBP package that I received from my sweet partner Eva Sherman.  Roman glass!  The focal is the graduated sterling waves and just look at that clasp!  It took my breath away.

I've already been playing but shhhhhh, no peeking! ;)  I will say that I am having the best time arranging and rearranging the parts.  There was a thread on a glass forum I read where ppl were debating the old "Is glass liquid or solid?" and "Why is all the glass thicker at the bottom of old windows, did it run with time?"  The answer to that BTW is actually no, back in the day when the glaziers set the windows they would put the thicker part of the glass at the bottom of the window.  All antique glass was, of course, hand rolled and so naturally there were thicker areas and thinner areas.  I actually have some hand rolled sheets of Moretti soda lime glass and although it is modern glass there are thickness variances even in the small (2 foot x 2 foot) piece that I have.  It makes sense from a weight distribution viewpoint to hang the thickest part of any object on the bottom if you think about it.

My point is that I have it in my head to do a piece with the working title (in my head) of "It's Not A Liquid" but then doing some organic flowing or even drippy glass to work into the design along with the Roman glass as sort of a juxtaposition of harsh, angular glass and flowing amorphous glass.  

That's the plan anyway.  We shall see what we shall see.  :D

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I don't think I like this parenting thing.....

A conversation between myself and my husband:

Him:  "Where's Kelly?"  (Our 21 year old daughter who is in her last year of college majoring in geology)
Me:   "Jogging at the park."
Him:  "It's 8:00 at night!  I'm not sure I'm comfortable with that....."
Me:   *sigh*  "It's a very well-lit populated park, it's Texas and she can't jog in the daytime, she'd pass out from the heat.  Besides, she's a grown woman.  It's not your decision anymore."
Him:   *sigh*  "I know.  I don't think I like this parenting thing."

It's strange really, I'm doing much better with the transition to adult children than I thought I would.  Of course I still worry but I'm confident that I was a good mother and I gave them plenty of lessons about the evils of the world and just good common sense so that they are equipped with the tools they need to thrive in the world.

I'm incredibly proud of both my children.  They're sweet, caring, smart and will go far in the world.  Plus the fact that Kelly still has a great head of hair 20 years after this photo was taken.  I still think she was the prettiest baby in the world but then I'm a bit biased.  ;)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Why do I love jewelry?

I thought Lori had a good idea to kick of the bead soup blog party with writing about jewelry design, what got me interested in it and why I love it.

I'm actually more of a lampworker these days.  I do lots of production work and I also make things like fan pulls and suncatchers.

Jewelry though, that's always at the bottom of it.  More specifically for me, it's earrings.  I know exactly why too.

I was born in 1960.  I had my ears pierced in 1976, when I was 16.  Life was a little different then and in my parents generation (they graduated HS in 1958 in Abilene, Texas) there were those who viewed pierced ears as something that only 'loose' girls had.  I also wasn't allowed to wear make-up.

I didn't really care about the make-up frankly, and still don't.  I have, as Carmen Diaz says in the movie 'Bad Teacher' a " internal life" and just have never had the time, then or now, to fiddle around in front of a mirror.

However (and it's a big however) I was and am a creative person and wanted to not only make things but wear my art where others could see it and frankly, earrings fascinated me.  Think about seventies fashion, all the huge hoops and giant flowers and color and various metals.  Yeah.  I wanted that.  Like Patti LaBelle's earrings in this video:

Honeeeeey, please.  Let me hang hubcaps from my earlobes.  I need to do that.

I had a hardship license and already drove so the morning I turned 16 I crawled out of my bedroom window while my parents were sleeping, climbed into my raggedy 1969 Camaro (with mag wheels, and itty bitty steering wheel made out of welded chain, and a gas pedal shaped like a bare foot, I know you know what I'm talkin' about here), rolled my car down our driveway and halfway down the block (all a downhill slope) then cranked the engine, drove to the mall, and had my ears pierced by the pimply attendant at the Rings n Things kiosk.

My father looked like this when I came home and he saw them:

Buuuuut, eventually he came around:

OK, maybe not.  ;)

It was totally worth it though.  I still miss the heck outta that Camaro.  It had a stuffed Garfield glued to the back window with those little plastic sucker things on it's paws.  *sigh*  I was stylin'.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Chocolate Craisin Cookies!

Yes, I know it's not glass.  ;)  Baking is another thing I'm passionate about.  I thought I'd start sharing that here as well.

Let me start out by saying that this is not my recipe.  I took the recipe from a bag of unbleached white whole wheat flour from king arthur flour and made ONE substitution, I traded cranberries and replaced them with craisins.

OMG, these are the BEST cookies.  They taste even better the next day IF you can get them to last that long.  The original recipe states this makes two dozen cookies but we (DD and I baked them together) ended up with about thirty.

The juxtaposition of the tartness of the craisins and orange juice (see below) against the chocolate is just divine.  Have you ever had those chocolate oranges?  Yeah, that.  Only better.

Before I post the recipe I would like to say that I use mostly King Arthur Flour in all my baking and have for over 20 years.  I order online and if you get the newsletter frequently they have sales, free shipping, etc.  I don't use it because I work for them or get a kickback.  I use their products simply because in my experience they are the best.  If I'm going to work hard in the kitchen I want good results so my tip to you is if you can afford a bit extra, get the best.  Of course you can always do like I did here and make substitutions for similar products, that's what cooking is all about after all.  Just like glass, the joy is in experimentation.  Pull the craisins and use raisins or any chopped up dried fruit.  Ditch the chocolate and use M&Ms for more kid friendly fare.  Ditch the walnuts and use crushed almonds, etc.  You get the idea.

Don't let the small amount of flour fool you either, that's not a typo.  These are dense goodie filled cookies.  All the amounts below are correct.  I would link you back the recipe at King Arthur's website (which, BTW, is a great source for TONS of amazing recipes) but for some reason they don't have this one posted online.  In the recipe below I'll link to the KAF products I used in my cookies.

                                               Cranberry-Chocolate Cookies

1/2 cup (1stick) unsalted butter (if you are using salted butter omit the addition of salt below)
3/4 cup packed light OR dark brown sugar (I had dark, that's what I used)
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter)
1 large egg
1 and 1/4 cups  white whole wheat flour
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chunks (this chocolate is the bomb diggity, just sayin')
1 cup dried cranberries (I substituted craisins)
3/4 cups chopped pecans or walnuts (I used walnuts)

*NOTE - This is a dump n go recipe however I did want to say that I always always measure all my dry ingredients into a bowl, whisk them, and then add them to the wet ingredients.  Why?  Because when I married my husband I couldn't boil water.  I had to learn everything from scratch (and no internet, I envy you girls now, really).  In some ancient tome of a french cookbook I found cheap (we're talking the copyright date was 1930, lol) the author stressed when baking always mix the dry ingredients then add the wet because this allows you to mix the salt, baking powder, baking soda, etc. completely into the dough and that is important because you want your baked goods to rise properly and you don't want someone biting into a glob of baking soda or salt.  As Mr. Honey Badger would say, that's just nasty.

That said, here are the recipe directions exactly as they appear on the bag.  That's another thing about cooking.  Just because someone else says it's supposed to be this way that doesn't mean you have to do it like they did.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly grease two baking sheets or line with parchment paper

In a large bowl cream together the butter, sugar, orange juice, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Beat in the egg until combined: scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl.  Add the flour, mixing until smooth.  Stir in the chocolate chips or chunks, cranberries, and nuts.  Drop by the tablespoon onto the prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes (for me, it was 13 minutes) until just beginning to brown around the edges (they won't look set in the center, that's okay).  Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan (if you can freakin' wait that long, the smell is TDF).

Fight off children, significant others, and agressively whining dachshunds.  ;)

Yield:  2 dozen cookies

Calorie Count:  Seriously?  Not bad for one cookie, insane for six, how's that?  lol

Thanks for reading and watch for more cooking from me on Pinterest.  I'm astridboyce there if you want to follow me.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Supporting Cast

New made to order beads (go to the 'MTO lampwork beads sets' section of my Etsy store to find them).  My listings state that my lead time is currently 5 days but depending on my workload smaller orders often ship within two days.

I love color.  Anyone who follows my work knows that I am a freak for color.

However there are times when you have some amazing stone like amazonite or you have found or created gorgeous pieces in gold or silver and you don't need the addition of color but rather texture is what you want.

That is why I've created a supporting cast for you.  :)

These beads have a high refractive index and with the defined ridges whatever you place next to them will play through the clear glass with some amazing results depending on the materials used.  Try enamelled metal or polished silver for lots of bling.  For a more subtle streamlined design try pairing these with sodalite or beach glass for a subtle summery look.

I plan to do some experimentation this week and if it's successful I'll be offering these in an etched version for a small price increase.

On a more personal note I found stumbleupon.  I DO NOT have time for this, LOL!  Seriously though it is just as fun as Pinterest and I've spent too much time today stumbling and pinning all sorts of amazing art.

I'm Astrid Boyce on both apps if you want to come and find/follow me.  Need a Pinterest invite?  Convo me through my Etsy shop and I'll send you one!  You need to have a facebook account but that is really easy to set up.  I did a superquick search on youtube and found a how to set up a facebook account. video for you.  I only watched the first couple of minutes as this is not entertaining, lol, but it is basic and it looks like a good walkthrough.

Now hurry up and send me photos of your work so I can share them here! :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

What have you been doing busy little bee?

ACtually, I have been a very busy little bee.  :)

I recently sent 14 big hole beads (or european charm beads) to the artists give program at Beads of Courage.  This is consignment and 50% of each sale goes to benefit the beads of courage program which helps children with cancer to mark their journey to recovery.  If you aren't in the market for my beads there is so much amazing work by other contributing glass, polymer clay, and jewelry artists you really should check out in the main gallery.  Please consider purchasing or even contributing beads you no longer need/want to the Beads of Courage program.  They can use anything you can spare and it will make you feel good.  We all love to feel good, right?  ;)

Since my last post I took a long look at my artistic, personal, and professional goals and it was my conclusion that it was time to turn up the heat, as it were.  You will find new beads added to my Etsy two and sometimes three times a day now Monday through Friday (and sometimes on the weekends although my husband and my pets frown on that - last night I came in from the studio at about 11pm and was assaulted by pets when I flopped down on the couch.  They're a needy bunch, lol).

Here are some of my current shop offerings:

I've also been doing quite a bit of made to order work, here are some of my most popular styles:

.....aaaaaand, I have new sets cooling in the kiln as I type.

You can also find my tool and product reviews over at things crafty.  My most recent post there had to do with the creation of this necklace:

......and the prior post was a review of a book that helped me to create these two bracelets for myself and my daughter:

As my cat would say when she stalks the poor random cricket that accidentally strays into the house, "I has a plan".  You can also look for more frequent updates to be happening here as well.  Here's to workin' it!  There may not be enough hours in the day but I'm much happier when I'm busy (especially when I'm busy doing what I love).  Until the next time I hope you get busy doing something you love too.  My dachshund Andi and my three kitties Pi, Baby, and Sophie send you much furry love.  <3