Sunday, January 10, 2016

Catching Up , What I've been doing

Since I last blogged lots of things have happened , changed.
  I made my last trip to Cape Cod as an artist. I had my yearly show in the gallery , but it was also the last because the gallery was closing in the Fall.
   I also started to make a real effort in reclaiming my house. The hoarding clutter was out of control and I was drowning. I donated and culled things I wasn't using. If you visited during this time , there was a " two bag minimum " to take away ,( & the bags were totes , so extras of those went away too!). And I'm happy to say several friends stepped up to the challenge . One friend in particular , made many many trips, thanks Anna ! I hadn't even  tackled the garage yet (SO MANY THINGS)  when I got big news. Mom wanted she and I to both move into one new house ! She put her house on the market Tuesday night and sold it Wednesday afternoon !!  I know , right ? Me ? I was still frozen with the horror that was having to pack it up enough in two weeks for the realtor to come through, (spoiler alert , I didn't make the deadline ....). September 26 came , the deadline , and we were still packing. I was stressed with having to cull so many of my things , Mom was super stressed she hadn't found a house with her closing date fast approaching , and EVERYBODY  was stressed at how much I had, kept and needed to pack.  I sat down in the bead room to start packing up beads on a Thursday evening about six pm. and was still packing at nine the next morning when my help came to pack. The job was finally finished( for the most part ) that Sunday. It really was a nightmare. I'm ashamed of the fact I displayed many of the behaviors the hoarders on tv do when their "stuff" is gone through.  Finally in October I had a massive , four day estate sale .  It was one the third day of the sale we got the news, we got he house we had found and made an offer for. It went really well and I was almost done ! A few more friends came by to load up , one even drove to Tulsa and filled her car to maximum capacity , ( an art teacher , she took lots of things I hated to see 'go to waste' , which is how I got into trouble in the first place) . I called a few organizations to come and get all the leftovers and that was the end of all the stuff. All that was left was to couch surf until closing on the new house, November 20th.
   Mom and I managed to get downstairs ready in time to have Christmas in the new house , but minimum work has been done upstairs in my bead room. Some basic furniture placement is done, and I think I have all the bead room boxes upstairs. Now comes the 'fun' part, unpacking and making a new(and hopefully improved) bead room.  I'm happy to say the with  upcoming Bead Soup Blog Hop I have a deadline and a goal to work towards.
   Here are some before shots , I'll be updating as progress is made, wish me luck !

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Swap N Hop 2015

 I was paired w/ Marti Conrad, an artist who works in clay. I was familiar w/ Marti because I was given some of her exquisite work in a button swap years ago.She sent some really beautiful beads w/ a rich chocolate glaze.
                                          here is a close up of the texture on the beads
 So, I had this weird work situation where I basically moved in @ the end of Feb. , & was there until 2 weeks ago, ( yes + nights, yes, I know). This was not so conducive to creating.
  For the last few days I have been laying out beads, adding the orange corals, the blue silk & the orange recycled glass. I've been really happy w/ the layouts & I started to string them up this morning.
 These above, barely 6 inches as is. The cording turned out to be too thick doubled to go through & that means no knots for the extra length.I can drill the coral, but not before the reveal tonight.Below are the earrings I made. Everything about them worked out as planned, & I think I'm going to wear these a lot.

I pulled in some blue to compliment all the orange I've used so far w/  sari silk.I can't stop thinking about drilling holes in the discs & sewing an X on them w/ the orange cording . Another drilling job & I haven't unpacked the Dremel yet, so...   I have to apologise that I didn't get things finished in time( but if this group understands anything, it's that life happens when you have a reveal planned!) I should be able to work on them again Sunday night , so maybe check back Monday? Thanks

Saturday, December 6, 2014


I made one of  "those"  mistakes, I thought the reveal was next Saturday. I'm sorry I don't have anything today, but give me 'til Monday & I'll have things finished & posted.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Choosy Chix Choose Chicklets

I have been an unabashed fan of suebeads since we were paired in a bead swap years ago,( & yes, it WAS as fabulous as it sounds!). So when Rita was giving away some of Sue's beads, I had to throw my hat in the ring. Rita then went above & beyond & EVERYONE who signed up got a chicklet!

I loved my chicklet, but nothing really seemed to click w/ it?
 Then one weekend afternoon I saw an episode of  Beads, Baubles & Jewels where tigertail was used to connect to leather to findings. I modified the design by just using a thinner leather lace.

The clasp is a simple hook, ( Thnx, LMAJ ) that I adore & use for everything.
The beads are free floating . It's light & easy to wear. I also plan on stacking it w/ lots of other bracelets.
Many Thanks to our hostess, Rita. Enjoy your hopping !


Toltec Jewels                                 


Linda Anderson                             

Jennifer Reno                                 

Shirley Moore                                

Kristen Stevens                              

Marybeth Rich                               

Jael Thorp                                      

Melissa Trudinger                           

Andrea Glick                                  

Nan Smith                                      

Blanca Medina                               

Shai Williams                                  

Carolyn Lawson                             

Rana Wilson                                   

Robin Reed                                    

Robin Showstack                           

Sheila Prosterman                           

Karla Morgan                                

Kari Asbury                                   

Kelly Rodgers                                

Jayne Capps                                   ***********

Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi          

Heather Richter                             

Chris Eisenberg                             

Kathleen Breeding                         

Linda Landig                                 

Crystal Thain                                 

Cheri Reed                                    

Heather d-Entremont                     

Dini Bruinsma                                

Lori Schneider                               

Tammy Adams                              

Melinda Orr                                  

Lennis Carrier                               

Cynthia Machata                           

Elizabeth Hodges                          

Debbie Rasmussen                        

Tanya McGuire                             

Charlie Jacka                                

Ev Shelby                                     

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson              

Jasvanti Patel                              

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Waxed Irish Linen Hop ~Reveal

I'd like to apologise for the delay in posting. I misplaced my camera,( thought I had left it @ my sister's, an hour away!) Crisis averted & here are my pieces.
 I would imagine many of you are fans of Rebecca Anderson. I love her work w/ waxed Irish linen, she is my inspiration, she is also the source of all my waxed linen! If you don't know about her curiosity club you are missing out.
These are a WIP,  I haven't decided about this particular coin,s I have used sand cast glass,Czech,Turquoise, & Carnelian beads in these, stayed tuned for updates. 

I recently made a bracelet for another hop, & it inspired me to work on a series. This is one of the resulting pieces. Yes, you do see some inclusions of art beads. Diane Hawkey, Golem Studios, & an unidentified ceramic,( I need to do a little research) plus some bone,horn,stone,Turquoise,Czech & glass beads. I can take no credit for the clasp, it came from a boot camp on Love My Art Jewelry. I'll confess,while I love the look of a looped closure w/ waxed linen, they give me fits. This clasp was my 'a ha' moment, when I realized this was a way around the loop w/o a sacrificing any style.
I hope it isn't 'cheating' to show this necklace. This is one of my BSBH8 pieces,but I made it knowing I wanted to show it for this hop as well. I've also worked on the small beads, letting them twist the way they wanted to from the beginning. Besides, this wrap work is too nice not to share twice!
 Here is my looped effort. More art bead treasures,(mostly unknown) an enameled bead from Andrew Thornton, bone, stone,recycled & sand cast glass beads make this light hearted bracelet.
A last look @ the wire wrapping.

Thank you so much to our hostess Diana Ptaszynski.. This hop was the jump start I needed to get some work done. I plan on a few more pieces, you might want to check back in the next week or so?
here are the other knotters, thanks for stopping by, enjoy the hop & your holiday weekend.

Diana Ptaszynski  

                    Kelsy Vincent

                  Susan Kennedy

                   Linda Landig

                 Kashmira Patel

                Jenny Davies-Reazor

                     Vanessa Gilkes

                    Sandy Huntress

                     Kay Thomerson

                       Sarajo Wentling

                        Kari Asbury

                  Rebecca Anderson

                  Melissa Trudinger

                  Ann Schroeder

                   Shai Williams

                      Blanca Medina

                Cheryl Brown

                 Johana Nunez Rivera

                     Lori Bowring Michaud

                      Kelly Morgan

                         Barbara Bechtel

                      Kristen Stevens

                     Heather Boardman

                     Janet Bocciardi

                  Kathy Lindemer

                       Lesley Watt

                    Susan Kolovson

                   Jayne Capps  ******

                   Michelle McCarthy

                   Cynthia Deis

                     Karla Morgan
                      Erin Siegel

                     Becky Pancake

                   Kelly Hosford Patterson

             Sharyl McMillian-Nelson

                     Inge von Roos

                 Carolyn Lawson
                 Linda Younkman

                   Sandi Volpe

                Toltec Jewels

              Michelle Mach

              Jen Cameron

            Dorothy Winchell

           Darlene Mansue

Cory Tompkins

Saturday, May 10, 2014

"It's soup"! Bead Soup Blog Hop Reveal 8

It's time! Reveal for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Hop. I'm proud to say I've been a part of the BSBH since the first one,this is my 7th. My partner is Jeaanne Billeci Steck , & here is the beautiful beachy  soup she sent. She found & wrapped the sea glass. The blue piece is the soup focal & the white w/copper is an extra.Also included were carnelian, 2 kinds of pearls,some lapis, copper & some truly divine little crystals in a milky/opal~y sort of colour. Jeanne also made some findings & earwires in silver . This is the only shot of everything I took, then it went straight to the bead table. So, no nicely styled soup in a clever container.

I knotted the lapis w/ a green cording. I added a few of the milky crystals & a donut in the same colour,( I sort of hoard this kind of glass) & finished it off w/  the toggle clasp. This is  a gift for my Mom. She does already know because I have sized it to her. I have kept all my soup pieces, so this is keeping it in the family.

Next, the 'extra' focal.. I used the carnelian , a couple of the copper beads & the copper S clasp from the soup & the rest were from my stash. The beads are on waxed linen & finished w/ copper chain.


 This was wrapped as a pendant, but you know me & my bracelets. Sari silk wraps 3 times around my wrist & a self  loop catches the horn bead I put in the bail.So summery!
detail of  closure

Once again, Thank You so much to our hostess Lori Anderson. We all know this was a difficult year for you  & having this party took a lot of time, effort & concentration that you didn't always have in endless supply.
Thank You to Jeanne, the beads were beatiful & I hope you think I did them justice. Last but not least, Thanks  for stopping by, enjoy your hop, don't forget to stay hydrated , "Soup's a marathon, not a sprint"!

Lori Anderson, Hostess

Tina Bosh                        
Kristina Hahn Eleniak       
Kari Asbury                     
Kris Binsfield                   
Cheryl Gangle                  
Amber Dawn                   
Michelle Wigginton           
Kayla Potega                    
Becky Pancake                 

Debbie Rogers                   
Jenny Kyrlach                   
Genea Crivello-Knable       
Deborah Read                   
Julianna Cannon                
Lisa Liddy                        
Debbie Rasmussen            
Iveth Caruso                     
Rana Wilson                     
Corrie Williams                 

Linda Anderson                
Miranda Ackerley             
Andra Weber                   
Loretta Carstensen            
Penny Houghton               
Tania Hagen                     
Robin Reed                      
Laurie Vyselaar                 
Rachel Baron                    
Erin Guest                         

Emma Todd                                  
Kelly Schermerhorn                  
Dana Hickey                                  
Rebecca Ednie                             
Marybeth Rich                             
Sherri Levinton                            
RaMona Woolson                      
Jo-Ann Woolverton                   
Audrey Belanger                        
Candida Castleberry                  

Renetha Stanziano                    
Carolyn Chenault                        
Toltec  Jewels                              
Diana Welte                                  
Jean A. Wells                                
Bev Breisinger                             
Autumn Adams                           
DiYana Alcalde                             
Patty Gasparino                          
Karen Mitchell                             

Regina Santerre                          
Dhea Powers                               
Jayne Capps                                 
Keri Lee Sereika                          
Melissa Trudinger                      
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                    
Jeanne Steck                                
Carolyn Lawson                           
Kay Thomerson                           

Maybeline Tay                             
Jackie Locantore                         
D'Arsie Manzella                         
Jacqueline Marchant                
Beccy Peterson                           
Katie Nielson-Nunez                 
Heidi Kingman                             
Andrea Glick                                 
Rose Johnson                              

Nicole Demore                            
Marti Conrad                                
Marianna Boylan                        
Mitzie Crider                                
Christa Murphy                           
Alisa Siceloff                                 
Maria Rios                                     
Tracy Martin                                 
Nan Emmett                                 
Jelveh Jafarian                                

Ali McCarthy                                 
Jennifer LaVite                            
Dolores Raml                                
Valerie Kravette                         
Bobbie Rafferty                          
Kathleen Breeding                     
Kristi Brokaw                                
Lisa Suver                                      
Natalie Moten                             
Jami Shipp                                     

Diana Shiraishi                             
Heather Otto                               
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp          
Lisa Knappenberger                  
Charlene Jacka                            
Patty Miller                                   
Sandi James                                  
Marianne Hurley                        
Cris Peacock                                 
Andrea Rivers                              

Gloria Allen                                   
Kandice Seeber                           
Janine Lucas                                 
Sandy Richardson                       
Hajer Waheed                             
Cynthia Abner                             
Peggy Johnson                            
Tina Holden                                   
Julie Bowen                                  
Heather Richter                          

Sarah Strover                               
Kimberly Idalski                           
Sandi Volpe                                  
Tandra Boyer                               
Klaudete Koon                            
Michaela Pabeschitz                 
Mea-B. Uebler                            
Mandi Effron                                
Evelyn Shelby                              
Shai Williams                                

Natalie Davidson                        
Evelyn Duberry                           
Eszter Czibulyas                          
Sylvia Lupberger                         
Divya N                                           
Blanca Medina                             
Ginger Davis Allman                  
Chris Eisenberg                           

Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic       
Jodie Marshall                             
Margareta Saari                          
Menka Gupta                              
Dian Hierschel                              
Kashmira Patel                            
Christina Miles                             
Inge von Roos                              
Sam Siegel                                     
Gina Hockett                                

Linda Newnham                         
Enikö Fabian                                 
Dorota Żerańska                         
Shalini Austin                               
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens          
Silke Groeber                               
Birgit Klughardt                           
Rebecca Anderson                    
Niky Sayers                                   
Stefanie Teufel                           

Rosantia Petkova                       
Alenka Obid                                  
Jacqueline Keller                        
Sam Waghorn                              
Jackie Ryan                                   
Kumi Fisher                                   
Joan Williams                               
Stephanie Weiss                         
Elsbeth Fuchs                               
Johanna Nash                                        http://

Natascha Marty                          
Sarah Goode                                
Agata Grygiel                               
Jeannine Vetsch-Bokstaller        
Rebecca Sirevaag                       
Magdalena Sikora                      
Ana Krepel                                    
Saskia Letta                                   
Beth Emery                                   
Lizzie Clarke                                  

Evie and Beth McCord              
Marcia Dunne                              
Agi Kiss                                           
Esterina Jagiella                           
Judith Johnston                          
Jenny Vidberg                             
Klaudia Toth                                 
Merja Sundström                       
Colleen Vinthagen                     
Leah Curtis                                    

Giorgia Rossini                             
Sandra Wollberg                         ‎
Annica Larsson                            
Johana Nunez                              
Krafty Max                                    
Lori Schneider                              
Mary Govaars                              
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi  
Maddison Langford                   
Ginger Bishop                              

Birgitta Lejonklou                       
Lesley Watt                                   
Doris Stumpf                                
Marjolein Trewavas                  
Silvia Sernicola                             
Roxanne Blanc                             
Wendy Chamberlain                 
Siobhán Keogh                            
Claire Fabian                                 
Katrin Fenzke                               

Eva Wills                                         
Kathy Lindemer                          
Bridget Torres                              
Marina Passarella                       
Christina Hickman                      
Tammie Everly                             
Ana Cravidao                                
Keren Panthaki                           
Jennifer VaBenschoten           

Solange Collin                              
Marina Kosović                            
Michelle Tucker                          
Sue Rennie                                   
Claire Lockwood                         
Barb Solem                                   
Caroline Dewison                       
Noemi Baena Roman                
Marsela Schroth                         

Amy Severino                              
Vonna Maslanka                         
Andra Marasteanu                    
Cherrie Warzocha                      
Amanda Wacasey                      
Marcy Lamberson                      
Lisa Johnson                                 
Gail Vanderster-Zwang            
Laurie Keefe-Cecere                 
Asri Wahyuningsih                     

Laurie Ament                               
Lilik Kristiani                                  
Stephanie Haussler                   
Deb Fortin                                     
Kelly Hosford Patterson          
Katy Heider                                   
Christine Stonefield                  
Dagmar Liebisch                          
Sandra McGriff                            

Sheila Daniels                               
Rossana De Gaspari                   
Cory Tompkins                            
Judy Riggs                                      
Lora Bright                                     
Tina Noonan                                 
Shawn Price                                  
April Grinaway                             
Cheryl Roe                                    

Pam Hurst                                     
Shirley Moore                              
Emmanuelle Roué                     
Tammy Adams                            
Kristin Oppold                              
Catie Doman                                
Sheila Prosterman                     
Cheryl Foiles                                 
Stephanie Perry                          
Barbara Fernald                          

Debi Dufrene                               
Kathy Stemke                              
Anne Betenson                           
Chris Haussler                              
Catherine King                             
Andria Poole                                
Sherri Stokey                               
Sharyl King                                    
Donna Millard                              
Gayle Dyck                                    

Gen Smith                                     
Deanna Cox                                  
Beti Horvath                                 
Rose Rushbrooke                       
Arlene Dean                                 
Maria Rosa Sharrow                  
Deborah Apodaca                      
Veralynne Malone                     
Stacy Alderson                            
Eva Sherman                                

Cassi Paslick                                  
Cindy Boissonneault                    
Linda Sadler                                  
Louise Glazier                              
Susan McClelland                       
Kathrin Lembke                          
Susanne Stelljes                          
Terry Jeanette Carter                  
Susan Kelly                                    

Kim Paige                                       
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell         
Annita Wilson                              
Tracey Leeder                              
Elizabeth Bunn                            
Allison Fitzpatrick                       
Tania Spivey                                 
Ilenia Ruzza                                   
Lauren Potts                                 
Lynn Jobber                                  

Lee Koopman                              
Carol Wilson                                 
Elizabeth Woodford                  
Deb McKinnis                               
Rochelle Brisson                         
Shari Replogle                              
Janeen Sorensen                       
Kat Barron Miller                        
Elaine Robitaille                                     http:/
Darlene Fortier                            

Leslie Schenkel                            
Kym Hunter                                  
Leslie Wayment                          
Beckie Robison                            
Hannah Trost                               
Kim Hutchinson                           
Liz Engriser                                    
Diah Anggreni                              
Monique Urquhart                    
Kim Williams                                 

Theresa Buchle                           
Susan Bowie                                 
Pam DeBoer                                 
Skylar Bre'z                                   
Janet Loomis                                
Tari Kahrs                                       
Nancy Smith                                 
Erin Grant                                      
Barbara Mason                            
Karin King                                      

Mary K. McGraw                        
Mandi Ainsworth                       
Jasvanti Patel                               
Donna Conklin                             
Karen Jones                                  
Lori Finney                                    
Sheila Davis                                   
Sabine Dittrich                             

Nicole Valentine Rimmer        
Marge Beebe                               
Michelle McCarthy                    
Chandra Merod                          
Nancy Olliver                                
Alison Sachs                                  
Kay Mallery                                   
Beth Petricoin                              
Marta Grabalowska                   
Clare Etheridge                           

Heather Marston                       
Ann Rishell                                              Http://
Cece Cormier                               
Shannon German                       
Mary Ellen Merrigan                 
Cheryl Brown                               
Mary Hicks                                    
Judy Robinson                             
Danielle Kelley                             
Cate van Alphen                         

Patricia Buchanan                       
Billi R.S. Rothove                         
Laura Blanck                                 
Pam Traub                                     
Fay Wolfenden                           
Kristi Harrison                              
Karen Martinez                           
Sarah Singer                                 
Megan Tillery                               
Dana James                                  

Rachel Stewart                            
Valerie Cook                                 
Debra Gibson                               
Pat Haight                                      
Rachel Stanley                             
Sandra Pendragon                     
Anja Schultz                                  
Sharon Driscoll                             
Lecia Woessner                           
Kitty Durmaj                                 

Donetta Farrington                    
Bonnie Coursolle                        
Laurie Wirth                                  
Lori Callahan                                 
B.R. Kuhlman                               
Karin Grosset Grange               
Rebekah Payne                           
Lori Bowring Michaud               

Jael Thorp                                      
Patty Woodland                          
Eleanor Burian-Mohr                
Susanna Lehto                             
June Butt                                       
Melissa Muir                                
Laney Mead                                 
Tamera Norris                              
Andrea Trank                               

Marie Covert                                
Valerie Tilghman                         
Jean Baldridge Yates                 
Sierra Barrett                               
Patricia Robitaille                        
Leanne Loftus                              
Sally Russick                                  
Mallory Hoffman                        
Dini Bruinsma                               
Marde Lowe                                 

Hannah Annear                           
Patty Johnson                              
Valerie Norton                            
Ann Sherwood                            
Staci Smith                                    
Jen Purple                                     
Ruth Szapa                                    
CJ Bauschka                                  
Karla Morgan                               
Suz Hamel                                     

Laura Guenther                          
Elisabeth Auld                              
Martha Aleo                                 
Shiraz Biggie                                 
Brendalee Astells                          
Heather d'Entremont                   
Kelly Morgan                                
Lori Blanchard                              

Susan Kennedy                           
Rain Hannah                                 
Janice Warden Bergeron         
Melissa Packer                            
Jana Haverty                                
Cindy Ritchie                                
Marianne Baxter                        
Denise McCabe                           
Sharon Palac                                 
Cathy Buckley                              

Jennifer Van Horn                      
Crystal Rector                              
Susan Walls                                   
Penny Neville                              
Lisa Cone                                       
Heather Davis                              
Michelle Escano                          
Carmen Lau                                  
Janet Borzecki                             
Rhonda Hagerman                     

Katrina Taylor                               
Molly Alexander                         
Nicole Rennell                             
Chris McGilvery                           
Erin Prais-Hintz                            
Dawn Williams                             
Kate Dufour                                  
Robin Lynne Showstack           
Elizabeth Hodges                        

Adlinah Kamsir                            
Carol Dillman                                
Christine Hansen                        
Andrea Frank                               
Tracy Stillman                               
Denise Petersen                         
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom       
Madonna Liza Cruz-Comia      
Suzann Sladcik Wilson              

Terri Gauthier                              
Alicia Marinache                         
Barbara Bechtel                          
Hannah Rosner                           
Keren von Hoeren                      
Lea Avroch                                    
Maire Dodd