Saturday, October 3, 2015

Burlesque hair fascinator thingie

Velvet center piece is 3" across. Ostrich plume, 2 curled halves of peacock feathers, 2 whole peacock feathers, Czech glass button, seed beads. About four hours total. Alligator clips to hold it in place.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Royal Carnival

Small progress since my last update as I spent a lot of time goofing off this week. Anyway, the center is finished and now I'm on to making the beaded kumihimo necklace.

Monday, June 29, 2015


If there were a distinctive point in my work "before" and "after", this piece may be it. It's an in-progress, beginning with my typical smooth and symmetrical work, but now I'm trying to go in a different direction with texture and visual interest. It has one of two new bezel designs I learned this week, thanks to Jamie Cloud Eakin. The other is on a Pay It Forward project I'm in the middle of.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015


From this point on, this will be solely an art display blog. All the brain ramblings will be posted here.  

Anyway, I've been working on a couple projects.

Taught myself to skin snakes (they were dead when I found them, so don't get upset)

I spent two days working on the fringe and made myself half crazy


Finished this one this morning and you can enter to win it here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Elevator Music

Sorry for such long absences. I've been working on various projects but sometimes the day is over before I realize it's even begun. 

We had teacher appreciation last week, then both daughters had their birthday on the fourth, and since then I've been trying to catch up on an end-of-the-year gift for the kids' bus driver.

So without further ado, here's the stuff  I've made but haven't posted;

Teacher Appreciation for Son's teacher

Teacher Appreciation door decoration with for an "UP" theme

Ugly shelves the previous house owners left behind, being primed for painting

Planets and nebulae done on the shelves in spray paint

Newly painted shelves hung over my dollhouse table

And said dollhouse table after I cleared 95% of the stuff off of it

Yesterday I was so into the creative spirit that I was drawing mandala patterns in dinner gravy while it was cooking, and then I made a potato man out of mashed potatoes and vegetables. 

Honestly, I like being more in the groove and don't mind being distracted from posting updates. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Giving The Ocean

I have a lovely friend at my children's school. She's a transplant from Maryland and has five kids. Back in February, she mentioned that she'd be going through some major life changes that may include moving and she wasn't sure how to pick between the ocean (going back to Maryland) and the sun (staying in Colorado). I did my best to give her the ocean in hopes that she'll stay, but in the long run, I want her to go where her heart is happiest. 

Technical details; bead weaving necklace with 15/0 and 11/0 seed beads, bead embroidery focal piece on Lacy's Stiff Stuff base, real sea shells, Swarovski pearls, glass seed beads in 15/0 and 11/0, sterling silver clasp. About 24 hours work, total.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Bead embroidered pendant on a 19" satin ribbon with sterling silver clasp and end wraps. Iridescent white Czech glass button, seed beads in 11/0 and 15/0. Swarovski crystals and Swarovski pearls on ends of the fringe, and a multi-faceted green glass bead accent in the center. Backing is Ultrasuede. 3.57" long. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015


New earrings, all completely stitched by hand. Czech glass buttons, glass seed beads, Swarovski black pearls. The pair on the left has 24K gold seed beads and gold fill ear wire. The pair on the right has Czech preciosa crystals and sterling silver ear wire. They measure about 2 3/4" long. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Art Deco, maybe.

Haven't posted in a long time. Too much happening at home. First break I really had was this past weekend. I made this.

About 4 1/2" long from top to the bottom of the longest fringe. Czech glass buttons as focal points, glass seed beads and Swarovski pearls in black. The bail has a piece of lead-free vinyl tubing inside to keep it nice and rounded and prevent snagging on a necklace. The whole thing is backed in Ultrasuede. Hard to take pictures of because the Czech buttons change colors depending on the light and the iridescent seed bead cause too many different focus points for the camera. Just getting these pictures too a lot of tries. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Stuff

Working on getting some pieces put together for display and sale in a local salon. Never had to display before, so that's a bit of the logistics I haven't figured out yet. Anyway, here's what I've got so far. Polymer clay over bracelet blanks with some mica powder and alcohol inks thrown in. All are varnished.

Saturday, January 10, 2015


I'd planned to add a dragon's eye focal piece to this but the design would be too heavy for the delicate stitch so this one will be as is. I got ideas for two large collar pieces in the process, so it's still a win. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Dragon Scales

Working on a new piece with a dragon theme. Tiny 15/0 seed beads so it's kinda slow going, but I got a magnifier so as soon as I adjust to the depth perception part of it, I should be all set. Photo is kinda glaring but I needed a shot in the sun to show all the different colors in the beads.

I don't have the beads for the big focal piece yet but I do have them saved in a cart on a bead site. Probably won't get them for a while because I came across a dollhouse kit in an unopened box for a steal on craigslist and I *really* want to save up and get it if it's still there. If it's not available by the time I save up the asking price, then I'll just be able to get more beads.

At any rate, the year is off to a nice creative start and I'm pleased with the direction things are headed.