Oooooh…

This shipment of pearls just arrived and they are beautiful. The colors are luscious and the variety of types include button, round, semi-round, peanut, large and small biwa, and potato. I love flat-backed pearls for bead embroidery projects and biwa pearls are such...

I just loved watching Maggie Smith playing the Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey. Especially when she inquired as to what a weekend is. I sometimes question that myself because I tend to work seven days a week. Even when I’m traveling, I try to get...

Formed, Dried, and Sanded…

These bronze metal clay seashell charms and buttons are now ready to be fired.  I’ve recently had requests for “Tide Pool” Cuff beading kits. Tutorials for this design have been available but the kits have been out of stock for some time as I’d...

It’s that time of year again…

Registration is open for the 2017 Bead&Button show. I’ve been perusing the class catalog and there are several classes I’d consider taking if time and money were no object. I would definitely take Celie Fago‘s Master Class, but the cost would be...

If only I could…

Stop the World – I Want to Get Off! That is the title of a 1961 musical written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, but I tend to vociferate that phrase when it seems that the world is handing out more craziness than sanity. The issues at hand, sabotage, and...

Bronze Metal Clay…

It seems like forever since I’ve worked with it…months have gone by without playing in this medium. But I had run out of the Bronze Flower Disks that are used for embellishment in my “Bollywood Bling” Beaded Ruffle Cuff, hence, although the tutorial has been...

I’ve decided…

The project I take on my next vacation will consist of Delica, seed, and Charlotte beads and a collection of beautiful Swarovski crystal cabochons. These beauties just arrived and they are absolutely breathtaking! I’m ordering more in other colors, shapes, and...

I’m ready!

It’s been a long time since I’ve worked with resin, but I have a renewed interest in playing with this medium after taking a class from Susan Lenart Kazmer at the 2016 Bead&Button Show in Milwaukee. I have my workspace all set up and I’m ready to make more...

Ndebele Revisited!

  Almost all the beadwork I’ve done in the past three years has been worked in peyote stitch. It’s been ages since I’ve used Ndebele stitch for bead weaving, but it is so perfect for this project! After making a collection of polymer clay faux...