Everything’s Coming Up Roses!

My “Six Petal Bloom” Bead-Embroidered Brooch is finished and I love it! Measuring 3″ in diameter, it is quite the statement piece!  The focal cabochon used in this pearl and Swarovski crystal embellished brooch is one of my colorful handmade resin...

Let the Fun Begin!

I love geometric beading! I love the preciseness, how the beads line up so perfectly, and how a project can sprout spikes and folds!  During the past few months, I’ve been exploring the Warped Square and creating several pairs of earrings in that technique as...

As Promised…

The tutorial and beading kit for my “Geometric Warped Square Mosaic Drop Earrings” (inspired by vintage patterned tile work and CGB) is finished and listed in my Etsy shop!  The step-by-step tutorial is accompanied by large full-color photos, a color chart...

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’m so pleased!

Have you ever made a Shutterfly photo book? Over the last few years, I’ve made four featuring my metal and beadwork and now I have a fifth book to add to my collection! This time I decided to assemble an 8×8 inch 20-page book of my tutorial...

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...

Remember those tropical-colored beads?

I’ve just finished another pair of geometric warped square (inspired by CGB) arrow-shaped drop earrings using yummy greens, pale purple, and oh, how I love these Swarovski Yellow Opal crystals! I’d previously made a pair of striped earrings that hang...

At the moment…

I’m still catching up from being away from my studio for almost two weeks…amazing how much work piles up. There are orders to fill and emails to answer and of course, the cats were so love-starved while we were away and are demanding constant attention!...

You Tarzan. Me…

I don’t have a specific project in mind for the beads shown below, but I know I want to create something (earrings seem to be my thing of late!) in a “jungle” colourway. I’ve been influenced by the lush foliage of Kauai where I’ve been...

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...