Friday, August 16, 2013

Packing up shop and headed for the coast...

My shop will remain open, but orders will not ship until 8/26

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 haunts me.  
Yes, I'm the type that can't sit around without the guilt of knowing there is something that needs to be done.
It's definitely a sickness and I know there are some of you out there who can relate...
don't look away, you know who you are.

So how does this relate to my polymer clay?  Well, I am always in search of ways to improve or tweak my look.  My "imprint" series makes me happy, but something was definitely missing.  They weren't as rustic as I would like them to be.  And then I came across Ginger Davis Allman of The Blue Bottle Tree.  She has this tutorial that intrigued me and perhaps might take me to the place I was seeking.  I purchased, read, and the light bulb came on.  There was one step in there that I was missing.  I won't divulge it here, you'll have to purchase her tutorial for that, but man did fireworks go off in my head.  
Here is what I have created so far...

I am digging the archaic, grunge look they hold and am 
extremely excited at the many possibilities that lie ahead.  
Boredom be gone!
Thanks so much Ginger for taking me a step further in my work.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The BIG Purge

I have been playing with polymer for about 6 years now and I can definitely say my techniques have evolved.  For the better, I can't really say, but I do know there is more cohesion with my work and my previous tendency for ADD-like symptoms (with my beads) seems to be disappearing.  
So where does this leave us?  With a huge box of neglected, lonely, "older" beads...sad, very sad.
They want a home.  
And although my first thought was to place them in the trash, they look at me, stare at me, with hope.  
I've told you this before, when you are an artist, you get attached, and sometimes your work just may speak to you....not saying this is the case with me....
So the purge has begun.  You will find these lovelies up for sale in the next coming days at very low, low prices.  So have a heart; adopt a couple won't you?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

S A L E Time

20% off all regular priced beads (excluding shipping)
Just check out as you normally would and I'll refund the difference
Sale runs until the end of June


Thursday, June 6, 2013

 “The tree which moves some to tears of joy 
is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. 
Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... 
and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, 
nature is imagination itself.”-William Blake

Trees inspire me, as does the natural world around me.  It seems I am truly at 
peace when surrounded by the movement and sounds of nature.

Some of my newest work...

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mother's Day

I LOVE this day.  It reminds me of why I was put on this earth 
and what my one true purpose has always been....

their happiness.

Enough said.

We spent the day together, enjoying the beautiful landscape we call home.

Smith Rock State Park

Huckleberry ice cream after a 6 mile hike

So on this beautiful day, I celebrate being a mother and all the joys and heartaches it brings, 
but what I really celebrate is them. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Thanks to all of you for your warm, lovely thoughts and comments on my Bead Soup creations.  I'm still making the rounds on every's always a long journey for me, but I sure do enjoy it!
New beads in the shop today...
I love a bead with texture and couldn't resist 
springs soft blues with a pop of orange.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Bead Soup For Real!

I'm a little late posting this morning, so I apologize.  In my earlier post, I introduced you to my lovely Bead Soup partner, Keren Panthaki of VasDea.  She sent me some of the most gorgeous pieces of lampwork.  AND, they were some of my favorite colors to boot.  How does a gal get that lucky?!  
I created this bracelet first, wanting to use this amazing clasp as a focal, I designed around it...

I mean, look at that copper!  At first I thought the glass ring may be too delicate to really be functional, but Keren knows what she's doing...the thing is STRONG!  And look at those yummy colors....sigh...

 All the lampwork is from Keren; perfect complimentary pieces for this labor of love.
Bracelets, necklaces, they're harder for me to create for some reason so I moved on to what I love the most, earrings...

Fun and funky earthy yellow just needed some of my copper for a nice blend.  I wanted to bring out the small specks of blue so I patinaed the chain for a little pop.  They hang so beautifully.

I call them can call them what you like but I love the little things...had NO idea what I was going to do with them until the green czech beads came in the mail as a freebie...fate, I tell ya! 

Last, but not least, my absolute favorites.  Who doesn't love blue with copper....
I hammered out some copper for fun little dangle thingys and threw in some silver heishi spacers cuz I love to combine different metals. 

And there you have it!  Actually, I still have some more pieces in the works because Keren is such a generous supplier.  Thank you Keren for your wonderful gifts of love and for being my partner this time around.  And a BIG thank you to the wonderful Lori Anderson for, once again, enduring this HUGE undertaking.  I'm sure I speak for all of us when I wish you the very best in your path to recovery and pain management.  You are in my thoughts Miss Lori!

Oh, I forgot.  Here's what I sent Keren.... to see what she created :)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Bead Soup #7

Yes, I'm a tad late posting on this fun party which I adore so much, but man, life has been crazy hectic around here!  I know, blah, blah, blah....we all have busy lives Alison....get on with it!!
So without further adue, let me introduce you to my partner,
Keren Panthaki of VasDea!
She is a lampwork artist from the UK and wow, her work is yummy!  How incredibly lucky I was to receive such a talented artist as my partner.  Her usage of colors makes my heart sing.  And as much as I would love to show you what goodies I received, well, you'll just have to wait ;)

Until then, here's what I sent her way...

hehe, I've always enjoyed a good tease.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

I have an online friend/customer who makes the loveliest jewelry.  
Her name is Rebecca Anderson.
The reason I bring her up is not only to introduce you to her creations and blog, but because I think it may be time for a little intervention...bead style intervention that is.
You see, she loves birds...

she orders quite frequently from me...

not that I mind...

her work is stunning and I love what she does with my wee littles...

but Rebecca, do you think you may have a problem?  No?  
Alrighty then, I'll back off and remain your faithful supplier ;)
Seriously though, please stop by her Etsy store for more of her beautiful creations, 
they will lift your spirits.

Monday, January 28, 2013


what my weekends look like...

the drive to Mt. Bachelor (20 minutes from my house)

snowshoeing the cinder cone

xc skiing with my bestie

everyone is friendly in Bend

more snowshoeing; this time during a storm with my adventurous boys

so feel free to visit, i have an extra room ;)

Friday, January 18, 2013

The shop has been looking a little sad and neglected so new beads were in order.

i'm loving the colors and i even made a few extra for a cuff i'm designing...
more of that news later :)
happy friday!

Monday, January 14, 2013

A New Year

wow, where did the year go and where the heck have i been?!  
upon approaching my most favorite time of the year, i found myself full of tension and stress due to my new "single mom" status.  not only do i worry about the monetary aspect of my situation, but i also worry about how well i'm raising these two beautiful boys of mine.  so i took a break and decided to figure out how to proceed into the new year with less stress and the ability to focus on the important, more enjoyable, things.
happy to report i'm feeling much better and everything around me seems to reflect my positive attitude.
AND, in case you were concerned....i did not sit on my bum the entire time ;)
i've been working with metal and fire!  oh how i love my little butane torch...even bought myself a fire extinguisher, you know, just in case i get out of hand.
SO, in my bead shop, you will now find forged copper with different attitudes.

a preview...

it's good to be back!