Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ahhh, spring is finally upon us after a long winter.  I love every season Bend has to offer because they all seem so intense and everlasting.  Each new season ignites a need for change inside me and so we move on to my newest bead series...
Faux Porcelain.

Actually, they're not exactly new to me...they've been in the works for months now.

I just couldn't get them right and they were driving my looney.

And then one night....BAM...

I was lovestruck!

p.s. BAM also stands for Bad Ass Mom, which is what my boys call me :)


Friday, May 9, 2014

Soup Time!

In my last post, I introduced you to my lovely partner, Ali McCarthy 
who sent me some beautiful soup just singing of spring!  
Before I show you what I did with all of that goodness, here's what I sent her...
My own polymer creations, a hand forged copper clasp and additional goodies

I've always adored lamp work, but don't work with it very often so I started off with a simple earring design to show off those cute little blue birds.

And then I moved on to a more detailed design feauturing some of my patina brass and copper...
 I threw in some Sari Silk to accent the beautiful blues of Ali's lamp work.

And saving the best for last, at least in my opinion, is a bracelet featuring both her gorgeous beads and copper clasp as focals...why concentrate on just one?!

I gave the copper a dark patina, which really helped its texture come through and even added one of my own poly beads for some contrast. 

So there you have it!  What fun it was to work with this bounty of mine.  Thanks so much Ali and, as always, thanks to the extraordinary Lori for hosting an amazing party.
I'm off to hop...enjoy the party!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Slight Delay...phew

Our sweet, courageous friend, Lori, continues to battle her ailments so our reveal date has been postponed to May 10th.  I breath a sigh of relief, as I'm sure most of us do, because I suffer from procrastination.  
This gives me a perfect opportunity to introduce you to my partner, Ali from, who creates in multiple mediums, but I got the pleasure of receiving some of her beautiful, springy lamp-work beads....

I was so excited to work with these colors!!
And yes, I have finished my pieces, but now I have a little extra time to tweak and play.

See you all in a week!