Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Elaina's Internet Debut!

Elaina is visiting us during her spring break from Ohio. She thought that she left the cold weather behind, but instead I think she brought it with her!

One of her favorite things is having steak and rice for breakfast!

We went to the beach today even thought it was freezing outside! She found some treasures to take home with her.
Me and my buddy!

I don't think she liked her dinner!

or her dessert! We finished the evening watching her favorite movie, The Simpsons!!! Now she promised to let us pick out the next movie.........

Elaina is always such a pleasure to have here, I wish that she lived closer.

She also made some beads, I will try and get a few photos of them later!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

2nd Day

These are the students beads from the second day of class.

I think that everyone did great!

Have you checked out the auction lately?????

Check it out here......

Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter's Masters Class

When I scheduled this class I didn't realize that it was happening over Easter weekend!

What a great group of bead makers. We even had the Easter Bunny (Jim Moore) come to the class with a basket of eggs filled with steel texture tools for each student!

This is Nicole, she was my TA for this class...... I am trying to figure out how to arrange to have her for each and every class I teach! She is awesome!!!!!! Thank you so much Nicole for everything.

Look at Penny, doesn't she look happy! And there is Stosh looking over her notes, by the way she takes the most amazing notes!

Here is Stosh, Chris and Kristen working on coring and capping their beads.

A sampling of the students beads! I will try and take some photos of the second days beads tomorrow. Everyone did fantastic!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Private Lessons with Michael Barley and Andrea Guarino

Check this out!

Private lessons with Michael Barley and Myself!

This is for a great cause! All of the proceeds will go to the children's festival and the Andy Mackie Foundation!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Helping out!

This is my dad helping out at the Children's Festival. He was in charge of cutting the leather and putting a loop on the end!

This is Sally (my step-mom) helping the kids string their pieces.

And of course a photo of Whit helping this boy put on his bracelet, which he later gave to his mother! The boys mother came up to me practically in tears she was so touched by it!

Monday, March 17, 2008


Tonight we had a wonderful evening and dinner with Lois, Phil and Jake!
Thank you guys very much!
Night Jake!!!!!

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Well it has green in it! These beads, the stone ones, are from Africa John. You should check out his beads! The rest of the beads are some that I made out of pmc.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Views from my walks....

I have been trying to get a walk in everyday! Usually I drive to the park and walk there but lately I have been just walking around our home. These photos are from one of these walks. I also saw some eagles but couldn't get good photos of them. They would of just looked like black dots in the sky! I just take my little camera with me on these walks.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Thanks Kathy!

Well today is our 6th anniversary and our wonderful friend Kathy painted this great painting for us. It is called

"Two Alala in Love"

Thank you so much Kathy, we love it and can't wait to frame it and add it to our collection!

OH...... I almost forgot to thank you for the salted caramels! You truly are the best!

Friday, March 14, 2008


Our anniversary gift to ourselves was this new mirror from STICKS! We also ordered a new coat rack that will arrive on Tuesday. I love their work! I am looking forward to adding new pieces to our new collection.

Towanda had to give it her approval!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Off Mandrel Feather

For my buddy!
She has been talking about glass feathers lately so I thought I would make her some! Only catch is she has to come here to get them!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Children's Festival!!

Today was all about the kids! It was The Children's Art Festival in Port Townsend. This event happens once a year. There are about 40 different art projects that the children can do, ranging from blacksmithing to face painting!

It is so much fun to go and look at all of the wonderful smiles! The kids leave there with so many things they made, it takes several trips to get everything back to their car.

Whit and I, along with my Dad and Sally volunteered at the bead stringing area. This is a huge event. So many artists and volunteers help to make this happen. Michael Barley is very involved with this project. He will be auctioning off a private class with myself and him soon on ebay. All of the proceeds will go to help the festival so that no child has to pay to attend. I will keep you updated on when the auction starts!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

new beads on website

I have a few new beads for sale on my website!
click here to see them

Tomorrow I plan on having small silver cored beads which would work great on our CHARM-N-BEAD BRACELET. I will try to have them up by noon my time.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Red Salmon Egg Beads

Just thought I would share some beads that I just finished for an order. These are some of my salmon egg beads which have been cored with 1/4" silver tubing with hand made pmc caps riveted on them.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Cool Discovery!

We just discovered this new eagle's nest right down the street from us! They had another one last year further away but it had been blown down during a storm. This one is really close but hard to see. We got permission from the people who own the land to go there anytime and watch them and photograph them... so stay tuned for more eagle photos! The pair are in our tree together quite often, but soon one will have to always remain in the nest with the babies. I hope they have several eaglets this year.

Spring is definitely upon us, our crocus are popping up everywhere. The tulips aren't far behind.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Lisa's Sea Garden!!!!

Hi Lisa! I grabbed your photos off of ISLAGA's website! Your bead turned out awesome! I so can't wait to see some more of your beads...... send me photos from time to time!

3rd Class in Indiana

This is the class photo of the third class, including Sharon (studio owner) and Draino the cat! 2 of the students had to leave a bit early to start their treks home.

And here is Lisa working on her Sea Garden.... maybe she will send me a photo of it when she gets it, it was looking really good!

Thank you everyone in Indiana, I had a wonderful time with all of you!