Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Look what I missed!

Lois and Liz both called me today to tell me to go and look at the clouds outside! I went to look and I couldn't see them from our house so we drove into town but it was too late! OH how I wish I could of seen it!

This was posted on our local newspapers website:

A cloud formation over Port Townsend Bay featured a “circumhorizontal arc” for about an hour around noon Wednesday, June 25. It's not a rainbow in the normal sense - it is caused by light passing through high-altitude cirrus clouds. The phenomenon occurs only when the sun is high in the sky, and the hexagonal ice crystals that make up cirrus clouds must be shaped like thick plates with their faces parallel to the ground, according to a National Geographic report. - Photo by Ben Herndon

Tribal Beads

This is one of my latest in a series I am calling "Tribal Beads". I have been having a lot of fun playing with the Double Helix Glass! Keep your eyes open for more of these in the near future.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Mothwing Bead on Etsy

I listed several new beads on my etsy today...... this is one of them.


Saturday, June 21, 2008

Chiton Heart

I was extremely happy with the way this heart turned out! It is made with an off mandrel technique and then I drilled out the hole and added a sterling siver rivet.

I have just added in my etsy!

Monday, June 16, 2008

The Beach Tonight....

Whit and I decided to run down to the beach tonight..... It was actually quite cold there! We were both wearing winter jackets, and it is the middle of June!!!! I will take this cool weather over heat anytime though, I am not complaining!

I thought this was a cool log home.

And if we were cold I wonder how these guys felt after getting out of the water! They sure looked like they were having a blast out there. They were catching lots of air!!!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!


I cooked a nice prime rib dinner, yorkshire pudding, baked potatoes and snap peas for my dad tonight. We all ate way too much!
I feel very lucky to have my dad live so close and be able to spend this time with him.

Towanda asked me to tell Whit Happy Father's Day! And she also said thank you for everything you do for her!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Krpytonite Earrings

These are some new krpytonite earrings that I have just put up in my etsy store. I make the jump rings, solder them, texture them and then cut them apart to put the beads on.

I hope you enjoy them.....

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Chiton Bead on Etsy

This is one of my Chiton series beads.... I listed it today on my etsy.

Tomorrow I plan on making some more silver beads for the bracelets along with some more beadstix! I am going to do my best to add to my etsy every few days!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Check out my new Etsy Store!
I am going to try my best to add new items every few days!

Let me know what you think!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Had a Great Time in Milwaukee

First I thought I would show you the great pair of earrings that Whit bought for me! He knows how much I love Ravens!

The show was great as always, the Bead and Button Staff (Marlene and Kevin, we always look forward to seeing you two, and of course Linda and Joel!) were great as always, the customers great as always......... etc....... The weather was another matter.......

They had a Flame On for Breast Cancer and there must of been about 40 lampwork artists in one room making beads and such for the live auction, we had so much fun doing this, everyone was really getting into it and having a great time! They raised over 25,000 is what I was told, isn't that great!

We ran into so many great people.......
Had a great time visiting with Anne Mitchell, man she taught a ton of classes! And Stacy came and hung out with all of us...... Hi Stacy! We laughed so hard with Penny Michelle and Kim..... and I loved getting to draw in Penny's cool Raven book, wish we lived closer! Kate McKinnon signed and gave me one of her great new books! Chris Silva is always such a joy to spend time with. Had a great dinner with Leah Fairbanks, Derrick, Tara and Ilana. We talked about our teaching trip coming up this September in Italy! I already miss Ilana so much! She is one of the kindest woman I have ever met, sure wish Israel wasn't so far away! Frank Scott, his wife Judy, we always look forward to seeing them. Jeff Barber, he is just a great person to hang out with, but he forgot to bring donuts this year! Kathy Walters and Robin from Edmonton....... always a pleasure to see them, they won the auction on ebay that Michael Barley and I are teaching this summer, it is going to be great fun having them here! OH and Donna of Blackberry Beads! She is awesome, we had several dinners together! I was jealous of all of the classes that she got to take! And I got to also visit with Lydia (who is also going to Italy with us), Mick and Gwen from Texas....... Oh I know I am going to forget someone for sure!

Karen Moyer, the next booth over, we had a blast with her on one side and Larry Scott on the other...... Lea Zinke was next to Larry. Wayne Robbins and Judy Mountain, always a pleasure to see them. Jared DeLong had an incredible piece at his table that I was really fighting with myself about........ get it , don't get it, get it........ Towanda may knock it over....... oh get it anyway..... well no I didn't get it. Kathy Johnson who lives in Seattle but I see way more out of the state was there, Isis Ray, Mike Frantz, Jim and Lani, Emiko, Kim Fields (OMG she had the most incredible bird beads), Nancy Pilgrim, always great to see her! Gail Crosman Moore....... oh I know that there are so many more people.......OH Portia and Lynne from the Chicago area, always a pleasure. Michelle, Kerri and Debra (The Canadian Gals) just cracked us up, had us laughing a lot! And Libby, had a great time talking with her! Mary McDuck, she was swamped the whole time! I met lots of LE folks, it is always nice to put faces with the names.... I am sure there are a lot of folks that at this moment escape me...... but as I remember I will add them!

A lot of the gang from Indiana stopped by, it was great to see everyone....... and of course Barbara had to get more tools! LOL Hi Barbara! And Carol Watson and I talked about her coming to Port Townsend to TA for a class in July!

And of course Lois from Port Townsend and Judy!

It was a great show and I look forward to going back next year!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Bead and Button

Today was the opening night of the show. It was a very busy evening, great to see so many friends that we only get to see this time of year! Last night was meet the teachers and it was very crowded there, looked like everyone was really busy. So far the only thing I have bought was a really cool set of hammers..... you can see them here.

We are also selling Jim Moore's Tools for him and demoing how his riveting machine works..... lots of interest in silver coring beads these days!

I will try to remember to take some photos tomorrow......

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Raven Feather

Here is a new feather from me! Penny is that what you were thinking of????? I made 5 pair of the raven feather earrings and 3 larger pendants.

Well I am almost finished packing for Bead and Button. I finished my last beads today. Just need to take some photos and work on some pricing and I am done! I am looking forward to seeing many friends that I usually only see once a year at the show, it is nice to catch up!

I will do my best to post from the show and keep you up to date with the goings on at the show.