Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Here's wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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Thursday, December 30, 2010


Made earrings today for the gallery. Looking forward to longer days in my studio! My hand is improving a bit every day.

Have a great and safe New Year's Eve tomorrow!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tribal Tattoo

Playing with some old designs today.... loving the mountain blue and purple rose together.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Wheel

Playing with Zimmerman Purple Rose powder again. This powder reacts so well with opal yellow. There isn't a lot of this powder left. If you are wanting to get some I still have some for sale in my etsy store.

Looking forward to playing some more tomorrow.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Wonderful Day!

My friends Anna and Kelly kidnapped me today !

What a day! We had a blast in the International District in Seattle then ended the night by going to a casino! Truly a most excellent day....

Saturday, December 25, 2010


We are all just kicking back this Christmas afternoon. Whit is watching the Cowboys Football game on his new 55" TV! I am updating my blog on my new 11" Macbook Air! What an incredible machine this is. Santa was very good to us this year!

Santa also brought me a 24 kt gold pen plating system! I can't wait to start adding 24 kt gold accents on some of my jewelry. We received all kinds of other wonderful gifts as well.

We feel very blessed to be able to spend our holidays with family and friends... here's wishing you all a very merry christmas!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Towanda's Christmas

What a great night in our home! Had a great dinner with family and opened our presents... Towanda wanted to share one of hers with all of you.

I am very excited about the gifts I received... will fill you in on those tomorrow... tonight is Towanda's blog!

Merry Christmas my friends.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Enjoying Family

What a great week we have had! Having my family around is the best Christmas present one could ask for!

I am looking forward to give bead making a try next week along with some silver work... I hope my hand is ready... I have a lot of Christmas orders and presents that I need to get going on. Who said that Christmas presents have to be delivered by Christmas?!?!

I hope you are all enjoying your holiday week! Spread the Love!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Photo of the Day - Moon

It was great to see the lunar eclipse from our home last night....

Monday, December 20, 2010

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse

Tonight is the winter solstice, and you don't have to be a wearer of crystals and a worshiper of Stonehenge to enjoy it because this year, the winter solstice also brings a pretty lunar eclipse. Occurring between 2:40am and 4am EST and visible from all of North America, Central America and the very top of South America, tonight's celestial event will bring out more than a few sky-watchers. During the time that the Earth's shadow passes over the moon, the moon is set to glow a deep red or orange.

We are all looking forward to hopefully being able to view this tonight...... if nothing else we will be out howling and dancing!

Happy Winter Solstice to you all!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sister time

Enjoying some sister time....

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Community Bowl Project

Whit and I helped out at a local crafts show today. We helped our friends Michael Barley and Michelle Stay by manning the Community Bowl Project booth. Be sure and click on this link and read about this wonderful project....

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Photo of the Day - Lemur in Madagascar

Lemur in Bemaraha National Park - Madagascar

Another place on my bucket list.......

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Photo of the Day - Xmas Fountain

Had fun today getting the house ready for my family today... can't wait!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Photo of the Day - Rainbow

Beautiful rainbow in front of the house today.

Sunday, December 12, 2010


you can purchase it

It is 22 pages long and has 55 great photos in it! It takes you step by step through my process of creating one of my galaxy beads. I hope you enjoy it!


AND THE WINNER IS...............


Please email me your email and I will get the tutorial right out to you!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Almost finished!!!!!

My Galaxy Bead Tutorial will debut tomorrow around noon on

If you would like to be in a drawing to win a free copy of this tutorial, comment on this post and I will add your name to the drawing!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Photo of the Day - Cointoss

Whit and I both enjoyed this.

Today has been a day full of editing photos. There are going to be a lot of photos in this tutorial. Actually there will be over 50 photos!

Comment on the blog and I will have Whit pick a name out of his hat for a free galaxy tutorial! Check back Sunday to see who wins!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Photo of the Day - Tutorial

Shooting more photos today....... still on time for a sometime over the weekend release!!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Purple Rose Frit is almost gone......

So sad that this glass is no longer being manufactured. I have 6 5 oz. packages of this number 2 size frit left in

Once that is gone there will be no more....

This is just a quick shot using my Iphone while making a galaxy bead. I just thought it was a kinda fun photo!
We shot over 150 photos today for the tutorial. Tomorrow we are going to shoot some more. If all goes well I will be on schedule for the tutorial being finished over the weekend... wish me luck!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Making Progress

Making progress in the studio! Whit and Charlie put up some new cabinets and shelving units in the studio for me this last weekend. I am almost finished organizing.... finally! Tomorrow I plan on working some more on my galaxy bead tutorial. Whit is going to take some photos for me tomorrow as long as my hand will allow me to work. It may take a few days to get all the photos... in the meantime I am working on the layout. I am hoping to have it finished by the weekend! We will see.

A few new cabinets above the sink..... and new 7' cabinet next to it...

Miss Towanda inspecting the work!

Today I enjoyed the day working at The Port Townsend Gallery! It is "THE" Gallery to be in in Port Townsend. It felt great re-connecting with so many people today...... just like old times. I am looking forward to putting my work in there. I will have a few beads and some jewelry in time for Christmas. Stop by and check us out!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Nicole's Spinner Ring!

This is one of Nicole Valentine's spinner rings. She has written a tutorial on how to make them. It is a great tutorial! If you enjoy doing silver work you will love this.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Great Pottery

I had a wonderful day with a friend at The Bainbridge Island Studio Tour. I bought several bowls from Gayle Bair. Her work is incredibly detailed, check out her website.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Photo of the Day

Isn't this a cool photo! And no I didn't take it.... wish I did!

I have been stumbling on stumble upon. It is a really cool site but be careful hours can go by and you won't even notice!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Galaxy Bead Tutorial??

I found this photo on the internet and am in love with it! It got me thinking of doing a tutorial of my galaxy bead. It would be a 2 part tutorial. The first part would be a pre-galaxy bead teaching you how to get the fuming just right. Then the second part of it would be making a galaxy bead from start to finish.

I am thinking of having Whit photograph me this week and hopefully have it available next week in my etsy store.

Let me know what you think of this idea..... or of any other tutorials you would like.