Saturday, March 31, 2012


Back at the gym! It felt really good to get back in the swing of it.... not sure if I'll feel the same way when I wake up! Anyways looking forward to getting back in my routine.

Friday, March 30, 2012


ya gotta be in to win!

Thursday, March 29, 2012


New toys, I mean tools!!! I am really looking forward to experimenting with these new Fretz stakes.

I plan on teaching some silversmithing classes later this summer and fall..... Let me know if you are interested in learning how to make some rings and bracelets.....

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Day 88

The Watcher

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012


The cherry trees are in full blossom around town....

It is time for another tool tip/review!

I am in love with these stamps! The precision of these tools is outstanding. The pattern is very clean and sharp and the finish is incredible! You won't be disappointed.

Here is a link to 2moontools on Etsy!

This is just 3 of over 100! Let me know what you think of them! Tell Larry "Andrea sent me!"

Monday, March 26, 2012


So much fun and laughter today!!!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012


A beautiful juvenile bald eagle today in our tree today.

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Friday, March 23, 2012


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Thursday, March 22, 2012


so so good......

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012


a photo of a drawing by a friend....

had a productive day in my studio ..... another charm/pendant in what I am calling my
Love Life series...

Let me know what you think.... or any ideas for others!

And of course there was the occasional break to play with Towanda and all of her toys!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012



Photos my nephew took at the ranch in Texas!

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Monday, March 19, 2012


This pretty much sums up my day!

Expect another tool review this week!

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Sunday, March 18, 2012


Today was clean the studio day. 4 pounds of scrap silver! Looking forward to getting all kinds of tools and silver! I will have plenty of new inventory for The Whole Bead Show in Seattle this May and for Bead and Button! ( I will be at meet the teachers there.... be sure and stop by)

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012


So, we are still celebrating our anniversary! Today Whit tracked down our UPS driver this morning and brought home my new iPad! It is an amazing thing! The screen is remarkable. Then tonight our dear friends took us out for Sushi! We have had the best time.... I am looking forward to MANY more years of celebrating! Every day is special..... I love you Whit!

The words in the photo are engraved on the back of my iPad!

The weather today was awesome! This photo was taken with the new iPad.

I'll leave with this photo of us last night celebrating our anniversary at Lanza's, voted the most romantic restaurant in town.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Day 75

Happy 10th Anniversary to us!!! It just keeps getting better every day!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Food! Today was pretty much all about it! I went to a food show today for restaurant owners.... Aisles and aisles of samples of all kinds of food!

Then off to China Town for more food!

This duck was delicious!!!

Monday, March 12, 2012


Rainy foggy day in Seattle but having a great time in the Emerald City with my girlfriends! Looking forward to exploring the International District tomorrow.

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Sunday, March 11, 2012


Terri Caspary Schmidt is coming!!!!!

What an opportunity! June 23, 24
Mark your calendars!!

Terri is one of my all time favorite bead-makers!!

Dots, Lines &Tessellations

This workshop is for intermediate bead makers who would like to achieve more precision, symmetry and refinement in their work. For two days we will set aside all our fancy tools, powders, metals, and fumes and focus on fine tuning variations of basic and ancient techniques in surface design. The mastery of these skills will give you freedom to express more complex ideas in your work. This is old school bead making with an emphasis on slowing down, finding your rhythm, and honing the skills that will help you transform your ideas into reality. Using three simple tools and the power of your hand, eye and mind, you will take your bead making to a new level.

We will work on precise dot placement, dot shaping, optical color blending, pick-work, masking, stringer and micro-stringer techniques, as well as the use of negative space and line as key design elements. I’ll share with you my methods of shaping a base bead to achieve a good foundation for detailed surface work. You’ll learn some useful tricks with the 6-inch marver, and how precise heat control will enable you to manipulate the surface of your bead almost as you would clay. I’ll show you how to correct little errors in your work so you don’t have to plunge that 45-minute masterpiece in the water. Exercises will be technique oriented with lots of practice time and individual attention. We’ll have on-going discussions about inspiration and design. You’ll find that many interesting ideas can emerge from intense focus and repetition of basic techniques in lamp working.

$350.00 and of course lunch, drinks and snacks are included!

Terri is coming to my studio to teach a 2 day workshop! We have a couple spots available, email me for more details! This will be a small class of only 6 so lots of time for one on one!

Saturday, March 10, 2012


you know that cows have really rough tongues....

Friday, March 9, 2012


Finished a new gold bangle..... listed this and some beads today....

It's the little things......

Make someone's day.... Today I brought a friend of mine flowers. She was at work and having a difficult day, these brightened her day. It doesn't take much, it's the little things.....

Today my husband was bummed because safeway was out of his rice pudding.... one quick trip to QFC (another grocery store) and I made his day, it's the little things....

Make someone's day this weekend, it's the little things.....

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Fred and Ethel stopping by for their lunch

Hoping the skies will clear so we can see the aurora borealis tonight... they showed a clip on the news today of them in Michigan, they looked spectacular!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Can hardly wait to get the new third generation iPad!!!! I sure am glad that our wedding anniversary coincides with the launch of it!! Whit knows me so well.... what a wonderful 10 year anniversary gift! Thank you sweetie! I love you!

And speaking of anniversaries... today is Dad and Sally's 9 year wedding anniversary! We had a great time celebrating with them tonight at a wonderful restaurant in Sequim called Alderwood Bistro. A great place if you are in the area.... all organic!

I feel so blessed having them in our lives and living so close....

Have a great night!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012



lots of laughter today..... very good for the soul

Monday, March 5, 2012


Mother Nature's Easter Eggs!
A good friend of ours has several dozen chickens, so once a week we get a delivery of fresh wonderful eggs in all colors!

I received several emails about this new vise that I use. Here are a few photos of it holding the silver sheet for me to cut. It works fantastic!!!!! I wouldn't have bothered making these if it weren't for this tool, my fingers would have killed me.

It has a very, very strong grip. I highly recommend this vise from Rio Grande!

Here are a few photo's of a heart pendant that I made today using the new tool. I have already cut out enough silver to make another 8! I plan on electro-forming parts of them tomorrow in 24 kt. gold.

I had a lot of fun creating this one and it has opened up my mind to so many new ideas! Be on the lookout for more to come very soon.... this is my new addiction for the time being...

Also stay tuned for another tool review coming later in the week....

As I am typing this it is dumping snow at our house and sticking! So yes I am doing my snow dance and hoping for several inches by tomorrow!

Sunday, March 4, 2012


Loving my new earrings a good friend gave me yesterday!

Played in the studio today... I am hoping to have new work in My Etsy by Wednesday or Thursday!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Friday, March 2, 2012