The End of a good resource

Gosh,  in this far from certain world, I have just found out that one of the biggest jewelry magazines and shows are closing.  Bead and Button has been around for over 25 years. and the October issue is the last one that they will publish.  Wow.  I have used that magazine for Ideas, inspiration and where to find items for most of that time.  I can not believe that they are closing.  It makes me really sad, that because of this virus we are losing such a great publication and show.

I just finished making  two eggs for a egg magazine for their Christmas issue.  I had to make the eggs and write up the instructions. and they get it all sent off to the magazine.   I really love the two eggs that I made.  and I hope that the egging world will love them as well.  I have a few more that I want to get finished, as Well as some of my jewelry and then I am off to do more quilts as well as finish up UFO’s and other things.

I have been working on getting some UFO’s finished in my quilting and embroidery.  Then I will get back into the eggs and the jewelry. But I do have some done that I will post.

egg kit from Orlando Show It looks a bit crooked in this photo but it is not
Betty boop kit finished designed by my friend Teresa Ashmore
Several Blocks of the Mystery sew along Silver Linings

Working on projects

I can not believe that It is June already.  How the time has flown by with seems like nothing to show for it.   I have been busy making things for shows, and to sell  both in the jewelry and in eggs.  I also have made lots of silk prints which have been selling, and I should probably  set up a section for them.  I have all the flower fairies, and lots of Gibson girls, as well as animals,birds and other flying things. Christmas and other holidays included.042

I have spent the last few days on You Tube, learning some great techniques for designing .  It is starting to make me think outside the box on many of my designs.  I also want to hold a sale here on the website in the jewelry area, with everything Half price.  Stop by and see if there is something you can not live without.

I have done several pendents this week which could be done in any color that you might like.  I do orders, and I don’t mind working with different colors other then my purple or blue. Guess you could say I was stuck in a rut.  but I did a beautiful custom order in Pink for someone and they really loved it.  Here are some of the things I have been working on.

bracelet Shelly Neibackke
a few finished pendents
more loom work bracelets
peyote panel

and in the egg area016a20200428_194235DSCN026820200508_194940

Stay safe and enjoy crafting your way through life

On the Bead Board

This week is a big one for finishing lots of projects.  I have gotten the Geisha Girl back out and this time I am determined to finish her.   I have still  many other bead embroidery projects and bead weaving projects to do, but she has been sitting around way to long and needs to get finished.

I did get a peyote necklace done and also did some loom work, getting three bracelets done, as well as two other bracelets.   I am happy with getting those done and getting the loom work done.  I have other loom work projects that I would love to do, so hopefully they will get done and put up for sale.

Since it is the start of the new month  (happy April Fools Day).  I am going to also start working on getting some of my egg kits done that I have had for a while.  I got one about 4 years ago from one of my friends, and it also needs to get done.  it has Betty Boop in it  and is super cute.   With this virus going around,some of our shows have been cancelled and are being rescheduled for the end of the year.  That puts lots of pressure on those of us who are considered dealers, to be able to turn stuff over in a short amount of time.  Not easy to do,  especially if you ship your items to the show. You may not get them back in time for the next show.So I am trying to think ahead and have stuff for the shows already done,  that I can take with me to each show and still have some reserved for the next show.

Well,  That’s about all for now.  Keep on being artistic and don’t let the fact that we can not socialize get to you.


Work , Work and more Work

I got busy this week and started cleaning up the jewelry area.  I had not done that in awhile and really needed to do so.  In the process, I found several things that I had started but not finished.  so I now have them all in a stack to be worked on.  I also got all the Swarovski crystals located into one box.     Now I feel that I can get started on  more of my designs so that I can use up some of these beads.

I did finish a few bracelets this week as well.  Several were kits from Shelly Nabbake.  I really love her kits and they were fun to do.  But I need to get some of my kits done so that I can list them on the site.


I also finished up Helena Tam Lin’s Salutoir necklace and got the chain done as well

I did finish one of my own up, a nice spiral necklace with a pendant


so, that has been my work week.  Hope you had a great week and keep doing the Art.

Been Way too Long

Really way too long since I wrote on this blog.  I think that I got a bit overwhelmed with all the things I was trying to do and not finding time for things that I needed nto do or even things that I really wanted to do.  So this year so far has been about getting stuff reorganized and cleaned up and also figuring out what projects that I really want to do and then just working on them.

I have been busy in the last few weeks getting some new eggs and jewlery done.  I learned from one of our older eggers  ( Joan Huff) the art of doing Ribbon Embroidery on eggs.  I had a great time learning, and then came home and did a few of my own with more ideas sitting in the background of my brain.


I also had the chance to take a quick class from Irene Wilson and I finished that egg up as well.20200205_173809


Another egg that I made this year was a purse egg,  done with beads  and the top is an acrylic pour with resin on it.  It has a mirror on the inside on the top and a nice gathered satin interior.

I also made some really cute little hearts for valentines day.  The pink heart even has a love note from my husband in it.


I am working on finishing this pendent from Helena Tam Lin.  This is worked in right angle weave (RAW) and is done in size 11 and 15’s.  But when I get it all done it will be beautiful.  I also have several ideas in the works for some new embroidered necklaces and pendents as well as some braclets.  As soon as I get them done,  I will post them on the site.



Well thats the news so far,  I will try to post more often so that people know that I am still kicking.


more of my embroidered eggs


Wednesdays woes

I have been busy getting some jewelry done that have been kits of other designers.  I finally got around to doing some of my own work  and have been happy with the outcomes.

Right now I am working on a necklace using the Russian spiral design,  I am using crystals and size 11 Toho beads  I like how it is turning out and hope to have it done soon.20180815_135303

I also have been making spirit dolls which have been alot of fun to make.

Hope to show you the new necklace and maybe some thing else next week.

Keep crafting

a few projects

I have been working on different projects trying to get them done and stuff caught up.  I have enjoyed making a few things from Kinga Nichols, and Lissa Turunen.

I have also made a few things of my own using patterns that I have acquired.

one of my designs
Kinga Nichols, Leave me Alone
Mermaid bracelet, my design
Lissa Turunen, Starfish
Two bracelets done from the internet
design found on Pintrest
bracelet found on Pintrest.

Blog Hop 2018

I recieved some nice beads from my partner and tried to make a beautiful necklace with them. have to admit that my heart was not into the process as much as it had been in previous years. But I stuck with it and did get it done so here you go.

here is the list of everyone who participated

Linda Anderson (Hostess)
Hope Smitherman
Seed Beaders

Another New Necklace

I had the opportunity to purchase some beads from Panda Hall.  They were size 11 and had 25 grams per each each glass vial.  The beads were very nice,  a bit smaller in size then regular size 11.  but I did not find many that I needed to cull out, or even broken ones.    I decided that I needed to make a necklace from some of the beads to  see how they looked together, and how it was to work with them.

I really enjoyed working with the beads.  The pattern that I used made a beautiful necklace and I loved the outcome.   I look forward to working with more of these beads and making more necklaces with them.


I will show some more beautiful  necklaces soon.

Egg show in Sacramento Ca

I have just spent the weekend doing the Northern California egg show in Sacramento Ca. I had a wonderful time renewidng old friendships and making new ones. The eggs were beautiful and several of the older egg artists who are now retiring. Brought their eggs ffor us to see. I strive to be more like these ladies as their work is exuisite and they still have so much to teach us.

I am going to try to post some of my egg art up for sale here in the next few weeks but first I would love to show you some photos from this years show