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

Eggs from the Northern California Show

The top photo are eggs made by Esther Olivari and the bottom is the class egg that I taught

The peacock is made fom cold porcelain, and deco clay which has been painted with spray paints . Each feaher is cut out seprately and fringed before painting. The class takes about 8 hours to complete. I had 5 students and all of them enjoyed the class. The next bird that will be taught is the white peacock in Dallas Tx

A face and some beads

I have been working on a kit that I picked up some time ago.  It was a face , and so I decided that I would do something interesting with it.  I messed around and came up with this.  I hope that  you find it as whimsical as I do.


I also got  my beads from my partner in the Blog Hop.  Her name is Laura.  and she sent me some beautiful glass leaves that I can not wait to use.  I have a design in mind and I hope that It will turn out .  You will have to wait and see on that.


Here is the work space at the moment.  I am going to the Sacrament egg show. and I am getting some eggs ready to fly with me.DSCN7896


Hope you have a wonderful week and keep on crafting.

Blog Hop 2018

It is that time of the year again, when we start to get ready for the annual Blog Hop hosted by Linda Anderson .   So as I sit here and start to get all my goodies ready for my partner,  I can not but reflect on how this has helped to broaden my color horizons, make me new and wonderful friends from all over, and increase my confidence as a beeder.

So Linda,  I thank you for giving us the possibility to do this,  I know that it is not easy getting everything coordinated, and hoping that everyone does their part.   I will be posting this week my items that my partner will receive from me. and have them to her in the mail before the deadline.


From the bead board this week.  I finished up Miriam Shimon’s bracelet from the cruise.  It is done with sotache,  which I think I am finally beginning to master.  I can not wait to try and do a few things on my own now with this technique.    I am also interested in trying to make some more of Sherri Sarafini’s necklaces, and try to do something like that on my own.


Bead Cruise 2018

I got to go on the bead cruise which is sponsored by the Palm beach bead society.  Seven days in the Caribbean and great ports of call.  We had 4 wonderful teachers aboard.  Betty Stephan,  Sherry Sarafini, Becki Haley, and Miriam Shimon.  All the teachers came with wonderful classes, and great kits for us to purchase.  ( we won’t divulge how much I spent.)

My first class was with Betty Stephan.  I have to say that I learned new techniques from all of my teachers and also learned new ideas that I could do with items that I had, and just never knew what to do with.  Second class was with Sherry Sarafini, and third class was with Miriam Shimon.  I greatly enjoyed my classes. and enjoyed getting to know the personalities of the teachers.  I would take classes from all 4 of them again,  no problem.

I managed to finish two of the classes,  Betty Stephan’s, and Sherry Sarafini’s

here are what they look likeDSCN7747DSCN7745

more prettys

I have really spent the last few weeks getting caught up on designs and kits that I had. I now have several new necklaces and earrings to wear.   I need to start on some bracelets next to even out the picture.

I have done kits by Sherry Sarafini. and Shelley Nybakke and designs by Beadsmagic.  I love all of them and how they turned out

some more finished projects

I have been really working on the beading side of the business these past few weeks.  I have found several lovely necklaces that I wanted to do and have finally gotten most of them done.  Several of them were patterns from that had been free.

I also finished up a Shelley Nybakke necklace and earrings called Detour from Normal.   This is a super fun necklace to make and I have it in a second colorway that I hope to get done this week.

Also finished the  Tuffet Lily Pendant  from Amee McNamara  ( Amee Runs With Scissors)   That was a lot of fun also.  I had never really worked with Soutache before, and now feel like I can incorporate it into some of my designs.



necklace that I designed
kumihimo necklace
Tuffet Lily