Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Spring has sprung and the motorhomes are showing up at the pull off. They take pictures of the inlet sunsets and snow capped volcanoes, then glance over and see that we are still closed… So we decided to put a fresh coat of paint on the gallery, always a good way to start the season. We flipped the colors on the display boxes. Last year I thought that the black on the inside would be good but it turned out to just sap all the light, so now it's white inside/black outside. I like it. The upper part is still unfinished, total chaos, but we are getting there. Then, just a good window washing, set things up and price everything, hang the signs and we are open for business. May 1st! I always feel so much energy this time of year. P.S. here's the little hummingbird that did not make the cut for the big suitcase bag. Now he's going to be a little postcard bag...

Monday, February 24, 2014


I'm working on that big butterfly suitcase bag. I think I'll do a little semi 3-D effect, that's why I beaded part of the back wing. But, my mind and sketch pad kept going back to the cuffs. So I snuck in another bracelet. I love this moth piece and the silver background makes it seem even more jewelry like.

Monday, February 10, 2014


Today I realized that it's time to dive in to another big project. I have really been enjoying working on some small items like stringing some necklaces and these cuff bracelets. It's relaxing to work on things that don't need much thought or intricate detail. But now I have another suitcase bag order to fill. It's for a customer in Italy (which is very cool) but she wants it by the end of May. If I start now, that will give me just enough time to get it done. So back to the design table and then on to beading butterflies. Yes another butterfly bag, what can I say, they are very popular...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


I'm so glad to have finished this bag. These suitcase bags are so much work and then the last thing you do too finish it is a massive amount of whip stitch! It really is my least favorite part of doing beadwork but it is the only way to add the final spectacular look. The side hummingbirds have lots of personality and I decided on columbine as the flower. I have so many of these in the yard and they are one of my favorites.

So the bag is in the mail. I hope you love it Diana!

Monday, December 16, 2013


The hummingbird piece of beadwork is done! This piece will be the front flap of a suitcase bag, and now I'll start on the side panels. They are going to have sitting hummingbirds and probably a fushia for the flowers. I haven't designed the sides yet so if you have any suggestion on the type of flowers please chime in. Thanks again for your opinions on using the "B" hummingbird.
The back ground blue is such a gorgeous color. I bought those during our Anchorage trip (at the Alaska Bead Company) and wish I had gotten more than one hank. The name of the bead is capri opal. I think it has a very old fashion feel to it and love the contrast with the reds!

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Working on an order for an excellent customer, she has requested a hummingbird. I made the first one and wasn't sure about it so I made another one. It will have lots of flowers surrounding it but I don't want to start beading the rest of the design until I can decide. Which one do you like? A or B?

Thursday, October 31, 2013


Right now I'm working on this piece I call dragonflies revenge...OOO AHG AHG AHG

the cat swats at wings
crunching on the dragonfly
she listens for more