Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Items and a New Addiction

This weekend I attended the final West Michigan Bead Expo in Grand Rapids.  It's been a fun show, but attendance has slowly dropped off over the past few years.  I'll miss having a show so close to home.  I've been listing a few new items in my Etsy store over the past few days.  Stop by and take a look!

A new discovery (at last for me) is the internet crack known as Pinterest.  Art, movies, quotes, eye candy, brain candy...  It is wonderful!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I Love Blue Chalcedony

I just love Blue Chalcedony (from Gaffer Girls, via Howaco Glass).  It is a beautiful, frustrating glass.  I love the blues and purples that I can sometimes coax out of it. I have a show this Friday at the West Michigan Glass Art Center in Kalamazoo and next Saturday I have the West Michigan Bead Expo at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. I hope they are popular, but if not, look for them soon on Etsy!

This week I tried the frit on CIM tamarind.  I plan on etching this set, which will give it a smooth, satiny finish. I think it will make the beads resemble ceramic.

As I took the picture of the tamarind and chalcedony, I also took a picture of the view off my back deck.  The leaves in our yard are finally starting to turn.

Monday, October 3, 2011


First, if you are looking for my Bead Soup, please click here.

I love Autumn. I love the changing leaves and the cool air.  It signals chili season, and cozy pajama pants.

(photos found on Pinterest)