Sunday, December 26, 2010

I can't wait...

A fresh New Year... 2011.  I feel like I need a fresh start.  I want to do so many things but just feel so conflicted.  Time to set some priorities... Here's my list:

1.  Clean out the extra bedroom that been sitting "empty" for more than a year now.  I want to use it as a crafting room, hubby doesn't seem to care about using it and good lord it's totally wasted space.  Get outta my way, I'm moving in.  By doing this, I will clear off the upstairs desk, make space in my dining room and make more room in my shop.  Amazing right? 

2.  Sort through all my jewelry making, photo stuff, show displays, etc.  I want them neatly stored in bins/boxes so I can easily see and get to them, instead of digging through drawers only to find it a couple weeks later in a zip lock at in a paper sack some place completely unexpected.

3.  Sort through my dresser and closet.  I have way too many clothes.

4.  Hire some one to come clean the area rugs, my little carpet cleaner isn't handling the job very well.

5.  I would love to hire a crew to come in and clean my house from top to bottom... I mean the "deep clean"... like what they do on those cleaning shows on TV... you know, tops of door frames and stuff you just don't think about cleaning until your mother in law is coming over?

That's it for now... what is on your priority list?  I'd love to hear what other people are thinking of doing.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The interwebs is forever...

I'm a searcher... I play on the internet looking for people from my past just to see if I can find them... sometimes I do and sometimes not.  Usually the people I'd like to find the most are the hardest.  So I have a subscription to to aid me in my endless quest.  Classmates has recently added yearbooks to their line up of interesting things... and this is what I found:

 This is my senior class picture, 1984

And this is me just a few weeks ago, 2010

I'm still looking for my BFF from junior high... if you see her will you tell her I'm lookin' for her? 

Friday, November 19, 2010

A new/old frit blend...

An on older frit blend with new packaging and a new name...
"Berry-Liscious" formerly known as "Razzle Dazzle"

You can find it here: Berry-Liscious

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Get ready Oakland, here comes trouble...

Okay, not really.  In case some of you haven't heard yet, I'm going to do a show.  A big show.  I believe it will be one of the biggest bead shows I've ever done.  160 bead vendors, not sure how many of them are lampwork artists but I know there are A LOT.  Anyway, the show is BABE! or Bay Area Bead Extravaganza!  I'm not nervous yet, but I'm sure it's coming.  Tomorrow, my hubby and I will be leaving at the @sscrack of dawn to drive the many hours it takes to get from Torrance to Oakland.  But, we're driving my Mustang GT... we'll be there in no time!  I hope if you're in the area you'll come by... it's at the Oakland Convention Center this Saturday and Sunday.

On another note... Yesterday, a friend came to play in my studio.  It's not very often I get someone who just wants to come and bs and just "be".  So this was a great treat.  Sorry no photos but you're really not thinking about that when your just talking and making glass.  Maybe I'll add a photo of the beads I made yesterday... or, maybe not.  :)

Saturday, November 6, 2010


It's been months since since I've posted and I apologize.  I hope to get back on track and post more stuff.

I'm getting ready for a show in Oakland this next week-end, BABE! or Bay Area Bead Extravaganza!  It's a huge show, I think the biggest one I'll have done so far.  I'm a little scared and intimidated but I have faith in my husbands belief that I will do well there.

In the meantime I got a new backdrop for my bead photography, and I love it!  What do you think?

If you like the beads... you can find them here: patina floral beads

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Soooo, hmmmm...

I was part of an Etsy Street Team, well, I've been part of several.  They are a lot of work.  Posting and chatting and listing and more chatting.  Bumping up threads and promoting not only your own work but other peoples work as well.  It can be overwhelming and exhausting.  Especially since I have 3 actual websites besides my Etsy store, a physical location where I host classes and do my work, a house to take care of, 4 dogs, 2 kids, and a hubby.  Whhhew!  But I digress.  I have to say, that I never noticed any more activity going to my Etsy store by being part of a "team".  I can say that the last team I was on, I experienced a total of zero sales for all the hard work.  It's disappointing and can lead to a blown ego.  I may have given up too easy, but I'll never know.  I gave it a couple of months, and when I felt like I couldn't keep up and couldn't keep doing my part I let them know I had to go. 

A couple weeks ago I decided that if I was going to be a serious beadmaker, which was my intent when I opened my brick and mortar store (but what happened there is another post), I had to start doing something about that Etsy store whether I like the idea of paying someone else for my work or not.  So, I decided to list 5 items a day, that's $1 per day for listing fees... I can do that.  I did for about 7-8 days straight, then I ran out of stuff to list.  Whoops!

It doesn't seem to matter!  I've just been "sharing" what's already there on Facebook and Twitter!  And it's working!  I have in the last two weeks done better on my own than I ever did on a team.  I am grateful! 

So here are my meager tips...
1.  Have decent photos!  In focus at the very least.  I take mine outdoors for the most accurate color.
2.  List something every single day, or even every other day... on the days you don't list, "share" things that are already listed in your shop.
3.  "Share" new listings on  Facebook and Twitter
4.  Have lots to choose from, all price levels.
5.  Make sure you price to include the listing fee and Etsy and Paypal's "cut", I think it's about 3% of your listing price for both... which means, if you price something at $10.00, Etsy is going to charge .20 for listing and 3% of your $10.00... then Paypal is going to charge you 3% of that same $10.00.  So, your share is now $9.20... if that's okay with you, then perfect.  If not, you need to charge a bit more so you can get what you want *for your product*.
6.  Postage... don't forget that anything over 1/4" is going to be a "large" package and cost about twice as much as something 1/4" or less.  So charge adequately for your packaging and your shipping fees.  I just use First Class Mail in the US.  Orders over $50 get insured.

Just a few notes from me after a just a couple good weeks with Etsy.  I am definitely no expert, this is just what I've learnedin the last couple of weeks.  I hope it helps :)

ETA:  I lost my thought about the "street team" thing... my point was, you don't need to be on an Etsy team to have success.  If you have the time and can do your part of being on the team, then go for it.  There is great camaraderie in being on a team.  It just didn't work *for me*.  And please, if you're going to be on a team, do your part, don't let everyone else do the work... it's not fair to the people who are doing their part.  It's called a "team" for a reason. 

Monday, August 2, 2010

50 days to Hawaii...

I love it there, that's it.  I wanna pack up my studio and my dogs and my kids and move to Hawaii.  The kids' prolly don't wanna go, but hey, I gotta offer.  50 more days and we're outta here, albeit only for a week and then we have to come back.  Hubby keeps reminding me that it'll only be 5 more months after that, then we get to go back.  Yay!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Drive by post...

Just real quick, I'm am a desperate marketing maniac right now... a goal of 5 listings a day for 30 day on Etsy.  I'm working on day 3 so keep checking back for lots of goodies!  Also, I joined Blog Frog and would love to see the visitors in Blog Frog widget and I've also "joined" SITS or I am a follower or something.  Sometimes you just can't know exactly!  Anyway, please go check these things out.  I'd also love to be "hearted" or "favorited" on Etsy, I'm almost at 200 hearts now! 

Hubby is taking me to the hobby shop... maybe I'll post a photo of what I find there... I'm on a quest!  Love ya peeps, have a great Sunday!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Lauscha Smokey Topaz Pillow Beads

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


So, it's been more than a month since my last post... I had a show coming up, that I actually was panicking over.  Well, there was no reason to panic... turns out it's not in my top 10 best shows.  Actually, the show sucked.  I should have figured.  The promoters photo is in the dictionary when you look up the word disorganized.

I'm desperately searching for something close to home, where people like what I do and don't think I'm some sort of whack job for wanting $25 for 3 beads... It was not my worst show ever, that honor goes to the Pasadena Beads and Design Show where I took a huge hit, then the LA Bead Bazaar. 

So, I'm now selling off the all the jewelry on Etsy and my website.  Listing something daily so stay tuned...
Here I am on Etsy or you can click the side banner link.  And here's my website, Prima Donna Beads.

These are my new favorite thing to make...

BTW, the sucky show was the 2nd Annual Venice Beach Summer Fest, there was no signage anywhere around the area of the show... they didn't even have it listed as one of the events on the Venice Beach website but the other events that were going on down there were listed.  The promotor never once came by to find out how things were going, and the lack of organization, and parking was laughable.  So, there you go. 

Saturday, June 26, 2010

3 weeks worth of beads...

...and these were just the ones I didn't bother to clean till today... why do I do this to myself.  I totally know better.  I don't how many are there, but it's not an even layer the way this pic makes it look, it's a *pile* of beads.  Now to sort and figure out exactly what I had planned at the time I made them, wish me luck!   :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Jacks? I may call them Lories

What happens when someone with knowledge is so generous to share, and for free?
A tutorial on how to make "Candy Jacks" that what.  I may decide to call mine "Lories".
5 "Lories" on a silver chain here

Friday, June 18, 2010


Taken out!  So sorry for neglecting this blog but I was taken out by some wicked back pain.  Not sure what I did, but my back was "bothering" me for about a week, then wham!  I woke up one morning and couldn't move.  The pain was excruciating.  It was so bad I made an after hours same day appointment with my docs office.  Those of you who know me well enough also know that I truly dislike going to the doctor.  So you know it was bad if I actually went. 

Jeff drove me over, and it was a good thing too 'cause they gave me a shot of something that was a combo pain killer/anti-inflammatory all rolled into one.  I started feeling the effect of this nice little cocktail about 5 minutes later.  They had us wait around for about 15 minutes then insisted on taking me down to the car in a wheelchair.  We got to the first floor when the nurse asks how I'm feeling and I have to admit to her that I'm feeling a little heavy in the lungs, kinda like when your choking back tears?  So, she tells the security guard to go get Jeff and she takes me back upstairs where the check my blood pressure and pulse ox levels.  By then I was feeling better and all was good.  I was free to go home with my 3 'scripts for pain and anti-inflammatory drugs. 

So 3 days spent in bed (mostly) then I had stuff to do... I had to go to the studio to host an open torch session.  Thank goodness everybody was so gracious knowing I was in a lot of pain.  It was fun, but I hope to do it again some day when I'm not in agony.

On that same day, I actually won a prize!  Have I told you that I'm completely and hopelessly addicted to Lori & Kim murrini?  Well, I am.  It's their one year anniversary and they are so generous they are giving away murrini every single day of June!  I won, I won, I won!!  I never win anything... Here's what I made with my Lori & Kim birthday murrini.

By the way, you still have time to win to if you go and buy some of their murrini they will put your name "in the hat" all through the month of June!  Hurry!  Here's there website: and they're on Etsy too

Friday, June 4, 2010

Tapping into my graphic design skills...

I need to start freelancing on the side... I have a degree in Graphic Design and I'm good!  I just haven't worked a "real" job in 14 years.  I have been running a store, and 3 different websites.  So it's not that I've been doing nothing, but is all of that resume worthy?  How does one incorprate that on a resume?  I have no idea.

To see more of my work, it's right here:  My Other Art Work    Any suggestions?? 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Nicole Valentine-Rimmer

Featured Artist: Nicole Valentine-Rimmer

~What is your other craft? 

 I’ve recently started acrylic painting, I am very much a beginner at it but and enjoying the process.
~How long have you been working in your medium?  

 Coming up 6 years now. Finishing off two years full time beadmaking.
~What drew you to this medium?

I wanted to be a fashion designer when I was younger, did some work in that field and I really had no talent there. I worked in clay for a while, then started assembling jewelry.  I was buying other artist beads and fell in love with glass. I took my first class at Starfish here in Victoria and it did not go well to say the least. I was sure, like fashion design it was not the medium for me. I puttered about on a hot head for a while, then won a private class with Andrea Guarino on ebay. She graciously allowed me to bring another glass friend (Nicole Brown) and it was a blast! I was immediately smitten with glass.
~What is your favorite thing about your art?  
I like the reactions you can get with metals. But my favorite thing is clear and encasing. I love the depth and the magnification it gives to everything.
~What's your favorite piece?
The copper capped and cored beads I’ve been working on lately. Sweet Juliet is my current favorite.
~What's the hardest piece you've ever made?
My earrings, they are fiddly with a lot of pegging before soldering. But I really like the way they hang, it disperses the weight directly under your ear lobe, instead of hanging off the front of your ear lobe.
~Who or what inspires you?  

Many things, strong women throughout history. But right now it would be my horses. They all had a really rough year last year and they are all thriving, they are happy to see me every morning and always listen to my grumblings with no complaints!
~What's your favorite inspirational saying?
I have a few:
Courage is the only magic worth having.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.
~What's one thing you've never done you always wanted to do?

Visit Italy, I’d love to see the history behind the glass.

~Where can people find your work?

Thanks Nicole!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Venice Beach Summer Fest

I don't generally do shows like this, but it's close to home and the booth fee wasn't too bad.  Hubby is kinda freaking out, we're not used to doing outdoor shows and he seems to think that getting in and out of there is going to be a disaster... I have faith that the promoter knows what they are doing and it won't be so bad. 

Here's a preview of what I'm working on for the show... I think I'll have mostly finished jewelry...

16 wire wrapped daisy pendants... They are fun to make and break me out of my "neutral organic" color scheme.  I have lots more to do... earrings, and bracelets and and and... Let the count down begin.  :)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Did you know???

Did you know I have not one but three different websites??  No?  Really?  Well, I do.  Did you know that I own my own brick and mortar store?   No?  I'm shocked!  I don't think I've ever written about any of my websites... Sooo, let's pick one out of the hat.

Oh look!  Prima Donna Beads!  I make beads and jewelry.  When I'm not carting my wares around the country, I do my best to load my art on to this website.  It's a pain, I really think people respond better to the work when they can see it person.  I also don't like having to measure and describe each and every piece.  I do my best but really don't think writing that a bead is 22x22mm is great, and a photo of a bead next to a ruler is even less so.

However, I do like my website and I have made sales from it... I wish I could be a fly on the wall when someone comes across my home page... what is there that makes them stop?  Were they looking for me and already knew the web address?  Did they happen upon it accidentally?  I never know if it's rude to get personal and ask when the order comes through. 

I have mostly beads and jewelry there, but I also have some of my other work too... I know how to sew.  I think it's a dieing art.  I am always surprised when other people are surprised to learn that I know how.  Or maybe it' just me that they are surprised about.  Hmmmm.

I also know how to draw, I think most people don't know that.  My family does.  I actually graduated on the Dean's List from the Art Institute with a 4.0 gpa.  I have a degree in graphic design... I used it only once to get a job... I wound up in a cubicle in warehouse with no windows.  I was sad.  They went bankrupt.  Oops.

So that's one of my websites... I hope you learned something about me that you didn't know before.  Have a great day everybody!  I'm late for work!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Lookee what I found...

My kookie little nut ball Ming, just about 7 or 8 weeks old.  She'll be 2 in September.
I sorta forgot I had even posted this little video clip... please pay no attention to my spastic laugh!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Collection, obsession or...

Or a case of OCD??  About 9 or 10 years ago I had been coveting Fiesta Ware... so when my mother in law asked what I wanted for Christmas I took that opportunity to tell her.

A few weeks later we (Jeff and I) opened a wonderful gift of 8 Fiesta Ware place settings... I was thrilled, hubby was obsessed.   And this is his obsession collection:

The original cobalt blue place settings, plus a few extra.
Serving dishes, mugs, tiny little pie plates, itty bitty fruit bowls,
corn cob plates, a coffee cups... there's more!

Baking dishes and butter holders...

Spoon rests (oh yes, there's more than one), utensil holders,
and I use a ramikin under the pepper mill... but wait!

Espresso mugs with a loop handle and the saucers to match...
Oh yes, for each of the little saucers there is a matching cup.

We started with this little corner unit... there are napkins rings,
tiny creamers of all colors, tea pots and coffee pots, pitchers,
salt and pepper shakers, a spaghetti plate, lidded canisters...

 Gravy boats, espresso cups with sticky outtie handles,
more coffee cups, serving dishes, pitchers, more serving serving
dishes, an egg plate, cream and sugar bowls with a matching drip
plate and even a Fiesta Ware sign that probably was in a shop at
some point.  Oh, but we're not done yet!!  These were just the
cabinets that are in the dining room... 

Here's yet another cabinet in the living room with vases of all sizes,
even little bud vases... more pitchers, and lidded canisters, candle
holders, and books about what?  Fiesta Ware!  I think there's a
vintage Bauer pitcher in there too.  Imposter.

Oh you thought that was it?  Nope... we also have it in miscellaneous
places throughout the house... like:
On top of the secretary desk where I keep my jewelry making supplies.

In the den, not sure why those are sitting there... but there are sugar 
packet holder things, and a couple of tumblers and some small
plates and saucers... along with a Fiesta Ware plate clock.

And last but not least:
In the bathroom.
What else do you use to hold soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes?

So, collection?  Obsession?  Or OCD?

Monday, May 17, 2010

It's not always junk mail...

So I am on a lot artist type online networking venues looking for that elusive "thing" that eventually propels you into "famous-ness"... I get a lot of emails, most of which are generally "junk mail" (this is different than spam in my world)... So, I wake up this morning and there is an email that may or may not be junk, so I don't bother to open it right away... When I finally did open it I find out it's NOT junk but a congratulations note telling me I am the featured artist on this website.

And they have one of my most favorite bead sets put up on their home page! Yay. 

I hope you'll join My Craft Corner too, it's small and intimate but it's growing by leaps... Have a great Monday everybody.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Just wanted to see if could post from my iTouch... Slow going, but seems to work :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

A Great Week End...

Saturday started off with an early wake up call, about 8:30am.  Or the butt crack of dawn... no?  You mean the sun actually comes up earlier than that?  Well, for me that was waaaay early.  I went to sleep about 9:30 the night before just so I could get up that early.  But I digress... Jeff and I ventured over to the Torrance Farmer's Market.  Veggies and flowers were on the agenda.

 We didn't buy any leeks but they are so interesting I had to take a photo.
And it was probably a really great day to be selling flowers at the market... they were everywhere.

After the market we went over to Johnnie's Pastrami in Culver City... I love the grilled chicken breast sandwich but you absolutely must add a couple of onion rings and some of their hot mustard.  Yummm.

Sunday morning was a hike in Palos Verdes... 

 It was overcast but that was a good thing.  Jeff said it would be too hot if the sun was out.  

There were wildflowers galore... Glad I don't have allergies to these types of flora.

After a few hours of recuperation time, my son and hubby cooked a Mother's Day dinner... fresh homemade cheese ravioli and pizza... My son is attending Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena.  I couldn't be more proud of him.  He is so excited and he is doing really well.  And if his ravioli is any indicator of his talent, you should be making your reservations now.  Here's my awesome kid making fresh pasta:

Mike making pasta :)

Fresh Cheese Ravioli


The sauce was a cream and sun-dried tomato, and really really good... hubby made the pizza, he's a really good cook too... and it was so awesome to see them in my tiny galley kitchen cooking together.  Happy Mother's Day to me.  It couldn't have been better.  

Here's my FaceBook album in case you're interested in seeing all the photos

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

She's Baaaack!

I've been sidelined.  I really really wanted to post at least one photo every day and write a couple times a week but things happen and things don't go quite as planned.  I was really really sad and twice as scared.  But that's all behind me now.  I'm still a little skittish, not quite out of the woods yet but I have my creativity back.  Here's what I've been working on... whaddya think?  I love it, I think I'll keep it or sell it... depending.  I dunno.

It's funky and not quite perfect, but I still love it.  Lori & Kim murrini are my fav... we should all go buy more!
No, I don't get any freebies for pimpin' their wares, darnit.  I just love their murrini... :)

Sterling silver backing and sterling silver rivet (core)... textured one whack at a time with my spiral stamp... some final filing of the edges, some patina and a tumble with some stainless steel shot... voila!

Sunday, May 2, 2010


I like Sundays... I wake up late (r), laze around in bed (usually with a dog or two), take my sweet time getting ready for work in my studio.  "My studio", I like that.  Oh yeah, then I usually have one or two peeps who come in to rent torch time.  It's a short working day, just about 5 hours... but I like it.

Right now I'm on a major cleaning spree, I have so many tools and things for silver smithing that I can't get to because just a couple of days ago there was so much "stuff" on the work bench you couldn't even see the top of the bench.  Frustrating, and crazy making.  Makes for little inspiration and even less actual jewelry making.

I've decided to bring home all the photography stuff, it's just easier to take photos at home and that's where I usually end up doing it anyway.  Now I have the top of an (empty) display case to showcase pretty things... I have lots of other artist's beads that are sitting in plastic bins... really sad!  I'm just not sure how to display them and how to put the artists' name near them without it being distracting or eventually so faded by the sun that it looks crappy.  Any ideas??  Please share, I'd love to hear suggestions from other people.  Oh just keep in mind, I have possibly about 100+ beads... scary.  :)

Well, peeps.  If you took the time or have ever taken the time to read my rampblings, thanks!  Have a great Sunday.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Bad, bad, bad.

If you let it suck you in you're toast.  I almost let it suck me in.  I'm climbing back out.  I have hope.

I'll (The Mandrel) be around for a couple more months.  I have friends.  They didn't run away and hide when I cried.  They rallied around me and helped me.  I am grateful.  I can and will be happy and hopeful and productive.  I have ideas, and glass, and talent.  I can and will do this.  I write it out because I need to "say" it where everyone can see it.  Or at least where I can see it.  :)

Thank you to everyone who expressed concern and gave me ideas, and want to help.  I need to have my shop.  I want you to need it too. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Peacocks Spacer Beads ~ By Prima Donna Beads

A new listing on Ebay... I have discovered the wonders of Gaia glass by Double Helix... I think I've had this stuff in my studio for more than a year now... used it for stringer work once or twice and was just slightly less than impressed.  Then I saw some beads made by another artist and she told me they were made with Gaia. I never would have guessed, so I tried it.  And I liked it.  I didn't take the reduction as far as she does though, I kinda like being able to see the original color as well as the creamy blues the reduction flame brings out.  The colors remind me of peacock feathers.  So that's my story and here ya go:

Monday, April 12, 2010


Not much to say the last few days... I'm contemplating.  It hurts.

I took a class with Josh Mazet over the week end... here's proof::

I was using a huge Black Widow torch made by Carlisle... I got what was basically a "sun burn" on my hand from the heat of the torch...

Here's Josh demo-ing:

He was using a CC... holy moly!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


No, not personally... a bead set I named Ecstatic after I made and sold a similar set called Euphoria.  They are so pretty and I'm having a bit of trouble capturing how brilliant blue they really are... anyway, here they are, listed on Ebay... again. 

These have just a few hours left... so check them out too... they'll go to Etsy next if no one bids on Ebay.

We're off to Vegas tomorrow.  Glass Craft Expo is this weekend and I'm taking a marble class with Josh Mazet on Friday.  My very first boro and very first marble class... I'm very excited.

Monday, April 5, 2010


Things are rough... I know, things are rough all over.  Sigh.  It sucks.  But I have my dog (s).  This is Asia.  She's my 10 year old female blue Shar Pei.  She'll be 11 in just a few weeks.  Her AKC name is "Von Wrinkle's Asia Blue".  She doesn't particularly like to let me take her picture, so here's a nice butt shot.

Cute right?  Whaaaah?  Doesn't everybody like their dogs butt?  Okay, here she is pretending to sleep.  She's actually just tolerating the fact that I'm taking another picture of her.  She usually runs away and I get butt shots.

That's my girl.  :)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Hoppy Easter Eve?

First this:

Then this:

Available on Ebay ...

Friday, April 2, 2010

Golden ~ A Bead Set By Prima Donna Beads

Like 'em?  They're here.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Harold Williams Cooney...

...Is a phenomenal glass artist... I think you all need to go and look at his auctions.  I'm posting a second blog post today because while it's true that the last post was no joke, I needed to do something positive even if it's just to blog about another struggling artist.

I've seen Harold's beads in person, they are fantastic and if I could buy these I would...

But for now I will have to watch them sit on the 'bay and hopefully see them go to a new home... Here's the auction.  Bid high and bid often!  Good Luck Harold!

Oh and while you're at it, please take a gander at my "for the first time in 4 years" auction... just some spacer beads and nothing as fantastic as what Harold is auctioning off.  But hey, we all gotta start somewhere right?



Twice in one week?  Really?  Here's my excuse...
I'm stressed... I mean really really really stressed.  I have my studio and I'm not sure how much longer it's going to be around.  People have stopped signing up for classes and that how I pay the bills.  There, I've said it.  I do not feel relief.  Now I will cry, then I will suck it up and slap smile on my face and pretend every thing is hunky dory. 

Oh, and if you think this is some kind of April Fool's joke... It's not, I wish I could say it was. 

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tug O' War

BFF's - Ming (almost 2) & O'fus (almost 7)

Monday, March 29, 2010


I think I'm old.  Hosted a 3 day class this week end and I am exhausted now.  I really want to go sleep and stay that way till tomorrow. 

Sorry no photo today.  I just don't have the energy.  Zzzzz.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Leah Fairbanks...

I own a glass shop called "The Mandrel" where I host classes taught by well known glass bead makers... This month Leah Fairbanks came down from Ashland, Oregon to teach a 3 day class. 

We're on day one... this is Leah:

These are Leah beads:

Here's some close up:

Her beads are stunning.  Please check them out at or you can see them in person if you happen to be in Vegas this April 9-11 where she'll have booth at the Glass Craft Expo which is held at the South Point Casino. 

I'll be there Thursday (which means The Mandrel will be closed on Thursday April 8 and Friday April 9) and I'm taking my very first marble class with Josh Mazet... yay!