Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mele Kalikimaka...

Means "Merry Christmas" in the Hawaiian language...

Thanksgiving has come and gone. Went to Arizona to visit family, drank too much, smoked too much. Came home, hosted a class with Claudia Trimbur-Pagel and learned tons! She is a great instructor and even though I was gritting my teeth until the very end about having enough peeps for the class, it all worked out in the end.

Isn't it gorgeous? She gave me a necklace very similar to the one in the photo...

Now it's getting so close to Christmas, I have maybe two gifts so far, no Christmas tree and I'm running out of time. Sigh.

Just about 9 weeks or so till we go back to Hawaii... I cannot wait. I've got an urge to get on a plane and go anywhere at this point. I just want to go!

Anyway, I hope you are doing well and celebrating *your* holiday whatever it may be. I will wish you all a Mele Kalikimaka.

Aloha ~Donna

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It's done... part deux

The rest of the photos!

The show floor

Jennifer Wilson at SoftFlex

Mingo of Mingo & Asho... lovely furnace glass beads

Mary Tarara and Aja Vaz

Polly Bettencort

Sharon Peters!

My friend Shelby Ring

Sylvie Lansdowne

And last but not least, my table =)

Monday, November 14, 2011

It's done...

And apparently it was pretty good for most people... not sure why it was sooo unbearably slow for me. And ::sob:: I didn't sell a single one of my new style beads... I'm a little disheartened. I really really liked them. I suppose I'll live.

Stay tuned though, I will probably list them on my website... just to ease the pain.

I met lots of fun peeps though! For example.. Lori & Kim! Gorgeous and addicting murrini!

JC Herrell... my inspiration for the new design...

Charlotte! My favorite seed bead vendor at Garden of Beadin'

My friend Judy Carlson (jujee beads) with her booth neighbor Noeleke

The beautiful Leah Fairbanks...

I have more pics on the camera! Will post more about the show later! I was really good and didn't hardly spend anything! I usually go full tilt and spend way too much... this time I was good! Well, I did buy some crystals and lucite but I let Jeff pay for that... isn't that nice of me! =)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

One working day left...

Tomorrow is crank out the beads day... I have an idea of what I need to do... I just hope I can get it done. Wish me luck.
Here are some new beads I've been making. I totally enamored with them. I hope the buyers love them as much as I do!
If you're in the area, BABE is the Bay Area Bead Extravaganza... I'm one of 256 or so vendors there. My table number is
416. Hope to see you there! BABE!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

BABE! In Oakland...

Six days and counting... for some reason I don't feel so panicked about it.  I suppose I have learned that you do what you do and if it's not enough then there's not much you can do except try harder the next time. 

I am also just looking forward to leaving town... I used to get so home sick... now I look forward to going off and meeting new peeps and seeing the people that I only get to see away from home.  =)

My table number is 416 for those of you showing or shopping... if you're an LE member please let me know... I'd love to meet you!

Oh... just in case you have no idea what I'm talking about... BABE is the Bay Area Bead Extravaganza in Oakland at the Convention Center on November 12 & 13th...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ask me questions about anything...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Momma Needs a New Pair of Shoes...

Well, sorta. I am in lust with this pair of shoes:

So, all I have to do is sell some beads... I'm gonna list beads on my website tomorrow... They'll be cheaper for you that way... no listing fees and Etsy cut... get it?? So stayed tuned and here's a little peekie peek at what I'm going to list...

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Hola peeps!

So, I wake up this morning, yawn, and turn the laptop on to check my email... and what do I find?
Little ol' me is a featured blogger on, yup! I opened my email account and see I have a flood of emails congratulating me. Lots of friend requests too. I get to add a new badge to my blog here now... So, thank you and to all the people who took the time out of their day to send me a note!

I'm working a bead show right now at the Veteran's Memorial Bldg., in Culver City... it ends at 5. But just in case you can't make it... here's my table.

Happy Sunday everybody!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I know, I know...

But, I just couldn't bring myself to be older than 12 today.
~Love, me

Friday, October 7, 2011


Basically a treasure hunt of sorts... no grand prizes and not many treasures. You need a GPS an an account at to find them. Coordinates are loaded into your GPS and you go find the cache, log that you found it, and do it again. If you are the adventurous sort, you will find yourself in places that you never would have found otherwise.

There are other types of things you can do, like what we did on August 5, 2006. I gave a bead to my hubby and told him I wanted it to go to Murano, Italy and then back home to me here in California. It's called a Travel Bug. So, he tagged up my bead and dropped it off to start it on it's way. It took my bead 4 years and 8 months to get to Murano. Italy. It traveled 19667.9 miles before it landed in my house this afternoon. A kind man from Mesa, AZ dropped it into a mailbox and sent it home to me before it could be picked up and sent away even further (most likely) away from home. Lampwork Bead TB (Travel Bug) started it's journey in California before heading to Virginia, Georgia, Italy (several times), Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Monaco, France, California, Arizona, and finally back in California. I'm going to start a scrap book for it.

Friday, September 30, 2011

A trip to Molokai...

...And right off the bat she gets nailed by a wave. You would think I could avoid this by now. Nope, happens almost every time. Look at the bottom of my shorts... soaked, before we even checked into the room.
Anyway, tomorrow (Friday) will be our last full day here, then home on Saturday. I'm glad we have one more day but I also like my home. My dogs and kids and **my** bed. If I can't have the bed from the Four Seasons then I will settle for the one I have at home... dear lord that bed was comfy! Aloha peeps... see you in a couple more days!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Another trip to Hawaii! Or, don't you wish you were here!

Yay! I had a great show this past weekend in Hawaii with the SoftFlex peeps at the Fall Glass Art and Bead Show... A good nights sleep after drinking nearly a whole bottle of champagne by myself and this morning we ventured off to Kailua for stand up paddle boarding to "flat island" which is just shy of 1 mile round trip... This is me paddling away:
This a photo on the island:
And this is where we came from:
Another bottle of champagne down the hatch and tomorrow morning we are off to Molokai! On Wednesday we are off to Lanai, then back to Oahu on Thursday. I will try to post something between now and then but who knows! Home again, home again on October 1. Sunday is my birthday! I will not tell you how old I am going to be, but just so ya know, I feel like I am 12!

Saturday, August 20, 2011


We are midway between our last anniversary trip to Hawaii and the next one where I actually must work... During our last trip we had new portraits done, just the two of us. The last time we did that, they turned out pretty crappy and I don't think we purchased any of them. Anyway, here's a sample of the photographers work:

He really was fantastic.

Right now I'm getting ready for 3 shows and 4 workshops in the next 4 months... Also, my baby sister is getting married, so Vegas! Here I come! One day in, the next day out, then I leave for Hawaii the following day... I may set up a cot in LAX.

Here's a preview of what I'm making for the Hawaii show:

Cherry Blossoms, super cute! Aloha!

Monday, July 18, 2011

It's Monday!

Today is day 3 in Hawaii. We got here Saturday mid-morning and first thing we did we rush off to a geo-caching event. If you've never heard of geo-caching go here here... it's kinda fun, and if you get into it, you will wind up going places you never knew existed, even in you're own city!

On Sunday, we went to the Ukulele Festival across the street from the condo, so we didn't have to deal with finding a place to park... Yay! We saw a couple of booths set up with the most amazing musical instruments and even one set up with how they are made. Truly amazing and definitely an art in itself.

Today was paddle boarding! OMG! So much fun! Kahana Stream with Wendy our instructor then actually getting to catch some baby waves in the little bay after... I can totally see why surfers surf! I actually caught a little wave while I was out there and it was a total rush! I know, I am a total geek but it really was so much fun!

Monday, July 11, 2011

New Etsy listing and a new camera

On Saturday I hosted a class with Chiharu Richardson and she taught us how to make pansy beads... but for some bizarre reason I dreamed all night on Saturday about Cherry Blossom beads. Weird. So, Sunday I thought that I would try to make the beads using Effetre Dark Pink Opalino, no go... the pink burned out right away... bummer but no big deal because I have some love pink Gaffer glass, some white and black... sigh, that didn't work either. But wait! I looked up and saw that I also have some Bullseye glass as well! Score! So here they are 3 cute little Cherry Blossom beads just listed on my Etsy =)

Just the first 9 photos are taken with my Nikon D3100... It's going to be awesome to take with me on our trip to Hawaii in just 5 days!


New camera pics!