Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Christmas Sales

Hi, everyone. Not much new from me, other than a shameless plug for a couple of sales I am in! I have been too busy making beads and jewellery to catch up on my blogging. But that's good for you, as you can see all these new things at my shows!! This weekend I am at the Festival of Crafts, at the Roundup Centre. The hours on Thursday and Friday are 10 - 9, Saturday 10-6, and Sunday 10-5.
The next weekend I am having my annual studio sale, on Saturday December 8. The hours are 11-5, and my address is 455 Hidden Creek Blvd. N.W.

Hope to see people there!


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Saturday at Millarville

I managed to get out and take some pictures at Millarville this afternoon, thanks to my trusty long-suffering booth assistant, Steve. Here's a picture of some of the outdoor vendors. It all looks very Christmassy, doesn't it?
The next couple of pictures show how a couple of vendors have actually built themselves little houses for the duration of the show. Quite amazing, there was nothing there before they did all this work. I feel guilty with my meagre set-up in the hall. Well, not that guilty!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Christmas at Millarville

I just got back from setting up for the Christmas show at Millarville happening this weekend. If you've never been, you might want to take a look. It is quite different from most Christmas shows - very old-fashioned and charming. Many of the vendors choose to be outside (not me!), and it is amazing all the methods they come up with to give themselves shelter and keep warm. There is even someone roasting chestnuts for sale. I will be ensconced in the warmth of the Hall building. I will try to get some pictures to post. Here's the website if you are looking for times and how to get there: Hope to see everyone there!
In the meantime, here are some pictures to tease you. The one below is part of my studio after a frantic burst of creativity and panic. As you can see, I have been making lots of earrings.

The next picture is of some of my "twisted hearts". These ones are the result of the class I took from Jennifer Geldard a few weeks ago. I finally learned how to use enamels in beadmaking, and look forward to lots more playing with them once life is a little less hectic.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Weekend Show

Wow, where does the time go? I can't believe it's been 3 weeks since I last posted. I was on holidays for a week on Vancouver Island. Great trip, it's so beautiful there.
And, I've been getting ready for my first show of the fall season, Art Exposed. It's a show put on by painters, and they have invited me to show my jewellery there. I won't have any loose beads for sale, but I will have all my jewellery on display. Hope to see some familiar faces there.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Bead Class

I taught a class at Tiffany House yesterday, and just wanted to show a couple of pictures from it. They have a great set-up there, with 6 torches, and a big overhead hood fan. I had 3 students, and they were all at approximately the same level so it was an easy class to do. We worked on different bead shapes, using silver/copper and the dreaded encasing. Everyone did great!

Well, should get outside and enjoy the wonderful warm day.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Some Custom Orders

I have had a few custom orders lately. They are always fun, especially if the person wants some beads that are a little outside my comfort zone. The set below was made for someone who wanted chunky beads, in chocolate brown, baby blue and chartreuse. Initially I wasn't sure if that would work out, but she has great colour sense, so I gave it a shot. Anyhow, I like the way they turned out, and may explore this theme a bit more. Hope she likes them!

Next is a set of beads for a neighbour's Pandora bracelet. I am trading these for some pet sitting when we are on holidays - love it when trades work out!
Here's another trade. This person wanted a large holed bead to put on a spindle for hand spinning yarn, in autumn colours. Hope it works for her. I get some hand painted wool roving to make felt with, in return.

Friday, September 7, 2007

More Autumn Colours

Well I thought I would post the beads I made, after talking about autumn colours a few days ago. This set was called "Autumn Bounty", sold on Etsy yesterday.

And this was the focal that I made in the same colours (shown between my in-need-of-a-manicure fingers). I used a frit stringer to get the shadings on the petals. Still not quite what I was looking for, but close.

Well, should go and get my parka ready for my last Millarville tomorrow. I am hoping for no rain, but either way it will be cold from all the forecasts. Hey, I shouldn't be so negative, none of you will want to come out for a visit tomorrow morning!

Monday, September 3, 2007

Autumn colours

I was at Millarville Farmers Market on Saturday, across from a booth selling pumpkins and squash. I am inspired by all those beautiful oranges and yellows. So I thought I would post a few pictures in those colours.
Here's a planter at our front door.

And here's a necklace I made. This is semi-precious stone chips wire crocheted. I wound some fibre through the strands.
Here's another wire crochet necklace. This one has 9 strands crocheted in gold, copper and dark copper. The strands pass through one of my big holed beads.
And this little guy fits into the autumn colour theme. This is Charlie, my daughter's new kitten. She got him and a little tortoiseshell kitten from the Meow Foundation rescue group. If you are looking for a feline friend, here is their website: Well, should get back to the torch, and create some beads in those colours. If I am successful, I will post a picture of them. Enjoy the rest of your long weekend!

Friday, August 24, 2007


Yay, it's Friday! This means much more to me now that I am working outside the house 3 afternoons a week.

I am loving Etsy. I have sold 4 sets of beads already, and have my first feedback! Here are some of the sets I have been working on:

Listing gets me on the torch creating on a more regular basis. And the money is nice too!

Well, I should go and get my things together for Millarville tomorrow.

Sunday, August 19, 2007


Thanks to everyone who came to see me at the Bead Patio yesterday. The weather was perfect, only started to look threatening at show ending.
I finally took the plunge and have listed some things on Etsy. I am enjoying browsing through the site; it is much more fun and trendy than Ebay. Another thing I like is that everything is handmade. Anyhow, take a look. I am at:

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Bead Patio on Saturday

Just want to remind everyone that I will be on the "Bead Patio" at Suzie Q Beads this Saturday, rain or shine, from noon till 5:00. The address is 1207 10 Avenue S.E. ( . I will be selling some jewellery, and also will have all my loose beads and bead sets with me. Hope to see everyone there!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Back from Edmonton

The Edmonton Folk Festival ended last night, was a great time. We heard lots of amazing music, and sold lots of jewellery. Perfect! Here's a picture of my table within the big craft tent. We are situated on a slope, which takes a bit of getting used to, so if things look crooked, it's because they are (although I guess I could have put my tablecloth on a bit straighter!) I was happy with sales, despite the fact that there were 13 jewellers, out of about 30 booths.
Here's one of the new things I had ready for the show. These are made on a curved mandrel. I put them on ultrasuede cord, but maybe I should just string them onto a chain.
These are some of the drop pendants I have been making. They have sold well for me in Calgary, but I didn't sell a single one in Edmonton. Of course, I made a whole bunch of them.
And lastly, here are my "man" necklaces. I made large hole beads, trying to choose designs that I thought would appeal to men. Then I put them on braided leather cord, 20" long. I only sold one, to a woman, who bought it for herself. Steve obligingly wore one the whole weekend, but no interest from the guys. I also have a whole bunch of these.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Off to Edmonton

Just a quick post, as I am off to the Edmonton Folk Festival tomorrow morning. Sorry, no pix, but I will post some when I get back. I have lots of new stuff to show, including curved beads, "man" beads, and drop pendant beads. Very excited to be selling at the Festival, am looking forward to 3 days of music and hopefully great sales!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

I'm Back!

Just a quick post for now, more later when I get home from work.

Ok, I'm back from work. The beads above were done as a special order for Laura McIvor. That's her beautiful chain link bracelet in the photo. You can see more of her designs at

It has been a long time since I posted anything, will try to do better in the future. I got a brand new oxygen concentrator last weekend! Well, I was excited. So, concentrator pumping oxygen, I decided to try taming Terra glass again. This time I came a little closer to getting those fantastic colours.

This set turned out a little darker, but the colour is very rich.

I have been doing a lot of reading about "Etsy" as a selling tool, and think I have just about decided to give it a try. I will post a link when I get up and running. In the meantime, back to work!

Saturday, June 30, 2007


Today was my first Saturday at Millarville Farmer's Market. It was a gorgeous day, just perfect. Getting up that early is a bit of a shock, but it ends at 12:00, so the rest of the afternoon is free (for napping!)

Here's a shot of my booth, with DH Steve manning it. Or the lowly paid assistant, as he calls himself. I sold lots of beads today, and some finished jewellery.

Here's a shot of the marketplace, about 11:00. Lots of people.
And here's what I bought from a neighbouring vendor. She hand spins and dyes this 100% wool yarn. I was very excited to discover her, since my other obsession (besides beadmaking) lately is crochet. She is out at Millarville every Saturday morning. Her website is if you want to check out her beautiful yarn.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Fresh from the Kiln

I have been making these mandala beads for a few months, and I think this is the best one I've made so far. They are fun to make, infinite variations. There are a few big holed beads next to it, for Pandora/Troll bracelets.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Beads from Sunday

Here's a picture of the beads that the group made on Sunday. There were over 50 made for donation to the Children's Hospital Cancer Program. I think there will be some happy kids, look how cute they are!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Bead Retreat Sunday

Today my bead group met for a day-long Bead Retreat. Our wonderful hostess was Nancy, who, with her hubby, set up a huge table in their garage with hook-ups for 10 (!) torches.
We started the day with a tour of Nancy's drool-worthy studio.

Here are some of us working on our own projects. I think Deb is commenting to Martha that she is unhappy with her goddess's boobs!
For the past year or so we have been making beads to donate to the Children's Hospital Cancer program. Kids undergoing cancer treatments receive a length of cord, which they then thread with beads signifying the treatments and proceedures they have had. Our beads are apparently quite popular, since they are all unique. Nancy dipped a bunch of the right sized mandrels for us to work on a batch to donate from today's work. I think the kids will be thrilled; there were some cute little turtles made, hearts and an assortment of fish.

Here's Nancy demonstrating how to make an implosion marble. She made one with a beautiful rose inside it.
We finished the day with a "Bead Blast" to the Beatles. We split into 2 groups of 5. As a Beatles song was playing, we each made a base bead. Then when the song ended, it got passed to the next person to be decorated, for as long as the next song played. So each bead was worked on by 5 people. They all went into the kiln, so not sure how they turned out. A great exercise, though, no time to worry about perfectionism.

It was fantastic to get together like that for the day. A huge thank-you to Nancy and her husband for making this happen. What a lot of work! And, they even fed us a delicious lunch.
I saw lots of techniques that I would like to try; the day really recharged all of our creative energies. Thanks, Nancy!!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Terra the Terrible

Well, of course I have to jump on the latest glass bandwagon, so I have been trying Double Helix's new silver glass, Terra. Have breathlessly read every single post about it on Lampwork Etc., drooled over the gorgeous results some people are getting. And snivelled over my results when I open the kiln in the morning. Here is a picture of my not so great attempts to tame Terra.

I did have some luck using partial wrapping with clear glass, though, and have posted this set on my web Specials page.

Still not getting those eye-popping colours, but should persevere, I guess. I had a love-hate (heavy on the hate) relationship with Raku when it first came out, and finally got it to do what I wanted.

Well, off to my part-time job at Suzie Q's.