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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

First Pot Melt.....

OK so I have a window in my kiln... I don't have to burn my hands and my eyeballs to see what is going on....

Sunday, April 25, 2010


The theme for the Carnival Bloggers this month is Growth...

Well that's obvious to anyone that lives North of the 45th Parallell ...NEW GROWTH! Little green plants, crocuses, daffodils, everything that signifies longer days and warm weather...


But this blog is suppose to be about art beads..., not crocuses and daffodils! So were does Growth come into MY Art Beads... well I started in '94 on a hot head.. and made very wonky not terribly round beads for quite awhile... once I moved onto a Nortel Minor they got more round but they were still on the small side.... I actually made round beads almost exclusively until I met a Lentil Press in 2003?.. I think that's about when I bought it... but it still made small little beads... Flat round small beads instead of donut shaped round beads...

My first big bead that wasn't a workshop bead was Thanks to my cat Duddley.... He used to hang around the bead studio while I was working and I guess he got tired of the boring little round beads that I was making every day... One day he jumped on my lap took his head and pushed my left hand so that I smeared glass from one end of the bead release to the other... and being of a frugal Scotch/Irish heritage I had no choice but to make a bead that size.... Here's Orange Blossom Special.... (yep I still managed to get my floral theme in there!)

I've never looked back!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saturday Flowers

#2 Is a blue Morning Glory (This is not quite as big a weed as the pink ones that are choking out my flower garden!)

These panels can be found in the Kitchen at Mahogany Manor a B&B in Uptown Saint John

Friday, April 23, 2010

Guess this has to be wordless Friday.... since I missed both wed and Thursday!

Well the income tax has been filed but the box appears to be one of the more popular beds in the house... Stay tuned for the winner of this round!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

ISGB Auction.... again

OK the time has come to go bid on my piece "almond Blossoms in the ISGB auction! Details of the piece are in the auction discription!

If you don't want to bid on mine there are lots of other gorgeous beads and finished pieces of jewellery available... I got two of last weeks pieces ... don't let me buy anything else!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Saturday Flowers

I thought I would post the flower panels I did for Mahogany Manor the B&B in Saint John. The 5 panels were made to hang in the kitchen windows.

I'll post them every Saturday (yea sure I will!) In the order that they were made!

#1 is a clematis (the photographs used to make the panels were all taken in the back garden of the B&B.

The clear glass used to make all 5 of the windows was reclaimed from the original diamond pane windows ....

Friday, April 16, 2010

ISGB 'Rites of Spring' Auction

Come check out the ISGB's Rites of spring Auction on Ebay I donated a piece for this auction but it isn't being auctioned this week... I'll post again when it is being auctioned!

This is the ISGB’s first–ever eBay auction. The auction “Rites of Spring,” is taking place NOW! It will be ending on Monday, April 26th (at midnight). The auction is being conducted through eBay’s non-profit partner, MissionFish. By using an online auction, the ISGB hopes to reach out beyond their membership and educate the public about ISGB, the beaty of art glass beads, and the wonderful member artists who support them.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

New Flamingo Bead

For those of you that can't go to a Tropical Paradise.. I'm bringing the Flamingo Pond to you. (Or at least one member of it! You can find Floreeda in my Etsy shop

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Almost Wordless Wednesday

You really don't need the papers I'm sitting on to do your income tax do you?

** Note Canadians have until the END of April to file their income tax...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Almost Wordless Wednesday

These are the cats that are being donated to the SPCA auction. The auction is Saturday night in St Andrew's.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

Was trying to find a bead that looked like Easter.... Easter Colours is as close as I come ....

Guess it's sort of egg shaped...