Tuesday, March 31, 2009

thank you...

experiencing an early spring snow storm, once again.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

this is when i fell in love with borosilicate glass lampwork beads, when i saw multiple layers of glass that had been gold fumed and encased in crystal clear glass.

when i discovered these incredibly beautiful beads. i was forced by some unknown freak of nature, compelled to buy five without any plans whatsoever to create or god forbid sell them when made into jewelry to anyone else. i am a hoarder after all...

the really sad part is, i don't remember who made them, jeff olson? if anyone out there does please drop me a line, it would be greatly appreciated!

Friday, March 27, 2009

elegant bone beads by lynne hoppe

dem bones... two more handmade lampwork beads from my collection. these two beads are so silky smooth and tactile they feel like they were made from porcelain and so much fun to fondle... they seem ancient and well, a bit archaic? lynne hoppe is an incredible glass artist, i love her work!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

a new piece listed tonight

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

...bloom damn it!

Monday, March 23, 2009

light and dark

lampwork beads by emiko sawamoto

ever wonder where artists get their inspiration? what was happening in their mind that this piece of art came to be? i do.

i'm an avid bead collector or at least i was, i have curtailed most of it by simply not having the space for these gems that i hoard so lovingly...

the beads made by emiko sawamoto reflect the light and dark of the human imagination. it's hard to believe that these two beads have been made by the same woman, not because of her advanced technical and highly creative skills with fire and glass, but with the light and dark side every human being that creates art. these two beads say it all. i had purchased them at the bead & button show a few years ago directly from the artist. right along side her 'monster' beads and her interpretation of Japanese Temari balls in glass, were very sweet little kitten beads, i was so enthralled by the juxtaposition of what i saw that i had to buy two!

these two beads are incredible! i marvel at the beauty of both, i hope you enjoy.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

growin' my own

nope, not a political social or an economical change, we all know the answer to those guys. i need the seasonal change, big time! it's windy and cold and should be spring but that 'ain't gonna happen' any time soon. spring in northern minnesota lasts about 2 weeks if we're lucky, then right into summer. but the summers here are glorious, so worth the 9 months of winter!

i caught two of my succulents in bloom. the small pale yellow flowering cactus is in bloom for the first time, i have had this plant for about 23 years, a sweet little guy. the dark reddish purple flowering succulent blooms when it thinks it's in mortal danger of going extinct, also known as in dire need of water...

growin' my own spring.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


i need the small patch of boreal forest that i live on to be green once more. on tuesday, we may be dumped on by 10 to 15 inches of snow and high winds and i don't want it to ;) i want spring to come again.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Stimulated Mind

this blog by Emiko, simply put, is gorgeous! please take a peek.

one of my lockets is featured :0

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

art! the featured seller on etsy

i love this artist's work, i have kept an eye on a couple of pieces for a long time, she is currently etsy's featured seller, Geninne D. Zlatkis. please check out her interview and her lovely artwork. the two pieces i couldn't live without and of course purchased were, "three little birds" and "bird no.31" and they are gorgeous! thanks Geninne!

buenos aries

a newly listed piece.

aaa grade cognac quartz and prasiolite gemstones with hand forged sterling silver discs and chalcedony beads.