Friday, December 26, 2008

Post-Christmas Sale

I hope everyone had a great holiday and isn't too stuffed from the great food yesterday! I'm still hanging out at my mom's with my daughter and dog-sitting today & tomorrow morning, before heading back to the gallery to get a half day of sales in. I'm having a post-Christmas sale in both my brick & mortar gallery and my Etsy store, where my ornaments have been marked down from $15 to $10. That's quite a bargain on a one-of-a-kind piece. There's only a few left on the Etsy store, but more in the gallery that I never had time to list.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Treasury and Holiday Cheer

The fabulous Melody included me in her treasury, Ancient Evenings & Artifacts!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Monday, December 22, 2008

We have an Airdate!!!!

I don't know why they have me listed as being from Brandenburg. It's bad enough I had to say Louisville instead of Lebanon on the show, but yeesh! I've emailed their online customer service, asking to have it changed.

January 30 - 8am - HGTV! Anyone up for a viewing party? My segment will only be 6-8 minutes (after 6 hours of filming!) but it's airing! I may have to drink before I show it (I know I'm going to look like a giant goober), but there will be a party!!!

On top of that & the ad that Fire Mountain ran, my gallery was also mentioned in an article about our community on the website (there's a link to my gallery website at the bottom). It's been a pretty good day (even had some sales to boot)!

It'd be better if I didn't have to make the journey to Wal-Mart tonight, but duty calls. Boo, hiss.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


I got a note from Maunakeamoonlight that I was included in a treasury she put together. It's a really beautiful treasury and it's rather funny, because I'm familiar with Larry Watson's pottery through shows here in Kentucky. Fun!

I want to turn GREEN!!!! -

I've started working on my piece for the ISGB/Bead&Button Convergence project. The beads that I got from Joyce Rooks are absolutely incredible, but I'm not showing photos til I get some work done :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

More Glass!

Just got my glass tile necklaces posted on my Etsy account! Thank you to Annie Howes for giving me tips when we met and she dropped things off for my gallery. I appreciate it!

Kiss my Glass!

My foray into the world of glass decoupage began Sunday night. I'd bought some wonky rounds and squares with holes, along with some Diamond Glaze a few months ago from the fab Annie Howes. I hadn't had time to play with it, but decided to make time Sunday night. I sat down with my glass, glaze and a stack of decorative paper. I'm really happy with how they came out! The rounds are going to be bracelets and the squares pendants, but I'm doing them with sterling or copper handmade swirls instead of affixing bails. Partially because I wanted to do something different and partially because I'm too impatient to wait to order bails & have them come in!

Wrapped in Blue:
Funky Punk Glass Bracelet:

Monday, December 15, 2008

That's Clever! Update & Projects

My Google Reader picked up a change in the "That's Clever!" website today. Series 400 will begin airing in January!!!! My episode is finally going to make it on the air! I was really beginning to give up hope, despite hearing from Weller-Grossman a few months ago. But there it is!

To the left is my FMG ad on the back of the January/February Step by Step Beads. It wasn't on the stands when I went to Barnes & Noble over the weekend, but it should be in the next few weeks. I have to pick up a few extra copies, including one for the lady who bought the piece several years ago.

Also included in the issue are two awesome ladies from my Etsy Beadweavers team - Lynn & Meri! Of course, they actually did all the hard work of prepping projects and submitting them! Kudos to you, ladies!

I spent much of last night & this morning working on some glass tile pendants. I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out, especially the ones I grouped on bracelets. Photos and etsy listings to come!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

It's a good day!

First off, new Treasury with some awesome Bluegrass Etsy Street Team members!

Little or no (color that is):

I got my copy of Step by Step Beads (January/February 2009) today and sat down to look through it. I usually do a quick run through and then go back later. I finished and flipped the mag over - there I am!!!! Or rather, there's my piece in the Fire Mountain Gems ad! I knew they were going to use my piece in an ad campaign, but I had no idea when. They've used several in the catalogs over the last couple of years from my pieces that have made finals in their jewelry design competition, so I thought maybe that was it. But there it is!!!! I'm so annoyingly giddy right now!

And I'm almost done with my last custom ornament! Yay! The quilt patches are all done and I'm just adding the hanger to the beaded snowman. Yay for good news and productivity!

Don't forget to go vote for your favorite piece in the Etsy Beadweavers December Challenge!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Voting is Open!

Voting has officially begun today, December 9th and ends midnight December 15th. The best way to show your appreciation for the efforts of these amazing artists is by taking on the difficult task of voting for your favorite. (The ballot is on the side bar at right on the EBW Blog.) Again, the individual pieces are listed below the mosaic where you can visit each entry for more information by following the link. Be sure to visit the EBW Blog to vote NOW!

Monday, December 8, 2008

EBW Team December Challenge

Wow. Just wow. I am floored by the incredible entries for the Etsy Beadweavers December Challenge. Just look at these pretties! (My entry is #20.)

Voting begins on Tuesday, December 9th and ends midnight December 15th. The best way to show your appreciation for the efforts of these amazing artists is by taking on the difficult task of voting for your favorite. (The ballot will appear on the side bar at right on the EBW Blog on December 9th.) Again, the individual pieces are listed below the mosaic where you can visit each entry for more information by following the link.Be sure to visit the EBW Blog to vote between December 9th and 15th!

Friday, December 5, 2008


I've been featured in a Bluegrass Etsy Street Team Treasury!
The Best of Kentucky:

I've been beading like mad, despite being busy with oodles of other things this week, including the Arts & Humanities Council and some personal issues. I got a few more ornaments made, including a custom one for a friend and another quilt patch. I've got orders for 5 patches and a custom snowman that I need to completely before next week. I have an open house with our community's Dickens Christmas event tonight and then I should be able to tackle the other ornaments. We'll see!

Monday, December 1, 2008

The White Witch

I finally finished my Snow Queen entry for the Esty-Beadweavers December Challenge. I wasn't exactly sure where I was going when I started, but that's pretty normal for the way I start out projects. It's the first time I've beaded around rivolis, but I really enjoyed turning them into snowflakes. There's some right angle weave, lots of peyote, fringe and netting. I love it when I get to play with stitches!

Most of my inspiration from this piece came from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) It was one of my favorite books growing up and has become one of my favorite movies. The White Witch, or Queen of Narnia, doesn't wear anything around her neckline in the movie, but I'd like to think she'd wear this with its representations of snow & ice.

Please visit the EBW blog at between December 9th and 15th, to see all of the entries in our December challenge and vote for your favorite. Search EBW TEAM for more beautiful beadwoven creations and EBWC for monthly challenge entries.