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Monday, February 28, 2011

Margie Deeb's Spring/Summer Color Report

Do you keep track of the Spring and Summer Pantone Colors and how they affect your bead/ beadmaking business and fashion?  Margie Deeb does and puts it all together, along with color combinations, percentages of color and lots of great inspiration for you.  

I was lucky to be chosen to make a necklace for Margie's Spring/ Summer 2011 Color Report for Bead & Jewelry Makers.  My assignment was to use the following colors, lavender, silver peony and silver cloud in a necklace.  The Silver peony was supposed to be about 80% and the rest divided between the other two colors.

So this is what I made.  I kept it simple because the predominant color was so soft and almost a nude color (for me, at least) and the other colors were in such small amounts.  I used sterling silver chain for my Silver Cloud color and Moretti glass Periwinkle for the lavender shade.  CIM glass's Desert Pink was very close to the Silver Peony shade along with some rose quartz, (I think that's what the stone is- someone correct me if I'm wrong please) and little matching beads.

Working in a paler palette and keeping from using my typical sculptural beads, made it a fun stretch.  I even used a press, which is so very different, but fun.

So tell me, are you using this Spring and Summer's fashion colors?  If you're interested, check out Margie's color report.  Her color swatch combinations are right on point with great inspiration.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Watch This House

Is it just me, or does this house appear to be looking at you?  Yep, that's what I thought too.  I never knew there were blue eyed houses (with mustaches!)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bead Soup is Delicious!

Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!
What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

Hey, before I get started on Bead Soup... to all my new jewelry making friends- please friend me on facebook.  I love seeing what everyone is making.  "Marcy Lamberson"  

 Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:

~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
Some coordinating spacers or beads

Laura, of Stick Lizard Designs on Etsy was my Bead Soup partner.  We sent each other packets of beads - including a focal, clasp and lots of wonderful beads and findings for in between.  This necklace was what I made with my wonderful combination from Laura.

Originally, I strung all of her beads together on a simple memory wire strand and liked them like that.  But because we were told to stretch ourselves, I took it a step farther to make links and add in some of my sculptural lampwork into a longer necklace.

Although I like the face framed by the heart in this photo, the heart itself was a little heavy for the second necklace.  I'm saving it for another project where it can be the star.  But I have to say, I'm in love with the face focal.  

Thank you so much Laura for the great new beads, very different colors than what I normally work with and the new friendship.  And of course, big thanks to Lori Anderson for all of Bead Soup.  What a joy it has been.

Come see what the rest of us made! 

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane 
4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio

11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
14.  Mary McGraw, MK's Musings
15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails 
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats

21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim 
23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads 
28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul

31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights
39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio

41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's
42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya 
44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles 
46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig  
47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux

50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks
52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa

60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog 
62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68.  Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique
69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver

70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art 
78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden  
79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84.  Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs
85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy  (<--You Are Here*)
89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations

90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous 
92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead 
93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations 
94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio 
96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box
97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs 
98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads

101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations 
103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading
110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman

111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 
112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles 
118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 
120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 

121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven 
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings  
123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass 
124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks 
125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things 
126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos 
127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee 
128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M 
129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry

130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads 
131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies  
137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter

140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
142.  Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense
145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique
146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads 
147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul 
148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me  
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog 

150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area 
154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef
157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color 
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman 

160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio 
165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings

170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre  
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux

180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen 
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin 
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels 
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry 
189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos

190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious

200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts
203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209.  Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry
210.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread

The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011.  Don't miss it!

Friday, February 25, 2011

My Valentine's Day Laugh

As some of you know,  I was away for Valentines Day on a trip.  I wanted to show you the fruit basket from my husband and especially the note that was sent with it.  My son Grant is his assistant at work, and apparently was assigned the task of ordering it for me.  He decided to inject a little humor into it and write the direct quote.  And honestly I hadn't laughed that hard in a long time. (and just in case you're wondering- we had already celebrated an early Valentines Day and this was an "extra".)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Magic Erasing Tip for Beadmakers

Writing in Sharpie on your vent hood???

My good friend Kristy was designing beads for a special necklace and discovered something that helped her a lot.  She likes to keep measurements close at hand and right next to her, so she can hold her bead up close for comparison and really see it.  What a great discovery to find that her Mr. Clean Magic Erasers worked to clean Sharpie writing off of her hood vent after she wrote on it.

Now, before you try it, please find an unobtrusive corner to experiment- just in case it doesn't work on yours.  But for me, I love the idea of having a good clear place to make my markings when I'm doing sets or multiples.  Nice job Kristy and thanks for the tip!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The World Keeps Getting Smaller

Sparky in New Zealand.  She said it's one of the prettiest places she's seen.

The world keeps getting smaller.

I am so sad about New Zealand's horrible earthquake in Christchurch. The devastation and lives lost hit closer to home than it would have 5 years ago.   Not only has facebook brought the world closer through all the contacts, but it's helped me get to know some wonderful glass folks who live there.

And it was a huge help when the earthquake hit and I was trying to find out information on what was going on.  You see, my ever- adventuring daughter was somewhere around there on a biking trip and she had said she'd be visiting friends in Christchurch first.

Needless to say, I was one very worried, teary Mom.  And my facebook friends were such a big help and support, which really touched me.  Right where it counts- in the heart.  Offers of helping make phone calls, web sites and even places for her to stay came pouring in.  That still brings tears to my eyes.  Luckily she was able to get online a few hours later and let us know she was fine and far enough out of town.  I'm sure I was one of the lucky ones.  I had really been concerned when I saw that the youth hostel had collapsed.  That sounded just like a place where she could be.  Perhaps other Moms were not so lucky.

So folks, if you can, let's help them however we can.  This world has gotten smaller, which means our friends and contacts have gotten larger.  And through kindness and assistance we can all make it a better place to live.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

You Otter Know

I am a sucker for cute and this one about takes the cake.  Watch this youtube video all the way through.  It's surely an "Awwwww, moment".

Monday, February 21, 2011

Look Closely....

Photographer Elly Presegard's wonderful enhanced photographs enchant me.  Check out her blog for more photos and fantasy.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Headed Home- Atlanta Important Info - Right Here!

I found this on thought you might enjoy this....I'm headed home from Texas, back to Atlanta - see you tomorrow!

Coca-Cola's Secret Recipe Finally RevealedThe secret recipe of Coke has been hidden and locked down for 125 years. But apparently, not anymore. This American Life says they've found the ingredients that make up the delicious bubbly cola and have revealed it to our delight.
The story starts with John Pemberton, a Civil War veteran who's credited with inventing Coca-Cola. His original recipe was written down in a recipe book of various ointments and medicines that was passed down from generation to generation.
A photograph of that recipe, from that very recipe book, was taken in the Feb. 18, 1979, edition of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and only recently came to light when Ira Glass from This American Life stumbled upon it. Glass tracked down other people who claimed to have discovered the recipe as well and though they didn't match up exactly, they were so strikingly similar that Glass concluded that this recipe was the original. Here it is:
The recipe:
Fluid extract of Coca: 3 drams USP
Citric acid: 3 oz
Caffeine: 1 oz
Sugar: 30 (unclear quantity)
Water: 2.5 gal
Lime juice: 2 pints, 1 quart
Vanilla: 1 oz
Caramel: 1.5 oz or more for color
The secret 7X flavor (use 2 oz of flavor to 5 gals syrup):
Alcohol: 8 oz
Orange oil: 20 drops
Lemon oil: 30 drops
Nutmeg oil: 10 drops
Coriander: 5 drops
Neroli: 10 drops
Cinnamon: 10 drops
Coke has become infamous in guarding their secret recipe with tales of the recipe being under 24 hour surveillance, Coca-Cola executives only knowing half the formula or that the two people who know the recipe can never fly together. It's added to the allure of Coke, for sure, but there's also some truth to the that. When Asa Candler, an early Coke President, bought the original formula from Pemberton in 1887, he was so paranoid about people stealing the recipe that he ordered that the recipe could never be written down again. He also removed all labels from the ingredient bottles and went through company mail to see if anyone was snitching.
Truth be told though, it's impossible to fully replicate Coke's recipe because there's one ingredient only Coca-Cola can get: fluid extract of coca (which is coca leaves stripped of cocaine). Only one factory can process those leaves and only Coca-Cola has a special deal with the DEA that allows them to use it. So even if the secret is out, we're still missing the Coke in our Cola

Friday, February 18, 2011

Window Eye Candy

Here are 2 photos of some of the window eye candy here at Blue Moon Glassworks.  I included something for warm and cool color lovers.   The contrast of styles in the top photo is interesting to me.  I like them both for different reasons.

(Right now, we're working the trade show booth, so these photos were taken a few days ago.  Hope you like them as much as I do!)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Views from Blue Moon

I've been at Blue Moon Glassworks for awhile now, while visiting and helping out.  Thought I'd show you a few things around here.  The top photo is of Bob, who designs and makes the coolest stained glass windows.  He is precise and so very nice.  I love visiting with him and hearing his stories.

This is a large box of dichro that we're getting ready for the Mosaic Artists' conference here this week.  SAMA.  We're going to sell it out, I bet.  It's so sparkly!

And here is a photo of Jim Berry's truck.  He made this art piece all with frit.  I got to ride in the real truck a few days ago and we rumbled and bounced down the street in it.  What fun!

So that's a little about my Austin trip so far.  There will be a lot more to tell you about. It's beautiful weather down here.  If you are attending the SAMA Conference- come see us in the Blue Moon Glassworks booth starting Thursday through Saturday.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pink No Matter How You Use It

I saw this pink Pelican chair ($5,200) on and fell in love.  It must be leftover Valentines Day feelings, because two days ago, I was at a close out center and saw this chair, which I thought would be an inexpensive chuckle in my family room.

My husband would be mortified.  He doesn't like pink at all!  But I think it would be fun to have an old hair dryer carnation chair and footstool.  I know I'd smile every time I looked at it.

So my question today you "embrace"  specific colors for periods of time?  And can you track what makes you feel that way?  Does something set it off?  Or how do you come to decide that you like now?  I've been trying to figure that out and would love your comments.

See you tomorrow,

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sara Sally Did It Again!

I just finished taking Sara Sally LaGrand's fabulous corsage class.  I loved it!  We had a great group of students in Austin, TX at Blue Moon Glassworks.

Sara's mellow, but so professional style of teaching was a delight.  We were relaxed, but very motivated and challenged.  So much to think about- color combinations, proportion, new techniques and more.  Whew!  I must say I was tired at the end from having so much fun.

So here is the pin that I made.  Now that I've made one, I would do it differently next time, but I learned some good lessons.  And I will make more, but they will be more my personal style.  And that's a sign of a good teacher- one who inspires and gives you the tools to take it in your own direction.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day

Wishing you a very Happy Valentines Day....and plenty of smiles.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Who Says Mushrooms Need a Dark Place To Grow?

I love nature and I love cool lighting and when the two are combined, it makes me swoon.  So when I found this lamp using mushroom shaped LED's  combined with driftwood, I fell in love.

Unfortunately, I can only give you the website and not more information.  I don't read Japanese.  And if you know my work, I'm sure you can guess that I'm just itching to place a small gnome bead underneath a grouping of these cute 'shrooms.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Design Your Own Rug, Throw, Pillow and More

Jonathan Adler's shop always makes me smile.  His marketing and products are always fresh and innovative.  This time, it's a "design your own" section which is a lot of fun.

So pop over and play with the options.  I think it's also a great way to try out color combinations if you're going to make a bead or something else.  you can switch the colors around on the different patterns.  And if you have an extra couple of minutes, look through his other offerings.  I am always amused and interested in the diverse wares he offers.

See you Sunday!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I Crumbled

 I know how big the Pioneer Woman blog and recipes are.  I tried to hold out, but I crumbled.  Here I had been on Facebook, and asked what to bring for a Superbowl Party I was attending.  And someone mentioned this recipe.  "Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Thingies".

All I can say, is that they were scarfed up really quickly.  My house smelled like I actually know how to cook, and with three ingredients, they're pretty much no fail.  Now I'm just wondering if I can make these with my torch and skip the oven.  That would make them perfect!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

New Hair Styles That Will Make You Smile

I have some cute hairstyles to show you.  Braids, pig tails or a top knot?  Which is your favorite?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Spring-apalooza Bead Class in NC!

We're all waiting for Spring to hurry up and get here!  And that's the theme of my fun glass sculpting class at Marilyn Peraza's N.C.  studio- March 12-13th.  If you're an advanced beginner or higher, you'll have fun learning bunnies, off mandrel flowers that we'll make into rings, birds and of course gnomes- which helps you learn simple faces, a little body movement and.... hair!  There will also be one special project that you will design with my help.  woot!  Lots of smiles,  good times and personal attention.  Come join the fun!  Class is limited to 6 students.  Hope to see you there.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Hello Kitty Hotel...Pink Perfection

I was totally amazed to see that there is a Hello Kitty townhouse that is for rent.  It makes Barbie's dream home look dull in comparison.  If you click on the link which shows the rooms and appointments, I'm just warning you that you might want to turn down the volume on the youtube video.

I think all of you know how much I enjoy kitsch- but even this might be a little too much for me.  But talk about marketing and branding... I am impressed with that.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

You Are What You Craft

stationary from Sweet Perversion on

So do you agree?  You are what you craft.  I do.  But I think for some people it really is who they are and for others, it is just a part of them.

I'm one of the latter.  Perhaps it's the Gemini in me, but my whimsical art is what tends to come out of me, but I have a grown up side of me too.  It comes out sometimes.  I don't know what the catalyst is, but it does.  And then I get comments like, "it doesn't look like your work".  I know it's confusing, but to quote a famous thinker, "I yam what I yam."

Do you have two or more very diverse sides to what you do?  Do you have a single voice?  Have you evolved from one thing to something very different?  I'd love to hear more.  

and P.S., if you check out Sweet Perversion on Etsy, caution... there are a lot of "adult language" cards on her site.  Funny, but definitely not rated PG.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Glass Artist Jennifer Umphress Needs Your Help- And It's So Easy...

Jennifer Umphress's Glass Art

The 14 year old son Izaiah, of one of our fellow glass artists, Jennifer Umphress, has Burkitts Lymphoma cancer.  Jennifer and her husband have had to move to be close to him while Izaiah is going through cancer and chemo treatments at the hospital.  Which means...Jennifer can't do her glass art.

So, a fabulous raffle has been set up, to help pay for living costs in a second location.  Doesn't that make you proud of our glass world?  It does me.

And the raffle is held monthly on the 10th of each month with raffle tickets at different levels.  Wait until you see the goodies.  The photo at the top is not one of the items, ( it is one of my favorite pieces of hers) but she does have another piece that is in the raffle!  Yikes, wouldn't that be wonderful to win!  And so many more artists have donated pieces that are fabulous too.

So, head over to command central...the Umphress's Family & Friends blog and read through.  The paypal button at the bottom of the page is the way to buy the raffle tickets.  And help out one of our fellow artists and her family.  And by the way, 14 year old Izaiah's body is responding to the chemo and the tumor on his kidney is shrinking (hooray!) but there are still months left to go for treatment.

So now that I've written this, I'm heading back over to their blog to buy some raffle tickets.  Wishing all of you the best of luck and let's give Jennifer (who is a sweetie) a helping hand.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy Chinese Year of the Rabbit

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!  From what I understand, this "Year of the Rabbit" is supposed to be a calm, more restful year, after last year's "Year of the Tiger".  I think I'm ready for it.  You too?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Six More Weeks of Winter? I Hope Not!

Happy Groundhogs Day to you. (I included this photo, because some of you have never seen a groundhog.  This way you can tell the boys and girls apart.)

 It's still too early in the morning to know if the Groundhog saw his shadow, but the idea of six more weeks of winter is very unappealing to me.  I thought we might brainstorm some great ideas of things to do, when the next snowstorm hits.  Yikes, I've had enough and I don't even live in a cold location.

Besides using my torch and melting glass, my next favorite thing to do is learn something new.  Between youtube (lampwork videos here) and the tutorials that are out there, I could actually enjoy six more weeks if it included learning.  For finding the tutorials, I go to Lampwork Etc or pop over to Etsy and do a search.  Please post if you have some favorite links or tutorials that you'd like to share.

As for other things to keep me busy for 6 more weeks of winter...I've recently started making jewelry.  I know I'm way behind the learning curve, but I'm really enjoying it now.  I'm looking for book suggestions from all of you, any favorites?

So although I'm really hoping that spring is right around the corner, I've got plenty to do.  Please share what you would do.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Win A GTT Cricket Torch!

Today starts my month of February- Raffle for a GTT Cricket Torch!  All it takes is donating beads or $$ to Beads of Courage to get chances to win it.

You can visit HERE ( to see all the rules- the quick synopsis is for every 25 beads or dollars you donate to them, you receive one raffle chance.  There are a few very small hoops for you to jump through to help me keep all the details together.  For example, sending me a quick photo of what you're donating, so I can post it on the blog and also you yourself posting on the blog how many beads you donated and your name, so I can get ahold of you if you win!

Not mandatory, but I sure would appreciate if you would write about the contest on your blog and link to the raffle blog, to increase readers.  Wouldn't it be cool if we could get thousands of beads donated this month?  Who said February is the mini month?  It could be gigantic!

So pop over and read all about it and get to making beads.  You have until the end of the month for your donations.  I will draw names for this prize and other wonderful ones that have been generously donated as well.

See you at the other blog too, I hope.  Lots of eye candy and hopefully lots of smiles from the lucky kids who receive these fun beads.

hugs to you all,