Sunday, August 4, 2019


Headed down south on the 13th. I'm so happy to be working on the final bag for the show, it's been a long haul. Excited and nervous. You would think after all the years of doing these shows that I wouldn't get nerves but I'm just not built that way. I'm so glad that I have Vivi to take care of everything and all I have to do is show up! She is the best. If you are in the Santa Fe area come into the Eldorado on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (15th thru 18th) Hope to see you there!!!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019


There is so much I like about this bag. For one thing I love the way one bluebird is looking up and the other is looking down. So often I do my beaded birds and animals so they are looking straight ahead or I use a simple profile angle so to get this look made me happy.  Also, yellow is not usually my jam but the yellow rose turned out great using an all black line effect. And last but not least Robert did a FANTASTIC job on the leather work. You can't tell by the photo but this bag has the most thick, gorgeous, soft deerhide fringe. Yes it makes that swishy noise when you walk. Like I said, happiness!
p.s. Crazy is always happy on a big piece of cardboard.

Sunday, May 12, 2019


Spring is in the air. Mothers day comes at a wonderful time of year around here. All the birds have come back to have their babies, the moose are having babies, and the new plants have wonderful bright green growth all around. The gallery has started to pick up with people getting out and about. I had a very fun customer who bought lots of buttons!

I put the last of the background on the Beauty beadwork late yesterday and already have my next piece on the hoop. I enjoyed doing the lupine on this last piece so I designed another lupine bag with hummingbirds. Spring energy is light and easy, Happy Mother's Day to everyone. Things are humming...

Friday, February 22, 2019


I've almost finished this piece. "Elk Magic" It's been on the table since December 12. I marked it on the calendar just to see what we are looking at time wise. Only a little bit of snow left to do and I have lots of snow outside my window to inspire me. The white satin has turned out just right to use as a snow bead...

Sunday, January 13, 2019


Looking through some boxes under the floor (our storage space) and came on this photo of my Oprah bag.  At one point in my long career I thought the key to being successful was to have a famous person carry one of my bags. I want to say somewhere around 1995-2005, giving myself lots of leeway because I really can't remember. Anyway, I sent the bag to Oprah, with no luck, no fame, just a form letter. I use to wonder who really wound up with the bag and then I just forgot about it. I'm just revisiting this because I found the picture but I do think that there is a moral to the story. Nothing wrong with trying a bold move in your marketing. Nothing wrong with the long haul of endless sewing and putting in the work. And nothing wrong with nothing coming of any of it. Really, now I realize the joy of doing the art is a life well lived.

Monday, December 31, 2018


The Chief Bag is in the mail. Such a wonderful wrap-up to 2018. It always feels good to finish a challenging project, yes, faces are challenging for me. Should he look happy or serious, anyhow I went for both, sort of. So now I can start 2019 with a new piece.Yay! Here's wishing everyone fun new projects to work on and a great start to the New Year...

Monday, November 12, 2018


Hello gang, This is the posting for all you intrepid beadworkers who have bought my kits. Thank you to everyone! If there is one thing I've learned over the past two year of running the bead store it's that there are tons of wonderful sewers out there! We all have the common bond of working with our hands to turn out something that we've worked hard on and put our hearts into. It's such a pleasure to be part of this community of makers. This is the first time I'm dipping my toe into doing kits. The counting of the beads and then using the scale to make up the bead packets was interesting. I doubled everything to make sure there are more than enough beads to complete the task. I welcome all comments, please feel free to let me know what and how, I can do better. I want to make it as easy as possible for you to enjoy your kit making experience! Here's a good close up of the Evergreen Chickadee Kit. And the link to the videos for beading instructions.

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