Sunday, July 6, 2014


LESS THAN A MONTH AND I'LL BE IN JUNEAU! Annie Dennis and I will be getting together to  wow them with our work  at:
The first friday opening is August 1st.  It's right downtown Juneau. ( 244 front street)
 I understand they serve wine at these openings, that always helps with the show opening jitters. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, June 22, 2014


It's a rainy sunday day so I thought I would catch up with some picture taking of things in the gallery. The first day of summer was fun and eventful around here, we had a birthday party for my friend Angela and some great customers who come by every year came in and we had a chance to catch up. I remember when I decided to open the gallery, I thought because I was always sitting here sewing it would be nice to have some people to talk to and the truth is, it is. So thank you to everyone who stops in with their visiting summer relatives year after year. I appreciate it.
So, here are some pictures of the finished projects, the Eagle Bag with all of the colorful flowers added and the salmon skin and butterfly cuffs.

Monday, May 26, 2014


My current project on the bead table. The flags and eagle were not planned to coincide with Memorial Day but it feels appropriate. Working on this piece made me realize that I enjoy the freedom the black velvet gives you with the flowers. You just rough the design out with a white Pentel gel marker and then just play with the colors and design as you go. When I first started being interested in beadwork, those many moons ago, I really loved the contrast of the bright colors on the black velvet. Can't wait to get started on the vines, gray blue or clear, which do you like?

Thursday, May 15, 2014


I finished the bag today. It's been a long haul and especially hard to stay put at the bead table when the weather has been so gorgeous. After coming off a long alaskan winter, (even an easy one like this year) you feel the need to be outside gobbling up the warm breezes and watching green thing grow. So I was very happy to tie the last knot and put this in the mail. It's going to Milan Italy, which is cool and also makes me happy. Time to give the wrist a rest and start planting and weeding. I love this time of year!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


MAY FIRST! We are up and running. Had my first customers, first sale, and first bulbs coming up in the yard of 2014...
 Working on finishing up the beadwork for the "Butterfly Suitcase Bag". I'm really happy with the way it's turning out. Day light is now cooperating with long bead hours and loads of time working in the yard. Spring, sigh, just when you need it.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Spring has sprung and the motorhomes are showing up at the pull off. They take pictures of the inlet sunsets and snow capped volcanoes, then glance over and see that we are still closed… So we decided to put a fresh coat of paint on the gallery, always a good way to start the season. We flipped the colors on the display boxes. Last year I thought that the black on the inside would be good but it turned out to just sap all the light, so now it's white inside/black outside. I like it. The upper part is still unfinished, total chaos, but we are getting there. Then, just a good window washing, set things up and price everything, hang the signs and we are open for business. May 1st! I always feel so much energy this time of year. P.S. here's the little hummingbird that did not make the cut for the big suitcase bag. Now he's going to be a little postcard bag...

Monday, February 24, 2014


I'm working on that big butterfly suitcase bag. I think I'll do a little semi 3-D effect, that's why I beaded part of the back wing. But, my mind and sketch pad kept going back to the cuffs. So I snuck in another bracelet. I love this moth piece and the silver background makes it seem even more jewelry like.