Wednesday, November 18, 2015


 You can't really plan the way your life is going to go. About two months ago I felt faint. Then it was constant dizziness. Long story short after two trips to the emergency room, lots of doctors and tests it has been determined I have Atrial Fibrillation. My heart's natural pace maker is all over the place ( racing up to the mid 200s and as low as 32 ) The first cardiologist I saw was talking about a pace maker which was not at all something I wanted. But now my new guy is taking about doing  CryoAblation.  While I'm not crazy about a catheter with a balloon freezing a scar into a portion of my heart to stop the crazy fast beatings, I am grateful for modern medicine and am glad that I am able to get the treatment. A light at the end of the dizzy tunnel when I get the operation. What has all this got to do with beadwork? Well you haven't heard from me in awhile because the dizziness has had me working at a snails pace. This dressed horses order was already a challenge because of the unusual garb they wear, then you add on the super crappy way I've been feeling and this project could have been a bust. But I think it's turning out okay. I still have two more horses to do on the side panels but I think I've got them figured out. One thing about doing beadwork for the past 40 years is that you always remember specific events by what piece you were working on at the time. Somehow these wildly dressed horses seem appropriate for this time when my heart is beating wildly.

Monday, September 14, 2015


After the big push for the show it feels really good to be taking sometime in the yard, harvesting the garden, enjoying the leaves changing and the last of the blooming flowers. With these clear nights, we have already had a frost. I've got lots of orders lined up and have been working on some the smaller ones just to give myself a break.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


               Finishing up some of the bags for the show…    Right down to the wire around here.

Sunday, June 21, 2015


For all butterfly lovers everywhere.  HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE!

                                                 A pretty good day to put a fresh coat of paint on the old place. Love the new red color on the door!

Friday, May 8, 2015


It's spring, which means migration time around here. I love all the godwits, whimbrels, dunlins, and sandpipers. Watching and listening to these large groups of birds makes this a very special time of year. I thought about this and decided I wanted to give a nod of appreciation to all the non colorful birds. Tan, grey, brown and white are some of my favorite color choices. Also, here's a picture of my adorable snipe family, they nest in the yard...
 Their long beaks are a thing of beauty!
worlds oldest bird skeleton

Monday, April 27, 2015


This weekend I attended Gig's bead retreat on the homer spit. It was beautiful on the beach and there were tons of seals, otters and birds to observe along with the human wildlife having a VERY good time.  It was really fun to commiserate with fellow beaders, see all their projects, beaded bracelets, a gorgeous raven, some porcupine quillwork, and even a beaded dog bone. We ended up playing Cranium late into the night and I haven't laughed that hard in awhile. I learned from Gig how to do a good job on the wire wrap using head pins which I have always been iffy on at best. Heres my little finished project.  Thanks for all the fun gang! It was a pleasure.