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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Sunday, September 23, 2018


So, I'm working on an order. Not my usual subject matter but I never say no to whatever the challenge is. I decided to go ahead and use the tent stitch (which is one bead at a time, placed at an angle) for the face. Yes, I'm happy with it, but even for me, this is crazy time consuming. I did use my beloved couching for the nose and eyes but where you want to avoid lines the tent stitch is a good alternative. I can see already that all the detail in this piece is going to have me using size 13 and smaller beads for alot of it. I'm enjoying doing all the beaded regalia in beadwork. Lots of feathers, horses and all that good stuff. Stay tuned for the finished project. It will be awhile...

Saturday, July 28, 2018


These birds are headed south. The fabulous ravens are always one of my favorite subjects. My work will be at The Eldorado Hotel, Thursday August 16th thru Sunday August 19th. If you are in Santa fe, stop by!

Thursday, June 21, 2018


The longest day of the year! It's raining pretty good today and foggy across the inlet, so I'm putting up a picture of yesterday. More of the summer feeling.The view from the bead table has been spectacular and distracting. The bead store is distracting too. Instead of plugging in, I wander around picking out beads for a pair of earrings or a necklace, I rearrange a display, or just have some long chats with customers. On the sewing front, I've been revisiting a few designs, but after I do the lazy stitch on these I'll be moving on to a new piece with summer flowers. Ahh summer, so much inspiration...