Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Design of the Month {and the winner}

Lampwork Otters

Aren't they cute?
I've been getting a lot of requests for the little otters lately, so I decided to make them the DOTM and priced them at a special price. I think I'll be making a pair into earrings for myself too...
If you'd like to place an order, you can HERE.
Along with the "Make into a Pendant", I also added a "Make them into Earrings" just in case you'd like earrings too...

Now for Thursday's blog contest winner.
Nobody guessed the right answer (otter) so I put the names in the bowl and picked one.
... the winner is....

The winner

Suzi in AZ! Congrats Suzi!
Suzi, please send me your mailing address, so I can send you your Otter Pop!


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We spent the weekend at the invitational Truckin' Throwdown at El Toro Marine Base in Irvine CA.

Kurt's Tahoe on the Track
(photo by Anthony Grimes)

Kurt had a lot of fun...A LOT!
Kurt's Tahoe Panning
(photo by Anthony Grimes)

We also had time to visit some of my favorite places, like Roger's Gardens. LOVE this place... 

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I was smitten with these bird houses...

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and the "rock" owls were rockin...what a hoot!

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I'll be back in a bit with the winner of the new Design of the Month...

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

My Dad
 (My dad) 
Thank you to our veterans (past and present) who protect us and our freedom...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Time to relax


I'll be back Tuesday with the new Design of the Month...
It's something I've been getting A LOT of requests for lately. Do you have any ideas what it might be?
If you think you might, leave your guess below in the comment box (one guess per person, please)
The first person who guesses correctly will win one.
If no one guesses correctly, I'll draw one name from all the comments.
A little hint...it's a bead.

Enjoy your weekend...
contest is now closed...I'll announce the winner soon. thanks 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Above the Clouds

Above the Clouds

Above the Clouds

A fun necklace, "Above the Clouds" is a mix of wispy clouds, a whimsical tree and a bird soaring through the sky.

Turquoise Quarry- Lampwork Beads

Heavily textured, stone like looking beads are also available.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Happy Monday

Lampwork Tide Pool Pendant

Lampwork Birdie Happiness

Happy Monday!

I filled the shop with a few new Tide Pool Pendants today, along with a sweet little Flower Birdie...very sweet.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Mystery solved

Half Dome

Mystery solved.
Scalpers use computer software to secure large numbers of permits. That's why in 5 minutes of time, 12,400 permits (the whole months worth) are sold out.
Let's hope they can fix this soon, so we all can go hike Half Dome.

In bead news...
I have a few Tide Pool Pendants ready, I just need to take pictures. So I'll list those on Monday (website)
Have a great weekend

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It's BTW, by the way...

Clay Cupcakes ready for paint

By the way, it's BTW today...
Today my bead table has not one bead on it (not one) but it is full of clay cupcakes. I'm making them for a display for an upcoming bead show I'm doing.
If you'd like to make one of your own, I showed how I made them a couple years ago HERE.
Today I'll be painting them in bright fun colors...
What's on your bead table today?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Not my birthday or anniversary

Pale Pink

You can imagine my surprise when someone brought home roses...
It wasn't my birthday or even our anniversary.

From time to time Kurt receives a tip for a job well done (he's a custom painter/airbrush artist)
So when he delivered a job to a customer who owns a florist shop, the guy was so happy with the art work on his Harley, he handed Kurt a $100 tip...
Which Kurt turned around and exchanged for pale pink roses (my favorite) for me. 
It was the best surprise ever...and so thoughtful.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Wild Berries by the Sea...

Wild Berries

Ottilie the Otter

I had a little extra time this week for a little "play time" at the torch. I sure do miss play time...

I made this sweet little wild berry necklace, wrapped in sterling silver. I'm craving strawberries...

I also made a cute little otter set with pink tones, cute!

If you'd like to check them out, they are on my site
Have a GREAT weekend...xo

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Farmers Market {new beads}

Lampwork Farmers Market Veggies

I added some new beads to the shop.
Perfect if you are a Master Gardener or a newbie to dirt...
This year my garden has...sweet peas (flowers), blueberries, blackberries, white potatoes, peppers (a few different kinds) and tomatoes (LOVE home grown tomatoes)

Farmer's Market
 (a special request bracelet)

How does your garden grow?
Did you plant a garden this year? What did you plant?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mellow Yellow

Yellow bee boxes

Yellow bee boxes

I painted my new bee boxes.
I thought mellow yellow would go nicely with my other boxes. (lavender and Green)
Let's hope the bees like it too.
Note-the color is actually called lemon ice, but I like mellow yellow better! ha

Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy Mom's Day

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(my mom with her corgi/lab, Mattie)
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Whether you experience motherhood in the traditional way...
Or you are a mom with the four legged variety (dogs and cats)
Wishing everyone a very Happy Mom's Day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bottled up...

oh...purple pansies

Lavender Bee

Lavender Bee

Lavender Bee

Swell it?



The Ladies of the garden

This is my favorite time of year in the garden.
Everything is blooming and coming to life.
The air is filled with the sweet smell of lilac, lavender and sweet peas (and roses soon)
I tell you, I wish I could bottle the fragrance...I LOVE the smell of lilacs...L.O.V.E.

What's your favorite flower fragrance?

Monday, May 2, 2011

Design of the Month

What! Is it true?
FREE SHIPPING for the whole month of May?
It's true, for the month of May I'll be offering free shipping on everything on my website
This offer is only good on my website (not Etsy)


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Happy May Day

Happy May Day

May Day flower cones are traditionally left as a surprise on someone's door as a springtime greeting.
I took this idea and made a sweet little necklace.

Have a Happy May Day