Friday, September 30, 2011

Let the fun begin

Lampwork Wine Stopper

Copper Halloween Necklace

Let the fun begin!
Starting today, for 13 days new goodies will be added to the shop!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Soon, very soon

Happy Halloween (almost)

October's Design of the Month will start tomorrow, Friday September 30th.
For 13 days, I'll be adding a few new pieces everyday to the DOTM page (because 13 is a lucky number)
There will be spooky bracelets, creepy necklaces (and cute ones too), maybe a black cat and a spider or two. Plus, so much more!
I hope you'll come back and join in the fun!
Boo Ha Ha

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Liquid Gold

Honey Harvest 2011

I've been a hobby beekeeper for about two years now. But this is my first year for harvesting honey. The first year you leave all the honey for your bees so they can make it through the cold winter months ahead. By the second year hopefully your bees have been busy little things, so there will be enough honey for you both.
My girls (bees) did good this year.

Last weekend we harvested this years honey...
Honey Harvest 2011

Honey supers full of honey ready to be uncapped...

Honey Harvest 2011

Uncapping the comb with the heat knife, so the honey will flow when placed in the spinner.

Honey Harvest 2011

Placing the frames in the extractor and start spinning...

Honey Harvest 2011

And spinning...

Honey Harvest 2011

and spinning some more.

Honey Harvest 2011

Look at all that pretty golden goodness.

Now I'm looking forward to designing some fun labels for the bottles!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hip to be Square


Because I run a online business, I only take credit cards through paypal. I knew I was going to have to figure something else out if I was going to be doing shows this year.
I heard about the Square, so I gave it a try.
Let me say, I think it's the best thing! Really!
It's easy to sign up for it, once you do you'll receive a FREE little white card reader (in a couple days) that goes right on top of your phone (smart phones only)
They only charge you 2.75% for each sale and there is no monthly fee, none!
Banks charge more than that, plus a monthly fee of $45.
I tried it out this last weekend for the first time. So easy, it's my new favorite thing this week.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Something new

The Chain Gang

The Chain Gang

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Soups on!

A few weeks ago I joined Lori's Bead Soup Blog Party.
Everyone got paired up and we exchanged our beads (A focal bead, a clasp and a few spacer beads)
My partner was Wendy Blum  (you might remember I sent her this soup mix)
She sent me this amazing Peruvian Amazonite focal, silver toggle, pearls and crystals.
Once I received my soup mix, I knew I had to make something with an ocean theme.

Bead Soup mix that Wendy Blum sent me! The Peruvian Amazonite pendant is so much prettier in person! I love it!

So off to the studio to make some "ocean" beads to go with my soup mix...
This is what I made, a Carmel by the Sea Necklace...

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With a seaside glass bezel to hang the focal, a amazonite colored heart and a starfish all wrapped in sterling.

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A little glass bottle is filled with beach sand from Carmel California.
(I collect sand from the beaches I visit)

Thanks again to our party host, Lori for putting on such a fun party!
If you'd like to check out all the party goers, here is the list.
Thanks for stopping by...xo

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Before and After

As I'm getting ready for a couple upcoming shows, I wanted something for my table...something charming, something that would be fun and go with my name, Garden Path Beads.
Kurt came up with an idea and offered to make it for me.

I still can not believe he took this scrap metal...
scrap metal

And made this sweet garden gate for me...

Garden Path Gate

Garden Path Gate

Garden Path Gate

Garden Path Gate with Lampwork bees

Garden Path Gate with Lampwork bees

Complete with a couple of my lampwork bees...
It's perfect! Just PERFECT!

I've been busy over these last few months getting ready for some fun events!
Here is a list of the happenings for the next few weeks...

Saturday, Sept. 17th
The Bead Soup is reviled (here on my blog)
This event is where you get matched up with a partner and you send each other beads and then you make something from the goodies they send you. This year my partner was Wendy who sent me an amazing Peruvian Amazonite focal bead! Fun Fun Fun

Sunday, Sept. 18th, 2011
I'll be selling here- (loose beads only)
Ramada University Hotel
324 E. Shaw Ave.
Fresno, CA

Saturday, Sept. 24th 2011
I'll be selling here- (Halloween goodies only, sorry no loose beads)
Hermann Sons Hall
860 Western Ave.
Petaluma, CA

Saturday, Oct. 15th, 2011
I'll be selling here- (lots of fun goodies, maybe a few loose beads too)
Elk's Lodge
212 S. Elk Lane
Santa Ana, CA

If you are in the area, I hope you'll stop by and say hi!
Maria xo

Friday, September 9, 2011

To the top

My sister Pam climbing the Half Dome in Yosemite, CA
My sister Pam climbing the cables.

My sister Pam climbing the Half Dome in Yosemite, CA
Pam is almost to the top...

My sister Pam and I on the top of Half Dome, 9/8/11

My sister Pam and I on the top of Half Dome in Yosemite was a long day (14 hours) of hiking, but we made it to the top!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011




Did you know it takes about 556 worker bees to gather 1-pound of honey from about 2-million flowers.
Can you tell what I've been thinking about lately? Yep...harvesting my honey!
Soon, very soon.

It's going to be a busy week here...
My sister, Pam and her husband are flying in to go hike Half Dome (like we did last year)
We'll take some time and celebrate Pam and Kurt's birthday (both were last week)
Plus, I'll be spending every extra minute in the studio (I have a couple upcoming shows)

Friday, September 2, 2011

What a HOOT

Grow- Lampwork Necklace

Midnight Owl- Lampwork Necklace

I added a couple goodies in the shop...

I also have a few loose (I mean single, hehe) owls. But I need to take pics of them and then I'll put them on the bead page in the next day or two.

Have a great 3-day weekend.