Thursday, December 20, 2012

Drawing to a close...


As the year draws to a close,
I would like to take this time to say thank you...

Thank you for visiting this little place in space where I share some of the happenings of my life.
Thank you for supporting and enjoying my art.
Thank you for coming to my shows, I hope to do more next year!
Thank you for just being you!

I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa
and a Very Happy and Healthy New Year!

See ya in 2013!
Hugs & Kisses,
Maria and Molly too

Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012










Do you Pinterest?
I L.O.V.E. Pinterest! LOVE!
So so many fun ideas & inspiration!
All the ones above will be going on my "Stuff I Want To Make" list...
What are some of your favorites on Pinterest?

Friday, December 7, 2012


Lampwork Snow Globe

Nothing says "The Holiday" like a snow-globe!
This little Snowgirl available HERE.

Lampwork Puppy Dog Necklace

This week I was in a puppy mood...
I added a few puppies HERE, if you'd like to take a peek.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Peace On Earth

Peace on Earth

It sounds so cliche...but Peace On Earth would be so nice, wouldn't it?


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mistletoe Kissing Ball

Mistletoe Kissing Ball Mistletoe Kissing Ball
 ~Mistletoe Kissing Ball Necklace~


A Walk on the Whimsy Side...

A Walk on the Whimsy Side- Lampwork Bracelet

A Walk on the Whimsy Side- Lampwork Bracelet

A Bird on her Nest, A Shade Tree, Mushroom, A Fun Flower and a Heart Dangle...
Available HERE.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly- Bracelet When Pigs Fly- Bracelet

A Flying Pig (with wings) with Puffy Clouds...
You can find it HERE.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Snow Bunnies

Snow Bunny Fairy Garden Snow Bunny Fairy Garden
~Snow Bunny Fairy Garden~

I'm continuing to add new goodies to the shop.
New Fairy Gardens HERE 
New Jewelry HERE
I'll be adding new things everyday, so check back often...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ho Ho Ho-lidays {plus, the new design of the month}

Fairy Garden Lampwork "Let it Snow"

The elves (me & Molly...ok mostly me) have been working hard behind the scenes, getting ready for the holidays.
I have lots of new fun things coming to the Winter Fairy Gardens, Bracelets,Necklaces, Earrings and a couple surprises too...
I'll start loading the SHOP, starting Saturday Nov. 24th and continue over the next couple weeks...hope you'll stop by...

Plus, today I added the new Design of the Month for December.

Frosty Ornament (Design of the Month) 

Last year I offered these as a kit, this year I'm offering it ready to hang on the tree or you can add a chain and wear it as a necklace all season all! Fun Fun Fun
You can order yours HERE.

Friday, Nov. 23rd you can save 30% over in my Etsy store.
 Enter the code BLACKFRIDAY (one word) when you are checking out
and receive 30% off your entire order...
Please note- You must enter the code to receive discount. I can not adjust your bill after you pay...thanks 

Monday, November 19, 2012

instagram weekend

(Molly thinks the cut-out's in the cart's are just for her)

(tile waiting to be grouted)


(two for one weekend-thanks Starbucks!) 


(Molly thanks you too) 

Not a very exciting weekend, but a productive one...
Lots of trips to Lowes, plus we laid the bathroom tile down at "T-Rex"
I cut the tile, while Kurt laid it.
I must have cut a million (maybe two million) little square tiles in half for around the edges.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Create-a-Cupcake-Kits {on sale}


Are you crafty or have a crafty friend on your gift list?
Today I have my Create-a-Cupcake-Kits on sale.
Sale is only good for today or until they run out...

Friday, November 9, 2012

What a difference


What a difference a few days make...
Just a couple days ago we were in the high 80's, I had the AC running in the studio...
Today it's raining (with a little snow mixed in)
Somebody's trying to adjust to the change ...

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Shop update

Sea Spray- Lampwork Bracelet Lampwork Flower Vase

I added a few new things to the shop.
A couple things on the Jewelry Page and flower vases on the new Glass Flower Vase Page.
Hope you enjoy!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Bellflower Head-Pins

Lampwork Headpins

I put a few sets of head-pins in my Etsy Shop.
A couple come with little Acorn Beads and all have the popular Bellflowers...
You can check them out here.

P.S. I just received my order for tiny vases. So I'll be making more of the Glass Flower Vases this week!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Ears to You (Blog Hop)

October is breast cancer awareness month.
So when I saw Amy, from Copper Diem was putting together a blog hop for
 the organization "Ears to You
(who's mission is to provide earrings to lift the spirits of women undergoing chemotherapy for cancer)
I knew I wanted to join in! 

Fall Acorn Earrings  
 ~Lampwork Fall Acorns and Leaves~ (I love Fall)

Lampwork Earrings  
~Sterling Silver Flowers With Colorful Lampwork Dangles~

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~Spotted Aqua Lampwork Beads, Mixed With Copper Wrapped Beads/Handmade Copper Earwires~

Some of you already know that my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple months ago and is now undergoing treatment. So I thought she might like a little pick-me-up too, so I made 2-of each earring design above and I'll be sending 3-pairs to my mom and 3-pairs to Ears to You...
Thank you again Amy for putting the blog hop together...

Wednesday, October 31, 2012




Tuesday, October 30, 2012

quarter of a century

Photo by mariagrimes Photo by mariagrimes

25 years ago we had our one and only child, Anthony.

I remember telling Kurt (months before he was born) I wanted to get the newspaper of the day he was born.
Thinking he would like to know the happenings on the day he was born.

Anthony was born Oct. 30 (11:12pm)
Being the great husband/father Kurt is, he went out in the wee hours looking for the Oct. 30th  newspapers (4 different ones, including the town he was born in) before they were replaced.
Anthony never knew we had them, we gave them to him this weekend when we celebrated his 25th birthday. It was fun seeing how things were 25 years ago. Anthony was surprised the cost of a new car back then, the good old days! Ha

Happy Birthday Anthony!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

So good!

Rich Ferguson from San Luis Obispo, CA

Friday, October 26, 2012

Design of the Month (November)

Lampwork Acorn Necklaces (DOTM)

I'm back ...
My shows are over and I'm back working on new things, including the Design of the Month.
November's design really isn't new, but I think it's perfect for Fall...
I'm offering the Acorn Necklaces in 4 different colors, Ivory, Green, Orange and Aqua.
If you'd like to place an order, they are available...HERE.

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Hooters the Owl Hooters the Owl 

I entered the Hooters Owl Challenge over at Artisan Whimsy...

I made this Hooter Necklace complete with an Owl, Acorn, Branch, an Oak Leaf and creamy Lavender spacers.
(all made by me)

Voting begins Oct 28th Midnight - Oct 30th Midnight
All Artisan Whimsy members are invited to participate, so if you are not a member (yet), don't walk and sign up today! It's a fun group!
Plus, once you are a member, you'll be able to vote (wink wink)


Monday, October 22, 2012


I love the beach.
I dream of having a little beach house of our own one day.
A place we can escape to from time to time...
Where we can take long walks, hear the sea lions at night, a place we can curl up with a good book...
But living in California, this is usually just a dream.
In some CA seaside towns, a teeny tiny little fixer-up usually start in the high $400,000 range, if you can find one that cheap. And when you do, they need A LOT OF WORK! Which means a ton of money.

So when I found a little vintage (1958) Rex Mobile Home a couple months ago, I knew it was for me!
I fondly call it my "T-Rex"
OK, it needs a lot of work! A LOT! But, it has a tiny pink oven! 
Which does not work anymore, but it is super cute! 

Vintage Pink Oven

and the location is perfect...right a cross from the beach...perfect!


So over the next few months, we'll be gutting, building, fixing, redesigning, painting, laying new floors and adding a new deck. My T-Rex is getting a make-over...I'm so excited!