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Saturday, November 30, 2013

more paper beads

I love layers of these necklaces. Piles of them! The more the better!

from my stash of paper beads

I've been making beads from papers I hand painted and heavily textured (a fun experiment to see what effects I could get when the bead was rolled) and my old advertising promotions, the beads were coated with several layers of non-toxic polycrylic and strung with African clay, bone, howlite, and/or Czech glass. Love how they turned out! Light weight statement necklaces!

Friday, November 29, 2013


Lots of fabulous sales this weekend and I'm joining in.
Use code GOBBLEGOBBLE when you check out.
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday (Nov. 29-Dec. 2)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

new, not-too-chunky, necklace

at These colors and textures are wonderful to play with. I've ordered some more turquoise magnesite so that I can make a longer version (probably for me to keep :-))) I just need to find another rough nugget focal, this one was just perfect. 
See more details at and don't forget the big sale this weekend! 20% off everything, use code GOBBLEGOBBLE when you check out.

Monday, November 25, 2013

old roses

I love how this necklace turned out - the polymer rose is dainty and feminine but the color, chunky nuggets, leather and copper wire cones give it a little edge. I've got a bunch more hand painted flowers to turn into something, they look substantial but are light weight which makes them perfect for jewelry. See more details at and don't forget the big sale this weekend! 20% off everything, use code GOBBLEGOBBLE when you check out.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


my computer crashed and I lost several hours of work on this piece for Scholastic StoryWorks magazine but somehow still managed to get it in on time - remember to save, save, save! Lesson learned. Again.
It's a poem about a guy who collects zippers - and zips up everything, and then unzips to use his collection of buttons!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

another nice review for VOLCANO RISING

Volcano Rising
By Elizabeth Rusch,  Illustrated by Susan Swan. 2013.
... this is a visually vibrant and textually informative book ... Swan has created illustrations that are colorful and kinetic ... and Rusch’s text can be read on several different levels.  Readers will want to read it all and immerse themselves in the visuals. Text and illustrations work together to create a volume that is both informative and visually arresting. Recommended (from the Jan/Feb issue of Library Media Connection)
Title page:  hinting at what's to come!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Lots of new things at I was supposed to do my very first art/craft festival on Saturday in Ovilla but re-injured my foot (yes, the one I just had surgery on!) so could not attend. You can get an early start on your Christmas shopping with 20% off the entire shop. Please take a look!


playing with

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

 fun, colorful bracelets to stack or wear separately at