Monday, July 17, 2017

Life & Little Things...Summertime


I can't believe we're already half way done with July. We hit the ground running with Summer break. Enjoying sleeping in as much as possible. Some days without any schedules to follow...


spending time outside or in between the pages of a good book or both at the same time because reading in the hammock is the best...




Mr. Handsome did a great job with his corn hole game boards...


the littlest nugget turned 7...and lost his front tooth...then lost his other front tooth lol!






ice cream for special dates...or dinner on a hot summer day :)



hitting up the nature trail...




and of course lots of time in the studio melting glass and playing with some new colors...








How's your summer going so far?


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Life & Little Things...on the bench

I've been working on some large custom orders the past few weeks and squeezing in some fun extras for a shop update...




Lots of WIPs that need to be finished up this week and then they'll be up in the shop...

I'm in love with these Jasper spears...Perfect fit for 9mm and .380's. Definitely going to keep a pair for myself...



Glass restock, some new colors to play with :)



feels so good to be filling up the kiln several times a week again :)



my little assistant lost his first tooth a few weeks ago and now two more are wiggly so he's excited to be toothless lol :)








Friday, March 24, 2017

BEAD SOUP!!! Lets Hop!

I'm so excited to be soup hopping again! I participate in a lot of blog hops and challenges and Lori's Bead Soup Blog Party hop is one that I always look forward to :) 
Grab your coffee/tea, make yourself cozy and lets get hopping!

My bead partner this time around is Elizabeth  Hodges - The Whispering Seas Blog
Here's a quick reminder of the gorgeous items she sent me to work with...


I paired up the pottery heart focal by Sue Vandever (susieqbeads) with some individually wired pearls...




I couldn't resist adding in some larger and contrasting colored pearls to make it more asymetrical, my eye tends to like things a bit "off"...






Wild & Free!!


the backside is unglazed and with a beautiful design so if it happens to turn while wearing there is still something pretty to look at :)



I decided to keep the bracelet about as simple as I could get because I LOVE this flower button ( by Lisa Peters Art) and knew I wanted to add it to my stack bracelet collection...



I love chunky, stackable bracelets. I tend to layer them on...



The enameled copper blanks (by Cathleen Zaring- BlueHareArt) quickly worked up into earrings...



the colors are so fun on these! A good dangle and pops of color!





There's no shortage of bullet casings in this house since we try to hit the shooting range as often as we can and save all our shells because I love to use them in my jewelry pieces.

I capped my thick leather cording in .22 casings. Turns out they're a perfect fit :)


The dragonfly is by Trace Dock (Classic Bead) and I wired it up on some copper with a polished sodalite, vintage sapphire rhinestone rondel and a polished turquoise...







Thanks for stopping by to see what I  created with my soup. Be sure to visit the rest of the participants on the list :
Click HERE for the blog list

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Life & Little Things...Mr. Handsome, Mr. Talented


So I'd like to call this blog edition: My Husband, Mr. Handsome, Mr. Talented...
We're a pretty artsy, creative, fun family... a couple of years ago Mr. Handsome picked up a wood burner and some wood and started playing around with some designs as another creative outlet. As it turns out, he totally rocks at it and he LOVES working with this medium...


Here's a few of my favorites that he's worked on recently or is currently still working on...


Star Girl...work in progress



Wizard of Oz on large slice



large crystal grid



Harry Potter inspired Wand/Spatula and cutting board

 So now I share my studio with a super hunky and talented artist and I enjoy peeking over my shoulder to watch him work while I work and occasionally he catches me and laughs and calls me a creeper...GUILTY :) 


Now we're brainstorming a studio redo/revamp to really maximize function and organization and also have a cozy area by the fireplace to relax, read, sketch, daydream, brainstorm, etc...

If you want to see more of his work and works in progress check out his Instagram!



Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Life and Little Things...and BEAD SOUP!

Bead Soup! The BSBP Bead Hoarders Edition is coming up! Lori has been struggling with some pretty bad health issues but is on the mend and I was sooooo excited to hear she was feeling up to hosting the Bead Soup Blog Party this year! I was paired up with the amazingly talented Elizabeth Hodges of The Whispering Seas

Take a peek at what she send me...I'm drooling









The heart is by Sue Vandever (Susieqbeads), the daisy and the dragonfly on the ribbon are by Trace Dock (Classic Beads), the sunflower button is by Lisa Peters Art, and the enamel pair is by Cathleen Zaring (BlueHareArt).

I'm so excited to brainstorm, sketch, play and create with these goodies and see what I come up with. AND to see what my partner whips up with the goodies I sent her.

The reveal date is set for March 24th. Be sure to stop back and see what I came up with :)



Monday, January 16, 2017

Life and Little Things...2017 kicks off

Kicking off my first post of 2017 :) Here's a peek at what's on my work table and almost complete...


I've been hoarding these beautiful blue denim Aventurine rounds for a while and finally put them to perfect use with this "evil eye" rhinestone pendant. Deciding on the length, clasp and how I'd like for it to close...traditional or slightly different...



2017 has me on a Kombucha kick...healthy gut, healthy you and all that jazz...



and this beauty is what I'm currently reading...aside from the great reviews those black dyed pages are what really sold me on this one! 


A Court of Mist and Fury left me with a major book hangover. My goodness, what a story! I wasn't sure if it was really going to be my thing/genre but all the reviews and everyone in my book group raving on about this series and then the final straw was when I got the first two books from my secret book elf. I jumped right in and was instantly HOOKED!



These cute little personalized charms are now available in my etsy shop. Pick your letter and let me know at checkout :) Super cute!



2017 is off to a great start!