Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New work......

 Hand Knotted Gemstone Boho Layering Necklace with Nepali Tusk Pendant

Set of 3 Beaded Stacking Bracelets-SOLD Thanks J.D.!


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Just pluggin' along....

 "Sweet Cheeks" multi-strand bracelet new in my Etsy shop today!

I'm bummed that summer is over. Our summer here in the Northwest was so spectacular that it's just really sad to see it end. But, I know a lot of you are looking forward to Autumn and all that great stuff it offers, football, falling leaves, chilly evenings curled up by the fire..... Okay, I'm starting to get used to the idea. ;-)

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Making jewelry other than lampwork......

 Set of 3 Chunky Boho Style Stacking Bracelets. ***New in my Etsy Shop***
Triple Wrap Braided Leather Bracelet with Sterling Skull Clasp.
Since I don't have as much time to make beads lately I thought I'd get involved in some less time consuming jewelry. I just added these really great bracelets to my Etsy shop. Simple and lots of fun to create!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"Gentle Gypsy" Bracelet now in my Etsy shop.
I'm so excited to have a new piece of jewelry to share! It's been a challenge to find time to create with a full time job. "Gentle Gypsy" has been added to my Etsy shop.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Happy Friday!

For my Dear longtime customer and friend Jackie, in honor of her beloved Westies "Max" and "Sadie".
I hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend.

Friday, June 21, 2013


 "Dasha" Bracelet. New in my Etsy shop today!
Working full time doesn't leave a whole lot of time for new beads. This is my first new piece in weeks!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


I am still here but in case you've been wondering why you don't hear from me as often it's because I now have a full time job. As a small business owner this has become necessary in order to make ends meet. Don't worry though, I STILL MAKE BEADS!
I rarely sit down at the torch for the sole purpose of trying out new techniques anymore . This really isn't a good thing because how else am I to grow as an artist?  I used to spend entire days, sometime even weeks practicing techniques in order to master them when I was first learning about beadmaking. Why don't I do this anymore? I guess I'm of the opinion that if I'm not constantly creating new things that I'm not 'doing my job' as an artist.
I would love to be able to take classes from my beadmaking mentors but I just don't have the time or the funds necessary to do that. I have purchased a couple of online tutorials for the purpose of learning techniques that I just wasn't able to figure out on my own. I am a true DIY'er and I am constantly a challenging myself to figure things out on my own. I just prefer to learn that way and beadmaking has been no different. Most everything I've learned about beadmaking has been discovered online, in books I've purchased, or from those very generous and talented beadmakers who have demonstrated their professional techniques for free.

There is one technique that I would really like to master and I am determined to do that. It is the petal implosion technique. There are tutorials out there, both free, which I've studied, and for purchase. I think I understand the concept enough to figure it out without purchasing a tutorial, or at least I think so..... I promised myself that if I couldn't create enough success by the end of this week that I would purchase said tutorial....I know, I'm very hard headed that way. :-)
My frequent attempts to create this type of petal implosion technique had always left me frustrated in the past. I just couldn't seem to get it...until yesterday, when things started coming together and I actually have a successful bead to share.  I am determined to learn and master this technique...

Friday, May 3, 2013

R.I.P. Wally...


I was honored when a very sweet customer asked me if I would be interested in making her a set of memorial beads in honor of her beloved Bishon "Wally", whom she had recently lost. Wally's ashes are actually incorporated in most of the beads in this sweet bracelet I made for her. What a great way to remember that most loved pet! Thanks P!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mother's Day Studio Tour


The 15th ANNUAL CAMANO ISLAND STUDIO TOUR, Camano Island, Washington, is coming up starting Mother's Day weekend, May 10th, 11th, and 12th and also the following weekend, May 18th, 19th, and 20th. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm. The Free, Self-Guided Tour of 48 artists, 31 Studios and 3 Galleries features ceramics, fiber and textile wearables, glass, jewelry, masks, sculpture, pastels, photography, printmaking, painting, and wood.
You can find my colorful and happy art jewelry, HIPPKITTY BEADS, at SEAGRASS GALLERY, part of the annual tour, located in the CAMANO COMMONS at TERRY'S CORNER on Camano Island. Go here for more information. And a mobile friendly app. http://tour.turfmine.com/camano/ 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Spring earrings

Ivory and sky blue earrings.
Ruby pink and violet earrings.

 Violet and spring green earrings.
I seem to have my nose in an earring groove this week.
More to come....

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

If you dare....

Etched and stacked earrings new in my Etsy shop today!

 Primary colors earrings.
Artisan lampwork earrings not for the faint-of-heart. Prepare to get noticed in these happy and fun earrings.