Some days…

A little extra help is needed.

Yes, this sweet little furry critter fills my heart with so much joy.



Spring Bead Cleaning Sale!

It's here! My Spring Bead Cleaning is now live in my Etsy shop!

You all know I love to be organized (even though I'm not at all half the time!) and so cleaning up and sorting through my hoarded bead stash was like a big breath of fresh Spring air. It brought back a lot of fun memories from my first years as a bead maker, rekindled old ideas, and also gave life to many, many more ideas that are just now starting to bloom.

Many of these beads are one or a few of a kind, and since it was much too dull to set up listings of one or two beads, I arranged them into mini bead soups—I always think beads in an artfully combined color scheme with varying shapes and texture are so inspiring.

Oh wow! I had so much fun arranging the sets! It was exciting to see too, that while my beads have changed over the years they all still match together with my new beads in amazing ways. I really think I might continue to offer some of my beads in sets and so, to celebrate the start of my new inspirations sets…

…these Spring Bead Cleaning sets are 20% off for a limited time only!

And now, here's a glimpse at some of what's now available in my shop

until they sell out, of course!

And these are only a few of my new sets—I didn't want to slow down your computer too much! ;-) Go here to see them all and grab a few for yourself!

Happy shopping!

Spring Bead Cleaning

It's that time of year again!

The birds are all singing happy spring songs…
light rain is falling (instead of snow and ice)…
 frogs are chirping at the ponds again…
the grass is greening…
and, finally the flowers are blooming!

It's been such a long drear winter!

And of course, it's well past time to start spring cleaning!

This week has been all about studio organizing—if you saw my mess a couple weeks ago, you'll know that I was starting to get a little desperate and overrun by the chaos. My main focus has been bead cleanup—I was a little shocked to find how many beads I had that were in an unfinished state and how much I was hoarding for future projects. I still had some old jewelry that needed to come apart to open up the possibility for new life to those forgotten beads too.

And so… this spring brings Spring Bead Cleaning to all of you!

My whole stash of hoarded polymer beads—the smaller bowl holds the few favorites I still can't part with—they will wait for jewelry making days.

Notice the brown theme I have going. The little bit of blue is for fun and to challenge myself… but I bet you're surprised to see the pinks here! Me too! Those little guys are some of my first beads and you have to admit that they are kinda cute in all their bold pinkness. They will stick with me for a least some time longer…

And here's what's nearly ready to fly to new homes and bead boxes… and hopefully new jewelry…

Some of these are years old, some are newer and I just never got around to finishing and listing, and some are one of a kind—those happy accidents that leave you wondering what colors and techniques you used.

They'll be going live in my shop over the weekend—be sure to check back here for all the details and to grab up some new beads for yourself!

Happy Friday!