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Thursday, September 30, 2010


Two more days till GLITTERFEST!   Address:
 Santa Ana Elks Lodge
212 S. Elk Ln
Santa Ana,Ca  92701
across the street from the Santa Ana Zoo.  There is a large parking lot at the lodge.

not finished!
I will be in the same booth (#12) towards the back.  Please note that there will apparently be some road closures until 11:30a that day because of a parade so plan accordingly.  It's just a small area so you might not be affected at all.   The GF web site has a link to road closures.  Here are a few more things I have been working on.

Friday, September 24, 2010


Thanks everyone for stopping by and participating in the give away.  It feels good to something nice and I really appreciate those of you who have already left feed back.   I will post your feed back and pictures of your finished projects next week.  It's my goal to have a new tutorial every month.  I have sooooo much information to teach!   In the mean time here is a picture of a few kits for my class tomarrow at Gilding the Lily....those gals are SO spoiled!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

24 hour giveaway!

Well here it is!  Thanks for being so patient.  The first 24 people that leave a comment in the next 24 hours will get a 10 page tutorial complete with 16 pictures and step by step directions for the bees wax pouches!!!  All I ask is that you give me some feed back on how well you like it and any suggestions you have for improvement.  I will need your email so don't forget that!  If you don't send me your email I can't send the tutorial!!!  So if you don't get anything that's why and your name will be forfeited.   Once I get your email I will send the tutorial in a PDF format that is easy to download and print or just read on your computer.  This is only good for 24 hours.  The giveaway ends tomarrow, Friday September 24 at 5p.  After that they will be for sale in my Etsy store for $8.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

2 classes this weekend...

Gilding the Lily this Saturday Sept. 25 is full (might be one spot left).  we might start another waiting list if we have enough interest.  This class has sold out 3 times.
5's a  charm at the lily
On Sunday in San Diego at the Shepherdess Sept.26 Treasured Charm Bracelet has seats available 10-5 $90.  click the link to sign up or call 619-297-4110.

Monday, September 20, 2010


Yes, well???? where is the tutorial give away??  It's coming I promise!!  Sorry I got carried away and thought I had super human powers to get it all done but it's going to be a little late.  I have a class to teach tonight and I worked on it all day yesterday not thinking it would take that much time, but alas.......
something else I made for Glitterfest and a proposal for Art Unraveled 2011
So it's coming sometime this week.  Check back.  Thanks!!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Creative chaos and random acts of kindness

Thought I would give you a glimpse into my haunted studio...........well it's really not haunted but I have been SOOOOOOOO into Halloween tinkering away at new pieces for GLITTERFEST!!  woohoo. Can't Wait!!  I usually work more on my jewelry but not so this time.   I have lots of new Halloween paper art like tags, gift pouches, gift matchboxes, cards, ornaments, maybe a banner or two and more!   It must have been after I got the new Stampin Up! catalog (I'm a demonstrator)and  seeing the awesome Halloween stamps and accessories they had and the ideas in the catalog that got me all excited  and THEN serendipitously seeing what Tim Holtz is doing and creating with his new line of Halloween dies and tags!!!  UGH so much great creativity out there....I love it!  I will also have a few Christmas type things as well as new jewelry for sale too.  I swear that if I didn't have to eat or sleep (or take care of my family's meals, cleaning, laundry schedule etc...) I would probably never leave my studio!  I'm not kidding.  It has a bathroom and enough room to sleep.  What more would I need?  I LOVE,LOVE, LOVE making stuff.  I wake up every morning thinking about what I will work on with much anticipation.  I am so lucky to live this creative life.

 I wanted to give you all a heads up for a RAK (random act of kindness).  Check my blog sometime this weekend for a give away.  It will only be for 24 hours and all you have to do is leave a comment and then after you get it, how you like it.  I am giving away a new tutorial......not sayin' what, but it has something to do with a promise I made a few months ago.  I haven't decided if I will put a limit, say the first 20...50??  Not sure.  I don't even know if I have that many people checking my blog so we'll see.    After 24 hours I will have it for sale in my etsy.   BUT YOU (lurkers, friends, students) get if for free if you stop by.  I would also like your honest opinions on the tutorial....likes, dislikes, needed info etc.
yes this is how i work...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Brand new classes

Saturday and Sunday, Sept.11 and 12th I will be offering two new classes.  Saturdays class is in Costa Mesa at Piecemakers, 10-3 $60.  It's called the Crazy beaded Wire Bib necklace.   Learn how to make a sturdy hammered wire frame, free form wire work, clasp, my "velvet wrap" and beaded composition. Picture is below.  Call 714-641-3112 to rsvp.

Sundays class was requested by a student at a private home in Laguna Niguel.  We only have 1 possibly 2 seats left so email me ASAP if you want to attend.  It's from 10-5, $70 includes all the supplies (except a soldering iron and solder) and lunch!   You will learn how to solder a small box with a well dressed frozen charlotte inside as well as basic wire "rosary" style links and velvet wrap to make  into a necklace.  Call or email me 310-787-8704.  Pics below (click on image for better look):

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Yay!! I have finally produced two tutorials!!  This will be the first of many to come.  My teaching schedule is so crazy that I thought I should hone it in and start offering tutorials.   Offering online classes is also on my to do list but seems so daunting since those require video.  For now my Etsy store seems to be a good place to start so they are available here: .    There are two tutorials:  The Tube Bead tutorial  & Tube Bead Earring kit and tutorial.  The tube beads I use in my jewelry are a constant conversation piece so I thought I would offer just the bead as a tutorial  and for $8 you can't go wrong!  You will receive complete instruction, diagrams/picture and material list in a PDF format. 

The second is the  Tube Bead earring KIT and tutorial.  This is a COMPLETE BOXED CLASS with step by step detailed instructions,  everything to make the earrings plus extra for practice (sterling silver wire, garnets, pearls), diagrams and pictures all for $40.     So for those of you who have wanted to take this class but couldn't because of distance or time, here is your chance.   The only thing you won't get is me, but you can email me for questions!
Tube Bead  Tutorial

Tube Bead Earring Kit & Tutorial 

My next tutorial will be the Mermaid Cuff and Bees Wax pouches!!  Contact me if you have any requests.  Thanks for visiting.  I love your sweet comments!