Saturday, April 30, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cards for the In-Laws

Here is a card I saw on splitcoast's website and I thought it was clever. So for Mothers Day I gave it a whirl. Loved making it and loved how it came out. Painting is my greatest love and with this card I was able to play a little with ink.

Since my in-laws anniversary is in May I created an elegant card for them while I was in the zone.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Latest Lampwork

I wanted to make a black and white necklace but not have it look like all the other ones I see for sale. They tend to look the same. I like this set because the layered dots create a gray that softens the value difference. The dots look like owl eyes to me.

I have played around with mixing blues this set needs either light blue or a transparent to mix up the opaque. I love some of the individual swirl patterns but as a set its not one of my favorites.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Home of my Ancestors, Budapest is a great place to visit.

I left England and arrived in Budapest Hungary a few short hours later. Both my paternal grandparents were born in Hungary. This trip was something I fantasied about all my life. My grandma was so special to all of us and to see her country first hand is amazing. Friendly, beautiful and unique Budapest won me over.
First on my adgenda was tasting a Dobos Torte. Yea, it was all that!
The Danbue River divides Budapest into Buda on one side and Pest on the other. Very different from each other both sides had much to offer.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


A year in the planning my trip to Europe was a dream come true. Spending time with my Niece and Nephew-in-law was such a bonus. Marcus was so accommodating and resourceful. Elyse's excitement and love of life made her a joy to travel with. We had a blast and fell in love with Paris. Always with me Barbie really logged some frequent flier miles too.

Hampton Court the home of Henry the XVIII and Ann Bolin made my trip to England so interesting. The estate is one train stop from their apartment in Surbiton. A film crew was present the day I visited. Props were piled throughout the castle and made it feel occupied. One of my favorite pictures I took that day was a group of fishing baskets.
My time in England was very limited and we headed to the train station to board the EuroStar for Paris early Friday morning. The Eiffel Tower was incredible. I had not expected to be so impressed but it really is amazing.
Outside cafe's mixed with the Parisian ambiance made for a memorable experience. We took the metro to Versallis and spent our second day in France touring Louis the XVI' and Marie Antoniette's refuge. The oppulance and grandure is hard to explain. The grounds were breathtaking and the castle it's self defies description.

The third and final day was spent at the Louvre where we say the Mona Lisa and much more.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Lampwork Sets

This multi colored lampwork bead necklace was made to see all the colors of glass mixed together. I love the color wheel and seeing the glass as beads I can envision future collaborations.
I love how this set of lampwork beads in white and clear makes such a strong statement. The clear pops the white and it is one of my favorite results. Suprisingly so.
This shows both sides of this lampwork pendant. The silver frit burns into the ivory glass making an unpredictable and intresting pattern.
This funky lampwork pattern is easily achieved placing dot on dot. The value difference really makes this set striking.
Kathleen, my bead buddy, loves the organic shapes and this teal and silver work pops against the darker teal accent beads.
Ivory seperates CIM green and transparent green until its swirled together. Solid transparent green spacer beads makes this a whimsical lampwork set.