Sunday, February 24, 2008


One of my new Beads Baubles and Jewels segments is this great watch project. Check out the link for free instructions!

Saturday, February 23, 2008


OK gang! I’m packin’ it up!
We’re off to Puerto Rico for 6 days thanks to Ellen Degeneres! We won the trip on her TV show in December. I am so thrilled and really can’t complain about a thing except trying on swim suits! It’s just not right to be this fluffy and this shade of white! You can sure tell it's winter in Colorado! I’m still gonna love myself and remember the fish simply don’t care…

Here are images of the 2 classes I’ll be teaching for Swarovski in Milwaukee this June. Modern Vintage has only 4 openings left, Sea Breeze has a few more. One of the coolest things about my class Sea Breeze is that I will be showing students the secrets of making my Sassy Silky scrolls we’ll use in the project. It’s a preview for my book coming out this fall, FABULOUS FABRIC BEADS – Create Custom Beads & Art Jewelry. Sign up now:

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Nothing like sleeping in your own bed which is where I’ve been since returning from Tucson. It started out as a tickle (you all know the story) and ended up as bronchitis! I still managed to yammer on in my classes but my voice ended up as a squeek! I’m now on the mend and looking forward to feeling “normal” again.

Tucson was phenomenal as usual. Beads, baubles and bling abound! Unfortunately or fortunately (depends on how you look at it) I had to cut most of my shopping out due to this illness. Oh, there’s always next year!

It was great to hook up with buddies again, Katie Hacker, Lisa Pavelka, Margot Potter, and Laura Timmons to name a few fellow instructors. Also so exciting to have folks in my classes from Thailand and Brazil (whom I may add are the fastest beaders I have ever seen!). Seeing the Swarovski competition pieces is worth the trip alone for inspiration.

It went by so quickly and I felt like Cinderella at the ball as I always do when I’m around a Swarovski event!

Thanks to all my lovely students, bling on with your sweet selves!

Sunday, February 3, 2008


One of my goals for 2008 is to achieve a more balanced life...LOL!!! Can anyone relate or is it just me? Living this exciting fast track lifestyle is simply lovely but I can get pretty stressed now and again. I had to chill this evening and enjoy the most WONDERFUL movie, Miss Potter. It is the delightful tale of Beatrix Potter (Renee Zellweger); very inspiring for anyone who has written a book or wished they could write a book. The movie captured the true essence and sheer joy in writing which I find I sometimes forget with all the travelling, shows, TV productions and deadlines, etc. Her life was boldly inspiring and quite independent. She kept plugging away despite the many challenges her path encountered; lack of support and heart breaking tragedy. I just love her and wish we could chat over tea in my studio (or hers, it looked sooooooooooooooooooooo MUCH cleaner than mine). I highly recommend this feel-good inspirational flick for a good old creativity shot in the arm!