Well, that might be a record.

It’s been SO BUSY lately! Ack! I’ve decided to take the month of December off. Well, that sounds like a vacation and it’s not. I’ve got to get year-end stuff done and clean out the studio. I’ll still be around, so, drop a line if you like.

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Dots!

I’ve been caught in dot land! Hayley Tsang Sather offered up a challenge of sorts on Lampwork Etc. The project was designed by Heather Trimlett. You can find the complete details here.

Here are the beads I made

Trimlett 40 Bead Project

Trimlett 40 Bead Project

Of course, once I got started, I really, really got into it! And so, more dots!

Dotted Round Focal Beads

Dotted Round Focal Beads

The next component of this project is to choose three colors and follow the same plan as the first challenge. It’s amazing how much change one sees from the beginning of the project until the end.

 

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Organic beads

This week I made some beads in a style that I love – organic designs with silvered glasses. There’s something quite soothing about making these. The imagery is quite wonderful and everyone seems to see something a little different.

Johanna - an organic focal bead

Johanna

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Genealogy and the Irish Tribe

So, my other hobby is genealogy. I started searching for my paternal Grandfather about 25 years ago – before Ancestry.com. Think old school – pens and papers and microfilm. I thought he’d be easy to find because his name was unusual – Orban Taylor. I was wrong.

It took me about 23 years to find him. Once I did, I found out that he died in 1935. No one ever knew what happened to him and now we do. This line goes back to the 1600s in the USA.

The ones I am now in search of are my Irish ancestors. I am trying to find out where in Ireland they’re from. It’s not easy. So, on that note – any Calligans out there? How about Callaghans? lol

Someday.

In the meantime, how about some beads!

Clara

Clara

 

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Destashing!

Yes, I am continuing the great destash on Etsy! This time, I have added some of the very cool bellflower headpins/beading components to the mix. Why? Well, some came out not-quite-perfect. They cascade a bit at the top of the flower. Now, this doesn’t render them useless at all. They’re still quite wonderful. They’re perhaps better suited as cascading dangles. At least, that’s what I’ve been using them for.

🙂

Here’s an example of what I mean:

Aqua Bellflower

Aqua Bellflower

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House hunting

We’ve been wandering through western Oregon looking for a new place to live. It didn’t go very well. The prices have gone up significantly and nothing was speaking to me. Bummer.  Our house is on the market now, so we’ll see how that goes. I’d like to wait until we sell this one before buying anything else. I’m pretty conservative about money and stability. And so, we wait.

I did get out to the torch this week. I made bell flower headpins/components. Here are a few:

14kt Glass Bell Flower Headpins

14kt Glass Bell Flower Headpins

Pale Pink Glass Bell Flower Headpins

Pale Pink Glass Bell Flower Headpins

The first picture shows the bell flowers in a glass that was underwhelming when I first got it. It has 14kt gold in the glass. As a regular bead, it didn’t really look that special, but in this form, I love it. It’s amazing in the sunlight! Gorgeous! As for the pale pink, well, they’re just so sweet.

You’ll be seeing lots of these, I think. They’re rather like potato chips – can’t do just one.

 

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Whew!

So, there’s been a massive creative slump PLUS life upheaval! We’re planning to sell our house this summer and move to Oregon, most likely. I am purging possessions, packing, and on the hunt for our new perch.

I did torch yesterday and today – it’s been weeks since I’ve been able to get out to the studio. I realize this sounds a tad whiny and that’s not really my intention. It’s just an update. Ha!

Anyway, yeah, I’m still standing!

🙂

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Happy Spring!

And, dear Spring, where are you? I’m longing for warmth and sun and the amazing electric green from new growth. But no. We have rain. Buckets of rain. Soon….

Aurora - an oval lentil bead

Aurora – an oval lentil bead

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and the beat goes on…

March! It’s March! We may be getting Spring here, soon. That would be wonderful! The birds are slowly making an appearance, so we should be fully infested with feathered beauties any time now.

I’ve been making new beads and listing commercial beads, too. I plan on moving sometime this year and want to get rid of some great stuff I’ve collected over the past decade. I’ll be listing the Destash Items in my Etsy Shop. Feel free to make a reasonable offer if you want. I won’t be offended.

And now, beads….

Aurora

Aurora

Castile

Castile

 

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Whew!

So, January came and went. I’ve been handling some medical issues. so this month was all about doctor visits, referrals, and insurance companies. Bleh. It’s amazing how much time all of this takes. There were longs stretches of no torching. Not good.
I did manage a few decent sessions – my reach for sanity.

Amanda

Amanda

Carlos

Carlos

Lola

Lola

 

 

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