Saturday, March 31, 2012

I Heart Macro - Enamel

Today was the reveal for the Colors of Spring Blog hop I participated in.
 We got a sudden burst of sunshine this afternoon which we haven't seen much in the last few days so I decided to attempt to re-take some of my photos and also thought that cool enamel bead with all it's cracks and crackles was a perfect subject for today's I Heart Macro!

Mor Macro to enjoy at Studio Waterstone!

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Colors of Spring Blog Hop Reveal

Beautiful Enamel Bisque beads from Sally Russick of Studio Sublime.
All in Pantone colors of Spring,
I chose this wonderful Purple BellFlower

Made the necklace and earrings with Beautiful Silk Ribbon in shades of greens and purples, a perfect match to my enamel beads. I also used some of SueBeads copper enamel beads.

I've also included a beautiful pair of TyeDye Royal Purple Lampwork beads by Lara Lutrick.

Thank you for Hopping by!

Check out StudioSublime for more of the Blog Hop Participants!
I apologize for not having the list here but everytime I tried to save it once I put in the links I got an error.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Copper Mushrooms BTW

Cute little mushrooms waiting to be cleaned and polished to get ready for the kiln.
 One of the new component pair I'll be firing soon!

It's Bead Table Wednesday,
check it out HERE on Flickr!


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bald Eagle WBW

My first Bald Eagle photo, well almost...
the first good one that I actually had a lens that could reach far enough.

I visited friends in Big Lake over the weekend
 and was told there had been Bald Eagles out in abundance
 so I was hopeful I had a good chance.
 Time went by and I almost had given up hope of seeing one when this big beauty showed up!
I was rushing around like a crazy person trying to get a good shot and this is the best of the bunch.
I was in the middle of moving the camera to a different spot when it took off, by the time I got set up and got the camer pointed in the right direction it was quite a distance away.
 I would have been so happy to get one of it launching from the branch,
 but I'm VERY HAPPY to have gotten this photo!
 Maybe next time!


Friday, March 23, 2012

Dew Drops

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To see Dew Drops
my newest Earrings Creations.


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and writes on her Blog.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Puerto Vallarta 2012

This photo is from the balcony of our unit, wonderful to sit and look out at the water!

Several shots of the sky, it was fairly overcast most of the trip so I didn't get the spectacular sunset like I got last year, CLICK HERE to see it.

I love me some Pelicans, had to include a shot of them flying overhead!
 If you clicked on the above link you'll also see my Pelican Experience from last year
 CLICK HERE to see this years Awesome Close Encounter!

Amazing sculptures by the boardwalk in town along the beach!

And lots of Sand Sculptures!

I love these doors.

And as I mentioned it was overcast and it rained once, and boy did it ever rain!
 In 10 short minutes it absolutely poured!
These photos don't do it justice, I've never seen so much water come down in such a short time!

These pictures taken from our balcony, we could only stand on the balcony on the side.
 We couldn't stand on the front balcony facing the beach because the rain was blowing towards us and we would have been absolutely soaked

I'll be editing more pictures along the way and share in another post.
I hope you enjoyed these cause I sure had fun sharing them.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

I ♥ Macro - Spring is busting out all over

White Currant
Lots of things are busting out all over! So nice to see!!!
AND it's actually sunny right now, snow mixed with rain this morning!

Red Currant
Of course with all these wonderful plants busting out, so are the weeds!
I need to get out there before they get too far! 

Goldflame Spirea

Variegated Jacob's Ladder


And of course when I'm out taking pictures I have to take pic of my girls!

Ginger in back, Shasta up front!

Shasta with something on her nose, and those ultra short legs, she is SO CUTE!

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I hope you enjoyed my spring photos!

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Earrings Everyday Blog Spotlight

We just found out the Earrings Everyday blog was Spotlighted in
Beads and Beyond Magazine back in February!

Yup, that's my
 you see there, the first time in a magazine that I know of!

Very Exciting huh?!?!?
My Copper Snowflake Components paired with wonderful Lampwork Bells by Angela Sermoneta.

And my friend Keirsten Giles of LuneDesigns is the creator of the second pair of earrings shown,
 with wonderful gear components by Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

BTW End Caps

I've been playing with End Caps,
 a technique I've seen clay artisans use and I'm trying to modify it to work for CoppeClay.

They all still need finishing touches but I'm happy with them,
I'm getting more consistent pairs but they still retain the roughness I like in my work!

I'm working on filling the kiln and as usual hope to have it ready to fire Friday
so come back and check and see what they look like all finished!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Wild Bird Wednesday 3-13-12

Not the typical bird photo but I just love how it shows the striping on the wings of this Stellar's Jay!
He had just turned and raised the feathers on his head in alarm and flew off! I almost missed it.
I just got a couple of long lenses and this is one of the first shots I got, and it's through a window.
The birds are not cooperating.


Friday, March 9, 2012

Earrings Everyday

It's that time again, please check out my newest Earring creation at the


I hope you enjoy them!


Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bead Soup Reveal

I wasn't able to participate in this soup
 but I wanted to be sure you all saw the amazing creations by all the other Artisans!