Tuesday, August 7, 2018


I am studio tour destination # 45 on the map!

Welcome August

Welcome August although I can not say I will be sorry to see you go. I am not a fan of hot weather and each time I view news footage of the fires out here on the west coast, my heart breaks for the people who have lost so much and the many animals that have also had their homes destroyed and lives lost. I say blessings to the people and fire fighters several times a day and include in my prayers one for rain. So August, you can give way to cooler temps and rain and I will rejoice in the better weather.

The days march on in a flurry of shop customers and activity. New beads and buttons are arriving on a near daily basis and that makes for exciting new beady opportunities. Many of the new beads lend themselves for quick stringing and earring projects and we can help you choose them to make the BEST accessories. We are open 11-5:30 daily for the rest of the summer. Come on in, bring your house guests to town and play in the beads!

Here are some of the newest colors in the WHEEL beads. 
I like to use the Czech glass wheel beads, a single hole bead, as a spacer in my jewelry, particularly stretchy bracelets and as cool textural beads in my embroidery work. They add a nice dimension to surface embellishment. They would be striking on quilts and fabric too.
New August display window cube.
The month for beach, sand, shells and treasure!
After the shop closes for the day, since the tides are still reasonably low on my favorite beaches; I like to go and take a quick stroll, breathe the cool salty air and hunt for beach glass, curly little shells and smooth rocks. I have quite the stash of these things, saved for winter days when the beach is cold and abandoned but I can still draw on the memories of sweet finds and in my mind, smell the warm, salty air.
A beautiful dusk photo of Port Townsend by the Mainstreet group.
Port Townsend hovers around the edges of these hot summer days with a slew of activities and concerts. You will find me on the weekend of the 18th and 19th, on the 20th anniversary of the Artist Studio Tour, at my studio...not in the shop although the shop will be open. You can come and see where I bead, paint, do metal work and daydream new projects! My first time on the tour and both days I will be open 10 -4. See you soon! 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Not Too Wordy

Good Morning and Happy Friday the 13th! An excellent day for good luck coming your way! I just wanted to share a few pictures this morning from my FB page and let you see what I have been doing in some of my free ( haha self employed - no free ) time!
Chinese crystal, 3 mm, excellent quality. $ 3.95

New earrings made with one of my original charm castings. I think this design is 18 years old.

Best beach find in ages! What a color!
HApPy WeeKeNd!!
So very, very true!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A July 4th Update

This day dawns sunny if not a bit humid for Port Townsend and I am finally able to crawl out from my bed as this summer cold and cough shakes loose a bit. I have sporadically worked in my studio, slept a lot, read a bit and mostly just coughed my fool head nearly off! Sheesh. All winter - no cold then, Blam! Summer cold! Oh well, it is these events that add spice to my life. ( Whether I want it or not! ) Anyhow, I hope to be back in the shop tomorrow on the 5th, Lucas is tired of seeing me laying about, and back to my usually chatty self! Come see me! I think an iced tea is calling our names. 
Bronze components & Charms as long dangly necklace pieces

My sometimes co worker. Lucas!!

Fourth of July reminder. 

This year, on these dates will find my studio participating in this tour!

Thursday, June 14, 2018


This past week has been some of my favorite weather. A couple of heavy rain showers, brief sunny periods, a little wind and cool temperatures. All of it combined to inspire me to work a bit in the studio, catching up on inventory for the shop, making jewelry and treasure tubes, and doodling in my sketchbooks. Plus I had the house to myself for four days and I could sleep at weird times, eat at weirder times and only had to make myself happy. Isn't it great to enjoy your digs all by yourself?!

Studio work table last night
This is what my studio table looked like yesterday evening as I filled treasure tubes for the Embellishment shop in the lobby. All these bits and remainders of treasure from the last 25 years have accumulated and now been assembled into crafty tubes for your inspiration. All these bits were just too precious and cool to toss so now, for $ 4.95, you get permission to play!!

These are just a treasure tube sampling.
I also made a couple of embroidered pieces to replace the paper signs I had displayed for years with my locally felted wool. I love sitting in a cozy chair, listening to music and hand stitching on wool. Nothing is as soothing and timeless as working with my hands with something as tactile as wool and textured threads.
Finally, a sign made in wool!

I love this little mini banner too.

I left plenty of gorgeous colors of wool in the lobby for you to come and pick some up for your own handwork. You could make a little banner or sign that says, " peace " or " love" or anything else and if you need a suggestion or help with a stitch - just let me know! It will be the perfect excuse to let me make something new!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Eye Candy

For your viewing pleasure tonight, some EYE CANDY! I swear there is not a bead in my shop that I do not love. Did you know we still carry Czech seed beads by the hank? Not many stores do anymore but being both the traditional ( and non traditional ) beader that I am; I love these beads. I especially like the hanks and strands of Czech seed beads that have the antique finish on them known as a picasso finish. Very handsome, colorful, yet subtle as if they were found in an archeology dig. I just received a note yesterday that a new shipment of these beads is on its way. Come on in and I will show a few of my favorite favorites!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

About May

It is an exciting day in the neighborhood as we finally get sidewalks at the shop! We are holding our breath too that we might even get a tree planted near our corner. So much has changed downtown yet, after 26 years, we remain. We still have a great bead selection, teach classes, offer on site help, repair your pieces and have a great supply of jewelry that is made in my studio. Plus, of course, all the charms I cast that are then transformed into earrings and pendants and so much more. Right now, I am debating what hours to be open this summer. I will stay all day and into the evening if it does not get too hot. This girl melts in the heat! I am loving opening in the morning at 11 and closing by 5:30. What do you all think?

Mother's Day has come and gone and the roses given to me by Jacob and Kaycee still live on in the shop. I am a very lucky mom!

I am keeping this posting deliberately short so that I can return to my studio where I have dreamcatchers, earrings and a funky necklace in progress. 

Here is a studio shot of the Swarovski earring crystals all stacked up, ready to be transformed into jewelry. Years ago I made pretty necklaces of crystal and black seed beads that were much loved. I am thinking of doing them again because one thing I think we can all use again these days is some sparkle!