Final Product for Color Palette Blog Challenge

Well folks without further adieu, here is my masterpiece for Bonnie’s Color Palette Challenge.  More to come on my design process and maybe even a tutorial for sale.  This piece is available for sale in my Etsy Store:

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See the other Masterpieces at


Blogging is not the faint of heart

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I have to admit that I am not much of a blogger I guess because it means I have to shut down my mind to everything else except for the topic of  my writing.   Well, isn’t beading like that anyway?   I know for me it has been a mental vacation from the stresses of life.  Also after nearly 30 years in the computer industry, it has given me the opportunity to use all of my artistic and creative abilities in a free-flowing activity.  I guess that is why I love beading so much. What about you?

When I sit down to bead, especially in a nice Panera  Bread, where soft, soothing music is playing or the fireplace is crackling on a cold day, I forget about everything, as I get lost in my beads.  I get lulled into tranquility.  All I am thinking about at that time is the beautiful colors in front of me.

Writing can be like that perhaps so then blogging must be another good way to escape from a hectic day.  For me, it means forgetting about all the pressures of writing for graduate courses.  On my blog, I get to just share my thoughts without concern for how I will be graded.  In my most recent graduate studies in seminary, we were required to write 250 word Blackboard discussion posts.  Many times, I did not need all those words to express myself, because I am trained in business to be succinct rather than verbose.  It was challenging for me to keep rambling on.  So to share with you my fellow beaders and bloggers I will just put all of that aside and remember the pleasure I experienced as a undergraduate student writing letters to my friends.  Now, you, my readers, are those beading friends that I hope will enjoy what I share in my writings about my beading journeys.

Hey…I just finished a blog post.  Wow!

I am in the BeadSoup Blog Party



Well I just signed up for this great opportunity… a chance to connect with over 500 other beaders.  This is the brainchild of Lori McDaniel Anderson, owner of  How cool is that.  Sign-up has ended but check out the information anyway…

Read about the 2012 party


I am so excited

I am so excited about my new blog for The Virtual Bead Society.

I travel and work remotely often (as in remote to other beaders & bead shops).  So sometimes I have to bead all alone & that is of course no fun. My schedule does not always allow to make the wonderful meetings by my local bead society. Part of the fun of beading is the socialization & inspiration, thus, I decided to create a virtual beading group where we can convene via webcam, etc to work together, get tips or watch videos.  I tested this on my sister on the West Coast.  It was great.  We watched a YouTube video & were supposed to be working on the same project (that part is still a work in progress, lol).  I have traveled across the country & met a lot of great beaders.  Now I can bring them together.  I hope you will join in on one of our free Friday night LiveCam Virtual Beading Parties..

Here is one of my jewelry pieces.  I will talk about this piece at our first beading session in February, tentatively scheduled for the President’s Day weekend.  More information to follow.