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I’ve been working on two projects – my encouragement cards and my soldered pendants.

Here are some paper flowers that I am making for the encouragement cards. They are so fun to make! I use a brad to attach the pieces.

paper flowers

And my soldered pendants…I’ve been working on mini collages to sandwich between the glass pieces…

this is my favorite so far (front and back)…

known luminosity

and this is another one I’m working on. I haven’t cut out the background paper yet – I like to plan it out first for placement.

kooky & meticulous

years go by
So…tomorrow is my daughter’s last day at her daycare. Next week she’ll be starting kindergarten. She’s been at this daycare since she was three months old (I’m not proud of this; I mention it merely for perspective). It’s a big deal for me. Three days a week, every week, for the past five years I’ve been dropping her off and picking her up. I’ve known every classroom and all the teachers. All of her friends and some of their parents who happen to be on the same schedule as me. We’ve been to their birthday parties. Not only have I seen Lily grow up here – I remember Ellen, one of her best friends, in the baby room with Lily, and thinking that they were the two cutest babies in the room. I think this might be a bigger deal to me than it is to Lily. She will eventually forget the daycare, while I will never drive by without remembering this time in my life. The struggles. The tears. The guilt. The gratitude. The thankfulness.

Dropping her off, and picking her up. Sometimes racked with guilt, especially the first couple years. Happy when she ran off with her friends. Concerned when it seemed like she was uncomfortable or unhappy. Sometimes with tears in my eyes – happy tears because I was thankful she was happy there and had friends; or sad tears because I felt guilty and I wished I could stay home with her. Sometimes totally stressed out, because I left work a little late, and I had to be there by 6pm when they close, and I didn’t want to be late or to have Lily be the last kid there.

It is the end of one season, and the beginning of another.


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Here’s what I’ve been working on lately – a fascinating glimpse into my studio!

my worktable

I’ve done a late of rearranging and reorganizing in my studio over the past few months, with the result that I’m now actually able to use my work table as….a work table! gasp! There was always so much junk on top – it was that sort of place in the house where I would just put stuff. But not anymore!

So the little piles of circles to the right are going to be paper flowers for my encouragment cards. And the stuff in the middle is going to be a mini collage I’m creating to make into a soldered pendant. I’m going to do three pendants to start with, and this is the first. I chose three phrases to work with – “she was a star of known luminosity”, “be cast into the sea”, and “kooky and meticulous” – and then I chose three photos of vintage women and a variety of decorative papers to go along with them.

I don’t have anything to share for my Photoshop Friday. The previous Friday we went to Dutch Wonderland – it was so hot, by the time we left I was not feeling well, and when we got home all I could manage to do was sit in front of the tv and watch the new episode of Project Runway. This past Friday I did some stuff with the spot healing tool and patching, but I don’t have anything interesting to show for it!

I do however have some photos from Dutch Wonderland to share…

Lily, Gwen, Marc, and Ed on the roller coaster. They went on five times! Ed and Gwen are in front of Marc and Lily.
up and up

Marc and Lily about to go down the hill.
here we go!

Marc and Lily out for a drive.
beep beep!

Gwen and Lily on the whip.
whip it!

my little birdie
I have managed to do a little bit of drawing….it was really fun! Here is my picture. It’s very simple, but I like it.

sing little bird

I sketched it in pencil first, and then outlined it with a Sakura Pigma Micron pen. And finally, I colored it in with Prismacolor colored pencils.

thanks for stopping by!


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sparkle sparkle and more sparkle
I received my latest batch of goodies from Artbeads – this time we were given the opportunity to choose from Artbeads’ wide selection of Swarovski crystal beads and components!

When I first started beading I would never use Swarovski crystal beads – they seemed too hard and cold to me.

Then I came across a beautiful bracelet in one of my bead magazines that was made entirely from Swarovski crystal beads. I thought I would give it a try, and that’s all it took. The incredible sparkle of the beads dazzled my eyes, and I was converted instantly into a Swarovski lover.

So here are some gorgeous Swarovksi pendants:

Swarovski crystal pendant in Ocean Blue, 24mm
Crystal ocean Swarovski pendant

Swarovski crystal pendant in Volcano, 24mm

crystal volcano Swarovski pendant

And my favorite, Swarovski crystal pendant in Red Magma, 23x39mm

crystal magma Swarovski pendant
I also got matching beads for the Red Magma pendant.

And then I also got some lovely little rhinestone flatbacks:

Swarovski crystal flatbacks

Clockwise from the left: Olivine, vitrail light, cosmo jet, and jet nut.

Pretty cool, yes? I have a couple ideas for the ocean blue and red magma pendants, but they need to percolate a bit more before they’re ready to be brought to fruition.

the end of summer
It’s feeling like the end of summer. All the greenery outside seems full and heavy. There’s nothing left but for leaves to start falling. How does time slip by so quickly? It’s getting dark noticeably earlier, and the sun is rising later. Even the birds in the morning are sounding different.

~still sparkling anyway~

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