Thursday, May 26, 2011

One corner of the studio.

Here in one little corner of the studio are samples of the beads I'm working on for the upcoming trunk shows at Back Room Beads in Katy and The ArtfulBead in Plano, Tx.  Some of these are pendants, some beads, some fillers, etc. Just because you see one of a design doesn't mean that's all I made of that one.  There are bowls filled with beads - piles of each of these designs. I'm thinking about glaze colors now. Not sure what colors - but saw in the paper that peaches and corals are HOT this spring and summer. So, may head in that direction along with some contrasting colors to look good against the corals and peaches .  What do you think?  

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pattern give-away

Thought I'd finish today off with a present to someone (everyone) who wants one. Below is a picture of a little gift bag I like to knit to put small presents in for special people. Great way to dress up a little clay broach, button or one of my word stones.  Also a great way to use up bits of those pesky little balls of leftover yarn
So if you would like the pattern I can email it to you. We usually sell them at our shows and on our website but today it's free. Just leave your email in the comment section or drop me a line at or and I'll send it as a pdf to you.  What's neat about it is that you can really use any size yarn and it's easy to make as big or as small as you like. Have fun.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Beads, Buttons, Baubles and Pendants, Oh my.....

Moving my clay into the bead and bauble world next month with a Trunk Show at Back Room Beads in Old Katy. It should be lots of fun. If you are looking for some beads to jazz up a necklace , or want to learn how to make a really cute and easy bracelet from buttons, or just need some unusual buttons or beads for a purse, sweater or what-not, - well, come see us on June 18th. I'll be there with lots of new stuff, like in the pictures here. Anything else you many need you can get from Monica who owns the Back Room Beads. It's a cute little shop in Old Katy that everyone should know about. Fun, fun, fun....

I'll be demonstrating how to make the button bracelet - I made mine with handmade ceramic buttons. It is a "no brainer" and you don't need any special tools, except a pair of scissors. The only other materials are some elastic beading cord (Monica has some I'm sure) and if you want to add more, you can always add a bead on top of the buttons.

We'll be adding these beads, buttons, baubles and pendants to our web pages real soon too. Happy knitting, potting, crafting, and jewelry making....

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Moving & Groovin'

Yep, enough of that "wah, wah, wah" stuff. I really did get over it quick and the pottery and knitting business has been going like crazy. Misty and I did the DFW Fiber Festival in Grapevine (FT Worth/Dallas area) the first weekend in April. We literally SOLD OUT of our yarn bowls and carousels (new item). So when I got home one Monday, I had to redo about 30 more of each along with more buttons, cups, etc and print more patterns . Left the following Friday with a friend for Sequin, TX for the first Yellow Rose Fiber Festival and sold like crazy again. We were home for Easter then 4 shows in two weeks, three of them Trunk Shows at yarn stores. So it was a wild and wooly month of April and it paid the bills for several months to come. Thank you, DEAR LORD!!

Now Misty and I are getting ready for some bead trunk shows, one in June in Katy and one in July in Carrolton, just north of Dallas. Be watching for some beads and baubles to show up.

I'm attaching some pics of some of the yarn bowls , cups and the new carousels that sold so well this past month. Thanks to all our wonderful customers. WE love you!!!!