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Friday, February 15, 2013

A Pondering....

     Not sure how I feel about everyone using ribbon, fabric, specialty yarns etc... in jewelry pieces. The look is interesting but I can't help wondering how well they hold up during wear. Its definitely not going to last and how the heck do you keep it clean? is it colorfast? What happens when the little bits start to unravel? How comfortable is it to be tickled by little bits of thread, fluff or feathers all day? How about it folks?? Do you or don't you and what are your customers saying about it??
Love the colors!
Yes or No?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Best Things in a Plain Brown Wrapper

     I was not having a great week. I had an accident and had to have surgery on my knee. I was feeling sorry for myself and guilty because my accident was creating havoc in my families lives. I arrived home Monday night from the hospital, in pain, tired and very done with the day.

     In my mailbox was a box and I knew the minute I saw it that my soup was in there.
     In the box were 5 plain brown boxes, all tied with little ribbons and a note from my partner, Linda Djokic Lutka & Co. To say that I was delighted is an understatement ~ this was the perfect pick-me-up! Linda is a talented lampworker and had sent me some of her beautiful handmade beads. Along with a ton of filler beads, silver components and a really lovely silver toggle.

     The photo is not perfect, but I was so excited to share that I couldn't wait until I was allowed to climb the stairs to post about the stash she sent. I promise I'll do better pictures as soon as I can walk! Aren't the oranges so charming!? Also really love the heart, who doesn't love polka dots?? But I'm really impressed with the glass flowers... awesome! I hope I can make something worthy! Stay tuned.... I'm percolating!

Meet My Partner!

 Lampwork Bead Roses Set - Romantic Pale LavenderLampwork Beads - Pink Rosette Wreath Rounds EncasedLampwork Beads - Secret Garden Rounds Encased

      I found out that my partner for the Bead Soup Blog Hop is Linda Djokic. I didn't look at her website or blog until I had mailed her soup to her. I didn't want to be influenced. Linda lives in Southern California (jealous!) and sounds like one truly busy, creative lady. In addition to making beads she knits, crochets, sews, paints, scrapbooks and gardens. All while raising three children!

     She makes really great lampwork beads, you can see that she's influenced by nature. Her style is light, pastel, feminine and delicate. I like her work a lot. You can see more of her work at her website site:  or her Etsy store:  Lutka and Co - Etsy

     So.... what did I send this poor unsuspecting lady??

      It definitely isn't what she normally works with! I sent her a set of awesome petal lampworks made by Michelle Veizga of Sun Door Beads, some of Alisha White's lampwork caps and a lampworked toggle. In my personal world there should always be some O Rings from Yvonne at MyElements! I tried to keep the color scheme simple and happy. I love COLOR, lots of intense, saturated colors so of course this is what I shared with Linda. I'm hoping that she can use her obvious creativity to make something fun and interesting... I can't wait to see it!

My next post will be about what Linda sent here to Virginia!

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