Friday, June 29, 2007


I am growing a forest! I ran out of leaf canes the other day so I set to work making some new ones. I'm loving the new technique I learned from C.A. Therien with the stem piece in the center.

These canes are now up on my etsy shop too!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Latest Etsy

I had a good cane making day today and I posted some new ones on my Etsy. Go take a look!!

Keep checking back, I'm going to be working hard making canes all week!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Art Festival

This Saturday was my first experience with selling at an art show. My friend Bethany who uses my beads in her jewelry designs had a booth at the Indian Hills Art Festival here in Ottumwa. It was an outdoor show with about 25 vendors selling their art; some jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography and a handful of other things. It was a lot of fun even though the temperature was pushing the upper 90's. I'm super excited too because a pair of earrings with a set of my floral beads won the Regional Business Award for fine arts! How cool! I was told that jewelry never wins so that makes it even better. Bethany graciously let me keep the ribbon so I have a new big blue ribbon hanging over my clay table! I would put a picture up but I left my camera in one of the jewelry boxes that my friend has with her. oops. I'll post them as soon as I get my camera back.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

One more blog about Bead and Button

Ok one final blog about my wonderful time at the Bead and Button show and then I can move on with life. I just wanted to share some of my pictures from the week.

There are my cute little beads on display next to Jana Roberts Benzon's bead set! wow!

This is a close up shot of my set.

This is the full case that they were in. There were several cases displaying all the wonderful beads and beaded creations from all over the world.

This was the class I took with C.A. Therein on cane making. Ponsawan Silas was our assistant for the day. She is such a enjoyable lady.

Finally, this bewildered lady with a dopey look on her face is me doing an impromptu demo at the National Polymer Clay Guild's booth. See the sign...I'm not making this up!

Friday, June 8, 2007

At Bead and Button

You will never guess what happened to me today! First my day started by taking a wonderful class with C.A. Therien. We then took a break for lunch and I got to show her some of my pieces. She gave me some wonderful advice and then we returned to finish our class. This evening I went down to the show floor to do a little looking and buy a few things I had been wanting. I stopped at C.A.T.'s booth and she took me around to meet some other polymer clay people and such. We stopped at the National Polymer Clay Guild's booth and I was volunteered to do a demo on the spot! Way out of my comfort zone but I did it and it was great! What a day! I'm so pumped I don't think I will be able to sleep tonight. I never did even get to buy the things I was planning on getting, maybe tomorrow! I have just been overwhelmed with the generosity of the people of the polymer clay community. If any of you that I met this week read this, thank you so much.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Bead and Button

In a few hours I shall be on my way to the Bead and Button show. Yikes! I'm not even packed yet, I need to clean my pasta machine, collect my beads that I want to take with me, so much to do so little time! Here's a couple more pictures before I go. This first one is an earring bracelet set that my friend Bethany made with my lavender and cream swirl beads. I like the way she paired them with the faux ivory beads.
This picture is two jungle bracelets, kinda fun!

I will have a laptop with me and hopefully I will have Internet access so I can post some pictures while I'm at the show!