Friday, November 18, 2011

And So It Goes...

I've finished the piece with the tree. It's based on this photo of a tree at the point where Goose Creek meets Chautauqua Lake in the Ashville area of New York. We love going there in the summer to rest and relax, if only for a day or two.  Luckily we have family who live there every summer, so we always have a place to stay!

I'm now working on another Deep Space piece, but will return to the lake photos when I've finished this one, I think.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Latest Cuffs

Birth of Stars

Carina Carina

Dust in the Swan Nebula

Pass-a-Grille Beach Sunset

Goose Creek Cuff (in progress)

Friday, November 04, 2011

Fall colors

Ashley's roses from graduation

Citrus colored leaves

Edge of the woods

Park trail

Friday, October 14, 2011

Falling Fall

Spent last weekend at the lake for the final time this summer season. It was beautiful...but sad, too!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


This is my 3rd cuff in the Deep Space series (the first two have already sold!). This one is based on one of the photos of the star formations in the 30 Doradus Nebula. I loved the mix of colors. The photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope can be seen on the Nasa Images website (

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Friday, September 09, 2011

Veil Nebula Cuff

This cuff was completed while we were at the lake Labor Day weekend and immediately purchased by my mother-in-law!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Spiral in Space Cuff

After many failed attempts, several starts and tear-aparts, here it is at last! The first in my Deep Space Series. This one is based on a Hubble Space Telescope photo of a spiral galaxy. It is 24 beads across, single-drop peyote technique and I have 16 different colors of Delicas in it! I liked the button because it looked a little like a spaceship!

Sunday, August 14, 2011


I have recently fallen in love with the photos from the Hubble Space telescope and decided to try my hand at creating patterns and cuffs from these photos! So far, I am VERY pleased and excited about this new series of cuffs!

Carina Nebula

Doradus Star field

Eagle Nebula


Dancing Nebula
Orion Nebula

Spiral Galaxy
Photos courtesy of

Monday, August 01, 2011

Back to School...

Back to School Cuff CCC Week #35

Friday, July 29, 2011

Latest pieces...

Floral Filigree II (in pink, white and gray-rhodium) for the BAO Color Challenge 07/25/11

This piece is based on Graveyard Point Plume Agate, but I don't think I want to name it that. This was for the CCC Week #34 Challenge.

Floral Filigree (in light tan, alabaster and crystal clear) for the CCC Week #33 Challenge.

This gorgeous cuff was created specifically for my dear friend Dawn Blair. It's based on purple agate stone.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Aren't they sweet? A mama deer and her two fawns came out of the woods to nibble on some grass in our next-door neighbor's backyard. They were so cute and bounded all around before heading back into the woods with mama!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Cuffs and Stuff

Black, White and Shades of Gray Cuff
Uncharted Waters Cuff
 Not many new pieces, but I'm working on a very special piece for a very special friend! I'll post a photo of it after she sees the finished product.

Cloudy Skies in June

Lately, I've been obsessed with sky photos...well, clouds really. They're always different, always fascinating.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today, June 18, would have been my mom's 68th birthday. We lost her July 21, 2003 after a four year battle with ovarian cancer. Not a day goes by that I don't think about her and miss her.

Just recently we took our oldest daughter to New York City to start a graduate program there at NYU and I just kept thinking about how much fun Mom would have had showing her the city. New York was by far one of her favorite cities. She started traveling there for work and fell in love with it.

Seventeen years ago this very weekend, Mom took me to New York City. The trip was a prize from a silent auction and it was a one night stay at the Four Seasons in Midtown Manhattan, Broadway tickets to see Les Miserables and the flights to and from NYC. We spent the day walking the city, seeing The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, The Strand Bookstore, Greenwich Village and Soho. While walking the city, it was very, very hot and humid. We ran out of energy and had to take a break for something to drink and to cool off. We ducked into this little juice/smoothie bar and enjoyed the A/C and a nice cold juice. Well, 17 years later, while walking in Soho, my daughter and I had to find a restroom. So, we ducked into this little place and, low and behold, it was the exact same juice/smoothie bar I went into with Mom! It was almost as if she was saying, "Hey, I'm here with you!"

I know she's with me, I just really miss her...Happy Birthday Mom. I love you...

Monday, May 30, 2011

And so on...

These are my latest cuffs. Two are Color Combo Challenges and the top one is a Bead Art Originals photo challenge. The last photo is of these pretty scary storm clouds that came rolling in last week. Very cool looking, but scary!

Monday, May 09, 2011

More New...

Bali Sky Cuff
Ocean Jasper Cuff
Tropical Tangles Cuff
Peachy Keen Cuff