Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sprechen sie Deutsch?

Mein Tutorial ist jetzt auch auf Deutsch erhältlich! Sofort verfügbar auf meiner Homepage:

(My tutorial is now available in German!)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Night Camera Fun

Just for fun we bought a infrared night camera. Wally found a large hole in the ground that looked like some kind of animal den so he pointed it on that and mounted it on a tree. It's a skunk home. I adore skunks! This picture is actually from the very beginning of a 15 second video. I just played it and then did a screen shot to capture a still frame. We'll move the camera around and see what we get. There's been sightings of a black panther in the area and last summer Wally and I saw a mountain lion at dusk on the property next to us. Hopefully we can get some cool pictures.

Friday, January 22, 2010


Wally took this picture today during a break in the rain. We've had a pretty crazy few days here with torrential down pours and 50 mph winds. I love the rain but I could really do without the wind. Add into the mix our moody electricity, and I'm really taking my chances working on new images on the computer or making beads.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


I'm finally done with the Gallery remodel. Whoohooo! I'm really pleased with it but so very sick of working on it. You can see it all here:

Time to take a break from the never ending website work and on to new images. I'm hoping to release them near the end of February. This Resting Damselfly will be one of the new stamps.

Monday, January 11, 2010


I thought that these beads were a good example of how webbing and storming can take your beads to a new level of visual interest. All these are made with the new test lot from Double Helix, TE-320. The teal bead is made exactly how you're told to work striking glass. Super heat, let it cool and encase. This glass also reduces and introducing it back into the flame and getting a reduction haze and then encasing gave me more greens. For the dot bead I used stormed stringers of TE-320 and topped with clear. The next green, blue and gold bead I did my webbing technique before encasing. The last bead is my favorite. First I did my webbing technique, then applied stormed stringer to the surface in a haphazard pattern and melted it in. Then I reduced and encased it.

Monday, January 4, 2010

I'm Coring Beads

What a pain coring is. I don't get that some people say they love to do it. It's tedious and my wrist wasn't very happy after three hours of doing it. I'm sure it won't be so bad once I get faster at it. My beads sure are pretty cored though!

Friday, January 1, 2010

January Project of the Month

Happy New Year!

The January POTM is up. I did a Valentines card with a corner bookmark. This would make a great gift for a friend especially if you include a book to tie it all in. All stamps used are offered at a discount during the month of January. You can find the project here: