Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Light That Guides Us

This piece is one of my favorites to date. The rope is a simple "slim" Russian Spiral and the pendant is a hollow beaded bead fashioned to look like a lantern. What is unique about using a hollow form as the pendant, is that it allows me to "include" a small, important object during the creation process. The form is permanently closed, so the item gets completely sewn in and is not visible once the piece is finished. The idea is to create a personal "guiding light"--a lantern lit at its core not physically, but symbolically. A lock of a child's hair, petals from a wedding bouquet, even a small vial of ashes (if that's to your taste)--whatever is of great importance in the wearer's life, a token to remind the wearer of the light that guides him/her.

"Lantern Light"

(detail of hollow lantern form)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Post- Zonta Craft Show News

Thanks to everyone who came out to visit me at the craft show! I loved talking to everyone and I hope that at least a few of you joined the mailing list so you can get all the latest news and sneak peaks of work in progress for the next show.

On that note, I will definitely be appearing at the spring Zonta Craft Show, but I may be doing a few smaller shows between now and then so I will keep you posted.

I am also hoping to have an online storefront up and running sometime in early 2012. I'll probably give an opening week discount code to my loyal followers through the blog, so keep an eye out for that magic e-mail if you're subscribed to me!

And last but not least....photos of the booth :)



Friday, November 4, 2011

Dragonfly Star Pendants

I thought I'd post some of the pieces that will be available for purchase at my booth during the Zonta Holiday Craft Show. This is one of my favorite pendant designs and also one of my first original designs: The Dragonfly Star


I currently have four of the light green color scheme and two of the indigo/black color scheme. There is a third color scheme (of which I will have three) that is not pictured here but will be displayed at the show.

I am currently working on a tutorial for making it, which will be my first tutorial ever. :) Look for the tutorial to be posted sometime in Late Dec/ Early Jan.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Zonta Holiday Craft Show: Overflow Area at Pierre Mall

Just a quick post to let everyone know that it is official: I will have a booth at the Zonta Craft Show's overflow area in the Pierre mall November 12 and 13. Zonta is being kind enough to provide free transportation from the mall parking lot to the Ramkota to help alleviate the limited parking at the conference center, so if you want to stop on by and see my booth, be sure to take advantage of the hassle free parking and complementary shuttle service. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Solar Barque

I thought I would share some images of my most recent full sized piece which is based on a technique showcased in the cover project of the November issue of Beadwork magazine. The title is in reference to Ancient Egyptian mythology which has the sun being sailed across the sky each day by ship-- the shape of the pendant with the Swarovski cosmic ring hanging above reminded me of the myth.

"Solar Barque"

Solar Barque (pendant detail)

Solar Barque (long shot to show chain work)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

"Eye Flower" Necklace

This is another of the designs I took to the recent art show:


"Eye Flower"

The cabochon used in this piece is very unique: it's a glass fish eye. I was infatuated with the beaded design work of Laura McCabe at the time when I designed it. Laura is a fantastically talented lady who uses unusual and sometimes unsettling materials in her designs. She is particularly well known for her use of doll's eyes in her jewelry and beaded sculpture. I have to admit that using human-looking doll eyes would be a bit much for me to stomach, but I do like the effect of various animal eyes, which I'm not as bothered by.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Upcoming Appearance: T.F. Riggs Native American Week Beading Workshop

I'll be teaching a short beading workshop on basic Peyote stitch in celebration of Native American week at T.F.Riggs High School in Pierre. I'm super excited to be sharing my love of the art with some awesome young people from our school district. It should be a lot of fun, so if you live in Pierre and know a high school or middle school student whose looking for something do Thursday at 3:30pm, let them know to drop on by. We'll have a blast and everyone will leave with a finished necklace to wear (hopefully)!

Spirit of Dakota Art Show Photos

I had a great time at the Spirit of Dakota Banquet and Art Show. Thanks to all the wonderful people who helped make it such a fantastic evening!


This is a photo of my booth at the art show. There were some extraordinarily talented artists there, and I was honored to be exhibiting with them. I didn't take any closeups of my actual pieces while at the show because the lighting wasn't the best, but I did do a photo shoot at home before I left for Huron, so I thought I'd post a few of those to give those of you who couldn't make it out to the show an idea of what I had on display :)


"Dandelion Snowflake"


"Koi Bell"


"Arctic Huntress" 

I did have a few other pieces on display, but I don't want to overwhelm a single post with pictures, so I'll save some for upcoming posts. :) 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Art Show Ensemble Sneak Peak

Okay, so I couldn't help giving you a sneak peak at one of the new designs I'll be showcasing at the Dakota Spirit Banquet Art Show. Enjoy!


This one is titled "Athame Flower" The pendant slides off the intricately beaded chain so the chain can be worn separately if desired. I've been working on this one for a while and I hope it shows well.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Spirit of Dakota Art Show

On Saturday, October 1st, I'll be exhibiting at an art show in Huron, SD. The art show is for the guests of the annual Spirit of Dakota Banquet, which is held to honor a South Dakota woman who has shown leadership in and commitment to her community. As such, I'm racing to get a few of my larger showpieces done in time. I'll post a summary here after the show with pictures of my display. I am so excited to participating. It's a great cause and promises to be a lovely evening.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Russian Rings


I thought I'd start things off on the right foot and include a picture of my work. While I often work from patterns to build most of my stock, my real passion is designing pieces of my own--in fact, one of the reasons for starting my small business in the first place was merely to help fund my "beading habit" and make continuing in design work financially possible. This piece, titled "Russian Rings", is one of my earlier designs and one I am still quiet fond of.