Friday, April 27, 2007


Holy cow I'm busy, so no time to write -- I'll just leave you with this -- it's ALL about attitude, honey!!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Back from Intergem

This weekend was my first time exhibiting at the International Gem and Jewelry show (Intergem). What an amazing experience! I was completely overwhelmed, both emotionally and physically (agh, my aching feet!). I had a lot of misgivings as to whether my jewelry would be received well, as there's not a lot of artisan jewelry at these shows -- it's either cheap costume jewelry or high-end gemstones and diamonds, and not much in between.

It was exhausting, but well worth it. Thank goodness I had help all three days, because I couldn't have handled it otherwise.

Here are a few photos -- I'll post more later but am still digging out from under custom orders and unpacking!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Virginia Tech

We were on our way home from the Virginia Beach Craft Show, Rick and Zack in one car, me driving the van. He radioed me and said to turn to Fox News on XM -- there'd been a shooting at Virginia Tech. Rick's son, Ryan, is a graduate student there, and we weren't able to reach him. We listened with mounting concern as we heard first one person was dead, then seven, then 20. We still had two hours to get home, and still no news from Ryan. We only hoped that he was barricaded in his lab, which has lousy cell reception.

When we finally pulled into the driveway, our neighbor called to me from his door, and I ran over to fill him in. When I went back to the driveway, Rick was in tears, and the first thing I thought was, "oh god no". But it was, fortunately for us, tears of relief, as Ryan was safe, although had been near the shootings.

I'm so aware of how fortunate we are, and how horrible this day has been for so many people. I worry about Ryan, as he's anxiously waiting to hear from friends. I worry about what kind of world this is. I just got through reading "Nineteen Minutes" a couple of weeks ago, and this feels really, really surreal.

While we were unpacking and answering a million phone calls, we happened to look out on our back porch. There's been a huge amount of wind here the past couple of days, and the wind had been strong enough that it had snapped the umbrella from our picnic table and shattered the glass top. We stood there looking at it, and thought, "Whatever". In the grand scheme of things, something like that, which would have been greatly annoying, just didn't matter.

Be sure to hug your loved ones tonight. And every single day.

Sunday, April 08, 2007


I've been busy preparing for my next two shows (back to back weekends, starting this coming weekend) and spent a lot of time today updating the web site. Here are some things that haven't gotten posted yet, so if you see something you like, be sure to email me!

In order from top to bottom:

A Poetic Exchange (lampwork charm bracelet);
Signs of Springs Past (vintage lucite);
Please Pick the Flowers (spiny knotted necklace);
Morning Mocha (lampwork and pearl charm bracelet);
Japanese Koi Poind (lampwork beads);
Coral Florals (spong coral);
Andalusite (opal, smoky quartz, andalusite);
A Dash of Panache (mother of pearl mosaic and pearls);

See more jewelry creations at

Happy Easter

I remember as a kid seeing the already-filled Easter baskets and thinking how cool they were – probably because as a kid, the thought was “the bigger the better”, LOL. So this year, instead of creating my own basket for Zack, I bought one already done. It had cars, a car garage (both cheap, cheap plastic, but that’s fine, it will last for his attention span), a water gun (for the bathtub and pool only), and M&Ms (currency in our house) and other small candy packets. He also got to open his Easter Box from Nana and Pop Pop, so no wonder the big smile!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Book Review -- Nineteen Minutes

I'm a BIG fan of Jodi Picoult. I've had the pleasure of exchanging a couple of emails with her and she's a bright lady. She does so much research before she writes, and each of her books is just an amazing read.

"Nineteen Minutes" is an important books for parents of kids to read. It tells the story of a Columbine-like school shooting, and the stories of the people's lives that lead up to it. Go to Jodi's web site,, and read the interview about the book -- it's great.

This book made me worry and hope at the same time for the happiness of my child, and also to wish that as parents, we spent less time pushing our kids to be smart/athletic/competitive and more time teaching them how to be kind. My hope is that I can teach Zack to understand the differences in people; to recognize his importance in the grand scheme of life; to be nice, even when being nice isn't the popular thing to be. And I hope like all hell that he never is bullied or teased -- and since I know that's just part of growing up, I'll just hope that he always feels he can come to me for help and love and support.

I finished reading the book at 3am and immediately went into Zack's room to watch him sleep, and I wish I could put into words the things I felt. If you're a mom, though, you already know.

Read this book.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Soup Is Good Food

I just purchased a HUGE collection of what I call "Bead Soup" -- a ton of different beads, small, medium, large, Czech, crystal, gemstone, all tossed together to create a wonderfully beautiful pot of fun. This lady had been collecting beads over the past 20 years and was getting rid of things, and I lucked into it.

It all arrived in three HUGE boxes. All together, I think it was at LEAST 30 pounds. And not just cool soup -- tools, soldering stuff, findings, organza bags, vintage stuff -- and I have only opened two boxes so far!

Sorting things has always been a thing I do to go a little "zen" and calm down the nerves, and I'm really getting into all this sifting through the treasure now! And Zack has his own little pile to play with. No way Mommy could get beads without him getting some, too!

See what beads turn into at

Sunday, April 01, 2007


I just finished "Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination" by Helen Fielding, the same woman who wrote "Bridget Jones Diary". It was mildly entertaining -- not nearly as good as BJD, but the heroine had a great list of Rules for Living. Some I particularly liked:

Rule #1 -- Never panic. Stop, breathe, think.

Rule #4 -- Nothing is either as bad or as good as it seems.

Rule #7 -- Hardly anything matters: if you get upset, ask yourself, "Does it really matter?"

Rule #8 -- The key to success lies in how you pick yourself up from failure.

Rule #12 -- When overwhelmed by disaster, check if it's really a disaster by doing the following: (a) think, "Oh, F--- it," (b) look on the bright side, and, if that doesn't work, look on the funny side. If neither of the above works then maybe it is a disaster so refer to #1 and #4.

Rule #14 -- Sometimes you just have to go with the flow.