Saturday, April 3, 2010

I've been ignoring this blog...

Ever since I started blogging for and my other blog, I've completely neglected this blog. My apologies...I guess because my focus is glass I tend to spend most of my writing time over there. This blog was supposed to inform you lovely readers about what I'm up to and other stuff I find interesting.

So what's new? I've got shows scheduled as well as classes and more are in the works. Las Vegas is first. April 9-11 I'll be at a table at South Point Hotel and Casino at the Glass Craft and Bead Expo show. My table will be covered with cupcakes and hearts and focal beads, especially hollows, which I've been making a bunch more of. There will be a lot of bead sets too. And some fused glass by my friend Jenn Houser. If you're going to the show stop by the table and say hi.

I've got a glass bead making class coming up on the 17th of April at Lighthouse Stained Glass on Melrose in Hollywood. It's always a good time so sign up. Give glass bead making a try. At the end of the month I'll be set up in Culver City at The Bead Society of Los Angeles' semi-annual bead show. Jenn will be there with me as well with her fused glass and hopefully I can get Stacey Peterson and her fabulous PMC goodies to come hang out. I've got two big tables that will be chock full of glass goodies!

One show that I've got coming up has me feeling so honored I have to pinch myself everytime I work on beads for it. I'll be in the annual jewelry show at Freehand in Mid-City LA. They're celebrating their 30th anniversary and I am so honored to be a part of this show. The opening is May 1st and I hope to see a bunch of you there. I'm working on some interesting pieces. Very exciting!!

There's a trunk show scheduled at The San Gabriel Bead Company for the weekend of May 8-9. More beads baby!! And I'll be doing some macramé too. There's also a one day show on May 15th I'll be at in Glendale for the Red Rabbit Craft Show. May has me heading up to Portland to actually take a class. This is super exciting since it's being held at Bullseye Glass. I'll tell more about it as it gets closer. It's going to be very interesting and educational.

I've actually started booking June. Time flies...first weekend of June, the ll be back out at The Beadiak in Agoura for a two day glass bead making class. Those are some of the best classes since on day two you're a bead maker and things are very different. The following Saturday, June 12th I'll be Hands on Third teaching another bead making class. Options...opportunities...good times!

And lastly, I've started working on a new book. It's all about glass and it'll get you started on your glass addiction if you don't have one already. I'll keep everyone posted on this. Now isn't it time to go make something!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Here I am...

It's 2010...I just noticed how long it's been since I wrote over here. Yikes...I've gotten caught up in my new blog, It's where I talk about glass. Here I talk about alot of different things if I ever get over here. But here I am...I've got a show. The Pasadena Bead and Design Show. I mentioned it in my last blog but this time the show is almost now! It starts this Thursday, January 14, 2010 and goes to Sunday, Jan. 17. Show times are 10-6 and it's being held at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel at 168 S. Los Robles Ave. There are quite a few cool vendors at this show, me being one of them. And I just received a new shipment of silver items by Lea Anne Hartman. Come on down!!!

I've got a class coming up soon too. Macramé Owl over at Home Ec on Thursday evening, January 21, from 7-10pm. That should be a hoot!! hee if you need something funky and retro to hang on your wall...sign up over at Home Ec ASAP! My next glass bead making class is February 13 over at Lighthouse Stained Glass. We're going with the Valentine theme so hearts will be the focus. Call Lighthouse to sign up!

And of course check out my etsy store for new items all the time. Also check out for new items by Lea Anne Hartman I've just received. Such awesome work! Now, isn't it time for you to go make something? I think so!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Getting Ready for 2010!!

With two weeks left in the holiday shopping season I can't help but think about 2010. It will be a very busy year with exciting new adventures and endeavors. First on the list is the Pasadena Bead And Design Show in, of course, Pasadena. It's being held January 14-17, 2010. How exciting. I wandered through the summer version of this show and thought it would be a good one to try for January. And I got in. I'll have tons of beads. And a bunch of Lea Anne Hartman's silver and shibuichi work. Should be a good time.

Speaking of the holiday shopping season I've got one more Sunday at the Silverlake Art Craft and Vintage this Sunday, Dec. 20. Come on down for some last minute shopping. They hold this at the Citibank parking lot at the corner of Glendale and Silverlake Blvds. And for anyone interested in my last bead making class of 2009, it's being held this Saturday at Lighthouse Stained Glass from 11-4. There are still a couple of spaces left. You want to learn to make beads don't you? Speaking of making beads...time for me to make some more. Don't you think you should go make something too?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Holiday Shopping

I've been neglecting this blog again...not good. Anyway, here I am to talk about my plans for this December just in case you need a bunch of holiday gifts. Each Sunday, Dec. 6, 13, and 20, I'll be at the Silverlake Arts Craft and Vintage shindig that Ghetto Gloss puts on. I'll have beads and jewelry and tools so if you need something made into jewelry I can do that too. It's from 10-4 and takes place in the parking lot of the Citibank at the point where Silverlake and Glendale Blvds. meet. There's always alot of cool stuff. Hope to see you there!

And then there's next Thursday over at Citizen LA's Downtown Art Park on Main St. between 4th and 5th streets. There are a bunch of cool artists selling cool art stuff. Me too!! And it's happening on 2nd Thursdays which is a hell of a event. Downtown really comes alive. All the galleries in the area have their openings. Such a good time. So I hope to see some of you out there but if you can't make it try my etsy store! 'Tis the season for holiday shopping!!

Now if you feel the need to take a glass bead making class I've got one left this year. It's over at Lighthouse Stained Glass in Hollywood. From 11-4. It's a good time for sure. Limited space available. I haven't scheduled any 2010 glass bead making classes yet but there will be a bunch! I do have a macrame owl wall hanging scheduled for January 14th at Home Ec in Silverlake. It'll be posted on Jenny's web site sometime soon. Sadly, Jenny Ryan, the owner of Home Ec and a fabulous lady just recently lost her mother and my heart goes out to her. Please think good thoughts for her and her family.

If you need anything special drop me a line over to my email And Happy Holidays!! Talk to you all go make something!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Bead Show!

Well it was yesterday! The Bead Society of Los Angeles did it again!! A successsful bead show in Culver City and I want to thanks all of the people involved in putting it on. And especially Tim and Angie Meikle, who took over running the show from Judie Davis (a girl needs a break sometimes, love you Judie!). It was great seeing the customers and vendors. I didn't do the show last year so I had some catching up to do with some of my customers.

So I did the show...what's next? I've got a class Thursday night at Farrin O'Connor, in Pasadena. We're working on Chandelier Earrings from my book Mod Knots. Let's macramé wire. They're so pretty! There's still a few spaces left. If you're interested call them and sign up, 626-796-5300.

I've added a glass bead making class. It's over at Home Ec in Silver Lake on November 29th. I know it's Thanksgiving weekend but what else are you doing. Digesting...maybe shopping. How about making your own glass beads? I think so!! Call and sign up!!! 323-906-8826.

I made some new beads for the bead show and some of what's left is going up on etsy today. Check my etsy store...I insist!!

My next show will be out in Newberry Park at Creative Castle. That's right on the edge of Ventura County, just past Thousand Oaks. Carole has got a really cool store so come on down. I'll be sharing the day with Cathy McNassor and Jackie Mixon and Bernadette Fuentes. If you like glass beads you'll like this show. It's from 10-5 on Saturday November 14th.

Now with all this info you can set up your calendar of events...planning ahead is a good thing. Now you should go make something!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bead Show Sunday!

Here's a gentle reminder about the bead show I'm doing this Sunday here in the LA area. It's the Bead Society of Los Angles' show in Culver City at the Veteran's Memorial Hall. That's on the south/west corner of Culver Blvd. and Overland Ave. The show runs form 10-5. Come on down!! I'll have a lot of cool beads and jewelry. And I'm sharing space with Liz Eister of Eister Glass so if you need some boro beads, she's got them. Both of us will also have findings and pendants by Lea Anne Hartman.

Unfortunately I wasn't accepted in the shows I mentioned in the last blog but I'm not bitter (yes I am). So bitter I'm not mentioning the names of the shows. But if you can't make it to Culver City come see me at Creative Castle November 14th in Newberry Park. I'm doing a trunk show there with some other bead makers. that should be fun. Also I'm launching a store on the Artfire web site. My user name is beadbrains like on etsy. Sometimes there may be cross over in the two sets but I'm going to try to keep things separate. I'll try to post reminders here...

Got a class the weekend of November 7-8. Interested? Email me for more info. Now go make something!!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Shows and stuff...

It's show season. I've got a number of shows coming up so it's time to make beads! More beads, more beads! A few of my shows are confirmed like the LA Bead Society Show at the end of the month in Culver City and the trunk show in November at Creative Castle in Newberry Park. I'll have dates and times listed below and continue to remind everyone as they approach. I'm awaiting decisions on two other shows, Unique LA in December and Handmade Brigades show at The Camp in November. There are a couple more here and there and as I get more information I'll pass it along.

I've got a weekend workshop coming up for beginning glass bead making the first weekend of November in Altadena. Actual address and all the particulars is coming soon. If you're interested let me know and you can sign up with me. The fee is $250 for a two day class from 11-5. It includes all materials and lunch each day! Email me @ if you want to attend or have questions.

I taught a 2-day class this past weekend over at the Mandrel in Redondo Beach. Good times were had by all. Donna has such a great shop and she can satisfy all of your glass bead making needs. I know I left with a bunch of new glass. She carries Double Helix glass which I can't get enough of. So good. Got some other colors I haven't had before. That Donna's in the know about what available out there in the glass world.

So if you have any questions about upcoming shows or classes email me. And if you need some beads or something check out my etsy store. There's always something new. Now go make something!!

Show dates:
LABS in Culver City - October 25, 10-5
Veterans Memorial Hall at Culver Blvd. and Overland Ave. in Culver City, CA.

Handmade Brigade at The Camp - November 1st.
2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA.

Creative Castle Trunk Show - Nov. 14. 10-5
2321 Michael Dr., Newberry Park, CA.

Unique LA - December 5-6
California Market Center in Downtown LA, CA

More info to come!!