Au Revoir

Dear Readers,

I’m an artist, not a technical genius.  WordPress upgraded to a new platform while retaining their “classic” platform.  In the past day and a half, I’ve been frustrating myself trying to get either platform to perform for me.  I have engaged their chat help line, but when I solo, it drops copy and tells me I’m not authorized to upload images.  Even Max is offended!

So I shall search out an easier platform and hope the New Year will be kinder to this artist’s blog.  WordPress tells me I’ve posted 117 blogs (that amazed me!) and I have 127 followers.  Thank you, brave readers, for sticking with me, and may you have a superb 2021.

Best regards,



This is the first time in my three years of monthly posts that I missed my First Day of the Month posting deadline. Excuses range from technical to physical reasons. But here I am presenting a calming ethereal necklace in amethyst with a lampwork glass centerpiece.


Most of the amethyst are nuggets, nicely polished, with a wide range of color and striation which I have arranged with darker tones at the top and lighter near the centerpiece. I also added a few medium range round amethysts next to the centerpiece and at the clasp.

The centerpiece is 1.5″ diameter. The base color of the sphere appears to be amethyst and it is. The artist, Louise Erskine (MA), added some iridescence to the amethyst to make it interesting. The small bumps atop the sphere have a multitude of colors–beige, amethyst, brass–all shimmering with pearlescence!

This 21″ necklace has a gold metal clasp. $79.

I made the earrings a while ago and was pleasantly surprised at how well they compliment each other. Sterling silver earwires with lavender and beige opaque glass circles plus the larger one has the same colors in lampwork that the sphere has. This was all predestined! They are 1 1/4″ from ear lobe to the bottom of the large circle. $30.

A Max Moment

This is the dance Max does as a greeting when I come home. So funny. He makes me laugh a lot!

Happy Second Birthday!

Sitting tall, Mr. Max is a proud two-year old. A little wiser, a little better behaved, still makes me laugh more than once a day! Such a perfect companion!




Second camera click:  eyes narrowed, thinking how do I get this hat off?









Third camera click: Oh, this will be so easy!  I just pull it off with my big fat paws.

Paws move up to hat….











Fourth camera click:  hat off, fallen to floor.  Max wins the round and the match in the time it takes to make four clicks in a row!










I always to include a portrait of us together at this time of the year. This was way more than four clicks to get a shot. I do a selfie once a year, so forgive me if there is more ceiling than Max and me! We are both well in this serious season of coronavirus. Thank goodness “pet services” are declared essential in Massachusetts, so he can go to playtime! I’ve used that time to collage while taking an 8-week online class; Monday I move to necklaces. My head is bursting with ideas!





FRIDAY, AUG 16 FROM 6 TO 8 PM.  wine and cheese to celebrate 3000.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, AUG 17 & 18 from 10 TO 4.


Max the Labradoodle Celebrates Six Months

I first introduced Max to you in my July 1 blog when he was 11 lbs and eleven weeks old.

Now he has reached six months of age and is just under 30 lbs.

Like all puppies, he is maturing; learning good citizenship; and playing his heart out every weekday with other dogs.  Like all puppy Moms, I am surviving, no thriving, with my bundle of energy and love!

He is quite a comic, especially as he is learning to pee like a big dog:  he lifts his leg against a tree but can only get a dribble out before he starts to fall over!

He had his first grooming this week and looks really sweeeeeet!   First photo is before his cut; second is in the car immediately after; third is a full view of a proper Labradoodle cut.

Multi-Strand Woven Necklace with Agate. Puppy update.

“Celtic Twilight”

This necklace has many fascinating beads with too many stories, so I shall focus only on the amazing agate stone centerpiece which has two sides and two personalities.  I will list all the beads for my readers’ information.

Agate really is just a stone living in volcanic host rocks discovered in the third century on the shore of a river in Sicily…think Mt. Etna.

Most agates are hollow and in the form of a geode.  Slices like this one are cut from the outside of the geode; the inside is called drusy quartz.   This agate is probably Brazilian identified by its brown color interlaced with white and gray with striking layered bands.  This is high end agate; ordinary agate is found as gravel in streams.


The stone centerpiece pictured here and above inspired this necklace’s colors:  warm and inviting.


It can be worn on either side.


This is a woven necklace with four strands started at the bottom.  The threads were pulled through the agate and then four threads were each loaded with beads, looped through a main bead, knotted, and so on, up each side.  The clasp is vermeil (14k gold over sterling silver).


Here is a list of my favorite beads in the necklace:  yellow and white “sugar beads”, my name, called crackle glass by other beaders; copal, opaque and beigey, which I have often described as young amber; white vintage Japanese cut glass; small white-striped  Venetian trade beads; semi-precious citrine chips; yellow jade; pale yellow vintage pre-war German pressed glass (three are seen at the clasp).

This necklace measures 21″ plus 7″ for the centerpiece and dangles.  It weighs 6.8 ounces.  It is not heavy to me since it is dispersed over 4 strands. Wear your own gold earrings with it.  $145.

Here is Max, the Labradoodle, now 19 weeks old.  Still a pesky puppy, but doing well in  obedience classes.  He is showing loving traits, follows me everywhere, and loves being outside!

Correction to previous post

With apologies to my colleague Donna Goes, I would like to correct her website address to:

She produces paintings in a very unique medium–fused plastic–actually made from recycled plastic bags!

You can see her work and mine plus 38 other artists at the Hull Artists 23rd Annual Open Studios Tour on July 7-8 and August 18-19.  Free catalogues at Hull businesses from early June on.


I wondered what I would say about Coral since everyone knows a lot about coral, like
pearls, like turquoise.

Then I remembered Don and I snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef in 1994
during our travels around Southeast Asia when Don was managing the area for
National Semiconductor and I accompanied him on his business trips. After
business in Melbourne, we traveled to Cairns with snorkeling on our minds.
We found someone to take us and spent a lovely afternoon.

Everything was colorful, abundant, vibrant and full of the orangey coral I
loved. But I noticed a few sections of white coral and didn’t understand
it. I came to understand it is bleached coral and I subsequently invented
my own story: true coral was becoming more extinct and bleached, so they
started dying it. I made that up because all I ever saw at bead shows was
“dyed red coral”. It’s a lovely color when dyed well-if not, white shows

It turns out there is a bit of truth in my story, so I decided to update
myself and my dear readers on this subject.

Coral clusters form a reef barrier, very important to ecosystems, beach
protection, fishing, and tourism, not to mention coral’s own subsistence
since red algae attaching itself to coral gives it its natural color. If
the temperature or the salinity of the water change, coral reacts by
expelling the algae, revealing its white skeleton. This is bleaching.
Using Australia as an example, they made the Great Barrier Reef into a
protected reserve. Voila, no coral for jewelry. The very happy news is
they are discovering coral is able to adapt and acclimate to changes and it
is believed it will survive.

Dyed red coral are pieces of skeletal coral dyed. Nothing can replace the
beauty of natural coral, but I can live with dyed red.

That said, this necklace is natural! These coral beads came from a
multi-strand necklace I found in my travels and promptly cut up. It has
supplied me with coral for years!

The sterling silver sea scallop shell with a piece of coral is beautifully
made with great-and realistic-details. I have a clear memory of buying it
in an ethnic-type shop in Palo Alto after returning from Hong Kong. It
measures 3″ by 3″.

The necklace is 22″ long with a sterling silver clasp. Wear it with your
silver earrings. $115.

Drawer 35: LIME: Long necklace with a tassel

“Exuberance and Wit”

My Chinese Apothecary Chest:   in 1994, it arrived via container to California from Hong Kong, where I discovered beading during my husband’s ex-pat assignment.   Serves as the repository for my beads.  Handcrafted.  It has 52 Drawers, mostly sorted by color.

2017 Challenge: Create a Necklace a Week, using only the Beads from one Drawer at a time. Voila!  52 Necklaces!

Week 35/Drawer 35: August 30, 2017: “Exuberance and Wit”

The genesis of this necklace goes back to 1998 when I was designing a lot of tassel necklaces. And a lot of my One-of-a-Kind style…where each bead is one of a kind…all my necklaces are one of a kind, you know that.

I was happy I had found my niche with big beads and chunky necklaces in an era when everybody seemed to be doing seed bead creations that were lovely but made my eyes cross when I worked with those itty-bitty beads. I was taking lots of classes from really fine instructors and thought that teaching my Tassel and One-of-a-Kind techniques at national bead shows would be my path to greatness.  I did teach at a Miami show and at one of our better shows held each spring in Santa Fe.  Well, teaching was not meant to be a path to anywhere:  my mind worked faster than my mouth and I tripped over my words.  I put greatness back on the shelf and it remains happily there.

This 26” necklace features lime faceted crystals, three Bohemia pre-war glass discs, two sizes of ceramic beads on the lime side. On the blue side, there are Czech glass in light and medium as well as matte darker blue resin beads. The blue and lime lampwork glass bead with the Nautilis design was made by Carolyn Driver (CA).  The clasp is a vintage plastic piece in an intriguing shape plus a sterling silver toggle I made.

The tassel measures 4.25” long and is topped by two fabulous beads: a large Venetian glass round bead lined with gold foil and a large American Art Glass bead in a pretty shade of blue with lime bordering the inside.

The tassel is a medley of blue and lime with a spot of chartreuse to treat the eye!


Earrings are included. They measure 3.5” long.  The set is $149.


If you want to read about some references I made in this post, enter these dates in the search box on the landing page of

One-of-a-Kind style—see blog dated August 7, 2013

Venetian Glass beads—June 29, 2013 or Drawer 1 or Drawer 2

American Art Glass—Drawer 17 or April 26, 2017