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Thursday, July 13, 2017


Hi sweet friends! Can't believe I haven't posted one time here in 2017. How is that possible, and where does the time go?

I don't know if anyone still reads blogs?? I will post this to FB too! But I thought I would mention that as of this year, I am retiring from jewelry making, designing, and teaching.  It has been about 21 years of bliss, but am ready to bow out.

I have loved every single minute of meeting new friends, helping others and creating. I can't thank everyone personally, so I will just say thank you to each and every one of you for making jewelry making a dream come true for me.  Stephanie Lee's instruction changed my life, as did Susan Lenart Kazmer.  And instructors like Richard Salley, Robert Danzik and many others were so helpful and giving.  And foremost, Zinnia Galliher with Artful Gathering, your support and friendship has been amazing.

So what's next? Not retirement for sure.  I'm going to sell all the stuff I've collected for over 20 years, wow there's a lot.  Then I'm going to clean out the workshop, take some painting classes and just play, play, play.  No stress!  I'm now planting and gardening, enjoying travel, the new She Shed (thank you Mark Gardner for the photo above), filling the bird feeders, cooking and not thinking of jewelry every waking moment, like I have for 20 years.

I will miss all of the special friends I've made over the years.  And who knows, might run in to you at an event somewhere, for a mixed media or painting workshop, or who knows!! I hope we stay in touch.

Maddie and I send love and happiness to each and every one of you, and wishing you many years of success in whatever your endeavors are.  Take each day and moment and make the best of it, I sure plan to!!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

I am so excited to offer a free workshop to one lucky winner!
If you are interested in winning an online workshop from me for this upcoming ArtfulGathering.com session one, please leave a comment, and let me know.

Petite Photo Frames
Learn to make a pendant, necklace and a bracelet, soldered and unsoldered versions. There is over 7 hours of instruction in this class!! Filmed at edited by Fred and me, with lots of love.

Hey, let's get creative here! Why not tell me why you would like to win this workshop? I would love to know why this would make your heart beat faster. xoxoxo

For more info on the workshop, which starts June 6, 2016
go to www.ArtfulGathering.com.

**Good luck my sweet friends, winner chosen randomly.
If you win, you need to pay the $5 registration fee, that's all!!

Winner will be chosen on May 5th, 2016, cut off time to enter May 4th 12 midnight PDT.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Come take some fun workshops with me in
Anacortes, Washington
June 25-26, 2016

Saturday June 25
Queen's Lace
Make a beautiful pendant, a touch of solder, a gorgeous picture, some rhinestones
and work it in to a beautiful necklace.
All levels welcome, most supplies provided.
Small kit fee on top of class fee.

Sunday June 26
Bird Cage Box
Build a birdcage from scratch! I'll show you how, then make a birdie to hang
and let dangle and tweet inside. Attach it to a darling patterned box
I provide. Too cute for works, and a keepsake forever.
Again most materials and supplies provided.
Small kit fee in addition to class.

For detailed info and materials list on these workshops please email me at
and I will send the info to you asap!

Class is limited! Sign up fast! Hope to see you.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Hi Everyone!
I'll be teaching at Artful Gathering Online Art Retreats 2016!
The preseason kick-off includes the AG annual Hop Contest begins today!
  I'm one of the featured instructors this week! 
Hope you'll hop along with us!

AND.... here's a sneak peak at the brand new workshop I designed for you
this year! I will be teaching in session One, starting in June.

I hope you will join me for the workshop in June,
and hope you start to play our contest beginning today.

Prizes and fun included!!

Love and hugs

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Where Bloggers Create party

Welcome to the annual
Where Bloggers Create party!

I'm so thrilled to be taking part in Karen Valentine's 
"Where Bloggers Create 2015".  Karen designed my blog many moons ago, and my other blog e-workshops, and does such a lovely job.

So this time I decided to post a little video of my workshop. It is as cleaned up as I could get it! I'm in full production mode right now, so sorry about the mess. But I hope you enjoy the video tour. I wanted to give you a glimpse of my stations, and treasures I work with.

Thanks for visiting!!!
I'm going to try to get around and see many other studios listed on Karen's list.
Have a great day, and I hope to see you at a workshop I'm teaching somewhere!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Artful Gathering 2015 workshop

It's time to get registered for 

My all new workshop starts on June 6, and I would love for you to join me.

This year, something completely new and different. I am going to show you how to make Mixed Media Music Boxes in Musical Delights.

Six full weeks of fun with me, can you stand it? These are so much fun, inexpensive and amazingly beautiful. I am thrilled to show you how, all on line.

So please get registered, get your supplies, and lets make some beautiful music together!!

Musical Delights: Mixed Media Music BoxesJune 6 - July 17
Join me for a fabulous workshop that is a feast for the eyes and ears! In Musical Delights: Mixed Media Music Boxes, you get to make a music box from almost scratch because you will start with a pre-made box from tin or from a simple cigar box. Yes! You will decorate it up while learning a wide variety of mixed media art techniques before installing a musical movement. These boxes will make your heart sing with delight and your finished work of art will be a treasure forever to enjoy.
To learn more click here.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Come join me in Houston, Texas
April 28-May 3, 2015!

I'm teaching four workshops, hope to see you!!!

Click HERE for more info and to register.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Video promo for Artful Gathering 2015

Sneak preview of this summer's on line workshop


Pre-register now at www.ArtfulGathering.com
and register for my workshop
starting on May 1, 2015.

Hope to see you there!!