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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Happy New Year


WOW, how did it get to be 2013?? Is it possible? 
How is it time keeps speeding up?

This is going to be such a different year for me, and I look forward to sharing it with you hopefully.  I went out on a limb and planned to teach nationally this year!!! And more than once!

OMG, I am so excited, I can't believe I am doing this!

This is one of the classes I will be teaching in Tucson in February with the amazing Vivi Magoo retreat.  I was invited to join Barb Solem and an amazing line up of instructors for two of their three retreats, and jumped at the chance.

None of my classes taught in Tucson will be repeated at the Vivi retreat in Coronado in May, so jump at this opportunity.  It is a premier, and it is so much fun.

CAST SOME MAGIC  Tucson, AZ  February 8-10, 2013

If you can mold it, you can cast it!! Beginners are more than welcome, and advanced students too.

I so look forward to meeting and sharing this technique with you, sharing a meal, and of course shopping at the amazingly enormous Tucson Gem Show.

Give yourself this gift this year, and walk, fly or drive to Tucson and join with me in having some fun this year.  I'm coming East, so hope you can meet me there!

For more information click

Love, hugs, and Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Stephanie Lee workshop

A heroine of mine
is having another online workshop,
Stephanie Lee,
with another talented lady
Tiffany Han

Go HERE for more info.

It isn't too often that someone I admire as much as Stephanie comes along and continues to outdo herself.  
But it is possible she has.  She and Tiffany Han have designed an amazing new on line workshop, that I have already signed up for, and just want to do a shout out about it here.  I'm so excited about it, and the timing is just great for me.

Stephanie has been an amazingly positive influence in my life in a number of ways.  Her talent jewelry might be all you know about her. But Steph has many amazing layers.  Yes, she is a talented mixed media artist, and successfully published, but she has a layer you might not know about.  Her insight, her life coaching ability, her amazing talent for writing, and her all round talent for making you feel so darn good.  This is why I am signed up for this next on line course.

Here are a few highlights...

* Rhetoric rah-rah runs rampant in the creative world. But what if you don't know what that looks like for you, exactly? 
* What if all the rhetoric, though well intended, is actually  exhausting you?
* Whether you are creative junkie, an established (or wannabe-established) professional artist, a retreat organizer, a teacher, a day-job dreamer, an aspiring work-from-home writer, a life coach or cubicle-bound paper magician, creativity is in your DNA.
* Creative fulfillment is your birthright. You deserve to know exactly how your creative gifts will show up in the world and how they can be of service to yourself and others.
* It is time to take control of your creative dreams.
* Are you ready to feel a sense of creative purpose in your work AND have a practical plan that outlines the steps you need to live vibrantly?

This give you a brief look at why I'm excited about this.  I bought this for myself as a wonderful Christmas present!  Anyway, just wanted to share and thought you might be interested in the course.

I love when I get all excited about something, and can't wait to spread the word!
(if you register before Dec. 15, you get a discount!)

Merry Christmas, have a safe and fabulous holiday.

lots of love,


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Santa Wish List

Have you made your wish list yet for Santa?

How about this?  
A class with Riki in February 
at the Vivi Magoo retreat 
in Tucson, Arizona
(or as my Santa puts it, happy wife, happy life, smart guy).

I'll bet your Santa would love this retreat to be your treat for the holiday.  You could take lots of classes, as well as shop the world renowned Gem & Lapidary Wholesale Gem Show. It doesn't get any better.

Friday February 8, 2013
Le Petite Photo

Make a frame and stand from scratch, with base metals, found objects and torch soldering.

Saturday February 9, 2013
Vamp It Up
 Learn how to tear old rhinestone necklaces apart, how to reattach, add found objects, chains and make a clasp.  

Sunday February 10, 2013
Cast Some Magic
Soooooo much fun to cast with common hardware supplies, and use the castings to make charm bracelets, earrings or beautiful necklaces.

Won't you join me?  It is going to be a blast.  Barb Solem has arranged for a day of shopping on Thursday with the entire group!  Comes complete with a ride, we'll show you where to shop, and all the students for company.  I used to attend this Gem Show every year for about eight years.  The selection is unbelievable. You can find anything relating to jewelry here.  
Read up about it HERE.  
Don't have a wholesale license, no sweat. We instructors can get you in as a guest, to all the back room deals, so you can shop wholesale.

And go HERE to sign up for my classes with Vivi Magoo.

Hope to see you there!!
Ho ho ho!

Lots of love,


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Workshop weekend

You don't get to have this much fun every weekend!

I was invited by my dear friend Joy Campbell to come to her house in Claremont, CA and teach a workshop.  I jumped at the opportunity.  Joy laid out the red carpet for fourteen ladies.  I mean deep red!  I got to stay in a gigantic motor home with one friend, Susan.  We had our own apartment! Loved it.  Thank you Susan for tolerating a blow up mattress, love ya girl!

There was an amazing group of fifteen ladies in the class, and then we got to go antiquing the next day at the Pasadena Community College flea market.  It was stupendous.   I mean, does it get any better?? Not really.  Here's a bunch of pictures of that amazing weekend, and a few words about it.

I hope you enjoy, we all had so much fun!

Here I am in a very serious demonstration!  Sandy, you look very intense! Love you girl.

Isn't this an amazing shot of some darling women?  Top left, Cindy and then Charlene below her.  They came all the way from Texas for this workshop!  You guys are amazing.
Then darling Sandy on the top right, and the lovely Vickie on the bottom right.  Great job on your frames ladies.

This is the beautiful Susan Hunt, my friend and roommate, thanks Susan for a fabulous weekend. 

There is Cindy on the left, sorry girl, no heads up warning here!
And the sweet Diane, working her beautiful magic on her project.

There is Theresa on the far left. Thank you for driving so far Theresa, you are the best, great to see you again.
 Then Julie, and Terri on the right.  You guys are too cute!

And here is the lovely Joy, our hostess.  How in the world can I say enough.  She laid out a spread of food that was remarkable, and made everyone feel so warm and welcome.  You are the best Joy.
She looks pretty intense there!  Great job!

We got a tour of Joy's amazing workshop. Wow, just wow.  Loved every square inch.  Joy is much neater than me, everything it tidy and put away.  Gorgeous girl!

 Look at these beautiful antique jars, so lovely all filled and organized.

Here's the entire group. I had to wrangle them up and get them to pause for a quick moment.  They were working so hard on their frames, and what a job they did!
Back row, from the left, Kim, susan, Joy, Sandy hiding, Vickie, Cheryl, and Charlene in the red.
Middle row, Cindy, Jan, Terry, and Laurie.
Bottom row, Diane, Theresa, Julie, and Terri.

You guys rocked!  I loved every minute of the workshop, and you did such an amazing job. 
So proud!

Here's a shot of their frames, not quite finished, but almost!  Didn't they do an fabulous job?
I'm a proud mama!

And on to the flea market, at 7:30am on Sunday morning, to Pasadena.  It was a warm and beautiful day, perfect for shopping.  There were some great finds there.

Here are Joy and Laurie, shopping at the flea.  Oh so intense! Not! 
That was set up, ha ha! But I love it.

And a girl's got to eat after flea marketing all day!
I wish I could remember the name of the restaurant in Pasadena, I loved it!
Sorry the picture is blurry.

Monday, heading home, back to Central Coast, CA.  But not before swinging by Nancy Jamar's unbelievable store, Gilding the Lily in Fullerton. 
If you have never been there, you should visit.  Can't believe all the fabulous vintage goods she has. And you can catch her on line here.

I was able to grab a quick photo with Nancy, she was working away helping customers, and packaging up all of our goodies, and there were a lot goodies we took home.  
Yummmm. Thanks Nancy! You are the best.

Whew, okay, that is the weekend.
If you are interested in taking the Le Petite Photo workshop, check out my class with the Vivi Magoo retreat, organized by Barb Solem.  I'm teaching at The Desert, in Tucson in February.
That is during the gem show. 
And if you have never been there, well, hold on to your pocket book and enjoy the amazing ride!

Hope to see you soon.

lots of love,


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sandy Relief Artist Fund

Here's a great idea!!!
Lending a helping hand

Donate to the Hurricane Sandy Relief effort!!

The ladies at Art Is You had a brilliant idea.  Combine efforts for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  So Sallianne and Ellen, from Art Is...You, contacted Zinnia from Artful Gathering, Barb Solem from Vivi Magoo,  Linda Young from Art Unraveled, Cindy Woods from An Artful Journey
to help a Lending Hand to many of the victims the horrible hurricane has touched.

I am following the lead by other artists, to offer up some goodies to motivate you to rush over to HERE and donate on the Art Is You website.  Once you donate, your name will be added to a drawing that will be held at the end of the month, and you will be eligible to wins amazing goodies... 

like these above... some Charlottes, rhinestone, MOP belt buckles, watch faces, stampings, medal, vintage mirrored connectors, vintage Italian wire lace, and vintage watches.  Fun, huh? Can't you use these in your artwork? 

And some wonderful art  from artists such as:

Don't you love seeing our art community come together? I sure do.

I feel so fortunate, and thankful, this is such a wonderful thing to do for such a worthy cause.
Thanks for contributing.

lots of love,


Friday, October 26, 2012

A Snap shot of Europe 2012

What can I say, but tres bien!

I went, I shopped, I ate, I toured, I laughed, I ate (oh yeah, said that), I drank, I saw handsome everything....
I have over a thousand photos, so here's a few!

some goodies from the flea marketing in France and Italy
 another view of my finds...
 sooooo much fun!
 we reunited with friends in Florence.
That's Jill Rockwell from Canada, and Sharlene Wall from Florida.
So much fun girls.
And my two traveling companions, Lurline and Fidela.
 parades in Florence...
 more eating in Florence...that's a vegetarian platter, yum!
 Orvieto, Italy
looking out of a museum window, on to the landscape, and the Duomo
 I think the Vatican...
 from Paris, a bus ride away to an Etruscan city, Fiesole...
 Orvieto, Italy alleyway...
 flea marketing in Florence...
 yes, the colosseum, Rome, Italy...
 Borghese Palace, Rome
 the Pantheon, Rome, where the artist Raphael was buried...
 the Vatican, outside...
 of course her highness, Miss Eiffel...
 and Maddie waiting for me to get back, pack up and head south for the winter!

I'll try to post more another time!
Getting ready to teach in Los Angeles next weekend, and still unpacking.  Finally getting over  a cold/flu from the long three week trip....worth it!!

Hope you are well. Drop a line.
love to all,

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Vivi Magoo at the Desert

Announcing New Classes
Vivi Magoo at the Desert

This coming February 8-10, 2013,  I will be teaching three new classes in Tucson, AZ with the Vivi Magoo Art Retreat.  I'm so excited to be a part of this amazing team of instructors, and be working with Barb Montague Solem. 

Go here for more info.

I will post more information about these workshops on my "classes" tab here on my blog.

Each of the teachers will have three classes. Here is the line up:

Richard Salley
Diane Cook
Joanna Pierotti
Deryn Boyd Mentock
and me

Barb scheduled this so you can shop for a few days of the Tucson Gem Show, then take some amazing classes at the Tucson Hilton with us.  If you have never been to this gem show, whoa nellie!  Hold yourself up!  There are over 50 shows going on all over Tucson, AZ at the same time.  Many of the shows have hundreds, yes, hundreds of vendors!!  It is mind boggling, I know, I attended it with friends for many years.  And boy is it fun. You can find anything!  Rugs, gems, crystals (the giant raw ones), silver anything, gold anything, chains, tools, well, you get the idea.

So put on your walking shoes, bring your jewelry tools, and come join me at the Tucson Gem Show and the Vivi Magoo Art Retreat at the Desert in Feb. 2012.

Did you just hear me go "yee haw"? 

Love and hugs,


Monday, September 10, 2012

over at my friend Cindy's blog, Lily's Lace

Wow!! She made these belt buckles! Aren't they beautiful, and so much fun?
You are so talented sweet Cindy!!

Here is the amazing giveaway buckle and package!!  
Wow Cindy, what a kind and supportive act, to make this buckle for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Here you go ladies.  Hop over to Cindy's and leave a comment and follow her blog.

This loot could be yours!
Good luck!  
I want, I want!!

Good luck!


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Bead Soup Reveal 2012

6th Bead Soup Blog Party

It's finally here, the August 25th Reveal.  This year Lori Anderson had over 400 participants! Wow, way to go Lori, that is amazing.

I'm thrilled to be a part of it, and was paired up with a wonderful artist glass from Germany, Kathrin Lembke.  Her work is amazing!  

Here are the beautiful items she sent me.  Kathrin hand made the lovely glass focal, and all the smaller glass beads.  She incorporated a cream, dark navy and brown hues, so pretty!

So here is what I did with some of those beautiful gifts.
I wrapped her focal, and gave it that vintage look I love. Really challenging for me, since I don't normally work with glass, and it was so much fun!

And here is how the whole necklace looks.  I incorporated a few crystals, a wrapped key, some chain, and voila!

What a fun project.  I used the beautiful toggle in the front, instead of hiding it in the back.
Fun, huh?

And here is what I sent to Kathrin. I made a pendant, with some vintage items, attaching a vintage rhinestone earring!  Then I thought some blue Amazonite and Chalcedony might be fun, with some beautiful pearls and bone, and threw in some crystals and bling.  What Kathrin creating is just amazing!! Go check it out!! It is sooooo beautiful!
Great job partner!

Thank you Lori Anderson!! You did an amazing job with your Bead Soup once again!
Thanks for all your hard work.

Here's the third and final reveal.  You can hop around and see all the amazing creations.
For a full list of all four hundred participants, go to Lori's blog here.

Happy hopping everyone!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous

Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs

Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show

Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities

Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio

Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi

Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry 

Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog

Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo

Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila

Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs

Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design

Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs

Have fun!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Paradise in the Northwest

I got through another year of summer shows!

And what a summer it was.  Between the highest temps I can remember, yes I know it isn't really hot to you Southerners, but high for here for sure!  Battling 85 degrees, and a few ladies not wanting to even try jewelry on, my shows were a smashing success.  Thanks to all who came, looked, purchased and signed my guest book.  I loved meeting each and every one of you.

That smile is all about the last day of the show, and it is almost over, ha ha!
Notice the Magnolia Pearl, lovvvveeeee her clothes! 
Need another visit to Round Top I think for a another couple of pieces?? Eh Diane??

And thank you for all the amazing birthday wishes.  
The show happened on my birthday, so that was fun to let everyone know I was celebrating even more.

Fred and I got to take a quick one night break to Victoria to visit my friend Jill Rockwell. It is always so much fun to head out of the country, and all of an hour ferry ride away.

I took a lot of pictures at an amazing tourist attraction, called Buchart Gardens.
This is a place I have heard about all my life, and had never been.
It is worth the wait. oh my.

Here's a little window shopping picture of a grand ball gown, made of napkins, I thought it was amazing.

Just a couple of the grounds. There are about 55 acres I believe. Or was that 500?? I don't know, it went on forever, and was a picture postcard at every turn.

Fred and I couldn't believe how well manicured everything was, just spotless.
Oh to have a green thumb.
I'm such a goofball, but great archway!

Look at the Oriental garden, wow.

Going in to the rose garden. Swoon.

Okay, this is cool. I shot the poster about the Sunken Garden, so you could see it.
This used to be a quarry, and wait until you see what they did with it.  Mrs. Buchart was such an amazing visionary.  This garden was started in 1912, wow.  If she could see it now.

And here is how it looks today, converted from a quarry. 
Just breathtakingly beautiful.  And in full bloom.

That's my little part of paradise up here in the Pacific Northwest.
A pinch of sun, a ferry ride, and beauty.
Such an amazing recipe for smiles.

Lots of hugs and love,