A Suessical good time making beads

Red fish

Horton “a bead is a bead no matter how small”

The Lorax

The Hat and Green Eggs and Ham

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My partner has been announced.

So I have been paired with Jo-Ann from Weston Ontario.  She looks to be a seedish type beader in her blog along with other things so I will work on things that appear to go with her style.   Her blog is  Feel free to check it out.  Meanwhile I will head to the torch.



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Excitement is building for the next Bead Soup swap

I can’t wait to see who I get paired with this time.  Lori is from www. is working on our pairing as we speak.  I will keep you posted but in the mean time you can check out the website that organizes it.


You can get a blog button and link it to byclicking here.

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Sale in Edmonton coming up….

    • Saturday, June 16, 2012

    • 10:00am until 5:00pm
  • Come and buy some talented Alberta-made creations and support your local craft artisans! For one day only on June 16th!

    The show will also feature local, talented musicians between 1 – 5 pm!
    We are delighted to have Arwen Thysse (Violin), Amanda Andrishak (Piano & Violin) and Capital Sax provide us with some shopping music 🙂
    Make sure you come by to hear them while shopping for unique items!

    Check out the vendors at our show!

Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre
8426 Gateway Blvd NW Edmonton, AB T6E 4B4,Edmonton, AB
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The Great Earring swap

Hi everyone I signed up for a great earring swap organized by my former fantastic bead soup partner Diana Ptasynski from Suburban Girl studio

Hummingbird Earrings from Stephanie

She got eager participants signed up and then grouped us in threes.  Each made two art earrings sets one for each of the other two.  My one partner was Stephanie Haussler

Classic Black and white from Gail 


and my other was Gail Barnett.

Thank you to Diana for organizing it and to my great partners.  I can’t wait to wear them!!!!


Here is the list of the other participants

Diana Ptaszynski  You are here!
Jenny Davies Reazor
Melinda Orr
Cilla Watkins
Stephanie Haussler
Sally Russick
Susan Kennedy
Cheryl Brown




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Pre Mother’s Day Pottery and Lampwork Jewelry Sale

Hi everyone I will be hosting my annual spring pottery and bead jewelry sale May 9, from 4-8 pm.

It is in my studio at 9725-75 Avenue.

Hope to see you there.



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And this month’s winner is….

Good Odds!


My trusty assistant


And the WINNER was SIOUX

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Happy Easter Everyone

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March’s bead draw winner

Congratulation to Diane Valasek the winner of March’s bead draw.  Here is next months draw which is a large hole flat bead with layers of ivory and amber finished off with silvered glass stringer.

April's Bead

This is the large flat bead it looks great on a chain or you can silver line it.


A great time at A Fine Spring Evening

The 2nd annual Fine Spring Evening was held Wednesday at Crystal Park School.  This year I offered to demonstrate glass bead making as a station at the celebration of the arts.  It was a great time.  The students provided an outstanding meal, there were plays and other demonstrations as well as a silent auction and bake sale.

I had a steady stream of young and old who wanted to offer up suggestions to create. There was everything from Submarines to of course angry and not so angry birds.



Fish, Hammerhead and TurtleDragonhead

Angry Birds

Horsehead and Shitzu


I always let the audience pick the colors and the bead to make.  I can usually make it look something like they were thinking.


It really is great fun to get the audience participation and to watch the smiles and excitement as the beads start to take shape.


The hardest part is making people wait to see the finished products once annealed from the kiln.


Tomorrow I get to deliver them to all the people who participated.