Every year around this time I can see a little light at the end of the tunnel with that Thanksgiving pause, I call it. Everything slows down just for a moment for the turkey, table settings, family travel and so forth. Only to start right back up into hyper shopping/selling mode for Christmas. It is a break none the less, so I will take what I can get.

For the last 7 days I have looked into my future binoculars towards this mini break so I can Chill baby LOL

I have been so busy barely time to fuse glass and get studio time with all the shows and running here and there. I finally had to tell my self to chill out and this little guy came to mind. I painted and fired this little penguin this afternoon as I was listening to New Soul by Yael NaΓ―m. “I’m a new soul, I came to this strange world hoping I could learn a bit bout how to give n take.” That after all is why we are all here right?

Alway remember to chill :))

Hey and don’t forget to comment in my blog and be entered to win $20 to spend in my shop- Drawing is December 1st.


Before During After

A glimpse into the enamel world.
This is a glass panel, semi Jackson Pollack If I do say so my self LOL As you can see the piece stays pretty true to when I start to the finish. I put in some really good music and go to town. I love enamels, the colors are so wonderful, they get kinda smeary as the heat takes hold. This process takes about an hour Mixing dry enamels to painting then the kiln time is over an hour. Slow and steady wins the pace.

Now Should I cut it? I really want to cut it up for jewelry LOL

If I leave it as panel art I should mention it is kinda skewed not quite squared. So help me decide friends.

It became art! Sold in the gallery! Wooohooo!

Okay, Last week I worked on Tween gifts-back to the drawing board is where I went. My boys told me last weeks entry-mom those are alright but not quite there, just a little tooteenbling3.jpg old. We talked about it and brain stormed. Did I mention they are popular LOL something I was not, I was shy and very quiet so knowing what was popular was not my thing and if I did know I was not going to say a word for fear of being wrong. A lot has changed thank goodness now I don’t care if I am wrong it only hurts not to try.

Okay back to the tween gift pendant. I went smaller and less expensive because we know how they can lose stuff and when they lose expensive things it is upsetting so I was thinking of the moms too πŸ™‚ I also thought the traditional bails look too old for our 11- 16 crowd so I did a wire loop combo with a sweet little bead accent. I also thought traditional dichro and millifiories were over done and really don’t fill the bill. Paint is what I settled on. I think I did okay I had a sale this weekend and today and sold 4 of them and the first thing the moms said was “Oh my daughter will love this.” I had to ask the ages and yes it was our beloved TWEENS.

lanyardfuntack.jpgAnother idea came to me as I looked at the boys, it occurred to me they all may have to wear those boring lanyards so I designed these fun little lanyard additions for kids to collect, affordable and cute. The boys have informed me there must be some boy Tacs soon So in the kiln today little fun tacs for boys. Can’t wait for them to see what I did.

I am sure I am not finished with the ideas and will always be thinking of new ideas for the pre-teens to teen group my boys will not let me get too far off track I hope.

See my Etsy shop for these fun Tween gifts! http://shoozles.etsy.com

Big Hugs Boys-MOM

It has been a few weeks since my last entry I have been a little under the weather and needed a break from something and Blogging was justchristmascharms.jpg about the only thing I could cut LOL.

The Holiday shopping is in full Swing or it should be by now, that has been my past experience any way. I just knew I need to make some Seasonal stuff. I traditionally do a snowman pendant and do the three colors of Christmas oh and toss in some snow flakes. After 8 years of fusing and 18 years or more of jewelry making the only surprise is I actually get a new idea LOL

My painting skills are limited but I have to say have come a long way since last year. So I have done some teeny tiny Christmas charms. They are hand painted, fused, grooved and wire wrapped.

I am actually looking forward to this next craft show One Saturday and Sunday, It is one I have done for 6 years and it huge, I have a ton of stuff. Wish me luck!

Come see what else I have in my shoozles shop

I really enjoy fusing some days are harder and I really have no feelings about the things that came out of the kiln and then there days that I open my kiln and a gift has come from the heat, A piece I could not have imagined nor dreamed. Unplanned and unique surprises just make me giddy and set the tone for the day and can last for weeks.

This pieces was so serendipitous. I opened the kiln and I swear there was this- A bird on that sumpautumnbird.jpg and those little Autumn leaves flying about. All I had to do is then paint a beak and tidy up the ground line. I love when gifts like this come out of the kiln πŸ™‚

I am really trying to get back to the swing of things. I am pooped from the weekend show and Gallery opening. So forgive my break from all creative input to my blog and flickr and my shop has been pretty much relisting items which I really hate to do because it is all about being fresh and knowing customers or admirers need to see knew stuff or they may get bored.

I wish everyone a little serendipity this week it is a joy and gift.

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She is a traveler! Oh to travel to Greece would be a dream. Her travels have influenced her style and her love of gemstones and 18k and 24k gold is what she works with. She makes one of a kind jewelry pieces to accommodate many different styles and fashion trends as you can see in her shop.

electrajewelry.jpgelectrajewelry2.jpgI especially like this item in her shop called “She’s A Lady” Dina must have bought this beautiful enamel bead from one of her favorite places. I love when people share the things they love in their work. It is such a special touch to a shop and I found that to be true in Elektra’s Shop. http://Elektrajewelry.etsy.com

Elektra started working with stones over 10 years ago, the demands of a full time teaching job and childcare did not allow her the time to follow her passion. it seems she has made time and we are glad she did.

She works primarily with gold Vermeil, Bali sterling silver, semi-precious stones and vintage glass beads. Please be on the lookout for new pieces from her Murano Collection.

I would also like to say a special thanks to Dina for all her help to Giftbarer with the 90day blog challenge without her I would not have remembered to do this wonderful challenge so super big thanks lady πŸ™‚