Beautiful Handmade Polymer Beads

Have a look at these gorgeous beads made by my very talented cousin, Janice!!!  They are exquisite and each one is unique and interesting.  She was kind enough to make them for me to use with my next set of mini art panels.  I am going to pair the beads with my images and see which look like they belong together.  I am so grateful as she sent me a bunch.  She makes many beautiful things like ornaments and cake toppers.  Look for them soon in my next set of Artful Box panels.

*Update- See Janice’s beads in action on my new art panels .

Hopelink Calendar

Here is my illustration that was used in the 2014 calendar for Hopelink.  They do a wonderful job of helping those in need,in my community and “offer an integrated array of programs that enable families in crisis to make progress toward and achieve self-sufficiency”  I was very thrilled to be included in such a beautiful calendar for such an important organization. Can you guess what month it was?  If you said September, you’d be right!  The beautiful little girl is my niece.

No act of kindness
however small
is ever wasted.
           -Aesop

May Day

Yesterday my kids and I were greeted with a lovely sight.  There was a scattering of  tiny white flowers that went up our driveway and to our stairs.  On each step was a flower bud.  We felt like we were following some sort of magical breadcrumb path.  On our door, tucked into the brass knocker was this beautiful little garden bouquet.  My daughter noticed that there was a tiny “A”nestled in the bouquet.  “A” was leaving a surprise?  No one in my family has an “A” name.  A charming mystery-  To be continued…

Handmade Polymer Beads

I’ve been really inspired by all the beautiful handmade beads I’ve been seeing on the web lately.  Some of the bird beads are pricey to buy so I thought I’d try making my own.    Well, as it turns out, it’s really fun and fast and I’m thinking of projects to incorporate beads and more beads.  Here they are drying on bamboo sticks.   They look like yummy little candies.