Monday, May 31, 2010

Twisted Pink Lady


I spent an entire day in the studio yesterday making beads stepping out of my comfort zone.  After my trip to the kiln this morning I had a reality check.  Stepping outside your comfort zone doesn't always bring the desired result!  Geez, trying to find your own voice, leads to some screatchy tunes from time to time.

So I reached for a bead I made on Saturday and took this picture. I like it. I guess I'm more of a graphic / geometric bead maker than the picture in glass on a bead.  But, then, there is always another day to try, try again.



Sunday, May 30, 2010


"Life will knock you down, but you may choose to get back up" - Jackie Chan

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Helping Out Corina

I've had the opportunity to help out a friend and fellow bead maker over the last couple of weeks.  Corina Tettinger, has a new line of tools for glass bead artists.  The response has been incredible.  I offered to help her shipping orders and have learned so much that will help me in my own bead business.  I had never received an order via PayPal or shipped an order using their shipping labels.  I had never packed a bead for shipping or spoken with customers whose order, for one reason or another, wasn't received.

I have customer service experience through the many years I worked in Information Technology.  So, okay, I can talk to customers and troubleshoot issues and problem solve.  I've worked part time at Chico's in years gone by, so have a bit of experience in retail.  The internet offers a world of opportunity but my experience using this tool was nil.

Since I began helping Corina, I sold my first set of beads on Etsy and was able to fulfill the order in PayPal, pack and ship the beads to my customer without so much as a "bead" of sweat on my brow.  All this to say, help a friend, help yourself.   Keep your motives straight and the Universe will open up to you.

Reconnecting with old friends brings healing.  Thank you FaceBook.  Thank you for bringing old friends , like Tracy and Daniel Amstutz (the Fine Arts Minister and my boss when I was in the ministry in Tulsa) back into my life.  Daniel was willing to pray for my new business to succeed bringing about new opporunities for me.  It has worked and this is a reminder that God is in charge and generous with his kids.

Today - I am grateful, (even though my cable TV went out last night.)  Smile.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Springtime on a Cloudy Day

OMG!  A miracle has happened...I sold my first set of beads on Etsy!  All my thanks goes to Corina Tettinger who mentioned - yes, mentioned me, in her newsletter driving hits to my Etsy sight I am certain I owe her my eternal gratitude.  Thank you Corina.   Sold to Catherine Stevens.  Thank you Catherine.  You have made my dreams come true.  The internet is my salvation - well, what would you say?

Here is the set that sold - a NEW beadmakers dream come true.  Someone likes my beads!  Daniel, keep praying - it's working.

Swirls and Fun

Last weekend I attended a two day bead retreat with my bead club.  I was so inspired by talking with other bead makers as passionate about beads as I am.  We had a great time.  Enjoy...xoxo Suzanne

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Had a great retreat this weekend. This is Kerri Fuhr who taught the first day at Frantz Art Glass for the Fire and Rain Bead Club. She is a wonderful teacher and had a great relationship with the students. Very open and willing to share.
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Primitive Bird House

Well, I thought my idea of putting a Bird House on a bead was going to be a whole lot easier than it was! Ha Ha to me. My stringers were a bit too large for the roof (in my opinion) and the pole is too fat. When it came out of the kiln, however, I was pleasantly surprised that it reminded me of some of the tole painting I used to do years ago. The bead took on more of a primitive decorative art form (we used to call it). So even when mistakes - become something other than the artist had envisioned - in the world of art, it's still ART.
And, I kinda like
xoxo Suzanne
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Art Deco

I've been in a bit of a bead slump lately.  Need more knowledge so I can create on a new level.  Seems like I'm doing the same thing over and over again.  This weekend I'm attending a bead retreat with the local bead club - Fire and Rain.  It is in Shelton, WA at Frantz Art Glass where I purchase most of my glass.  I will be surrounded with beadmakers who have been in and around glass for many years.  I'm looking forward to being inspired and to learn new applications that will stretch my range of artistic ability.

Back in Art Deco mode.  I love the simplicity of Art Deco.  Hope you enjoy these!  xox Suzanne

Saturday, May 15, 2010

It's a beautiful day in Seattle. I've been out pulling weeds. Made a bead with my new press from Corina Tettinger's new Large Squeeze tool. Be sure to go to her website and check her new tools. I'll post the new bead tomorrow. Love you all - Suzanne
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Yellow Angel Salad Set

Ah, and a yellow salad set has appeared. This set includes three of my handmade lampwork beads with black and white twisties and taxi cab yellow opaque colors as handles on the fork and spoon for your favorite salad bowl. If black and yellow are your colors - these are adorable and will add a smile to any brunch/dinner parties.

Sent to you with love. Suzanne

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Red Angel Salad Set

This salad set has six of my lampwork beads as handles.  The angel is decorated on both sides with my own handmade murrini, clear encased twistie and fine stringer work.  The red in the pictures appears a little more orange than it actually is.  It is truly a deep blue red. 

I love kitchen gadgets, bowls, etc. and now - "Salad Sets" have become my new favorites.  I'll be putting this set on Etsy for sale.  I think I'll be making quite a few more of these beadable objects.  So much fun!

All my love - Have a great day...Suzanne

Monday, May 10, 2010

This sign hangs in my studio as a reminder that life is fleeting, a day without laughter is a day wasted. My sister-in-love, Jeanette, gave this sign to me for Christmas. Thank you Jeanette for the reminder that Life is What you make it. Because of this sign, I laugh every day. Much love extended for reminding me.  As I enter the Studio to make another bead, I remember to laugh at the mistakes and remind myself that tomorrow is another day to create something others will be inspired by and hopefully, a chuckle.
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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day Frosty Mug

Shared a couple of Frosty Mugs of Root Beer with my Mom today. A great Mother's Day for me.
Both my boys, Adam and Gabe, called to wish me a Happy Day. I love those guys!!!
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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Forget Me Nots

And, another beautiful day in Seattle.  Forget Me Not.  xoxo Suzanne

Friday, May 7, 2010

Spring has Sprung

As I gazed out the window this morning through the morning sun, newly sprouted flowers seemed to gaze right back at me with smiling faces.  Ah - I love spring in Seattle after a long dreary winter filled with rain, rain, rain.  After the rain and cloudy skies, we are rewarded with green, green, green grass and flowers doing their best to make up for it all.  It works for me.

xoxo Suzanne

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Visit from an Angel

Last night, I had a visit from an Angel.  But, he/she forgot his/her wings.  It was ok though because my Angel had so many good things to say.  Like, everything is going to be great!  Keep your faith ever present and never give up hope.  These things are eternal.  But, above all - show love to those close to you.  Hold up their arms when they are weary and can't stand on their own .  If you do this all will go well with you, above and beyond your wildest dreams.

I snapped a quick pic before he/she disappeared.  I love the flower power - don't you?  Must have been a hippie Angel.

That Angel is welcome in my life, anytime.  xoxo Suzanne

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Amethyst Under the Sea

Yesterday, while I was "fishin", I happened to stick my head under the water where the fish were swimming.  Beauty unknown to us on the surface appeared to me.  So I'm sharing with you.  Enjoy!  xoxo

Monday, May 3, 2010

Tropical Fishin'

Yesterday I was just in a "wish I was fishin'" mood.  So I took my pole to the torch to see what I could catch.  I found the right spot and caught two!  Of course, it was catch and release.  So I'm releasing them to you.  I forgot how much fun I have when I go fishing...


Sunday, May 2, 2010

For your eyes only

I'm pretty happy with most of how these turned out - kinda sorta.  The angel's wings could be sweepier and the face lines thinner.  I'm a workin on it.   I am happy with the hair fine stringer work on the flower bead.  It's getting much better.  Working with hair fine threads of glass is a force to reckon with.  Whew!  I could have chosen a little easier new career I think.  Anyway - for your (my bestest friends) eyes only.  Enjoy

Saturday, May 1, 2010

My Black and White Heart

I love black and white and red.  The murrini turned out - pretty good this time!

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