On the eighth day of Christmas…

my true love gave to me –

a compliment on one of my recent creations – a gold choker and some beads and a piece of fused dichroic glass, golds and deep teal and bronzes on a china red base – quite festive-looking, without being traditional Christmas jewelry…and even 3-D…

When I made the necklace – I started out to do one thing, but this piece wanted to go its own way, so I just went with the flow, and got the heck out of the Muse’s way – it’s the wise choice!

The photo doesn’t do it justice.  Available for sale, with matching crystal earrings, $35 plus S/H.


On the Sixth Day of Christmas…

my true love gave to me —-

a good razzing for committing myself to this 12 days of Christmas silliness…but since I said I would do it – better late than never (almost 9 PM)…

my “faux jade” cluster pendant – available for purchase now at the Jacoby Arts Center Holiday Sale – 627 E. Braodway, Alton, IL.


On the fifth day of Christmas…

my true love gave to me –

5 dichroic fused glass rings!

A big thank you to eveyone who supported small business, shopped local, shopped homemade, and stopped by the Green Gift Bazaar!

We the artists appreciate it more than you will ever know!

On the fourth day of Christmas…

my true love gave to me…

a “come hither” mermaid necklace handmade, enameled on fused art glass, so the design will not wash off or wear off – this and other mermaid necklaces will be for sale at the Green Gift Bazaar at the Riverbender community center oat 200 W #rd st., downtowsn Alton, 10-4, Sat. – Nov. 24.

Come hither and shop local, shop handmade!

Inspirations and Gratitude

Where do I get my design ideas from?  Lately, I have been designing around gifts from my 84-year-old friend, fondly known up at our local diner, Aunt Sam’s Uptown Eatery in Alton, IL, as “Jimmy the Greek”.

Recently Jimmy gifted me with some of his late wife’s old costume jewelry.  I have used some of her pieces and added to them to create new pieces, as in the cluster necklaces I’ve been posting.

But I wanted to do something just for Jimmy, to honor him and wife, Helen, so I made a shadowbox.  I used some of Helen’s old jewelry for accents, and one of her scarves as the background.  I left a placeholder for a photograph – Jimmy had his daughter-in-law put a wonderful photo to Jimmy and Helen together in the old-fashioned frame. 


The weather should be perfect for Grafton’s Art in the Park Sat. 10-6 & Sun. 11-5 – come see us! 


This weekend I will be selling some of the cluster designs I have made using Helen’s things – but the shadowbox – is NOT for sale!