Wednesday, January 09, 2008


I've been playing around with some new glass, ASK 104. There are a couple of violet/lavender colors that I really like. Here's a couple of florals:

It's another gloomy Minnesota winter day out there. Sometimes having nice big windows isn't so nice, like right now, although, yes it does look kind of nice with all of the trees covered with a frosty coating.

I've decided I'm going to order another oxygen concentrator to get a hotter flame on my torch. I've been following threads on Lampworketc. and everyone says that's the way to go. Maybe I'll go with Christian tomorrow when he goes shopping & I'll stop off at Menards to get a splitter to hook both of them up.

There was a post on Lampworketc. this morning about things to be thankful for. I've been reading Ahmed Al-Omran's blog, Saudi Jeans, He's a Saudi Arabian blogger, and lately he's been writing about another SA blogger who was arrested for writing about the SA government. I remember back in the 70s when I was in college. I signed a petition calling for the release of a person who had been arrested for doing something against the govenment, I can't remember any of the details other than that (gosh, I hope it wasn't Patty Hearst). But as I was walking away, I got a scared feeling that I shouldn't have signed it, that the FBI might come after me for signing it. Ridiculous, huh? But think about the courage of these SA bloggers, knowing that they CAN be arrested, and still they go on and declare to the world the injustices perpetrated by their political system. Our country has its share of problems, and corrupt politicians is a big one, but even so, I'm so thankful that I live here.

Sunday, January 06, 2008


Yippee Skippee!! I sold some more beads on Etsy! In the last 2 weeks I've sold as much on Etsy as I did in 2 months on ebay. I hope it keeps going like this.

It's a very nice day today, 41° and partly sunny. Spring is on the way; we just have to go another couple of weeks for the temperatures to officially start to warm up.

I got some new glass from Double Helix today and made a couple of beads with it. And Wednesday I've got a shipment of glass coming in with some new colors. Fun, fun! I need a little boost in creativity. I've been struggling lately to come up with something I'm really getting a kick out of doing. Maybe I'll try making another vessel. I like the way the last one turned out.

I love working with silvered ivory and getting that marbled look. Cool!