beads of courage

I am still working away

It’s been another busy year for me.  I got to spend time with several of my Best Arty Friends in Seattle for some Amazing Watercolor classes at Daniel Smith.  The store is incredible!  My Mom and I had a wonderful time catching up with Bexs, Jane and Angus and on top of that met some absolutely gorgeous new friends!

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I was featured in the news!  It was all about my work with Beads of Courage!  I jumped at the chance to bring light to this cause.  Thank you Cheryl for thinking of me and contacting the station.  A huge thank you to Bobby Lewis from 10 News St. Pete for the absolutely amazing piece he put together.  I have added the link below.


I have also been selected as a Feature Artist for the Beads of Courage “Carry A Bead” Kits.  I have been having a blast coming up with funs designs.  I have started making Holiday themed kits which have been very popular.


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Inspired by Beads Of Courage

Beads of Courage

For those of you that know me… You know that this organization is near and dear to me.  I had a sister pass away at the age of 2 due to a heart defect.  Please Check out the link at the top of the post to learn more about this awesome organization.

One way to help is to buy Carry a Bead or Team Beads.  I am creating some at the moment and just wanted to share a little about an epiphany I had while making them.

I was asked to make as many as I could and have them to Beads of Courage by the end of the month.  The one prompt I was given was they want more shape… Normally they are the traditional donut shape.  My style is whimsical and sculptural anyway so I wanted to see how small I could make some of my favorite designs.  But as my work is mainly “girly’ stuff I wanted to come up with some unisex designs.

My epiphany is pay attention to what your are attracted to because ideas will come to you!  I was making little monkey faces and I kept looking at a stuffed Christmas Mouse my grandmother made that has a prominent place in my studio and an idea for a bead popped into my head.  The next day I was going through my email and normally I delete all the spam.  I was thinking about what to make that day and one of the emails jumped out at me is was for a scrapbooking place and one of new papers by Doodlebug inspired my Big Eyed Baby Octopi… So pay attention!!!! You never know when something will just come to you!

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Christmas Mouse inspired Mouse beads

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Wrist strap inspired owl beads which inspired the Totoro Beads

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scrapbook paper by doodlebug inspired Big Eyed Baby Octopi


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Inspiration is Everywhere!  Just open your  eyes and heart and it will come.