Crazy For Dots – Lampwork Glass Beads

When not consumed with making encased murrini beads over the past year, I’ve been working to perfect my pulled dot beads. Thanks to a new tutorial I recently purchased I have ‘connected the dots’ (ha! :D), had a light bulb moment, and at last this technique finally clicked for me. Now, I have a new obsession… πŸ˜‰

On Etsy:

BEACHCOMBER - assorted bead collection
BEACHCOMBER – assorted bead collection
BEACHCOMBER - large round focal bead
BEACHCOMBER – large round focal bead
CUPCAKE - large round focal bead
CUPCAKE – large round focal bead
MERMAID'S GROTTO - large round focal bead
MERMAID’S GROTTO – large round focal bead
MINI CUPCAKE - round focal bead
MINI CUPCAKE – round focal bead
PETIT FOUR - round focal bead
PETIT FOUR – round focal bead

Encased Glass Flower Drop Pendants

With Fall approaching I thought these pendants would be pretty with some soft colors reflecting the season. Maybe if wish for it hard enough Fall will come early for us this year! πŸ˜€ It’s definitely a lot cooler in the mornings but by mid afternoon we’re still reaching the high 90’s 😦

Harvest Flower – drop pendant necklace
Hyacinth – drop pendant necklace
Sunflower Bud – drop pendant necklace

Mini Sets – Lampwork Glass Beads

As much as I love spending time creating an entire set of several coordinating beads it is also fun to make ‘mini sets’ which allows me to switch gears creatively more quickly.

These mini sets were so much fun to make!

Desert Rose lampwork bead set
Shimmering Sand bead pair

“Godiva” Bead Collection

Who else on the west coast woke up at 2am to watch the Royal Wedding live on TV? I for one was not about to miss this historic event!

After all, I have such fond memories of waking up very early as a young girl to watch Princess Diana marry Prince Charles. I was thrilled my two daughters wanted to wake up at “o’dark hundred” to share this special occasion with me as well. I hope it is something they’ll never forget.

Sure, I could’ve recorded it and watched it later, but there is something about seeing it live with the rest of the world that was so exciting.Β  πŸ˜€

I was really inspired by all the rich gold tones in Prince William’s uniform, the amazing decor of Westminster Abbey and in the beautiful wedding photos taken at Buckingham Palace. So much decadence!

I tried to capture that stunning opulence in this collection of beads named ‘Godiva’.

GODIVA bead set
GODIVA lampwork bead focal