Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Choker Necklace Designs with Stretchiko elastic cord


With the arrival of New Stretchiko colors  I've been inspired to make some cute Choker Necklaces...

Check out some new Designes that I've made!  There are about 12 different colors, including New Black  and Chocolate Brown.  My favorite of course is Purple  :) :) :) 

To see all Stretchiko colors, please click here

Monday, September 14, 2009

This was a great show !

Some of the Artists I discovered:

Kevin Lahvic ..... filled with messages and symbols, his art will make you stay and wonder and absorb the wonderful energy....

 James Monroe  ... shows nature in it's beauty through a lense of simplicity and warmth - his paintings are so soulfull and close to heart. 

Joseph Sikora  filled with movement, his paintings are so lively, energy is bursting through them... his style reminds me of impressionism but more mordern and urban...

  Marketa Sivek   - color intensity is so amazing you can almost feel it on your skin.  It is an amazing feeling to be surounded  by her paintings

many more  artists were there and the energy was just amazing

2nd Annual Fall smARTshow!"3 DAYS, 150 ARTISTS, 1 PLACE TO BE.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Art in Chicago

Next 2 days I'll be displaying my jewelry at the Art Ethnic Bazzar organised by Illinois Artisans Program.
Come and see some of my new designs I made recently with laser engraved pendants and copper artifacts.Some other artists will be there to sell ceramics, photography, wearable art and more....
Stop by Thompson Center, 100 Randolf Street, Chicago.
Thursday and Friday, August 20-21. 9:00 am - 4 pm

Hope to see you there

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Discovering Nature's Beauty

As much as I love beads,  here is something different... 

My totally New project is published in Fall issue of "Create & Decorate" magazine  - "Framed Autumn Leaf".

I found the leaf in my backyard, laying  under the pine trees.  I picked it up when it was "dying" - loosing it's fibers.

There was something so magical about the texture  and color of  the leaf, that I decided to preserve it.  So much beauty around us waiting to be discovered...

Monday, August 3, 2009

Back from CHA show, new tools to play with

This past couple of weeks were crazy! Preparing for the CHA ( Craft and Hobby Association)  Craft Show, which is held twice a year.  
I displayed my artwork at the Designer Showcase  for all the Manufacturers,  Publishers  and Editors to see.  It was great to meet everyone in person!

There were  a lot of talk about  how many changes  have been  in the Craft and Hobby industry for the past few years. The tools we have now are amazing and continue to improve. 

Here is a  gizmo  I loved from Clover Manufacturer.

Protect and Grip Thimble  and Natural Fit Leather Thimble.  I couldn't decide between the two ... they were both so cool.  The leather one feels so comfy on your finger, just like a little shoe and  the leather is very soft.

 The Rubber Thimble  has really nice grip and of course the color :)  .... how could I resist this Fuchsia Pink  ...LOL


For all of you beaders, sewers and other creative souls out there ..... Thought you might like one of these to protect your precious  fingers :)  Happy Beading!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Body Adornment & Accessories Art Spree

Visit me and other Illinois Artists at  " Body Adornment & Accessories Art Spree"

Everything  is  Made in Illinois

Presented by Illinois State Museum Artisans Program

Thursday & Friday   July 16 - 17 2009 at 10:30am - 4:00 pm
Location: James R. Thompson Center Atrium
                 100 W. Randolph Street
                 Chicago, IL

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Shaping up my Breakfast menu - is it Healthy?

Making Healthy choice and adding more variety of foods, I decided to have a totally new breakfast today.

Organic Cottage cheese and strawberries, blueberries, raspberries.

Lately, I have a strong desire to have all the foods to be colorful and arranged nicely on a plate:

Food = Art !   

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Trunk show is comming up !  Mark your calendar June 27   11-6 pm

"Briolette Beads and More"  located in the heart of downtown Forest Park at 7322 West Madison St.

If you have never been here - it's a great store to visit, lots of beads and scrapbooking accesories, jewelry making tools and gadgets - you'll LOve it. 

At the Trunk show  I'll have some of my one of a kind pieces - Lampwork beads, electrofomed fused pendants


and beaded jewelry making kits and patterns. 



Come and visit me if you are in the area and share with everyone you know :)  Thank you and hope to see you

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Trip to Bead & Button show

When  was the last time you felt like a kid in candy store?  Well, I just  came back from "Bead & Button"  show in Milwaukee Wisconsin.   Every time I go, there is always lots of  surprises.

The most beautiful part of the show are Lampwork Artists. It is unbelievable what people can make from a piece of glass ...  So many one of a kind beads, marbles, glass sculptures in one place - it is simply overwhelming. 

Another thing I love about  "Bead & Button" -  lots of tools and gadgets and the best part  - you get to play with them right on the spot.  Some of the tools you may never even heard of  and there is usually a person to show you how to work it.

Artists are such friendly people, the minute you walk into the show floor you feel the energy that surrounds the place. 

Scott Bouwens, who once introduced me to Lampworking.... It was years ago and I already had my torch sitting in a box for months.  Back then  I had no idea  how to connect it to oxygen and propane  - the whole idea wa

s just too scary.  I remember  walking into his booth and his beads are absolutely fantastic - truly I am just fascinated by his art.

He also makes a line of tools for glass makers and lampworking artists. Really cool gadgets like spinning mandrel, hand stabilizers, enamel and frit vibes - all super duper high quality  hand made stuff you won't find anywhere else. More on his web site...

SO, imagine me, walking into his booth, totally clueless,  asking all those questions about what's what ?  and my torch is being still in a box....

He told me how easy it was to hook up the torch, not only that,   he told me what book to buy and he walked with me through the  show floor to show me what kind of glass to buy !

I started making my own beads a week later :)  Thank you, Scott.

By the way, every time I go to "Bead & Button" I graze over his new gadgets - they are just too cool to miss.

You see what I mean...  by saying  Artists are very friendly crowd of people.