Thursday, May 24, 2012

Facebook Fan Appreciation Sale!

Recently, I was very excited and honored to reach the 1,000 Fan Milestone on my Facebook Page—with the help of a lot of wonderful people. YAY!! So in appreciation of their support, I'm offering a special 10% discount to all my fans for the next 24 hours! Just use my coupon code "FBFANS10" when you check out from my Etsy store.

This special coupon is only for my existing Facebook fans, but anyone who would like to "like" my Facebook Page today before they check out are welcome too! Sale ends 10 am PST on Friday, May 25th.

Thanks again for all your support and I'm really looking forward to getting to know all of you better as we share and drool over all things relating to glass, jewelry, and other fun stuff! *Ü*

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day Treasures

This Mother's Day was so nice because my oldest daughter, Katie, had just returned from her first year of college the day before—so I was able to celebrate with both my favorite girls! As per our annual tradition, I received a delicious breakfast and lovely flowers, and then they took me to one of my favorite Seattle street markets and to see The Avengers movie later that evening (which I had been dying to see!).

At the market, I was happy to find some beautiful pearls and beads, which I'm looking forward to incorporating into some new jewelry designs. But by far, my greatest treasures of the day (and for the past 20 years) are my two precious daughters, Katie and Ashley! They have grown into such wonderful young women and now that we're finally getting over the tough "Teenageritis" phase, I can see where all our hard work as parents is finally showing the positive results. Katie even surprised me with a two-page letter that brought me to tears. Here's a little excerpt…

"…I am so thankful for everything you've done in my life and shaping me into the person I am today, even though I might not have realized it at the time. I'm so blessed to have you and there is no other mother in the world I would want instead."

There were a lot of other deeply moving things she wrote me that I prefer to keep private, but I don't think she'll mind my sharing this small part because I felt it would be such an encouragement to all you Moms out there who might be struggling in your relationships with your children right now. Her current attitude and amazing maturity over this past year are MILES away from what she had during most of her teenage years—which were filled with great frustration, fear, tears, and sometimes deep depression for me. My knees were worn out from all the praying her father and I did over her and I'm so happy (and relieved!) now to see that our "tough love" and perseverance has finally paid off.

So I just wanted to send out a message to any Mom who might be feeling as low as I was and dealing with a similar situation…hang in there, pray often, and stick with your convictions while still showing unfailing love for your children. God is always watching over all of you and I promise, things will get better and someday they will realize and be grateful for what a Treasure you are too! *Ü*

Friday, May 11, 2012

Beachcomber Preview

After pushing like crazy to build up my inventory for my big Portland show last weekend, I have some beads left over that I'm going to start listing in my Etsy shop over the next week or so (but still might hold some back for some of my Summer shows too). So I thought I'd share them all here and if you see anything you like, please feel free to email me with a request and I'll throw in Free Shipping if I haven't already listed it on Etsy!

Tide Pool Focals: prices range from $36 to $48

New Water Wave beads: $29 per set of 5

Mixed Beachcomber Sets: $49 per set, including 3 matching pairs for earrings

Thanks for looking and if you have any suggestions for other colors or shapes that you would like to see, I'd love to hear them! *Ü*

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Pilchuck Glass Retreat

This past weekend, I was away having tons of fun at the annual glass retreat for our Northwest ISGB chapter. This year, we were extremely fortunate to have the famous Pilchuck Glass School host us, which was a first for any outside group to be invited to do. Pilchuck is where one of my favorite glass artists, Dale Chihuly, once taught and studied, so it made it extra special for me to get to visit this wonderful facility!

Over a jam-packed three days, we got to explore the fabulous wooded campus, watch demonstrations from some amazingly talented people, practice what we learned at the torch, eat delicious meals, and visit with other "kindred spirits."

There were glassy goodies scattered casually everywhere over the campus, including this amazing William Morris blown glass sculpture…it was so fun to try and find as many as I could every time I went outside during meals and break time!

An abundance of demonstrations by talented artists like Cynthia Toops, Kimberly Affleck, Andrea Guarino-Slemmons and others throughout each day have all sorts of new ideas buzzing around in my head…

One of the neatest discoveries while I was out exploring with some other attendees was this quirky little concrete structure called "The Trojan Horse," which was so named because it was built as a "temporary" class project many years ago, but was never really intended by the teacher to be dismantled afterwards. LOL It was covered with an eclectic mix of unusual glass castings in the oddest places!

I almost didn't go to the Retreat this year because I was feeling stressed out about getting ready for my upcoming Portland bead show, but I'm really glad I did…it gave me a chance to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, learn wonderful new techniques, and make some great new friends along the way. I hope we get to do this again someday at this magical place! *Ü*
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