New graphic patterns for “The Phoenix”

Two new patterns for “The Phoenix” pendant are now available in my Etsy Shop.  Spring Fever and Summer Fun were released today! (Click on the photos below to go directly to the item in the Shop.) If you previously purchased the Assembly Instructions or the Deco for the Holidays, all you need is one of these NEW graphic patterns to make these pendants.


Keeping the assembly separate from the graphics, allows me to create new designs quickly.  Plus there is the bonus of not having to bundle two files each time I offer a new design.


I really hope you enjoy making and wearing these two pendants…  I LOVE mine!

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Wow! Full classes…

The response to my new classes has been overwhelming… thanks so much for your support!

The first class of Mixed-Up Tubular was full  within a week of posting, but I was able to add an overflow class the next day, which also filled up!  This was a really fun class to teach and the color selections by the students were fabulous…  I posted some class photos in the Student Gallery, and can’t wait to get some finished photos.  I’ve already seen some in person and they are awesome!

Super Fandango is also full at this time…  the next offering is Sat, June 2, 2018 from 1-4:00 PM.  The Calendar is up to date on this site, but if you are on Facebook, you can like my page (there is a link in the footer of this page to do that) and see events there too .

I also hear that my Add-On class at the Fall 2018 Heart of Texas Bead Retreat is filling up.  How exciting!

Keep on beading…

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Heart of Texas Fall 2018 Add-On Class

“Heart Pagoda”  designed exclusively for the HOT Bead Retreat…

Thrilled with the structure of this piece!  More colorways will be available as the summer progresses.  Overall length of the pendant is about 3″.


The Heart of Texas Bead Retreat is a wonderful retreat with some lovely teachers and projects!   Offered in Spring and Fall, check out their website for additional information and dates.  There might be a few spots available for Spring, but my add-on class is in the Fall (September 20-23, 2018), and registration is now open!

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Busy Beading…

I was shocked when I saw my last post was in January!  How did it get to be April?  So, I guess I need to share what I’ve been up to for the past few months.  🙂

I’ve revamped my Peyote, Odd & Even class, and created two separate classes with their own projects.  I found that my beginning students were hungry for a project rather than simply learning a new technique.  Peyote 101 is devoted to Even Count peyote, and students create a bracelet.  Peyote 102 is Odd Count, and the project is a pendant with a tube bail.  I love seeing the colors chosen, and there are already some photos in the Student Gallery!  Very happy with this change.

A lot of my projects have been in Delicas over the years, but I found a new appreciation for working with seed beads again when I  created three new classes:  Mixed-Up Tubular, Fandango Earrings, and Super Fandango.  The “Fandango” classes are part of my Dagger series that began with 15 Daggers a few years ago.  And Mixed-Up Tubular is a fabulous, supple rope combining herringbone, chenille, and peyote stitches.  Looking forward to teaching them in April!

Two of my “retired” class tutorials are now available in the Shop:  15 Daggers and Fleur de Mer.   I’ve had a lot of students in these classes over the years, so I hope the tutorials are well received.  They are fun to make!

And, last but not least, I finished the design for the Add-On Class at the Fall 2018 Heart of Texas Bead Retreat in Austin!  More to come on that once the links are made public…

So, dear beading friends, hope to see you in a class if you’re in the Austin area (the Calendar is up to date).  And, if you aren’t, I hope you’ll visit the Etsy shop and take a look at the offerings.

Happy Beading!


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Happy New Year!

2018 is here, and I wish all of you health, happiness, and peace in the new year!

Lots of exciting things are happening here:

  • All the Star Patterns are now in the Etsy Shop, so there is only one link on the menu
  • As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I’m retiring several of my classes; look for those tutorials in the Shop sometime in February
  • I’m in the process of creating new classes, and bringing back the Double Petal Earrings class.  They should be on the calendar in February and March
  • I’ve been asked to teach an add-on class for the Heart of Texas Bead Retreat in September, so I’m finishing up that design now!

Better get back to the beading table…  Happy Beading to all of you!

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