Saturday, October 30, 2010


Happy Halloween!
We've had a fun week (haha) since my husband and I both teach at a middle school it's been a little crazy. The kids so enjoy Halloween. Monday they'll be sneaking candy into their classes in pockets and after telling them all "No candy in the Art room!!" I'll find wrappers here and there. I remember doing the same thing as a kid, taking candy that didn't have noisy wrappers!
We've been having a great time making our own books. After having 4 boxes of old computer paper donated (the kind that fed with punched holes on the sides) I have taught the 8th graders coptic binding. Sharon, my friend, suggested the project and it's been great fun. The kids are tearing paper and sewing and designing covers for their books. It is a super project.
Anyway.. here's one of my latest Etsy listings. A little lampworked bird. I have a few more and this summer, cast some silver branches to place the birds on, but I figured one could be on Etsy. This one is etched lightly and I love that porcelain/antiqued look. It's copper green glass, which has many personalities. Maybe you'd enjoy making a piece of handmade jewelry with this bead, or just hang it on leather. It's a sweetie.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Easy kind of like Stuffed Cabbage Casserole


since I have a bead set with a frit mix melted into it, I figured it would be fun to share a recipe too. it's been a while since a recipe has been shared on this blog. About time right?
A friend of mine who does weight watchers shared this with me and it's great if you like stuffed cabbage (I do!!) and also if you like to cut time out of that preparation. (sounds good!)

Carol's Weight Watcher Cabbage Casserole

1 lb ground turkey browned
one medium onion chopped
1/2 cabbage coarsely shredded
you can add 1 pepper chopped, but I don't
and you can add chopped celery (2 stalks) I don't

Now Carol cooks this and adds cooked rice. I put the rice in from the start so this is my variation on her wonderful recipe.
add 2 cups water and 1 c rice
1 lg can crushed tomatoes
salt and pepper.

there you go! Put this all in a big pan (I use a Dutch Oven) and simmer until the rice is done.
yum yum
now that your dinner is simmering, go make some jewelry! I know where you can buy some great lampworked beads.

Fire Divas!!
check it out!

have fun!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Michigan Bead Show


I'm looking forward to being in Michigan this weekend for the West Michigan Bead Expo. It is at Calvin College Oct 16 for 10 to 5. This is a great bead show with all kinds of beads and many lampworking artists.
If you aren't too far from Grand Rapids, stop in and say hello!

Monday, October 11, 2010

think pink think teal




Ladies... while you are thinking 'pink' think 'teal' also and schedule that yearly gyn exam. ok?
I'm lucky to have had a couple great physicians help me and am now almost 9 years cancer free. I never knew that a clear pap doesn't mean you 'don't ' have uterine cancer. Did you? So if you have any unusual symptoms get them checked. Early detection is key. Scary? yes but even scarier if a tumor isn't found early.
So let's remember to schedule two appointments. A mammogram and a gyn exam/pap smear.
right! Pink and Teal ladies.... pink and teal.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Ten things I like

1 freshly ground coffee beans
2 polar fleece blankets
3 flying to see my kids
4 floating on the lake on an air mattress
5 homemade gingersnaps
6 a glass of red wine
7 walks with my husband
8 toys :-)
9 sketch books
10 the Farmer's Market