Volume 10 Issue 1, January 2013
What's New in January?
It is so hard to figure out where 2012 went, and yet, there was a lot that went
on in 2012. Some of the things that I got to do in 2012 was spend a few days
in Yosemite again and do some hiking. I also got to see a huge lava field in
Idaho and I saw two spectacular meteor showers.
I learned a couple new techniques in clay and I finally got my lampwork bead
stash out and created some beautiful necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
I baked a lot of cookies for the holidays and sent them all over the country to
family and friends. I went through seven pounds of Blue Bonnet! I made it a point to buy all handmade items
for Christmas gifts and I supported my local indie businesses.
I went on a Christmas stroll downtown and enjoyed the sights, sounds and
scents that do with a street party. There was popcorn and caroling, horses
and lots of dogs, hayrack rides and window shopping. It was a festive small
town gathering that was magical in many ways.
The year has ended and the new one has begun. While it may seem like
the same days as usual, there is an excitement in the air as we head into a
new year. It always seems like we start with so much hope and happiness,
and if we can continue it throughout the year, then we have been successful.
A beautiful winter sunset
lights up the sky as I was
drawing the shades for the
night. The mountains are
glowing with the fiery sun
and the snow is starting
Mountains as a night time
snow storm begins.
I decided to do some more flat buttons. I only did three sets of the same at
this moment. I got a bit sidetracked with holiday cheer. Look for more in
the upcoming year.
I went earring crazy! I made up a ton of my earring bead pairs and then spent
a couple days winding them into earrings. I had a blast!
New Canes and Beads
Here are some new beads that I have come up with for
the winter season. I have them in my Artfire studio, my Etsy shop and my
Until next month,
Julie & Blu
Things to Look Forward To:
New Beads—Euro Style handmade polymer clay large hole beads to
fit the popular cable bracelets.
New Bracelets—Finally! I have taken out my enormous stash of lampwork
beads and began to create new bracelets.
Thimbles— I am back to creating thimbles. I have included my latest
thimbles in the vision of Santa and snowmen! I also am working on new
techniques that I decided would look good on the thimbles.