Thursday, September 29, 2005

Maple Spring Farm

I saw sheep on the way home Sunday from Paoli and it
is my favorite because 4 sheep were watching me when
I was taking pictures.

This is same red barn with close up of flowers. It feels
like autumn!

Garden Treasures

I strung the bracelet last year without accent beads
and this morning I embellished freshwater pearls,
flower and leaf glass beads with seed beads. I made
some bracelets but they are all different.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

"Early Fall " Hematite necklace

Here is " Early Fall " garden necklace that I finished
today. I love the autumn and I can't wait to take some
pictures in about 1-2 weeks. We had a very dry summer
and we had a few rains a couple of days ago.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Hematite necklace

This is the hematite necklace with the fall colors of
flower and leaf glass beads. It is not done yet.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Brooklyn and Paoli road trip

Paoli Ice Cream Shop

Paoli Cheese Shop

Paoli Mill

Paoli Schoolhouse

It was raining all day long yesterday and I found
the Southern Wisconsin Studio Art Tour from the
Weekender Guide and I looked it up on the internet.
Dean and I went to Brooklyn to see one of the beaders.
She makes beautiful PMC link bracelets. We had a very
nice chat. I have been interested in making Precious
Metal clay for a long time.
We stopped at Paoli on the way home. I took some pixs
of the Historic Paoli schoolhouse, Paoli Cheese Shop and
Paoli Mill. After I took pictures, I went to Paper Arts at
Paoli Mill. Handed-made papers, cardstocks, rubber
stamp and collage items. Very nice shop!

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Friday, September 23, 2005

New Cabochons

I ordered new cabochons over the internet and
got them last Wednesday night. From left to
right: green olive jade, red aventurine, pink
quartz, and mabe pearl shells.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Old bicycle garden

I took Jasmine for a little walk around the neighborhood
and saw a cute old bicycle with flowers. I took pictures
at 5 PM and it was overcast and misty.

Allen Centennial Garden flowers

Queen Charlotte Amenone


Wild strawberry and pink flower

Achillea ' Fanal Yarrow '

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Turquoise and Abalone

I finished the project today and still had time to take
my dog for a walk downtown State Street.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Turquoise beaded cab

Here is my newest turquoise beaded cab for the
Abalone shore neckpiece.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Party on Abalone Shore

I am almost done with my second project of Abalone
Shore. I think I might bead around hematite and
turquoise cabochons for the pendant. I am a little
slow but I have been very busy with 3 bead shows.
I am waiting for my schedule to settle down.

Mother of Pearl Flowers

I love those beads! It would be pretty for a bride
to wear a necklace or you can dress up to go to a

Barbara's Garden

I slept like a baby last Tuesday night. Yesterday morning
I took some pictures of Barbara's garden. She has beautiful
morning glories with a white fence. Barbara gave me some
tomatoes and peppers from her garden to take home.
Her husband, Mark made us a good breakfast with omelets,
toast, orange juice and teas.
My first stop on the way home was at Appleton I went to the
Glass Onion Studio. It is a bead store and the owners make
fused dichroic pendants and beads.
My second stop was at Oshkosh. I went to the Paine Art Center
and Gardens.

I love the colors of Barbara's morning glories!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Green Bay Truck Show

I just got back from Green Bay. Yesterday my friend, Barbara
from Green Bay and I had a wonderful chicken salad sandwich
at Alpha Delights in De Pere.
After lunch we went to the truck show and bought alot of nice
beads. I found some mother of pearl flowers and I fell in love
with them. I will take pictures of my new beads tomorrow.
Barbara and I went to the Green Bay Botanical Garden. The
garden was very nice.
It rained very hard on the way to Barbara's house. It was cool
after the rain. Barbara made a super of tuna fish salad with
delicious bakery bread.

My favorite pictures of flowers is with fences.

Here is a picture of Barbara at the Children's Garden where
she used to work.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Early Birthday

This is blue morning glories. I took some pictures this morning
after I took the dogs for a walk.

At 8 AM this morning, my daughter's dog " Bear " came to our
bedroom, he wanting me to take him out for a long walk ( 1 mile ).
I took Jasmine out, too.

For lunch, we had bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches. We had
our daughter and her boyfriend and Dean's parents as lunch guests.
After lunch I opened two gifts. I got some nice scented candles and
the last gift I got was a very nice Zenith DVD/CD player for my early
birthday gift. Jenni burned my pictures on to CD and we watched
flower pictures that I took yesterday at the Allen Centennial Gardens.
It is like a slide show and I love it!
Thanks so much Dean, Jennifer, Bill and Shawn.

My son

My son, Shawn with Bear and Jasmine

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Toad Lily

I found a beautiful flower called the Toad Lily. It is
very small.

Allen Centennial Garden

This morning I took alot of flower pictures at the Allen
Centennial Garden. A Victorian Gothic home displays
over 20 lovely garden in the heart of the University of
Wisconsin Madison.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Wild Bleeding Hearts

I love bleeding heart flowers but I never saw wild bleeding
hearts before. I took them at the Chicago Botanical Garden.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Karl & Cathy's Hydrangeas

I love blue and purple hydrangeas. I would love to make
a flower necklace but I think it would be hard to make it
like this.

Red Raspberries

This morning I took pictures of red raspberries that I am
hoping to make raspberry beaded beads with seed beads

Antique Washing Machine Stand


Fried Zucchini Flowers

Here is a recipe on how to make fried zucchini flowers.
Wash the flowers and let them dry, cut the flowers in
half, remove the stems and stamens. Flour on both sides,
melt butter in pan, fry them with salt and pepper to make
them brown. I got the recipe from my bead friend, Lisa
who is Italian. It is very good.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Abalone Shore

This is first project of the Abalone Shore coral reef neckpiece that
I made today. I don't know if I will use a large abalone pendant or
a gemstone focus pendant that I used for the turquoise & carnelian
coral reef neckpiece. I used turquoise, keisha pearls, pink coral
branches and abalone chips with 14/0 mixed bronze charlotte seed

Friday, September 02, 2005

Turquoise & Carnelian

This is the finished project. I installed a new beautiful "S"
sterling silver clasp this morning. I use Arc Photo Studio for
the background. I never used it before. It is not best picture
that I have ever made but I had fun making my own design.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Butterfly bush

My niece, Kelly in Michigan has Buddleia Davidii in her
garden. My sister gave her for a gift several years ago. I
found Buddleia Davidii in the Chicago Botanical Garden.

3rd part of the project

I did not make jewelry all this week. I was very busy
sorting my new beads from Chicago Bead Shows. I was
working on my Turquoise and Carnelian neckpiece this
morning. I used a large focus gemstone bead for the