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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Auction To Benefit Disaster Relief in The Philipines/ Simply Pretty Stuff Tiara


Andrew Thornton has organized this silent auction blog hop to benefit the victims of the recent disaster in the Philipines. There are countless people there, young and old, without food, clothing, or shelter.  I agreed to help raise money to help those people by donating this tiara for the auction.  The proceeds raised will be sent to a relief organization, CARE. 

The tiara fits all head sizes.  It is one of my featherweights.  This 
silver soldered piece features white lace and blue glitter webbing, giving a bit of dimension to each soldered charm on the base.  Swirlie wires and a vintage piece of costume jewelry adorn the top.  Retail value of this particular tiara is $108.00.   Starting asking bid is $38.00.  

All bidders should post their bids in the comment section.  The auction will run until midnight on Thursday, Dec 5th.  The winner will be announced on Friday, Dec 6th.  I am providing shipping free of charge via USPS, first class with tracking, as soon as payment is received from the winner.  Payment will be through Paypal.  I will contact the winner directly once the auction closes.

The following artists are also participating in this auction event.  Go see what they have on the auction block:

Friday, November 22, 2013

Shotgun Shell Ring Workshop Online!

Shotgun Shell Ring Workshop Now Online With

I loved teaching this class live at the retreats.  However, many of you asked for an online version of shotgun shell bezel making.  Sooooooo, it is now time to open the class to all of you at home! 

am pleased to announce that the class is now available through  Just go to their web site and click on "videos".  Kits for this workshop are also available at my Etsy store:

This workshop would make a great holiday gift idea!  Or enjoy creating over the holidays and make a few pieces of bling for yourself and others! 

Once you order the workshop, you will have several weeks to view.  There are handouts for all the techniques as well!  Hope to see everyone soon online.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Allegory Gallery: An Autumn Gem In Western Pennsylvania Foothills

A Day Creating in Ligonier Valley

This past weekend found me in Ligonier PA, enjoying the beautiful fall colors as they reach peak, and savoring a delicious bowl of white bean chile with my family...a favorite fall weather meal.

 Sunday was a special day, spent creating and visiting The Annex, a classroom satellite of Allegory Gallery in Ligonier, PA.

Andrew Thornton and I worked on a few doll molds and heads for a future workshop together.  I love when we meet because the creative sparks just fly.  I have not tried my hand at sculpting and Andrew was gracious enough to get me started!

The Annex is a great place for creative workshops.  Lots of progress has been made in rennovations, there is natural light and it is warm and cozy.  I cannot wait to teach there a bit.  Andrew has a lot of plans for this artists' niche. 

Here is a little look see at what we worked on in a few short hours after some catch up and a couple lattes!  Looking forward to our next meet up...