Canadian snowboy charm

I will send one of these little glassy snowguys [25-30mm]for your tree or purse charm to the 313th 'Like' on the Deborah JLambson glass page.. ♥♥


on Creativity

Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. 
To create means to relate. 
The root meaning of the word art is “to fit together”
and we all do this every day. 

Not all of us are painters 
but we are all artists. 
Each time we fit things together we are creating

- whether it is to make a loaf of bread,

a child,

a day.”

~ Corita Kent

El Capitan in California..2011


Announcing a draw for bird bead ♥

I am working on re-stocking my Etsy shop..sort of a last kick at the cat. [where on earth did that saying come from? no harming of cats here.] There is a plethora of articles with hints and tips on running an outstanding shop and one of the hints that has stuck with me is a suggestion to have 100 items in your shop at all times.
So, with those rather large ambitions in mind I am devoting my efforts to just that..lampwork bead sets [argh..not my forte. It requires interest in the same bead for long past my attention span. But I will try.]bead earring pairs, interesting larger beads and the odd sculptural..namely birds, but I have done wee witches in the past and I may re-visit that.

Sometimes my muse needs a reminder of what I have done in the past so I've been browsing old work I have in a  folder of past work  in photobucket. Im in need of some outside opinions and input..

With that in mind I'm offering a draw for a bird like these little guys:


..all you need to do is take a look in the folder and then leave a comment here or on my facebook page telling me which bead or set you'd most like to see re-made. There is also a post on my facebook page with a slightly more recent folder..all comments will count, no worries.

Here again is a link to the past work 
Draw will go until this time next week.. [8.5.2013]

If you are viewing in the slide format each are numbered for identifying. 
Leave me your name and email and you will be entered into the bird bead draw!

Thank you everyone..have yourself a great week!


a design isn't finished until..

I'm a lover of words. I've been collecting quotes since I was in my teens..and that is now a lifetime ago. It seems it some days.
One of current favorite quotes was said by Brenda Laurel who is, among other things, a professor at the California College of the Arts. 

She said, "A design isn't finished until someone is using it."

This just 'fits' in so many ways with my thinking regarding the creation of anything, be it music, drama, novels, poetry, food, clothing, art...and on. Wisps of thought become solid ideas become spoken word become tactile things. To what end if there isn't someone to listen, wear, or in anyway enjoy the created outcome? There needs to be a completed circle of life. 

The journey of this medium that I love, from silica to glass to colored rod form to conjured thought in my head to the flame of my torch to formed bead to more dancing in my head to jewelry to owner and wearer of that piece of jewelry!! is a fascinating and immensely satisfying one to me. 

Made more so by those who love and wear what I conjure up. 

Thank you.


the birth of a Logo

Miss Birdie herself my ♥ grand daughter drew me the raven one day complete with story.

It reads,
 'This green bird is trying to fly. And one day he flew.'

Of course, I loved the raven and the story..and my logo was born.
He's always in my studio.. overseeing all and keeping a close eye on the details of my work...as all good ravens do!

Created by my grand daughter..approved by my grand son. :-)

If you are interested in learning how to do this with your own drawings or any image for that matter, there is a tutorial from Gimp here.

Enjoy your day all ♥ 


Glass from Past Lives..

Of all the technological achievements of civilization, perhaps none so delights the senses as glass. For thousands of years, glass has been used to create jewelry, works of art, and functional objects of great beauty. In the Bible, the value of glass is equated with that of gold and silver, and it was indeed treated by the ancients as a precious substance. The origins of glass are lost in the mists of time, but it most probably was invented by the Egyptians in the 4th millennium B.C. The Roman naturalist Pliny attributes the discovery of glassmaking to the Phoenicians, and the cities of the Levant were famous as centers for the glass trade. The earliest glass was opaque, colored in a variety of rich hues that often imitated gems like lapis and emerald. The Egyptians used it extensively in jewelry and made little distinction between the genuine and the artificial gems. The art of glassblowing and the development of transparent glass both date to the Roman period. From centers like Tyre and Alexandria, glass vessels were exported throughout the empire and as far east as Persia and China. The Romans colored their glass in myriad shades, favoring blue, green and yellow, as well as clear. One of the most fascinating properties of glass is that, through oxidization, it acquires a rich iridescent patina with age.   
- (FJ.7297)....                                       

  Taken from http://www.antiques.com 

Such interesting material is this glass.  We found some here in Israel from just this period that is written about above, one day last week. 

We made a trip to Caesarea to view the ruins there and have lunch..it is undeniably one of the most beautiful places on this earth. But I think ruins always are..

The aquaducts shown below

There was an antiquities shop nearby and I was very excited to see that the owner had several pieces of pottery as well as beads from the Byzantine period. 

That was amazing of course, but the really exciting thing to me was a few broken pieces of pottery and Phoenician glass shards that he had. I bought three broken shards that had once been the lip of a bowl in the 1st century [Roman period] They are soft turquoise with a sheen present in Roman glass that is unlike anything you see in this day, even in dichroic glass. [you need to click on the photos to see proper detail] They have a tiny channel where the glass was rolled over to form the lip which will accomodate stringing material.

I have visions of cutting and sanding and suspending as a focal piece.. The shop owner warned me that this does not behave like 'normal' glass, so we shall see what that means when I try to cut.


Apricots and Kilim

Turkey is a land of of beauty..We stayed at the very lovely and hospitable, Anemone Hotel on the outskirts of Malatya, a city situated in eastern Turkey. A city known for being the apricot capital..there are groves everywhere that stretch as far as the eye can see. Spring time must be amazing.
The city has been a human settlement for thousands of years. Strabo Geographica, says that the city was known "to the ancients" 
We were there for 3 weeks and savored every bit of it.

We tasted different foods.. Turkish kabob, turkish delite [sickeningly sweet..but I needed to taste what had enticed Edward so completely in the 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' Turns out the boy had a serious sweet tooth] and something called 'Eskender'..thinly sliced lamb covered with a spiced tomato sauce. Good. The kabob was a feast. Served with pride and flair and several different spreads and bread.
We met very friendly happy outgoing people. In fact, customer service in Turkey is something North Americans could take lessons on. They are happy to have you in their shop and make sure you know that.

enjoying Turkish Kabob at a local restaurant with some Lovely people..Deelish food and great company, in spite of the language barrier.

Malatya is very scenic. Shepherds with their flocks dot the landscape. I wondered how each shepherd managed to keep their flock apart.
During a walk not far from the hotel one evening, I captured this on the edge of the city.

In all of our travels we find interesting findings for my jewelry..some of it of undetermined age, some of it contemporary..all of it sure to add colorful energy and wonderful karma to my work. One snowy afternoon, we found ourselves in a small merchant noveltry shop with 2 Arab women that spoke little to no english. Mostly no. :-] We purchased some finished jewelry that could not be passed up and also several strands of stones and crystals for my work.

Have you heard of Scapolite crystal?..I had not. I gravitate to rough and natural materials. Most Scapolite is mined in Madagascar..some of it is also found in Canada..this particular strand is from Madagascar.  Scapolite is Greek for 'shaft' and you can easily see why when you examine a crystal. Tannin or golden in color and very translucent. This crystal gem also contains interesting metaphysical properties. Gold scapolite has a mood-lifting effect, similar to citrine. It can be used to increase energy, and also to support and purify the filter organs, particularly the liver and spleen.

"...helps you to look deeply inside yourself to see the solutions for past problems and present problems. Scapolite helps to bring about change--physical, intellectual, or in your environment. It helps you attain your goals, working with you to get where you need to get."      ~so says www.metaphysicalrealm1.com

They are the right match for some beads created with Murano Ivory that had been burnished with 22K gold. 

'Gaia' ~ Lampwork and Scapolite crystal  [Aztec series]. 

I could not have left Turkey without finding a kilim [tapestry woven rug] to bring back..as well as several fine silk scarves. Gifts yet to be wrapped and sent..:-] 

Beautiful, beautiful spot on the earth and one we would love to return to some day..pretty sure I've said that of every place we've been. 

Taken from our hotel window.. the Anemone Hotel, Malatya