Lots of stuff in the works…

What a busy summer it’s been, and I am so looking forward to the next couple of months. I can say with certainly that I see God’s fingerprints all over my life right now, and it feels so good! Mark your calendars now for a big announcement here and on the Roadhouse Arts Facebook page on October 1 – some very exciting things happening, and I can’t wait to share them with you!

In the meantime, here’s a little glimpse into what’s been going on in my life:

Beadfest Philly 2015

This was my first time teaching for Beadfest, and I had a BLAST! I had wonderful students…

Steve, one of my students in a chain workshop, repairs musical instruments. He showed us a new way of wrapping our charcoal blocks that makes the wire tighter. I love sharing what we know!!

Awesome Keum Boo and Roll Printing Students….

…. and their gorgeous work. We had so much fun!!

I don’t often get a lot of men in my workshop – but Al completely rocked it!

I really don’t do “selfies” but we made a couple of exceptions – this was such a fun group!

And then several of us went to dinner at the most amazing Italian place – I got all emotional about the food. No joke.

Janet asked a simple question that transformed how I’ll teach a fused chain workshop from this point forward. It makes me so happy when we get to share ideas and energy in a creative environment!

… met friends old and new …

Two of my favorite artists… Richard Salley and Gary Wilson. I spent way more at Gary’s booth than I should have!

This is probably one of my favorite photos from Beadfest – my dear friend and helper Letty Wilde and the very wonderful Richard Salley. This hour of friendship and talk and sharing meant a lot to me!

… and even caught up with some of my Art Jewelry Elements teammates (I haven’t met most of them in person, amazingly).

Me with the awesome Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studios

And from across The Pond, Lesley Watt of Thea Elements – so wonderful to meet her at last!

New explorations

I had a chance to dig into some new work that has grown out of the design intensive at our Metals Retreat this past spring, with my dear friend Melissa Muir and Connie Fox, my new dear friend, whose work inspired me to dip my toes into metalsmithing to begin with six or so years ago. (Ahem. You really and truly are going to want to mark your calendars for the October 1 announcement. Just sayin’.) Friends Andre and Virginia Bally of Bally Studios put together Art in 3 Dimensions, an exhibition of dimensional work in clay, metal, glass and textiles, and I was so honored to have been asked to participate – like, in a real gallery and everything! If you’re in San Antonio, the show runs through September 29 at the Centro Cultural Atzlan – and if you’ve never heard of it, Centro Cultural Atzlan is one of the coolest little venues I’ve ever seen. Check it out!





I also spent some time indulging my love of silks and silk dyes – I don’t get much time to experiment with it, but I took a day when I got back from Beadfest to dye up a bunch of scarves that had been sitting in my workroom, untouched. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out!

Scarf Dyeing 1

Scarf Dyeing 2

New ways of connecting

It was on my list of goals for the year to start doing some videos from the studio, and I posted my first one this past week for the Art Jewelry Elements blog. Way, way back, I promised to do a post about taking care of jewelry hammers and it never materialized. This is my mea culpa!

The Homestead

The chickens are enormous…. but no eggs yet. I check every day, and every day my hopes are dashed. They’re pretty cute, though, and many evenings I am able to go out at dusk and sit on a straw bale and watch them be chickens while I sip a beverage before tucking them into their coop for the night.




I was so busy I didn’t really get a fall garden planted in my new beds, but last week I did run out and snap up the last of the tomato, herb and pepper plants at the local nursery and I hope to get those in this week.

So, as usual, I’ve been going 120 miles per hour – but the busyness has mostly been really good and very fulfilling, and I am extremely excited about the path that is unspooling in front of me as I write this. I hope that as you’re heading into fall, life is treating you well and you are finding opportunities to create and connect with the experiences and the people that bring you joy and feed your spirit. More soon! Can’t wait to share!

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