10.2.2019 - ...and into every life a little sparkle...

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Years ago my youngest son gave me a mirrored disco ball. There. that says it all, huh?

It’s been so many different places in my home. (Sometimes I struggle to keep this glass oriented - but bear with me…) I chose this house because it has so many east/northeast facing windows - which makes for very pleasant mornings. I DO believe that each day should start of with an infusion of whimsy and magic. So - the mirrored ball has always allowed little dancing spots of light to grace the walls of my home.

A few years back a couple moved in next door… I was so happy when I saw festive lights go up in their back porch… they are a Godsend. Anyhow… come to find out that Kathleen has a mirrored ball as well - but hers lives outside… hanging in a tree… and so does mine now. I get surprise visits of flashes of reflected light as I torch or sometimes just inside having coffee… it’s magical.

So - #1… we have established that magical light brings joy.
Years ago - my father Frank began importing Lausha glass - and our worlds merged - suddenly he knew most of my fellow lampworkers and often times many others I didn’t know. For the uninitiated, this formerly Eastern German glass factory has some of the most incredibly clear glass…. its beauty is not only that it is so beautiful, but can be worked hotter than most other glass AND it maintains that wonderful quality. Lots of sparkle.

#2 - sparkle brings joy as well.

So what can be done when a glass is so beautiful on its own? We let it shine! Less adornment, more untarnished beauty. This shaped my journey in glass… and I started creating things with unbroken planes - few adornments and I dreamed of ways to showcase the glass itself. Of late, I’ve been mulling a series of pieces that are made solely with the colorless clear.

This would rely only on ways to bounce the light…

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A few years back I decided the bead with a hole had certain purity distractions - and I have reached a point where I’m happy to say it’s gone. These are beautiful, they are the little black dress of earrings. I’ve made smaller, larger, singles, triples…

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I’m always conscious of how much the glass weighs, and the limitations of what we can comfortably wear… it’s an ongoing constant exploration for me… and now with Autumn/Winter (supposedly) on the way - I am thinking of clear in more icy tones… wonder what will lie ahead in the coming months. smiles, and little bits of joyful light - Jill

9.25.2019 - New Quest (ongoing)

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So - after 22 years of online sales - I finally participated in my first show… aren’t you proud of me?? I learned so much - mostly that I took way too many things. Not jewelry or bead things - but display and props…. I thoroughly enjoyed the process and my customers : )

My new obsession if findings ways to streamline show setup/display… and trying to maintain an orderly process when sales happen… marking off the items on the inventory etc. I can see how this could become an obsessive process. Already I’m designing display items that I can “load” pre-show… and simply place. I know this process will get easier… but for now - the hindsight being 20/20 is surely true!

My favorite prop: Imagine a swag of tennis ball sized ‘beads’ with raised scrollwork… I think I got caught up in the perfection of my ‘scrollwork’… no - these are NOT glass… : ) fun, huh?? But I have other ideas that I will unleash as they become realities…

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…and…
This is a Kathy, Noel’s eldest daughter, a fellow glassy (among other endeavors) her medium is fused glass - who was gifted a pair of my earrings - don’t they look fabulous on her?! Funny - I’ve sold this color combo quite a few times! I have a similar pair on the update tonight.

I had to sneak her in here - because I just loved this picture of her - and her fun earrings!!!

Stop by the update tonight and have a look-see!!
smiles - Jill

8.14.2019 - Call to the Classics.

I get lost, all too often, in the world of wonderful color…. it’s ok for me because I don’t often wear prints… and so the combinations are front and center the focal. BUT… this week, I made the earrings a little less popping with color and I can truly say I love the results!

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These are a nicely monochromatic combination of shape and visual interest - rather than coordinating colors… of course, this can only last so long… but here are some other variations:



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This sweet cornflower blue single hole bead is suspended below a periwinkle disk… or perhaps the classic ivory and black version shown as well…
all area available on tonight’s update.


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7.31.2019 - Shift...

Ludia, my most cooperative model here has been a sheer joy to work with - as she gives me no attitude, always shows up to work on time and always looks fabulous! She is sporting this week’s Over N Under Earrings and she says they’re some of her very favorites!

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Near weightless, with that signature swing of two beads joined by a hinge… and a nicely bold design.

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So, I got a small shipment of glass yesterday… some of my newest favorite colors… and I think I have finally earned my walking papers from making the slender tubes. Thankfully! I am participating in a local art show at the end of this month - will/have been making a variety of things - I may showcase some of them here - and would love your feedback. What would you like to see at shows you attend?? smiles, Jill

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7.3.2019 - ??

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I know it’s been awhile - but that didn’t stop my grand daughter from growing up… she’s got a baseball from the game she went to with her parents - and as they’re exiting the stadium she’s marching right along with it clutched in her little hand. (BTW - she’s 1 1/2… how did that happen so quickly??) She’s very intent on marching out with her prize clutched carefully… almost looking a little bit guilty for making off with the bounty!!

Which leads me to another subject I’ve been musing over for quite awhile. I usually will include extras if I can find something I think you’ll like. I appreciate the sales and also have a huge love of creation - I make a LOT of beads - and I like to send them out. Does this make you uncomfortable?? I’ve had several customers who I think are flumoxed as to how to react, maybe they think I made a mistake and they’re supposed to go to someone else. Well - then I’m sure they’d mention it…

When you receive extras in a box with another order - is there always a clear indication that they’re just that - not a mistake or accidental shipment…? Maybe I should make it more clear?? Hmmm. Interesting…. problem… to have. Confused smiles, Jill

6.5.2019 - Many Changes...

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It’s the boy…. remember back years ago - how the little blond kiddo with my didymium safety glasses on was in deep concentration threading beads onto string? He’s the one who only knew that Mom had to work every Wednesday… this was my “work”. Well - he went and graduated from college - where did the time go? He is, today, en route to his first real job. He is a civil engineer. Odd and yet satisfying sense of motherly closure here - one that makes the corners of my mouth slowly turn up…

Thanks for all the birthday wishes - I don’t feel any older - but somehow that number just keeps creeping up.

So - as most often when I have things mulling around in my brain - I’ve been in repeat mode. I”ve been making this style bead this week - made a few necklaces, and have six sets to offer up. I’m thinking of applying to an art show - of course the application deadline is breathing hot on my heels… so. Smiles, Jill

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