Artist: Sheila Le Blanc

I had the pleasure of meeting artist Sheila Le Blanc for the first time six years ago when we were both participants at the Red Dirt Art Festival.  Sheila began to paint seriously while stationed with her family in Panama. She painted shell watercolors, that can now be found all over the world.  She has taken some lessons, but seems to have a natural, innate talent, as well as a great passion for painting.  Later, while in Florida, Sheila worked, and her painting was set aside for some years.  Upon returning to Redlands, she was able to rediscover and continue her love of art and painting.  Sheila works in oils, watercolors, and occasionally pastels. She dreams of someday soon having her own studio to devote to her paintings. Sheila’s work can be found at the Redlands Art Association as well as at the Red Dirt Art Festival.

Here is a painting Sheila did of her grandchildren:

A few more; An old Panama Ruin, English Village, and the Redlands Zanja:

Bead Soup Blog Party “The Big Reveal”

 Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!
Created and organized by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things. Thank you Lori for giving me the opportunity to participate!
I was paired with the very talented artist, Jennifer VanBenschoten of Van Beads, and this is what she sent me:
Jennifer was so generous in sending me such a variety of beads. I was initially overwhelmed, but started getting idea after idea. Rather than making one piece using all the beads, I ended up making three necklaces, one bracelet, and earrings.
And here is what I made:
I used Jennifer’s seed beads and clasp, and made a necklace incorporating a fabric flower I found a tuturial for at Simply Vintage Girl :


This is a pendant I made using Jennifer’s stone tube beads and a hollow lampwork bead that I made:

For this necklace and earrings, I just started twisting copper, and winding the oval stone beads, seed beads, and tiny flower beads from Jennifer and finished it off with some swarovski crystals to add some bling:

I wanted to use the large donut stone in an unconventional way, so I decided to make a cuff bracelet. I had some corduroy from making Blythe doll pants, so I used that and some old lace that I had along with a big vintage rhinestone button and a couple of jet black vintage buttons. I finished it off with the seed beads I had left:

And finally, this is what I have left from the bead soup. Since Jennifer was so generous in sending me so much, I want to pass on her generosity, and send this along with some of my own handmade beads to whoever would like to have them. If you are interested, just leave me a comment, and on Saturday, March 5th, I will pick a random recipient. Thank you for stopping by!

Now come see what the rest of us made! 



1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 
3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane 
4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio
5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe
9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto
10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio
11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts
13.  Marian Hertzog, M’s Place
14.  Mary McGraw, MK’s Musings
15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita
16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails 
17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs
19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats
21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim 
23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu
24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air
26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio
27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads 
28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul
31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie’s Sammelsurium
32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus
33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble
34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design
35.  Jayne Capps, Mama’s Got to Doodle
36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs
37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works
38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl’s Insights
39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio
41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack’s
42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions
43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya 
44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles 
46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig  
47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations
48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux
50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori’s Glassworks
52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde
54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel’s Blog
55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning
56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa
60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do
61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog 
62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs
64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co. (YOU ARE HERE)
67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash
68.  Laurel Steven, Rue’s Daftique
69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver
70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey
72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix
74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems
76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art 
78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden  
79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads 
80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook
81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy
82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
84.  Dana James, Dana’s Jewelry Designs
85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries
86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka
87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae
88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations
90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous 
92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni’s Bead 
93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally’s Creations 
94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  
95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio 
96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy’s Coloring Box
97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs 
98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue
99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio
102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong’s Creations 
103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios
104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore
105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations
106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky
107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric
108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs
109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading
110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman
111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 
112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me
115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
117. Alice Craddick, Alice’s Beads and Baubles 
118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 
120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 
121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven 
122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings  
123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass 
124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks 
125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things 
126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos 
127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee 
128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M 
129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry
130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads 
131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny
132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore
133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H’s Blog
134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs
136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies  
137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.
139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter
140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy
141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse
142.  Regina Santerre, Regina’s Writings
143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts
144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear’s Nonsense
145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta’s Boutique
146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads 
147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul 
148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me  
149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog 
150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area 
154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta
156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki’s Reef
157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color 
159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman 
160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory
161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst
162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed
163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu
164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio 
165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra
166. Anna Motz, Stunning
167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings
168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa’s Clay Happenings
170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones
172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 
173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 
174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre  
176.  Menka Gupta, Menka’s Blog
177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio
178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie’re
179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie’s Bijoux
180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art
183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen 
184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink
185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin 
186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer
187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels 
188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry 
189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos
190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.
191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini
194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse
195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between
196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets
197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts
198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs
199. Karen Williams, Baublicious
200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend
201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell
202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab’s Creative Concepts
203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs
204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads
205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique
206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads
208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love
209.  Dana Jones, Dana’s Jewelry
210.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
The next party’s sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011.  Don’t miss it!

Bird A Week Challenge: Week 8/52

For this week’s challenge, I chose a cute fabric with a bird on it, and made a dress for my Blythe doll, Lily (Ljiljana):

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Drawing Lab 2011: Week 8 Forgery

I found this weeks assignment quite amusing – I should have known how to do this properly back in High School :-).  We were to choose a signature, turn it upside down (so our brains would think and see things differently) and then draw what we saw.  I chose John Hancock’s signature – how original!  The upper signature is the original, and the lower one is mine (maybe if I used a quill and ink, it would have looked even better):

Croatian Traditional Jewelry

DH just came back from a business trip to Saudi Arabia. He stopped over in Croatia to visit his mother, and brought back some wonderful artisan made replicas of Croatian traditional jewelry.

To the left is a pendant of a coin of the Empress Maria Theresa of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (18th century), and the other is a traditional jewelry from the region of Pokuplje, Dalmatia (17th – 18th century):

Here is a beautiful Southern Dalmatian cross with filigree (16th – 17th century), and a Sestine Heart, for our daughter (19th century):

DH brought these two back several years ago.  A decorative plate from the region of Runovic, Imotski (17th century), and a pendant of Saint Blaise (Vlaho), the Patron Saint of Dalmatia (Renaissance):

They are quite large pieces, but I’ll make an effort to wear them :-).  You can find them here: Hrvatski Tradicijski Nakit.

Oh Beautiful Eggs … And a Pavlova

I had lunch with my friend Donna yesterday. She has a bunch of hens that lay the most wonderful eggs! they come in different colors, and when I get a hold of fresh laid eggs, I love to make Pavlovas. Pavlovas are meringue desserts that we discovered while living in Australia. It is named after a famous Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova. I like to top mine with fresh fruits and drizzle it with chocolate.  Since it only requires egg whites, this time I made sure not to waste the yolks, and made a Lord Baltimore cake too:

Here are the recipes for both desserts (you can click on them for larger versions):


And here is the namesake, Prima Ballerina Anna Pavlova:

Bird A Week Challenge: Week 7/52

I was rummaging through some old crafts supplies that the kids used when they were young. I came across some shrinky dink sheets, and thought it would be neat to make something out of them. I got out my new pack of colored sharpies, and started drawing. I like the look of bird cages, but I don’t like caged birds. So, I made a “Canary on a Cage” shrinky dink earrings. I knew they would shrink, but they seemed to shrink more than I expected. My daughter has already “adopted” them for herself :-):

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Drawing Lab 2011: Week 7 Happy Drawing

The assignment for this week was to use our non-dominant hand, and draw a person, place or thing and give it a name based on how you feel.  I am right handed, so I used my left hand, and drew what came to my mind immediately: My Family/Love/Contentment. Non-dominant hand drawing and writing is supposed to be childlike; I think I hit the nail on the head: 

One World One Heart 2011 Finale

The OWOH event has officially come to a close. You can still visit the many wonderful blogs of the 871 participants. Click on the OWOH logo below to go to the list. This has been an incredible journey. I have met and seen many wonderful artists and their blogs from throughout the world…  and I have learned a thing or two :-). Thank you Lisa Swifka (A Whimsical Bohemian) for organizing this final event!

Now to announce the winners of my door prizes:

Debbie, Tara, & Stephanie, I have sent you an e-mail. Please get back to me within three days so that I can get these gifts mailed out to you. Thank you!

Periwinkle Blue

Here is a set of periwinkle blue bracelet and earrings that I just listed in my Etsy Shop. This is another of my favorite colors:

Happy Valentine’s Day 2011!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Here is a photo of the Valentine I gave to my DH. A card and a box of See’s chocolate ( what do you give a guy who has everything?). I have had the opportunity to live in many countries as well as another state, and I must say that my favorite chocolate is still See’s.  My daughter and I went and bought this box, gave it to my DH, and then proceeded to polish it off! So, we went back to See’s and bought another pound! – DH noticed the different candy, we confessed, and he just laughed! I’m not sure if I will make my monthly weigh in with WW if I keep this up! 🙂

Scrap Silver

When you make jewelry, you invariably end up with some scrap materials. In my case, I use a lot of sterling silver when making my jewelry. I had no idea what to do with it at first, but two options presented themselves to me. I could either sell it back to the large jewelry supply stores, or I could go to my local friendly neighborhood Gem and Mineral Society. To optimize the use of my silver, I went to the Yucaipa Valley Gem and Mineral Society. There are many things that a member can do at such a society. I have done rock polishing, and taken a few silversmithing classes as well as chain maille classes. With my scrap silver, I took a casting class. I finally got around to finishing one of the rings. I mounted a 12mm cubic zirconia on a 6 prong setting I cast – it’s massive, but fun to wear :-). I have a bunch of rings still waiting to be cleaned and finished. It’s a learning process – you can see the left most cast ring, a steel shot from tumbling was stuck to it, and when it went into the pickle pot, it gave the silver a coppery finish. I kind of like it actually: