Category Archives: holidays

Mardi Gras in the Desert

I am headed to North Scottsdale for Mardi Gras & Casino Night to benefit The Melonhead Foundation. I’m one of a handful of vendors who will be selling items and donating a portion of sales to the foundation.

It should be a great event and the weather is cooperating very nicely. We’ll be on the patio under cover, but just outside. Supposed to be in the mid-70s today, so the evening will be mild.

Through the years, I’ve supported the Melonhead Foundation by donating a portion of sales from my Joolz (especially the Melonhead themed Joolz) to help their mission of providing financial assistance for familes going through pediatric cancer treatments. I’m also a trustee on the Melonhead Foundation Board and the founder, Deb Leone, is a dear friend.

Here are a few pics of available and previously sold Melonhead Joolz. Be sure to check  the foundation’s newly updated website too!


Sweet 16 Sale on Etsy!

emma11My “baby” is going to be 16 on May 11th, so I’m having a “Sweet 16 Sale” in my Etsy store through that date.


All Joolz (rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, accessories) are marked 16% off already low prices…not to mention that free first class US shipping. What a deal.


Think of all the events coming up that need “Joolz”…you can’t? Here, I’ll help you:


I think you get the picture…every day is a holiday!

Ornament Thursday: Holiday Sparkle Fan Pull

ornamentbanner150Welcome to another Thursday of ornaments and decorative items for the holidays!

I’ve got a sparkly red fan pull to dress up a ceiling fan or lamp switch for the holidays.


This beauty starts with a handmade glass lampwork bead…this one is by Fay Katherine, an online bead friend.  It is swirly red glass and sparkly silver dichro glass encased in clear. I’ve wired it with sterling silver wire onto a fan pull finding. Add a couple of Bali silver beadcaps and a silver spacer and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind decorator item. Great for gifts too!

Here’s another angle:


Check out the other creative ideas from the Ornament Thursday group.

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
Make a Confetti Ring to Wear at Your Next Holiday Party!

Linda’s snowman
Some paper, beads, and fabric are transformed into an adorable snow guy.

Poinsettia Madness
Beautiful poinsettias in glass.

Poinsettia Ornament
Polymer clay and glittery snow recreate a Christmas memory

Strands of Beads
Melissa has a quicker than quick snowball pendant for a perfect last minute gift.

It’s Ornament Thursday!

ornamentbanner150Wow…this week is flying by and with all the excitement of the BeadStar contest announcement, I’m a bit late with an ornament for this week’s Ornament Thursday…and again, it’s not one I made! Next week I’ll have one of my own.


Today’s ornament is amazing in my opinion. It’s huge: 4″ in diameter. And it was made just for me by a bunco friend, Diane Baldo, for our Secret Santa exchange. We decided to exchange ornaments instead of traditional gifts this year and Diane made this one specially for me! She’s a crafty scrapbooking gal and I was so touched with the thought she put into this.


The glass ball is sturdy…I have no fear it will get bumped around and break, but it is heavy so it might be a display ornament for me this year until I arrange a “perch” or nest on a branch to support it.

It’s filled with seed beads and then an assortment of other beads: A pearl, a letter “L” bead, a handmade glass bead, a turquoise bead, some crystals and vintage Czech beads, Murano glass, and even one that looks like bone! Diane put little bits of “me” in that ornament and I’ll treasure it! My name and “2008” is also on the ornament in transfer material.


Enjoy the other great posts and projects from the Ornament Thursday Gang:

Cindy Gimbrone Puts Up Her Xmas Tree!
Fused Glass Xmas tree ornament sparkles from Cindy’s real Xmas tree.

Friendly Plastic Ornaments and Sew simple mittens
This week in the countdown to Christmas, Michelle shares her recipe for Friendly Plastic Ornaments and Helen sews another tree ornament

Gingham and beads and buttons, oh my
Counterchanges smocked gingham forms the foundation for this homespun ornament

HHH Enterprises
We are pleased to have this special guest join us this month!

New Beaded Ornament
See our special guest’s beautiful creation!

Secret Garden Christmas Tree Ornament
Michelle’s got a special tree from the Botanicabella collection!

Strands of Beads
Melissa shows off a simple winter rose bracelet project this week.



It’s Ornament Thursday Again: Icicle Time

It’s the Holiday Edition of Ornament Thursday and just like last year, I am not fully prepared. Life got in the way between Thanksgiving and yesterday. So rather than bail on OT entirely this wee, I am using this slot to show off my friend Jodie Ruskin’s very cool holiday icicle ornaments!


Aren’t they amazing! I love what my beady friends do with melting glass and these ornaments are no exception! These are made from boro (borosilicate) glass rods and are about 5″ in length. Imagine the sparkle when the tree lights shine on these as they sway from the branches!

Be sure to check all the great OT creations this week and keep coming back every Thursday this month. Lots more planned!

Beading Help Web’s Holiday Candle Wraps
Super easy and festive “ornaments” for your candles!

Brandi’s keepsake childrens coaster ornament!
Super fun and easy ornaments to make for the whole family!

Christmas Past and Needle Magic at
Michelle is addressing the ghosts of Christmas past and Helen gets down and dirty sewing a Christmas ornament – stand well clear, she is dangerous with a needle.

It’s ORNAMENT Ornament Thursday!
Michelle’s got some cheap, easy mini clipboard ornaments to share!

Needlepoint Stocking on
Linda’s ornament this week is a mini stocking in needlepoint.

Strands of Beads
Melissa makes cute and quick Christmas tree earrings this week.

Open Call! Ornament Thursday for the Holidays

Open Call!

{Yo yo trees by Linda Augsburg}

Ornament Thursday is one year old!

For the month of December, we are opening our doors to invite anyone who loves ornament making to join us in the fun!

Check out some of the details on our blog!

Holiday Tree Trimming Ideas #1

teague-ornamentOrnament Thursday is going to start up with a vengeance every Thursday in December so I’m scrambling to come up with some new ideas. In the meantime I’ve been looking at what some of  my online friends are doing with ornaments in their Etsy shops.

I’ve been looking at this beauty for awhile. It’s handmade by my online friend, Teague, in her glass studio located in Eugene, Oregon. I love the shape and and the bubbling effect in the glass. The stars and the lovely shade of blue just make it a keepsake piece.

The other thing I like is Teague’s suggestion for gifts like this beyond the obvious tree ornament. She says:

“Glass friendship balls have been given between friends and families for centuries. Traditionally they are hung in your windows year round, as a reminder of the sparkle and joy friends bring into your life. Give one to your friend today and feel free to display them year-round.”

What a great sentiment!

And if you are looking to decorate a tree, she’s got such a great variety of handmade ornaments to choose from.