I Promise I Won’t Make You Blush

No doubt you have seen teal ribbons and many ovarian cancer awareness fundraisers and activities during September. My hope is that by the end of the month, thousands of women, family, and friends, will have a better understanding of the collection of symptoms that may actually be the beginning stages of ovarian cancer. The more Read More…

Showered With Bridal Gifts

Recently, I attended a bridal shower for a dear friend’s daughter. From the moment we entered the beautifully decorated room, nostalgia crept in. I couldn’t help but wonder how we transitioned from young brides, to moms-of-the-bride so quickly. Looking around the room I noticed that my generation had moved a bit to the sidelines. It’s Read More…

Have You Tried Pinterest Yet?

Have you tried Pinterest yet? Two friends suggested I start using it, but I was reluctant to add one more social networking task to my daily routine. I thought it would be a total waste of time and zero fun. Was I ever wrong about that! I feel like a whole new world has been Read More…

Let the Creative Process Begin!

There’s still snow in our backyard, but I know that beneath the snow is a hidden treasure of perennial plants and bulbs. Everything is so ready to burst into spring! The days are lighter and last longer, allowing me to take advantage of the natural brightness when working with glass. The women who bid on Read More…

The Color of the Month is Teal!

Teal Murano Charm

A recent post on my Facebook Fan Page caught my eye: “Susan, can I ask, have you had ovarian cancer or is this more a cause near and dear to you?” A valid question to ask since I’ve been doing so much posting about teal charms lately. Teal is the symbolic color of Ovarian Cancer Read More…

How Many Shades of Green Do You See?

We’ve had snow in October and summer in March up here in New England! You learn to keep transitional clothing on hand and then buckle up for the unexpected. This morning I walked in the gardens, looking for early signs of growth. Bursts of color appeared with the early blooms of Snow Drops, Lenten Roses, Read More…

Making a Difference One Charm at a Time

“It’s better to give than receive,” is a phrase I’ve heard many times before. This year my husband and I decided to forgo buying each other gifts during the holiday season. Instead, we chose to donate to a hospice in our town that badly needed renovation. Instead of mailing the check, we chose to deliver Read More…

Why Do You Collect Murano Bead Charms?

It occurs to me that I’ve been a “collector” all my life. Some notables on the list: Barbie Doll shoes, Girl Scout badges, Scholastic books, pen pals, beads, Christmas ornaments, etc. If you’re a baby boomer, you’ve probably collected some of the same things. Most childhood passions I outgrew, but my love for collecting Christmas Read More…

Finding the Bright Side

My garden vista was recently swiped away by a freak October Nor’easter which split our 45 foot Bradford Pear tree down the middle. This romantic wedding gift was a beautiful part of our visual landscape for almost twenty five years. The gaping void has been filled with lots of bright light. When I noticed more Read More…

What Are Euro Beads?

My best days always begin the moment I walk into my studio. The west-facing glass wall provides plenty of natural light and a perfect view of my perennial gardens. This picture was taken in late spring. Can you feel the magic as the sun streams in? Each day I have a birds-eye view of the Read More…