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.
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
Colors never overwhelm me. Quite the opposite! I immediately see patterns and color arrangement whether indoors or outdoors. It explains why I’m naturally drawn to gardening, photography, jewelry design, and working with the wide holed European glass beads and charms. This past month I was lucky enough to interact with many friendly new customers. It was so enlightening to hear their questions!
“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
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
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
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
When you go shopping what catches your eye? Is it color? Price? Name brand? What I’ve learned from my customers is that color is what predominantly attracts them to glass jewelry and euro bead charms. Whether it’s the clothes we wear or the colors we choose for our environment, color often reflects our mood and ... » read more
By late Spring I realized that I needed to do something more to make my on-line euro beads boutique more prominent in the search engine rankings. If shoppers can’t find me what’s the point in having a storefront? My second concern was that my site had become so difficult to navigate that it became a ... » read more
Not so long ago I spent most of my time searching and collecting beautiful glass bead charms and making glass jewelry. Soon the bead containers began taking up lots of space. Am I a hoarder? Or, is it time for me to turn my passion into an on-line business? I signed up for a web-site ... » read more