May 14, 2010


This is what springtime in the Rockies looks like.

..a quiet Friday morning on Main Street in my former home town..

May 13, 2010


I named her Madeline. I don't know why. It just popped into my head and I thought it was a fine name. Madeline the Model Mannequin. {There should be a song.}
I seriously hope I don't start talking to her. If I do, she will have to go back into her cardboard box.

As I was preparing to introduce Madeline this morning, I saw in my google reader this post from Karon at Wild Woman about her new model, Angelique. I was, for just a moment, a little jealous that Angelique has such a pretty face and my poor Madeline has no head at all. I was relieved though to learn I'm not the only person to name my model and I'm not the only person to be a little creeped out by her.

May 08, 2010

For Mother's Day....

..allow me to brag a little about my son.

It started a couple of years ago
with him rummaging through my beads
and asking to borrow some wire
and it has led to this.

Well done dude.
I'm proud and happy to be your mom.

Happy Mother's Day
to proud moms everywhere.

May 02, 2010

studio tour

After moving a few times over the years, Highwood Studio settled nicely into its most recent location.

I rented my little house the moment I saw it and without a second thought just because of the fantastic light that pours in from every direction. Although my work space is tiny and compact, the large windows keep it feeling bright and open.

The work table as it was the first summer in the new space.

I keep the beads out in trays where I can see them all at once.

The shipping table, which I just added this year.

Opposite the work table, Mr. Monkey oversees all computer activities.
The top of the large painted dresser is where I take product pictures
and the drawers hold supplies like jewelry boxes and padded mailers.

Every square inch of the studio is filled up
but it's comfortable and efficient
and flooded with that wonderful natural light.