Art Fairs

  • 2013 Art Fairs
  • October 13 ~ Bead Bonanza ~ Southfield, MI
  • December 14 ~ Women's Art Festival ~ Minneapolis, MN
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  • 2014 Art Fairs
  • March 22-23 ~ Art Glass & Bead Show ~ Madison, WI
  • June 5-8 ~ Bead & Button ~ Milwaukee, WI
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  • October 13 ~ Bead Bonanza ~ Southfield, MI

Friday, December 31, 2010

Etsy 20% off SALE

To kick of the New Year...and the opening of my ETSY shop, I am offering a 20% discount between December 31st and January 1st. Enter coupon code " newyearsale " at checkout!


So last night, on the eve of New Year's Eve, I accomplished on of my resolutions for 2011, to get an Etsy shop up and running! Check one resolution off the list before we slide over into 2011! You can find me on Etsy at Onto the next resolution...

Wishing everyone a wonderful and safe New Year!



"I wish for those I love this New Year an opportunity to earn sufficient, to have that which they need for their own and to give that which they desire to others, to bring into the lives of those about them some measure of joy, to know the satisfaction of work well done, of recreation earned and therefore savored, to end the year a little wiser, a little kinder and therefore a little happier."

January 1, 1937Eleanor Roosevelt

Thursday, December 16, 2010


" A lot of people like snow, I find it an unnecessary freezing of water"

Carl Reiner

BE ...warm

Monday, December 13, 2010


Wow, do we have snow! Here in Roseville we must have gotten about 16"+. Kendal's car was completely buried! I just brought a pile of completed orders to the mailbox, and now our neighbors can't even see that I have my jammie bottoms on! hehe...

I have a huge batch of chili in the crockpot, and now it's back to the studio for me...



Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Gifts in the Gallery @ Bloomington Theatre and Art Center

Spent the afternoon in Bloomington at the Art Center setting up my space for Gifts in the Gallery. The opening reception is Wednesday evening 6-8.

The show runs from December 8th - 22nd.

BE... inspired


Monday, November 29, 2010


Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We spent it at home, Brad was recovering from a fall down the steps last Saturday when the ice hit, and the woke up last Sunday with a nice case of Vertigo!

So if any of you have been to see me at a show, you know that a big part of my display is a bust that I have created with different papers and vintage photos. Well last year in Green Bay at a show a lovely woman convinced me to sell it to her, and I have regreted it since! So yesterday I started a new one, it is almost complete, and I will post photos of 'her' as soon as I am done!

Have a great day everyone!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow, and safe travels to and from! I will have my goods at QUINCE on Black Friday for a trunk show, stop in to this awesome shop and get a great headstart on your Christmas shopping!

BE... safe


Monday, November 15, 2010

Makin' beads!

Off to show a group of Girl Scouts what making beads is all about! Should be a fun night!

Monday, November 8, 2010

All packed up!

My sales book and all of my samples are packed up and ready to ship out in the morning to my new sales rep! I get to check one more thing off of my to-do list! Now on to tomorrow...

BE organized...


Friday, October 29, 2010


One of my newest pieces....a nametag to wear at all of my shows! Have a great weekend, I am off to make a big pot of chilli!!

BE happy...


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bead Bazaar

Twin Cities Bead Bazaar is this weekend in Hopkins! 10 - 5 both days...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Home Sweet Home!

Home again for a few weeks after 2 weeks on the road, first trip was to Arlington Texas for Bead Fest Texas, and then to Des Moines for ArtFest West. Had a great time at both, now it is back to the studio to play catch-up! Here are a few new pendants I have been working on:

BE happy...


Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Returned last night from Bead Fest Texas. Tired, but too much to do to take a day off! Getting ready for ArtFest West this weekend in Des Moines, and then teaching at the Garden of Beads in Anoka the next Saturday! Thanks to all that stopped by in Arlington!

BE renewed...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wind me up!

Ok, 14 hours today, 12 hours yesterday....I am beat! I wish I had a wind up setting! Off to bed so I can get an early start tomorrow...only 4 more work days until I head off to Bead Fest Texas!

BE well rested....


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bead Fest Texas!

I feel like this is my new home-away-from-home....been spending an awful lot of time in my booth these days! Next up...Bead Fest Texas!
BE true...

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Marine on St. Croix

Had a great weekend in Marine for the 37th Annual Marine Art Fair! Weather was beautiful, tons of people, and empty bins...what more could you ask for! Thanks to everyone that stopped by this weekend, returning customers and new ones! Have a great week!

BE inspired...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Home again...

Whew....home from Little Falls and it is definitely time to order supplies to restock inventory for next weekend at Marine on the St. Croix and start to prepare for Bead Fest Texas!! I see very little sleep in my future...

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


What a month August was. We are home now from 2 out-of-state shows. Three weekends ago we were in Milwaukee. Nice new show with a beautiful location, had a storm roll in Friday night that wiped out 2 artist tents, one that lost quite a few paintings, and Saturday and Sunday were dripping hot, but nice. Then two weekends ago we were in Green Bay for the first time and had an awesome show, barely had time to breath, and am now even out of back stock. Back to the studio for 2 weeks, actually chained to the studio, then a few more shows back-to back. September will be gone before I know it was even here!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Powderhorn Art Fair

Had a great first day at Powderhorn. It started off raining a bit, then turned hot and humid, but we had a great time in such a beautiful setting! We are back tomorrow from 10-5 if you get a chance to check it out, we are in booth #95!

BE happy...

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

A huge thanks to those who have served, and those who continue to fight for our freedom!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

On the road again...

So Brad and I hit the road today for a few appointments in WI. 2 shops are once again filled with new CB&CO product, Driftless Studio on State St in Madison and Urban Laundry in Wauwatosa! Stop by and check out all the new stuff if you are in the area...tomorrow is another day of restocking inventory!

BE happy...

Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Weekend!!

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! We are watching hockey all weekend, plus hoping to get more accomplished in the studio!

BE happy...

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Wow...what a beautiful Spring morning here in MN! I am off to the studio to try to get ahead of inventory before my show schedule starts in about 5 weeks! Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!

BE happy...

Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy Easter!

I hope everyone had a blessed Easter with their families, I know we did, and it was such a beautiful day out on top of it! We are headed out on yet another College visit today...but needless to say, I will be working away in the car on the 4 hour drive! More nests I think, just in time for SPRING! Have a great week everyone!
BE happy...

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Back in the studio...

So after a 3-day weekend in Madison I am back at it in the studio! What a beautiful weekend to spend in Madison! We had a great show, got to touch base with old friends and customers, and were lucky enough to make new of both! Dropped off new product on State Street to Driftless Studio....thanks Anne. Now it's back to the task of finishing up art fair applications for the up coming season, hats off to Zapplicaion for making the process a million times easier and faster, and working to get enough product ready for the start of my busy season! Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I'm still here....

So once again it looks as though I have been neglecting my blog! Life just always seems to sneak in and eat up your time while you're not looking! The Bead Bazaar is this weekend in Hopkins at the Eisenhower Community Center on Saturday and Sunday from 10 - 5. Stop by if you are in MN for a great mix of bead related items! Today I am finishing up a few pieces for the show, and putting together the last of my receipts for our taxes as I am driving back home tomorrow to get them done! Whew, one more thing to cross off my list! Spring Break starts tomorrow for us, and after the show this weekend we are headed out to visit a couple of colleges with Kendal...the quest has begun!


Friday, February 26, 2010

A long day!

Working on finishing up some new pieces today, although I should probably be sticking to something familiar today since I have NO concentration! Our RGH team is playing at the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament in the semi-final game tonight at the Excel @ 8pm and I am just trying to keep busy!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

What a week!

What a week this is going to be! Our daughter and her high school hockey team have made it to STATE! They have been ranked #1 in the State most of the season, and won the section final game last Friday. The banquet is on Wednesday, and we have games starting on Thursday, then all weekend, so it will be a tough week to get any work done, but I am doing my best to get stocked up for my upcoming shows! I have a big knot of nerves in my stomach for the upcoming games, but hopefully they will do great, we are so proud of the team! Go Raiders!

Monday, February 15, 2010

One headache down!

My Spinal Tap and the following Spinal Headache are over, after having to be flat on my back for 5 days to get rid of THAT headache. Unfortunately the original headache remains. I have still been working away, just on different things, like wirewrapping that doesn't require constant pounding. Oh, and cleaning silver, my least favorite job!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

My Pods!!

Well would you look at what showed up on the Bead and Button Show website today.... a photo from last year at B&B of my copper pods! I also noticed that they are used at the beginning of this years class catalog! Thanks Bead & Button!

Monday, January 11, 2010

New photos!

So last night we headed to my brother-in-laws to have some new jury photos taken! THANKS RANDY! I love how they turned out! Now it's time to hit the applications again, such a long and tedious process, especially when a rejection letter shows up after all that work! Oh well, has to be done! Here is a peek, then I am off to finish getting my taxes together, oh such a fun week!

Friday, January 8, 2010


It is FREEZING here in MN! I sure am glad my commute only involves a flight of stairs and not going outside into a cold, cold car! Stay warm!

Monday, January 4, 2010


I love Mondays! A new week has begun, not to mention a new year, and we all get a fresh start. Christmas break is over, which I am always sad about, I love having Kendal home for the week! We just hung out most of the break, watched a lot of movies...and hockey of course. The girls took the consolation game [ 7 - 2 ] in the weekend's tournament, so that was fun. Now it is back to the studio, headache or not, I need to get going on new work and restocking my supply of inventory! Have a great Monday everyone!

Friday, January 1, 2010


"I wish for those I love this New Year an opportunity to earn sufficient, to have that which they need for their own and to give that which they desire to others, to bring into the lives of those about them some measure of joy, to know the satisfaction of work well done, of recreation earned and therefore savored, to end the year a little wiser, a little kinder and therefore a little happier."

January 1, 1937 Eleanor Roosevelt

Boy am I ready for this new year, not to mention decade! After blood sugar control problems over the last few months, skin cancer and the following surgery, not to mention this on-going headache for the last 6+ weeks, I am ready for a new start!

On my resolution list thus far:
1. More consistant blogging: I am shooting for a minimum of once a week!
2. Website for my jewelry: Which will be at
3. Monthly paperwork: I'm am not waiting for the end of the year this time around!
4. New product: Always ongoing, but would love to put out something new and exciting once a week! Maybe that will be part of my weekly blog?! I am also aiming to spend part of a day each week doing just that, working on new ideas!
5. More torch time: Making time each week to work at the torch!

Ok, that may be enough of a list...for now anyway! Have a great weekend everyone!