Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Today I am featuring  Renee Troy's  exquisite calligraphy  work. Renee is the  first member    on my Shrinkets design  team . Her charms and pendants  will be featured  along   my entire line of SHRINKET Product  that official launches at The Tucson Bead Show  Jan 30 - feb 4 2017.

Renee is happy to do you a custom charm or pendant. Here is her site THE WORD IS ART 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Winter in Wonderland

 Many if you are  just getting your  first snow or snow this really cover the ground  and STAYS till spring.  In honor of this white  fluffy stuff I bring you image of several things in nature  named after snow  and  also my bracelet  called .... 

 snow flower
 snowy owl 
 snow egret 

 snow snake 
 snow leopard

 Winter in wonderland   
Winter in Wonderland $135.00 plus $5.00 shipping=$140.00

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Pastel trends

My question is how many of you pay attention to trends. If you are a commercial artist or designer of any type you need to pay close attention and hopefully be a trendsetter. 
Gray has been hot for a while but now we see ice pastels showing everywhere as an accent to the grays . In housewares , decorating ,gardening and fashion. 
I will be launching my line of SHRINKETS at THE TUSCON BEAD SHOW Jan 30- feb 5 2017 
I will be selling tools such as molds sets etc.. class kits and lots of handmade shrink beads. This past week I have focused on pastels . Here are some samples online with trend research.

my shrink plastic beads in icy  pastels 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Grandma's cookies

My favorite child hood  Christmas memory was spending every Christmas  eve at my Grandma Cook's ( yes her last name was Cook) and she lived up to the name. Her   food was  the best part of the  evening .Trays and plates of decadent  sweets  covered every surface of the house.
 Ham and turkey where both prepared along with perfect gravy, mashed potatoes  and marshmallow topped sweet potatoes, fresh made cranberry  salad. homemade rolls and  jams, real butter and  winter fruit  salad along with pies of apple ,pumpkin  and pecan .She also made home made cream puffs .
 It seemed the only lights in the house  came form  the kitchen  heated up by the    buzz of   activity.The  rest of the home was lite only by the  sparkle of the Christmas  tree  and its reflections in the eyes of her grandchildren. 
 Grandmother loved  Christmas.  She started making cookies  early  in  the fall ,freezing   doughs as she went along. My favorite where here sour cream roll ups. I have posted the recipe   along with images of how I let this sweet memory influence my latest creations . I call this piece Sweet Erma 

 Sweet Erma  is an  18 inch necklace made of handmade shrink plastic beads and strung on flex wire with  shepherds hook clasp  beads 
 $94 and includes  shipping

Sunday, December 4, 2016

first frost

We are just getting our  first frost here in Tucson. I took photos and then created   shrink plastic beads using some in  this necklace .  I used the  color in  my  photo as  my inspiration .

The chains is 24 inches long, adding the pendant makes it 27 inches . Leaves are about 1 inch long and flowers drops are 11/4 inches  wide. 

$65.00 plus  $4.00 shipping - $69.00


gluten free sugar free pizza

I am trying to go gluten  and  processed sugar free.I am 2 weeks into this new eating style .
Last night I made a cauliflower crust pizza . It was good if you like roasted veggies . This is how I made it . SOOOO EASY


1 package  Trader Joe's crumbled  cauliflower
doubt 3/4 cups shredded mozzarella chess
2 eggs
about 1 teaspoon Italian  seasoning

Mix all together
Spread on an olive  oiled pizza pan and  bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minute or until   the tips of the crust start to toast.
Add your favorite  regular pizza topping and bake another 10-15 minutes, just like a piazza toppings 

crusted after baked about 15 minutes 

 toppings added to baked  crust 
Baked and finished pizza YUMMY if you like roast veggies .