This brooch is a thank you gift.

Seems that one of the lovely ladies in my sewing group also does lapidary work. The Amazonite focal is one of her creations.  Isn’t it beautiful!

She was kind enough to let me look through her collection, and agreed to part with some of her cabochons.  Wow!

I thought the least I could do was say “Thank You” and show how a few beads and some thread could enhance her cabs.  I think I’ve done it justice.

Frank Joseph Musil


Farewell Dad.  You were much loved, and will be greatly missed.

Camp Sew’n’Sew

Sewing Camp Starts Today!

I hope I’ve brought enough to keep me busy during five (Yes, FIVE) days of sewing heaven.

All the above (plus a few more that aren’t in the photo) packed up to travel.   The discerning viewer will notice there are TWO non-garment patterns.  A girl’s gotta have some variety.

There’s a second bag with all the necessary notions, thread, zippers, elastic, and what-have-you.  A third bag is clothes, though I suppose if I sewed things in their proper order, I could wear them as they were made.

Phred wants to know if there are kitties at camp.  Could he be the Camp Sew’N’Sew Mascot?

Titania’s Treasure

A bracelet fit for the Queen of the Faeries.  Shades of shadow greens and golds, waving too and fro in a gentle woodland breeze.  Even Shakespeare would be pleased to see her so adorned.

Waxing poetic, here.  Best snap out of it!

Sine-wave bracelet made with lovely moss green tila beads, accented with suede green crystals and gold seed beads.


She was always there for you.  Tail wagging when you came home from school.  Happy to chase a ball or play a rousing game of stick toss.

Her muzzle greyed as she grew older, but the joy of play remained in her eyes.  There was nothing like a good sniff and a nice tummy scritch, followed by a nap in the sun.

She was your mascot,  understooding you in ways no one else could.

Resin cameo brooch with beaded bezel.



One can’t be somber all the time!

This brooch has a dyed and carved bone face paired with a lapidary cabochon.  I should know the type of stone, but have forgotten.

The brick reds give way to warm umber beads highlighted with dark copper 15°s.

Something unearthed when digging through an abandoned brickyard perhaps?  Lost beneath piles of dust and rubble for generations.

A keepsake once again.

Tango in Teal

After all those brooches, it was time for something a bit more refreshing.

I re-discovered the hand-blown teal focal in one of the beading bins, and it said “Show Me the Light of Day”.  So I did.  I tell you, sometimes beads can be really bossy!

It’s edged with copper seed beads and teal crystals, accented with a large crystal drop.

The necklace is a mix of crystals, faceted druks and copper seed beads.  It’s a long necklace.  I envision it worn with a bias-cut flapper dress, maybe with some fringe on the hem.