Sunday, December 25, 2011

Caramel rolls and Christmas

I realized that I never post about food or cooking and it's probably what I love the most and where I get the most feedback. I can please more people with my cooking than I can with my mosaics or drawing on glass, no one ever feels afraid or intimidated commenting on my cooking and I can tell if they like it even if they don't tell me because they get seconds and thirds. Most of the time no comment is made about my art I am sure this is due to a feeling of not understand rather than displeasure....

 Last night I started some lovely brioche dough, I always forget how long this process takes. I had to get up once during the night to gently punch it down (before santa arrived!)
And roll it between layers of butter this morning (luckily for me my kids woke me up at 6:30!) so I had plenty of time to work on it while they were absorbed in their new toys. It took all of 20 minutes for the children to finish off the pan after only 15 hours of minor labor... They liked them! I was very pleased with their beauty and the multiple layers of very thin dough, teaming with butter and caramel and yes they were tasty. Thank you Julia Child!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


This is the time of year that I return to the sewing machine, something about the long nights and the snow outside makes me want to sew. I have been teaching my 8 year old son how to quilt and I have been doing some of my own it's all random. Strips and blocks here and there, it's not exactly what I want I may have to cut it all up and sew it back together in a different configuration.

in my other studio I am still playing with glass

there seems to be something similar happening here...

The glass has lots of textured not visible with my iphone camera!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

under the sea

I created this piece with eight children from the hematology/oncology unit at Children's Hospital this summer.  I drew the fish on mesh and the children cut and glued glass tiles down in their own style! The piece was funded by my good friend, Marsha and her non-profit, Breanna's Gift. We wanted to create a piece that looked as though it was an abandoned port hole- all rough and scuffed up- but when you looked through it, you saw the magic of the sea life. We finished and installed the piece last week after a lot of  hassle with plexiglass, which is a nightmare to cut in a circle!
click on the photo for better view of all the textures.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

bird in hand

its been crazy busy....
 I have been waiting for photos to arrive to post. After long last we installed the mosaic at children's hospital but the pictures are not here yet. We had a fabulous albeit snowy opening of the goddess show but the pictures have not arrived yet so...
I will post some photos of stuff  I am playing around with...

 a 9 inch glass on glass medallion with fused center, its not grouted yet...

I went to my massage therapist a few weeks ago and had a very nice vision of a bird in my hand, I was trying to figure out how to make that in mosaic I don't have that part figured out yet but here are other examples.. one is cut ceramic, the black is wood and the lower ceramic and glass mosaic.
I hope to post professional photos very soon!

Monday, November 14, 2011


I was called to pick up my son at 10 this morning he was throwing up- but I managed to get to the studio for half an hour... And my son is much better!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

She who is me

I am desperately trying to finish a piece that is due tomorrow and I am having technical difficulties! So this is an older piece I am hoping her energy will
Help me get through the day.

Friday, November 4, 2011

With Thanks and much Gratitude!

Today My shop / studio / community space is seven years old!
I am so grateful to my community, customers and friends who helped to make this happen!
I have come to know and love so many people through the stick it has been the greatest honor.

If you are here in Minnesota come to the goddess show opening and salsa dance party November 19

Love, Love, Love!!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Three little birds...

"Don't worry about a thing, 
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Old bird

New birds

Playing around with scraps and smalti!
The bottom bird is wearing a party hat and is in love with a dog!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011


A mosaic! With a little fused glass thrown in, it is not my usual style, no obvious subject matter... Just another prayer thing, trying to keep my mind occupied...

Love begets love begets love begets love...

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Beautiful day!

I am a hot weather person! I spent most of the day outdoors doing paper work on my iPad and feeling the lovely 83 degrees enter my skin.
My garden continues to feed us and we are blessed.

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