Archives for July 2013

I bought some amber jewelry

Our vacation was a cruise around the Baltic Sea.   With stops in Norway, Denmark, Poland, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Sweden.  There was amber everywhere.  I love the colors of amber but have always been hesitant to purchase any here in the states in fear that I was buying plastic.  In one of the shops in Poland we had a demo on how to tell real amber.  If you have just the amber you can place it in water and it floats.  If the amber is set in jewelry you can take a hot needle and pierce the amber and smell it.  Real amber produces a lovely pine woodsy odor.  There is an amber room in the Czar Catherine’s summer palace just outside of St. Petersburg.  They would not allow anyone to take pictures.  But I found one online.  All those panels are amber mosaic.  Unbelievable.   Ummm, I am going to have the master bath remodeled.  Perhaps an amber bathroom…..

Amber Room, Czar Catherine's summer palace

Thunder and Bead Crochet

Raining in Tucson photo


Did you know that thunder only happens when it’s raining? It’s thundering right now here in Tucson. And it is trying very hard to rain; little splashes of water, not really a steady rain. Now that I wrote that I am reminded of the song by Fleetwood Mac…”Dreams”. Funny what triggers a memory. Are all those song lyrics stored up there in my brain? Now I can’t get that song out of my mind.

I am home from a glorious 2 week vacation and I am trying to catch up – with mail, with email, with sleep. I need to get into the studio to make some beads, but I have been sidetracked with some bead crochet. I have a love hate relationship with those tiny little seed beads. I love them and I hate that they keep me from doing what I should do….. but I’m the boss right? Plus I usually add my lampworked beads to the crocheted ropes. Haven’t done one in awhile and have some new ideas…. I just finished a 24 inch rope that I plan to wear as a bracelet, but I feel the need to have a coordinating necklace too. This piece was worked in bead crochet as opposed to crocheting with beads. There is a difference. But I will leave that explanation for another day. The colors are yummy – the expensive delicas… 24 carart over glass.

Bead Crochet Bracelet