Monday, December 22, 2008

Giant Christmas Stocking

I recently finished crocheting a giant Christmas stocking and last night started another one. They are so easy to do and a lot of fun to boot. Here is a picture.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Year End Clearance Sale and Everything Else

I just made a special section in my Etsy store with Year End Clearance items. There is a little bit of everything in there. Bead sets, pandora beads, focals, etc. Just stuff that needs to get cleared out to make way for all my new creations.
I just ordered a few pounds of glass and am anxious to try out new things. I got some more of the Double Helix glass to play with. It is so much fun when it works right and turns the colors that you want it to.
Just trying to get ready for Christmas as is everyone. Got all the cookies made. I did the decorated sugar cookies with my granddaughter and then just made a few regular kinds. I made peanut butter - it seems like years since I had a peanut butter cookie - Yum! I made snickerdoodles when what I really was thinking I was making was russian tea cakes. I don't know how I got those mixed up. I also made a batch of shortbread. It is really good too. Sent a dish of goodies to both of my neighbors and brought a plate to work. Came in last night and it was GONE!!! Sheesh. I am glad they liked them.
Need to finish getting the presents wrapped this weekend. Also haven't got my Christmas cards done....ARRGH.. Not my favorite thing to do.
I have been working on trying to improve my photos for my shop on 1000Markets. I have a few more things I need to list there just need time to get the pics taken etc.
My husband Dale does woodturning and the other night as I was just about asleep I had a thought - wooden beads - So the next day I asked him if he thought he could make a few. All I can say is WOW! Those are the pics I need to get done and list. He made two beads out of Olive wood with brass tubing in the center that I hammered over and made pretty. Then I made some brass lined beads to match. These aren't your grandma's macrame beads by any means. I can't wait for you to see them... Soon I promise.
Well I think that is all for now. I am at work and better get busy with the work, what little there is at 2 in the morning. Ta

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

New Shop, Christmas Cookies, and my First Anniversary

I have been pretty busy lately with trying to branch out and sell my lampworking in other areas. It is a small step but it is still a lot of work. I have 3 new shops that I want to share with you. The first one I just got approved for today. You have to set up shop and list your items and then submit it to the head honchos for approval. I really like the looks of their site and think that with a little time it will be productive. This particular site I have to sell the end product and not just the beads, so I have listed pandora beads and will add a leather cord for those that don't own a pandora bracelet so they can wear them as a necklace. I have a pandora bracelet that I mostly use for the pics and I wear 2 or 3 of my beads on a silver chain. Maybe I will start making more jewelry to sell and list it there. We will see. Here is the link

I also have a shop here which I started a couple of weeks ago I think. I need to go there and do a little listing of new items. I'm not sure how long I will be here...just depends on if it gets more user friendly. The site is

Here is a shop that I am in that has a few listings. We will see how this one goes as well.

Let's see - then there is my web site
oh and my other Etsy store This one needs some updating. I think I will relist some of the crystals that have expired and work harder on this as a destash shop. After Christmas....

I think I need someone to manage all of these little enterprises and take all the pictures and ship the beads and DO THE PAPERWORK!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

I had all of my paperwork on the computer in Quicken done up to July I think it was and lost it allllllll... so now I am trying to get it all back in there for taxes. It really sucks if you ask me.. of course it would help if I had any CLUE whatsoever how Quicken worked. Or any desire to learn for that matter. I don't. Sigh...

So anyway on to other topics... I had my stepdaughter and granddaughter over on Saturday and we made Christmas cookies. It was a lot of fun.. so I will add a few pics and a link for more (here ya go mom).

Last but not least one year ago today I married a wonderful man on a beach in St. Thomas. Man I wish I was there now. Sigh. It has been a terrific year and I hope to have a thousand more just like it with him. :)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Lampwork Watch Created by Erin at UnStrungSisters

I recently sold a set of beads to Erin of UnStrungSisters on Etsy and this is what she made from them. Isn't it beautiful. Click on the picture to go directly to the listing and go check out her etsy shop here

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thanksgiving and New Pandora Beads

Hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving. I sure did. My husband and I cooked a meal for 10 people on Sunday. It was quite a bit of work, but we had a ton of terrific food and all the kids and grandkids were there. They ate so much that no one wanted pie before they left. I did get some chocolate pie sent out the door, but that still leaves me with two pumpkin pies and 1/2 of the chocolate. Hmmmm maybe that isn't such a bad deal after all. It is pretty dang good. I will have to put some recipes up here of all the goodies.

I did get to make quite a few beads over the weekend as well. I hadn't made any in a few weeks since we had been on vacation so I got over my withdrawals this weekend. I am slowly but surely getting them listed on Etsy.

Also this week is the BOGO 1/2 off EGA Holiday Sale. See the post below this one for all the details and the participants.

If you buy from me before the 10th you are entered into a drawing to win the EGA collection also shown in the next post. So hurry up and buy, it is a terrific collection of glass.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Etsy Glass Artists Holiday BOGO Sale!

We're having a BOGO holiday sale from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6! When you use the code "2008BOGO* in your notes to seller, you can stuff your holiday stocking!
Below are the shops participating in BOGO. Please check each shop's Announcement area for particulars on each one's BOGO (Buy One and Get One at same or lesser price for half off)

Happy Holidays from the EGA team!

Pam D. ME!!!!!

Mexican Riviera

Hi.. my husband and I recently got back from a wonderful cruise to the Mexican Riviera. We went on the Carnival Spirit and stopped at Acapulco, Zihuantenejo, and Manzanillo. We also had four days at sea. I wish I was still on the ship. Dang. Although I would have to have my torch along if I stayed for very long.
The couple that we sat with at dinner asked me what I liked to do in my spare time and I couldn't come up with anything except yard work?! Lampworking just did not come to mind. That is how relaxed and far from daily living as you can get. I thought about it later and was really surprised. It's like "oh yeah, I make beads" sheesh. I really missed my babies tho. Tuck (dog) and Hisssy (you guessed it - cat). They missed us too. We took the cat to a Petsmart hotel and he went in kinda distant and not real friendly, hence the name (He is a kitty and we haven't had him long.) But he came out all lovey and nice and I am wondering it I got the right cat! LOL
Anyway, we met a ton of really nice people on our cruise and had a terrific time so I wanted to put a few pictures here and a couple links to more.
Also there will be a sale coming up in my Etsy store real quick so check back here for the details. Have a great day! Pam

Pics on flickr
Pics by Jerod Harris

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Free Glass - Sign Up!

If you purchase from me from now through December 10th, you will be entered in a drawing to win an Etsy Glass Artists Assortment of creations. You will also be entered to win if you sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of the page. See the picture for the items to be given away.

This set includes 2 pendants ready to wear, 1 pair of earrings, 2 lampwork focal beads, 1 dichroic cabochon, 1 sculptural fish, and 1 glass bead dangle.

oval glass pendant ~
fused glass pendant ~

focal bead ~
dichroic cabochon ~

earrings ~
focal bead ~

fish bead ~
bead dangle ~

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Pandora Beads

I made a whole slew of new pandora style beads this last weekend. I just love making them with the flowers on them and then lining them with the sterling silver. I thought about just putting them all on my pandora bracelet, but decided I should "Share them with the World" LOL. So here are a few of them. Most of them are in my Etsy store but I do have a couple on my web site and also a couple in my shop on Handmade Fusion. So go check them out as well. I just got a box of about 12 new kinds of frit yesterday and am looking forward to making new beads with it. Check back in the very near future for those. Have a great day! Pam

Thursday, November 6, 2008


I made a few beads as a special order last weekend and here they are. I can make some for you as well if you want them. These are made with a glass called psyche. When it is done right they have a metallic sheen to them. You also get a variety of colors, greens blues etc. I got a little of the metallic but mostly the greens. One of the beads I made came out with all the dots metallic, I kept that one and am wondering how exactly I got it to work. I did try to recreate it to no avail. Oh well, I guess I will just keep practicing. :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


I was tagged this week by Marcy Lamberson of Go see her great blog it has lots of information as well as inspiration. One of my favorites.

Also I was tagged by ChatElaine Jewellery of She has some really pretty things.

Here are the "rules" -

1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.

2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.

3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by including links to their blogs.

4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.

Here are my random and weird facts:

1. I used to fly airplanes and have a DC-3 type rating which made me the "Captain"!

2. I crashed a plane once (or rather it crashed me) and I broke my jaw in several places.

3. I have never liked cats but now have the cutest little kitten that is named Pissy - oops I mean Hissy. Another story for later.

4. I got married for the first time at the age of 42 and am glad I waited for the perfect man.

5. I have been to almost every state in the union except Hawaii and Alaska. Soon I hope.

6. I once asked my husband if he remembered to rewind the DVD.

7. I have four step kids and two wonderful grandchildren.

'nuf said...

Here are my tagged blogs:

1. UnStrungSisters
2. Old Red Barn Co.
3. A Year of Crock Potting
4. The Copper Cauldron
5. From My Cherry Heart
6. Bunny Tales
7. Holly Dolly

Monday, October 27, 2008


I have been tagged twice in a matter of days and just now realized it. I will have to dream up some answers here in the next couple of days and do some tagging of my own. :0)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Here are some snowmen beads that I made on Sunday. They are listed for sale in my Etsy shop and there is a sale this week. Go see...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Etsy Glass Artists Birthday Sale!

EGA Birthday Sale!
October 20-27th
Participating Artists:

Glass Cat- - BOGO 1/2 off
The Glass Chickadee- - BOGO 1/2 off
My Cabin Creations- - 20% off
Paula Hall's Stress Art- - 20% off
Groovy Glass Girl- - clearance section 50% off
Dichroics by Rhonda- - 20% off
Color Shoppe Studio- - 10% off or free shipping
Jewelry by Natsuko- - clearance section 30-40% off

Everything on my webpage ( is 20% off for the same time period. This is a good time to buy some Christmas presents - it is only two months away.

Go ahead and pay for your items through paypal and I will refund the 20%. If you purchase from both my shop and my web page I will combine the shipping and refund the shipping from the web page purchase.

Also if you purchase from me from now through the end of November, you will be entered in a drawing to win an Etsy Glass Artists Assortment of items. See the bottom of this newsletter for the items to be given away.


Pam Dansie

Thanks so much for your past business and support of my shop!
Pam Dansie

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Online Coaching with Studio Marcy

Marcy Lamberson of Studio Marcy just put up the second bead from our coaching session on her blog. It is my witch bead and you should go check it out. She did help me a lot with the bead but I think I will leave all the whimsical creations to her for now. She has a lot of them here in her Etsy store. They would make wonderful Christmas presents. Here are the witch beads that I made for sale in my etsy shop. Have a terrific weekend. Pam

Friday, October 17, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Sterling Silver Cored Pandora Beads - Tools and Equipment

I thought yesterday that I would take a couple of pictures of the tools and equipment that I use to line my beads with sterling silver. A couple of months ago I read a tutorial on Lampwork Etc. about how to line your beads and made a list out for my sweetie to shop from. It was like a scavenger hunt and he did a really great job in finding all the things that I needed. It would have driven me crazy to try to find them. He drove all over the valley and had to go to several stores but when I woke up he had it all for me. Great man that I married. Then a couple of weeks ago we went to the local Harbor Freight and got my little saw. It is just awesome. I was cutting the tube with a pipe cutter and it was hard for me to hold on to it and turn it. The saw is just zip zip and you are good to go. I love it!

I need to ask my sweetie what the names of all of these items are but a few of them I do know. The digital calipers were well worth the money. They make measuring the bead so easy. Then add about 4mm extra before cutting. The little things in the bag are brownies and greenies... now you know why I sent Dale. He actually found them. They go in my dremel to polish the silver when I am done. There are three ?grades? to gently do the job. The stuff in the box is also a silver polish, I don't use that all the time. The little short hammer (real technical huh) is for the beating on the tools in the next picture (dapping or doming? tools). This gradually increases the diameter of the silver tube and helps to lay it over so you can flatten it with the longer hammer to the right (chasing hammer?). The chasing hammer does the fine beating of the silver. Can you tell I like to beat on things... :0) It really is a lot of fun. The metal block in the center of the picture is where I beat on the bead, and yes that is a dishtowel on my kitchen table and yes that little saw is sitting on my kitchen counter. Me thinks I need another room for metal working. Sweetie???? How about it????
So here are some pictures.

And here is the terrific man that lets me do all these wonderful things and is soooo supportive of all my sometimes crazy ideas. Isn't he adorable?

And here is what all of this "stuff" helps me to create. You can find this and many more in my Etsy shop.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Online Coaching with Studio Marcy

Hi. I recently did an online tutorial with Marcy Lamberson on how to improve my witch bead. She gave a ton of great tips and then came up with her own version which she has on her blog. Please go check it out so you can see what an awesome sculptural artist that she is. I was just floored when I saw them.

So this last weekend I tried to put her tips to use. I am not a whimsical kind of bead maker. It takes a lot of work for me to be creative in that way, so I tried her tips and did get a tiny bit of whimsy added to my witch. Here is what I came up with. I will be listing it and the first witch that I created in my Etsy shop.

Marcy also just came out with a Santa bead tutorial. It is in her Etsy shop as well. Looks like it would be a good one to learn. Take Care. Pam