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Lakeside USA
Lampwork artist and Jewelry maker
Interests: Nature, beads of all design. Love animals, and love to craft. . .
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Well it seems like the winter that wouldn't end is finally having to let go . . . and not a moment too soon if you ask me, which of course I'm sure no one is! My brother's house is back on the market, the economy still sucks so the return investment on the house and it's 6 acres is non-exisiting. There is one couple that are coming for a second look but to say they have been making odd requests of my Mother is an understatement!!!! But hey, if they buy it so be it, however if they come back with more stupidity I'll personaly tell then to hit the road . . . . Since it has warmed up some I can make... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2013 at Molten Mayhem
Well, what can I add that hasn't been said?!?!??!!? It was a year in the making for me (August 2012) there were as usual a years worth of trials and tribulations, of highs and lows . . . and life goes on. There is a camaraderie at these events like no other, you get to meet and interact with the artists you met through Facebook and their shops and what a thrill it is. You get to stock up on supplies, you get to buy/swap artisan beads . . . it's a delightful way to spend several whirlwind days!!! But enough talk let me show you "MY" goodies . . . . . Super light weight made of paper, bark and banana leaf, and got... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2013 at Molten Mayhem
Ever have that feeling some higher power is trying to tell you something?!?!? Ok, so this is how I'm doing so far . . . . it's 6:30 am, I'm dying to see how my newest bead efforts have turned out (new to me, but folks have been doing these for some time now) I figure I can just put a hoodie over my granny flannel nities, no one will see me, right? Dash across the yard to the studio grab my stash from the kiln and dash back into the house, only to remember it's garbage day and, YES, the truck is in front of my house . . . with a long line of cars behind it. Oh "Hello neighbors" so much for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2013 at Molten Mayhem
Gosh where to start, well, I'll always remember the phone call from my Mom. She was frantic, she kept repeating "please, please come up. please" I was instantly on red alert I knew some thing was terribly wrong . . . . . . . and it was. I can't believe it's been a year without you little Brother. I miss you so so soooooo much. So many times I went to call you or to asks you a question only to be rudely reminded you are not there anymore. So much I wanted to show you and share with you . . . . oh I know we had our moments, but when push came to shove you were always there for me!!! We... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at Molten Mayhem
They say that's what life's all about . . . my life has been relatively uneventful for a long time. But last year had it's super "duper" lows and highs. My little brother, my only brother, lost his life due to complications form a permanently disabling work injury. My world was turned upside down, we are German immigrants. We, the 4 of us, came to this country to seek a better life. We were the only family we had. My Mom was crushed, she was his caregiver for the past 10 years, she's in her 70's, it took it's toll on her but he was her son and she did what she had to do . . . . we all did. Then, I had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2013 at Molten Mayhem
I am going to give it my best shot (no pun intended) to follow through and keep up with this wonderful idea Sally came up with! I hope I understand the concept behind it . . . . but here is my photo for week one. This is when I'm happiest, zoned out of life's nonsense, my self portrait . . . . Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2013 at Molten Mayhem
Hi!!! We are all starting the new year off with great hopes and expectations. I'll be right up there with everyone, last year was the worst year of my life . . . so in order to get things going bright and early Friday morning in my etsy shop I'll be having a 20% off sale . . . . you make your own happiness, no one is going to hand it to you . . . this is my mantra for the year, and sales make me VERY happy!!! Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at Molten Mayhem
It's getting closer and closer to my favorite holiday, and there is a great sadness in my heart. My brother and I were the biggest kids when it came to Christmas we were always on cloud 9, silly I know but it's what it was. To loose him so suddenly and unexpectedly was a shock I'll never get over, as if that wasn't bad enough I had to loose my beloved companion Angus too. It just about killed me . . . I know you hear those that say "he's just a dog" no he was 142 pounds of pure love and joy!!! He also left me with no warning. They say the 2012 will be the end of the world, well I don't believe... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2012 at Molten Mayhem
The very first post I ever made on this blog at the beginning of the year had a view of our little yard with a boat load of snow, it was tranquil and beautiful!!! Thank you "Hurricane Sandy" for landscaping my little slice of paradise . . . one of the only two trees on the property came crashing down!!!!! Along with the only bit of privacy between us and the neighbors. They have only been there a year but have proven to be the worst kind you can have . . . Just took this picture this morning, I need to dig up the original and put them side by side . . . yes that's what I'll do right now, hang on folks!!!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2012 at Molten Mayhem
Oh thank goodness the power is back!!!! I only had minor damage in the yard, one of our 2 trees came crashing down. It made a lovely ornament on top of our shed. I was only concerned that it would destroy my studio, but it was a good tree and spared us any and all heartache of damage . . . I loved that pine tree too. Ok! So on with the reveal, I wasn't smart enough to write it all up before the due date as I'm sure most of you were, plus I was not expecting to be with out electricity for 7 days, yikes, so here is my design I'll let the pictures do the talking . . . . I love... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2012 at Molten Mayhem
As always Diana Ptaszynsni of Suburban Girl Studio has come up with an unusual and fun creative outlet . . . the mismatched earring swap was a great idea. I probably could have gone and pushed my self outside the box a bit farther (probably next time) but in any case it was a hoot!!! Unfurtunately my swap partner Stephanie Woods couldn't get me my earrings in time. So I'll start by showing what I sent and hope she'll be able to catch up in a bit. . . . I started with copper blanks, used the embossing tool I have and made a pattern on the copper. I then used the Vintage Patina's, I'm really getting to like the looks I get with them,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at Molten Mayhem
The weather has been brutal, here. The A/C running all the time all the fans as well . . . and the humidity just kicking butt. I stopped trying to get some torch time in after the last time when I got really dizzy and ill. Said "no, it's not worth it", but I've been longing to resume beading. . . . so when yesterday came along I was glued out in the studio, I went out at 9:00am came in at 6:00pm I did break an hour for lunch. I loved it!!!! give me a week with days like that and I'll have a nice stash for Beadfest!!! love the colors!!! trying a new technique with my mushrooms . . . Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2012 at Molten Mayhem
Diana's challenge pieces were fantastic . . . . I have such a passion for anything from the sea. Plus the fact that she used one of my favorite colors made this piece a pleasure as well as a challenge to do so here is my inspiration from Diana's challenge . . . . warm copper wire-work . . . I very lightly oxidized the copper . . . . lovely starfish focal . . . love the way the colors and shapes came together . . . . ok, only one more . . . sorry I couldn't make up my mind . . . . Thank you Diana for a fantastic challenge close to my heart!!! I look forward to seeing the rest... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2012 at Molten Mayhem
And the results are stunning . . . . for starters I wish to thank Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio for organizing this event (with a due date the day before an early flight to Milwaukee and the Bead&Buttuon show, lol) and a thank you to my two earring partners!!! An incredibly talented and creative group of ladies . . . . . These are from the lovely Lesley Watt of THEAjewellery etsy shop. I have a passion for the sea, fish, mermaids shells and there are what she came up with . . . . aren't they just perfect!!! Molded from a scallop shell . . . beautiful pearls on sterling silver head pins . . . . with a beautiful large sterling... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2012 at Molten Mayhem
I need to remember to take pictures of my wonderful earrings from the swap and post them tomorrow. . . . who on earth ever decided to make the post date the day you need to pack for B&B??? Oh that's right it was Diana . . . . . Speaking of Bead&Button here is what I made yesterday to bring with me for the bead swao event and for other trades. . . CC is inspecting them just to make sure . . . . I'll probably grab a few more but so far this is a good start, mandrels not included, LOL!!! Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2012 at Molten Mayhem
Well all the earrings have been sent and the waiting begins. . . . . and the anxiety also hoping you did right be the other earring swap partner!!! This is CC kitty just saying "Hello" Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2012 at Molten Mayhem
It's a good thing I have such a stern task master behind me . . . to remind me that BeadFest is only a few months away and that I need to have a decent amount of inventory!!! Well, she's right (don't let her know, it'll get to her head) so here I've been slaving for 3 days and this is all I came up with :( looks like I better put up a cot in the studio, lol!!! Oh!!!! How could I forget to add this studio picture . . . . . my "lovebug" keeping me company!!!! Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2012 at Molten Mayhem
It's here!!!! I get my partner list today. . . . I love to make earrings. I'll list my partners as soon as they are revealed!!! Here are my partnes . . . . . Lesley Watt a b c.UK Tania Spivey a. b. c. USA Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2012 at Molten Mayhem
My first time out and even through some trials and tribulations I managed to have fun and go a little out of my normal routine to create this Spring inspired necklace. Many thanks to Diana for getting this team together and getting the creative juices flowing by giving me/us this pleasant task and lovely focal bead to boot. . . . . Fellow Team Members: Diana Ptaszynski Jenny Davis-Reazor Kristen Stevens Marla James Sandra Basara Miller Michelle Buettner Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2012 at Molten Mayhem
Today we are putting to rest my little brother. He was 50, but will always be my "little" annoying, instigating, irritating, loving, caring, adorable little brother even though he towered over me . . . . I can not describe the range of emotions I've been through, because they change by the minute. But first and foremost is shock, I keep shaking my head and repeating "no, no, no it can't be. . . he can't be gone from my life forever. . . . no" I miss him so much! Where do we go from here? When will this numbness be gone and Dear Lord when will that godawful pain stop!!!! This was taken on Christmas Eve 2011 . . . . . Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2012 at Molten Mayhem
I'm finally getting it together and posting my little mushrooms in my etsy store, these were a blast to make. I think they are absolutely adorable, not even an inch tall. I'm very pleased at the way they came out. . . . I also made up some with the components already on them, just waiting for the camera to charge, lol. Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2012 at Molten Mayhem
I was out in the studio but forgot to bring my creativity with me . . . and I idly playing with the glass and ended up making these adorable teeni-tiny beads, the smallest is 7mm round!!!! I love them, and "yes" I'll be making more today. I did make more mushrooms also and will be listing them in my etsy shop soon. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2012 at Molten Mayhem
I was puttering in the studio the other day with no inspiration at all . . . and was just idly creating a blob of glass on the mandrill when I noticed this adorable little shape emerging! I was tickled at how cute they came out, the mushrooms themselves are barely an inch tall. I'm waiting for bails I ordered so I can post them on etsy. . . . . Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2012 at Molten Mayhem
Here's what I did to Kristi's beautiful copper ammonite focal. . . . . . I used sterling silver and plenty of other oceanic embellishments. Kristi Bowman Design Jean Wells Melinda Orr Sue Kennedy Shannon Chomanczuk Pam Brisse Melissa Cable Cindy Wimmer Mary Harding Jan Molten Mayhem Linda Landig Kristi Harrison Kimberly Sturrup Sally Russick Lana Kinney (will share on Kristi’s blog) Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2012 at Molten Mayhem
Unfortunately it does not look like today will be a repeat of yesterday's weather. . . the 6 inches of snow we got on Saturday's is gone thanks to Monday's 24 hr rain deluge. So I took full advantage of the niche weather and went out back to get in some creative designs. . . . Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at Molten Mayhem