Holiday Reds

When Thanksgiving is over I turn to the color red. I have an enduring love for the rare glass beads called white hearts or Venetian Cornaline d' Aleppo. They were made in Venice in the 1800's and early 1900's for trade and are the color of pomegranate. They come in many sizes, from tiny seed beads to very large and chunky. In between those are the oval shapes. You can see the "white hearts" in the photo.

I will never tire of their beauty. I wear them everyday in December. They don't glitter or sparkle but they suggest the holidays in my favorite form.

If you would like some of your own, get in touch. It may take a little while and certain shapes may be harder to find than others.


Fall means two things to me, Chinese lanterns which I grow every summer and harvest in the fall and Amber beads of all shapes and sizes. Anyone can see why they go hand in hand and why it's critical to have both in abundance.

What makes a hair stick, stick?

I have long hair and I like to wear it up. Over the years I have bought many hair sticks. Some were too long and stuck out too far, some were beautiful but slippery or too heavy and fell out, which defeats the whole purpose. You don't want to have to stop and redo your hair all day long. I discovered wood carving and began making my own. I continue to enjoy exploring this seemingly simple art form.

I make them out of all kinds of wood that turns up in my studio. Friends drop off branches, chunks of all sorts  like cedar, cherry, pear, iron wood, and lately black bamboo. It turns out a lot of materials can be made into great hair sticks. Each type of wood suggests a form and has a unique texture which is challenging and fun.

The texture, weight and length of hair varies a great deal and the techniques of securing hair are endless. There may not be a type that works for everyone but I will continue to experiment. 

Where I create, there I am true.
— Rainer Maria Rilke