Friday, January 30, 2009

A Trip Back in Time

I probably could have done this a bit more organized, but that would mean getting more organized before starting.

I made my first beads in basement of my house in the fall of 2006. That didn't last long since the ventilation was sucking all the heat out of the room and it gets cold here, you know. Working nights and weekends, Jeff created a space for me out in an 18x30 foot building we owned next door which is still a work in progress, but it's mine.
First Beads
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These are some of my first beads. I was sooo proud of them. Now we all know that they are pretty ugly, but it's where I started.

By the fall of 2007, I had put in a lot of hours on the torch and made my first sale that September and my first Etsy sale in December of 2007
First Etsy Sale
Dec 19, 2007

I haven't been able to make beads this week, but these still seem to be something people recognize as a "deronda florals"

And this last set is one of the few sets I kept and I made it into a necklace for my Mom. I really do need to get it back and get some pictures of it.


  1. you have really progress! They are all beautiful, but I always enjoy looking at the pictorials! Nice to have a log, don't you think?

  2. What a wonderful progression in photos. How rewarding that your "style", especially with your florals is so recognizable!


  3. Wow - thanks for sharing us the story of your growth! Your beads are incredible :)

  4. I love seeing your progress. You have a wonderful floral style!

  5. your work is always beautiful. I love the floral looks that you create. You have a wonderful talent.

  6. Wow, your first beads run circles around mine. Mine were more like mud. :D

  7. Thanks for sharing your first beads I have mine on my keychain I'll have to get a picture of them. Yes, you do have your own style floral bead it's like I can see them growing they have a wonderful flow. I love the one you made for your Mom's necklace...must see a picture of the necklace.