So I did a thing. I joined Instagram. It was a little bit scary. All these social media platforms and I have no idea what I am doing - which is really sad given I work in IT.

I didn't gain a million followers in 24 hours with my first post like Jennifer Aniston, but I'm not a celebrity so there is that.

Sadly I waited so long that someone already took my defacto username. [the horror]  I'm still gonna hashtag the heck out of #beadbijoux though so anyone who knows me will find me.

Now I have to work on 'banking content'. That could be a challenge given my propensity to abandon all forms of social media for long periods of time. I need a marketing executive so I can just melt the glass and string up the pretties.

If you are already on Instagram give me a follow, like, shout-out, or whatever it is we do over there. I'd love to 'see' you. @lesliedeaunne

My #firstpost of some fun little turquoise and olive barrel beads:

Flame On

It's about darn time. After another long hiatus I have re-ignited the torch and melted some glass. All because of a very special customer of mine who has been patiently waiting for me to remake a set of beads.

Sometimes you need a kick in the pants to get moving.

Sometimes you need the encouraging words of a loyal customer who appreciates your art. Thanks B. You're the best.

These were really fun to make as they employ so many of my favorite techniques ... with just enough differences to make them unique and original and like none others that have gone before.


I'm a fair weather artist. I admit it. I have a tendency to vacate my studio for months at a time.

The seasons in Minnesota are brief and extreme. If it is too hot I can't fire up the 1500 degree kiln. If it is too cold I can't run the ventilation system.

This leaves me with spring and fall to get all my creativity in. Sounds legit.

But the weather is turning cooler and I am no longer using the garden as my creative outlet so I have turned back to the studio. Haven't fired up the torch or kiln yet, but I've been having fun thumbing through all my loose pieces and putting together some new jewelry. Keep an eye on my Etsy shop for some fun new pieces and like my Facebook page to see all my new works.


... on my shoulder, makes me happy ...

Pretty sure I just aged myself big time with that little number. Ah well. Sunshine DOES make me  happy - and inspired.

Something about sunrises and sunsets in March are just stunning. Oranges and yellows and pinks! The most brilliantly happy color combination ever put together, brought to you by none other than God himself.

I love looking to nature for amazing color inspiration. This collection of beads was born out of watching a Minnesota March sunrise reflecting off the white blanket of snow.

It is getting warmer and that means more studio time!

These beads will be listed on Facebook after they've been thoroughly inspected and posed for their individual photo shoots. Follow my page to never miss when I list new beads for sale.

Happy Sunshine!

New Year; New Beads

Happy New Year!
Did you make any resolutions? Have you broken them already? I am not much into resolutions, however I do like to set little goals and objectives for myself. Maybe they are the same thing.

One of my goals is to try and stick to a color palette for more than just a pair of beads. I do get bored easily so I want to be able to change up styles and techniques, but stick within a family of colors so that if someone wanted to, they could use them all together in one bigger set.

We'll see how long it lasts and whether or not I stick to it.

Here is my first little grouping of beads for the new year - all in shades of purple and turquoise with some pops of lime green and orange thrown in for that extra oomph. This is one of my favorite color combinations and I don't think I could ever tire of it.

These little bead sets will all be listed on Facebook next week. Follow me to always know when I have new beads available!

All About Color

I've always been about the color. I think that is what drew me in to glass in the first place - the bright and beautiful colors.
My latest sessions at the torch have been trying different color layering combinations and working them in with different techniques. These little variety sets also work well with my need for constant variation.

Rounds seem to be my go-to shape lately as I find them to create the most visual depth of color. Still love me some sprees and nuggets, but the light definitely passes through the rounds in a way that gives the appearance of more depth.
All these little sets available soon on Facebook and Etsy.
Happy New Year!

Something New; Something Blue

Design ruts. Hate them. When the creative muse goes on vacation it can be difficult to get back on track. This is usually when I take a full blown hiatus and go do something else. Like gardening. Gardening is good for my soul ... and my backside - pretty sure I did the equivalent of 500 squats weeding the garden, and 30,000 steps up and down the ladder pruning the vine.

In addition to all the fabulous muscle toning that gardening provides, I find it also recharges my creative muse and helps get me out of my design ruts. I always find inspiration in nature, and quite often the varied greens of the trees in combination with a clear blue sky will re-ignite my passion. Pretty sure you can find lime green and blue in nearly all of my creations - and frequently you will find them paired together.

My latest jewelry pieces were born out of my favorite color scheme inspired by green trees against a clear blue sky. Minimalist and statement at the same time I find they are a fun contrast of simp…