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Color Me Happy

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Is there honestly a happier color than orange? I can't help but smile when I see orange. It is a color I use quite often because I just love it so.

I even love the smell of orange. It smells fresh and clean. It is invigorating and energizing.

My dad's favorite color was orange. Maybe that is why I am so drawn to it and use it as the accent color throughout my home. It reminds me of him.



These beads are fun and happy. I don't know if there is a better color to pair with orange than turquoise. It's almost like they were made for each other.

I will be listing these as mini-sets and pairs - unless you want the entire collection. Message me first.

Happy 2020

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Is it just me or did 2019 come and go in a flash? Maybe it was because Thanksgiving was late, so the Christmas season seemed rushed. Still trying to figure out how it is suddenly the middle of January.

Last week was so cold [there I go talking about the weather again] that I decided to fire up the big kiln just to warm up the house. It worked. That thing gives off some good radiant energy. Instead of huddling around the fireplace, everyone wanted to play in the studio.

Then I promptly forgot I had run a slump schedule. I'm usually so excited I can't wait to peek in the kiln. It is often done with a bit of excitement mixed with a bit of anxiety.

I love creating pieces that don't follow a reproducible pattern and are truly unique. All of the pieces that came out of the latest kiln firing are one-of-a-kind using various techniques. I think they are fun and I hope you like them too.


Watch for the rest of the pieces in my Etsy shop later this week. And Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas

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As 2019 draws near to an end, I would like to extend my sincerest wishes to you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

Thank you to my loving friends and family who always encourage me and tell me I create beautiful things.

Thank you to the amazingly talented jewelry artists who use my beads in their own gorgeous creations.

Thank you to my many customers who adorn your homes and outfits with my handcrafted glass and jewelry.

Thank you to everyone who supports handmade artisans around the globe. May we all be prosperous and blessed in the coming New Year.


Stay tuned for some fun things coming in the new year. I have about a dozen or so projects in the works that I am excited to share with you.

Social

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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

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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.




Re-Emerging

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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.


Sunshine

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... 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!