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Back in Business

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What a summer! Can't believe how long I was away from the torch. We got some wicked storms back in June that took out power for a few days and managed to fry my equipment. Throw a little European family vacation in the mix (will have to blog about that soon) and the next thing you know it is 7 weeks away from the torch.

My fabulous and amazing husband fixed up my kiln and got my oxygen concentrator working again so I have been back at the torch getting into the swing of things. So many new ideas and color combinations are running through my head I can't wait to get them into glass.

Here's a fun color inspiration trick for you to try. Come up with a word, type it into the magic Google search machine, and hit images. Then sit back and be amazed with all the eye candy. I did a Google image search on 'Havana' and this colorful classic car picture came up.  It was the inspiration for my latest set:


These beads currently up for auction on eBay.

Equipment Failure

It's broken.

I work in the IT field and my most favorite help desk issue is an email that says "it's broken" - with absolutely no other defining information whatsoever. You'd be surprised just how often that comes across my desk. I love my users.

So what exactly is broken? Sadly, it is my oxygen concentrator. And quite possibly my kiln too. I was in the middle of a most fabulous set of beads the other night when all of a sudden everything went haywire. My kiln shut off, except I didn't notice till the temperature had already dropped to 300 degrees. I am sad to report the beads in the kiln did not survive. [insert loud wailing and uncontrollable sobbing here]

My flame started to flicker and then a REALLY LOUD beeping noise went off and nearly gave me a heart-attack in my chair - which is highly dangerous when holding hot molten glass in your hand. Poof! The oxygen went out and my torch turned into a flame thrower.

And that was the end of my torching session.

Reichenbach Glass

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I just love Reichenbach glass. The colors are so dense and so rich. I am slowly converting my lampworking glass from 104coe to 96coe so I am making color reference charts as I go. Here's my latest batch of colors.

R74 Granny Apple Green is a fun key lime green. It is darker than Effetre Pea Green, but more limey than Effetre Nile Green

R84 Dutch Blue matches its namesake and is a nice delft blue. It is a dead ringer for Effetre Dark Periwinkle.

R119 Mandarin is my most favorite orange ever. It is a soft yellowish orange - reminds me of butternut squash. It would be closest in comparison to Effetre Yellow Apricot without the dark streaks.

All three colors made spacer beads that came out the exact same color as the rod itself. No striking or extra work required.

Inspiration - Essie Resort

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My six year old recently started wanting to have her nails painted. No idea where it came from because my nails hadn't seen polish since I was pregnant with her. I decided to capitalize on this as a perfect mother-daugher bonding experience, and we went shopping for some new nail polishes. Retail therapy is always a great way to bond with your daughter.


We wandered into our local Ulta cosmetics and went straight for the new Essie display. Such fun, bright and cheery colors! The best part is they came packaged in the most adorable cube of 4 sample colors - which is great for me because I never go through a full bottle of polish before I tire of it anyways.

Nadia and I have been having a fun time painting our nails in all these fun new colors. I loved the color combination of the sample pack so much I decided to match it in a new bead set. I do believe I will be stalking Essie whenever they release a new collection - both for the bead-making color inspiration and the cute and fun na…

Reichenbach Colors

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A plethora of color charts and color sample pages can be found all over the web for most any glass color in the 104 palette. Unfortunately I have been unable to find a similar resource for the 96 palette.
I've been transitioning a lot of my glass studio over to 96 coe and am slowly building my color stash. Most of the time I go in "blind" when making a glass purchase because there may or may not be a picture of beads made with that color. And the photos may or may not be accurate and representative.

So this is my new little side project: make spacer beads and catalog colors of every glass I order in 96 coe for reference. Perhaps other lampworkers will find these little color references helpful as well. Happy torching!


Vegetarian 'Fish' Tacos (Zucchini Tacos)

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Having been a vegetarian for nearly 20 years there are very few meals for which I have been unable to find a decent vegetarian substitute - at least for things I actually want to eat. The 'fish taco' phenomenon, however, has intrigued and eluded me ... until now.

Not long ago I visited some dear friends out West. We ate at a darling little place called Sena on Myrtle in charming Monrovia. Everyone ordered the fish tacos. While perusing the menu I saw something that sparked an epiphany: zucchini tacos. I ordered them of course. They were everything their carnivorous counterparts were ... well except for that whole meat thing.
They were delicious. And ever since, I have been on a quest to perfect a homemade 'healthy' baked version that my family would enjoy.


Vegetarian 'Fish' (Zucchini) Tacos:
2-3 small zucchini1-2 eggs1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs1 tsp cumin1 tsp oreganodash garlic powderdash dried lemon peeldash chipotle pepper salt & pepperFish Taco Sauce:
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Frozen Tundra

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If you've never met another Minnesotan, then you probably don't know that the weather is an often discussed subject. All year round. We talk about the snow and cold. We talk about the heat and humidity. And then there is always the newsworthy tornadoes and straight-line wind storms. Those are fun.

This week has been cold. Bitterly cold. Freeze your knees "how can people live here" cold. The high temperature only hit -5 one day. That was a NEGATIVE number in case you missed it. Farenheit. I won't torture you with the overnight lows and windchill factors. Let's just say they were obscene and inhumane.

Why does this matter? Because I can't torch in this weather. My fresh air intake for my ventilation system successfully freezes out the entire house in a matter of minutes when the temperature gets this cold. I don't care because I am sitting behind a 4000 degree flaming hot torch. But apparently the kids and hubs do not appreciate having to wear their hat…

Happy Birthday

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It is hard to believe that 4 years ago today was the most insane crazy day of my life. My beautiful, charming, fun-loving little man made his exciting and dramatic debut into this world. Four years. Wow. Time is moving at warp speed. I wish I could just push the pause button. If only just for a little bit.

You make my life complete. I love your silliness, your dreamy eyes, your sinister laugh, your devilish grin, your sweet kisses, your tender hugs, your thoughtful conversations, your crazy antics, your loving heart. I love you - everything about you.

Happy birthday my beautiful boy!