Bahama Mamas

My season is coming to a close, and I am looking forward to having some free time to work on some new ideas.  I get very inspired while I am doing shows, and always am bursting at the seams with new ideas.  Sometimes I will take a little time and work on something new, just to keep my sanity, during my busiest time.  It is amazing how therapeutic it is to create something without a deadline looming over your head.

Someone gave me some scrap wood, which I thought I would turn it into a fancier sign.  They got really fancy and turned into paintings!


I am really loving working on the Bahama Mamas again, and have lots of new ideas for them.  Below are some of the first quilts I made with mamas.


I am still fiddling with a glass Bahama Mama.  She is just not quite where I want her to be yet in glass.

Have a creative week!

Octopus Pottery Set ~ Special Price

A few weeks ago I made this octopus pottery set as a special order.  Since its completion the customer seems to have disappeared, or changed their mind.  So I am going to offer the set at a discounted price, if anyone is interested. {Note to self ~ get payment for special orders}

The dessert/bread plates are normally $25 each, and the dessert/salad bowls are normally $35 each.  That would be a total of $240 for all the pieces at regular price.  I am offering it 25% less than the regular price, so the set can be purchased for $180.

All pieces are hand painted, and are food and dishwasher safe.  Contact me for further questions, or to view the pieces.

Have a creative week!

A Couple Tutorials

I have had a few tutorials published in the last month.  If you are a glass artist, or jewelry maker, you might want to check them out.  They are both online, digital magazines. Soda Lime Times is a publication for lampworkers.  Artisan Jewelry Times is a publication for jewelry artists.

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Both publications are very inspiring for glass and jewelry artists.

The Soda Lime Times article uses glass and metal components, and the Artisan Jewelry Times article gives you a taste of making your own ceramic components for your jewelry pieces.

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Happy Creating!

Valentine’s Pay it Forward

Five years ago, for the 14 days leading up to Valentine’s, I posted a heart themed item and donated a portion of the proceeds to a program in Abaco that feeds primary aged school kids that go without lunch.  I have decided to do that again this year.


My first item is a pair of pink and turquoise earrings.  They are $55, and the earwires are fine silver.  25% of this sale will go towards the program that gives lunch to children in need.  This earring design is a little different from most of my earrings.  It is a design I learned when I was at Beadcamp, in January, in Stephanie Sersich’s class.

Hope you follow along for the next 13 days to see what I create.

Glass on the Move!!!

Happy Holidays!

Dreams really do come true!!  Over a year ago I had the idea to do a mobile glass studio.  Something I could take to shows so my customers could see how I make my glass pieces, because usually when I stand at shows and say “I make all my glass pieces”, most people look at me like I have three heads.  I have also found that when I have had the chance to demonstrate how I make glass pieces, that I sell a lot more.

The original plan was to build the studio from scratch.  That was supposed to begin this past summer, but my husband and I were busy with work all summer and it never happened.  I knew about this mobile shop that wasn’t being used, and I had asked about it on several occasions, but was always told the owners were not interested in selling.  I thought I would ask one last time at the end of October, and they were ready to sell!!!!

On November 1st I purchased my gypsy caravan to be the Bahama Dawn Art Glass Mobile Studio!


Here she is making her trip home.  First she was a food truck, then a souvenir shop and now she will be a mobile studio!  She is completely outfitted with electrical, outside lights, even roof ventilation!  She just needed a little TLC and some paint to be revived.


(Above: a before shot!)

Before her first showing, at Island Marketplace in Treasure Cay last weekend, we were able to get painting done, my work bench installed and some painting done.  Eventually I plan to have two work stations for students to try out the process, and have some beads to put on a bracelet.

(Below: an after shot, but still a lot of work to do!)


She is nowhere near completion just yet.  As you can see, I had to pull out some old paintings just to make it look colorful and cover some areas that have not been addressed yet.

Shelving needs to be put in, my kiln and glass rack need to be installed, and to the far right a larger bench for the student work stations needs to be built.  We will get there, and for now she is serving her main purpose which is allowing me to demonstrate.


Hope to see you at a show sometime soon!

There have been a few changes to my show schedule also.  The Holiday Show at Pete’s Pub has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 17th.  The Open House at Bahama Dawn has been postponed until the new year, probably sometime in February.

The Holiday Rush!

The holiday rush is in full swing!  I love it! I get so motivated and inspired!

Island Marketplace, last weekend, was FANTASTIC!  Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the event.  The next one will be December 3rd, and they will continue to be the first Saturday of every month, thru April.


Sunday I was back in the studio.  I am also working in some new glass pieces and new pottery pieces!


Hopefully by the first of December I am going to have some SUPER EXCITING news for you!  It is something that has been in the works for several months and all of sudden in the last two weeks, something big just fell into place!  It is killing me to keep it a secret, because I am so excited, but I want it closer to completion.  So sorry to tease you, but stay tuned!

My next show is Jollification, in Nassau, on November 18th, 19th & 20th.

Hope to see you there!


Other dates to remember:

Pete’s Pub Show, December 10th

Bahama Dawn Open House, December 16th & 17th.

~Island Marketplace~

Just a quick reminder that Island Marketplace, in Treasure Cay, starts this weekend and will continue thru April, on the first Saturday of every month.  Come out and get some holiday shopping done.  I have some new items available, and lots more to come!

We will be there from 9am ’til 2pm.

Also at the Market will be other artists, fresh produce, bath items, plants, homemade breakfast foods and a bloody mary bar! You don’t want to miss it!



~New Signs~

I have been a busy bee the past few weeks trying to get new inventory made for upcoming shows!  Here are some of my new signs, and here are dates for my first two shows……….

November 5th, 9am – 2pm Island Marketplace, Treasure Cay

November 18th, 19th, 20th, Jollification, Nassau.

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I will also have lots of new glass, pottery and fabric items!  See you soon at a holiday show!

One Thing Leads to Another……

Today I thought I would share with you how my ideas and the items I make are born.  Everything, EVERYTHING!, starts with a doodle.  I am a queen doodler, and if you ask my students, in so many of my classes I tell them to doodle, doodle, doodle!  It is the best exercise for the creative mind.

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These doodles above are from one of my many sketchbooks, and they were done years ago. Would you believe they served as inspiration for the staircase that leads to the classroom?


I’ve had this bench hanging around for 12+ years.  My husband built it and it had been painted many different colors, many different times.  My dogs even had a go at chewing on it once!  It needed a makeover, and now I wish I had taken a before photo, so it hit me one day to paint it to match the staircase and use it in the classroom!

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Now I can’t get the design out of my head, and I want to build on it.  Last week I was working on mono printing some hand-made fabrics for possible classes in 2017, and while I was printing I wondered if I could use the same printing technique on wood.  So I gave it a shot on some small scrap boards for signs, and it worked!

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On the sign boards I printed the background and then added some of the doodles from the bench and the staircase! Voila! A new idea was born.

As you may have noticed, on the staircase and the bench, I added an inspirational saying, so the signs needed to follow suit.


My next step is to print the doodles, rather than paint them, for use on fabrics.  Maybe a new quilt design, a glass piece, a piece of pottery????  Where will this design go next?  Knowing my creative brain it will be all of the above!

Peace, love and creativity!