My thanks this last month goes to Paulette Rosner-Baron and Amy Katz, who hosted a really wondefully fun Bead Bash at Amy’s house in mid-January. Barb and I had a great time – thank you both and I’m looking forward to seeing you again in March.

Sasha turns 5 this early February. I’m thankful she made it this far, although she’s started to have some reactions to her medications. Her fur is thinning significantly, especially on her little nose and on her toes. She’s still hungry and loves her walks, though. We’ve started giving her baths, which she seems to enjoy, so she’s also impossibly white before we take her outside and she finds any old mud puddle.

I’m still assembling new kits and putting them up for sale as I make them on my Etsy. Some of them are only going to be made once since I had only enough supplies for one and haven’t been able to replace them. You can preview them on Etsy, or see the whole set if you are a member of the Northern Virginia Bead Society – I’ll be teaching there in early March!

I know its still winter out there, but its time to start thinking Valentine’s Day projects. Check out the new Valentine’s Day beads on my Etsy – I’m still adding new ones. Also new on Etsy is a new line of fiber and bead and “whatever” steampunk/gypsy inspired cuff bracelets. They are huge and froofy and… well, just sort of bizarre. Check them out!

February is really busy for classes!

Ally Beads Classes for February:
Bead Embroidered Bracelet February 26th
You can register online at
Columbus Polymer Clay Guild Buckeye Bash:
The guild has asked me to give my lecture on Successfully Selling on Etsy on Feb 17. Hope to see you then!
Glass Axis Classes for February:
Intermediate Level Lampworking Feb 18&19.
Beginning Beadmaking February 18, morning.
You can read about the classes at
Gahanna Bead Studio classes for February:
Champagne Dreams – February 15
Shamballa Bracelet – February 22
DNA Spiral – February 25 (photo above)
You can register online at
Happy New Year!