‘Boston Strong’ Beaded Golden Retriever Pin

This week, I created a new dog pin to benefit the victims and families of the Boston Marathon Bombings..a beaded Golden Retriever pin. This dog is a comfort dog wearing a blue & yellow ‘Boston Strong‘ vest.

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 This piece was created by stitching tiny Japanese 15/o glass seed beads to felt. Beads were stitched 2-3 at time using a needle and strong nylon thread. Beadwork was layered to create a  unique texture. The dog’s ear was beadwoven, and actually moves when you touch it. The dog’s hair is layered beaded fringe which also adds to the texture & dimension. This wearable art brooch is a one-of-a-kind handmade item and will not be duplicated.

50% of the sale price will be donated to The One Fund Boston – onefundboston.org. We are One Boston. Thanks for looking!

Hot Wheels Bead Art Car

Last week, I worked on a new project – one that I’ve been meaning to try for awhile. I decided to cover an old beat-up Hot Wheels car using tiny Japanese glass seed beads! This one happens to be a blue Nissan Silvia. Check it out:

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First, I glued a thin piece of Ultrasuede to the underside of the car. Then, I peyote-stitched size 15 seed beads around the car, stitching the edges to the Ultrasuede beneath.

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Considering it is my first time beading a 1/64 scale Hot Wheels car, I think it turned out looking pretty cool! Its also a fun way to recycle an old toy that was otherwise headed for the landfill. The best part is, even though it is now a work of art, it can still be used as the toy it was meant to be:) I am currently running this item on Ebay for a limited time, afterwards, it will be listed for sale in my Etsy shop. What should I bead next? 😀

>Island Creek Oyster Night


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Today, just a quick reminder to those in Massachusetts: Tonight is the opening reception & gala for the Duxbury Art Association’s WINTER JURIED SHOW 2010! All are invited to come check out my beaded fire truck at the reception Saturday, February 6, 2010 from 6-9pm at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA. There will be Island Creek Oysters, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, piano music & a cash bar. Awards take place at 7:30pm. Tickets are $30 per person at the door. Mastercard & Visa are accepted. Hope to see you there! 😀

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If you cannot make the reception, the exhibit runs February 6 – April 11, 2010. Admission is FREE. Please check the Art Complex Museum’s website for hours and location.
Also, one more reminder: My 3D beaded VW Baja Luv Bug is still up for bid on Ebay through tomorrow. Click here to view the auction. Please consider bidding to support a good cause. 50% of all proceeds will benefit Doctors Without Borders in an effort to help the people of Haiti. I appreciate your support, and thanks for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂

>Beaded VW Baja Bug on Ebay!


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Beaded VW Baja Bug. 4″ x 1.75″ (10cm x 4.5cm).
Bead embroidery on felt. Please click to view ebay auction!

Thanks to a friend who commented on my last post, I was inspired to do a little more beading on my little red VW Bug. My friend wrote that my beaded car slightly resembled an off-road Beetle, also known as a Baja Bug! So, I stitched on some tiny fenders using the peyote stitch. I also added tiny beaded head lights and tail lights. Now, I think this piece is finally finished! Please click the photo above to view more images. 🙂


This one-of-a-kind fiber art car sculpture is now listed on Ebay as a charity auction. 50% of all proceeds will benefit Doctors Without Borders in an effort to help the people of Haiti. Please consider bidding to help support a good cause and to show love & support to those who are suffering in the aftermath of the earthquake. Also, please feel free to mention this auction on your blog/ Facebook page/ and or Twitter to help get the word out! I appreciate your help, and thank you for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂

>Bead International Update


Thanks for all your comments on my beaded White House! This weekend, I have a few important updates for you.

Cambridge Art Association

1) When I was accepted in the Cambridge Art Association‘s North East Prize Show this spring, I was also offered membership into the organization. Since the CAA juries their members, I thought I should take advantage of this opportunity! I finally became a member last month, and now I am listed on their website! One of the membership requirements is to volunteer at the galleries a few times per year. It is a small tradeoff considering there will be a number of opportunities to show my beadwork throughout the year! 🙂

The Messenger

This week, the Cambridge Art Association began hosting their summer Art Fair at University Place Gallery in Cambridge, MA. The gallery is located at 124 Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge, MA – just a short walk from the Harvard Square T stop! If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by to view & purchase original works of art in all mediums priced $300 or less, including 2 of my beaded paintings! The Art Fair will hang at University Place now – Sept 1st. Please see my Facebook or Myspace pages for more information! 🙂

The Lone Beader on Ebay

2) In addition to selling my beadwork on Etsy and other cool merchandise on Cafepress, I have decided to try offering of few of my works per month on Ebay. Most Etsy sellers have shyed away from this since Ebay’s fees have sky-rocketed in the past couple of years. I have always sold rock-n-roll memorabilia there, and it has done well regardless of the fees. But, recently Ebay changed their fee schedule, so now it is finally worth it to try selling some of my original works of art.

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So far, this is just an experiment, but one thing I have noticed on Ebay is that people are more willing to purchase high end art and antiques there, when it seems like most people on Etsy are shopping for very inexpensive handmade items that include free shipping. Sure, the final value fees are higher on Ebay, but as they say, you have to spend money to make money! So, if you are an Ebay shopper, please add me to your favourite sellers list. So far, I have only listed two paintings there, but I do plan to offer a few beaded items there per month! 🙂

Dairy Barn Arts Center The Lone Beader Bead international 2008 pop art bead embroidery3) And, now for the last update. Yesterday, I was surfing around and ended up visiting the Dairy Barn Art Center‘s website. They have stated that there will not be a Bead International 2010 exhibit. “This decision was made due to lower artist entry in 2008, lack of attendance in 2008, lack of interest in the Bead International & Beyond Basketry ’08 tour and catalog, and lack of sponsorships and/or funding.”

This makes me sad because it is just another sign of how the current economic situation has effected the arts. I posted this news on Twitter yesterday, and Dulcey Heller responded with a blog post which asks those who are upset with this decision to contact Jill Smalley (exhibit director) at jill@dairybarn.org. Please let her know how much you appreciate the Bead International exhibit, and that you feel that it is important for contemporary artists to have the opportunity to show beadwork which really pushes the boundaries of this ancient craft. If you would like to see pics of last year’s exhibit, please visit my Flickr. To help support the Dairy Barn and encourage them to continue with Bead International, please consider purchasing a copy of the Bead International 2008 & Beyond Basketry book. Get 20% off by using the SAVE20 discount code on the Dairy Barn’s website. 🙂

That’s the news for now. Have a great weekend!