Friday, May 15, 2009


I know, I'm pretty erratic with my blog - sometimes no updates for weeks, then a new update the very next day. I love to be more organized but let's face it, I'm never going to change no matter how much I try to convince myself. Hey, do you see a leopard losing its spots or a tiger losing its stripes in their old age??!! Naaa, I'm being totally realistic and besides it's Friday, we can let it all hang out!!! TGIF and I adore weekends!!

Anyway this morning while walking the pooch, I was thinking about what is in a day. What I mean is, I know there are 24 hours per day and 60 minutes per hour. I've however not gone further than that since our society does not really talk that way - ie we don't say, 'See you in 360 minutes or 21600 seconds'; rather we say 'See you in 3 hours'. I also couldn't calculate mentally how many seconds there are in a day during my walk this morning - does that mean that my brain cells are slowly decreasing? Here is the breakdown, using the good old reliable calculator:

1 day = 24h
1 h = 60min
1 min = 60sec
1 h = 1440min = 3600sec
24h = 1440min = 86400 sec

Now, I admit, I don't know what comes after seconds, milliseconds or nanoseconds or...? Does this show how ignorant I am or should I blame it on my former school teachers for not teaching me well enough to retain all this information?! Ahhh, it's such a delight to give someone else the blame for our ignorance...

And now, let's get down to my favorite topic - lampworking, like what else is there???!! I know, I know, I should get a life... After another lampworker Evelyn from Canada emailed me about making the Taj Series in 'Pandora' style beads, I have been biten by Evelyn's bug and began to make beads with 5mm holes and riveting them with sterling silver tubes. Here are some bracelet beads of what I have made during the last 2 days and mind you, they do not have the Taj designs. I also made these as small as possible for use on the Pandora & co bracelets and larger ones for their necklaces.

Here I have used the Pandora silver element next to the glass beads I made for comparison purposes.

Earth-To-Mum Bubble Reduction Frit bracelet
My husband finds this bracelet too dark for his taste.

Earth-To-Mum Snowflake Bracelet
This is the 2nd Snowflake bracelet - this design is found on my collaborative work with Elizabeth Prior. I love making this geometric design, very meditative whenever I put down the 4 compass points, connect them with lines, then the other 4 compass points and finally make sure that when I connect the lines, they cross exactly in the middle. Ahhh, such a pleasure to make the lines meet!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009


I can't tell you how much I love this time of the year, spring turning into summer, it makes me feel so happy!! Though I admit, I say that no matter what seasonal changes we have. I also love the colors of autumn, complain when it's close to winter. But when it snows, I tell myself how beautiful it is till the snow becomes slosh and by this time, you'd think I'm suffering from schizophrenia because I'd be forever complaining about winter blues, cold and the chill to my bones. Ah, whatever it is, the grass is always greener on the other side. Still, presently I love seeing the burst of colors each week whenever the different flowers are 'due to bloom'.

I am most likely influenced by the great weather we're having since April, let's hope it'll stay sunny for a L O N G time because living up north in any temperate country means the weather seldom stays lovely. I have been making Taj beads, which I haven't taken any photos for today's blog, but also lots of beads for my Earth-To-Mum bracelets! I make these beads at the end of a session where I don't have to use my brain cells too are 3 bracelets I'd like to share with you.

Earth-To-Mum Bubble Flowers Bracelet
These beads remind me of the bubble tea drink which was extremely popular in the Asian countries a few years back.

Close up, showing toggle/catch

Earth-To-Mum Bubble Flower Bracelet
My fav color combo, using turquoise and amber

Close up showing toggle/catch

Earth-To-Mum Clowning Around Bracelet
I had such fun making the beads for this bracelet. They either have a crooked pointy or absolutely round ends.

Close up, the toggle is a very crooked pointed bead