Beads by Zu

Sunflower beads by Zu

Mixed pairs polymer clay beads by Zu

Do you know Zu? She makes great polymer clay beads, and sells them on etsy. I found her when I saw the beautiful sunflower beads she made – I had an idea in my head that they would go with some lampwork beads that I had made. We contacted each other, and did a trade! I purchased the sunflower ones (first photo), and traded her two hilton head beach lentils for another set of her pairs (mostly like the second photo). I love them all. Right now, I haven’t made anything with them. I just hold them and look at them. She puts so much time into her canes, they are just gorgeous!!! You should check out her shop and blog!

Work by Katie



Katie recently went on a very cool vacation, and while she was gone, she made some jewelry! Here are two sets of earrings she made with my beads! The first set was made from the galaxy sparkle beads I have available in my etsy store. The second two sets were made from some nice etched turquoise blue spacers, with copper discs from Humblebeads (I love these and wish I would have bought some!!!!!). You can read Katie’s blog here!

Paris Pastry Lab on Etsy

Sampler Box

I bought myself a little treat last week – handmade caramels from Paris Pastry Lab. I just could not resist. I bought the Sampler Box – for $12.00, I got an assortment of different caramels direct from Paris! I was so excited to receive them in the mail yesterday! I love them all, but to my surprise, I love the ones called Belleville – it has pepper on top! It tastes really great. The Trocadero ones are great too (fleur de sel). If you are looking to treat yourself in some small way, this is a great way to do it!

More Portugal – Sintra

Toy Museum – Giant Playmobil Figure
Moorish Castle on the top of the hill


Tiles on the street

I believe the engineer took most of these photos – I don’t even know if mine are off my camera yet! Sintra is a nice little town (alink if you want to learn more), where tour buses are only allowed to park for five minutes for on/off loading. We didn’t get to go up to the castle, although one of the engineer’s students did and said it was really great! I guess I’ll visit next time we go!!!! I thought the giant Playmobil figure was very cute and fitting for the town!