Mary, Queen of Scots


An appropriate ending to Tartan (or Scottish) Week is this post by Pearl, on The Beading Gem’s Journal. She always does such great posts, and this one is no exception. This is a biography, in mini-style, so you can read it without having to buy a whole book. But she also gives you some reading choices if you wish to further your knowledge about this time in history! Her jewels are an awe, and her history is quite colorful! If you like this sort of thing, I highly recommend you visit Pearl’s post!

Bronze Infused Purple Turquoise


“A new variation of purple turquoise
created when blue compressed Kingman
turquoise is infused with bronze metal
to create a matrix, dyed purple and stabilized.”
Dakota Stones web site

I LOVE this stuff! I got it from Dakota Stones – they have some cool stuff! They are going to be at BeadFest Wire this weekend, so if you’re there, you should check them out! If you don’t get there, I will be offering some as destash in my etsy store as soon as I figure out what I am going to do with them!

Jen Judd



Jen Judd is another person who has waited patiently for me to show you some photos of her work with my beads! Again, same excuses – concussion, surgery, spring break. I am going to try and time this to post tomorrow while I am knocked out with the Michael Jackson drug. Here are some photos of her work with my beads and enamel headpins – fantastic! Tip from Jen – if you work the headpins too hard, they crack. Just be a little gentle with them!

Phyllis Howard


I have to apologize to Phyllis Howard – I told her I would blog about this beautiful creation, and then my girl got a concussion, I had to do my medical tests, and then we went to Hilton Head for a week. This week, either me or my kid has had a doctor appointment every day. Today is the only non-doctor day, but I have to wait around to see what time I am scheduled for tomorrow’s surgery!

So Phyllis, here is the promised look at your great work! Phyllis has an etsy store where she sells her work. She was a potter and now works with PMC and dichroic glass, as you can tell from the offeringings in her store. I love the piece on top with the turquoise – it’s so pretty! I really like how the silver design curls around the turquoise round.

She made this necklace with some large hole beads I made for her. I really like how they look with the silver piece she made – the beads show off the silver, and the large silver PMC piece shows off the beads. This is a very striking necklace! Be sure to visit Phyllis’ shop and see what she makes – it’s all gorgeous!

Scottish Week

Gentlemen, The Tartan!

Here’s to it!
The fighting sheen of it,
The yellow, the green of it,
The white, the blue of it,
The swing, the hue of it,
Every thread of it!

The fair have sighed for it,
The brave have died for it,
Foemen sought for it,
Heroes fought for it,
Honour the name of it,
Drink to the fame of it –
THE TARTAN!

Murdoch Maclean


You may not know it, but it’s Scottish Week! And guess what? I’m Scottish! We have this book The Clans and Tartans of Scotland by Robert Bain (from 1954!), and I scanned in the pages of the Kennedy Clan/Tartan info. The only thing I’m disappointed in is, it seems Kennedy means ugly head. That’s not very nice!