Saturday, September 24, 2011

Yeah!!!! Got my acceptance to Bead and Button 2012!

Every year it is the same thing....fill out the applications on line, send off the samples and then wait nervously until you get the email....I am still so amazed that they choose classes from me for the show!
Metalwork, Rivets and Resins Workshop
                               This is a fun class if you are into mixed media type projects!

Riveted Collage

Riveted Rings            
                                    This is one of the evening classes I will be teaching!
Stamped and Riveted Charms       

                                                              Another evening class!

Coiled and Riveted Cuff
                                     I will be teaching this project twice at Bead and Button!

Rivets Cold Connections
Every Picture Tells a Story
This project is a "flip book" pendant.  Tell a story or flip the pages depending on your mood!

Hope to see you at Bead and Button!  Tell your friends....Tracy will be back!

Friday, September 9, 2011

City Beads...what a wonderful place to be!

Taught my first class today at Lisa Garoon's wonderful bead store...My How Time Flies!

What fun we had!!!!! Tomorrow brings Have A Heart!
Can't wait for more fun tomorrow!!!!
Thanks Lisa for providing such a wonderful space!

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

City Beads here I come......

I am so excited to be going to City Beads in Chicago next week, Sept. 8-11 to teach at Lisa Garoon's new place!  I will be teaching 3 brand new classes Have a Heart, My How Time Flies and Rivets and Clusters.  If you are in the area....or want to come to Chicago for some really fun classes check out Lisa's website:  Look at the September workshops.  

Rivets and Clusters

Have a Heart

My How Time Flies!

Check out City Bead......... Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I have been...

Slaving away on book details.  We are nearing the end....I think we can see a finish mind you I may be hallucinating...but just don't let me know....So many many many many things that could go wrong!  Thank goodness for our Editor.

Bogey says.....when are you going to be done mom!

Glass of wine....or paper of wine or paper work....  Bogey and the glass of wine are going to win for the rest of the evening!!!
Bogey says it's about time!  Let's hit the couch!!!  Gotta go.......

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Things that make me sad...things that make me happy.....

I just feel the need to share something that makes me sad....people and even shops that think that it is okay to take our designs and teach them at their stores....I just hope that people think about the fact that when they do this they are taking food off our tables.  When someone goes out and teaches our classes it is one less student that would be taking the class from us.  We work hard to design our projects, to write the instructions and then go out on the road to share and teach our classes.  It isn't an easy way to make a living, but very rewarding when we have the amazing students that appreciate our work.  I just ask everyone to think twice about doing this....and think twice about taking such a class from someone other than the originator....
The reason I have brought this up is I have been dealing with a couple of different places over the last few weeks.....One place that immediately removed the classes and apologized and the other that had to make an argument out of it....just makes me sad that it comes to that....
Things that make me happy....
I would like to say thank you to those that brought the issues up to me via email and mail.  I appreciate your support.  Thank you to people that keep their eyes open an let us know when these things like this are being done.
Wonderful students that are so much fun to have in class...some that even send pictures of finished pieces and email kind words.

Visits from a Pileated Woodpeckers

 Fun with friends.....  Taking a picture of Marcia....taking a picture of me.....with Mark looking on...

Having drinks with my daughter, Kelsey and Dallas.....

 And last, but of course not sweet boy Bogart....who always makes me happy!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Where in the heck has Tracy and her darn blog been????

All I can say is....I'm not sure!  Between teaching at the fantastic Creative Castle...getting ready for Bead and Button and working on the Wire Working book...I have been in CRAZY LAND!  I was really touched by the people at Bead and Button that said...hey....what about the blog!  Thanks to you for letting me know people read it....I will try to get better....after all...I have never lacked for words...opinions...time to back it up!!!!

Bead and Button was an amazing experience, once again....9 classes in 7 days~hey who does my scheduling?  But it was so fun to see people that I haven't seen all year!  My students were all is almost a crime that I have so much fun! 

Here are a couple of dear friends- Julie and Cynthia, from home.....why does it take going to Bead and Button to see friends from home?????....having an amazing conversation....okay...perhaps a few drinks...shhhhh don't tell anyone!

I just want you all to know how amazingly beautiful it is here in Seattle on a beautiful sunny spring evening.  I am so lucky to live here and enjoy all the cloudy days and rejoice in the incredible sunny days.  If you haven't ever must put it on your bucket list!  I am now teaching locally at Fusion Beads.  So if you do come...check the schedule and see if you can fit a class in!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Back again!!!

Wow.....I know I have been told by my many colleagues that have written books that it is a lot of work, but WOW!!!   Janice and I have been working hard writing and doing the photography for the wire book we are doing.  We have been buried in work, but met our first deadline....yeah time to breathe...oh no....another deadline in a bit over two time to breathe.....get back to it!!!

Here is a picture of how hard Janice is working......oh wait....this was how hard she was playing with Bogart.....ooopps!

Here is our camera and light set up to take our fabulous pictures!
I am sure Janice will get back to work soon......if Bogey will stop distracting her!

Off to do more work on the book.....

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wind, rain, sleet or snow doesn't stop.....

Janice and I worked on pictures for our upcoming book.  Just going to say...we are earning our pay!  Oh wait...our future pay.  It's no easy job.  Below Bogey is telling me to stop whining about the snow.....LET'S GET A MOVE ON!!!

Next few days I get to bury my head in numbering all of these pictures and placing it in text.  Yikes!

I am having so much fun getting thrown back to wire's like visiting an old friend.  One that I have neglected of late....the one that has always been there...just waiting......welcoming me back with open arms....

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


The snow has come and is trying to be the spoiler on my plans for tomorrow!  Janice and I are spending the day shooting pictures for our new book.....I will not be defeated!  Warren will have to skip a day of snowboarding.....oh wait should be a work day!  As I wipe away a tear.....not.....he will have to take me to Janice's so we can spend our second day shooting.  This book thing isn't easy!  But I am sure it will be worth it!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Another lovely monday.....

Janice and I are in the throws of writing a book on wire working.  Busy with writing text on our projects and discussions about book titles with many hoops to jump through.  It is fun to get back to my wire working roots....I have focused so much of my time on the metal and riveting projects it is nice to go back to where it all began.... but  hard for me to stay focused on crazy deadlines...hummmm.....I think I saw a chicken!  Tomorrow is a day of photography......I hope we can stay on track and not get too distracted by the chickens.....

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ohh...look a chicken!

Last month I had an absolutely delightful gal, Christine, take a class from me at Fusion beads.  She told me about a card that she had that reminded her of herself and me.  That night she sent it to me and I haven't stopped laughing since!  See if you agree....and if any of you see yourself.When I get new motto is....oh look a chicken! 

Christine brought me a present this week when she came to another one of my classes....imagine....she came back!  Now I don't want any of you to think that you have to bring presents when you take a class from me....but....just saying........  Check out my gift!  A fun toy for me to play with and  oh...look 2 chickens!  Thanks Christine you made my day!

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Today I had to break it to Bogey that I was going to be gone all day teaching and he had to be home by himself.....Check out the pictures....First Mom.....where are we going.....the next I broke the news to you can tell he wasn't very happy with me.  Poor baby!

Today was another fun class at Fusion Beads in new home store.  Great classroom space and well stocked only problem is I don't seem to be able to get out without buying's think I had everything!  If you are in the Seattle area you can check out the spring class schedule at:  Click to download a pdf of the classes currently on the schedule.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Here are some of my new classes....

These are a couple of new classes that will be taught for the first time at Creative Castle in Newbury Park Ca. in May.  Check out their website:

Well here I go.....

I have always wanted to blog and now seems as good a time as any.  My plan is to keep you updated on what is going on with me....were and what I will be teaching!  Hope to have you comment on what ever you think is interesting.....let's stay in touch!

Currently I am teaching at Fusion Beads in Seattle Washington.  As many of you know I was with Beads and Beyond for over 15 years, but since the store was sold it just wasn't a good fit for me any more.
It took me a while to decide I could drive over the bridge to Seattle to teach....but I am so happy I did!
The gals at Fusion Beads are so amazing!  The store is well stocked and they really have a passion for the business....something I have been missing for so long.  If you haven't been to Fusion, please check them out.  I am currently on the schedule and will be teaching class there next quarter also.  Give them a call to get the class schedules at 206-782 4595.  I sure would love to see you there!

Check out my teaching schedule for classes around the country at