The name ThistleDew came from my parents.
They owned a boat when I was young and that is the name they gave it.
"Thistle" (sounds like) This will....and "Dew" (sounds like) Do. Hence...This will do!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Beads 2010 Review

I have spent the better part of two days thumbing
through BEADS 2010 The Ultimate Beader's Resource
Loaded with beads displayed in categories like
Oh So Dreamy and Have a Heart...
The one thing I was a bit disappointed in
is there is very few polymer clay beads in the mix...
There are lots of Filigrees, Ceramic, Stoneware and Glass..
Jewelry and Color Trends
This magazine is a bead lovers must have...
now I must get busy in my Studio!
Happy Reading

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Wonderful Surprise

Today has been the most beautiful of days here at ThistleDew....I got out my seed starter trays and planted some seeds that include some of my favorites like Nasturtium, Four O'Clocks, Poppy, Cleome, Dahlia, and Foxglove...after planting the seed I thought I would get the Sunday Newspaper and head out to the front porch swing and enjoy the fabulous day.... :)
And this caught my eye:

A Mother Robin has built a nest on top of my wreath....oh how sweet is that?

Here is a closeup of her hunkered down on her eggs.... precious.... :)
and I will leave you with one of my favorite poems..

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart in a garden,
than anywhere else on Earth....

Saturday, April 17, 2010

"Perfectly Paired" by Patricia Kimle

I am so excited about this new book!..."Perfectly Paired" Designing Jewelry with Polymer and Metal Clays by Patricia Kimle....I have had the book for over a week and just cannot put it is so well written...and I highly recommend it....I am so anxious to start working in PMC....I just ordered my torch from and looking for the best deals on PMC now...Melanie and a flame could be very dangerous!...better check the homeowners policy to see if I am covered!
Blessings... :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Little Birdie Made Me Do It :)

I woke up with coffee in hand....stumbled into my studio....sat down at my computer and started checking my emails...when one jumped out at me from Art Bead Scene on Facebook...this email said "and the winner is"... ME... :) My eyes then were wide open!...and that usually takes two mugs of coffee to accomplish...I became a fan of Art Bead Scene yesterday and saw they were playing a game...this painting was posted along with what the game consisted of...OK...I can do this I say to myself....Match a bead to the painting...and this light bulb goes off in my head!...rarely does this ever happen... :) My cousin Teresa's beads...from "Art Of Grace" I thought... I had looked at her auctions on ebay yesterday...and a set of her beads came to mind...and low and behold they were all a perfect match to the painting!...and what did I win you ask?... "A little Birdie" made by Artist Heather Powers from HumbleBeads!...I have admired Heather's work from the day I started working in Polymer Clay...*note to self: I need to work on My Daily Stops links on my blog!...I only have 4 listed and that list should at least be 20 or more by now...Thanks Art Bead Scene and Heather for the bright spot you have put in my day today! Blessings :)