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'Autumn Sundae''Autumn Sundae''Autumn Sundae'
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#22780 'Autumn Sundae'

As the late summer folds gently into early autumn days, colors of the harvest & the wine country come to mind as I ponder days hiking in the foothills both here and in autumns past in Provence and Tuscany. Just thinking of those times when I cycled the ancient byways of Roman Provence or walked the cobbled, narrow streets of Tuscan medieval hilltowns, drinking the robust red wine, eating the sumptuous bread, grapes and cheese, pasta and pizza make me love the unfolding autumn even more. Now I just wish I were in France or Italy! But since I am not, I am in an especially whimsical mood bordering on silly and thus came, 'Autumn Sundae' whose special beads include two yummy lilac ice cream sundae beads by the always wonderful, Catherine Steele. A small play on words and visions of endless ice cream on a warm autumn day is the muse behind the maker in this case.

'Autumn Sundae' is comprised almost entirely of lampwork beads of some of the most talented lampworkers I have found in my never-ending search for talent, quality & imagination. The variety of lampwork beads are created by torch and glass rod in an artist's studio and I have used the work of 9 different lampwork artists, located both here and in Europe. As a designer, I love to combine the lampwork of different artists in one piece and see what I can compose ~ hoping for feeling, memory, daydream or a call to action (lets go on a European walking trip). The focal lampwork beads are whimsical barrels by an uber-talented artist in Germany whose work continues to inspire and delight. These beads are done in a pumpkin-yellow, with shades of pink, fuchsia and lilac in a pattern reminding me of batik in shapes like spider webs or sea stars. Sharing the spotlight are the equally stellar beads I call, 'mystic portals,' with glass bumps and swirls, glass bubbles caught perfectly by design in the middle, like space ships, like beach balls or colorful creatures and finally punctuated by small violet snow globes. These are created by an esteemed American glass artist. She is one of my more recent 'finds' and I have purchased thousands of dollars worth of her work, lest she disappear or change her signature bead style.

Other featured lampwork includes:
* Marvelous organic, violet 'pebbles' in thick, encased clear glass
* Retro polka dot slices by the talented Melanie of BeadIntrigue
* A set of pink bumpy beads on a bright orange surface
* Thick pumpkin-yellow hollow globes
* Whimsical sculptural sundaes by esteemed Catherine Steele
* Focal Boho 5 petaled flowers - sculptural lampwork!
* An amazing sculptural tulips by the talented & well-known Heather Davis
* Sculptural strawberries and blueberries
* Faceted, clear quartz pillows
* AAA deep purple amethyst nuggets

* Finally, a beautiful sterling silver hammered round toggle made by American artisans using the old wax technique completes 'Autumn Sundae" which measures @ 8 inches and can be resized accordingly with no additional charge.

With such lovely lampwork beads (28 in total) in hand, this is a piece for the golden afternoons and evenings of 'Indian Summer,' whether here or abroad; and for spirited fiestas overlooking verdant valleys, abundant with a colorful, happy harvest.

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'Buddha & the Dragonfly''Buddha & the Dragonfly''Buddha & the Dragonfly'
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#22781 'Buddha & the Dragonfly'


Having recently returned from a month on our island in British Columbia, I am filled with energy, inspiration and a wish to work at my beading table as much as possible.  Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love everything about it - the softening skies, the muted, warm and sometimes vibrant colors, the radiant sunsets, and the promise of early darkness and colder mornings. For my design work, it also means warmer, golden colors and an overall calm to my endless, abundant muse.  To celebrate the harvest of mother earth, is to walk a sacred path and I am content each night to sit and spell out my feelings with beads, stones and findings. 

'Buddha & the Dragonfly' is just such an Autumn piece composed of all the warmth and color of a good harvest. Like so many of my more recent designs, this piece incorporates the lampwork beads of several artists; gifted American artists along with several amazing artists from abroad - from Germany, Netherlands to Israel & Russia!

'Buddha & the Dragonfly' reminds me of the time, many years ago, when I went to hear His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, speak at the Greek Theatre on the campus of U.C. Berkeley, my alma mater. The Greek Theatre was packed to the gills and after hearing the Dalai Lama speak, I thought to skip the Tibetan dance performance and get ahead of the crowds, flocking out of the Greek and into the day's commute hour. As I stood on the sidewalk just outside the Greek, waiting to cross the street to cut through campus, someone yelled, 'there he is!' As if in slow motion, I looked up and came face-to-face with His Holiness, who was hanging out of his limo window, smiling and looking right into my eyes. I said, 'well, hello there!' as if he was a long, lost neighbor. After the limo had passed by, bystanders rushed up to me, exclaiming, 'boy you were sure at the right place, at the right time.' It was a moment etched in time that I shall never forget. And I remember that morning dressing so carefully in a long, cream lace dress, oiling my skin and announcing to the office that I had dressed up to see His Holiness. Co-workers scoffed, 'Julie! He will never see you, the Greek is going to be packed with 100,000 people!' Guess they were wrong and the fates had different plans.

In any case, 'Buddha & the Dragonfly' reminds me of just that moment frozen in time and the warmth and humility of the holy man living his words, walking his talk. Truly a feeling of peace and joy radiated from the slow-moving long, black limo and the happy, smiling face of a sacred man, greeting me on a Berkeley sidewalk, one summer's day.

So..the beads. The focal beads are by a tremendously talented artist from Germany.  They are patterned golden, purple barrels with lovely, interesting scroll lines looking like the sacred patterns on Buddhist prayer flags, carefully lined along the myriad temples in Tibet, Nepal, Burma and beyond. Companion lampwork beads are a radiant blend of the same colors and shades including some of my favorite 'mystic portal' beads - clear encased beads over a pumpkin-orange core and purple & pumpkin raised swirls and bumpies which coordinate so well with the patterns on the barrel beads.

Other companion lampwork beads include 
* Purple/lilac blend 3D daisies with raised orange dots by a gifted Israeli artist
* Small clear, lilac wildflower beads by a delightful Russian artist
* A large sculptural 3D flower with raised scrolls 
* Transparent 3D green daisies by Heather of BeadIntrigue
* Perfect blueberry lampwork beads in a life-like shade of purple
* Rust colored crumpled glass ice cubes
* Gorgeous organic round mini beads in a variety of shades made by a west coast artist   

A Garden Soup of internationally made lampwork beads!

Swarovski Austrian crystals and Bali silver findings complete the piece along with a peaceful sterling Buddha charm, a Thai Hilltribe dragonfly and a beautiful hand-wrought sterling toggle clasp.

'Buddha & the Dragonfly' measures 8.5" and can be resized at no additional fees. 

This piece, 'Buddha & the Dragonfly' is one of those showpieces and makes a statement about life:

'The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.' (Buddha)

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