Monthly Archives: June 2010

3 weeks worth of beads…


…and these were just the ones I didn’t bother to clean till today… why do I do this to myself.  I totally know better.  I don’t how many are there, but it’s not an even layer the way this pic makes it look, it’s a *pile* of beads.  Now to sort and figure out exactly what I had planned at the time I made them, wish me luck!   🙂



Taken out!  So sorry for neglecting this blog but I was taken out by some wicked back pain.  Not sure what I did, but my back was “bothering” me for about a week, then wham!  I woke up one morning and couldn’t move.  The pain was excruciating.  It was so bad I made an after hours same day appointment with my docs office.  Those of you who know me well enough also know that I truly dislike going to the doctor.  So you know it was bad if I actually went. 

Jeff drove me over, and it was a good thing too ’cause they gave me a shot of something that was a combo pain killer/anti-inflammatory all rolled into one.  I started feeling the effect of this nice little cocktail about 5 minutes later.  They had us wait around for about 15 minutes then insisted on taking me down to the car in a wheelchair.  We got to the first floor when the nurse asks how I’m feeling and I have to admit to her that I’m feeling a little heavy in the lungs, kinda like when your choking back tears?  So, she tells the security guard to go get Jeff and she takes me back upstairs where the check my blood pressure and pulse ox levels.  By then I was feeling better and all was good.  I was free to go home with my 3 ‘scripts for pain and anti-inflammatory drugs. 

So 3 days spent in bed (mostly) then I had stuff to do… I had to go to the studio to host an open torch session.  Thank goodness everybody was so gracious knowing I was in a lot of pain.  It was fun, but I hope to do it again some day when I’m not in agony.

On that same day, I actually won a prize!  Have I told you that I’m completely and hopelessly addicted to Lori & Kim murrini?  Well, I am.  It’s their one year anniversary and they are so generous they are giving away murrini every single day of June!  I won, I won, I won!!  I never win anything… Here’s what I made with my Lori & Kim birthday murrini.

By the way, you still have time to win to if you go and buy some of their murrini they will put your name “in the hat” all through the month of June!  Hurry!  Here’s there website: and they’re on Etsy too

Tapping into my graphic design skills…


I need to start freelancing on the side… I have a degree in Graphic Design and I’m good!  I just haven’t worked a “real” job in 14 years.  I have been running a store, and 3 different websites.  So it’s not that I’ve been doing nothing, but is all of that resume worthy?  How does one incorprate that on a resume?  I have no idea.

To see more of my work, it’s right here:  My Other Art Work    Any suggestions?? 

Nicole Valentine-Rimmer

Featured Artist: Nicole Valentine-Rimmer
~What is your other craft? 
 I’ve recently started acrylic painting, I am very much a beginner at it but and enjoying the process.
~How long have you been working in your medium?  
 Coming up 6 years now. Finishing off two years full time beadmaking.
~What drew you to this medium?
I wanted to be a fashion designer when I was younger, did some work in that field and I really had no talent there. I worked in clay for a while, then started assembling jewelry.  I was buying other artist beads and fell in love with glass. I took my first class at Starfish here in Victoria and it did not go well to say the least. I was sure, like fashion design it was not the medium for me. I puttered about on a hot head for a while, then won a private class with Andrea Guarino on ebay. She graciously allowed me to bring another glass friend (Nicole Brown) and it was a blast! I was immediately smitten with glass.
~What is your favorite thing about your art?  
I like the reactions you can get with metals. But my favorite thing is clear and encasing. I love the depth and the magnification it gives to everything.
~What’s your favorite piece?
The copper capped and cored beads I’ve been working on lately. Sweet Juliet is my current favorite.
~What’s the hardest piece you’ve ever made?
My earrings, they are fiddly with a lot of pegging before soldering. But I really like the way they hang, it disperses the weight directly under your ear lobe, instead of hanging off the front of your ear lobe.
~Who or what inspires you?  
Many things, strong women throughout history. But right now it would be my horses. They all had a really rough year last year and they are all thriving, they are happy to see me every morning and always listen to my grumblings with no complaints!
~What’s your favorite inspirational saying?
I have a few:
Courage is the only magic worth having.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.
~What’s one thing you’ve never done you always wanted to do?
Visit Italy, I’d love to see the history behind the glass.

~Where can people find your work?
Thanks Nicole!