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Inspired by Nature’s Gift – Green Turquoise

Every time I see someones art or the gift of nature’s beauty I’m inspired! With some, the inspiration is so powerful I have to weave some beads and create a little piece of art myself! It’s a thrilling ride, a color festival and I don’t want to go home.

Again it’s time to share a powerful gift of nature… green turquoise moved me to create another visual experience that will delight the eyes and lift the spirits!

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Inspired by Nature’s Gift – Turquoise & Silver

Every time I see someones art or the gift of nature’s beauty I’m inspired! With some, the inspiration is so powerful I have to weave some beads and create a little piece of art myself! It’s a thrilling ride, a color festival and I don’t want to go home.

Again it’s time to share a powerful gift of nature…turquoise & silver moved me to create another visual experience that will delight the eyes and lift the spirits!

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October Recipes

While up on the North Shore with friends, we tasted some great soup, Chicken Salsa Corn Chowder! As we slowly devoured this perfect tasty soup we carefully identified ingredients and later found and combined two different recipes to recreate this super food! Vegetarian, leave the chicken and substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth.

Chicken Salsa Corn Chowder

1# cubed chicken
1 1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup diced celery
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
16 oz pkg frozen corn, thawed
2 cups med thick and chunky salsa
1 qt chicken broth
4 oz jar chopped pimento, drained
4 oz chopped green chilies, drained
8 oz container soft cream cheese
1 cup half and half

Cook chicken till white and set aside.

Saute onions and celery in large saucepan. Stir in flour and seasonings. Add chicken, corn, salsa, broth, pimentos, and green chilies.

Bring to boil: remove from heat.

Gradually add 1/4 cup hot mixture to cream cheese in small bowl, stirring until well blended

Add cream cheese and half&half to saucepan, stirring until well blended. Cook until thoroughly heated. Do not boil. Let simmer in pot for several hours before serving to let flavor come out and chowder thicken.

Serves 6-8

On the North Shore of Lake Superior II

On my visit to the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota, myself and buddy Connie went on the Art Tour “Crossing Borders” the North Shore Autumn Studio Tour and Sale. The artist studios were dotted along the shore from Duluth to Grand Portage.

Our tour stated in Grand Portage at Ningii-Ozhitoomin, Ojibwe Art Gallery where we visited with owner Marcie McIntire and her guest artist, Cynthia Holmes. Marcie’s art included bead work, leather work and clothing. It was such fun visiting with another bead artist and viewing her work, moccasins and other artwork. I purchased one of Marcie’s beaded bracelet and also one of Cynthia’s tobacco bags. Love layering the tobacco bag with my other necklaces and it can carry my cell phone as well…perfect!


Next stop was Hovland, Lee & Dan Ross, where we saw wonderful stone and clay sculptures for outdoor and indoor installation. Their studio was to die for, high on the shore of Lake Superior, with large windows looking out over the lake and brightly autumn colored leaves splashed against the glass. Their artwork was north shore inspired and filled with a dream like fantasy quality.
Next was Betsy Bowen Studio in Grand Marais where guest artist/craftsman Peter Pestalozzzi of Oddyssey Design Works showed his incredible, beautiful woodwork and furniture.

While in Grand Marais we stopped at the flee market were I found these fun pottery buttons from artist Ann Ward! Watch for some new beaded bracelet where I will include these buttons as focal beads…can’t wait to get started on them, love love the earthy colors!


And something I could not resist (thanks Connie for that “you better get it” shove), this double door barn wood cabinet made by Dean Einwalter of Fox Lair Woodworking of Grand Marais. The cabinet now sits next to my leather chair and ott light where I bead. It holds my beading tools, thread and supplies.

The workmanship is something only a artist can create, here is Dean’s statement on this piece and it reads like poetry. “Weathered wood is a valuable commodity. Suppliers are treasured secrets. This wood experienced the slow magic that only sun, wind and rain can perform on exposed wood. Just a few of its origins include: old lumber neatly stacked but never used, parts of fences no longer useful and old buildings who’s time had ended. Some lumber takes on the qualities of age without giving up the strength of youth. We seek lumber of that sort.”

Pieces like this, with a previous life and a artistic craftsman capture my heart, never to let go.

On the North Shore of Lake Superior

The last week of September 2010 I spent four days on the North Shore of Lake Superior Minnesota. Every time I spend time on the shore I fall more in love with the grandness of the land, water, people, arts, history, food and my good friends for the last 30 years, Connie & JD.

Connie and JD graciously share their friendship, knowledge of the area and their home, which is located on the sweetest point on Lake Superior. I have had the opportunity to experience every season on this point and I am always eager to come back to see and learn more.

This trip I was there for the COLOR! Also, took a long ride in the woods, explored the beach, sat on the point where the sun made diamonds on the lake, howled and marveled at the full harvest moon and sat by the best of campfires. I also went on the “Crossing Borders” art crawl, strolled through the Grand Marais flee market, visited the Grand Portage Museum, Naniboujou Lodge and ate at my favorite restaurant, The Crooked Spoon Cafe, in Grand Marais.

I will dedicate three blog posts of my trip and a recipe for Salsa Chicken Corn Chowder, a wonderful soup I experience on the North Shore!

First…photos from the point, woods and the beach!

A View from the Point!


A Ride in the Woods!


Sunny Day on the Point!

On the Beach!



Fun with Friends, a Fire and a Full Harvest Moon!

I LOVE TO BE INSPIRED & BEAD

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