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Three of my Blossom Necklaces have been featured in Etsy Treasuries.

The first is my Pear Blossom Necklace. It is made of translucent polymer clays and evokes pear blossoms blown by March winds.

You can see Line Lebrecque’s “A Winter’s Tale” Treasury here:

Line is a fine polymer clay artist. Visit her Etsy shop at:


My Plum Blossom Necklace was featured in a second Treasury. It is also made of translucent polymer clays. I’ve filled the middle of the beads with rosy plum clay, which shines through the lenses in the surface clay.

The second treasury, “Pink Meets Gold”, was created by the talented polymer clay artist, Lisa Rapp. It can be viewed at:

Lisa’s Etsy shop is at:


You won’t have any trouble seeing why I call “Caribbean Dive” a Blossom Necklace. It is created with translucent polymer clays.

“Caribbean Dive” was featured in Beth Petricoin’s Treasury, “Going Green for the Holidays”. Beth is a polymer clay artist with astonishing creativity.

See her work at:

I am so honored that these amazing artist’s chose my work to feature in their Treasuries.

You can see my items on my Etsy shop, LadyFlowersbySusan at:



In the last two weeks this pendant from my Etsy shop has been treasured THREE TIMES.

I feel so honored.

The pendant is faux Sodalite. The blue clay is a mixture of nine different blue clays. The white areas are translucent with thin bands of opaque white.  I added my signature window and attached tiny chains with AAA freshwater pearls.

The Treasuries are:

“A Saturday Winter Pageant” by Del Carmen:

“Sodalite Pendants” by Angela Klawitter:

“Winter Serenity” by Lisa:

You can view my Sodalite Pendant here:

The image on my Etsy shop has a lot more detail than the image above.

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Art Bead Scene is sponsoring a blog hop featuring ornaments made with art beads.

I created this art bead from some leftover gingko clay in scarlet and bronze and some leftover “wood” clay in browns. I baked the polymer clay on a small appliance bulb, which allowed me to bend the ends of the gingko leaf up like little toes. I added a large carnelian bead on copper wire. I made my first ever hammered-copper-wire-anything for the matching copper hanger.

This was a stretch for me, which is, of course, why I chose to do it.

I wanted to share my favorite Christmas take-it-to-the-office (or a potluck) recipe: BROWN SUGAR SHORTBREAD.

It is the easiest recipe ever and your friends and co-workers will discover that they have a previously undiscovered, deep hunger for shortbread. This is a great recipe for a cakewalk at a school carnival, too. It will be the first cake to sell. I always put mine on a cake circle and wrapped it in a huge sheet of yellow cellophane, tying it with a bow on top.


4 cups flour

2 cups butter

1 cup brown sugar

Cream the butter until it is soft and white. Add the brown sugar and continue to cream until the mixture is all one color. Add the flour and beat until smooth.

How hard was that?

If you do not have an ornate shortbread mold, pack the dough into a cake pan. No need to grease with all of that butter in the recipe! Take a fork and prick the dough across one diagonal, in  a straight line. Now turn the pan 90 degrees and do the same. Now divide each of the quarters in half using the same technique.

If you have a mold, pack the shortbread into it.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes until lightly browned.

If you have used a cake pan, re-prick the shortbread along the lines you made, immediately upon removing from the oven. Cool ten minutes and turn out onto a cake rack to cool.

If you used a fancy mold, let the shortbread rest ten minutes after baking and then unmold onto a rack to cool.

Your friends and family will beg you to bring this for every occasion.

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I LOVE a challenge and I’ve been watching eagerly for the new December Art Bead Scene Challenge to be posted.

This time we were to interpret a Wassily Kadinsky painting, Winter Landscape. One of the leaders of the group broke out the colors Kadinsky used in the painting for us.


The challenge was to create a piece of jewelry using some of these hues.

I had some gorgeous  blue ceramic beads that I’d won from Art Bead Scene by Sarah Kandell-Gritzmaker of SlateStudioSupply via Etsy.

In October, when I was in Santa Fe, I shopped at Ritual Adornments, a bead shop. I picked out some vintage beads that I thought might one day be used with Sarah’s ceramic beads.

Now was my chance.

I created a bracelet using four of Sarah’s beads, a Winter Seascape. The clay body she used was a warm peachy tan and it peeked through the dark blue glaze she’d applied. Two of the vintage beads were an iridescent navy with the same yellow overtones seen in Kandinsky‘s work. Two more vintage beads, in teal, had a copper glaze on the ends. I put the bracelet together using bright copper wire, to enhance the peachy tans, and used part of a bright copper clasp to make Sarah’s ring component work as part of the clasp.

As always, I had a blast with the challenge.

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