Pollen Explosion!

While snapping pictures of our Rose of Sharon bushes, I snapped this dynamic photo of a bumble bee. She was laden with pollen already, and her poking around in the flower caused a spray of pollen speckles.

Pollen Explosion

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Blast from the Past

I used to make these nautilus beads and other big hole beads.  This was before the European Charm beads such as Pandora, Biagi, and Chamilla became so popular.  They are also way too big to put on a bracelet!

Green and Aqua Nautilus bead

 

I’m getting a hankering to make more of these.  What do you think?  Should I add these back into my bead arsenal?


Secondary Colors

Just some glass lampwork beads!

Short and sweet?  I handmake make these and I like to look at them.  See more at Etsy and ArtFire.


Beads of Courage Auction

UPDATE!
This auction is now over and…
we had an ending bid of $107.50 for our BOC auction!

(End UPDATE.)

I am a member of a group called the Fire Divas.  We believe strongly in giving back whenever we can; here is a collection of gorgeous handmade lampwork beads that the talented artists of The Fire Divas team have contributed in honor of the Beads Of Courage program. All of the proceeds from this eBay auction HERE will go directly to Beads Of Courage and make it possible for the brave boys and girls battling cancer throughout the United States to enjoy the amazing outreach and cancer support that this wonderful program provides. Not only will you be helping to put a smile on their faces, but you will receive 19 handmade Collector beads that you will cherish for a lifetime!!!

The beads shown were donated by 13 different Fire Diva artisans, who also created a similar set that will be sent directly to Beads of Courage for the children to choose from and enjoy. This is your unique opportunity to pitch in and lend a helping hand to this amazing organization too!

Clockwise from top—Tribal heads: Barb (riversedgeglass); Yellow round: Sonja (SilverRiverGlassWorks); Magic Mice: Lori (ashlyndesign); Multicolor round: Judith (icarusbeads); Blue organic: Rosemarie (spawnofflame);  Shuttle: Lara (Lutrick); Blue nugget: Patrice (Shepherdcreations); Yellow car: Karen (giapet); Blue/brown organic: Susan (susanlambert); Critters: Sharon (rightturnartwerks); Blue cubes: Kathleen (uglyducklingbeads); Cupcake: Holly (HollysFollyGlass); Green inchworms: Abigail (abbielyn)


The beads you will be getting include:

     * Lovely free-form organics
     * A pair of Disney inspired “Magical Mouse” ears
     * A sporty roadster car 
     * A Space Shuttle with a monkey (a similar bead from the same artist went up on the last Shuttle!)
     * Fun and festive graphic designs
     * A sweet chocolate cupcake (calorie free, of course)
     * Happy “critter” face beads 
     * And the cutest pair of tiny green inchworms!

In addition to this special auction event, we would like to offer another opportunity to our customers and fans: for everyone who places a bid (whether you win or not), or donates directly during the auction week to Beads of Courage via their website, please leave a comment on the Fire Divas Blog after this post and let us know. You will be entered to win some great prizes from more of the Fire Diva members, chosen by a random drawing. How cool is that?!

Please help us spread the word about our first Annual Beads of Courage Auction and don’t forget that the bidding will end on Wednesday, June 1st at 6 pm PST. Thank you so much for your support! *Ü*


Jack-in-the-Pulpit

I haven’t seen very many Jack-in-the-Pulpits yet this year, but her are a couple.  The first one, seen in late April, was on the small side- only about 6 inches high, but beautiful anyway.

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Now, in the second week of May, there are more!  There are two in the picture below.  Can you find them both?

Jack-In-The-Pulpit

Jack-In-The-Pulpit

Seen in Hinckley Reservation.


Trillium

I think that the trillium is one of our more showy wildflowers here in Northeast Ohio. On a recent hike in Hinckley Reservation, there were parts of the trail where there were blooming trillium as far as I could see in the deep woods.

Trillium Everywhere!

Trillium Everywhere!

There were many different kinds; I am only able to differentiate them by color.  White is the most common here.

Trillium

Trillium

When the white ones are near the end of their blooming time, they turn a pretty pink.

Trillium Turning Pink

Trillium Turning Pink

There were just a tiny few of some creamy green ones, but my photos just look white, so you will just have to image those.  Check out these vivid red ones though!  Wow.  This isn’t a Photoshop trick.

Red Trillium

Red Trillium

Red Trillium

Red Trillium

From the Wikipedia, “trillium was treated in the family Trilliaceae or Trillium family, a part of the Liliales or Lily order. The AGP II treats Trilliaceae as a synonym of the family Melanthiaceae.”  I’m not sure what that means.  Is it a lily or not?

Some interesting fact I saw while researching these plants – ants spread the seeds of trillium.  Also – the large white trillium is the official wildflower of Ohio.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Round

I don’t always make round beads, but when I do…. they look like this!

Round Glass Lampwork Beads

Round Glass Lampwork Beads - Made by ME!

The weekly photo challenge topic is Round. These are pretty round!  Speaking of round, I went around and around trying to choose what to post.  Does anybody else see the theme EVERYWHERE during the week?

Rosemarie Hanus melts glass and sells the output (beads) when not meandering around photographing round things.