I have always been fascinated by light coming through colored glass. I always loved looking at the stained glass windows at church when I was little. Several years ago, my sweet husband bought me everything I needed to start making stained glass projects. I have never used it. I think it intimidated me, or possibly was an issue with four small kids running around and having a safe spot to work. I did however start doing mosaics. I love making candles and watching the flame flicker through the colors. At Christmas, I have glass ornaments that I put in the windows and let the winter sun shine through. It makes me happy. Then somehow, I decided that melting glass in a flame would be a good idea. Watching glass melt and flow and controlling the shape and movement of it while adding different colors and designs while turning it on a mandrel to form a bead is one of the most therapeutic things I have ever done. It is an addiction. I would sit an make bead after bead, then different shapes, experimenting with different types of glass and different color combinations. It was a great stress reliever and a lot of fun! Then I had all these beads. What the heck am I going to do with all these beads?? I guess I should make some jewelry. It’s amazing how one thing leads to another. To be honest, I don’t particularly like making jewelry. I have ideas and designs in my head but not always the skills to produce what I am thinking-although I’m working on it! I like the designing part. I like looking at a bead and thinking about how it would best be spotlighted. Because it’s art. It should be showcased. I have thought about selling it for years but wasn’t sure how it would be received. I mean, my mom likes it! But she also liked the macaroni art I did in kindergarten!! So here we are going public with some of my little beauties—I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them!