Seventh Day of Christmas

Today is New Year’s Eve! I get to have fun in the desert and open my seventh present from the handmade gift exchange of components, beads, and pendants. This one even has the day on the box!


The package is from Carolyn Chenault.


Carolyn Chenault made two wonderful faux sea glass beads. They both say “wish” in raised letters and the tag asks “What is your wish for 2013?” My wish is for more travel, which is good, since I’m planning a trip to Guatemala soon. I plan to use these beads in two different necklaces.

Carolyn Chenault lives in Keiser, Oregon, which is near where my son, Mason, lives. Mason is a student at Willamette University in Salem. Carolyn is a lampwork artist who makes sea glass inspired beads and jewelry. She sometimes sells them in her Etsy shop.

About ingetraud

I make lampwork beads and jewelry. My other interests include traveling, reading, hiking, and collecting art and handcrafted items, especially pottery. I have always loved handmade things and have collected hand-thrown pottery since I was a teenager. I have done stained glass and weaving. I had been stringing beads into necklaces for a while when I attended a clay and glass show in Palo Alto. There was a beadmaker there whose work I fell in love with. I bought one bead to make into a necklace and decided I wanted to learn how to make glass beads. I took my first beadmaking class from Jackie Marr in Santa Cruz. After taking another class from Katie Stuart in Santa Barbara I set up my own studio and have not looked back. Beadmaking is like meditation for me. What has kept me interested is that there is always some new technique or color combination to learn or try. I have taken advanced classes from Sally Prasch, Marjorie Langston, Holly Cooper, Shirley Cook, Dolly Ahles, J.C. Herrill, Kristen Franzten Orr, Amy Waldman Smith, Claudia Trimbur-Pagel, Astrid Riedel, Amanda Muddimer, Melanie Moertel, Angela Meier, Gay Massender, Kris Schaible, and Jennifer Geldard. I love combining my love of beadmaking and traveling by taking classes away from home. In September, 2016 I got to attend a bead symposium in Wertheim, Germany. I took a bead lining class and watched many demos. I am married and have one son, age 26. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley, California.
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2 Responses to Seventh Day of Christmas

  1. Great wish for 2013! I love to travel too…I’m going to France & Italy in a few weeks & can’t wait! Looking forward to reading about your Guatamala trip…

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