Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Karen Snyder and I've been a crafter for about as long as I can remember. I am a stay-at-home-Mama of two beautiful children with a husband who makes my dreams possible.

This blog is about all sorts of crafting. I am a paper-crafter from early days, a jewelry-maker with an unending obsession for chain maille. I make chain maille purses, many of which will be chronicled in this blog as their future owners await their completion. I love metalsmithing. I am an indifferent beader and don't get me anywhere near seed beads... they scatter, screaming to get away from me. I love to try new things, have a short attention span so if its a long-term project... I'm probably not doing it LOL.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Oh Pretty!

Do you ever happen across something that makes your eyes widen and your creativity go through the roof?  Happens to me all the time!  There is an artist, however, who is always making things that inspire me.  I'm talking about Heather over at Blissful Garden Beads.  To be perfectly honest, I'd never really found much to like about lampwork beads.  They just didn't appeal to my creativity.  That was BEFORE I saw these:

Blissful Garden's Tulip Beads in Pink
You see, my favorite flowers are tulips and I'd certainly never seen tulip beads!  What I would find is that Heather is inspired by flowers and nature, meaning that she also makes beads like these:
Flowers from Blissful Garden in Blues

Blissful Garden Flowers and Polka Dots, Oh my!!

Needless to say, I've developed an extreme fascination for lampwork beads, all thanks to Heather.  If you've never visited her Facebook page, you can find it here.  You can find her beads for sale at her ArtFire studio here.  When you stop by, tell her that I sent you over to admire her garden.  She'll be surprised - she doesn't even know I'm writing this feature about her work :)


  1. Oh those tulip beads are just divine. I've never been a big lampwork bead fan either, although I have two friends that are very talented lampwork artists and they have converted me!

  2. Wow these tulip beads are gourgeous as all her other beads.... She is a real artist for sure and so very creative !!!

  3. The tulips are SO pretty! I see a pair of earrings
    As Dora says she's an artist and also very talented!

  4. These are utterly gorgeous!
    I too was never into the lampwork scene until I went to William HOlland School of Lapidary Arts.
    Watching them make these beads is amazing.
    The instructor was showing them detail one day while making a mermaid.
    This lady you're showcasing is making heirloom beads (faberge eggs).

  5. I can see that everyone agrees with me on those tulip beads! I'm not kidding -- I saw those the first time and it was like my whole body skidded to a stop to drool!

    Bette, I couldn't agree with you more! Her work is definitely heirloom quality!