Does your earring collection need a fix?

There’s nothing like a new accessory to spruce up your wardrobe. I have many different styles at Winters Work on the Islesford Dock. The restaurant may be closed for lunch on Monday and Tuesday, but Sue Hill’s shop is open! Here is a sampling of what is available:



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Summer season at Winters Work






New year, new necklaces, old friends. Come to the Islesford Dock and check out Sue’s shop; Winters Work.


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960 sterling metal clay

(Yes, I’m still hopping to read all of the bead soup blogs. I have about 50 to go. If you’re still hopping too and are looking for my post about bead soup, click here.)



Way back in February, Celie Fago introduced a new  alloy of sterling PMC.  (Click link to read her blog post about it.) One reason I had never jumped on the PMC sterling bandwagon is that I really don’t like the mess of firing in carbon. (Sterling silver, by definition, is an alloy of  92.5% fine silver and 7.5% copper or germanium in the case of Argentium™ sterling silver.) PMC sterling has just enough copper in it to require the carbon firing that one must use with other base metal clays like copper and bronze. I use carbon firing for those because I have to, not because I like it. When it comes to precious metal clay, my favorite version is PMC+, which is 99% fine silver. It can be fired on an open shelf, which means I can fire many more pieces at one time.  The only drawback to fine silver is that it is soft. It can be work hardened, but it still won’t have the strength of sterling silver. For some components  I make, it would be great to have the strength of sterling with the ease of firing without carbon.

When Tim McCreight wondered what would happen if PMC sterling were enriched with more fine silver, Celie decided to give it a try. The result was an enriched sterling clay that could be fired on an open shelf. Look Ma, no charcoal! Thank you Celie! The new sterling clay is creating quite a buzz in the metal clay community and I knew I wanted to give it a try too.
I started by making some simple toggle clasps using rolled “snakes” of clay, some washer shapes to use in multi-strand necklaces, some cone ends, and a bangle. I also wondered about firing synthetic stones in place. (The suggested temperature for using these in fine silver clay is lower than the 1500º needed to fire the enriched sterling clay.) And, I made a few of my usual “rock” beads to see if I noticed any difference in them with the 960 sterling clay. Results after firing:
The stones I tried withstood the temperature, and everything else seemed to have fired well. A few of the pieces have added details made from PMC sheet. There was no problem using that on top of the 960 clay.
I did run into a little trouble with cracking on the bangle and with the seam on one of my “rock” beads.
I have never made a bangle with fine silver clay, so I’m not sure if this was a design flaw on my part. I wanted to test the strength of the 960 clay by making this type of bracelet.  I may have over supported it by dropping it into a pile of investment rather than putting it flat on a tile to fire it. (I use investment to support my pieces in the kiln rather than vermiculite.) I think the investment prevented some of the shrinkage as the piece fired, causing cracks and stress spots.
The bead is a different story, and something I learned while trying the 960. When I put two pieces of unfired PMC together, I do not use slip. I use water on each edge and squidge them together. This technique has worked well for me. However, the 960 does not seem quite as able to make enough of its own slip on the surface to work like this when putting two pieces together. I would definitely try using slip instead of water, next time, or I would go over the seams with another smudge of clay and then sand it down when dry. Below, one of the rings for the toggle that did not bond like I had hoped when using water along the seam.
Another indication that the bangle was affected by the investment is that it is slightly wider at the bottom.
I figured I had nothing to lose by trying to reshape  this on a mandrel. The bracelet seemed to take the hammering okay. It had the sound of a work-hardened piece of silver. But, when I tried to squeeze it a little bit, to see just how hard it was, it cracked and broke. It became a good test piece at that point, and this is how many stress points there were:
I will have to try this again, firing flat on a tile, to see if it happens again.  I really don’t think it’s the fault of the clay. The pieces were all sintered, and I could not snap the smaller pieces. Even the seam of the bracelet did not break, though it was starting to crack.
I hammered the heck out of this one piece just to see what it would do to the look of the PMC sheet triangles on the surface. I kind of like the effect.
PMC+ (on the left) and 960 PMC (on the right) look a little different when they come out of the kiln. Actually, these pieces have also been in the tumbler and you can still see the difference.
But, after applying liver of sulphur, tumbling and then buffing, I see no difference in their appearance.
All in all it felt like a good first experiment with 960. There are a lot of other things I would like to try with it, including carving before firing. Right now I’m giving the unused portion of the 960 a test to see how it well it stores in a plastic container while I am busy using the components I made in pieces I’m finishing up for galleries this summer. Stay tuned!


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It’s Bead Soup Blog Party time!

So, grab a cup of coffee or tea and settle in to hop around the internet and get your fill of creativity as you bounce from blog to blog to see just what people were able to make with beads that came as a surprise in the mail.

To review, the rules are that when you are paired with your partner, you get in touch and exchange beads. You must include a focal piece and a clasp along with whatever other beads you want to send. Participants create something with the beads they receive, adding from their own stock if they wish. The only requirement is that you use the clasp and the focal piece in your creations.

My partner, Barbara Mason, lives in Ashland, Oregon, where she divides her time between being a hospice nurse and making jewelry. Her website is called Adorningly Yours, and she makes some very cool things. Be sure to check it out! This is her second time participating in the BSBP and my third time.

Here are the beads she sent to me:  (I apologize for the photo quality, I took the picture in haste!)



And now for the reveal. I don’t tend to use focal pieces much in my work so I have found this part of the Bead Soup to be a challenge in all 3 of the times I have participated. The large focal stone, mushroom jasper, is mesmerizing to look at and I love the green and red aspect of it. Here is the necklace I made with it. It is strung on silk ribbon which ended up being my least favorite part of the necklace.


I’m not satisfied with how this piece came out, but think the components have potential to be reworked into something I like better. For me that is what the Bead Soup project is all about. Trying something new and learning from it.



The second necklace uses one of the two handmade sterling silver clasps from Barbara. Isn’t it interesting that we each sent the other a clasp of silver, featuring dots, that we had made ourselves? This necklace also includes the Moss Agate pieces Barbara sent, to which I added a variety of quartz from my own stash of beads.


Last is a necklace I made when we had the extra week added to the BSBP deadline. (Thank you Lori! Hope you’re feeling better!) I used the striped quartz as a focal for this one and explored going from a double strand to a single strand using hammered silver rings. Those tiny glass beads in the connecting loops are actually from my first bead soup partner3 years ago. Kind of fun to find a way to use them in this future BSBP piece!


Now it’s time for you to hop on over to the other blogs. Take your time. There were 500 of us who signed up for this! It’s going to take me all week, at least, to see what everyone has made. Inspiring and fun. The names and links are below. Make sure you check out my partner Barbara Mason’s blog FIRST.  Here’s a photo of the eclectic soup I sent to her. I can’t wait to see what she chose to use from it!



The every long list of participants and their links:

Lori Anderson, Hostess

Tina Bosh                        

Kristina Hahn Eleniak       

Kari Asbury                     

Kris Binsfield                   

Cheryl Gangle                  

Amber Dawn                   

Michelle Wigginton           

Kayla Potega                    

Becky Pancake                 



Debbie Rogers                   

Jenny Kyrlach                   

Genea Crivello-Knable       

Deborah Read                   

Julianna Cannon                

Lisa Liddy                        

Debbie Rasmussen            

Iveth Caruso                     

Rana Wilson                     

Corrie Williams                 



Linda Anderson                

Miranda Ackerley             

Andra Weber                   

Loretta Carstensen            

Penny Houghton               

Tania Hagen                     

Robin Reed                      

Laurie Vyselaar                 

Rachel Baron                    

Erin Guest                         



Emma Todd                                  

Kelly Schermerhorn                  

Dana Hickey                                  

Rebecca Ednie                             

Marybeth Rich                             

Sherri Levinton                            

RaMona Woolson                      

Jo-Ann Woolverton                   

Audrey Belanger                        

Candida Castleberry                  



Renetha Stanziano                    

Carolyn Chenault                        

Toltec  Jewels                              

Diana Welte                                  

Jean A. Wells                                

Bev Breisinger                             

Autumn Adams                           

DiYana Alcalde                             

Patty Gasparino                          

Karen Mitchell                             



Regina Santerre                          

Dhea Powers                               

Jayne Capps                                 

Keri Lee Sereika                          

Melissa Trudinger                      

Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                    

Jeanne Steck                                

Carolyn Lawson                           

Kay Thomerson                           



Maybeline Tay                             

Jackie Locantore                         

D’Arsie Manzella                         

Jacqueline Marchant                

Beccy Peterson                           

Katie Nielson-Nunez                 

Heidi Kingman                             

Andrea Glick                                 

Rose Johnson                              



Nicole Demore                            

Marti Conrad                                

Marianna Boylan                        

Mitzie Crider                                

Christa Murphy                           

Alisa Siceloff                                 

Maria Rios                                     

Tracy Martin                                 

Nan Emmett                                 
Jelveh Jafarian                                



Ali McCarthy                                 

Jennifer LaVite                            

Dolores Raml                                

Valerie Kravette                         

Bobbie Rafferty                          

Kathleen Breeding                     

Kristi Brokaw                                

Lisa Suver                                      

Natalie Moten                             

Jami Shipp                                     



Diana Shiraishi                             

Heather Otto                               

Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp          

Lisa Knappenberger                  

Charlene Jacka                            

Patty Miller                                   

Sandi James                                  

Marianne Hurley                        

Cris Peacock                                 

Andrea Rivers                              



Gloria Allen                                   

Kandice Seeber                           

Janine Lucas                                 

Sandy Richardson                       

Hajer Waheed                             

Cynthia Abner                             

Peggy Johnson                            

Tina Holden                                   

Julie Bowen                                  

Heather Richter                          



Sarah Strover                               

Kimberly Idalski                           

Sandi Volpe                                  

Tandra Boyer                               

Klaudete Koon                            

Michaela Pabeschitz                 

Mea-B. Uebler                            

Mandi Effron                                

Evelyn Shelby                              

Shai Williams                                



Natalie Davidson                        

Evelyn Duberry                           

Eszter Czibulyas                          

Sylvia Lupberger                         

Divya N                                           

Blanca Medina                             

Ginger Davis Allman                  

Chris Eisenberg                           



Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic       

Jodie Marshall                             

Margareta Saari                          

Menka Gupta                              

Dian Hierschel                              

Kashmira Patel                            

Christina Miles                             

Inge von Roos                              

Sam Siegel                                     

Gina Hockett                                



Linda Newnham                         

Enikö Fabian                                 

Dorota Żerańska                         

Shalini Austin                               

Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens          

Silke Groeber                               

Birgit Klughardt                           

Rebecca Anderson                    

Niky Sayers                                   

Stefanie Teufel                           



Rosantia Petkova                       

Alenka Obid                                  

Jacqueline Keller                        

Sam Waghorn                              

Jackie Ryan                                   

Kumi Fisher                                   

Joan Williams                               

Stephanie Weiss                         

Elsbeth Fuchs                               

Johanna Nash                                        http://



Natascha Marty                          

Sarah Goode                                

Agata Grygiel                               

Jeannine Vetsch-Bokstaller        

Rebecca Sirevaag                       

Magdalena Sikora                      

Ana Krepel                                    

Saskia Letta                                   

Beth Emery                                   

Lizzie Clarke                                  



Evie and Beth McCord              

Marcia Dunne                              

Agi Kiss                                           

Esterina Jagiella                           

Judith Johnston                          

Jenny Vidberg                             

Klaudia Toth                                 

Merja Sundström                       

Colleen Vinthagen                     

Leah Curtis                                    



Giorgia Rossini                             

Sandra Wollberg                         ‎

Annica Larsson                            

Johana Nunez                              

Krafty Max                                    

Lori Schneider                              

Mary Govaars                              

Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi  

Maddison Langford                   

Ginger Bishop                              



Birgitta Lejonklou                       

Lesley Watt                                   

Doris Stumpf                                

Marjolein Trewavas                  

Silvia Sernicola                             

Roxanne Blanc                             

Wendy Chamberlain                 

Siobhán Keogh                            

Claire Fabian                                 

Katrin Fenzke                               



Eva Wills                                         

Kathy Lindemer                          

Bridget Torres                              

Marina Passarella                       

Christina Hickman                      

Tammie Everly                             

Ana Cravidao                                

Keren Panthaki                           

Jennifer VaBenschoten           



Solange Collin                              

Marina Kosović                            

Michelle Tucker                          

Sue Rennie                                   

Claire Lockwood                         

Barb Solem                                   

Caroline Dewison                       

Noemi Baena Roman                

Marsela Schroth                         



Amy Severino                              

Vonna Maslanka                         

Andra Marasteanu                    

Cherrie Warzocha                      

Amanda Wacasey                      

Marcy Lamberson                      

Lisa Johnson                                 

Gail Vanderster-Zwang            

Laurie Keefe-Cecere                 

Asri Wahyuningsih                     




Laurie Ament                               

Lilik Kristiani                                  

Stephanie Haussler                   

Deb Fortin                                     

Kelly Hosford Patterson          

Katy Heider                                   

Christine Stonefield                  

Dagmar Liebisch                          

Sandra McGriff                            



Sheila Daniels                               

Rossana De Gaspari                   

Cory Tompkins                            

Sonya Stille                                   

Judy Riggs                                      

Lora Bright                                     

Tina Noonan                                 

Shawn Price                                  

April Grinaway                             

Cheryl Roe                                    



Pam Hurst                                     

Shirley Moore                              

Emmanuelle Roué                     

Tammy Adams                            

Kristin Oppold                              

Catie Doman                                

Sheila Prosterman                     

Cheryl Foiles                                 

Stephanie Perry                          

Barbara Fernald                          



Debi Dufrene                               

Kathy Stemke                              

Anne Betenson                           

Chris Haussler                              

Catherine King                             

Andria Poole                                

Sherri Stokey                               

Sharyl King                                    

Donna Millard                              

Gayle Dyck                                    



Gen Smith                                     

Deanna Cox                                  

Beti Horvath                                 

Rose Rushbrooke                       

Arlene Dean                                 

Maria Rosa Sharrow                  

Deborah Apodaca                      

Veralynne Malone                     

Stacy Alderson                            

Eva Sherman                                



Cassi Paslick                                  

Cindy Boissonneault                    

Linda Sadler                                  

Louise Glazier                              

Susan McClelland                       

Kathrin Lembke                          

Susanne Stelljes                          

Terry Jeanette Carter                  

Susan Kelly                                    



Kim Paige                                       

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell         

Annita Wilson                              

Tracey Leeder                              

Elizabeth Bunn                            

Allison Fitzpatrick                       

Tania Spivey                                 

Ilenia Ruzza                                   

Lauren Potts                                 

Lynn Jobber                                  



Lee Koopman                              

Carol Wilson                                 

Elizabeth Woodford                  

Deb McKinnis                               

Rochelle Brisson                         

Shari Replogle                              

Janeen Sorensen                       

Kat Barron Miller                        

Elaine Robitaille                                     http:/

Darlene Fortier                            



Leslie Schenkel                            

Kym Hunter                                  

Leslie Wayment                          

Beckie Robison                            

Hannah Trost                               

Kim Hutchinson                           

Liz Engriser                                    

Diah Anggreni                              

Monique Urquhart                    

Kim Williams                                 



Theresa Buchle                           

Susan Bowie                                 

Pam DeBoer                                 

Skylar Bre’z                                   

Janet Loomis                                

Tari Kahrs                                       

Nancy Smith                                 

Erin Grant                                      

Barbara Mason                            

Karin King                                      



Mary K. McGraw                        

Mandi Ainsworth                       

Jasvanti Patel                               

Donna Conklin                             

Karen Jones                                  

Lori Finney                                    

Sheila Davis                                   

Sabine Dittrich                             



Nicole Valentine Rimmer        

Marge Beebe                               

Michelle McCarthy                    

Chandra Merod                          

Nancy Olliver                                

Alison Sachs                                  

Kay Mallery                                   

Beth Petricoin                              

Marta Grabalowska                   

Clare Etheridge                           



Heather Marston                       

Ann Rishell                                              Http://

Cece Cormier                               

Shannon German                       

Mary Ellen Merrigan                 

Cheryl Brown                               

Mary Hicks                                    

Judy Robinson                             

Danielle Kelley                             

Cate van Alphen                         



Patricia Buchanan                       

Billi R.S. Rothove                         

Laura Blanck                                 

Pam Traub                                     

Fay Wolfenden                           

Kristi Harrison                              

Karen Martinez                           

Sarah Singer                                 

Megan Tillery                               

Dana James                                  



Rachel Stewart                            

Valerie Cook                                 

Debra Gibson                               

Pat Haight                                      

Rachel Stanley                             

Sandra Pendragon                     

Anja Schultz                                  

Sharon Driscoll                             

Lecia Woessner                           

Kitty Durmaj                                 



Donetta Farrington                    

Bonnie Coursolle                        

Laurie Wirth                                  

Lori Callahan                                 

B.R. Kuhlman                               

Karin Grosset Grange               

Rebekah Payne                           

Lori Bowring Michaud               



Jael Thorp                                      

Patty Woodland                          

Eleanor Burian-Mohr                

Susanna Lehto                             

June Butt                                       

Melissa Muir                                

Laney Mead                                 

Tamera Norris                              

Andrea Trank                               



Marie Covert                                

Valerie Tilghman                         

Jean Baldridge Yates                 

Sierra Barrett                               

Patricia Robitaille                        

Leanne Loftus                              

Sally Russick                                  

Mallory Hoffman                        

Dini Bruinsma                               

Marde Lowe                                 



Hannah Annear                           

Patty Johnson                              

Valerie Norton                            

Ann Sherwood                            

Staci Smith                                    

Jen Purple                                     

Ruth Szapa                                    

CJ Bauschka                                  

Karla Morgan                               

Suz Hamel                                     



Laura Guenther                          

Elisabeth Auld                              

Martha Aleo                                 

Shiraz Biggie                                 

Brendalee Astells                          

Heather d’Entremont                   

Kelly Morgan                                

Lori Blanchard                              



Susan Kennedy                           

Rain Hannah                                 

Janice Warden Bergeron         

Melissa Packer                            

Jana Haverty                                

Cindy Ritchie                                

Marianne Baxter                        

Denise McCabe                           

Sharon Palac                                 

Cathy Buckley                              



Jennifer Van Horn                      

Crystal Rector                              

Susan Walls                                   

Penny Neville                              

Lisa Cone                                       

Heather Davis                              

Michelle Escano                          

Carmen Lau                                  

Janet Borzecki                             

Rhonda Hagerman                     



Katrina Taylor                               

Molly Alexander                         

Nicole Rennell                             

Chris McGilvery                           

Erin Prais-Hintz                            

Dawn Williams                             

Kate Dufour                                  

Robin Lynne Showstack           

Elizabeth Hodges                        



Adlinah Kamsir                            

Carol Dillman                                

Christine Hansen                        

Andrea Frank                               

Tracy Stillman                               

Denise Petersen                         

Veronica Campos-Hallstrom       

Madonna Liza Cruz-Comia      

Suzann Sladcik Wilson              



Terri Gauthier                              

Alicia Marinache                         

Barbara Bechtel                          

Hannah Rosner                           

Keren von Hoeren                      

Lea Avroch                                    

Maire Dodd                                  







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Time to set some traps


Bruce is out on the water as I am sitting in the library in N.E. Harbor, waiting for an appointment. Yesterday he asked if I’d take a photo of his lobster traps, ready to hit the water, to send to a fellow fisherman in Nova Scotia. Why not add them here as well, I thought. This is the first batch of what will eventually be 800 traps in the water. C’mon you hungry lobsters, start crawling!

What a relief to have a sunny warm (40’s) day with no wind. Finally feels like spring.


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Work in progress

Necklace sections, soon to be assembled.

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Islesford beach rocks, English sea glass (Seaham Beach), handmade fine silver beads, 3mm sterling silver round beads, polymer clay, lampworked glass beads…



Holly, I couldn’t reply to your comment with a photo, so I’ll edit the post. I’ll use these groupings to make some necklaces similar to this one:IMGP7976


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The beads have arrived!

I signed up to participate in the 8th annual Bead Soup Blog Party. My partner, Barbara Mason lives in Ashland, Oregon, where she divides her time between being a hospice nurse and making jewelry. her website is called Adorningly Yours, and she makes some very cool things. Be sure to check it out! This is her second time participating in the BSBP and my third time.

The rules are that when you are paired with your partner, you get in touch and exchange beads. You must include a focal piece and a clasp along with whatever other beads you want to send. Participants create something with the beads they receive, adding from their own stock if they wish. The only requirement is that you use the clasp and the focal piece in your creations. But you will likely use most, if not all, of the beads you received.

We take photos of the pieces we have made and May 3 is the big reveal date. On that day, everyone posts their photos on their own blog and you can hop from blog to blog to see what others have made. It’s a lot of fun, really gets the creative juices going, and you meet people from all over the world.

This is what I received:

IMGP6357It feels like a birthday having all these little packages to unwrap!



IMGP6359 I’m not sure what this focal stone is, but it looks like it might be rhyolite. Also, this quick photo I took does not do justice to how pretty these beads are. In the top are 5 beads that are translucent green with dark stripy inclusions. Rutilated quartz? They really have me inspired today!

IMGP6363 The two striped beads below look like some kind of agate. The silver toggle claps are great. I’m wondering if Barbara made them herself?

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And, because she knows I work a lot with beach rocks from the east coast where I live, Barbara sent me a few rocks from the west coast!



I’m off to the studio right now!


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One of the best things about going away…

…is coming home. Especially yesterday when I had four packages waiting for me. (4! And I had only been away for 2 days!) All of them were jewelry-related which made it even better since I plan to spend the next week locked in my studio, creating.

In my excitement, I took photos late in the day, some with a flash and some without, but I wanted to show you what will inspire me this week. These cool little blue/green sea urchin beads made by Kathi  Mohlman, purchased on Etsy. I know they will find their way onto some future necklace that combines beach rocks, pearls and sea glass. Or maybe they will be set apart with just silver beads…



Next was a package from Sue Kennedy. You already know I am a big fan of her work. I love how well her etched glass beads combine with the colors of the beach rocks I use. I really appreciate that she posts on FaceBook when she adds to her Etsy shop. It reminds me that I need more of her glass beads!

IMGP6349     The late day photography does not do these beads justice. They are gorgeous. (Thanks Sue for the gift of the two little swirly guys!)

The third box was from my Bead Soup Blog Party partner, Barbara Mason. Here’s the box, and what was inside. But, I’ll wait until tomorrow to post the pictures because I think the Bead Soup stuff should have a post of its own. IMGP6355 IMGP6357

Last AND least exciting was the 4th box, from Amazon. I couldn’t remember what I had ordered which amazed my husband. I opened it today and now I know why it was so forgettable. A huge box of hot glue sticks. Necessary for all of the rock drilling I do. Woo hoo. Good times!


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Quick trip to Boston

On Sunday, the day after Town Meeting, we got a windy ride off the island with Ted Spurling and a group of hardy souls who were headed off to church and for various other reasons. (There is no morning ferry on Sundays.) Thanks Ted!

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We had time enough on the way to the Bangor bus station for Bruce to check on his boat. Soon it will go inside to be cleaned and have the bottom painted and then another season of lobstering starts for Bruce.


We stayed with our friends Miklos and Clare who have a big apartment that is a 10 minute walk from where the seafood show is. How handy! But first, we went out for a great dinner at Spiedo on Sunday night.


The Seafood Expo North America is a pretty huge event  set up at the Boston Convention Center.


Everyone wants to talk to you about their product. There were seafood business from all over the world. (Including people who market Maine lobster.) You pretty much walk around and eat samples of all kinds of things and there are plenty of photo ops!

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Miklos is good at photo bombing!

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The favorite booth for all of us was a brand new product from Israel. Pasta made from pollack. There is almost no flour in it, so very little carbohydrates, lots of protein, and an incredible flavor. We had several samples and hope that there were many interested U.S. buyers so that we might see it in the grocery stores before too long.

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Bruce chatted with a babe who worked for a web based advertising group.



I met a few interesting characters myself.




There was so much to see it was  all a bit overwhelming. We kind of wondered what this was for. Even when it was explained to us I’m still not sure. But I don’t think I’ll need one any time soon.

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When we’d had out fill of salmon and shrimp, we snuck into the Boston Food show next door and sampled plenty of prosciutto, parmesan, and all manner of other foods. No need for lunch. Bruce heads back for an industry cocktail party at 5:30, but I’ll just put my feet up. Tomorrow afternoon we’ll be back on the island and I’ll get back to work in the studio.



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It’s Town Meeting day in the town of Cranberry Isles

I’m ready to head out the door soon with a Maine Moderator’s Manual in hand in case I am nominated to run the meeting. We alternate between the two islands as to who holds the meeting. This year it is our turn, so I have a few extra minutes at home.

It is also Bead Soup season. Once again the amazing Lori Anderson has paired up almost 500 participants to exchange beads with each other for the annual Bead Soup Blog Party. My partner this year is Barbara Mason from Adorningly Yours.  I’ll be telling you more about her and the beads we exchange this week.  I can’t show you what I sent off  yesterday because I want her to be surprised when she receives them. But here is a clue:

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Cool kaleidoscope filter eh?   Now I’m off, with hopes of a peacefully progressive meeting….



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