Posts Tagged ‘art’

Calla Lilly Blooms

Calla Lillies are one of my favorite flowers. Watch this bead “bloom” with Calla Lillies. It is a fun and simple tutorial.

My Interview

Today I had the opportunity to be a guest on Webcast One Live’s Insight on Business, with host, Michael Libbie.  It was great fun and Michael is a great interviewer so here it is, I thought I’d share it with you:

Watch live streaming video from desmoineslocallive at

My Holiday Poem

broken Christmas bulbThe holiday’s over, the clean up begins,

standing in line for returns now begins.

But if you bought local and found “one of a kind”,

your family and friends knew you had them on your mind.

How thoughtful and loving they thought you to be,

when they opened your gift handcrafted by me!

I want to thank everyone who supported me in 2010. You have no idea how your encouragement, friendship and confidence in my artwork means to me.  You are all a blessing in my life.   Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2011. I look forward to many great designs I can share with you all.

Best Wishes,

Lori Murga,

Photo by alicialee17 on Flickr

Big Savings Saturday

snowman beadI’m going to do something I’ve never done before, so here goes:

Saturday, December 18th, I will be doing my last vendor event before Christmas at the Baldwin Patterson American Legion, 2211 E. 42nd St, DSM, 5031 from 9-2pm.

Wait . . . it’s coming . . .

Anyone who wants to come shop from me at this event will receive a 20% discount on their total purchase.  Here’s your opportunity to get your last minute shopping done and have change enough to get a little something for your self too.   Make sure you mention that you saw this post on the website.

I’ve never done this before and may never do it again, so make plans to come over and do some shopping. Tweet this to your friends and share it on Facebook so more people can partake in this one day discount.

(offer only applies to in person sales at the American Legion, no web sales and no custom orders apply)

Can’t wait to see who takes advantage of this big sale!

Just Beadiful Girlz Launch with “Noel”

Noel Doll

Just Beadiful Girlz first doll - Noel

I am so excited to announce the launch of Just Beadiful Girlz, a limited edition collection of darling little girl dolls.  They are each handmade from imported Italain glass, wire, and small glass beads and designed by me.  They stand about 2 1/2″ tall and can be ordered in either a pendant style or pin.

The first Just Beadiful Girlz doll is “Noel” and she is a cutie.  Noel has a lime green dress with candy cane trim.  She’s wearing red and green stockings and has red curly hair.  Each doll comes with a certificate of authenticity, signed and numbered by the artist. If you’re a collector of all things cute, then you won’t want to miss the opportunity to own Noel, who is the first in the series.

Visit the shop and order your Just Beadiful Girlz Noel doll before they are all gone.

Surprise in Purples

metallic halo on purple beads

notice the metallic halos around the dots on the tall bead

Yesterday, as I was working at the torch, I was playing with some colors that I wouldn’t normally put together. I was having kind of a ho hum session until I combined two colors, Eggplant purple and Silvered Plum. All of a sudden, the Silvered Plum dots that I melted into the Eggplant base developed a halo or ring around them and looked metallic. Wow! I got excited and decided to try and duplicate it and it worked. I did notice that I needed to give it extra flame time to develop the metallic halo properly.

I was so excited to see if it was on the beads this morning and share it with you. Here are the beads, fresh out of the kiln.

If you would like specific color numbers, please email me and I will share.

Murrini Cane Makes a Beautiful Addition

Murrini cane, what is it?   I had the opportunity to take a class in which we made our own cane.  They were faces and each component of the face, the eye, nose, lips had to be made first, then combined to complete the face and pulled to make cane. It is very labor intensive to make just one small piece of cane.

I want to share a video with you that I saw in which Murrini cane is incorporated into a beautiful blown glass piece. As you watch the video, watch the guy’s face and the intensity and sweat involved in creating just one piece.  Enjoy!

The “Art” of Business

graduationTonight I participated in a vendor opportunity for the Alliance of Business Owners “ABO”, in coordination with the graduation of  ISED’s most recent business class. It reminded me of when I took the same business class and the excitement I felt upon completing it.

I thought then, and still think now that everyone in business should be required to take this class.  As an artist, I don’t have the best business brain, but with the help of this business class, I am on the right track.

I had some good sales, great networking opportunities, and most of all the reminder that there is a lot of help out there for small and micro businesses.

What resources do you utilize as a small business?

Photo by Moyer photos on Flickr

Sunday Funday

Happy Sunday Everyone! I just want to share a couple of pictures of some of the projects I completed this week.  Special orders are  pouring  in for the holidays so make sure you get your requests in early.   I love a challenge and love collaborating ideas with clients so get creative and challenge me!

lampwork bracelet

turquoise and glass bracelet

Here is a turquoise and Italian glass bracelet accented with sterling silver and an Indian head replicated coin.  It is a great piece and compliments the necklace and earrings that go with it nicely.

black and white bracelet

black. white and clear dance well together on this bracelet.

I had such a good time creating this great piece.  I love how the black and white contrast but compliment each other and the swarovski crystals are the disco ball at the dance and make everything sparkle.

Hope you enjoy your weekend and create something that makes you smile.

“Jewelry Duty” Friday

As we wrapped up another week and look forward to kicking back and enjoying the weekend, I want to spotlight a couple of artists that command recognition.  I am totally fascinated with glass blowing and am just dieing to try my hand at it.  Watching a glass blower do their dance with hot, molten glass commands respect as well as recognition:

Burchetta Glassblowing Studio & Gallery –  I follow John on Twitter and recently watched his video on his and Elizabeth’s website. I would love to visit this gallery someday located in Wilmington, NC.  Nice video John!

Ciccotti Art Glass - Though not a native of Iowa, Art Ciccotti is known in Iowa for his blown glass.  I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Art, but I am totally excited to visit his studio in the near future and watch him work in person, or maybe take a class from him.  I’ll be calling you Art!

Photo by:  walknboston on Flickr

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