This is the front and back of the bead. She was so sweet and she let me pick from beads she had made. I picked this one. I love it! That shade of blue in it is my favorite and I think I have some beads that will look great with it. I plan to make a necklace with it soon and post that also when I do. I just hope I can do it justice. Here are links to Elaine's websites for you to check out her blog, her etsy store and her jewelry website. http://www.chatelainejewellery.com/
Someday I'd like to learn how to make this type of bead. It's called lampwork and it's made by shaping glass over fire, but that's about all I know at this point. It looks like it would be very difficult.
The other photos I want to share are of yarn that I've come across in my house that I had purchased a good while back. I think the variegated yarn was purchased in CO when I visited my sister (she has since moved to TX) and the yarn shop has since closed. I wish I'd gotten all she had of this. There were one or two more skeins, I think. I don't remember what it's made of or how much is in each skein. I just know it's beautiful and I hope there is enough for a scarf. Well, even as inexperienced as I am, I know there's enough for a scarf here.
The red is some that I bought while I was with Marianne when she was attempting to teach me to knit. I don't remember why I bought 2 skeins or why I bought these particular skeins. I probably just liked the color.
I'm almost positive that I have some cotton yarn and dishcloth pattern books around here somewhere. I wonder where I should start to look. I owe Dianne a dishcloth. You'll eventually get to see them too.