Red Barn in the Autumn Light

I live on an old farmstead out in the rolling hills. One of my favorite things — and biggest inspiration — is our old red barn. Built between 1907 and 1911, it has stood the test of time. As has our old truck, although not quite as old.[…]

Enameled Hearts by Janet Crosby

I posted some steps I take to create hand-cut copper enameled hearts on Instagram over the last few weeks. Here are the photos, along with more detailed explanations, to show what is involved when making these heart charms. I started making hearts this way for two reasons: 1) I like[…]

Kiln Load - janetcrosby.com

To maintain some semblance of sanity while working on speeding up my website, I did lots of torching and fusing! Here is what is in the kiln right now. These pieces are undergoing their second (and for the flower, third) firing. In 8 hours, I will be able[…]

Watercolor Flowers and Butterflies - Janet Crosby

I have been working hard fine-tuning my site. This is definitely not as fun as time in the studio, but necessary just the same. First up: SPEED! My site has been slow since moving to a new host a couple of years ago. I tried to quicken up the code[…]

Spoonflower Shrooms - Janet Crosby

As many of you know, I love to paint and photograph mushrooms. I have always been ‘aware’ of mushrooms, growing up in the Pacific Northwest, but this renewed interest was surprising, even to me. It started in my own backyard and then continued with my love of hiking and[…]

Silver Dot Bead Close Up - www.janetcrosby.com

As I mentioned in my last post, I have been spending lots of time in my studio making new stuff. I have been focusing on using large mandrels (for large-hole beads), using silver glass (the colors!), and coring beads with metals (copper and sterling silver). This necessitated a new[…]

Ombre Beads and Fish - Janet Crosby

I haven’t been listing beads lately, but have been spending a lot of time in my studio the last few weeks. I have been working on a few custom orders, but spending most of my time playing around with some new colors, new bead ideas, and trying to[…]

Beaded Keychain - janetcrosby.com

I am still stumbling along with my computer woes (I am great with computers … until they don’t work. haha), but also something else. Ugh, Politics I have struggled with how to proceed in a world where ‘politics’ have taken over. I, like so many people, hate politics and[…]

January Sunset - janetcrosby.com

January is always the longest month for me. At least there are pretty sunsets. Communication Breakdown I think I have said it before: bookkeeping is not my skillset. My annual filer taxes are due each January. I am used to it now. Admittedly, I didn’t get started right[…]

Mr Blanca - favorite rooster ever - janetcrosby.com

At the end of last year, a customer told me that 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. It starts January 28th.   Rooster Years Now, for me, every year is the year of the rooster(!), but in this case, it means that the rooster is the animal sign[…]