Posted by Barbara Tilley on 8/8/2018 to News



My mother collected spoons.  Not the souvenir kind that have the states symbols and such, but teaspoons.  She didn’t really collect……she stole tea spoons.

Little Miss Jazzy

Posted by Barbara Tilley on 2/6/2018 to News

Monday, January 29th, 2018 I had to do the hardest but best thing that I've ever done.  I had to put my little baby girl Jasmine down.  She was diagnosed with cancer of the spleen and there was nothing left to do.  I always thought that it would be too hard to be there and witness the end of her life.

Let me tell you how I met this little bossy girl............. 

Booth Evolution

Posted by Barbara Tilley on 10/16/2017 to News

One of the best and worst parts of doing Arts and Craft shows is designing your booth. 

Over the years you go from one set up to another.  Some very complicated, to just laying your stuff on a table.  Most good shows require one booth picture when deciding if you get accepted.  I have often wondered just how much that booth shot counts for or against someone. 

My set up has evolved and changed so much and is still a thing of flux and flow.  I thought it might be fun to take a trip down memory lane with me and my displays. 

Before you say anything……..I know……some are pretty bad.  But can we really learn if we don’t post and let people make snarky comments?  I think not.

Richmond Art Award Show

Posted by Barbara Tilley on 10/10/2017 to News
I promised myself that I wouldn’t do any shows this year.  The economy is so bad and people just aren’t going to shows this year.  But when I got an email specially inviting me to this Art Award Show in Richmond I let the compliments go to my head.  I decided to do the show.

Jackie's Request

Posted by Barbara Tilley on 10/10/2017 to News

Jackie’s request….

As Jackie read my last post she was very sad that I hadn’t mentioned a few of the “higher” points of our weekend. 

Trying out my new displays

Posted by Barbara Tilley on 10/10/2017 to News

Trying out my new craft show displays.

My sweet sister bought me my dream display setup.  I purchased it last year….but haven’t been able to set it up until this weekend.  So I moved my car and set my tent up outside my house on the street.

Barb bought a trailer

Posted by Barbara Tilley on 10/10/2017 to News

Barb bought a trailer….on the road again.

So after my van was murdered by some random driver, I needed a vehicle to be able to do shows.  My husband and I have tiny little cars that barely have trunks.  They certainly couldn’t hold enough stuff to do a show.  Insurance only gave me $1,800.  My sister’s generous donation to the Arts gave me some more cash.

Love thy Neighbor

Posted by Barbara Tilley on 10/9/2017 to News
Anyone that has done an Arts & Crafts show knows that having nice neighbors is a real treat.  Some of us have been really lucky and didn’t realize that it was such a big deal, until you don’t.

Art. When is it copying?

Posted by Barbara Tilley on 8/9/2017 to News
Am I copying or not?  You would think this is a straight forward question, but sometimes the lines can get a little blurry.

My best friend Jackie Monticup, bought me a book for my birthday.  I was very excited to receive it.

I want to highly recommend this book.  It has great step by step instructions and lots of inspiration.
But, what does this have to do with copying?

More color...

Posted by Barbara Tilley on 6/20/2017 to News
I found some lovely Amethyst round beads and a focal bead in my stash last night.  I decided to use my color wheel and see what it came up with to make the perfect color combination.

The Big Color Trap!

Posted by Barbara Tilley on 6/19/2017 to News
lor choices can become a trap.  We all have our favorite colors.  The ones we are attracted to and pick every time we have a choice.  My color trap is the color orange.  Everyone that knows me, knows that I love orange.  
How does a color become a trap?  

Here are some beads that I have purchased recently.  You might think that the Color Trap is buying the same color bead over and over again.  But that is not the Color Trap. 

Love at First Sight - Jewelry

Posted by Barbara Tilley on 6/15/2017 to News

When I try to think back to what started my love of jewelry, it brings me to a very specific memory.  Our family trip to Mexico.


I grew up in Oklahoma.  My father was in the military and while stationed in Germany, met and married my mother.  When my German relatives would come for a visit, we would have to really show them the Wild, Wild West.  On the agenda would be any rodeo or pow-wow within driving distance.  Our town was about 20 minutes from the Wichita Mountains Wild Life Refuge.  Trips included sightings of long horn cattle, buffalo and prairie dogs.  We would take a picnic lunch and ride up our little mountain, Mount Scott, which rises to the glorious height of 2,464 feet.  We would stop at the strange little souvenir store at the base of the mountain to see the real live rattle snakes in a box with a plexiglass front.  There were holes drilled in the plexiglass.  The holes could have been for air, but I think they did it so you could hear the snakes shake their rattles as you walked by.  We would find a picnic table and make sure that there weren’t any rattle snakes nearby.  My mother would “set the table” with paper and plastic wear.  We would then spend the rest of our meal trying to hold down the paper napkin and paper plate and paper cup in the whipping wind that never seems to stop in Oklahoma. 

Bubbles Class

Posted by Barbara Tilley on 6/8/2016 to News
New Class at Studio Baboo!  Saturday June 11, 2016 at 11:30 - 3 pm.  This class is a real treat.  Use the same size round gemstone beads, or mix them up with different sizes and colors.  The most used tool for this class will be your fingers.  Make sure your wire is dead soft so that it is easy to work with.  This is a new twist on wire wrapping.  It will be fun to learn and easy. 

New Class - Findings

Posted by Barbara Tilley on 6/7/2016 to News
I spent some time this past weekend working on new class samples for my classes at www.StudioBaboo.com.  Terri, the owner, wanted a class for findings.  So I did some clasps and some ear wires.  I think that they are pretty and interesting.  Terri will be posting the class on her website calendar soon.  These will be two Thursday evening classes.  The earring wire one night and the clasps on another.

Stones - Beautiful Stones

Posted by Barbara Tilley on 6/7/2016 to News
I checked my mail box this morning and was very happy to see three little packages that came all the way from India.  I ordered these beauties on my birthday last month.  I love love love agates and I love the vibrant colors that they dye them.  I don't care that they aren't natural.  Most things aren't.  I love how bright and exciting they are.  I am always surprised when I order on the internet because I have a hard time figuring out scale.  So I get things and they are much smaller or much larger than I had anticipated.  But these little cuties were just as I imagined.  Now I can't wait to figure out what I'm going to do with them.