Studio Saturday with Gaea Handmade

Studio Saturday with Gaea Handmade

Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you’ll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.
This weeks winner is Kristi.  Congratulations! You have won £14 gift voucher (plus free postage) to spend in either of Rebecca Andersons shops Songbeads.
Send Rebecca an e-mail with and she will get you the details.

This week we visit the studio of Gaea Cannaday at Gaea.cc.
Time Flies.
Can you believe that this year is half over? I can almost see the start of the school year which means that fall is within our sights and the summer is nearly over, gone in a flash! I am trying to cram in every little bit of fun, a promise I made to Robert. We haven’t had a proper beach day yet for a swim in the ocean, but truth be told, I am happy to stay out of the sun and not have sand find it’s way… well you can imagine. (The beach photos were taken at Muir State Beach where we did not get wet, so it doesn’t really count!) Reflecting on the last six months… The vacation to Hearst Castle we had planned but had to cancel. The trip to my cousins wedding in San Francisco, we took, but was oh so quick. The movies we haven’t seen yet. The back-to-school frenzy that is about to happen. The work still needing to be done. Here is a recap of what has been a beautiful 6 months…. 
Put a bird on it! Bird rock at Muir State Beach. Beautiful hanging lanterns in San Francisco. Clementines new fur do (I didn’t think they would shave her entire body!) Happy Ketchup at Johnny Rockets. My cool ‘stash. Doesn’t every body have one? The kids Easter eggs.
Pyewacket keeping things warm. More Muir Beach. Crazy pink. Monterey Bay Aquarium. Gem beads. Wavy disk beads.
Golden Gate Bridge in the fog. Entranced by the “waves” at MBA. The Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at Golden Gate Park. Ojai on a bad day.
Garden bounty. Co-op butterfly. Cats care not for your work problems. Rocks. Sunset! Copper framed ceramic pendants. Papa Lennon’s patio.
View from the aquarium. Japanese tea gardens. Inspiration design cards.
Thankfully a little time flying has provided some creative ideas…
From design to glazed piece…
Leave a comment on this post with one word to describe your last six months and one word to hope for in the next six months to win a Time Flies pendant. Next week one person will be chosen.

A work at home mom and jewelry designer, Gaea is hoping to take a much needed vacation before the year is out! You can see more of her work here… gaeabeads.blogspot.com or here… gaea.cc and sometimes here… gaea.etsy.com

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34 Comment

  1. KmoRakefet
    August 18, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Last six months – worries
    hope (fantasy) – peace

    thank you for this post and for the chance to win.

  2. Gale
    August 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Has been: bountiful (and included some of Gaea's beads :). Should be: unruffled. Fingers crossed.

    Enjoyed the pictoral stroll through your summer!

  3. Anvil Artifacts
    August 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm


  4. Erin S
    August 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    sadly, my word for the last six months would be "stress." On so many levels. So my hope for the next 6 months is "resolution." Your vacation pics are awesome! Wish I were there!

  5. A Polymer Penchant
    August 18, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    So much beautiful here! My word fr the last 6 would be uncertain. For the next 6 let's vote

  6. Meadowland Designs
    August 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Word for previous six months:
    Word for next six months:

    It's been busy but also filled with so much fun, mistakes & learning.

    Your time flying pendant is sweet, I love the muted soft tones you use to glaze your pieces!


  7. Elizabeth
    August 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Such wonderful photos and the memories they capture are probably more wonderful!! My word for the next 6 months: Lucky (as in for my work, for my friends, for my life).

  8. Beaditi
    August 18, 2012 at 7:48 pm


  9. Beaditi
    August 18, 2012 at 7:48 pm


  10. jeannieK
    August 18, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    tragic – peace

  11. Cillaw
    August 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm


  12. Rebecca
    August 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Gaea,
    Here on the east coast I can smell fall coming with the school days approaching! (meaning more time alone in the studio 🙂
    enjoy the last 2 weeks!
    Love the time flies piece, that is my life.

  13. marymc202
    August 19, 2012 at 1:01 am

    My past six months have been UNORGANIZED as I raced about trying to keep up. My father used to say "the hurrier I go, the behinder I get" which typifies the last six months. Crazy busy and yet not much to show for it. The next six months' word is: PERSPECTIVE, as in taking things as they come and keeping my head about me in most situations. Putting my heart out there as well. Letting the juices flow creatively and making some of my beading projects HAPPEN! Love your work, especially the gathering shown. Cheers, Mary McMahon

  14. Liz
    August 19, 2012 at 2:14 am

    The word to describe the last 6 months would be STORMY. The word I choose for the next 6 would be FEARLESS.

  15. Elaine
    August 19, 2012 at 2:20 am

    One word to describe the last six months? "Steady"

  16. KayzKreationz
    August 19, 2012 at 2:44 am



  17. salla
    August 19, 2012 at 3:25 am

    past: obnoxious
    future: mobile

  18. Anonymous
    August 19, 2012 at 6:40 am

    [email protected]

  19. Pookledo
    August 19, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Manic 🙁

    Calm 🙂

    beautiful pictures 🙂

  20. Adrienne Knight
    August 19, 2012 at 8:15 am



  21. Lisa Chapman
    August 19, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Great pictures! Your time flies pendant is lovely! My last six months have been filled with "change", some good and some bad. In the next six months, I hope for "enthusiasm" over what those changes have brought.

  22. Angi
    August 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing your your pics! Wow, what a EYE OPENING last six months! We built a house for my parents in our backyard. They had been living 1000 miles away and their health has been declining for years. It has been both a stressfull and exciting experience! The next 6 months I see PEACE. My momma is home!

  23. Linda
    August 19, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Growth ~ Peace

  24. Linda
    August 19, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Growth ~ Peace

  25. Klassy Joolz
    August 19, 2012 at 6:15 pm



    Thanks for the nice giveaway!

  26. Zeniswoman
    August 20, 2012 at 3:53 am

    The last 6 months have been a time of "reflection" for me. It was a strange mixture of great sadness because of an untimely death in the family and great happiness because of a birth in the family. It has reminded me of what is important, and it has put a little fire under my bum to do the things that make me happy with the people that I love. So, the future holds "creation."
    brightest blessings,
    Holly ([email protected])

  27. PumpkinMoonStudio
    August 21, 2012 at 11:54 am


  28. PumpkinMoonStudio
    August 21, 2012 at 11:54 am


  29. Susan Lloyd
    August 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm


    August 22, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Last six months, so hard for my country, Greece.
    We try not to give up.
    Creation and gifting beautiful things to loved ones truly helps.
    I hope time flies towards better days…

    [email protected]

  31. Joanna-Gloria
    August 22, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Last 6 months were stressful and hard.
    Hope and love are still here though…..

    Joanna-Gloria, [email protected]

  32. Sabine
    August 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I would smash together words: crazybusy! since that is how I feel about the last 6 months.


  33. Shaiha
    August 23, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I actually had a good six months. Actually took a couple day trips during my vacation and spent a couple weeks with my stepsons.

    Plans for the next six month include building back up a saving account and focusing more on my jewelry.

  34. Mary Detray
    March 29, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Last 6 months: whirlwind
    Next 6 months: adventure

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