Saturday, August 30, 2014

Back from Philly

I came home from the Philly Bead Fest with my head filled with ideas and a lot of snot. 
I somehow manage to catch germs every time I'm in Philly, but I still love the show so I keep coming back. 
Now that I am finally recovering from the snot portion of the trip  I. Feel well enough to tell you about the idea portion of the trip.

It's  always an electric time when you have so many creative people in one place. Designers, bead makers, new tools, and new products make you think of new possibilities.  

I was lucky enough to have Brenda Schweder, the creator of Now Thats A Jig and Collaborate in the booth next to me 

And Nikki Thornberg  on the other side. 

All weekend I was covered by the  magical pixie dust of creativity coming at me from both sides.

We bounced ideas around all weekend and came up with a really great project for bead and button 2015.

And of course I got magic pixie dust up my backside with   Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Beads and her guest from the UK, Leslie Watt, being situated in the booth behind me. 

Except for the cooties, it was a great weekend. I'm looking forward to next year.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

I'mmm Baaack!

I've been back from Bead and  button  for  a couple of weeks now. 
It always takes a while to decompress after a big show like that. Of course I cam home and the house was a mess.  I left it a mess when I departed, but thats beside the point.
Seriously where are all the elves to clean up your shit like in the fairy tails? 

I had a wonderful time, saw lots of old friends, made some  new friends and bought these beautiful beads from Beads  Direct.

 There is no way to capture the beauty of these gems in a photo, but I tried.
 Several of these have a luscious  AB coating that makes them seem almost magical.

 Leslie and  Mary own the company and they are  most wonderful people to deal with. Leslie is always helpful, pointing out wonderful stones I may heave over looked. Haha thanks Leslie!
These are all the beads  I bought at the show, but I don't feel bead  deprived. This time it was all about getting some great quality gems for jewelry designs.
 I have the Ann  Arbor Summer Fair next month so I had better get busy  with some new designs.

OK off to the studio I go...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

6 more days!

It will be 6  days until I leave for Bead and Button. I am trying desperately to tie up all the loose ends at home and get all my beads finished.   I am also trying to stay calm but things are slightly more desperate then usual. On April Fools day,  I broke my ring finger on my left hand, and did soft tissue damage to two other fingers. The healing process has been slow and painful and I have not been very speedy in my production work as I struggle with  a wonky grip.

In addition to my beads,  I am making some finished pieces of jewelry to show case them.
I have been playing with the  Now Thats A Jig™. The last bead shows,  I have been  next to Brenda Schweder and her helper Tracy Bell, watching them show people how to use the jig.  I decided I needed one after  watching and listening for hours.

I am exploring all sorts of possibilities with the jig. New things emerging make really excited and I forget that the clock is ticking down to the show. 
I hope I'll have a new body of finished work to show by the time the show rolls around.
experiment #1

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Goodbye little friend

When I came home from Tucson I had to say goodbye to an old friend.  Kirby had been little friend and  my companion for 14 years. The night I returned home I knew immediately something was wrong. I kept him comfortable  through the night and took him to the vet first thing in the morning.
His heart hard become too enlarged for his little body. So we gently led him across the bridge where his brother Buster has been waiting for him.
It was sort of poetic that Kirby died because his heart was too big. He always had a big heart full of love and sweetness. He had waited for me to  return from my trip before he told us  it was time for him to go.  I am grateful for the chance to say goodbye and be there to help him as he crossed over.
It was with great sadness that I said goodbye to such a fine fellow. The house is quieter without him I miss him snarfing around the barrel of my chair well I worked in the studio there will never be another dog quite like Kirby. Goodbye old friend thank you for all the love you gave me anywhere after and smiles during this past 14 years together you will always be remembered.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Greetings from sunny Tucson

Greetings from sunny  Tucson! Did I mention it was sunny? 
I had a good show at the To Bead True Blue, made even better by the fact I was miles away from cold and snow.
I met lots of new friends and had fun with some old ones. 
I had a great response to my new work.
She is warm and friendly and I am so glad she stopped by and introduced herself.

My new work was well received and I am excited to explore it further.

Thats one of the great things about doing a show like this, you are so energized being around so many creative people.  You leave more energized then you came.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The reason for the season!

As we come to the middle of this Holiday Season, I think it does all of good to reflect upon the reason  this time of year is so special.  It's not the presents, it's not the food, it's not the time spent with loved ones.

Yes, its true, there would be no Happy Holidays without sparkles!

Ok before you go and tell me how irreverent you think  I am, consider this:  Every year the world spends about 1.7 trillion dollars on wars and military spending. That is almost $250 per every person in this world. If they spent half of that on glitter, the world would be so sparkly and glamorous that there would be no need for war  or violence. I'm not making this shit up.   Have you ever tried to kill someone with $125 worth of glitter?  I rest my case.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

 One of my favorite things about  Christmas  is decorating the tree.  I like my tree to look like a holiday drag queen, all sparkly and over the top. It is  strange that I made such a sweet diminutive ornament.  I seriously don't know where that came from, not  a speck of glitter insight !

I used my blue bird bead and men twig bead. I made a birds nest out  of angelina fiber and added a couple of sparkly glass beads to make a birds nest ornament.

Tradition has it that finding a birds nest in your  Christmas tree is good luck.  I am pretty sure that refers to a real live Christmas tree, not the artificial kind you store in the attic.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan

As of  Sunday Dec 1st, at 11:00 am EST, the high bid on my houses is $75.   

The action ends Thurs,  Dec 5 th,  at midnight.
There is still time to bid.

                                          click here to bid on these houses

The following artists are also participating in this auction event.  
Please see what they have offered and bid generously. 

Friday, November 29, 2013

On  Nov 11, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines.  I have no idea how many people were displaced, how many died. I saw the photos of of neighborhoods that were turned into a chaos of debris.  I saw photos of parents holding lifeless bodies of their children.  There was so much misery and anguish  in those photos that  I cannot begin to imagine. I am privileged to her able to help inn some small way. 

 Andrew Thornton has organized a silent auction blog hop to benefit the victims of the recent disaster in the Philippines. There are countless people there, young and old, without food, clothing, or shelter.  I am donating this group of 3 houses  to help raise money for the people who have been effected by this disaster.  The proceeds raised will be sent to a relief organization, CARE. 

These houses are made of white stoneware, glazed and fired to cone 6. The largest one of these is 5" tall. 

All bidders should post their bids in the comment section.  The auction will run until midnight on Thursday, Dec 5th.  The winner will be announced on Friday, Dec 6th.  I am providing shipping free of charge via USPS, first class with tracking, as soon as payment is received from the winner.  Payment will be through Paypal.  I will contact the winner directly once the auction closes.

The following artists are also participating in this auction event.  
Please see what they have offered and bid generously. 

For more information about CARE and Typhoon Haiyan:

Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween/Day of the Dead Blog Hop

I  love Halloween. It is my favorite holiday.You can wear anything you want,  all the chocolate you can eat and you don't have to deal with your relatives or in-laws. Life really can't get much nicer then that. 
Ever since I can remember I have always loved spooky things. Growing up, there were a lot of strange happenings at my house. As children we often saw shadows and heard voices that were not supposed to be there. That may have been part of my attraction to all things spooky and undead. I watched every Hammer Horror film on the Saturday afternoon movie. We played vampire, it was like tag, but creepier and you got to bite people.

When I was 8 or 9 I discovered Edgar Allen Poe's classic poem "The Raven"  I wasn't old enough to interpret  or even understand   the entire poem, but I knew enough to know that it spoke of something utterly terrifying in the world of adults.   It opened the door  to poetry for me and it still remains one of my favorite verses. 

For this blog hop challenge, I knew I would do something to pay homage to Poe and The Raven.
I had all kinds of ideas swirling around my head, but in the end I decided to keep it simple, inspired by 19th century mourning jewelry which I absolutely adore. You can check out my Mourning  Jewelry Pinterest board

My raven bead, my Poe pendant , and my skull charm, a powder coated black chain, a pearl, hematite  a black bead, and 3 black resin roses. 

I thought about adding my "nevermore" word bead, but decided that would be overkill. Haha overkill, I just cracked myself up!

If you want to hear Poe's Raven I suggest this reading by Edgar Oliver.

Please grab a cup of coffee or if its past lunch, a glass of wine and check out the rest of this blog hop. 
You can even put on Pandora Radio Spooky Symphonies  while you peruse this unearthly blog hop.

Diana Ptaszynski
Staci Smith

Kathleen Breeding

Dianne Miller

Lisa Liddy

Toltec Jewels

Laura Medeiros

Veralynne Malone

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Stephanie LaRosa

Nicole Valentine Rimmer

Sarajo Wentling

Dawn M. Gallop

Christine Damm

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!