Friday, January 30, 2009
And so I've earned myself a play date with 'my girls' A few years back I wandered into the Grove in South Park San Diego. It was rather instantly home, a place you just feel good. Susan stocks a fabulous yarn store in the confines and Anne has a well rounded collection of books. Several other shops also reside at the Grove including some fun and funky clothing, fabric, bamboo products and intriquing gift items.
In my other life, the non bead artist life, I knit, and I've connected with a great group of women at the Grove who also knit, although our connection goes way beyond knitting it is the common thread. So today I treat myself to visiting and knitting among my dear friends. I'll be finishing my second Kiri a laceweight shawl, this one out of cream colored Habu Silk Mohair, kind of like knitting a cloud. This is my first, which I wear a lot! It's the perfect lacy scarf in just the right color for me.
The Grove is in the San Diego neighborhood of South Park which I love. Across the street you can get the best scone EVER at Rebecca's, next door is the Daily Scoop serving up delicious handmade ice cream and Krista's amazing cupcakes. Around the corner is Junque where Jeffrey stocks an electic shop of clothing, bags and various interesting house decor. And around the other corner is the Vagabond, excellent food and the best Basil martini. It's definitely a good destination!
See you tomorrow, I have a play date now.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I continue to get ready for Tucson, which includes doing inventory on the kits which need to be kitted, putting together my visual shopping list, and generally readying the studio for production mode. I have many friends who have volunteered to come help me kit and I am so grateful for their help. I do need to be hyper organized so that I use their time wisely.
I'm excited about Tucson, not only for the beads, but for the parties and the chance to catch up with so many friends. Susan, owner of the Beading Frenzy in San Mateo, and Janet are flying to San Diego on Sunday and will be my guests until we drive to Tucson on Tuesday morning. Let the shopping and the partying begin!
This visual shopping list looks fairly shopworn because it's last years list, I really need to get going on this years list, now!
Monday, January 26, 2009
There was Nada, new to right angle weave who did a fabulous job.
Forgive the slightly blurry picture of Studio Beads, it was taken from across the street at the Deerfield Bakery, a quite amazing place, beautiful pastries, cakes, donuts, bear claws, cupcakes.... Yes good beads and good pastry in this close proximity, you have to go!
And today I fly back home to my real life, where I have to finish unpacking and begin getting organized for Tucson.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
This sign says it all for today's weather! But I'm finding it all rather refreshing and a big change from San Diego.
It is a beautifully stocked store and if you haven't been and live anywheres within driving range of Deerfield Village, Illinois, you really must. And if you are a seed bead artist, here is just ONE wall of there selection.
The store has an amazing ambiance with artistic touches in every corner.
And the folks in class have been so fun.
Here's Patti, well Patti's knitted/beaded wristlets. Patti is so creative, and I totally bonded with her over her wristlets, having made 3 pair of my own.
And here is Donna, making a great face! with Sherry looking on.
And Cindy and Gretchen who are such good friends that Cindy got Gretchen hooked on beading but then had to move away to Ohio. She returned to Deerfield so they could take this class together.
And Mary, who wasn't in class, but looked so darn cute in this hat that I had to take her picture and come to find out she was in my class the next day and the next.
And Gail, how cute is she? Gail and Kim work for the Bead and Button show and it is always a highlight of my day to see their smiling faces come around. So I was delighted to see Gail show up in my class. (Gail, remember our agreement....) There was in fact a huge Milwaukee contingency, Helen and Jan, and Amy and I think Carla (ok girls we're going on memory now) but I thoroughly enjoyed everyone. Can't wait to touch base again in Milwaukee. Cathy came, but I don't think she was close to Milwaukee? Oh I do so try to remember..
And then there Shannon who is the sister of Ellen who lives in Kentucky and takes my classes in Milwaukee. Shannon's husband bought her this class for Christmas, how cool is that! Yeah, small world stuff. I loved Shannon. She had on the Tesserae from the cover of Step by Step Beads
Friday, January 23, 2009
Well I was on a plane and unable to go, but I did 'encourage' friends of mine to attend. So today I give you Val's blog to see what wonderful treasures they came away with.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
My flight was flawless, I continued proof-reading of the book, landed uneventfully (always good) and checked into my very nice corporate La Quinta.
The lovely Jessica of Studio Beads picked me and took me to the store, which is stunningly beautiful and well stocked (and I've been in a few bead stores in my day).
I walked in to a class in session and got an immediate hug from Jean, who I've met a couple of times previously. She has long beautiful white hair in a french braid, which I've admired before, I've always wanted that elegant style, she wears it well.
I'm well cared for here, Donna and Jessica took me out to a wonderful steak dinner, nothing like a good mid western steak.
Tomorrow we have a full class for Romantica and I know I'll have a blast meeting new and old friends. Romantica has been such a fun class because people get to truly bring their own creative voice to the design.
So blogging on the road does work, although I promise more pictures for tomorrow's post.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I've been warned that it's very cold and I'm sure I dont' have a proper winter coat, being a Southern California gal, but I'll make do with layers...
I took a quick beading break to make a repair on my Swarovski'd watch. Since I get to go the Swarovski party this year I decided it would be fitting. The watchface is under the rivoli which lifts up to reveal the time. The majority of it is beaded in peyote stitch....just to prove I can...
I hope to do some 'on the road' blogging this trip with my new little Canon point and shoot camera. I'll be traveling with laptop due to the ongoing book proofreading, so we'll see. And if not enjoy your beady adventures and I'll see you next week!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
And didn't Michelle look beautiful?
When the Power of Love overcomes the Love of Power, the world will know Peace, Jim Hendrix
Monday, January 19, 2009
My funny Birds
Sunday, January 18, 2009
And while we were driving the proof copy of "Marcia DeCoster's Beaded Opulence" arrived in my inbox. It's lovely.
More when I finish the unpacking and recover a bit....
Friday, January 16, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
On Monday I very efficiently packed up boxes that needed shipping and got them off to UPS. Among them was the purse where I had last seen my ipod, the one with all the downloaded books. Yeah well, that's what I get for being so efficient.
Fortunately I was able to sort out putting those same books onto Mark's ipod and so now we will have some entertainment. The Time Travelers wife, highly recommended, is first up.
I'll try to post along the way. First priority in a hotel is pet friendliness since Miss Maya Princess Angelina will be traveling with us.
And if not, well then I'll be back on Tuesday. At which point I will bring you beady news...
It will be awhile before we'll see the new site live. Tomorrow we leave NC, driving to CA. I will be home for a full two days if all goes well. During those two days the proof copy for my book will arrive. That will have my full concentration on Wednesday and on Thursday's plane ride to Chicago where I will teach at Studio Beads. I'm looking forward to being in Chicago and catching up with many friends there. And secretly, as if a blog is secret, I'm hoping for snow. Luck will need to be with me, I would like just enough snow to appreciate it's sparkling newness, but not enough to interfere with my travel plans. I miss snow.
Returning from Studio Beads I will focus on organizing supplies for kits so I can be efficient in my Tucson shopping.
After Tucson I will begin the process of kitting, so that finally kits will be available on line again. That and a significant teaching schedule will keep me busy.
Monday, January 12, 2009
The deadline is looming for my fourth 'Designer of the Year' project for Beadwork magazine. This is a new series that features four designers who will have a different project in each 2009 issue. The designers are Jean Campbell, Jamie Hogsett, Lisa Kan and myself! If you subscribe to Beadwork or pick up an issue at the newstand, I think you're in for a treat. According to the Beadwork site, we'll also be treated to a feature article by metal clay artist Kate McKinnon.
This d.o.y. piece showcases a stunning crystal gifted to me by Blanche of Beads by Blanche. A gifted bead is always a treasure, different then a bead acquired by Bead Begging which I've been known to do as well. I'm not proud of it, but sometimes....well it's just necessary, I'll tell a bead begging story another day.
The crystal is crystal colored, and not this crazy blue....in my real studio I take better pictures, home sweet home, coming soon.
Since I illustrated my own Right Angle Weave book this past summer (with copious amounts of help from Bonnie Brooks) I became reasonably proficient at the drawing of little beads. Let's hope my memory serves me well enough to make short work of this one, since there is still packing to be done!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
and one of the elements in Dallas's Parisian Pendant
I love Dallas's work. I admire his innovation, love the combination seeds and wire, and delight in the form of his pieces. There is some possibility it could even tempt me into doing wire....
And now, the packing really begins, really, time is running out, very little room left for procrastination, we leave on Thursday. Yikes!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Waking up with a huge headache without virtue of wine or gin is entirely not fair. Here is the reason, a huge dip in barometric pressure. It seems whenever I wake up with an 'unexplained' headache vs. the explained kind, I can trace it to a change in barometric pressure. Apparently this is a known Phenomenon.... How to handle the dreaded barometric pressure headache! This did not fit into my packing plans for yesterday. These headaches tend not to respond to aspirin, execdrin, tylenol or all the usual remedies. They make me sick to my stomach and generally require some time in bed. Good thing for me I work best under pressure!
As I get ready for this busy year Maya is registering her protest. This is her actually in my suitcase as if to say please don't go without me!
She is the most darling little girl, a rescue dog, part chihuahua part daschund and pure happiness. Life is a party for Maya and she reminds me to live with exuberance.
Last night I beaded with the Charlotte girls. A group I was fortunate to meet at last years Bead and Button and who included me in their beaded get togethers. It may have been farewell, but I know that many I will see again at various future bead events.
Today I will begin packing for the drive back to California. We did a 'volume check' yesterday (I'm married to an engineer) and determined tha we can fit 5 suitcases, 6 boxes, 2 adults and 1 dog into my Saturn SUV. I will need to pack from most important to least....let's see, first there are the beads, well then there are some more beads....I guess I will have to ship the clothes.
I look forward to being in my own home, most especially in my own studio and among old friends.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Look for Porticos at the Bead and Button Show An Abrege pendant (I told you I couldn't stop) will be featured in the Feb/March issue of Beadwork magazine.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I must go savor some more of this quiet rainy morning before I launch into the business of beads today. I love early morning with the darling little Miss Maya Princess Angelina DeCoster nestled at my side while I knit just one more row.
Monday, January 5, 2009
I also saw this which struck me as funny, It's not so obvious, but below the Vodka Museum sign is one that says souvenirs. This one's for you Swellknits
On New Years we stayed in the Stempels hotel in Haarlem which is the town we lived in when we lived in Holland in 2004.
It was great to return to all our favorite places.We also visited with my former colleague Stephanie, her husband and two beautiful children. We stayed with them at their stylish new home in Frijsland in the North of Holland. A first for me was rum in hot chocolate and I highly recommend it, thanks Nico! The perfect antidote to a coooolllld day watching the little ones play on the frozen canals.
I am now in the planning stages of managing a very busy year! I have lots of travel to exotic bead locations around the country and world planned. I will shop in Tucson, teach at bead and button, Beadfest in Pa (with my bead pal Rachel!) and Bead Unique's fall Tahoe retreat.
But first I must get home. We begin the long drive from Charlotte NC to Lemon Grove CA next week (and here I sit making a new blog, there's packing to be done!) And I best get to it!