Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Today I get to travel home in style with an upgrade which always makes me happy. It is so much easier to bead with a little more room. And I'll be beading! I have an idea that I'm working out for next year's Beading by the Bay class.
It's funny this job, where you are always planning for the future. Right after I finish up the Dallas collaboration for the Bead Dreams entry, I'll be finishing the Beading by the Bay project and then starting in on an idea I have for my September 2011 cruise to Alaska with Carole Tripp from Creative Castle.
Life remains exciting! and if you're a seed bead girl like me, here is an exciting picture from Bead Creative in New Hampshire
Monday, March 29, 2010
Here are a couple of fun examples completed in Saturday's class. Two of these were destined to become earrings which are going to be stunning.
This is Rebecca's. Rebecca does not enjoy bracelets but is going to pair this up with a fuchsia baroque crystal dangle for earrings.
And this is Cathi's, owner of Bead Creative who also has an earring plan
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
In other news, I am teaching today in New Hampshire and it's snowing! More like a really wet sleet, but it's white and coming down fast. In just a few minutes I have to walk out into that snow and I'm unprepared. I forget that being wet is a fact of life in most areas of the country, it's such a rare event in San Diego.
Off to Bead Creative where I expect to be tantalized by a huge selection of seed beads and crystals and fun classes!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
And I ordered a new light box, a nice neat 4 sided affair which folds flat into it's on attache case. It should arrive today. I'm debating, but I think the new camera won't travel with me. Taking all my beadwork already creates a heavy carryon, so I think the point and shoot will still be my on the road companion.
Here are yesterdays shots.
Now I'm off to knit lace before getting ready to fly to New Hampshire tomorrow for classes at Bead Creative.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
But today I'm back, and I'm working on The Dallas Bead Society collaboration for Bead Dreams, the Bead and Button Show competition. I had a discussion with some other bead artists and teachers regarding competition pieces which brought up a view point I hadn't considered. The question was this 'Should teachers not enter the competition with the reasoning being it is intimidating to other entrants?'
I hadn't considered this at all and here is why. I've made a choice to make my living at being a Bead Artist, but that does not make me a better or more competent bead artist then the many incredibly accomplished bead artists who are not teachers.
I do however respect the opinions of my colleagues and am wondering if this is a widely held belief. Your thoughts?
In my case I am doing a collaboration. The piece is coming together with the contribution of a number of artists which I love. And I'm thrilled with the outcome...sorry for the tease but I won't be posting pictures until later.
And hopefully with my newly developed photo skills they will be stellar pictures.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Here are the shots I did this weekend. We also learned some essential photoshop tools to improve the shot, these however come to you unadulterated.
A sweet picture of Chalon
Oz, which I'll be teaching later this summer
Aurelila, also later this year (staging by Kyle, but I'm learning)
The weekend was stellar. All kinds of creative people visiting my home, lots of laughter, huge fun, and Kyle took an amazing shot of Mark and I in our living room. It is a beautiful photograph, the kind Kyle seems to do so easily, and yet it is so compelling. I feel so incredibly fortunate to have this shot, a memory of one of those magical evenings that show up in your life from time to time.
You can see more of the weekend's fun over at Kate's blog.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
The workshop is being led by Kyle Cassidy who looks handsome kind and knowledgeable in this photo, all three traits he posesses not only in my photo but in his excellent delivery of this class
Kate McKinnon is also present and has made some excellent photos, she excels at presentation. But here I'll share with the portraiture I did. The light was morning soft and I think she looks like a model wearing her own most excellent metal chain.
This morning we also learned to take people and I've got several beautiful shots and all the kind lovely women who are also taking the workshop. It's been a great experience.
Friday, March 19, 2010
And then I met Mark. I think a travel compatibility is an important component of a long term relationship (this month marks 27 years since the first date). We met in March and in May he asked me to travel with him to Hawaii. It was magic for me and we've barely stopped since.
Mark prefers tropical climates, although European cities and most anywhere with a good museum will be on his list. But yesterday as Kate and I watched a sailboat in the San Diego Bay I was reminded of a Tahitian sailing trip (no we did not sail to Tahiti, we flew and chartered a boat there) I remember meeting another beader on that trip, but she had left her beads behind thinking there would be no time. For me vacations are always about beading. I'm so relaxed, with no other pressing obligations....and so I gifted her some beads and she was thrilled.
Can you imagine yourself beading here?
Mark didn't bead, but he does know how to relax
I love that.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
in this beautiful Lousia Harding pale aqua
I've had a bit of a struggle with the pattern, first off, it reads right left, and then left right on the wrong side rows, you need to notice that. Secondly doing a yarn over after a purl is a little trickier, but I think I have it all managed now. There is much beading to be done however, so this beautiful stole will see a few rows of morning knitting here and there.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Laying around is not quite accurate, they are laying in formation, the formation in which I intend to stitch them to one another.
My excellent feather and knitting needle vase arrangement, who needs flowers?
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Mona, Nancy, Ms Rachel, Kristine
Victoria, Tina, Katie, Maggie and Jean
Many other folks joined us but I wasn't reliable with the camera and I always edit kindly, next year I'll do better.
And the answer is yes! We do plan on doing this again....so you might want to consider it in your March plans for next year. Judging by the pictures and the feedback, a good time was had by all!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Rachel came for a visit!
Their were goodies
A good time was had by all! And today, the beading begins!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
A while back when I taught my knitting/sewing friends to bead, they decided a portable mat was needed to transport their beads. Judy, the sewer amongst us, took our input and came up with a fun and useful mat which rolls up to contain a project box, and has interior pockets to store your needles, scissors and some tubes of beads. A strap threads it's way through your fireline or wild fire spool to keep it handy.
Well, this was such a great beading mat, that Judy did the first production run with her excellent choice of fabrics! They will be for sale at Beading by the Bay, but we plan on making them available to everyone else soon! I'll keep you posted, but in the meantime, go have a look! They are too darn cute, I like each one better then the next, and although I already own one, I'm thinking I made need a second.....
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
And she's been keeping me young, in purple and in teal and in pink and occasionally we'll try orange or red. It's fun and keeps me from being bored. My hair has been white since my late 30's and then it was kind of fun, an anomaly, but now my age (and my face) have caught up to the white hair and it's not quite so much fun, so I appreciate the help.
But your hair doesn't have to be white, she does all kinds of cut and color, so if you're in San Diego, looking for some fun new hair, meet my daughter Casey.
And she's doing a really nice job over on her blog so go have a look!
I'm originally from Massachusetts, so Boston was my first city. I loved it's historic nature, but also the parks and the water and dare I say the shopping! We would get dressed up and take the train and the subway into Boston. There would always be a trip to Filene's basement and at the end of the day an old fashioned ice cream parlor whose name now escapes me. If my dad were along we'd visit the park and watch the swan boats.
At 28 I moved to San Jose and San Francisco became my second city. The terrain and architecture of San Jose was so different then Massachusetts and I spent many a homesick day, but a vist to San Francisco would feel familiar. Well minus the hills, they were both waterfront cities, eclectic neighborhoods, parks, food, museums and shopping.
Beading by the Bay our inaugral beading retreat with seed beaders Maggie Meister and Jean Campbell is this weekend. And although the event itself is not in San Francisco proper it is in Northern California on the San Francisco Bay, an easy jaunt from the airport with access to many good restaurants and a short trip into the city.
I'm leaving a day early to have dinner with good friends and then the fun begins on Thursday as everyone arrives and the festivities get started. Spending creative time with other creative folks is always a highlight and I can't wait!
Monday, March 8, 2010
Lidia created this bright fun orange version which totally lights up!
And I have this brown iris and teal version
The original is a light bright olivine ab, but darn if I can find a picture of that at the moment. I suspect it is on the laptop and never made the transition 'home' to the desktop when I returned from my year in North Carolina.
But at the moment I'm out the door for a few last minute Beading by the Bay supplies.
Friday, March 5, 2010
It's always interesting to see which will be the most popular choice, the original purple iris with volcano paparadscha,
or the brandied olivine
or the newest gunmetal metallic with purple haze
....What's your guess?
And if you're thinking you'd like to make one of these, there is still time to join us! Next weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Maggie, Me and Jean and many of our longtime students and friends. It can't help but be a great time!