Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wish I could have brought home these inviting chairs!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Lavinia and Peggy, Gail, Lori, Daeng
Liz, Patty, Lisa, Kathleen
Victoria, Suzanne, Deborah, Trisha
Sue, Mandi, Mike and Shannon, Mary
Monday, March 21, 2011
The one change I made was the picot bind off on the collar to girly it up a bit. It's a 6 to 9 month size so I have time to look for some matching fabric and pair it with some overalls, or perhaps a dress.
Had I thought of it in time I might have used a picot cast on and picot bind off on the bottom edges and perhaps a little pocket. Not that babies have much use for pockets I suppose, but it would seem like a nice design detail. It may be that I'll make this one again, one size bigger. I think it's going to be a nice practical Northern California layer for those fall months.
The pattern called 'garter stitch baby jacket' is from www.morrisyarns.com. They are in Sydney Australia so a search of Ravelry might turn up a more available pattern.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
We had a nice dinner at California Pizza kitchen and then wandered over to the Marriott for the meeting. Given the weather I was not expecting many folks to attend, but I was pleasantly surprised by a good number of members who braved the nasty weather.
In general I don't mind public speaking. I had a two year stint as the President of the San Diego Bead Society and I'm often in front of a classroom, so I'm comfortable, but I had never given this talk before. Thankfully as soon as I started, the love of beads and desire to share whatever knowledge I could helped to calm any nerves.
I had friends in the audience, with Rachel Nelson Smith and Patty Lakinsmith traveling all way from Santa Cruz. I also met two facebook friends Terri Dannenberg and Cynthia Holsclaw (Bead Origami).
I had a really nice evening and I am thankful to Patty who captured the essence of the talk 'The Road to Opulence' and took some great photos on her blog. Patty is a hugely talented lampwork artist who has an interest in dabbling in the seed beads. I totally support that, I love people who can embrace multiple mediums, although I will leave the glass to Patty.
I am so looking forward to meeting back up with so many past cruisers, along with Tracy Stanley, Dallas Lovett, Jean Campbell, Heather Powers, Beverly Herman, and the Bad Liz! Sounds like my kind of fun.
My previous experience with this cruise means, although I teach 2 1/2 days I also have 4 1/2 days of some serious downtime. Mark will be with me and I look forward to nights being gently rocked to sleep by the woosh of the ocean surrounding us. I guess that gives away my state of mind a bit. I've never really been a nightlife party girl, more of a morning welcome the day ahead girl. I look forward to walking the promenade deck with friend Liz, playing with beads, catching up with friends, and quiet evenings with my honey.
The timing is good, on Friday we celebrate the 28th anniversary of our first date, and on Saturday we leave for some excellent travel.
In the next couple of days I want to bring you a montage of all the smiling faces I captured at Beading by the Bay. I really got some excellent portraits of happy people.
And I have a pretty new colorway of the Birds of Paradise to share. That will be my fullest class on the cruise and I'm always interested to see what the favorite colorway is. Carousel, my Beading by the Bay piece, was almost evenly split, with no clear winner, guess that means they were all good.
I'll be back tomorrow with pictures, could even be a baby sweater in the mix....and I'll update all week since next week you'll be on your own, no phone, no internet, yikes.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Last spring I bought my first colorful totem and since the garden was not yet ready I assembled it inside. Apparently husband Steve warns against this strategy, although I don't remember hearing it. But sure enough, I have become very attached to the totem in the living room and would miss the spot of color and eclectic decor it offers, so....
Now the garden is ready I had to buy my second totem. Leslie is so gracious, amid her busy schedule she allowed us to come to her studio and choose our next totem as we made the drive from San Francisco back to San Diego this week.
Monday, March 14, 2011
(pppssssttttt....look at the great earrings on both of these gals!)
Save the date for next years Beading by the Bay event March 9-11, 2012
and the artists are........
Sherry Serafini, Rachel Nelson Smith and Marcia DeCoster! Registration opens September 15th with early registration being offered to this years participants, so mark your calendars, you won't want to delay!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
This beautiful version of Aurelia with black, bronze and light grey opal was beaded by Chris and shared with me at Beading by the Bay. Chris finesses every design she makes and has a very sophisticated sense of color. Her work is always Impeccable and I love seeing it. Thanks Chris.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
AND....cuz our new grand baby also lives in the bay area, we'll be stopping for some grandparently love on the way (spell check does not approve, but how could grandparently not be a word?) . I've got the good camera, good lens and tripod with for a family photo session.
The Bay area (silicon valley) is home for me, having moved there when I was 28 and growing up my own family there, so it's an exciting time.
I'll be making a trip into San Francisco on Monday, one of my very most favorite cities in the world.
There will be some live blogging, so stay tuned, but it may be Thursday or Friday until you hear from me again.
I have a couple of years to decide a fitting celebration for the next decade party...
Monday, March 7, 2011
Are you coming to the Glitterganza? The imagination of Kate McKinnon, the attendance of Kyle Cassidy and Dustin Wedekind and Joyce Rooks and all manner of exciting people....at Balboa park, in the gardens of the Mingei, how could you not? Well maybe if you don't live in some proximity to San Diego, it might seem like a stretch, but I'm pretty sure this is going to be an event to attend. Saturday, April 16th, San Diego, 10 am – 3 pm, starting out with a talk by Kate for the Bead Society of San Diego.
Even my Mark is planning his wardrobe, and there will be a hat involved, he's got a significant hat collection and he wears them well.
I've plans for some ostrich feathers and some jewelry and I have an amazing hat myself.
Go check out Kate's link. I love the photo that Kyle took of us last year (be sure not to miss the levitating dog). I wouldn't want to ever miss the opportunity to take part in Kyle's thoughtful orchestration of a photo.
Time, it's a bit of a funny commodity in this business. On the one hand I plan a year to a year and half out (actually I have one commitment in 2014 already)I prepare a project, write a supply list, take photos and then.....I turn around and focus on what is right in front of me.
This week that would be Beading by the Bay, next week it will be my talk at the Northern California Bead Society and then the Bead Cruise.
But, I mustn't forget to share with you one of those plans I made way back when. I'm going to Alaska! And you can come, we're cruising.
I had never traveled to Alaska prior to 2009 when I was invited by the Alaska Bead Company to come teach. It was beyond gorgeous, a natural beauty that had never been in my experience before. Snow capped mountains, crystal clear waters, blue blue skies, and crisp air. I spent a week, but one of my magical days was a trip to Seward which I describe here.
So when Carole of Creative Castle asked me if I would like to cruise there, I didn't hesitate for a minute. Now I love a nice tropical destination as well, but I think there will be something wonderful about cruising in the cool, pure air of Alaska, surrounded by all that amazing scenery. I like the idea of trading in a bathing suit for a fleece vest and drinking tea while my cheeks get properly pinked.
I tell you all this now because although we set sail in September, there is a bit of a price incentive to sign up by May 1st.
Did I mention that I love the project I designed exclusively for this cruise. It's called 'Dancing Light' and it's quite glittery and very elegant. Like many of my projects it is component based, so it can be changed up and as always I'll share options. September is the perfect month to be creating a show stopping piece with the wintry holidays providing lot's of occasions to enjoy such a stunning necklace.
For details click here, I'd love for you to join in the fun!
Sunday, March 6, 2011
A couple of weeks back Marlene Blessing posted how she had finally gotten around to painting an accent wall, and I just knew it was time to make it happen.
Funny how in the midst of huge amounts to do, it is still possible to get more done. I got up this morning, ready to paint. We assembled the necessary stuff, laid down tarp, prepped the walls with tape and got to it.
Mark did the edges, he's more exacting then I am, and I rollered the rest.
Here the formerly dull white wall
Maya supervised, always right in the middle of things.
Admittedly it's a small wall, what with those big double doors in the middle of it. In under two hours we prepped, painted and cleaned up.
Thanks Marlene, for the push....The wall looks great.
I used table runners to add a whimsical and colorful touch to the somewhat sedate and boring dining room chairs.
Mark declared the accent akin to toilet seat covers, I think he's wrong.
It occurs to me when looking at this photo, that the style of the fabric on the chairs and my touch of whimsy are decidely at odds with one another, but...in my defense, when the chairs are neatly tucked into the table, it doesn't show. So I'm sticking with it.
Friday, March 4, 2011
We collaborated on an ahi tuna nicoise, with Mark prepping the potatoes, green beans, and hardboiled eggs. I arranged the above with the Kalmata olives and olive oil while he grilled the tuna.
The meal was lovely. After days of kitting and writing instructions, it was nice to relax into the evening.
I have such a sense of well being and peace these days. A new grandbaby, a man I'm in love with, a home I am at home in, travel, weather, new books on the horizon, it's all really wonderful.
I have a few days of work to get ready for Beading by the Bay. Mark and I created new postcards announcing next years teachers, stay posted.....We'll visit with our children and new grandbaby and we'll visit San Francisco, one of my all time favorite cities.
It's going to be a grand week!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
I hope to do it justice! Although I was never a member since the trip from Santa Cruz to Emeryville at night seemed daunting, I consider the San Francicso Bay Area home so I am honored to be asked to be a part of the meeting.
It has been interesting contemplating my journey.....I think of it as my second accidental career. My first in information technology was good timing and an affinity for systems and project management that was natural, not planned or learned.
I did leave that career to explore being an artist at my husbands urging, so I guess in that respect it was not that accidental, but arriving at a place where I've enjoyed the ability to earn a living working with beads, I don't think I planned that part. But it's working out and I'm grateful.
So the next three weeks are huge for me, first Beading by the Bay, our second annual, with full enrollment! So many friends from last year to visit with, so many new ones to meet, and my co-teachers Maggie and Jean!
And then.....there is a baby to visit. I can barely stand waiting to hold little Malayna in my arms again. You see daughter Lucia remained in the Bay Area so any visit there is going to be special. Did I show you this picture already, I might have, but it touches my heart so, her little fingers with her Grandpa's hand.
Through the miracle of Skype I just got to see her!
We'll be taking the good camera, portrait lens and tripod and take some family pictures.
After my talk we'll drive back to San Diego and get ready for our Bead Cruise, where more friends await.
Life is good.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I was once again honored to be in her gallery, showcasing two of this years colors in this 'original' My Secret Garden.
It was later re-designed to overcome some design flaws as well as availability of supplies, but I always loved this combination of colors!
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
This is the detail from a belt I bought. It has two fabulous pockets, and lots of funky detailing. It will be excellent at shows for keeping money close at hand and making a fashion statement at the same time.
The feathers were a separate little clip on accent with chain, charm and more feathers. A great piece to put in one's hair, use for a shawl clip or as here, add a touch more detail to my amazing belt.
I wish you much success Betsy!