I let myself get a little overwhelmed with too many commitments in too short a time frame and I was missing some of the joy of the life I've created with beads. That is not to say I haven't loved the things I've been doing. I always look forward to Beading by the Bay, the March retreat I do with Susan in San Francisco. It is a long weekend of laughter, and a chance to be with my colleagues as well. This year Huib and Sabine and I spent some fabulous time together.
This was followed by a a two day trek with lots more fun and laughter down to San Diego where I hosted a Sabine workshop in my home. Again a wonderful, electric time. I love hosting artists in my home as I have a houseful of friendly beaders by day and a chance to share more special quiet time with my guest bead artist. It is something I can see myself doing more of going forward.
During all this time I was preparing for the June Bead and Button master class as well as working on projects for a third book. It got to be a lot of keeping up, with every day having demands that needed to be met.
This is not a complaint at all, I am very fortunate to live the life I do and I was heartily reminded of this when I traveled to New Hampshire last week and got to share my time with so many wonderful beaders. I do love to be out and about in the world connecting with other beaders, it is always very energizing.
I took a hard look at what could change to insure that I still had time to be creative and to enjoy special times with my husband and family. With that in mind, and with the second book 'Beads in Motion' complete and due to be released this August, I have decided that a third book is not where I can best spend my time.
I've let go of completing 'The Bead Within' as a book, however many of the projects that I am so happy with will soon be making their way to a teaching venue near you or to the website in the form of kits and in some cases tutorials. That will be new for me and I will be thinking through how that part of things will work.
(It occurred to me that this might sound like I don't take my commitments seriously, and I can assure you that I take them very seriously. Adding to this decision were some changes in the publishing world that impacted revenues, so there was a component to this decision that had to do with financial viability as well.)
In the meantime some of the older kits will be retired to make room in the studio for newer projects. Since I've been enamored of cubic raw lately and since size 15 cubic raw might present a challenge, I will be offering some of these projects as 'advanced' kits for those of you who enjoy that challenge. I have some simpler and pretty projects as well.
These pieces will be among those that will be added to my teaching workshops in the near future.
I will keep a fairly full travel schedule, traveling to some of my favorite places in the world and visiting with some of my favorite people.
I believe I've found appropriate balance and look forward to seeing many of you in my travels.