Saturday, April 24, 2010

THE WONDERLAND SYNDROME

One might consider me as being jammed up in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and being in lah-lah land. Yes, I admit, I am! My beads and thoughts are presently influenced by his stories.

Beads I made on Thursday right before the propane ran out. By the time I returned home with the new bottle, I didn't feel up to torching again. When the rhythm is interrupted, you lose the pace. I ventured into using the cooler color schemes and adding the warmer color accents to the beads for a sense of balance.

Hey, have a great and relaxing weekend, won't you?!

GROUP PHOTO #4
WHERE'S THE RABBIT HOLE?


UNCOMMON NONSENSE


MAKE A WISH



CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER



Thursday, April 22, 2010

WHY NOT?

Recently I  was asked again whether I have offer any tutorials for my stringer control. Over the weekend, my husband and I discussed about the hard facts, one of them being the most important of all, what on earth is so special about my tutorial that will make someone want to buy it and not the other tutorials already available? Let's be honest, the market is already flooded with lampworking tutorials; to come up with another tutorial, then I have to jolly well make sure, it is extra special and is a 'must-have'. To be able to communicate your techniques across to any audience, you must be a very good author, choosing your words carefully and making sure that every reader knows exactly what you mean and not what they think you mean to say or convey. My respect, however, goes to my lampworking colleagues who have written and presented their tutorials; there is a lot of work involved and one is never sure how their tutorials will be received by other lampworkers.


More Mad Hatter series beads, made over the past days. Two days ago, I made three focal beads in nine hours. Don't ask, it was one of those days where I ignored all rules of keeping the bead nice and warm while decorating. Towards the end, just when I was about finished, there was a 'puck' sound (this is exactly the sound when the glass cracks) accompanied by my long string of expletive words which I shall not publish here. This cracking went on the whole day, awww...I feel so backwards!! About six beads went to their graves silently...


Yesturday, torching was better, thank heavens. The beads will be either listed on Ebay, Etsy, BigCartel and/or DaWanda. The listing information will be found on my Facebook Page (Beadchatter) - or simply contact me directly if you wish to purchase any beads.




GROUP PHOTO #3!!


TEA PARTY
51x32mm, 12mm thick
TEA PARTY reverse side
IMAGINATION
53x26mm, 10mm thick
IMAGINATION
JUST PICTURE THIS
39x29mm, 12mm thick
JUST PICTURE THIS reverse side
LOST IN THE LABYRINTH
48x31mm, 11mm thick
LOST IN THE LABYRINTH reverse side
FAR FROM THE MAD HATTER'S CROWD
56x31mm, 11mm thick
FAR FROM THE MAD HATTER'S CROWD reverse side
NO END TO A BEGINNING
48x31mm, 11mm thick
NO END TO A BEGINNING reverse side
HAPPY ALL OVER AGAIN
46x34mm, 10mm thick
HAPPY ALL OVER AGAIN reverse side

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

AGELESS LOOK AND BEHAVIOR

It was time to give our Sandy a good scrub after a winter-long of staying natural and smelling like a dog... it is a back-breaking job and I usually end up smelling like the dog myself especially when he shakes on me during the wash. His first (which was also his last) visit last year to the groomer's was not a good one for him. He came home with a limp and progressively got worse. Our vet believes he was handled roughly by the groomers. I don't think it was done on purpose; we as pet owners usually know how much rough handling or playing our pets can take. Besides, our 'Gramps' Sandy will be 13 end of May and is no longer as agile as a young pup - maybe the groomer plain forgot about that.

My daughter took these photos during his wash in the tub last week, he still looks like a puppy, doesn't he?


Sandy peeking under the shower curtain; I had drawn the curtain for him to have a good shake. I guess he didn't quite like to be 'shut' in.
Under all the thick coat is really a skinny fella in disguise.











The handsome Gramps, nice and dry!