Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Workshop & Event 2011 Updates

I have just updated my workshop & event schedule for 2011 and am most delighted to be this year's International Presenter & Instructor for the upcoming Gathering 2011 in Louisville, KY. I certainly look forward to greeting you in my classes and the participating events. I will not to be at this year's Bead & Button Show as difficult as it had been to make this decision.

I look forward to seeing you at this year's workshops or events!

Monday, February 7, 2011

RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS...

Last week I was really feeling low and wasn't very "productive". Blame it on the weather but it had been a very depressing beginning of the week. I snapped out of it as quick as I could with help and friendly messages from friends and family. I was melting a lot of glass on mandrels which ended up in the trash bin; yes, it was exactly that I was doing - not making beads but simply melting glass on mandrels so that I can throw it out, like I have nothing better to do. A few days ago, I decided to go back to the basics of beadmaking - floral beads. When in doubt, then work it out; and working on florals is one good way to touch base again. Floral beads have dots, stringers, encasing and I enjoy plunging the middle of the dots to see how it evolves into a flower. Imagine how cool it is, plunging into the middle of the individual dots clustered in a circle can become a flower. Never fails to amaze me till today how I enjoy plunging a tungsten poke into hot glass to depict flowers that way. Ahhh, the little joys in life!

Beads I made so far - all of them will be listed on eBay and on my BigCartel shop though I haven't listed everything as of this posting. I might also return to Etsy - too many sites and too little time! I prefer to keep it to as little sites as I can. I wonder if I am the only one who is confused where to list and for the buyers, where to look too!

RASCALS, 11-bead set
very small beads (small for me to make), each bead 11x13mm

IN THE GARDEN, my fav beadsize 17x19mm
5-bead set

THE LITTLE GEISHA IN BLUE, XXS
these dolls you see are very small now, half of the original dolls I previously made

THE LITTLE GEISHA IN IVORY, XXS

THE LITTLE GEISHA IN COBALT, XXS

THE LITTLE GEISHA IN BLACK-AND-WHITE, XXS

THE LITTLE GEISHA IN SALMON PINK, XXS

WHITE-AS-SNOW, white flowers against black

UNTITLED, teal flowers against blue goldstone (aventurine)

FIRST CROCUS, yellow flowers against cobalt blue

BEWILDERING, black-and-white with goldstone accents