Thursday, March 8, 2012

Very Official As Of Today

As of today, I am officially going on an indefinite sabbatical with my lampworking. It's been delightful for the past almost-nine years with my bead making, being to share my portfolio on the Internet with the entire world. As tough as it is to make this decision, I long to use other media to express my creativity and unfortunately (or fortunately, depends on how you want to view it) my glass bead making no longer generates that kick or challenge I, as a "thrill-seeker" (no pain, no gain...), look for whenever I sit at the torch.

This morning, my faithful old Nortel Minor was the first to be bubble-wrapped - yes, it was a humbling and emotional experience (though no tears shed, no, no, I have yet to humanize my torch) to wrap my baby in bubble pack!!! - she's been with me since the start of my lampworking. Exactly two weeks after I started with lampworking - I used a hothead during the first two weeks and was banished by my family to practice in the kitchen as the hothead was terribly loud - I bought my Nortel Minor (she is music to the ears after the hothead!). Then, about two years later, I began a three-to-four-year affair with a Lynx torch. Well, the Lynx was not as faithful as my Minor, he was high-maintenance and I hadn't taken enough care of him. What else can one expect from a fella??!! Before he dumped me totally, I dumped him first. Anyway, my dear Minor took over where the Lynx left off and she's been the main drive behind my beads for the past years.

I still have beads from past to present that I shall be listing for sale. I shan't disappear altogether for now. Who knows when the faithful Minor will emerge again. There is a possibility for the old to join in with the new adventures. I like to leave a gap and not close the door completely, but for now, it's time to concentrate on my new ventures.

I hope you will continue to join me on this blog for more updates on my new adventures. Thank you for being around and following my work - may I leave you with my new beads I made recently.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Life Beyond Beadmaking

It's occurred to me this morning that mid of this year, it will be my ninth year in bead-making (aka lamp-working) and a few months ago, my older daughter who just turned 22 recently, commented that she finds it remarkable that I have been lamp-working for so long! After all, it did start off as a hobby.

I do admit, I have found other hobbies one to two years back which constantly distract me away from the studio. Several factors have contributed to the "slow-down" of my bead-making, the main contributing agent as I believe is, I have spent too many uncountable hours at the torch in the past eight-and-a-half years and possibly exhausting myself physically and mentally without knowing it or at least wanting to admit to the overdoing. I have sacrificed weekends, public holidays and the family while roaring to make beads. That's how driven I am in anything that sparks my interest.

The other influence is our dog, Sandy, who is turning 15 this May and he has become a full-time "maintenance" for the past year and a half. Walking the dog takes up to about 3-4 hours per day (it used to be one to two hours before) - he has obviously slowed down because of his age. By the time my errands (dog-walking, grocery-shopping, laundry, etc) are done, it is already early afternoon most days. When I begin to make beads at, say, 3pm, since that's usually when my daily responsibilities are tackled, it's time to feed the dog and take him out for his walk! So much for wanting to make beads! This routine is almost daily and let's be honest, by about 3pm, I am fresh out of energy for torching!

Anyway, these days I spend my time knitting and crocheting a lot. It has taken over my studio time, aren't I being bad?! My ongoing projects are keeping my fingers extremely busy but I can't begin to tell you how good I feel using my hands all the time.

A couple of beads I made in between the knitting and crocheting...hope you enjoy viewing my beads and have a great week! See you in my next update!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Changes Can Be Daunting

On Friday instead of just de-cluttering - by the way, you notice this (as in de-cluttering) is my favorite subject lately? - I decided to move things, as in furniture, around in the living room and studio. Oh boy. That was a major upheaval, totally exhausted with a sore back but the mess has been unmess-ed and it looks fab! Should have done this long ago. See, changes maybe daunting but once you cross over, it's well worth the try (and let's not forget the sore back and aching muscles). The side effects of getting older - notice how I used "getting older" and not "getting old"...

I have some new work I made, before the crazy pushing-and-shoving at home, to share with you. Mostly, glass toppers for rings or pendants. Again, all listed on Etsy - please see link on the right side of this blog if you are interested in purchasing.

By the way, I have closed my BigCartel account as I wasn't making enough beads to sell on several platforms - I am still very human, after all. I'm selling mainly on Etsy presently.

See you in my next update! In the meantime, have a wonderful creative week!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sol Lucet Omnibus - The Sun Shines For Everyone

Certainly I have waited long enough to update my blog and I admit, there are many distractions not only enabling but encouraging my absence from the torch. What with the discovery of knitting and crocheting - oh yes, I am finally getting domesticated! - I have been furiously churning out socks, mittens and caps as well as house slippers. It's definitely "learning by doing", thanks to the generous people out there, putting their skills on youTube, I have taught myself how to knit and crochet. I simply can't imagine my life without the internet anymore - it is one gigantic source of information.

It looks like winter has finally hit home though no snow in sight, i.e. up in northern Germany but oh boy, southern Germany is snowed in! Plenty of sunshine at the moment (with freezing temperatures) and that is one factor we (though we may not know know each other) share in common on this planet which is, the sun shines for everyone.

Anyway, here are some new glassy toppers from me. You will find them listed on Etsy (please find the link to my Etsy shop on the right side of this blog).

Till the next time, cheerio and enjoy the sun!