Back From The Gathering….

Back from the ISGB (The International Society of Glass Beadmakers) annual conference. This year it was in Rochester, NY, and I was able to drive there. As usual, I’ve come home with an excess of inspiration, that is taking some time and experimentation to fine tune into a new direction. But this is time I love, and trying new things is a gift. Just having new ideas is exciting, and all the mistakes along the way are giddy mistakes. Life is good. So…. just popping onto the blog to say “Hi”, and also let you all know that I’m listing a bunch of stuff on Etsy in the next few days… out with the old to make room for the new. 🙂

So pop on over to my Etsy Store when you get the chance, and check back every couple of days, because more is coming!



Bluebirds of Happiness and Photo Stress…

I spent the day today putting up birdhouses. We’ve had an unusual amount of bluebirds in the area lately. Well, perhaps not unusual… all I can say is, I’ve never seen so many before. Perhaps they’ve arrived early because of the mild winter, but we’ve been enjoying the show.

So today, I went to Lowes and bought 3 birdhouses, and some freeze-dried mealy worms. (Yeah, I know…. yum) And as I was drilling the boxes into fenceposts in my yard, I was daydreaming about being able to take beautiful close-ups of these rare and lovely birds when, and if, they decided to take up residence. That thought process turned to thinking of the other blog I started, where I am posting a daily photo each day of this year (366 Photos), and I started stressing out.
I started the blog as a challenge to myself to get out and take more pictures. I also limited myself to using my iPhone. I figured it would be more of a challenge using that technology, rather than relying on all the bells and whistles of the D90. I would focus more on composition and subject, and less on aperture and shutter speed for a fantastic image. Well, the past week has been extremely busy, and between hopping around New England, and loaning my iPhone to my son for a few days, I was WAY behind in the challenge. I found myself completely stressed out about not fulfilling that promise to myself.
It was then that I started laughing at myself. (I do that a LOT) Here I was, doing all the things I thought the challenge was going to help me with… getting out in the world, spending time in the outdoors, getting my overly large derriere out the front door of my house, and keeping busy and tuned in to life….. and I was stressing about my project. I was too busy having a lovely time to spend time online posting pictures.
It’s over. I will not be continuing with the project. However…. stay tuned (hopefully) for lovely bluebird pictures taken with my Nikon D90, which has a kick-ass lens for getting in close to the action without disturbing my bird friends. 🙂

I also have a trip to Switzerland and Austria coming up, where taking a photo every day just won’t be possible. And there will be a long-delayed honeymoon to Jamaica where I hope to get some fantastic photos of flowers and Caribbean bird species which I will enjoy posting when time permits…. I look forward to stress-free and lovely blog updates…. and glass of course…. always glass.
To those who followed the other blog… Thanks SO much!

366 Photos – Day 10 – Mama smells Something Phishy…

This is Mama… she reigns Feline Supreme at Something Phishy Studio in Worcester MA. where I am teaching an 11 week class.
Saved from thigh high snow last winter and pregnant as well, the lovely Elisa gave her a home in her studio. She’s now warm and happy and in charge of everything in the Sprinkler Factory Artist spaces in Worcester. Bow down and pay your respects. 🙂