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. ­čÖé

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



What’s up Ya’ll ?

I’m practicing my southern accent because I’m headed down to Atlanta in October to teach for Southern Flames…. a very special chapter of the ISGB.

And guess what? There are a couple of spots left in the class. One of them is meant for you of course… so get on over there and check it out before they’re all gone!

Here are a couple of images of what we’ll be making:

And More!!!

We’ll be making twigs…. and feathers… and whatever your little heart desires.

There’s nothing I won’t show you in class….. just ask.


I just registered for The Gathering.

For those who don’t know, The Gathering is the annual conference of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers. Every year, it takes place in a different city.

This year is is taking place in Louisville, KY. July 28-31st

It’s something I look forward to every year, and it’s really the only place (for now) that I show my work en masse. The Bead Bazaar is on Saturday, and there are also a couple of exhibits that are related to the event.

I have 5 things on my list to accomplish for the event:

1. A new postcard to be designed and ordered. Due ┬áThurs. June 30th…. BTW, my favorite place to get my postcards from is Overnight Prints… sign up for their mailing list… they regularly have REALLY good sales on postcard printing. PLUS they have beautiful matte postcards with rounded edges… Gorgeous.

2. A bead for the Beads of Courage Community Project and Show – Theme: Louisville: Possibilities… specifically geared toward children to be donated to the Ronald MacDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana. Due June 30

3. Donation for The Silent Auction. Due June 30th ( I see a pattern developing…)

4. Pendant for the Juried Show, Arts of Engagement: Beyond the Glass Bead….Application Due April 30th (Better get right on that one today!)

5. Beaded object show…Theme: Beaded Trifecta/ Horses, hats and homeruns… eek! ┬á… Due June 15th.

And then of course, beads…. lots and lots of beads…

I’m teaching the end of this month in Austin, and a week in mid-June in Canada… so my best bet is to get the deadline stuff done before my ┬áCanada class to keep the panic at bay.

Will that happen? It’ll be a first for me to make my gathering deadline beads done without being in panic mode!

Wish me luck!