Yesterday Was a Good Day

I was working on a couple of orders yesterday, and then I took some time to play. Play time is my favorite time on the torch, and I haven’t had nearly enough of it. These are my favorites from that session.. I need to wire them up this morning, and a couple are being added to a new Traveller Series necklace, then they’ll be going up on Etsy later today. 🙂



Back to Work…

I’ve been floundering a bit lately, not quite sure where I want to go with my glass… and my illustration… and my shop. It’s one of those times where I just become immobile with indecision. The best medicine for that problem is to just get down to work… so, I’m back on the torch today, to play with a few ideas that have been swimming around in my head, and this morning, I photographed a few things for the Etsy shop. I’ve also been pondering doing a few more tutorials: Anyone have an idea of what you might like to see? I’m open to suggestions, for sure!

Anyway…. on to the eye candy: A necklace from my Traveler series, Stone series pendant, and a perched bird pendant.




The three pieces above will be in my Etsy shop in a few minutes… Have an awesome day!!

Video from the studio today…

Tried getting back on the horse today, and only fell off once. I plugged back into the Ustream live feed, and apparently I can only record for so long before it just disconnects. When I tried to re-connect, it only recorded the sound. So I just deleted the second one. I’m not sure if it was an iPhone limitation, or a Ustream one, but I’ll check it out. Either way, it was fun, and a little nerve wracking to be on live. Pretty sure only one person showed up, but that’s ok. I like it when I forget I’m on, and just start to work. You can tell when that happens, because I start singing ( my apologies) and my hands stop shaking. 🙂

Will try again tomorrow. I really like doing it. it keeps me focused, and on task. I feel as if I had better keep working if someone may be watching, and as a result, I get more done. So… if you’re interested, the channel is at the following link:
If you click the link, it will take you to the last video recorded, or to the live show if I’m currently on.

Here’s a screen shot from today:

It’s Hip To Be Square

One of the new toys I got at the ISGB Gathering this year was a set of square cabochon mandrels from Zoozii’s … They rock!  I got 7 mandrels, in graduated sizes. All square. This is a pair (second largest)  that will eventually be part of a necklace… I’m so pleased with them! Big ideas are stomping around in my head…I love this feeling. 🙂



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  Thurs. 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!  … 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  Canada 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!