Monday, February 16, 2015

FEATHER BAGS

The preparation for my next Santa Fe show has been begun in ernest. Tomorrow I'm sending some bags down to Vivi and she will be displaying them in a window at the La Fonda Hotel starting March first. I'm going to be doing a lot of black velvet work this year. It's a different  price point, less expensive because it's less time consuming to make.  I'm excited about the pieces, the colors are so vibrant and the beadwork really pops when you use the black velvet as a background.  I think using the feathers in with the flowers is a natural fit and a fun design feature. Here are a couple of feather bags, one done and one on its way...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

WORKING ON A CLASS

So right now I'm making some prototypes for a class. Using the Elements of Inspiration cuffs we will be making these gorgeous little bracelets. The class is going to be at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gigs-Beads-N-Things/1493871857569113
The class is on March 7th from 11 to 4. We will be learning bead embroidery and all the extras for putting the cuff together into a finished project. It's going to be fun! I'm looking forward to getting back into Gig's because right now she is closed for her annual buying trip at the bead show in Tucson. I know she is going to come back with lots and lots of things to tempt my bead addiction!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A CHRISTMAS TALE

            The year I was 15 I was living in Connecticut and not having a very good time. My family life was tense and unhappy and school was not good. At Christmas time my sister came home and when she left I went with her. She was 19 and working at the teenage club in Juneau Alaska. I remember the jet coming in for a landing, seeing the mountains and water so close. I was feeling nervous but exhilarated. In the beginning we were living downtown in the Senate apartments with Mag's two roommates. It was pretty tight quarters and most of the time Mag slept across the hall with her boyfriend and gave me her closet of a bedroom. In the dark I would walk to school along streets where the snow plows had piled 10 foot burms of hard, icy crusted snow. All the while I was telling myself "don't blow it, climb out of your shell and enjoy your new life." There were some trials and tribulations but the gist of the story is that I managed to do that and I have Maggie to thank for it. You couldn't ask for a better sister, she's kind and loving and an extremely fun compadre to go on adventures with!  So Mag, I didn't manage to finish your bag for Christmas,(I had to get the leopard order out of the way) but it's almost done. Robert is finishing up the lining and zipper and then I'll whip stitch it together and it will be all yours. Thank you sister, for taking me under your teenage wing and letting me fly. Merry Christmas to all!
maggie's night ravens bag

robert working on the lining

sisters

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

FINALLY IN THE MAIL!

I rarely cut it this close on orders but these darn leopards were just taking longer than I thought they would. All those little spots and intricate detail had me working late every night!  But the bag is in the mail and I met my Christmas deadline, whew. At one point I had to take some beadwork out on this piece. In the floral border I used some red in the flowers and it was really bugging me. I could have left it but I didn't think it went with the rest of flowers, so now the red is gone. It's tricky taking beadwork out and I try to avoid it, but sometimes you just have to because your vision for the finished piece is more important than a couple of extra hours. Hopefully all the angst and worrying I did over this one will pay off and it will be just what my patron had in mind.
     She wanted leopard parents on the front and cubs on sides. This is what I came up with...


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE

I'm super excited! My Dipnet wall pockets were chosen to be in the All Alaska Juried XXXV show at the Anchorage museum. https://www.anchoragemuseum.org/exhibits/all-alaska-juried-xxxv/
They picked only 40 pieces (out of 600) to be exhibited, so it's a wonderful feeling. Also I was given one out of five $500.00 merit awards.  It's really great to be acknowledged for something that I worked long and hard on.
When I was in Juneau my brother dug out this old piece of beadwork that I had made him many, many years ago. It's funny to see my early attempts, but also nice to know that long hours at the bead table and lots and lots of practice can really pay off!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

9/9

I'm sharing a sneak peek of the order I'm working on right now. Here's your bag in progress, Mag. Hope it's what you had in mind!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

WHAT A TRIP

Sitting down this morning rehashing the trip in my mind. Leading up to the show was a little nerve wracking, but it turned out that the radio interviews were kind of fun and having Annie to do it with was the best! The opening was packed and Annie and I both sold some stuff right off the bat so the terror of the skunk was off. I was able to see many old friends and gab late into the night with my family until I literally lost my voice. The road trip home was a ferry ride out of Juneau to Haines and then a 1000 mile road trip thru Canada and some of the loneliest stretches of road in Alaska you ever want to see. No one out there but me blasting the Dixie Chicks with my moon roof open, dodging ground squirrels and ravens eating dead ground squirrels. Gives you a good feeling to know that mankind's foot print isn't everywhere. When I was in Haines Junction I saw this little church that said Our Lady of ON THE WAY. When I looked back at the pictures it was Our Lady of the way but I guess I saw what I wanted to see...
first sale!
annie and her work


Klukwan

entering canada

destruction bag

the pass