Tuesday, January 28, 2020

ANOTHER ORDER DONE

                     Just put this butterfly collar piece in the mail. Filling orders, feeling good.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

TEACHING AND THE BONDS WE MAKE

2020. First blog of the new year. This year I'm teaching two classes. These are always so much fun and I'm excited for the opportunity to travel and meet new students and see old friends. But there is more to it than just that. In a world with so much anger and division, we can preserve what is best in humanity through these gatherings. The sharing of knowledge, the love of beads, the very simple act  of being in each others presence and sewing. These things bring us together in a profound way. For me, being creative amongst other people who are being creative is a blessing, and I count myself lucky to have these moments in time when everyone comes together with needle in hand...
The first class is June 13th in Anchorage put on by the Ak Bead Society. We will be making these fun little "Floral Needle Cases"  If you are interested you can contact:   https://www.akbeadsociety.org/guest-artist-program.html
The second class is September 17th at the Colorado Bead Retreat. We will be making these wonderful cell phone bags. http://www.coloradobeadretreat.com/welcome.html   The Colorado retreat classes are full, but check out the website anyway.There is always next year. The retreat looks like a really special event!

Saturday, December 21, 2019

WINTER SOLSTICE

Finishing up this winter solstice piece. The beadwork is done and it's time to attach it to the leather. I'm torn between brown which brings out the hawk and wolf colors or black which sticks to the dark mood of the piece. My plan is for the bag to have loads of fringe so envision that when you make your color choice. Which do you like? The darkness this time of year seems to just sap my energy so it's a miracle I'm getting anything done. Coffee works for awhile. It's cold this morning, in the single digits. The birds hit the feeder as soon as the low on the horizon sun comes up, and my old cat Crazy is nestled by the wood stove soaking up the heat. We have about 6 hours of day light this time of year. No problem though because I find time passes so quickly, the season flies by. So wishing you a magical solstice, no telling what kind of mischief happens in the dark...

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

HOT COLORS IN A COOL CLIMATE

I've been working on this order that I got in Santa Fe during the show. It's from a really wonderful lady from Florida named Farrah who loves PINK! She wanted a ruby throated hummingbird, dragonfly and flowers. Hope you love it Farrah and Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

FEATHER EARRINGS

Grace modeling the earrings

Whew, the Blue jay feather earring kits are finally done! I only do one kit a year, and these turned out beautifully. I feel like last year the kit was a little hard, probably for more advanced beaders but these earrings are very straight forward. They have lots of straight lines which is easier than lots of curves and corners and can easily be done by beginners. Hopefully these videos are helpful. The first one is demonstrating the couching stitch and the second one is showing how to finish up with the edging stitch. You can stop by the gallery to pick one up or call me to order. The kit costs $45.00 and $3.50 shipping if you want me to send you one. My phone number is 907 567-3539

 HAPPY BEADING!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

SUCCESS


 Okay, I guess I do feel a little different. The life of an artist is filled with uncertainty and always the insecure nagging that your work might not be liked/loved/bought by anyone. But that is not the case this time! After a brief moment of panic when the stock market crashed on Wednesday and I heard from another bead artist that nobody was buying, and beadwork had been dubbed passe, I was worried. But on Thursday there were some big sales and all weekend continued to be great! Now I have a extra spring in my step and I'm so grateful that I'm still making a living with my beadwork. Super fun trip with my family and as always with my time in Santa fe, Vivi and Milt made it possible. Thank you to them, the gang, my patrons, and the universe!
 

ALL THE BAGS THAT SOLD!









Sunday, August 4, 2019

GOING TO SANTA FE

Headed down south on the 13th. I'm so happy to be working on the final bag for the show, it's been a long haul. Excited and nervous. You would think after all the years of doing these shows that I wouldn't get nerves but I'm just not built that way. I'm so glad that I have Vivi to take care of everything and all I have to do is show up! She is the best. If you are in the Santa Fe area come into the Eldorado on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (15th thru 18th) Hope to see you there!!!!