April is i-cumin' in; loud sing cuckoo....(medieval song)
And here in Maryland, it's time for black-eyed Susans to start peeping their heads out of the ground for a wonderful season of blooms! I can't wait!
My bones feel they NEED the warmth and, yes, even the humidity that come as the seasons move toward summer. I look out the window in the sunroom where I spend my time when opining here in the blog, and it is greening up so quickly. Even my chives, sage, oregano and thyme have rebounded and are beckoning to be cut and folded gently into a wonderful omelette or other comestible....the foodie in me beckons far more than the beads..and that's a good thing, since I'm cooking for Passover for the multitudes and transporting it elsewhere to feed them.
BUT, there's also a show coming up....more in a few days on that. So I gotta get working....but first, I finish up the editorial work, now that my hip has calmed down enough from an overindulgence in Pilates and body pump classes for me to sit comfortably.....ONWARD!!!!
There's only one thing more disconcerting than receiving a "Thank you for applying; it was a hard decision, but, we're sorry to say..." letter from an event. At least when you get one of those you KNOW where you stand.
I just got ANOTHER of those "waiting list" letters! OY VEY! It's neither a "yes" nor a "no" and that leaves you....well, nowhere. So how does one plan? Simply put, one doesn't. BUT having been scooped off the waiting list for ACC, I'm hopeful that the One of a Kind show in Chicago (December 2012) will do the same! After all, I sent along the same pictures and text as I did to ACC....
And while I wait to hear about this waiting list, I'm also waiting for Craft Boston in the fall (another waiting list!) and whether I'm in or out for a number of OTHER shows beginning Labor Day through the end of the year.
The GOOD news: I'll be in Ann Arbor, MI in July for their HUGE four day show. A series of shows occur simultaneously and totally overrun the University's main campus. I'll be there! On State Street, booth 104....YAY
The even BETTER news is that I've got a wonderful barn finch nesting at the top of the pediment that holds up our porch roof. It's the second year the pair have graced our home. I can't wait to see the little ones! [And I can't wait until they leave and I can clean up the guano, too!] I also think a duck may be nesting in my holly near the house wall -- if not, they're just visiting my little front yard more often than ever! I'll try to get a picture.
EVERYTHING is GREENING! And that's so very wonderful. Even my tiny indoor fig tree (sent bare stemmed just 2 weeks ago) has leaves AND a tiny dwarf fig. So cute....Perhaps I'll do a bead shaped like the fig leaf; so unusual and undulating......
Keep thinking good thoughts about future shows for me.....I'll think good thoughts for everyone else!!
I'm going to be teaching a weekend class--Circling the Stone Times Three--June 30-July 1-- at the Gem Cutters Guild of Baltimore on three ways to create beaded bezels around their freshly cut gems. If you're in the area and want to participate, check out their website (below) to get more info. And while you're there, check out the other classes on their website (http://www.gemcuttersguild.com/classes.html).
Now the challenge is MAKING THE INSTRUCTION SHEETS! Any creative ideas? I KNOW I'm going to take some photos to add to the document, but the graphs are the part with which I will struggle! LOL, I'm so good at MAKING the jewelry, just not at drawing diagrams of HOW I make it! Once I get that worked out, doing the class should be fun.
Now, for your eye candy for the day, I present an additional picture of the famous VW that has been beaded inside and out by the Huichol tribe of Mexico and on exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian. There are over 2.27 million seed beads, weighing over 200 pounds that have been set in resin on the "bug." The symbols depict culturally important ceremonies, events and designs. It too 2 families over 9,000 hours to create!. SO COOL! SO CREATIVE! And signed just above the bumper, or so it appears. Thanks to my hubby, the docent at the Smithsonian, for taking the pix for me one day when he was "at work."
Soothing the savage etc....Off to the Baltimore Symphony tonight. I'm surely hoping that Fanfare for the Common Man (and the colleague Fanfare for the UNcommon WOman) get my creative juices flowing....I NEED to get some energy and brio moving in my veins again! Two writing jobs and I jump back into beads -- and I DO want to be able to jump right in and create what I've wanted to be dreaming about!!!!
If ANYONE can get me hopping up and down, it's Marin Alsop, one of the few women conductors in the world and a wonderful one, too!!
I'll let you all know if the music stirs the muse!!!
I just learned that the Circle the Stone necklace that graces the front of my website (www.theafine.com) is the cover picture for a beading group--Beads and More (BAM)--on Yahoo. It's a group of several hundred bead artists of varying experience who exchange knowledge, share solutions, and undertake bulk purchases to realize economies of scale. While now a "closed" group due to the large membership, my selection and the kind words about my work were quite the honor (albeit, something about which I was unaware until I went to look at something on the site!) By the way, the cabochon focal around which that piece is based is by Marsha Neal whose porcelain cabs and earrings and pendants are absolutely bodacious!!!
Yes, this blog entry features a DIFFERENT piece in the Circle the Stone line, -a hidden-front-closure piece that features a wonderful apatitie cabochon and stones. I barely got a photo of it. No sooner did I finish it than it found another home during the ACC show. I hope my client wears it well and with great joy, since I had a blast creating it!
I show it because I'll be teaching a weekend class--Circling the Stone Times Three--June 30-July 1, 2012, at the Gem Cutters Guild of Baltimore on three ways to create beaded bezels around their freshly cut gems. In the area and want to participate and get more info? Check it out, and check out the other classes, too, on their website (http://www.gemcuttersguild.com/classes.html) and check it out.
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It is dark, and it is foggy, much like my brain this morning. It is also unlike the beautiful fog in the picture taken on the Rhone during our Provence trip last summer.
I've been at a loss for creativity, blocked, hitting a wall. Colors won't come; the field of new project ideas lies fallow. Even my half-sewn beading projects languish, despite the fact that they require the less than average use of arty grey matter.
The ennui extends to other aspects of my life. I've been reading and re-reading all of the scientific articles that I need to understand and explain in plain English in a press release. The result? Poorly conceived drafts in need of reworking.
It happens to all of us: the muse evades us for a while. What to do about it? Surround yourself in visual, auditory, tactile and taste-worthy sensations.....And that's precisely what I plan to do today. The music will be ON (probably classical or folk of some ilk); the beads will be OUT on the counters to be put away in vials (seeing the colors touching the colors helps), the knitting will be picked up as will the artisan bread baking habit. All of this contributes to a mindfulness about my actions, whether kneading bread, sorting beads, finishing the baby sweater I'm knitting for a friend's new grandbaby, or even just closing my eyes and listening to music.
AND WITH LUCK, the Muse will return to touch my art and creative spirit again very soon.
Keep your fingers crossed for me! LOL
I'm not sure where winter went, but spring, even early summer, is upon us. The sky doesn't have a cloud; a warm breeze is blowing through the screen in the sunroom where I'm working right now.
Today isn't a day for work, it SHOULD be a day for play, for soaking up colors that can be translated into bead design...
But ALAS, I'm on deadline for a newsletter AND for a press release. ...so, no beading today; it's a "fingers on the keyboard, butt to the chair" kind of day....but I WILL be getting out for a walk before the weather turns cloudy as expected tomorrow. Pictures of the neighborhood's glorious daffodils coming in the next blog. In the meantime, enjoy the flowers from France.
So, how DOES one drive people to one's facebook page AND website? Seems that I'm writing for me and a few friends....which is ok, since I love to write. BUT the purpose IS to promote the business and, more important, the jewelry itself.....Any ideas?
And the weeks go around and around...It seems as if I just finished the ACC show, but, no, it's already been two weeks! The creative juices are flowing...at last! AND the desire to sit and bead coincides with the flowing of the creative sap in my veins....No pressure to create; just the free flow of ideas to try and test. No pressure to be done with something; just the relaxation of one bead following another in a new pattern or a new design or a new color combination.
The best part, the RELAXATION of beading is back. As a real type A personality, I've found beading to be my zen, my substitute for repeating a mantra over and over....but the pressure of the shows tends to change my outlook, making beading as much a chore as a joy....How wonderful to be back in the realm of the joy of beading. The next show is local--Sugarloaf in April--so far less pressure than occurs when doing a NEW show in a NEW location.
BY THE WAY, I'm in booth 107 (upstairs in the first building!) So come visit the booth.
Other than the wrinkled purple drapery on the left (which I cropped out for this picture and will NOT do again), whaddya think of the booth? Yes, my name is missing on the banner -- needed to do that for future show applications to keep the slide truly "blind"....
I'm absolutely thrilled by my new jewelry pix....Think they're large enough? LOL
asymmetry in black and red -- no pastels here!
Well, we sprang forward -- and I'm about to fall on my face! I shouldn't be tired, but tired I am!
The day was spent staring at (and working on) text I have to revise into a brief newsletter AND articles I need to summarize into a press release. It's that OTHER part of my life, intruding on the beady part....LOL
Only now have I gotten my beads out and begun to finish up a replacement bead reef necklace or two for the stack I like to keep around. I'm looking at some yummy pastels at this point, since they're showing pastels for the spring, summer and fall of 2013.....Paired with strong colors, I can manage to work with them; on their own, however, in a word, they're "meh."
This coming week should be a busy one...AND I get to head back to the gym at last. My ennui got the better of me, but it's time to get back in the saddle and back to pumping iron and treading on the treadmill and crunching those abs in Pilates!! So, off into the new week we shall go.....with dreams of wonderful new bead projects dancing in my head (and, I hope, soon, on my beading mats!!)
This blog is where Thea Fine, Beading Design meets Fine WordCrafters (my writing/editing activities). I hope you find it a happy collision of my two artful worlds.