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
Not a cloud in the sky, but a chilly morning. Wrapped up with a mug of wonderful green tea in the sunroom and my beads, I plan to lose myself in them today. It's "clean up" day for the existing projects. The two orders I just completed went out the door yesterday, along with a repair job.
So now, it's on to the "finish them up" projects. Necklaces, a few "kepah keepers" (picture appended), and a bodacious couple of pin/pendant combos. THEN I get to play with my Judaica line as planned AND to start visualizing the Victoriana line.....I've got a few pieces already, part of the circle the stone collection, and want to do more -- perhaps with some jet and pearl....perhaps some garnet and gold.....The color combinations are dancing in my brain.....Creativity abounds.....
But on a down-to-earth note, I DO have to get a newsletter out this week and start a press release for my two remaining editorial clients. I'm disinclined to give them up -- the work is fun, challenging my creativity in a different sort of way. Loving it all....
For those of you in the US, don't forget to "spring forward" tonight! Yeah, that hour we gained in the fall is going back to the great "time repository" in the sky! LOL...
Exhausted at the end of the week (Well, it almost the end of the week!)
Successfully got all the applications for show sent in, but for one that requires a cd. Digging in for a three-day bead frenzy....Victorian is where I'm heading. Off to the library to read and soak up the look of the different periods...yum!!!
The best news is that last night I had a good night's sleep, dreaming of beads and good friends at a wonderful music festival on the great ocean road in Oz!
Bleugh! (with apologies to Charles Schultz an Peanuts). That epithet captures precisely how I feel today. Eyes are runny, nose is runny, throat is ....well, you get the picture.
BUT, nothing will stop me from getting on with the work I need to do. Beading awaits. Finishing up projects in the works--and a fix for a client.
Once we're through with the "to do" list, we'll move on to the "oooh this will be fun to do" list....the NEW STUFF! Stay tuned!!!
I'll stay cloistered for a few days to ensure YOU don't get what I've got....BLEUGH, indeed!
Monday....and the effort to stave off some strange illness has NOT been successful. The head is stuffed; I'm hearing through a bale of cotton. My coffee tastes metallic -- the sure sign of a viral cold or some similarly revolting ailmentthat will take over nose, eyes, throat and lungs. UGH.
Small blessing: I can still sit up and bead....so stay tuned for a picture of a new "toy" that's in the works. Perhaps tomorrow.....
AND DON'T FORGET TO LIKE the thea fine, beading design facebook page. It'll make me feel better -- just like chicken soup!!!
The weekend has been a whirlwind of cleaning. The foregoing picture suggests the status of the studio when I started.
I even took the vacuum, covered the intake with pantyhose and vacuumed up the entire studio rug. Anyone want to guess how many beads I "saved" in that pantyhose sieve? Let me assure you, it was quite the bead soup assortment!
So, now I can BEGIN to work again....but first, I've got to do a two-day editorial activity, providing input and participating at a legislative meeting of a small behavioral health association down in Washington DC.....SIGH...two days away from the bench...NOT GOOD!
With luck, I'll be able to jump right into work when I'm done. Judaica awaits, as do a few "finish me up" projects....I'm ready to dive in....
Wonder WHO actually wound up buying the Munch piece "The Scream" when it was on the auction block last month...Anyone know?
It's been a productive day; cleaned the studio. Now I can actually see a few tabletops and small bits of carpet. Back to it tomorrow to do a stash and burn.... (save the good, toss the rest)
The aim is to get it neat enough to get moving on the Judaica line. I have one of the three elements in prototype already. Above find a "kepah keeper" to hold a head scarf or skull cap on a woman. It also is good for church, too. This is the first; many more will follow. Two other elements are "on the bench" (aka, somewhere under the mess on the tables!) Stay tuned.
Other bracelets are in the design stage, AND I'm researching Victorian jewelry to and designs to help me create my "homage to Downton Abbey" (and the Brontes and Jane Austin) line. Off to the library tomorrow for inspiration......
But, tonight, first a break to celebrate Aaron's engagement to Pamela! My baby is going to get married!! I'm so lucky to have two great sons; and I'll have not one but two great daughters-in-law! Can't wait to have grandkids to teach to bead!!!
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It's time to start blogging...and its about time, too. I made my living with words for so many years, it's hard to stop painting pictures with them and to rely on the pictures crafted with my beads.
Let it suffice to say that I'm waaaay past panic mode. With my first participation in the American Craft Council show at the Baltimore (MD) Convention Center less than a week away, I'm deep into the "I can get this done, somehow" mode. Perhaps by Saturday, I'll evolve to another more realistic state? Who can tell?
I hope to blog before, during and after the show to share the view from Booth #428 and beyond. Stay tuned!
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