Wednesday, April 30, 2008

busy busy busy


Just in case you stop by to see what's going on, I thought I'd post. I have a show in Virginia this weekend at Dulles Convention Center. It's a Sugarloaf show and I've been packing and working and polishing and torching and... and... just getting ready.
I planned ahead for a long time because this is following my daughter's graduation and in the midst of a lot of work at the day job. It's hard to do it all well and I sure hope nothing is being ignored, especially at school/day job. Although--I still have a few grades to post for mid semester reports, so this is a short post. I'll be back next week!
In the meantime, here's a bead I posted on Etsy today. :-)

Saturday, April 26, 2008

graduation

I haven't posted for a few days. It's a busy two weeks and there aren't mayb beads to post right now because I'm using them to get ready for a show.
But today the great news is my daughter is graduating from college!!!!! woohoo!!!
pictures sometime soon!

Monday, April 21, 2008

comfort beads


Do you have a comfort food? I do. It's breakfast for dinner, like waffles with real maple syrup, or a good omelet with rye toast and orange juice. What's yours? I know a few people who find comfort in mashed potatoes.
Anyway. These are my comfort beads. I feel real good the next day after lampworking, and that's kind of odd to say to anyone who isn't an artist. But the relaxation and yet a clear focus when working and that 'take me away from the world' brain thing makes me a better person.
These beads are just something I've always liked to make. The reaction of the turquoise and ivory is very nifty because there is a teeny thin line created where they touch. I add some black and just mess around with dots and swirls and twisties. They're good practice too I guess, but somehow they are mindless to make and I listen to music or just to my own inner self.
Then when they come out of the kiln, I etch them. This is only a few of the ones I made on Saturday. I just stayed in the garage studio and flamed for a long time, and then played with silver. Silver pieces might show up here, but they are for my show in Virginia in just a few weeks.

Friday, April 18, 2008

lampwork shells


It seems so odd that a week of vacation can make one tired! I still have things to unpack and get caught up on. Maybe it was all the work I did before I left! It's good to have everything done, and gee, maybe I can organize my tax folders better this year so next year taxes will be easier to cope with. Between the move and doing art shows in two states, there were a whole lot of forms, so it's good we have the accountant take care of this business. It would be overwhelming.
That said.. I read that as of April 23 I will have earned enough to pay Uncle Sam. Can you believe that? All the time I have worked this year so far is to pay taxes!
OUCH!

ok I'll shake my head and lose that thought. And think again about the fun stuff, like glass and silver.
I made a few conch shells out of glass. When these are at my shows, people think they are real shells until they look closer! In some ways I don't like that, because I want my work to look like it was artisan made, but in other ways, that's kind of neat! These shells aren't as light or fragile as 'ocean made' but they do make me think of when I was a kid and my Mom had a big conch shell on a table. I would lift it and hold it to my ear to 'hear the ocean'. Funny how I remember even how big it was (since I was so little!)

Onward and Upward. I'm putting a lot of work in to get ready for a show, so I'll be around and will post some pics here and there.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

a much needed vacation


This is just what I needed to do. The stress level in my life hit a rather high note this past few weeks. A trip to Michigan for a bead show (which was awesome) then the next weekend a trip to Greensboro for a middle school teachers conference (interesting, and they all talk so cute!) The following week, I finished up that 64 page full color yearbook, did my taxes, and completed this marathon with report cards. Life is so good. Actually it is. :-) I'm lucky to have the opportunity to do all of the above, and risking sounding like my Grandmother, who isn't around anymore, health is everything and having the healthy ability to do these things is a blessing. However, it certainly was/is time to recharge my batteries.
As we planned for a year ahead, DH and I headed to St Pete beach for our spring break. It's only a 10 hour drive from North Carolina, and people would always shake their heads at us when we told them we drove here straight from Michigan when we lived there. We would run to the beach and soak up all the sun we could before heading back to the snowy North. Living in N.C., has made winter easier, and we aren't fantasizing about moving to Florida during this break. We're just loving the fact that it's warm, there is a pool and the ocean, and we can walk for miles on the beach. Tonight, in fact, we will probably walk to Woody's (what a name) for wings and beer and sit on the picnic tables hoping for glimpses of dolphins. My son Mike, and his girlfriend Karin, are at this moment flying here to spend a few days with us. Oh boy... oh boy! How awesome is that?
Our little resort that we stay at is nestled among high rises, with maybe 22 rooms rented out, the guests are loyal customers returning year after year, to our quiet little spot on the Gulf.
I'll be back at my torch early next week, but in the meantime, there is a bead shop down the road beckoning. :-)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Almost Spring Break


Wow It's a long week in a middle school when it's just before spring break. The kids are excited and you know, it is sometimes hard for us to remember that these kids really are just emerging from being 'little kids' . So when it's an exciting time for them, they can get pretty wound up!
I'm trying to keep them busy in the art room. Glazing pottery, drawing pirate ships, making Picasso faces. It's a challenge, but every day when they get going off the learning path, I remind them that I get paid and I want them to get their money's worth. Whew!
Kids at this age have such a fun sense of humor. I wonder how they can develop that so early in life. And another thing I admire is how kind some kids can be to each other.
And to go on and on about teaching in the South. There truly are Southern manners. Up North in Michigan, when you walk up to a door, you open it yourself, but in the school I work in, there are so many young men who have been taught to open a door for a lady. They are so cute to run ahead and open the doors. I am in awe of their manners. They also often-times will say 'ma'am' when addressing me. That is not a thing I've had before. I asked a student today where their baseball game is and he told me 'it's at --- school, ma'am.'
How can you not melt? There certainly are children who parents can be proud of.