Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday happiness


my daughter sent this to me. Isn't it awesome?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

only in Chicago

watch the guy on the bike. not the first bike..the second one. we saw him in Chicago. He has a roll bar on his bicycle and asks for a 'few bucks', stops traffic and does the 360 thing for the crowd. it was one of those 'Chicago moments'

fun with the family


Just a quick picture of my husband and me. :-) a hello to all my friends that follow this blog and haven't seen us for a while.
we miss you too!
this picture is from our weekend in Chicago with the kids. I'll put a few more up.

Monday, May 18, 2009


It's so nice to see my beads in action! This design is by Diane..Ever so dear. She has this necklace for sale on 1000 markets. Click on the picture to go to her shop. She has all kinds of very nice pieces in her shop.
She ordered these particular beads in the colors she wanted for this necklace and I am thinking how perfect it would be with some artsy copper colored dress or shirt, print or not. or a tank top. very nice.
Thank you Diane for ordering these beads and using them in such a beautiful piece!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

My favorite color design


Complementary colors. I think this makes a piece or art 'pop'
This is something I teach my students when they make posters especially, so if you are designing any type of graphic design, you might try this.
For instance, you could have a yellow-green background and a red-violet type of lettering. The words you type will pop right out for people to read. Or you could shadow your words with a complementary color.
In beadmaking a good complementary theme is opal yellow and violet. Or coral and turquoise. That's why they are some of our favorite combinations. They complement each other. like they say "I love your hair" or "those are awesome shoes!" ok I couldn't resist. ;-)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Abbey College


Isn't this beautiful? It is a college here in Belmont, NC called Belmont Abbey. I drive by it every day on my way home from work.
There is an historic cemetery there too which would be interesting to walk through.
This is a beautiful area, rather small town-ish, but look back to the left. About 10 miles down the highway is Charlotte.
It's great to have the convenience and fun of a larger city near where we live, and yet enjoy a small town life. How we landed here is only luck, and we certainly feel lucky.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

lampwork


It's not a surprise, no doubt, that I am writing about lampwork. I was thinking today of the people I have met through lampworking. I went to my first Gathering (which is an international meeting of lampworkers) in 2003. It was a surprise to see there are so many lampworkers and how amazing their beads are. Yet 6 years later, the skill level of the people who were there has grown way past what it was.
I met people in their 'early years' it seems and they had awesome beads then, and now they are awesomely awesome. :-)
In some old beading magazines from in the 90's there are articles about lampwork and sometimes an artist was featured. The beads in these magazines should give any new lampworker an idea of how practice willl build their skill level. I find that beads that were a huge struggle to make now are 'there' and few beads go into the mistake bucket.
Kind of like that old joke where the guy asks a man on the corner 'how do you get to Carnegie hall?' and the man says 'practice!'
Seeing lampworkers achieve the skill levels they have attained makes me think we need a Carnegie hall for glass work!

and today for your viewing ... a relisting of turquoise beads made with silvered ivory stringer.