Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fairy Village

This little "village" of mushrooms - shaggy manes I think - has popped up along the side of our driveway.  I can just imagine little fairies living inside.  (My mother always said I had too much imagination - LOL.)

I have been getting geared up for the upcoming craft fair season.  This October I have a bead show, and then in November I have two craft fairs.  The two necklaces below are examples of some of the things I have been working on.  Hope you like them.

Have a great day!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Juicy Smoothies

I love making these "Juicy Smoothies".  Whenever I pull them out of the kiln, my mouth starts watering.  The colour is so berry-like, a cross between raspberry, strawberry, cranberry with a touch of frosted blueberry thown in.
Have a great day!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Beachcomber Beads

Three sets of "Beachcomber" beads, ready for the upcoming Fraser Valley Bead Show in October. 

I have been out in the studio today working on some new tree beads.  I can't wait to see what the kiln fairies give me tomorrow morning.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Studio Pictures

I thought you might enjoy seeing a couple of pictures of my studio.  It started out life as a barn for the horses.  However we haven't had horses for a few years, so it's now mostly storage.  My husband converted two of the box stalls into a long shop - 1/2 for me and 1/2 for him - but I seem to be "creeping" over into his half - LOL.

I thought about cleaning up my table before I took the pictures, but then I thought that that just wouldn't be "me" - so here you see it, mess and all!

I LOVE my two big windows, and this past spring I had a robin couple raise a brood of babies right outside my large window - it was great!  I hope it happens again this next spring.

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My Friends

These are my "best friends".  I gave up trying to get them all together in one photo - just wasn't going to happen in my lifetime!  The top photo is the two boys who are best buds.  Jackson is the English Pointer, and if you know anything about pointers you know that they take themselves quite seriously - so he wasn't too happy about having his picture taken, and wouldn't look at me. The little guy is a Miniature Schnauzer, called Jack (don't ask about the two similar names - it's a long story - LOL), and he is a bouncy, barky ball of energy.  He was my Dad's dog, but he found he was just too much for him to cope with in an apartment.  So now Jack lives here with us on 5 acres - he's in heaven.
The second photo is my old girl Alley, another English Pointer.  She is 10 1/2 yrs old, and has been blind for about 3 yrs now.  It is amazing how she gets around - her sense of smell is really something! 

Today I am going to clean all the beads I made in the last couple of days, and maybe get a little time in the studio at the torch.

Hope you have a great day!

Monday, September 20, 2010

A Bit of Whimsy

This summer I took a week long class with glass artist Melanie Moertel.  One of the beads she taught us how to make was her "Fairy" bead - it is a bead with a little girl or fairy on the front.  This is my interpretation of that bead.  Instead of putting the girl on the bead, I have made the girl into the bead - does that make sense?

I am quite pleased with how the faces worked out, but the "dresses" need some work.  I will take some time today to work on them - along with a whole list of other beads that I have to make for the upcoming show.

Have a great day!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Misty Cedars

These are some of the tree beads I made the other day - I think they have a "scrimshaw" look about them, and they are very popular at the local market.  I make them in black, red and a muted green, but these ivory ones always turn out the best - maybe because the ivory glass reacts with the silver and gets a mottled appearance.

They are meant to represent the Cedar tree - which grows in abundance around here.  We have lots on our property, and I think I am allergic to the pollen!

I am supposed to be at the Friday market today, but I wimped out - it's raining - so I am going to have to do pennance and get out to the studio and make beads (some penalty - LOL).

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Autumn is Here!

Although I may be wishing summer was still here, I love the Autumn colours.  This Virginia Creeper in our back garden is beginning to show its fall splendor.  In a few more weeks it will be blazing crimson.

I was out in the studio today, and made about twelve of my tree focal beads.  They are in the kiln, and will be out tomorrow morning.  Then comes the part I really don't enjoy - cleaning the bead release out.  I will try and get some pictures of them in the next couple of days.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ideas for Show Display

I have been accepted as a vendor in the Fraser Valley Bead Show on October 22, 23 & 24, 2010 at the Cascades Casino/Convention Center, 20393 Fraser Hwy Langley, BC.

In preparation for the show I have been going through all my display items.  I am finding that it is one thing to display jewellery, but quite another to display just beads. 

Soooo, I guess there is quite a bit of work ahead of me - good thing there is lots of time yet!