Monday, February 25, 2008

Bead Daze Classes in Michigan

As a member of the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild, I have the opportunity to work with some phenomenal bead artists such as Dallas Lovett, Rachel Nelson-Smith, Huib Petersen, Marcia DeCoster and Stephanie Eddy. The Guild just sponsored 4 days of intense beading classes for its members.

I volunteered to be classroom monitor (classroom 'ho, classroom angel, classroom assistant will all work) for Marcia DeCoster. I worked with her last year and learned so much from her, that I was very excited to have this chance again.

I had my friends Sharon Hessoun and Maggie McCloud come up from Ohio to stay with me and take classes. We spend the evenings around the dining room table, talking, giggling and ..... well, you had to be there.

The guild members that I have had a chance to talk with all really seemed to enjoy all the classes that were offered. Linda and I chatted a bit this morning - I think that we will talk about them for a couple of months, especially as our projects are completed.
Being the over achiever that I am, I just finished my Etruscean Treasurenecklace, which is something that I normally wouldn't ever make or wear - it's very polished and proper - not something that the "Bad Liz" would have on. But it's gorgeous! I love it. Silver and purple - dainty, little peyote bands on the armature - so not my style. I'll edit a post and let you all know what my co-workers have to say when I wear it tomorrow. My only decision - cream or pale pink turtleneck?

Bead Daze is a week of classes that are so wonderful that I wish that I could have cloned myself to be in all the classrooms.

(The only downside of the whole week was that I had to report for jury duty on Thursday morning, but I wasn't wanted - the only time in life that you don't want to be wanted. I was in class by 12:30 p.m.!)

p.s. Vicki - thanks for the conversation hearts - they really are my favorites!!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Amerika revisited.

The Amerika's was started back in April, and I started working on it again when I finished Soraksan Dragon last week. This will be the largest tapestry that I work on at 8.5 by 17 inches.

I still need to work on my February Bead Journal Piece.....but this UFO (un-finished object) told me it was ready to be picked up again.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Soraksan Dragon

I love this piece.
Especially when I know that it's from a photo that I took
during a trip of a life time.
I started on November 2, 2007
I finished on February 8, 2008
with approximately 240 hours.
It's 7.75 inches by 13 inches.
I used seed beads, in size 11 and 15s.
I used a few pearls and some vintage sequins.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Playing with Wire

That's wire, not fire.
This is a bead that I received in a Focal bead swap on my recent bead cruise.
Looks good to me.....