Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The next weekend I am having my annual studio sale, on Saturday December 8. The hours are 11-5, and my address is 455 Hidden Creek Blvd. N.W.
Hope to see people there!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
The next couple of pictures show how a couple of vendors have actually built themselves little houses for the duration of the show. Quite amazing, there was nothing there before they did all this work. I feel guilty with my meagre set-up in the hall. Well, not that guilty!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
The next picture is of some of my "twisted hearts". These ones are the result of the class I took from Jennifer Geldard a few weeks ago. I finally learned how to use enamels in beadmaking, and look forward to lots more playing with them once life is a little less hectic.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Well, should get outside and enjoy the wonderful warm day.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Next is a set of beads for a neighbour's Pandora bracelet. I am trading these for some pet sitting when we are on holidays - love it when trades work out!
Here's another trade. This person wanted a large holed bead to put on a spindle for hand spinning yarn, in autumn colours. Hope it works for her. I get some hand painted wool roving to make felt with, in return.
Friday, September 7, 2007
And this was the focal that I made in the same colours (shown between my in-need-of-a-manicure fingers). I used a frit stringer to get the shadings on the petals. Still not quite what I was looking for, but close.
Well, should go and get my parka ready for my last Millarville tomorrow. I am hoping for no rain, but either way it will be cold from all the forecasts. Hey, I shouldn't be so negative, none of you will want to come out for a visit tomorrow morning!
Monday, September 3, 2007
Here's a planter at our front door.
And here's a necklace I made. This is semi-precious stone chips wire crocheted. I wound some fibre through the strands.
Here's another wire crochet necklace. This one has 9 strands crocheted in gold, copper and dark copper. The strands pass through one of my big holed beads.
And this little guy fits into the autumn colour theme. This is Charlie, my daughter's new kitten. She got him and a little tortoiseshell kitten from the Meow Foundation rescue group. If you are looking for a feline friend, here is their website: http://www.meowfoundation.com/default.asp Well, should get back to the torch, and create some beads in those colours. If I am successful, I will post a picture of them. Enjoy the rest of your long weekend!
Friday, August 24, 2007
Listing gets me on the torch creating on a more regular basis. And the money is nice too!
Well, I should go and get my things together for Millarville tomorrow.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
I finally took the plunge and have listed some things on Etsy. I am enjoying browsing through the site; it is much more fun and trendy than Ebay. Another thing I like is that everything is handmade. Anyhow, take a look. I am at:
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Here's one of the new things I had ready for the show. These are made on a curved mandrel. I put them on ultrasuede cord, but maybe I should just string them onto a chain.
These are some of the drop pendants I have been making. They have sold well for me in Calgary, but I didn't sell a single one in Edmonton. Of course, I made a whole bunch of them.
And lastly, here are my "man" necklaces. I made large hole beads, trying to choose designs that I thought would appeal to men. Then I put them on braided leather cord, 20" long. I only sold one, to a woman, who bought it for herself. Steve obligingly wore one the whole weekend, but no interest from the guys. I also have a whole bunch of these.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
This set turned out a little darker, but the colour is very rich.
I have been doing a lot of reading about "Etsy" as a selling tool, and think I have just about decided to give it a try. I will post a link when I get up and running. In the meantime, back to work!
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Here's a shot of my booth, with DH Steve manning it. Or the lowly paid assistant, as he calls himself. I sold lots of beads today, and some finished jewellery.
Here's a shot of the marketplace, about 11:00. Lots of people.
And here's what I bought from a neighbouring vendor. She hand spins and dyes this 100% wool yarn. I was very excited to discover her, since my other obsession (besides beadmaking) lately is crochet. She is out at Millarville every Saturday morning. Her website is www.twistoffateyarns.com if you want to check out her beautiful yarn.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Today my bead group met for a day-long Bead Retreat. Our wonderful hostess was Nancy, who, with her hubby, set up a huge table in their garage with hook-ups for 10 (!) torches.
We started the day with a tour of Nancy's drool-worthy studio.
Here are some of us working on our own projects. I think Deb is commenting to Martha that she is unhappy with her goddess's boobs!
For the past year or so we have been making beads to donate to the Children's Hospital Cancer program. Kids undergoing cancer treatments receive a length of cord, which they then thread with beads signifying the treatments and proceedures they have had. Our beads are apparently quite popular, since they are all unique. Nancy dipped a bunch of the right sized mandrels for us to work on a batch to donate from today's work. I think the kids will be thrilled; there were some cute little turtles made, hearts and an assortment of fish.
Here's Nancy demonstrating how to make an implosion marble. She made one with a beautiful rose inside it.
We finished the day with a "Bead Blast" to the Beatles. We split into 2 groups of 5. As a Beatles song was playing, we each made a base bead. Then when the song ended, it got passed to the next person to be decorated, for as long as the next song played. So each bead was worked on by 5 people. They all went into the kiln, so not sure how they turned out. A great exercise, though, no time to worry about perfectionism.
It was fantastic to get together like that for the day. A huge thank-you to Nancy and her husband for making this happen. What a lot of work! And, they even fed us a delicious lunch.
I saw lots of techniques that I would like to try; the day really recharged all of our creative energies. Thanks, Nancy!!!!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I did have some luck using partial wrapping with clear glass, though, and have posted this set on my web Specials page.
Still not getting those eye-popping colours, but should persevere, I guess. I had a love-hate (heavy on the hate) relationship with Raku when it first came out, and finally got it to do what I wanted.
Well, off to my part-time job at Suzie Q's.