Friday, October 30, 2009

My Kit "Cave" is Actually Bright & Beautifu!

Inspired Blogging?
For some time now, I just haven't been able think of what I should blog about. I wonder if anyone is interested in my daily life when it seems so mundane to me. Building kits isn't the most interesting activity I can think of. Uninspired, I stopped blogging for a couple of weeks. Then, this morning, on Facebook, Marcia DeCoster said she had blogged before coffee. Before coffee??? Wow, I am impressed, Marcia.
Every chair and table holds finished kits and
parts for making more kits!

My storage cupboard from IKEA.
Full of boxes of crystals!

So, I just had to go to Marcia's blog and see what she had to say. What a wonderful blog! She talks about her workspace and new beadwork finds and her students' work. Marcia got me into blogging in the first place, so now she is inspiring me to keep going. Thanks, my friend.
When I am making kits with Julie, my helper and friend, I refer to it as being in the Kit "Cave". Really, the space we work in is anything but a cave! It is really beautiful in my sun room. The couch and chairs are full of plastic bins with kits and project tutorials in them, but it is bright and beautiful and we are surrounded by all the colors I love most! When the weather is warm, which is most of the time here, we open the windows and can hear the waterfall just outside the sun room. Not exactly a "cave"!

I'm Ready to Play With FELT!!!
I am very excited to be signed up for Arlene Watson's Nuno Felt Workshop coming up at the end of November. I need to play with fibers for a while. It is so good to take a break from the usual and step outside my comfort zone sometimes. This is the perfect opportunity. I have been collecting roving for a few years now. I think it is high time I used some of it up! I have done a little bit of felting, but not much. Below is a little handbag I felted and beaded. Michele Goldstein's flower bead is perfect at the bottom with my Berry Delightful beaded silk dangle. The flower at the top is done with Right Angle Weave.

I have lots to learn about felting, but I still love this little bag. I am excited to see what happens after the workshop with Arlene. More possibilities await me!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Classes and Trunk Sale at 1 Stop Bead Shop

This Thursday I fly to Columbus, Ohio to teach at 1Stop Bead Shop. Classes begin on Friday morning, with the Third Eye Pendant, and Femme Florets Ring, in the evening.

Saturday's Classes are The Tiles of Antoni Gaudi Cuff, pictured above,
with Enchanting Chains Bracelet, a fun little 3 hour class, that evening.
I love this shop. It is really well stocked with enticing goodies and Lisa, the owner is a very dynamic woman. Full of energy and fun. I will be bringing my trunk sale of kits and instructions, so come on over if you are in the area.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Kit Making!

There hasn't been a lot for me to talk about lately. Staying home and putting together kits isn't too exciting. I have been in the "kit making cave" for days and days. Fortunately, I've decided to bead for a while first thing in the morning. This always helps me have a good day! I can't show you what I have been working on because it is my project for the "Use The Muse" beading contest. It is a secret until the big reveal. Wish me luck!
Kits really are a wonderful thing, but making them is tedious. Good thing I have a helper/friend, Julie. She is smart, organized and a fast worker. She likes the same music I do and we share philosophical views about many things. This makes for some pretty stimulating kit making days despite the tediousness of putting little beads in little baggies, taping them together, then taping them to instruction booklets and putting the whole thing into a bigger baggie. Hundreds of them! Thanks Julie.
Today, I needed a break so I went to the San Diego Zoo for a morning walk. I love walking in our zoo. As you may have noticed, I talk about the zoo a lot. It is very cool. This morning at about 11:00 am, they released ten macaws from a box that is elevated about 15 feet off the ground. I got a good shot of it just as they flew out of the box. Cool!!!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Hacienda San Diego Beach Retreat!

January 16 - 22, 2010

Basketry in Beads

A Master Class

in Self-Supporting

Freeform Basket


This retreat will now be held

at a lovely Beach House in San Diego!

Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to stay

and bead for a week inspired by a fabulous ocean view.

This retreat is being run solely by Jeannette Cook