Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I just keep going back to beading. Yeah, I do a bazillion other things in between beading projects, but it's the fascination I have for all those tiny seed beads that just calls to me. That, and perhaps the fact that I have millions of them stashed in my craft room...

I really like the metallics, and I absolutely fell in love with this silvery-pearly-white bead. Peyote stitch doesn't lend itself to creating squares (or at least not for this particular bracelet), so I wound up with sort of a funky honeycomb pattern. I really like it, and I was so happy to find the buttons I used for the closure.

If only I wore bracelets... :-)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Where does the time go?!?!?! I can't believe I haven't posted here since the end of May. The summer's flying by me at the speed of light.

June's been a busy month. Once again I attended the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and once again I walked out of there with a slightly melted credit card. There are so many fabulous beads and supplies on exhibit that it just causes sensory overload. I purchased less than I have in past years, but I still wound up with a few pounds of new beads. My friend Colleen says I'm like a magpie, attracted to bright, shiny things.

The one new thing I did at the show this year was to attend a class. The one I chose was called 'Dragons Rule' and was conducted by Christi Friesen. She's a polymer clay artist with a unique style to her pieces, and I wanted to get a chance to see how some of her things were made firsthand. The class was fun, and although I pretty much completed the dragon I made I don't really like him all that much. I overblended the clay, which was in shades of brown and gold, and wound up making a dragon who looks a bit like a pile of poo. Ah well. I learned some stuff, though.

Last weekend was spent at the Custer Street Fair in Evanston. I went with another artist (Laura, whose internet moniker is artonthehoof). Neither of us did very well. We both attribute it to the fact that the fair, while it was heavily promoted as an art fair featuring handmade artist items, really had lots of things that were made in Taiwan or China... It was disappointing to have worked as hard as both of us did, but we learned something from the experience. Best of all, I have a new friend now. Laura and I have lots in common, it seems; and we just kept discovering more and more similar things about ourselves and our backgrounds. Weird.