Jen Judd was my matchbox bead swap partner (thanks to Lori Anderson for arranging this little swap), and I have to say, she really rocks! The box she sent me was oh so cute! Flowers everywhere! She sent me a KEY for all the beads she sent – they are amazing and different, just like her! I have to say this girl is an over-achiever! I will be making some enameled beads today, and will be sending her some!
This weekend, I made my way to Reston Virginia (a four hour drive) to take a class, sponsored by Jeanette Blix and Cindy Wimmer, called Bead Enameling with Barbara Lewis. I’m sure most of you are familiar with her work. It was great! The engineer and I had a pleasant drive down, and a dinner at our hotel before we watched a crazy movie, The Long Kiss Goodnight. It’s like an old Mr. and Mrs. Smith, with humor! I had my class on Saturday from 10-4 and my arm literally hurts. Here’s some photos of what I made. The people in the class were wonderful, I only burned my shirt and my arm once, I met some nice people and some bloggy people. Jeanette and Cindy are planning some more classes and their web site is going to be called ArtBliss – I’ll make sure to let you know when they get it up and running!
I just listed some new beads in the SueBeads etsy store – take a look!
Who is going to the class on Saturday in Reston with Barbara Lewis? I am!!! I am bringing some beads to trade if anyone is interested!
The word of the year that I picked (remember Erin’s post?) was learning. I bought some wool from The Rainbow Room on etsy, because I want to learn how to make felted beads. I just love these colors. I’m also going to learn how to make some different kinds of beaded beads as well. And I feel bad for whoever had to cancel, but I get to go to Barbara Lewis’ (Painting with Fire) enameled bead class on Saturday in Virginia.
This is the rat (a.k.a. gerbil) eating a carrot. Even though I think it looks like a chipmunk sometimes it is cute.
This is the only snowman my daughter made for me out of all that snow we got, and it was just the other night and the snow is packing down more and more but we still have lots. The snowman collapsed and melted away already!
I bought this owl from LeAnn at SummersStudio on etsy. She keeps making these great things, and I keep having to buy them and then hold them and stare at them.
Some days are great, others are not. The other day, my daughter and I were in the grocery store and the bakers were playing a game. Stand on a number; if they pick your number, you win a cake. Guess what? I won! Then, when I got home, I found that I had won a blog giveaway (which I will show you when it arrives)! Wow – I should play the lottery, I thought. BAM – going down the stairs in my socks, I fell – I have huge deep bruises on my arm and my backside! Really hurts. Then I got to participate in an ultrasound, and my son is having some anxiety. Life goes on, the birds keep singing. Thankfully spring is a mere 19 days away!
Cindy, from DevineDesignsJewelry on etsy sent me this photo of a bracelet she made with my beads. I just love it! The dangle by the clasp is a kokopeli – this is a very subtle, pretty southwest design! Check out her shop!