I took this one about 30 seconds later. The sky just turned to fire.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
My daughter wants to cut her hair off. Her incredibly beautiful, nearly waist-length, honey-blond hair that flows and waves and sparkles with shimmering golden and platinum highlights. Her hair that makes grown women sigh with envy and run to the salon, willingly forking over hundreds of dollars to duplicate it.
Oh, the horror!
But, because I am a liberal-minded person and completely support her right to choose her own path and because it is, after all, her hair - I have agreed. Conditionally. I will allow her to take off half and add layers. If, after she has it that length and still wants more taken off, she is free to do that. But she must do it in stages. (If she really fights me, then I'll let her to take it all off. At least she can donate it that way.)
I don't think that's the way to go with her, though. I think she'd cry her little heart out if she did it as short as she wants and I know I would. My husband can't even talk about it. But she is a baby no more. She wants what she wants and I, of all people, can appreciate that!
Do you ever just take the time to recharge? Well, that's what I did last week.
Not that I wasn't busy. I worked harder than I have in a long time.
I got my summer garden relocated and set up and almost completely planted.
I did all of the spring yardwork.
I did total spring cleaning in my house - from the baseboards up to the ceiling fans.
I cleaned the garage.
I built a desk and bookshelves for my kids. And when I say built, I mean it. Not assembled. Built.
I made a handful of beads but was too exhausted by the end of the day to photograph them.
I threw a small going away party for my parents. They've headed back North for the summer.
I went bathing suit shopping. And I think we all know how draining that can be!
It's been busy, but that re-energizes me. Taking a break from the routine and getting everything in order is the best way for me to get a fresh perspective on things. What about you? What clears your mind and puts your feet back on the path?
Saturday, April 18, 2009
And guess what? I had fun!
At first, I did my usual shy-girl thing where I hang out in the back of the room, making very little eye contact and trying to be inconspicuous. (This is not that easy since I'm almost six feet tall with a head of the craziest, curly hair you've ever seen on a white girl. I don't really 'blend'.) But before long, people were coming up and chatting and introducing themselves and talking glass. Everyone was very friendly. It was great to spend a day with a group of people and not ever once say the words, "Lampwork beads. Um,,,glass beads. For jewelry." or "Rods of colored glass." or "No, I melt it with a torch, actually." or "Well, you don't drill the holes. You make them on a thing called a mandrel. Well, a mandrel is...."
God, it was fabulous!
We also got to see some amazing demos in a nice, small environment. I mean, seriously, in the course of just a few hours I got to see Pam Dugger, Ray Olson, Brent Graber and Heather Ferman work their magic! How incredibly cool is that? Pam made a dragon that was so gorgeous, I had to restrain myself from snatching it out of the kiln on my way out. :)
Though I've never taken a single lampworking class, I would take one with Heather Ferman in a heartbeat. Even though she was just doing a quick demo, she was awesome. She explained everything she was doing in detail, answered a million questions, gave away all kinds of fantastic tips and even explained how she got her hot plate set-up made.
And, to top it all off, I won a very nice door prize and a raffle prize. My mom even won. She walked away with a gift certificate from Double Helix which she promptly handed over to me. Yay!!!!!!
I only took three pictures, but here they are:
Ray Olson making a dichro winged fairy.
Pam Dugger warming up
Heather Ferman with her incredibly cool little torch
Friday, April 17, 2009
First and most importantly, my sons baseball team finally won another game last night.
Woo Hoo! Go Cards!!!
(This is only the second time all season they've experienced victory, so it was very sweet. They're not a bad team, just young.)
Second, I wanted to post a picture of a gorgeous lariat necklace that was made with some of my flip-flop beads. I hardly ever get pictures of finished designs so I had to share. I think it's so cute and fun. My copied image is not very good. The one on her blog is much nicer!
Another fun bit of news is that I'll finally get to attend an event from the local ISGB chapter, The Florida Glass Dragons. They're having their Spring Fling this weekend at Rocio Bearer's studio in Cocoa.
I've wanted to become more involved in the local lampworking community for quite awhile, but I've always had schedule conflicts. So I'm really looking forward to tomorrow. They are having some amazing artists demoing including Brent Graber and Pam Dugger! Woo Hoo (again)! So, if you're in the neighborhood, you should definitely check it out. You can view details about the event at the Glass Dragons website.
Well, I guess that's about it. Have a fun and fabulous weekend.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Because I use a completely different part of my brain to design and create this:
It exercises my creativity, stretches my abilities and keeps my job from being too much like work.
What about you? What do you do to keep it fresh? Where do you get your best ideas?
Monday, April 13, 2009
And now for a little lampwork. This is a Snowy Owl bead I have listed on Etsy right now. He's the first in a series of wildlife beads I'm going to be putting up in the next few days.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
At first I was completely gung-ho, all "I'm going. I am so there!" But now, I'm getting wishy-washy. It's a financial thing for me. It adds up to be pretty pricey and in this economy, every penny definitely counts. On one hand, I could swing it but I feel kind of selfish. That's family money. If I go to the Gathering, I'm probably using a good portion of our summer vacation fund.
Monday, April 6, 2009
After a whirlwind couple of weeks, I'm back home again. Just in time for Spring Break.
Camping was fun, but exhausting. The kids played themselves silly. I mean, seriously, they were delirious with so much sunshine and outdoors and 'rouging it'. Then, this past week, I was in South Florida working 12-hour days. Also fun and a good time hanging out with friends and meeting new people, but a lot of work.
So now, after so much time away from the torch, I'm sort of out of the groove already and now it's Spring Break for the kids. We're not planning on traveling at all, though I did want to take them to D.C. or, maybe, Costa Rica. It's just not feasible right now, unfortunately. I hate it because Anna, especially, is growing up so fast and it seems like our time to go places, to experience things as a family is rushing by. I really wish we didn't have to 'put things off' for a week, a month, a year. But, that's life. It's that way for everyone.
Anyway, back on track, I'll be trying to get some work in over the next seven days.
I've actually got some listings right now.
This is one of a few that I have listed on eBay right now:
And this is one of my new 'Toy' beads on Etsy. He's a little quirky, but I love him anyway.