Wednesday, October 29, 2008
In fact, they looked a little bit like this honeycomb choker I am currently making:
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Oops, now I've got that song in my head and I can't get it out.
Okay, okay, I know maybe there are some of you reading this who don't want to hear that Christmas is only 2 months away, especially since we haven't even had Hallowe'en yet. But you know that time will just zip by and it will be here before you know it.
However, I'm already thinking about it, because my cousin Catherine is hosting a jewellery show for me at her house in Maple on November 15th (everyone is welcome, email me if you'd like to come and I'll send you the details) and I've been creating pieces for that, some of which are geared toward the holiday season. I got this great green and red wire from The Dixon Chick, and I've been using it to crochet holiday bracelets. I'm also making earring and snowflakes and necklaces and...cookies. Because what's a jewellery show without cookies?
Friday, October 24, 2008
The countdown has begun, only 7 more sleeps until the Great Pumpkin's arrival. Time to search out the most sincere pumpkin patch you can find.
You do believe, don't you?
P.S. My friend Sharon of The Psychic Cottage and her husband Bobby are doing readings at Screamworks this weekend in Peterborough. If you are in the neighbourhood, you should get in the spirit of things, go on by and have a reading done. You'll find them on Psychics Row. http://www.screamworks.ca/
Thursday, October 23, 2008
And another picture, to give you more of an idea of the actual size.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Of course, for Kate McKinnon, it's much more than just making findings - she makes entire pieces of jewellery from the PMC - necklaces, rings, bracelets. Check out her website to see what she does - I especially love her architectural pieces.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
First off, we made earrings, which look like this (minus the ear wires):
One of the lovely ladies in the class, Jan, was having a few technical difficulties with her piece at the beginning, as the stone slips around quite a bit during the first couple of steps, until you get it anchored in place, so she went ahead and finished the piece on her own without benefit of Robert's directions. Here's a picture of her piece, which I think turned out pretty cool:
Janine, Jan, Karen and I decided we would like to take more classes together, as we had so much fun sitting at our end of the table and giggling away through most of the class. Robert was very patient with us, I think it was because he was wearing something called a water stone that is a rock with water trapped inside, that is supposed to help you solve problems and flow through obstacles. We figured he was wearing it in order to give him the strength to put up with us! Thanks to everyone for making it a great class.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Overall, it's a relatively harmless addiction, although somewhat damaging to my wallet, as the more beads I see, the more I want to buy to make more stuff of my own, or to take another class to learn how someone makes what they do. Having a 9 to 5 job tends to interfere with the creative process, given that I have to go to work Monday to Friday instead of staying home to play with the beads all day but at the same time, it pays for the beads!
I am also getting somewhat addicted to blogs. I like reading other people's postings, to see what they've got to say about the world and themselves. I especially enjoy reading blogs that my friends have written, because it's a way of learning more about who they are and what interests them and finding out what we have in common. It's a fascinating glimpse into their psyche. I also like reading random blogs of total strangers. It's a bit voyeuristic but also quite interesting and informative. And of course, I'm having fun writing my own.
The best part is when my two addictions join together in a delightful way, as happened today. Kate McKinnon (http://www.katemckinnon.com/) is the woman who taught me how to make things from precious metal clay earlier this year and she has a fascinating blog, full of her amazing metalwork creations, news of the day, political commentary, baseball, nature and you name it. One of her postings today is a link to the website of a woman named Michele Goldstein, who makes the coolest glass beads - check it out: http://michelegoldstein.bigcartel.com/ - I am totally loving her skull beads and little bones! I'd love to know how to make them and will hopefully be able to take a class from her some day, but for now, I am just totally in awe of Michele's very cool fabrications!!
And then of course there is my addiction to the game Free Cell, which isn't related to beading at all, I just love to play it whenever I can...
Here's a picture of Kate and me that was taken this past May when she taught PMC at Beadfx.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I've been very busy today - in no particular order, I balanced my chequebook, went for a walk, did a little shopping at the drug store, did a little shopping online, wrote this blog, packed about a dozen boxes for my upcoming move, rearranged some furniture so I could have somewhere to store the packed boxes and those that will follow, made some jewellery, did a little cooking, washed dishes. In fact, I don't have too much left on the list to cross off tomorrow, although the fact that I have lots of packing left to do will surely fill most of my time quite handily.
Isn't it funny how some days you're right on track, motoring along, getting things done and other days, even though you might have lots of things you "should" be doing, you end up just hanging out on the couch watching movies or reading a good book for the better part of the day?
I am convinced that we need both types of days. Either you are full of energy that needs to be used up or you need to lie quietly and let the energy build again. Sometimes it feels like my brain is a bit like the paperweight pictured here, all scrambled up inside with thoughts of all the things that need to be done. I usually end up making the "to do" list at those times, in order to get the thoughts out of my head and down on paper, so they'll stop spinning around and sit quietly. Other days, I make the list because I can't seem to keep anything in my head, so I write it down before I forget it again.
By the way, that beautiful paperweight was made by a man named Terry Craig, who teaches glass blowing at the Haliburton School of The Arts and my "to do" list of courses to take there is also quite extensive!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
It was such a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend at the cottage. I am still amazed at how fantastic the weather was, I didn't want it to end. My sister was studying hard for an exam all weekend and my mom was out West visiting my brothers, so I had lots of time to make jewellery. I've posted a slide show below of some of my creations - I call it "The Cottage Collection". I was definitely inspired by the fall colours. I did a little bit of work with silver and even got started on a few pieces for Christmas (can you believe it's only 70 days away??) but the copper kept calling me back.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
P.S. My poor sister had to study all weekend for a big exam she is taking tomorrow morning. Good luck, Janine!
Friday, October 10, 2008
There were 5 of us in the beginner class and at the end of 8 weeks, we all decided we didn't want to stop making beads so Dwyn and Beadfx created an intermediate lampworking course and we went for another 8 weeks. At the end of that session, 3 of us still wanted to keep coming, so we just kept going to the studio they have set up in the store on Thursday nights and Dwyn very kindly kept coming in every week as well, to make her own beads and provide guidance when we needed it, and that's been going on all summer and into this fall. But as of next week, the next beginner lampworking session starts on Thursday nights so we have to give up our seats to paying customers and find another time slot, but that's okay - we've caught the bug now and we're getting better at making beads - who knew just making something consistently round would be so hard??? - and I figure, with a little bit more practice, by about 2036, I might be ready to sign up for Amy's class on how to make those sculptural angels!!
So for the next few weeks, lampworking will have to go on the back burner. In the meantime, I have this picture of a little turtle bead Dwyn taught us to make - I call him Yurtle. Isn't he cute?
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Frank Perkins said it best: "A cat will do what it wants when it wants, and there's not a thing you can do about it."
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I am really enjoying making charm bracelets - many thanks to Dwyn Tomlinson of Beadfx for showing me how she makes hers. This one has a birthday cake and a fleur de lis, as well as a couple of charms I made this past summer during a week long PMC class taught by Kate McKinnon in a small village called Durfort in the south of France (will post more about that adventure at a later date!) and of course, lots of red, white and blue beads to represent the French colours.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
My friend Kate says there's always a black panther at a flea market but we could only find a tiger. Every market we went to in France had owls for sale, and this one was no exception!