February 29, 2008
Wow, I can't believe how time flies Must be the
"getting older thing".
I have been getting some flack from customers and
friends that I haven't updated my site in a while. So I figured
I would take a few hours and write a good update on things.
You might notice that my WebStore is closed at the
minute. I am in the process of (slowly) revamping it and looking
at what I am going to actual carry on it. Some of the features are not
what I would like, for instance when you order a custom made piece, I
don't see what choices you have selected. So that issue has to
be resolved. The other issue is I have gotten so busy with work
I just don't have time to maintain even weekly specials. I need to
figure out how to do something that is simple and easy to maintain,
yet give my customers some variety and keeps interest up. So stay tune, and in the
meantime just email me if you are interested in anything.
Not only has my work life gotten crazy but home life
too. My husband. Bob, had an accident last August and shattered
his left femur. He has had two surgeries and is still unable to
put full weight on it because the bone is not growing back.
There is between 4 and 6 inches of bone missing. So, hubby is
home 24/7 and that doesn't warrant itself to a lot of studio time.
But I am hoping as Spring comes around and the days are longer I will
have more time to be creative.
I was able to get away right after Bob's accident to
spend a couple weeks in Europe. Check my
Europe 2007 page to see some pics and get all the details. The short
version is, I was honored to have one of my shells excepted into a
showing in Sar-Potteries, France. I decided to take a trip over
for the reception and gathering of artist that they had in September.
My mom joined me for her first trip east of the Mississippi. I
spent several days in London, then took a train to Brussels met up
with mom, then it was on to France for the rest of the trip. I
had such a wonderful time that I am thinking of going back in 2009 as
it is a bi-annual event in Sars-Potteries. I am thinking of
putting together a group to take the trip too. It would be some days
in London and the onto the Bead Festival for three days then finally
some sightseeing in different locations in France. If you are
interested please email me for details. I am looking for beadmakers that would be interested in doing demos as well as people
who just want to see Europe, great Art & beautiful Nature. I
don't have all the details worked out, but I will soon. The trip
would be the last weekend in August 2009 (Aug 28th or 29th) and be
anywhere from 7 to 14 days (Sept 5th or 12th), or longer if you wanted
to add on days on either side. I don't know the exact date of
the receptions, so this dates might move. Email me if you are
I will post more details as I get them.
Now as far as the art I am actually doing. I am
still working on Baby Fred, he is just way way way behind schedule.
I have some more tools (like a new "little torch") that I needed to
finish the job, as well as a rebuilt kiln to handle some of the
preheating that will have to be done. But Baby Fred is a warm
weather project as I have to have all the windows open and the door
too. The flame is just really big and hot and it a lot more
comfortable working when you can breath!
Lastly I have been working on some PMC pieces to
coordinate with my glass shells, to help in making finished pieces.
I have made some bails, charms, pendants & links. Here are some
pictures of the unfinished pieces.