Saturday, February 28, 2009


This is such a great video. While making plans for my trip to Switzerland and England I see that I will have a lovely window of opportunity to go to Kew gardens in London. This delights me, the last time I visited was 33 years ago as a horticulture student.

I love time lapse photography.

Click on this link if you love it, too!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Compositions delight!

I love these little compositions. They let me play with movement, color, texture. I get to felt, to color and bend metal and compose a quick pendant or ornament. I will soon have the kits available online. My last 3 trips out have proven that this a popular activity!

Striving for balance and struggling to master a degree of effective time management is my daily challenge. Let's see how it goes today as I order up some supplies, go after some oxygen....(so I can finally put together several days at the torch starting Monday), divvy up some sequins, continue to do badly needed clean up. I need to set a mouse trap. My husband and I were awakened by a bold little mouse who was chewing VERY LOUDLY in the eaves next to our heads at 3 A.M. where was Mr. Fluffypants, our in house hunter?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I am home and somewhat rested after a grand adventure! The Great Lakes Bead Workers Guild is comprised of a whole great batch of lovely, helpful and warm individuals that saw to caring for the 5 of us teachers in a thorough and thoughtful way, I want to send grand thanks out to each and every one of you, it was a special 5 days spent in your care! Time spent with my 4 friends was nothing but hilarious, laughter being the best medicine, of course!

We had a great little storm while there which was met with an intrepid response, funnily enough.....I flew home and the same storm caught up with me here and made my trip home from the airport a bit hairy.

I'm in the process of pulling myself and my belongings back together, setting my sights on March. With the new month comes a trip to Santa Fe, with big social plans as well as teaching and vending. This trip is followed up by an adventure to Switzerland and England to teach both Glass and Felt making. Hardly a time to let down and relax!!!! I have a marvelous job and am so grateful for all of the support that I receive in doing what I love.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

A special day......

My eldest daughter turned 18 today, what a lovely milestone! Valentines Day has special meaning to our family as it is not only Olives birthday but my sister Nancy's as well.

Her younger sister skied a 5 K race today as we watched from the banks of a snow filled basin on a beautiful winters day, white, blue and sunny.

Home again, to rest.... and then start in heartily tomorrow for final preparation for Detroit Bead Daze.

I hope that your day is full of life, love and laughter.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Dessert, anyone?

I am at the airport after a lovely time away. Headed back to cold country with a mountains worth of work to get through in 3 days! The irony of this business is that sometimes there is absolutely no time for reflection, just a push on for the next event. I did spend 30 minutes in the sun yesterday replenishing my vitamin D, the weather here in Tucson has been glorious as has been seeing a large group of friends!!!

This world is so full of activity. Yesterday was my mothers 81st birthday, she got calls from all 6 of her children. The calls came from Buenos Aeries, Pearl Harbor, Seattle, Washington, D.C., central Pennsylvania and Tucson. I sometimes fantasize that we all have a string long would it take for total gridlock?

Next stop? Detroit.