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A Tennessee Retreat

If you’ve been around this blog for  a while, you know every spring I go to an event called Bead Camp. It’s actually the home of a very dear friend of mine, Angie Ramey. She organizes the event, books a teacher, sets up demos and we all come for a long weekend of sharing, learning, and most of all laughing. And it’s held right there at her house, complete with a fabulous studio.

It is my must-not-miss event every year.

There are limited spaces and every year they fill up fast with the original participants, which means it’s usually not open to new attendees because all of us old timers get first shot.

So why did I tell you about it here? Because Angie is opening her home to more beadmaking and metal retreats throughout the year.

Read about them here!

You cannot go wrong with a retreat like this. Angie is by far the most organized person I know. She makes every event go off without a hitch. Plus she makes fabulous beads and metal goodies. And she loves to laugh.

 

And as a bonus? Vern–Angie’s mom and business partner–will likely be there. Vern is just awesome. You’re gonna have to go for a retreat to find out. So gather up your girlfriends and get ready for some learning. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Lovin' the Disk beads.

Okay, so I just love the look of disk beads.  I admit, I am a wee bit challenged when it comes to making consistent sized disk beads.  My friend Rebekah sat me down at Bead Camp last month and made me make some.  I did three then got a little bored.  LOL  So I CAN do it, I just don’t have a lot of discipline when it come to making them. I’m sure some bead makers think they are easy, but I don’t.  To make them all even and round like that takes a lot of skill and patience.

So I’d like to point you to my friend Shawn Turner of SetInGlass, who is making some fabulous disk beads and has them up for grabs on ebay at some spectacular prices.  Shawn has been making beads for about ten years and is an instructor.  These babies are top quality and just gorgeous.  Check them out here.

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Peacock, is you Crazy?

Let me introduce you to my wonderful friend and artist, Miss Rebekah.  She has opened up a brand new Etsy shop, Hob Knob Glass, selling handmade glass cabinet knobs. www.hobknobglass.etsy.com. Rebekah has a variety of styles available and I personally love them all, but the peacocks are my favorite.  That’s probably because she is PEACOCK crazy.  Girl even put peacocks on her Christmas tree last year.  It was awesome.  When it comes to peacocks, she is like a hummingbird to nectar.

Now, both peacocks she listed have sold already, but never fear, I’m certain she will be adding more soon.  And if you want to smile or laugh your butt off, be sure to check out the descriptions on these two sold items.  Start here: Peacock is you crazy? and then here: Peacock Knob.

When you are done check out her other knobs.  I am going to be getting a couple of the spiral ones for the new shutter closet doors we are putting in our guest room.  While driving home from picking up our new–to us, we got them at the restore place– doors, my hubby says, “Now you know what you have to go home and order don’t you?”

Me: “Huh?”

Him: “For the doors.”

Me: “You mean Bek’s knobs?”

Him: “Yeah.”

Me: “Oh.  Yep, I was already thinking about which ones while we were picking out the doors.”

Then we both laugh.  Does he know me or what?

If you are near Miami or are gonna be near Miami on Saturday, July 25th, be sure to stop by the International Glass Bead Society’s Bead Bazzar at the Hyatt.  We will both be there sharing a table, Bek with her knobs and me with my beads and marbles.

I'm back!

I am back from Bead Camp and to be honest, still recovering a little bit.  Our event in Tennessee had 21 attendees, all bead makers and and a few jewelry designers.  We had Jennifer Geldard come in to teach half day classes and while we weren’t doing that we were torching, eating, and do a lot of laughing.  There wasn’t much sleeping going on however, so it’s taken me a few days to bounce back.  Having that much fun sure wears you out.

Sadly I don’t have any pictures.  I am the one who never brings her camera and relies on everyone else to take the photos.  I am still waiting for my peeps to post them so I can snag a couple.  I did learn a few new things and have a bunch of new ideas in the hopper for new designs.  I spent most of my time making focals, which is always a nice break from making sets.  Here are a few I brought home from bead camp.

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Most of these have made it to my ebay page, and I have a few more coming in the next few days.

When Girlfriends get together, magic happens.

This last weekend I took a last minute trip to Tennessee to visit with some of my bead making girlfriends.  Kaye, Susan, Angie, Vern, Fay, and Marte.

The very best part of all of us getting together is the fun and laughter.  Of course we all get no sleep what-so-ever, but a little sleep deprivation is a small price to pay for all the fun.  Mostly we just ate, drank, and torched.  Everyone shares techniques and challenges everyone else to try new things or to just torch and have a good time.

I have been in busy production mode for a good three months or so, so when I walked in the studio, I asked the girls, what should I make?  Then Susan pipes up with “I dreamt you turned your fairies into Queens”.  She had all kinds of ideas including Mary Queen of Scots-holding her head in her arms after being beheaded.  I’ll have to do something thinking on that one, but sounds fun!

So I made a queen.  The Queen Red Bitch to be exact and her princesses.  Angie thinks she is queen and loves red.  Don’t worry she named herself the Queen Bitch.  I also made a few others, but don’t have decent picture of them yet, as all the princess and the queens left with someone else other than me last weekend.  All the girls deserve a queen or princess of there very own, now don’t they?

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So I came home and made the Christmas Queen.  More Queens and Princesses are coming, and maybe even a King, but I need to get caught up on orders, which will be very very soon, before I can play with my Royal Family.  The Christmas Queen in listed on etsy at a great price (her cape flashed uneven and is transparent and opaque).

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This is why I love girlfriend time.  Magic always happens.