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Jean Freakin Power

…knowing a friend is coming to town from overseas!  That’s right, folks, the AB FAB and TOTALLY COSMIC Jean Power will be in Ontario tonight!  If you are even SLIGHTLY interested in geometric beadwork you really need to put aside a few hours (days, months…) to have a look at Jean’s website, blog and shop.  She is a design force to be reckoned with and her vibrant joie de vivre is absolutely contagious.

Oh happy day, calloo, callay……<wandering off to continue Happy Dance out of sight of co-workers>…

Happy HAPPY Beadsday!

…it’s sunny, warm and a lightly cooling breeze constantly wafts past, perfumed with the Mountain Ash blossoms that are in abundance where I walk from my car to my office.  I have really been aware of the luscious fragrance this year; quite happily, too!  My seasonal allergies have all but obliterated my sense of smell, so the rare occasions I can distinguish something are really precious to me, and I savour them to the utmost.

Marilyn Parker Interlaced Helix Bangle

I received an email from a student just yesterday, with a photograph of the piece she completed after taking my Bellybands, Wings & Horns class at That Bead Lady.  Marilyn Parker chose to keep to double layers on the outer edges, only, but used a technique I’ve only WANTED to do for a year now, and have never had time to complete.  Marilyn completed an absolutely stunningly gorgeous Interlaced Helix Bangle Variation – isn’t it magnificent?  I’m absolutely delighted to see it, and Marilyn, I cannot thank you enough for thinking to send me the photo, and for your permission to share it.  You have done a wonderful piece of wearable art that I know will be a conversation starter – and show stopper! – for many years to come.  Congratulations!

Now, isn’t this a beautiful day, indeed?

Happy Beadsday!

… I woke to a lovely, steady, light pattering rain; just about my mostest favouritest kind of weather in the world!  All you sunshine -lovers get the bulk of the Summer, so allow my late Spring sprinkle, okay? *G*  After all, isn’t it nice to know that your yucky day is someone else’s fabulous one?

Tree Fence C

I am surrounded with wonder and wonderFUL on all sides these days.  My grown-up girl, C, is proving herself to have quite the eye for texture as well as an appreciation for irony.  She took this amazing photograph while at work one day recently.  No matter how “civilization” tries to tame nature, it just won’t be tamed! Or boxed in, or fenced…

I’ve had no time to update this blog, so my apologies for leaving everyone wondering what’s up lately.  There’s been so much happening!!!

The Toronto Bead Society recently held their Spring Bead Fair on May 25 and May 26.

TBS Bead Fair BeadFX Kits

I was invited to it by Cathy Lampole of That Bead Lady, who gave me a place to sign books and chat with all kinds of beady peeps.  It was super fun!  Also, Marg Yamanaka of BeadFX used the Bead Fair to introduce the new Contemporary Geometric Beadwork kits, which were beautifully put together by her staff and contained not only excerpts from the book, but everything needed to sit right down and start beading, from needle to thread to cylinder beads!

I also got to see two of my favourite lampwork artists and load up on their amazing work – I STRONGLY recommend seeing the extraordinary beads made by Laurie Wright and Muriel Duval yourself; in person, if at all possible.  Their beauty is astounding and inspirational. 

TBS Bead Fair That Bead Lady Space

I’ve also committed to another class for Bellybands, Wings and Horns at That Bead Lady on June 22nd.  This class covers all the basics you really want to know to tackle any of the projects from Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, Volume 1.

Also, in case you missed the notice, Kate MacKinnon has opened up pre-orders for Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, Volume 2.  This will be another amazing “gotta get” for beaders, with the material we could not force into the first book, as well as entirely new information and ideas, such as chains!  We’re working so hard on this and Kate’s convinced we’ll have it put to bed by year end – yahoo!

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On top of all this abundance and magnificence, Kate has sent me a treasure from her own hands (and Russell’s head!) – the Golden Crown Cuff is mine!  I fell in love with this piece when Kate was still working on it and was thrilled to my bones to discover it knew my name – I could hear it calling all the way from Tucson.  And, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of spirit and just amazing coolness of Kate, it’s actually MINE!  All mine! My precioussssssssss……*creeping away to fondle the splendiferous fabulosity in private*.  I’ll try to drag myself away from it to give you a few more updates and pieces of happiness soon.  Oh, and if you’re waiting on an email, they should be all caught up quite soon – miss you, too! (((hugs all ’round!)))

Happy Beadsday!