…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.
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?
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Oh, thank goodness it’s finally Friday! The weather is supposed to be gorgeous, and I have exciting plans. On Sunday I get to take a lovely country drive, which I enjoy, to That Bead Lady, which I ALSO enjoy, and spend the afternoon teaching Bellybands, Wings and Horns, which – wait for it – I LOVE! *G* If you’re free, just give them a call to register and join us – I’ll tell them they have my permission to overmax the class! Is there any better, happier or more rewarding way to spend a lovely afternoon? It’s been a tough couple of weeks so I am REALLY looking forward to this. Join us – you’ll have fun!
I was doing some housekeeping-type admin tasks and came across this photo, which made me smile big-time! My family has a wealth of unusual names – ChristinA (NOT ChristinE), Harry, Bampi, etc. – and we’ve always stopped and taken a photo when we discovered a family name on a business sign. I can remember my father pulling a quick U-turn on the TransCanada Highway as a child, because he spotted a “Bampi’s Coffee” sign!
Oddly enough (or maybe not, considering it’s me!), this seemed to unleash a screaming bunch of “bead me!’s” and I find myself compelled to set up multiple worktrays and repeatedly return to the ideas I’ve been developing. Here I was, trying to be disciplined and stick to one concept at a time, but I’ve been ambushed in all directions and will now have to pick up more trays; I’ve run out! *G* Obviously, it’s trays I’ve run out of; the ideas are bubbling from a bottomless abyss of abundance!
Have you been following our book blog? It’s so exciting to think Kate’s about to open up the pre-order specials for Volume 2! I’m well into the illustrations and I cannot WAIT to see what people make next! If you check out the book’s FaceBook page you’ll see a few GORGEOUS pieces already slated for Volume 2. And Kate has uploaded completely AWESOME videos of thread paths so that those who are totally visual have a chance to keep up with everyone else. There’s a wonderful video description and demonstration of the Modified Right Angle Weave Bellyband that Kate and Dustin Wedekind developed, paired with a Tri-Wing Ring. A second video shows how to adjust the MRAW Bellyband so that it Zigs and Zags automatically, even as it is built!
For those coming Sunday, see you then!
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