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… 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!


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!

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Chrstina Take OutOh, 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!

BlueLime TrayOddly 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!

Happy Beadsday!

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