Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
While I was here in Orlando at the Maitland Civic Center for the show, my friend Stephanie Sweet stopped in to visit and do a little shopping. It was definitely good to see her and catch up. Stephanie is a talented jewelry designer who thinks outside of the box and creates really funky and fun creations. She's also an illustrator and artist and is working on a darling book about a monster. Check out her website!
It was also really nice to see a familiar face, Cathy Dailey. I always look forward to seeing her when we're in town. Cathy makes really beautiful work and has a very handy online shop that carries almost the entire line of Green Girl Studios pieces. I had an awesome time catching up with her and chatting.
Seeing old friends and using beading as an excuse is a perk of doing the shows.
Melanie mixes up gunmetal chains and components with brass to make a necklace with one of her Toolbox Treasure pendants
Heather sketches out some new designs using this summer's hottest color.
Jean Campbell Ink: Eureka!
Beading in the fresh air clears the mind, bringing fresh creativity
Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
Searching for some new inspiration? Lorelei's got just the place for you to find it!
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean reviews Wirework, a new book by the famous Dale "Cougar" Armstrong.
Strands of Beads
Melissa shows off her new lunar phases and compass rose designs.
A Bead A Day
Lisa shares her selection of summery pink beads and crystals. The "Watermelon Crawl" bead mix is sure to conjure up visions of a family picnic on a warm summer day!
Art Bead Scene
The Trendy Bead shows off wood filigree pendants are a perfect jewelry touch.
Barbe Saint John
Read Barbe's interview on the Objects and Elements blog.
Cyndi's initial thoughts on working with the new CopprClay. There'll be lots of projects coming this summer!
Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi hand felts a pretty bead from wool roving.
Cindy Gimbrone aka The Lampwork Diva
A trip to glass city doesn't go as well as planned. Yet Cindy finds inspiration and few new tools!
The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew introduces eight new fine pewter pieces from his family's company, Green Girl Studios.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Some of my best memories include my good friend. We spent many a sunny afternoon exploring the neighborhood, riding bikes until our legs were useless, writing stories, painting pictures, and most of all... dreaming. Neither of us came from what one would call a privileged background, but we still made the best of things and had GRAND plans with limitless horizons. It was nice to laugh again under those BIG skies.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
These eight fine pewter designs are new from my family at Green Girl Studios. Originally, the mushroom, the snail, the bird and the nest charms were cast in shibuichi, but were retooled for fine pewter. Greg carved the magical-looking button for his wedding vest out of PMC. The new peapod has two peas in the pod. Cynthia and Greg had received so many requests, that they eventually caved and carved one. (How apt with Azalea and Baby Brother coming along the way!) The butterfly toggle and the fairy pendant are brand new. The fairy pendant says on the back, "Come away oh human child to the waters and the wild."
All of these pieces will be available THIS WEEKEND at the Orlando Bead Mercantile show at the Maitland Civic Center. Please stop by to say hello and see the brand new pieces!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I always love the smaller specialized museums. Of course I adore the big grand collections, but there's something nice about a museum with a very particular focus. This usually tends to increase the depth of knowlege and really makes things juicy. Although it was a little pricey to get in, I think it was well worth it. It was really interesting to see what Azalea thought of the paintings and drawings.
Above is a picture of Greg, Azalea, Sheila and I. Azalea was tired of the museum and ready for the beach! She wanted to splash around so much! I guess she was just really hot.
The fire-hydrant was converted into a work of art with the stickers from the museum embellishing nearly every square inch.
The beach was absolutely wonderful. The sands were white, the breeze was cool, and it was very refreshing to stand there near the waves and surf and sort of melt into the scenary. We found the perfect spot in historic Pass-a-Grille.
Above is a picture of Greg, Azalea and Cynthia (and Baby Brother in Cynthia's tummy) at the top of the put put course. I'm not really sporty and have discovered that put put is a "sport" that can be added to the list of sports that I'm not good at. I did have a streak of beginner's luck though, but nothing compared to Azalea's hole-in-one. She's a natural! Despite my failings, I still had a lot of fun. I guess I'm okay with not winning or taking myself too seriously and enjoying the game instead of being swept up by competitiveness.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Above is a picture of my sister, Sheila and Azalea sitting at the booth at the Lazy Gator Bar. The Lazy Gator Bar is an off-the road restaurant that has live music, delicious Southern food and airboat rentals on Lake Jessup.
The highlight of the trip out to the Black Hammock Reserve was the FOOD! Above is a picture of the powdered sugar sprinkled corn fritters. They were delicious.
The restaurant also had an aquarium that had a baby alligator in it. Azalea couldn't stop looking at it and starring at the little reptile body splashing around.
Monday, June 22, 2009
It's strange to be back in my old hometown. It feels like so much has happened since I've lived here, to me and to the area. I can't escape the nostalgia. I am flooded with thoughts and memories that are distinctly tied to this place - this place that is not my home anymore.
Sometimes I catch a glimpse of myself from the corner of my eye in a reflection and I see myself as I once was. I used to be so eager to get out there in the world, make a name for myself and change everything. I felt righteous and angry and so driven. Nowadays, I think I'm more patient and not so quick to act. I still get fired up about certain things, but at the same time I think I've learned that there are many ways and my way might not be the best way for everyone and that there are some things in life that cannot be changed by a single person. It may sound as though I've lost my zest for life or that I've somehow lost my claws as they say, but I now see that there are different types of change and different ways of causing change, that I am not separate from the world and the world is not separate from me and that by doing what I love and feels right will effect far more people in an intimate way than me struggling for what I've been told is the height of success. The world is beautiful and each day is an opportunity to see that if we don't lose sight of simply what's arround us.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
It's a far cry from the misty mountains of North Carolina. I feel almost as though I'm out of place here. In my mind, the idea of comfort is one of warmth and character... not so much hard lines and sparse over-designed furniture.
As I mentioned, we're in Florida now for the Bead Merchantile show in Fort Lauderdale. Everyone should come out to the show and say hello! We've got lots of new goodies to check out and it'd be good to see some of my friends from the Miami show. In preparation for the show, I made some travel snacks. One of them was caramelized bacon. Yep, I was thinking of you Nina. (Cynthia and I have been saying, "I want that." A LOT lately.)
Last night we spent the night at my parents' house in Oviedo. After the Fort Lauderdale show, I'll be there for a week... so it'll be interesting to spend a little bit of time in a town I grew up in, but haven't spent much time in since. I'm really interested in seeing old friends and of course to indulge in the yummy food that my mom makes. She made her world famous flattened fried chicken, rice, sweet Zellwood corn, green beans with onions, and sweet tea. Azalea polished off two ears of corn and was still hungry for more!
We didn't really get to spend much time there last night, but one of the things I found was an award-winning drawing that I did in the first grade. It's strange that I drew the mountains like that. I don't think I ever saw mountains like that until much later in life – mountains like the mountains in Asheville. Ones that seem unreal in their coloring, an umbra of lavenders, forget-me-not blues and pale blue-grays.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Secondly, I wanted to say how cool it was to be in the room during the ultrasound when they found out that Cynthia is having a baby boy! He's already really cute and amazingly strong!
Today was a good day. We got a lot done, cleaning and organizing and preparing for the trip to Florida. We also had Cheryl Ann and Michelle over for dinner. It was so good to see them. I've missed them so much!
Cheryl Ann and Michelle provided the peach sangria. It was tasty and very refreshing. In my mind, sangria is one of those iconic summer breverages. Seeing it always puts me in a good mood - it reminds me of good friends, good food, and lots of conversation.