Sunday, April 27, 2014

Time to Chill and Recharge

Today I attended the St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club's monthly general meeting.  Thanks to Joe David, our meetings are now held at the White City Methodist Church.  It is a much more comfortable place to hold our meetings and has a full working kitchen.

I started a closed Facebook group for our club and today did some updating of documents and photos.  So much for having a day of rest.  But, thankfully, I was able to refresh and am ready to start working hard again tomorrow.  Can't believe my show is only 3 days away!!!

I have been having major issues trying to find lampshades I am happy with to go with my wine bottles.  I finally decided to just make my own.  Spent way too much time at Joann Fabrics yesterday.  And for those who know me, being in any store for any amount of time is not a good thing for my pocketbook.  I found some wonderful fabrics that I can't wait to turn into lampshades.  Unfortunately, I have run into a minor glitch in my lamp making venture, but hoping to get it resolved quickly.  Can't wait to show off the shades!

No photos this time, but will have tons to share later this week with a show on Wednesday, show on Saturday, 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party reveal and blog post on Saturday and another show the following Wednesday.  I'm tired just reading about it!  So mark your calendars and come and see me!!!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Week of Insanity

It has been such a busy insane week!  Cleaning jewelry, firing bottles, adding to jewelry inventory, torch out - copper cuffs in the works, Metal Impressions class, doll making class, house - not so much!  And to add to the insanity my pieces for the 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party are due to be revealed on May 3rd (with a complete blog post)!  Have started my pieces, but have a long long way to go!!!

Also, NOTE TO SELF:  put cup UNDER Kurig before hitting brew button and turning away!!!  Thank God there is a reservoir to catch the missed coffee!!!  Bob is taking me out for dinner and a movie tonight to give my brain a rest before I continue the insanity, getting ready for my 3 upcoming shows next week.

This 10-week session, I am only taking one class at St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club, Metal Impressions, taught by Joe David.  We have a full class with +Catherine King+Gen Smith+Don Bromley (Sarah), Marion Matake, Susan Barette, Ric and Tony!

 Marion Matakes using the disc cutter

+Don Bromley (Sarah) and Tony contemplating the wire draw plate

There is more than one way to pull that stubborn wire through the draw plate.  We believe in team work!!!  +Don Bromley and +Catherine King 

I completed my first project last night!!!  AND got an EXCELLENT from our teacher!!!  It was textured with #60 sand paper, folded and hammered, shaped, bail is soldered and then torch fired.  I am really happy with the outcome!


Joe David is finding out why +Catherine King +Gen Smith +Don Bromley (Sarah) and I are lovingly termed "The Wild Women of Monday Night" by Hannah Pollack, our cabbing instructor.  We recently took Anne Hesse's Garden Party Doll class at Beads and Baubles in Fort Pierce and the "cousins" have been making their rounds.  Ruby Lips has been to Niagara Falls, been skydiving, been in a parade, among other adventures and then they have, one at a time, been coming to our Metal Impressions class to meet their other cousins.  Last night we had four of the cousins, Ruby Lips aka +Don Bromley (Sarah), Bella Bleu aka Susan Barette, Flora aka me and Fae aka +Catherine King .  We may be "Wild Women" and "Ladies of the Evening", but we have TONS of fun!!!


And, if that isn't enough insanity, my house is totally turned upside down (more than the normal, with a 100# Rottweiler bringing in the outdoors indoors) getting ready for my upcoming shows next week.

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND JOIN ME!!!

APRIL 30th - I will be at the Vine and Barley located at 1680 SW St. Lucie West Boulevard in Port St. Lucie for my MOTHERS' DAY EXTRAVAGANZA!!!  Danette Hilburn has been kind enough to let me host another event at her wine bar.  She is also letting me play garbage collector and supplying me with her empties!  I will have handcrafted jewelry and recycled wine bottle serving trays that would make a lovely gift for Mother's Day!  Also, Wednesday they have live acoustic music so come out and join the fun!!!

 

My close friend, Melody Floyd, has outdone herself making another gift basket for my event at the Vine and Barley.  Raffle tickets will be on sale and the winning ticket drawn at the end of the evening.  Will make any mother happy to receive this wonderful basket of goodies!!!


MAY 3rd - I will be joining my friends, +Catherine King and +Gen Smith at Ocean Palms Independent Living Community at 2750 SE Ocean Boulevard in Stuart for their annual GINORMOUS INDOOR "GARAGE" SALE.  We will have our tables on the second floor atrium right off the west elevator.  Genny specializes in chainmaille and wire jewelry and Catherine is an extremely talented bead embroiderer.  I will have some jewelry pieces and my wine bottle serving trays.  I have never been to this event, but I understand it is huge and will have tons of vendors.


MAY 7th - I will be at the PSL Son's of Italy Traveling Quarter Auction.  Their charity for the evening will be the Fraternal Order of Police.  I will have a table with my handcrafted jewelry and wine bottle serving trays and will have 2 items up for auction and another offered as a door prize.  You could win for only 2 quarters!  Last week hosted the following vendors, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, a massage therapist, a Passions representative (no-one under 18 allowing at the auctions!), Candle Lite, someone with handcrafted wreaths, BeautiControl, Locket jewelry and others!  The first eight people who come out to support me will be given a bidding paddle on me.  BRING TONS OF QUARTERS and plan to have tons of fun!!!  Just remember that no-one under 18 is allowed at the Quarter Auctions!


So needless to say, every surface in my huge house is covered in the makings of jewelry, wine bottle serving trays and lamps.  You name it, it is out and in everyone's way!  But everything is starting to come together!

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My next post will be about my April 30th event at the Vine and Barley!  Make sure to come back and check it out!!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Meet my Garden Party Doll, FLORA!

After MANY days of beading, let me introduce you to Flora!

We had so much fun and laughter during Anne Hesse's Garden Party Doll Class last weekend at Beads and Baubles in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Annie is such a wonderful teacher and has such a loving, sharing spirit!  Even though Annie pre-assembled the body parts for our dolls, she supplied us with patterns and a multitude of "secrets" to make our doll moveable.  This was such a wonderful experience and I do believe I shall start making dolls!  I made "cabbage patch" dolls for my daughter and niece close to thirty years ago and really wish that photographs were as prominent then as now, so I would be able to share my first experience in doll making.

Here are a few photos from the class.

 
Annie and her dolls!


These were our class samples

Anne Hesse, Me, Catherine King, Molly, Suzanne Bang and Jane Weaks

Alice Salvia, Sandie Alexander, Susan Barette (owner of Beads and Baubles in Fort Pierce, Florida), Judy Atwood and Sarah Bromley

Catherine King's finished doll face

Sarah Bromley's finished doll face

Suzanne was the only one to complete her doll in class!

Here is Sarah's finished doll, Ruby, named for her ruby lips!


Love the beaded detail on the back of her dress!


AND NOW......MEET FLORA!!!  

I decided to do a true Garden Party doll and add some flowers to her cheeks.

For Flora's jewelry, I wire wrapped a small piece of Rhodochrosite that I had accidentally dropped right after I cut it.  It made a beautiful pendant!

Then I added some chain to complete the necklace.

Face and jewelry being attached and Flora is coming to life!

Flora's beaded bracelets and ring!

AND HERE SHE IS.............I absolutely love her!  It took many (many) hours to bead, but she is worth it!



Let me know what you think!  If you ever have a chance to take one of Annie's classes, do not pass it up!  You will have the time of your life!