Well my first time as a vendor at the West Michigan Bead Expo went pretty well. I sold a lot of beads and some finished jewelry as well. I had some pictures of my beads printed for my Spring Jewelry Party booth and we set them up for this booth as well. I think they were a big hit. I got lots of really nice compliments on them and Stefano may have even gotten some new product photography business.
Here’s a pic of the Expo booth…
Coming up next is the Christmas Through Lowell craft extravaganza! Look for my booth at the Grand Volute Ballroom on November 20th and 21st.
Don’t forget about the West Michigan Bead Expo this Saturday (10/10) from 10-5 at the DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids MI. Everybody who is anybody is going to be there! Check back after the Expo for more photos and a full report on the activities.
I finally gathered up all of the loose beads and orphans that were laying EVERYWHERE in the studio and polished them up for sale. I love these little beads but rarely find time to photograph each of them and place them in the store.
I got married a week and half ago! What a wonderful day it was. The sun was shining, the weather was calm and warm, and my best friend promised to love me forever. Who could ask for more?
Aside from a few minor glitches, like the Minister canceling on us the day before the wedding (don’t get me started), everything went really well. Not surprisingly so I must say. I followed the K.I.S.S. method for wedding planning…for those that don’t know, K.I.S.S. = Keep It Simple(or Small) Stupid. Or something like that. My wedding may not have been as flashy and elegant as some, but everyone seemed to have a really nice time. More importantly, I did not have to go Bridezilla on anyone. The wedding ceremony was outside on the 55th hole of the golf course at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City, MI. The ceremony was followed by a small reception on the 17th floor of the resort tower. The scenery was breathtaking and the food was delicious.
I must give special props for the cake. If I hadn’t just gotten married…I would have married that cake. I just asked for a dark chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting and left the rest up to the resorts pastry chef. Well, my hat is off to you sir or madam, because that was the best damn cake I have ever eaten in my whole life…and trust me, I have eaten a lot of cake.
Now that I am back home, and back to my daily grind, it all kinda seems like a dream. As pictures come in from various friends and family, I am reminded that even without all of the glitz and glamor and STRESS of a big wedding, it was beautiful and special and the best day of my life.
Did I mention the cake?
I wrote this blog entry quite some time ago and never posted it. I stumbled upon it today and figured I would share it with the world as is. I don’t know if its blog worthy, but it made me smile…maybe you will do the same?
I am kinda new to this blogging thing. The reason I have waited so long to jump on the band wagon is that I never felt like I had anything worthwhile to talk about (that anyone in their right mind would want to read). So now that I am home from the wonderment that is Italy, I am back in the same boat. Theres only one blog that I read on a regular basis and that is Sarah Horniks blog. It seems she always has something interesting to discuss in a delightfully witty way. I fear my fledgling blog will pale in comparison.
So last night I was cleaning the house and trying to come up with catchy headlines for what are sure to be delightfully witty blog entries. Some Examples: My Cat Sheds Kittens, What happened to my neighbors?, What’s that smell?,
A few things to note…I now regularly read several blogs and enjoy them very much. (Sarah’s is still one of my favorites) I think that reading other blogs has inspired me to write more posts of my own. I figure that if I enjoy reading about a complete strangers life…then perhaps they would enjoy reading about mine!
I wanted to make something really cool and very unique for my bridesmaids to wear during the wedding. My flowers for the wedding are Orange Asiatic Lilies and Calla Lilies so I started there. The glass Asiatic lilies came out OK but just didn’t look “right” and many of them lost petals in the kiln. So, I moved on to the Calla Lilies…whoo hoo these came out beautiful and they are pretty easy to make. I have been making alot of orange ones for the wedding but this purple one is my absolute FAVE-O-RITE! I have it listed it in my Etsy shop. It is strung on a sterling silver cable with a very strong magnetic clasp. I kinda hate to part with it but I gotta pay for this glass addiction somehow. I will be constructing the bridesmaids necklaces this week. Check back for pics of those.
I love lilies! They are my most favorite flower. This spring I planted TONS of lilies in the raised beds next to our house, and now they are starting to open. I planted Calla Lilies, Oriental Lilies, Asiatic Lilies and one lone Hybrid Lily that I bought at Meijer. I even planted some exotic Electric Orange lilies that I bought off of the internet. Those have been slow to develop but I hope to see them soon!
I have also thrown some Gladiolus and Pink Elephant Ear in the mix. The chipmunks managed to dig up all but ONE of my sun flower seeds. It is still pretty small, but I am hopeful that it will continue to grow. I hate chipmunks!
||This is a Tom Pouce Oriental Lily. It is HUGE. The petals are a beautiful soft pink with light yellow centers. ‘Tom Pouce’ is also the name of a Dutch pastry that uses yellow custard as it’s creamy center filling.
|I think this one is called Expression. This particular bloom is kind of on its way out, but when it first opened the petals were mostly white with just a hint of pink. There are darker colored pink freckles on the petals.
||Here are the Callas. They have been blooming for weeks now. They come up one color and as they age they change colors. So far I have gotten dark purple, yellow, orange and even some green ones. These flowers are really amazing.
|My very first Stargazer just peeked out today! I will definitely be posting more pics of these beauties as they open!
You can’t eat the Lilies but you can eat these…I got maters! Looks like we are going to have a bumper crop! The little orange ones are supposed to be grape tomatoes but they look more like Romas. The big green ones are Heirlooms or Beefsteaks…I probably won’t know for sure until I slice it open…I can’t wait!!
The brown dots on the leaves are from Tomato Blight. It is a kind of fungal infection that the plants sometimes get. We have been battling it for weeks with special spray. I think we have managed to slow the spread, but I fear our growing season will still be cut short by this insidious fungus!
I had my second annual Spring Jewelry Party this past Saturday. I originally just wanted to set up all my jewelry so I could get some good photos of my set up for the Christmas Through Lowell application. But I figured I might as well make some money in the process! I didn’t have a huge turnout but I was pretty happy none-the-less. I have found that the parties are a little more personal with fewer people. I think the girls were pretty happy with their purchases and I was very happy with the sales! Here’s a great picture of my display…
I have been trying for months to perfect this “feather” technique with silver glass and I think I finally got it. I love the way that the color shifts from purple to light blue. I’m not sure if they are actually called feathers but that’s kinda what they look like to me.
I am hosting a Spring Jewelry party on May 2nd for some of my friends. I will be setting up and photographing my jewelry displays so I can be ready for the application to enter Christmas Through Lowell, which is due in June. I will also be selling some stuff, but that is not nearly as important as preparing for such a prestigious event. So, my dilemma…I love to make beads, I could make them all day, and when I make an especially cool one I really want to photograph it and put it up for sale on my Etsy site as soon as possible. Buuuut, I am having a JEWELRY party . I actually need to have jewelry at my “jewelry” party. I have to take my especially cool bead and turn it into a piece of jewelry, but then it is such a cool piece of jewelry that I want to keep it for myself…do you see my dilemma???
I taught my very first lampworking class this past Saturday! I taught the class at Bead Quest here in GR. I stopped in a few weeks back to inquire about selling some beads on consignment and found out that they were in need of a lampworking teacher. So I signed on. I was a bit nervous before the class, having never really taught anything to anyone in my life. But, once I got past the introductions I was cruising right along. It was actually quite fun. I found that I really enjoy teaching people something that I am truly passionate about. And I really REALLY enjoyed the pleasure my students got from watching the glass melt in the flame and turning that little glowing blob into a piece of wearable art. It was how I felt the first time I lit the torch. While I am still very passionate about making beads, that silly giddy feeling has long since faded…it was nice to see it again!
I am teaching my second class at Bead Quest on May 9th at 2pm. We will be making some simple etched glass beads. If you are in the area I would love to have you in my class.