Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Spacer beads

It is June, and I am working overtime getting ready for the Kutztown Folk Festival.  This year it starts on July 2 and runs until the following Sunday, July 10.  Every day I make beads, and every evening I put those beads into jewelry.  My supply of simple spacer beads has been depleted so I decided I needed to make more, in many colors.  They are not very exciting to make, but it can be very meditative.  I worked my way through 8 colors, and after an hour or so I veered off and made some other beads.  But it occurred to me that I would rather make spacer beads all day than work at a "real" job!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bench chair

Here is my workbench chair, where I should be spending a lot of time this month.  I need to make tons of beads so I can put jewelry together for the Kutztown Folk Festival, which runs July 2-11 this year.  Getting ready for a major show like this is a huge commitment, and is very stressful.  I call it my Kutztown panic mode.

Notice the mat under the chair.  The floors slants away from my bench and the chair tends to roll backwards- a real problem when making beads.  I solved that by putting a heavy mat under the chair.  Oh, the problems beadmakers must deal with (with which beadmakers must deal?)