Sunday, June 24, 2012

Designing necklaces

It was hard, but I got out of my studio for a day and took a workshop on designing necklaces.  This month I have been working overtime making beads and jewelry for the, but the workshop came up, and I couldn't pass it up.  Penny Diamanti, from Beadazzled, was the instructor, and the class was so inspiring!  I have so many new ideas, which is exactly why I took the class.  I had hoped it would push me out of my comfort zone, and it worked!  The first photo was layer 1 of necklaces, and there were 3 or 4 more layers to inspire us. 

I took some of my animal print beads and a bag of assorted stone beads, and we picked through them and chose a color scheme that worked.  That night I couldn't sleep with all the ideas running through my head!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Panic time

June 1st!  Well, actually it is June 2, but close enough.  This starts my yearly panic, making beads and jewelry for the Kutztown Folk Festival.  It is a 9 day festival so I need to have lots and lots of beads and jewelry!  My work table is a mess, which means I have been working.   I really do need to finish some of those projects so I can see what I have done, and what I need to work on.

I worked hard in May to cross items off my to-do list so I could concentrate on studio work this month, but fate is playing with me.  Among lots of other things that keep popping up, I have jury duty on June 25.  I will try to get excused from that.  I am all for civic duty, but not 3 days before I set up for my biggest show of the year. 

My pile of beads is growing and the boxes of my jewelry is filling.  While I am torching, I am listening to Water for Elephants and really enjoying it.  Now if I can just keep going until the end of the month!