Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Students Beads

These are beads from the second class - second day. Everyone did great!

And these are the beads that Shannon, Jenny and Bette stayed late to finish! I think that they came out fantastic........ great job you guys!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Second Class

This is the second class! One of the students had to leave early..... we missed you Karen!
Shannon, Jenny and Bette stayed and made 3 wonderful sea gardens! I will take some photos of them tomorrow!

This is Barbara behind her mask. She is awesome and a joy to have in class.... oh and by the way she has more glass tools than anyone I know!!!!!

This was waiting for me the second day of class. Sharon, the owner of the studio, made the vase and brought the flower from home for me! It made it feel a little bit like Hawaii.... except for all the snow outside! We are supposed to get some more tonight and tomorrow, which is fine with me, I love it!

I am looking forward to the next class, like I said earlier, this is a great group.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Fun in the snow in Indiana!

I am loving all of the snow that we got here in Indiana the last few days! The students probably think I am crazy!!!!! It snowed all day yesterday, it was beautiful........ to me anyways!

Angie, one of the students, took this photo when she got home....... where she lived they had mostly ice. It is really pretty though...... thanks Angie for the photos!

Here is the nice studio set-up at Inspired Fire. These are the students from the first class! What a great group of people here........ they have a wonderful organization...... I believe they have about 75 members and sounds like they get together quite often.......

Well today was nice and sunny....... but....... snow is in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, and of course that makes me very happy!!!!!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Teaching in Indiana

I just arrived in Indiana tonight! I will be teaching 3 2-day classes for ISLAGA at Inspired Fire Studios.

Barbara and her husband were nice enough to pick me up in Indianapolis and drive me up to Lafayette. Thank you Barbara!

We stopped by the studio on the way to the hotel and it is an awesome studio! I am really looking forward to teaching there. I will do my best with taking photos...... I still haven't posted the ones from last weekends class..... I have been trying to recover from the dreaded Tucson crud!

OK that's all for now......... I miss you sweetie!!!!!!!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Clean Studio!

It is so nice to have a clean studio! I am teaching a Masters Class this weekend and my studio was a mess from getting ready for the Tucson show!
This is the bead making half of the studio. Each bead making station has its own ventilation system. This is a system that Whit designed. It works great, especially when fuming with silver or gold!

This half of the studio is where I do all of my silver work. I have 3 of Jim Moore Bead Riveting machines set up, a great buffer with ventilation, a foredom and lots more silversmithing tools!

I will try to remember to take some photos during the class and of the students beads...... if they don't mind!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!
My great friend Kathy D painted me this beautiful painting to add to my "Alala" collection! This one has Alala standing on a heart. Thank you Kathy!!!!
Alala means Raven or Crow in Hawaiian. There are few if any left in Hawaii.

Whit bought me some great jewelers files that I had been wanting!
Thanks Sweetie!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Towanda's Happy!

Towanda is one happy cat today....... Whit got her some fresh wheat grass!
She looks so proud.......

Monday, February 11, 2008

Nice to be home......

We arrived home last night and let me tell ya Towanda was so happy to have us back! She wouldn't leave my side all night and all day today. The show was great. Now I have to prepare my studio for one of my Master Classes this weekend. These classes have been filling up very fast so I have already scheduled some for the winter months......

The dates are:

November 7 - 9
November 14 - 16 and
December 5 - 7

You can get info on them here.......

Friday, February 8, 2008

One More Day!

We are almost done! The show has been great..... A lot of friends stopped by tonight to say hello on our late night. It is so nice to see all of our friends here.
Whit and I went to Catalina State Park and went for a nice hike there. Our friend Star watched the booth for us so we could go....... thank you Star!!!!!

Here are some photos from our hike and one of me and Dave Butts (AKA pantie boy)!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Too Tired!

Had a great dinner with Anne Mitchell, Gail Crosman-Moore, Stacy and Whit...... really good Mexican Food! Speaking of Anne, I have her books for sale at my booth.......
Too tired tonight to post photos! I will take some more pictures tomorrow...... I have met some wonderful people at the show! Pipyr and Rhonda stopped by today and it was great to meet them.
Isis Ray dropped off some beads at my booth to sell, they are awesome! I also have some of Nicole Valentine's goddesses at my booth as well! Will try to update you some more tomorrow........ have a great night.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Tucson Show

View of Mt. Rainier on our way to Tucson.....
Lois and Phil of Wynwoods studio...... very happy with their day! Our opening day was very busy, this is the first time that we opened on a monday....... usually we start on wednesday. Sales were very good today.. :-)
Steff Korsage goosing Whit! Her Jewelry is too die for!
Whit caught me talking with a customer!
If you are in Tucson be sure and stop by and say hello!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Arrived in Tucson Today

We arrived today around noon and have been working every since...... it is 11:30pm here and I am almost finished. We setup most of the table today and then came to our room and worked on bead pricing and making some really beautiful CHARM-N-BEAD BRACELETS tonight.

Some great friends brought us wonderful food to our room so we could continue to work. I will post photos tomorrow of our booth and the goings on at the show! I wish everyone that is doing this or any other show the best of luck!

Talk to you tomorrow.............


Friday, February 1, 2008

Silver Beads.....

These are some silver beads that I made to go with our

This is my last post before we leave for Tucson. I will do my best to keep you updated from
The Whole Bead Show.

Hope to see many of you there.........