Of the lovely, beady, NEDbeads type things, there are a few!! Marcia DeCoster's new book, Beads In Motion, is coming out very soon and I am very excited, as Marcia decided to include one of my pieces in her gallery. Check it out HERE to see some examples of the lovelies she is going to share with us!! I can't wait to make some of these designs, they all look scrumptious!!
I am also participating, for the first time, in the wonderful Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party, and am very excited about that as well. If you aren't familiar with the party, check out Lori's blog and see, it's fabulous!!!
My partner is the talented Bobbie Rafferty of Beadsong Jewelry!! I am absolutely thrilled, and having gone through and read Bobbie's blog, I am LOVING her work. Look at some of this beauty!!
The earrings are amazing, the necklace is sublime and I am particularly in love with this gorgeous freeform peyote bracelet. I have been hooked on freeform myself lately, and just can't seem to stop.
I made up Bobbie's soup and sent it out this morning - actually, I sent two because I wanted to make sure that she had something to choose from. I can't wait to see what she thinks, and if she likes what I chose! (Fingers and toes crossed!!!) I would love to post a teaser pic, but I honestly don't know how to 'disguise' a photo, so I had best wait, lol. Our reveal date is 4/6/13 as we are part of the second group.
I am also taking part in a wonderful blog hop called Choose Your Own Adventure (seriously, how could I resist with a title/theme like that???), hosted by Mandi Ainsworth (of the Bead Circle) and Karen Williams (of Skunk Hill Studio), where the participants are to make a freeform piece.
I am hoping to participate as planned in Battle of the Beadsmith 2013 as well, as long as the not-so-great life events don't dictate otherwise. It's really kind of intimidating again - there has been so many posts of so many truly Great pieces over the last year that my brain is almost numb! Here's to hoping that the muse finds something BIG to inspire me...
A friend of mine has also asked if I will participate in an embroidered art doll round robin with a few of her close friends. This is a very new sort of thing for me, as I have never beaded on a form before, only on flat embroidery backing. I am looking forward to it a lot, although maybe a little worried too, as I think it must be very different from my normal embroidery. I've chosen to do a bird form for mine, made by Renetha Stanziano (I can't sew - NO I can't!). In order to practice a little beforehand, I am also going to try embroidering a starfish form, which is being made for me by my fabulous friend Julie Cowan .
Finally, the Beadsmith has used my Lotus bracelet design in a hyyyoooooge six foot pop up poster which they will be showing during their travels to different shows, etc, and I love it!! They also have one of the original Lotus bracelets with them, which they commissioned earlier this year. :) (If you'd like to make your own version, I have a tutorial available in my Etsy shop.)
So... beadiness = busy-ness = calm. I need calm right now. And courage was definitely the word for the year as I deal with the bad things.