Friday, August 01, 2014
The reason for all the new found goodness? Well, I have loads of pictures to share with you and my feeble brain only knows how to do certain things, and so I've made a cool Journal of sorts of my recent trip to Houston, Texas for The ISGB Conference "The Gathering" July 16 - 21, 2014. ISGB stands for Interenational Society of Glass Beadmakers. It's a lampwork thing - some people call it flamework. Has to do with melting glass on a mandrel with bead release on the mandrel.
I was generously awarded a full scholarship of 5 nights at the luxurious Hyatt Regency plus full Conference Fees all paid in full and a ticket to the Banquet! Oh be still my heart. I'm still in shock ... Thank you Generous Benefactor. Thank you. I'm humbled beyond words. I had a wonderful time even if I did have to eat all my meals in my room as I didn't have enough money to eat out. Yogurt in the morning and sandwiches at lunch (with grapes of course) ... as well as an apple and peanut butter for dinner. And I don't even like peanut butter - you know what? it worked! My birthday was July 17 - I think this was the best way to celebrate my birthday ever.
Without further adu ... I'd like to add a link to where all the pictures I took are located - all 149 of them.
Click here for the Flickr link to the Gathering pictures Under my name at the bottom left of the screen I have typed on most of them the name of the picture (so you will know what you are looking at) and also some have paragraphs of information there as well. There's some great information hidden down there, but you have to know to look for it - at least I did. BTW, thanks for looking!
I don't exactly know how to put them in this Blog without them being one at a time forever long on the page.
Write to me and let me know what you think, okay? I'm posting this on Facebook as well so please pardon duplicates if you will.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Well, I did get accepted into my first ever Art Charm Swap. I'm excited because it's fun for the artists as well as it benefits the kids through Beads of Courage http://www.beadsofcourage.org/.
You see, kids that have a serious illness can choose a bead to wear proudly in a necklace to show how brave they've been. They can choose different colored beads to represent various medical procedures they have endured. These artisan made beads benefit the kids because there will be an eBay auction benefiting the kids that starts today, November 12, 2012 at 3:00pm eastern time. Jennifer Cameron, our generous hostess has set all of this up herself. Go here for the eBay link: http://myworld.ebay.com/glassaddictions
Jennnifer is the owner of GlassAddictions. I also make fun little beads to accumulate at our bead group Grapevine Beadmakers Society in Southlake, Texas that are given to the BOC contact. This person then goes to hospitals and gives our beads to the kids to wear. http://grapevinebeads.com/BeadsOfCourage.htm
The theme chosen for our Swap was LAUGHTER. Charms were made of various materials - I chose to work with glass. I love mermaids, fish and things of the sea. So when I think of these things I think of playful laughter between the mermaids and the seahorses. I had fun melting the glass to make my seashells then the added touch of a simple seahorse completed my entry.
Each of the artists donated a charm (or more) to be auctioned off on eBay for the kids. A picture of the charms I received is here:
Monday, August 20, 2012
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Friday, March 02, 2012
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Avery, who is 5, won a ribbon for her sculpture of a ballerina. Her Pre-K class at her school did a whole series of studying art by the Masters. The ballerina was part of deGaus The Little Ballerina.
Her teacher did a remarkable job of presenting the artists and the kids loved making the statues out of polymer clay on the armature I set up for them. Yes, believe it or not.... the kids did the majority of the art. One little boy's ballerina wore a batman cape when he finished. That's art!
He had fun and now he has a ribbon too. For 9 years old, he's got a lot of creativity running through those fingers! He is always drawing something. When he's waiting for something, he draws - when he's anxious about things - he draws. Now he's making up his own comic book characters. I'm anxious to see what he comes up with next.