Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Glad to be back!
Helping to put on a bead retreat for 25+ women in one cabin for a week was both fun and a challenge! Lots of beautiful beadwork, sharing, caring and learning went on, and I think everyone went home with something beautiful to show for it.
But, I am happy to be home and finishing things I learned....there are still kumibeado ropes to be strung for the peyote bail pendants, a clasp change for the netted roundelle bracelet (gotta LOVE those Chinese roundelles!), and work some more on my beaded doll...but everything is unpacked, in its place, and I can actually find things without having to open every single box, bag or tin I brought!
The Beadsmith Bead Tower was a purchase from a friend who didn't care for how it worked, but it is perfect for my 'odds and ends' beads; drops, glass pearls, Chinese glass roundelles, rounds and bicone, daggers and lentils- things I will not remember to use if they are put away into a drawer, no matter how organized that seemed in the first place.
And I found an art spinner, the kind you keep your colored pencils, scissors, etc in, and is now my project bead holder, especially for bead embroidery, which seems to go better if all the beads I want to use on that project are available and in sight, yet not where the cats can knock them all down, or where my threads can catch on them. $2 at a yard sale...but worth it even if you paid full price!
Now I need to catch up on what you all have been doing- being without internet all week was tough!!