Thursday, May 27, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Many of you may know that for years I have been a horticulturist, designing large scale gardens for resorts and wedding venues. But after a skirmish with breast cancer, my sails seemed to shift of their own accord and I started losing interest in the garden - something I thought I would NEVER do. I was very passionate about plants. I still love looking at them, I just don't have the energy to grow them anymore.
So I've been moving on to other things such as:
Beadwork - I love beading. It was my thereapy while I was going through chemo. I started my "Beading for Buddies" program believing that it would take my mind off my cancer, give me something to do while I was sitting for hours hooked up to a poison drip, and give me something to give to all the friends, neighbors and strangers who reached out to help me and my family while I was feeling so rotten. I ended up giving away over 125 beaded brooches and finding a new passion. I bead every day now and sell some of my wares and still give a good many away.
Photography -I love taking pictures and remember my first crappy little instamatic camera I had as a child. It took fuzzy pictures (probaly because I was a figgity child and never stood still). it also cost a fortune (comparitively to a child's allowance) to get the pictures developed.
Now I have a fab Canon DSLR that Sweety bought me.
I recently took pictures of Shalyhn, a belly dancer extraordinaire and then played with the pictures on Photo Shop. Here's what I ended up with. Fun.
Shalyhn is my son's girlfriend and I love taking pictures of her in her costumes.
Another new interest is Website Designing. I don't know a lot about this just yet, but I'm taking lessons and I hope this will be my new "Day Job" when I go back out into the work force. Until then, I'll continue to play with my beads and take pictures and putter on the computer.
What are YOU interested in?
Monday, May 10, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I was up until 5:00 am finishing this necklace and playing with a few bracelets. I get busy beading and don't notice the time until all of a sudden I realize I'm really cold (our furnace is on a thermostat that shuts off at 11:00 pm). Even then, I usually slump into a sweater and keep beading. My husband gets up at 5:00 am for work, so I was going to bed as he was getting up. Two ships passing in the wee hours.
But I feel good that I finished this piece. It's on my Etsy site and it is called "Amethyst Garden".
Here's one of the bracelets I was working on. I love orange and green together. I was a little perplexed at first about bracelets since so many people have different sized wrists. But with these chain type bracelets, I make them big (8") and then add extra links back along the bracelet with beads attached so they can hook into whatever link fits best and the extra hangs down with little flowers like a pendant.
I've been expanding my horizons with beads quite a bit. I started out making bead embroidered brooches, but now I'm also doing necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Hope to be selling at our local street market soon.
I recently joined Etsy's Bead Weavers Street Team. They have monthly challenges that seem a little daunting to me, but it will be a good way to stretch myself creatively.
I'm heading to Ashland this week-end with my sweety of 33 plus years. Checking online to see what bead stores might be along the way....