Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Gathering… the aftermath


I wish I could tell you about all the loot I collected… but I didn’t collect anything.  =(
I got a few trade beads, I think I gave away 9, donated 5 to Beads of Courage and brought home 5.  Which I will list with Beads of Courage in their artist section.

I’m not sure why I am in a funk.  I had a good time, but didn’t really do anything.  I saw a couple of presentations, and walked the technical vendors floor.  The thing is, I can buy all of the same stuff from their websites online.  There’s really no incentive to buy while you’re there, at least not for me.  So, I didn’t buy anything.

I went to the opening reception, saw the FlameDame’s do their thing and drank a little too much on Thursday.  No hangover (thank goodness).  Then walked around at a couple of the art fairs that were going on around the hotel in Bellevue on Friday.

Saturday was the Bead Bazaar, my sales were mediocre at best.  I think I need a “thing”.  Or something.  I don’t know.  I didn’t bother with going back to the technical vendors, even though I was contemplating going and getting some glass from Double Helix… but in the end changed my mind.

On Sunday I got up early and did a 5k for Beads of Courage… I managed to come in second in my age group and 34th overall.  Then I came home…

I’m super tired for what seems like no reason.

Here’s me and rockstar Jean Baruch founder of Beads of Courage… at the end of the race.  I had gotten so emotional at the end I started crying and wound up hyperventilating myself… what a dip.  😆

And just in case you have no idea what Beads of Courage is… please be a love and go read this:

Here we go!


In 3 days I’ll be in Washington with my DH for the ISGB (International Society of Glass Beadmakers) The Gathering, a bead makers conference that rotates around the country each year.  This year it’s in Bellevue Washington.

I will be meeting up with lost of glassy people, some I know in real life, some from an online forum called  There are demos, and presentations and classes and a bead bazaar.  I won’t be taking any classes but I will be participating in the bazaar and hopefully see some presentations.

There is also bead trading… Here’s my stash so far.  One of these beads met it’s demise outside the house when I dropped the ziploc they were in on the pavers.  =(  Anyway, I still have 10 here and 9 more in the kiln.  Tomorrow I will make more beads for sale and for trade.

So, if you are near Bellevue Washington this weekend, the bead bazaar is open to the public… please, come buy beads!!

It’s official!


I went and signed the new workshop lease last Thursday… I get the keys next Friday and start the move on Saturday.  I am not so frantically packing.  I don’t know why I am just casually putting things in boxes.  Everything neatly wrapped, well except the box of frit, and that one weighs A LOT.

It’s gonna be a lot of work, but thankfully I have a friend and her beau coming to help.  Not very many people would I trust to do this.  I think she might be a little more anal about things than I am, and that is a good thing.  Plus, we get a long… even better than her being more anal than me.

Stay tuned… I’ll be posting pics in the next couple of weeks!

Oh yeah!  Here’s the new addy in case you don’t know yet…
25101 S. Normandie Ave Unit 1C
Harbor City, CA 90710

PS – Google earth really needs to update… the building they have is the old one before the rehabbing =)