A bead bending workshop…

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Who the hell knew?? I didn’t. I have one, made my Lewis Wilson. I won it, and have worn it, but never really thought about how it was made. Then a bead maker named Laurie Nessel emailed me, she has family in Los Angeles, do I want to host a workshop about bead bending? Uh, okay. I am so glad I caved, even though we just got back from Hawaii after two weeks of being away. It usually takes me a several weeks to get back in the groove of real life… but I scheduled it in, and even though there were only 4 peeps to sign up, we made it a go. Here’s what the class produced…

Pretty cool, huh? So while all of this is going on I am crocheting seed beads like a mad woman. I want to submit something the Gallery of Excellence at the Glass Craft Expo in Vegas in a couple of weeks and I’ve lost the first rope I made along with a couple dozen boro disks. But! There was a reason! I had an epiphany! I am going to add a curved bead as the focal point! I wasn’t sure what I was going to do but now I know that this is the class I was waiting for. Anyway, pics of the project are forthcoming. I still need to make the curved focal bead. So, if you are in the LA area near my studio this weekend, the So Cal Flamesurfers are coming to The Mandrel to have their quarterly meeting on Saturday at 10am… Aloha!

March 2012 Hawaii Trip

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Aloha! We arrived in Oahu on Saturday February 25, so we have been here more than a week already! The next day we left for the big island of Hawaii and stayed in Kailua Kona at an awesome condo right on the ocean… It was just gorgeous! I got a nice shot of the canoe guys right at sunset…

And here we are… a self portrait using the timer on the camera…

We went out exploring… I’m not sure what the big wooden things were for, but they were really big… and kinda cool looking =)

This boat just sitting at a boat launch near where a really rough road leads to “green sand beach”… it’s a 2.5 mile walk and we only had our *slippahs* on, and I am not into the 4 wheeling thing even though we had a Jeep. I’m glad Jeff wasn’t too disappointed about my lack of enthusiasm for driving there.

We stayed till Wednesday and then went to set up for my bead show over this past weekend… Here’s my awesome new banner!

And about half my table of beady goodness!

We also got a an awesome view of a Japanese fireworks show! We started to go down to the beach to watch, but it started to rain as soon as we got outside… and it was getting worse and worse with each step… so we decided to forget it… and I am so glad we did!

It’s a rainy day today, with flash flood warnings… but because of the rain, Jeff found a whole bunch of Wiliwili seeds! The rain knocks them down from the tree, so while I was sleeping this is what he found…

We are here for another 5 days… see you soon!

Oh dear…

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It’s been so long since I’ve posted a blog, I actually forgot my own blog name… yes, yes, I really did. Anyway, two weeks from today I will be in Hawaii. Two weeks from tomorrow I will be on the big island, Kona side. =) I have a bead show (of course) in 3 weeks at the Ward Warehouse with the SoftFlex show. I can’t wait to see all of my friends, see my customers and just be in Hawaii. So, when I have some news to share I will blog again soon. In the meantime, I will have lots of disk beads with me… of all different colors! I’ve been a little obsessed.

And, I have sommething new! Etched copper dog tags! They are super cute. Etched hibiscus, plumeria and an Aloha postage cancellation stamp…

Whatcha think? I’m so excited! Yay!

Mele Kalikimaka…

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Means “Merry Christmas” in the Hawaiian language…

Thanksgiving has come and gone. Went to Arizona to visit family, drank too much, smoked too much. Came home, hosted a class with Claudia Trimbur-Pagel and learned tons! She is a great instructor and even though I was gritting my teeth until the very end about having enough peeps for the class, it all worked out in the end.

Isn’t it gorgeous? She gave me a necklace very similar to the one in the photo…

Now it’s getting so close to Christmas, I have maybe two gifts so far, no Christmas tree and I’m running out of time. Sigh.

Just about 9 weeks or so till we go back to Hawaii… I cannot wait. I’ve got an urge to get on a plane and go anywhere at this point. I just want to go!

Anyway, I hope you are doing well and celebrating *your* holiday whatever it may be. I will wish you all a Mele Kalikimaka.

Aloha ~Donna

It’s done…

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And apparently it was pretty good for most people… not sure why it was sooo unbearably slow for me. And ::sob:: I didn’t sell a single one of my new style beads… I’m a little disheartened. I really really liked them. I suppose I’ll live.

Stay tuned though, I will probably list them on my website… just to ease the pain.

I met lots of fun peeps though! For example.. Lori & Kim! Gorgeous and addicting murrini!

JC Herrell… my inspiration for the new design…

Charlotte! My favorite seed bead vendor at Garden of Beadin’

My friend Judy Carlson (jujee beads) with her booth neighbor Noeleke

The beautiful Leah Fairbanks…

I have more pics on the camera! Will post more about the show later! I was really good and didn’t hardly spend anything! I usually go full tilt and spend way too much… this time I was good! Well, I did buy some crystals and lucite but I let Jeff pay for that… isn’t that nice of me! =)

One working day left…

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Tomorrow is crank out the beads day… I have an idea of what I need to do… I just hope I can get it done. Wish me luck.
Here are some new beads I’ve been making. I totally enamored with them. I hope the buyers love them as much as I do!
If you’re in the area, BABE is the Bay Area Bead Extravaganza… I’m one of 256 or so vendors there. My table number is
416. Hope to see you there! BABE!

BABE! In Oakland…

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Six days and counting… for some reason I don’t feel so panicked about it.  I suppose I have learned that you do what you do and if it’s not enough then there’s not much you can do except try harder the next time. 

I am also just looking forward to leaving town… I used to get so home sick… now I look forward to going off and meeting new peeps and seeing the people that I only get to see away from home.  =)

My table number is 416 for those of you showing or shopping… if you’re an LE member please let me know… I’d love to meet you!

Oh… just in case you have no idea what I’m talking about… BABE is the Bay Area Bead Extravaganza in Oakland at the Convention Center on November 12 & 13th…