Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas 2009

Time is flying by, and it's Christmas again in a few days! Wow, this year went by too fast!

In a few short weeks, Jenn and I will be in Tucson, Arizona, on the yearly big buying trip for the shop. I'm hoping to visit some cousins while I'm there, but the main goal is aquiring more beads and cools stuff for Stony Creek Bead. I haven't been in two years so I am looking forward to it!

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Great Lakes Memories

This is the Collaboration project that Susan Matych-Hager and I worked on. Susan is an outstanding glass bead maker. The name of the project is Great Lakes Memories, or Two Sues - Two Great Lakes!

During the month of November 2009, it is on display at the Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Collaboration Project - Great Lakes Memories

Here is just a section of my latest bead embroidery project. "Great Lakes Memories" will be part of a show at Lawrence St. Gallery in Ferndale, Michigan, during November '09. This bead embroidered collar was made with Susan Matych-Hager's beautiful glass beads, lots of seed beads, crystal quartz, and shells.

I will post a full view of this after the Gallery show opening.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

What's up with my FEET???

I seem to have a foot thing going here... I wonder what THAT'S about??? Things often happen in threes, so there might be another coming soon.

Late Afternoon at the Beach

Mid-july, I was wandering the shoreline at Tawas Point State Park, taking pictures with my cell phone camera. Just last week I learned how to get those pic OUT of my phone and to my email... then save the the hard drive, then add to the blog. Wow... the technology!!!

Great Michigan Summer

This is where I hang out - on my front porch overlooking the garden - in my sky chair. This chair is a great invention of canvas and thick wood dowels and it feels like a floating recliner, complete with foot rest. It's been such beautiful weather all summer... up to the last week or so, when the real August weather kicked in - high humidity and high temps.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Lazy, Crazy DAZE of Summer???

I have always looked forward to Summer Vacation. The few years in my life that I've held a 9-5 job, I was shocked every summer when my boss told me that I wouldn't get a few months off. The nerve of that guy!

With my youngest daughter having just graduated from high school, I was thinking about how many years my life has centered around the September-to-June school year.

Like most of us, I started kindergarten at five-years-old; graduated at just-about-eighteen. A year later, got married to Bob, who was in school every semester, then five years later, our daughter Jennifer started kindergarten.

Those who know me, know that my kids were born with seven and twelve years separating them. I was 19 when Jennifer was born, she was seven when Katherine was born; Katherine was 12 when Stephanie was born. (So Jenn was 19.)

The point of this? I have been living around a school schedule for 51 years! I have visions of me wandering through the school supplies isle at Meijer and Staples and feeling bereft!?! I'll probably take home a new box of crayons and some filler paper... and I don't even need them!

Now, it's true that Stephanie will be headed for college, but it won't be like I'm totally responsible for that. I can now take a vacation ANY TIME OF THE YEAR that I choose. Hey! This getting older ain't so bad!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Collaboration Project

The Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild and the Southeast Michigan Glass Beadmakers Guild (aka Glass Act) have joined together for the 2009 Collaboration Project. Members from each group will be paired with the goal of making beautiful art jewelry from beautiful handmade beads.

Margaret Sutherland, beadmaker, is organizing the effort. The theme of "Water All Around Us" was chosen - perfect for the state of Michigan! The finished projects will be shown at the Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale during November 2009 in juried/judged exhibit.

Susan Matych-Hager (Hager Studios) and I are excited to work together. Susan grew up on Bear Lake near Lake Michigan, and my family's vacation home is in East Tawas, which is on Lake Huron. We both have wonderful memories of hours spent on and near the water.

When we started bouncing ideas around, I said I would like to see the more muted tones - sand, hazy blue sky, sea gull gray, and green reeds. I remember one small yellow flower... Susan remembers tiny iris and thistles...

What really impresses me is Susan's response to my suggestions: "I can do that!" And she does. I have the COOLEST beads to work with. Susan is a phenomenal bead artist and I can hardly wait to get started! A few days ago we had lunch together and she handed me a boxful of excellent beads and my mind has been humming.

I've been itching to get started, but the priority has been my youngest daughter, Stephanie. She graduated from Lincoln High School last night - Hoo Yah, girl!!!! Now the real fun begins!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Spring is here! Daffodils, forsythia, tulips, Korean Spice viburnum. Yellow finches, robins, and (those darn) cowbirds, too. It's pretty, and noisy, and it smells good outside! Soon it will be kayaking weather!