This summer found me exploring a lot of new concepts, just for fun.  Sometimes I find myself hovering over an idea trying to decide where to go with it and a little nudge brings it into focus.  That’s exactly what happened, all of a sudden everything started to come into focus and pieces started to emerge from the fog. I actually had more new classes than time allowed.

Beaded Keys (2 workshops) is my first new class. This is not a new concepts just a great piece. (Oct 15, and Oct 22 ) This bracelet made of CRAW beaded beads and held together with a

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Beaded Keys

band of peyote and sits comfortably on your wrist making it very wearable. It is one the first classes so take a closer look at it, you don’t miss out. If you miss this new seed bead piece check out Flock of

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Flock of Geometrics

Geometric (January 14, and January 21 ) and Linking Leather with Squares (February 8th and February 15th )

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Linking leather with Squares

 

Barcelona Pockets (October 30th) gets you started in working with inkodyes. Love love love love this play. Years ago I took a class in developing black and white photographs at university. In our first project we

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Barcelona Pockets

just exposed the photo paper to light with a flat object on top. I still remember the thrill I experienced developing these images. My fascination has been sparked again. The dyes we use to create the fabric for the Barcelona Pocket develops in sunlight. You watch it develop right before your eyes. After creating the fabric, if you can pull yourself away we will embellish it, then sew a leather back and add a brooch back. Every time I told someone I was going to Barcelona they warned me about the pickpockets. This was my solution to keeping my credit card, money and my identification safe.

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Rock my World

 

Rock my world (November 13 ) will just touch on all that can be done with the new artist’s cement that is in the shop. I wanted to see if the artist’s cement would work with the wax molds I had been playing with. It does and the combination of the molding material and the cement will bring endless opportunities. This necklace is just a hint of the possibilities of where we can go with these ideas. I know traditional cement has been heavy, not this one and that is just one of the benefits of this new product.

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Floor to Wrist

 

Floor to Wrist ( January 15th ) is a project that has been the results of my desire to do a Floor Cloth. I haven’t given up on making one for the floor but I got to explore the concept on a smaller scale and now I have even more ideas.   The original floor clothes were made from discarded sails, painted and placed under the table to catch crumbs. Adorning the wrist seem to be a logical step,  at least for me. I love that it can be made so unique by embellishing it with some embroidery.

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Last weekend was a like being inside a dream box,  the very real parameters were obvious and yet not confining. Through the windows I could even see   the physical world and it was solid white. Inside I was  comfortable, warm, and content. As I sat and watched the world disappear in the clean white blanket I disappeared into the vast inner world and beaded. What a delight. We are so lucky to be able to create worlds within worlds.wood frog frozen Do you think that a chipmunk or a squirrel can do the same. I truly  wonder about this wood frog.  It is amazing what he can do! He will stay frozen I mean frozen solid like a frogsicle for the whole winter and then come back to life in the spring and get together with his mate and do it. Do you think he disappears into some alternative universe. The world is truly a magical place.    http://http://video.pbs.org/video/1506734069/ (image from https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=515576488551713

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow for Spring registration Feb 21, 2015 10am opening. You can go and browse the images of all our new classes http://www.beadsofcolour.com .

 

Dave just gave me a weather report and I can’t believe it!!!! is not looking good. Just know we will be there and I will have a pot of soup on.

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Wake up you wood frogs and do it!

 

 

 

4.leather-bezels-lezlie 14.tutu-amber 31.Lets-get-started-Bead-embroSpring registration is this Saturday February 21, doesn’t that sound wonderful. SPRING REGISTRATION, SPRING REGISTRATION, SPRING REGISTRATION!!!

Ok everyone knows I  love  registration day, Just like all the events at the shop it has a party atmosphere. And who doesn’t like a good party particularly at  this time of year!! A little colour, good friends, beads and anticipation of some new adventures all those things are much appreciated in my life.

I know Canadians always talk about the weather, but…..do you believe this WEATHER!!   My son who lives in Whitehorse, texted me and asked if I was considering moving up there, They have been warmer all week, every single day. So SPRING!! registration is sounding like robins and tulips. I can’t promise spring weather but the atmosphere will be warm and inviting. So bundle up and come in and start registration with some laughs, beads and warm smiles from friends.13.Sculptured-vintage-cuff.-we

We have an outstanding line up of both classes and teachers, actually 39 out of the 49 classes are new. The beginning of any project  is filled with potential, it is  like sunrise or new art supplies exciting, revitalizing and full of hope. This particular term is bubbling over with potential.  We have some exciting classes with the new shapes of beads, we have some really exciting new leather classes and metal classes to spark your interest in the hidden qualities of metal. So check out the website or come in and have a look at the samples. http://www.beadsofcolour.com

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Our guest artist is also pretty amazing. She is worth the trip alone.

If that isn’t enough some of the finds from Tucson are already priced and in the shop. So mark your calendar…bundle up and come and get the spring session off to a warm, colourful, joyous start.19.The-bracelet-Monrena-Lise-2

Learning,

 laughter,

old friends,

new friends, ,

 forever friends; 

 good food,

 great conversation,

 smiles,

 sun,

memories shared,

memories made,

 and

good byes

until the next time

It was awesome. What a wonderful, wonderful weekend. It was full to the brim. I still need time to absorb everything that happened.

I am just so thrilled to have spent so much quality time with Gail Crosman Moore. It was such a privilege, thank-you Gail, for leading and guiding the group.

Gail was so very generous. Those of you who came out  Friday night  (and it was a packed house) you got a small taste of the whole  weekend. The guest  were treated to a mini-class on wet felting.  Gails work a feast for the eyes,and an opportunity to purchase some of her carefully selected  treasures. She not only had some of her amazing pieces to drool over, she  also had an amazing collection of unique sequences, exciting brass stampings and some rare vintage lucite beads. After Gail filled our minds and opened our souls we filled our tummies.

 Barb did a peanut butter ball that was yummy. I did a date tart (with help) that disappeared first. Wendy, they were a hit. Nobody believed we made the cream puffs. I, of course loved them as they were served with memories from my childhood.  I cut the chocolate brownies small but that didn’t fool anyone, they just came back for another and another. Thanks, Lise they were extremely well received. My mother’s butter tart receipt was chocked full of raisins, thanks to my sister. There were people who had never had a butter tart like that and were not sure what they were. ( the best)   Wendy (that is my sister, Wendy if you haven’t figured that out) did this amazing lemon and raspberry tart. Our body, mind and spirit was fed. It was up to the individuals to keep it in balance.

That was just Friday night.

Saturday was spent at the cottage making bronze clay sliders. It takes a gentle hand and  as is often the case not as easy as it looks. The excitement level in the room was unbelievable. I had to open every window in the cottage just to try to get a little balance. I am so thankful Dave was there most of the time, it could not have been accomplished without him. Again Gail was so generous with her tips on mold building, and texture choices as well as the handling and firing of bronze clay.It is not easy to settle 12 excited ladies down into the creative zone. She did it, with a gentle hand and the result where fabulous.  She is one classy lady.

I want to tell more but the world is calling. I have recipes to share, I hope I got a few pictures I haven’t even looked at the result of the few I snapped. I did get my son to the airport on time, with two bikes in two very large boxes. Lots of tears of happiness as he and his special friend went off on a new adventure. I did not see my Mother on Mothers day and I really want to see her and share everything with her. Thanks for reading, I love having all of you in my life. It means a lot to me.