I have been absent from my beadweaving blog because I did not want to write about my personal feelings regarding my father's passing. I realize that if I want to continue with my beadweaving business, I need to write about my beading passion to let you know my activities.
I added a list of my Art Fairs & Shows which seems to have removed my followers, so I'll have to figure out how to get that back or add a new gadget to do that. Computers can be challenging to understand.
I watched the PBS program, Craft in America, Messages, which was broadcast on Tuesday night. It is available in video and book forms (there are 2 previous programs which are also available from the past two years) from http://www.craftinamerica.org/
This year's program featured a bead artist who confirmed that beaders are collectors/hoarders of their beady goodies. I am certainly in that category. I have accumulated several favorite semiprecious stones, either as pendants or as cabochons. I also have several lampwork artist's treasures and some clay items. As I have some time before my next selling event, I plan to create using these items in my jewelry. I love variety, so I will be using Swarovski crystals and pearls in my work, but not featuring them unless someone requests an item.
Since blogs are best with pictures, here are some of my newer creations that are not necessarily on etsy yet. New cluster earrings with crystals and pearls, cubic zirconia earrings, double drilled rose quartz bracelet, beadwoven embellished flower ring, and a turquoise pendant necklace were created in April and May. Another computer challenge I have is to learn how to have the pictures be somewhere other than at the beginning of the posting. Please give me a hint if you know the technique.