Monday, November 29, 2010

Balancing Act of Life and Beads

Life is a balancing act. For me I am constantly trying to find the balance in life; trying to make sure everyone is taken care of myself included.  The lives of my children, my work, my husband's business, taking care to see my friends and balance relationships, I can't forget taking care of my trusty companion, my dog and then I must take care of myself too . Planning, planning, planning. Planning for shows, planning for trips, planning for holidays, planning for my kids heading to or already in college. You know the ...the list could go on. Sometimes I get so focused on the To Do List that I forget to enjoy the moments. After all that is what life is all about, the moments.

The past few times that I have had the opportunity to enjoy my moments at my torch I have been focused on creating something specific. Custom orders, beads for upcoming shows, beads to list in my Etsy or ArtFire stores and alas a little something for myself. I recently purchased a cuff bracelet made of turquoise, sparkling seed beads and some brown stoney looking beads. I want to create a pendant that is similar in color with a textural look to wear with this bracelet. So far I have not been satisfied with the results. Apparently, I am my own worst customer. I have created some pretty beads but I have not captured the look I want to pair with my new bracelet. (This will be a story for another day.)

My plan for today was to make beads, my plan would be to try again to capture that perfect pendant for myself. As I began I felt frustrated. I did not want to work with "those" colors again. Ugggh! I was just not into today. "But I want to make beads so what will I make?" I was not coming up with any of my usual ideas. So I decided to stop thinking and just do. This felt so freeing for me. I tend to be a thinker and can think a subject or idea to no end. But today, in my moment, I was free. I didn't think or plan. I just picked up a colored rod that looked good to me and began to wind the glass onto the mandrel. There was no preconceived plan, stringers were pulled on the fly, matching colors were picked in the moment. I found myself happy and satisfied to just let it all go. I didn't worry too much about winding the glass perfectly balanced on the mandrel, if it wasn't perfect when I squished the glass I would figure out a way to embellish the bead to make a balanced bead. I am tired of all the to do lists and the planning. Today I just need to be and create.

So today I created my beads of balance and I love them!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving...and then comes round two
Thanksgiving is a multi day event in my family. It is tradition for the host or hostess to plan enough food for the day after Thanksgiving. The family will arrive for round two the day after. Personally, as the hostess, I prefer round two. This day is much more relaxed and fun for me. The food has all been cooked and the pots and pans have all been cleaned and put away. The only thing I have to do is take out all the fixings and let everyone reheat their plate. 

After we are all full of another turkey dinner, plenty of pie (apple pie is my favorite), a glass of wine or two and tea or coffee we play a game of Scrabble, watch  movies and sit by the fire.

I am thankful for my wonderful family. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.


Monday, November 15, 2010

Fire Divas Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I am so proud to belong to this wonderful group of glass working ladies. During the month of October the Fire Divas helped raise over $130 from bead sales for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The organizations that will receive the donations are Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, Living Beyond Breast Cancer and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Look below to see the list of the Fire Divas that participated and to check out some pink eye candy!

HollysFollyGlass - 20% to Susan G Komen for the Cure and

UglyDucklingBeads - 25% to Susan G Komen Race for the Cure

Teasebeads - 15% to Susan G Komen Race for the Cure and

JanelDudleyBeads - All proceeds of pink beads to Susan G Komen Race for the Cure

AshlynDesign -20% from all ArtFire sales donated to Susan G. Komen

LAJewelryDesigns - 20% to Susan G Komen Race for the Cure

ahouston - 25% will be donated to Susan G Komen Race for the Cure for any pink bead sales and goddess beads (everything in the "PINK" section of my shop)

spawnofflame - Everything in PINK section of Artfire shop. 25% to Living Beyond Breast Cancer

IcarusBeads - From Artfire Shop - 20 % to Susan G Komen Race for the Cure

EmaKaye - Any pink beads in the Etsy shop - 20 % to Susan G Komen Race for the Cure

Lutrick 20% of all ArtFire sales to National Breast Cancer Foundation

SilverRiverGlassWorks - 20% off pink beads to Susan G Komen Race for the Cure

Shepherd Creations - 20% of Artfire and BOD to Komen for the Cure

Giapet - 20% to Susan G Komen Race for the Cure




The Fire Divas would like to thank those that made all of this possible!

Monday, November 1, 2010

My New Tea Mug

Yup, I am going to say it... I am a tea totaler. I don't drink coffee, even though most people in the US are avid coffee drinkers. I thank my older sisters for bring me up to be a tea drinker.

As it happens, the week of a very big show (big and new to me show) I broke my favorite tea mug. I have my morning ritual and that includes sitting down with a warm cup of tea in my favorite mug while I morph into a state of consciousness. I don't know about you but I like to have my tea in that special mug every morning. On this fateful morning I managed to drop my mug on the hardwood floor and surprisingly it smashed into a million pieces. Thankfully it was empty at the time.

A few days later I was participating in an art show along with my friend and fellow Dunstable ArtisanPaula of Wallace Hill Pottery. I fell in love with her handcrafted mugs. The colors, the shape, the size, the feel of the mug in my hand were all just perfect. Naturally I felt I deserved to purchase a new morning ritual mug.

I do so look forward to my morning cup of tea. Isn't this piece just beautiful?

You can find Paula J. Barry of Wallace Hill Pottery and her beautiful works of art at the following links:
Wallace Hill Pottery on Facebook
Wallace Hill Pottery


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