Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Omaha Bead Bazaar this Saturday!!!!

Print out this coupon to get a discount on admission! 

Here is more info and the list of vendors!
Westside Community Center
3534 S. 108th St
Omaha, NE

Saturday April 12, 2014
9am to 4pm 
2014 Vendors:
Papio Creek Gems, Omaha – awesome assortment of gemstone beads, crystals and pendants

Beads etc, Omaha – Unicorne beads and wonderful odds & ends

Rick Saathoof, Iowa – beads & jewelry

Carole Rodgers, Iowa, – Cabochons, beads, jewelry and books

Aylas, Illinois – Furnace glass, pearls, gemstones & sterling findings

Artistic Beads, Rose Rutherford, Omaha – Beads, pearks, gemstones, slass, crystals, cabs, sterling silver 
& high-quality pewter

Jeri Wiskus
, Omaha – Lampwork beads

Fishlips, Iowa – Wide assortment of glass beads, books & tools

Rock N Wrap Betty Selby-Syslo, Omaha

Orahood, Iowa – Beads of all sorts

Pixybug Designs, NE   – Lampwork beads and jewelry

5Z's Star City Beads, Lincoln – full selection of Japanese seed beads and full line of findings

Jodie Marshall, Firth – Lampwork beads & jewelry


Lipstick Ranch NEW!!!! Colorado – Rusted iron pendants, leather, chain, charms and findings –

Mad About Beads

Jade Dog, Iowa – Vintage beads & components, sequins, polymer cabs, Czech glass and seed beads –
We hope to see you there!  Be sure to stop by and say hi!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Meet Our BSBP Partners, Charlie & Staci!

Chris and I have been very fortunate in the bead soup ingredients we have received from our partners, Charlie Jacka (Chris's partner) and Staci Louise Smith (Steph's partner). 

Here is what we sent to Charlie:
(borrowed photo from Charlie's blogpost)
Chris started with the fiber and worked out from there! Hand-dyed cord, Czech glass, Red Creek Jasper, Sleeping Beauty turquoise (from his personal bead stash), a brass clasp, and handmade lampwork focal and accents made by Chris.
Here is the picture Chris took of his soup ingredients before he sent it!

Here is what we sent to Staci, Steph's partner (photos borrowed from Staci's blogpost):
Close up of the ingredients

The lovely focal Chris made for Staci

Full view of the soup mix
We sent Staci a wide variety of Czech glass, natural stones and freshwater pearls, Tierracast apple blossom rivetables and clasp, handmade lampwork focal and beads by Chris, Shibori silk and other hand dyed fibers, and woolywire.

When I opened my soup ingredients from Staci, I laughed out loud because she had also sent me woolywire!  Here is what she sent to me!

handmade beads created by Staci, natural stones, clasp made by Genea Beads

Beads from Staci's favorite artists!
Staci was very kind in her soup mixes!  Yes, she sent me two!  I love the beads Staci created, it doesn't get better to work with one of a kind creations.  She also sent me pieces from Marsha Neal Studios (ball end head pin and large wavy donut bead), Genea Beads (starfish head pin). the woolywire (made by her friend, Nellie), and another gorgeous bead made by Staci.  She also sent me some authentic sea glass made into beads with holes drilled by Staci.  That is so cool!

Now that the soups have been swapped, be sure to stay tuned for the creations revealed in early May!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Bead Soup Newbie

Well folks, it finally happened. My wife Stephanie finally convinced me join the Bead Soup Blog Party. Being her devoted husband, I have assisted her with her soups over the last five years by making lampwork beads to work into the mixes she sent to her partners (check out page 89 of Lori Anderson's book for one example).  I have watched her create wonderful things from her very diverse bead soups, offering suggestions when they were asked for. I have watched her stretch her creativity in new directions while working with new color palettes and trying new techniques.  I have witnessed her growth as an artist and how the whole Bead Soup Blog has elevated her techniques and her abilities to new heights.

She has prodded me for a while to join up, telling me it would be good for me to get out of my box.  I just was not sure that I could or should try it.  I mean, did I have it in me?  On the day of the sign up, Steph was in Tucson.  She told me to sign up.  I said no.  She said it was my choice.  I thought some more.  I clicked the button to sign up, filled in my information, closed my eyes and hit submit.  Once I got my email from Lori, I knew I was in.  Gulp!

What does this mean?  It means I looked around for inspiration.  It means I spent hours putting together a bead soup that I could be proud of.  It means I spent time at the torch, trying to come up with something that I was happy with and that survived its' creation without cracking.  It means I dug through the stash of beads I have accumulated over the last ten years, finding just the right items to add.  This is what I came up with for my partner...

And speaking of my partner...
My partner is Charlie Jacka, of Clay-Space.  She is a veteran of the Bead Soup and other beading challenges. She works with ceramics as well as metal clay.  The soup that Charlie sent me will definitely stretch me in new ways.  As I was writing this, I was sitting in the front window of my local bead store listening to my soup.  I picked up a few bits here and there to add to the mix, but I have not started anything yet.  Most soups get better with age and I don't think this one will be any different. Her soup came in two parts; the portion made by her and the portion assembled from other sources.  Here are the general overall pictures of these two categories.  I will show more specifics on reveal day!

Monday, March 17, 2014

New Contributing Artist to the Creative Spark

Recently, I became a contributing artist for the ZnetShows Design team for the Glossi Emag, Creative Spark.  Though I have not yet contributed (aside from helping proof read the current issue), the Spring issue is now live and our editor, Hope Smitherman, wanted us to spread the word!  Above is the current issue cover and the link to get you to the issue.

Here are a few of the things I loved in this issue!
Beautiful Spring Sunset Bracelet created by Bobby Rafferty.

Beautiful crystal necklace by Renetha Stanziano, wouldn't it be perfect for prom or a wedding?!
Beautiful Spring Palettes for inspiration by Amy Severino.  I love the pretty crocus picture!

I really like this design by Tammie Everly.  It is simple, elegant, nature - inspired, and perfect for any Spring outfit!

The magazine also contains inspirational quotes, tips and tricks, reader designs, and this which states what I often say about the disaster that is my Bead Cave! 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Meet My Bead Soup Blog Party Partner - Staci Louise Smith

Chris and I have signed up to participate once again in the Bead Soup Blog Party!  I have participated several times, but this is Chris's first time.  We have received our partners and my partner is Staci Louise Smith and her bead/jewelry design company is Stacy Louise Originals.  She creates wonderful rustic designs in both her bead creations and her jewelry designs.

Staci is also a published designer!  Her design is on the cover of the current Bead Design Studio and is in other publications as well!  She is also signed up to teach at Bead Fest this year!
Stay tuned for pictures of the goodies I have for Staci and for Chris's post on his partner, Charlene Jacka.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Marble Crazy Friday & Saturday this week!

Our first show for the year is almost here!  Yikes!!  If you love marbles or are interested in learning about marbles, make the trip to Bonner Springs, KS this week! 
For more info, Marble Crazy Facebook page, Marble Crazy website, or Moon Marble Company website.

Chris will be doing demonstrations along with all the other artists, as it is part of the contract for the artists (if you are selling, you are demonstrating!).  It is really amazing to visit with and watch all of the artists make there art!  Of course, we spend our money expanding our artist marble collections! 

Artists Participating at the 2014 show:

Zachary Batterman
Geoffrey Beetem
Bruce Breslow
Jes Durfee
Sammy Flowers
Chris Haussler
Hot House Glass
Joshuah Justice
Paul Katherman
Ernie Kober
Marc Kornbluh
Sara Sally LaGrand
Fred Linders
John McCormick
Dan Neff

 *Cathy & Colin Richardson (*2014 featured artists)
David Salazar
Eddie Seese
Joe Schlemmer
Bruce Troeh
Filip Vogelpohl
Aaron West
James Yaun

James Yaun, was just featured in an article in Bead & Button!  There are several on the list that we have not met yet, so that is very exciting!  Chris will be watching a special demonstration by Cathy & Colin Richardson on Thursday, if you click their link above you can see their beautiful creations!

Here are some of Chris's beautiful new creations for the show!

The last picture shows our marble cases for transport.  They are all full now and there are a few more that wouldn't fit in the cases!  HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tucson Bead Buying Trip Wrap Up

Well, guest blogger Chris fell down on the job.  No updates came while I was gone, did they?  So here is the photos of some things along the trip to Tucson!
Just before leaving Julie's Xpressions on Tuesday (in the blizzard).

Me getting settled in the van.
Dressed for the day of travel (blizzard over, delays yet to start)

Mary, Julie, and Jacee caught unaware of me sneaking photos with my iPad.
Plane beside us at the terminal, we were loaded on the plane an hour and a half before taking off, due to frozen lines etc
a de-iced plane gets a weird green color when the process is finished

Me and Deb Brooks goofing around
Irrigation pivot rings in the snow from the airplane.
Deb expressing her feelings on our several hour wait for our connecting flight from Denver to Tucson

Me in the Denver airport (apparently developing an eye twitch!)

Photos at our arrival at Tucson Airport!  The sun was on the mountains and it was lovely!

Deb letting her hubby know she is safe in Tucson

view from our balcony

Hotel courtyard

Hotel living room

Hotel work/bar area
One of the few photos of the bead show I took (at the Gem Mall)

Polymer clay pile at my Christi Friesen class

My creations from the Peaceful Leaves class with Christi Friesen

Monday, February 3, 2014

Bead Mecca Here We Come...Much to the Cat's Disappointment.

Our cat Luna, looks a bit sad here.  I have just informed her she can not fly with me to Tucson.  Poor, pitiful kitty cat.  Yeah Me!
"But PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Mom, I promise to be a good kitty while I hide in your suitcase"!
"No, Luna you can't go!  Julie said no cats are allowed on this bead buying trip!  There has to be more room for BEADS, so NO CATS."
"Oh, bother!  I will just not leave your suitcase!  It is going to be cold and snowy here and though I love to snuggle with Dad and Mina, I want to go with you on your adventure".  Poor sad, Kitty.  I love you, but you must stay home.

Ok, if you are a pet owner, especially a cat owner, I am sure you pack the suitcase, unpack the cat, pack the suitcase, unpack the cat, etc. etc. repeat, repeat, repeat.  My suitcase has been out for about a week, slowly accumulating my possessions to fly off to Tucson on a bead buying extravaganza with my boss; Julie, her daughter; Jacie, Mary Powell, and Deb Brooks!  In that time, Luna and I have repeated this ritual on a daily basis.  She is so adorable, she was purring the whole time we were doing our photo shoot this morning!  But, I am leaving and she is not!  We head off to Omaha tomorrow afternoon and fly out before the cats even get out of bed on Wednesday!  We have to be at the airport around 5 am and we will be in Tucson shopping for beads around lunchtime!  Whoot!  Whoot! On, Friday night we will play with polymer clay at the Friday night party with Christi Friesen and Deb and I are going to take a class on Saturday with Christi Friesen, learning to use Art Concrete and polymer clay!  In between we will be Julie's little worker bead bees, hunting for all sorts of goodies to bring back for the store in Hastings and to add to our own bead hordes!  Watch here for updates from my Guest Blogger, Chris (also my very favoritist guy in the whole world)!

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