Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Vacation...Not So Much

This was our car.  It isn't any longer. : (
We were in a crash on Thursday while on vacation to visit family for my niece's graduation.  We were uninjured (aside from the bruises I received), but our car was totaled.  We had to rent a car to get back home on Sunday.  It was not a good vacation (nice to visit with family though).

Show season starts for us on Sunday, May 30th.  We will be at Prairie Loft in Hastings for Plein Air Art Event.  Stop out for the Pancake Breakfast at 10am and stay for the art demos from 11-4!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

This Week

This week my niece Caitlyn will graduate from High School!  Way to go Caitlyn!  Cait was my "baby" before Mina came into our life.  Caitlyn is beautiful, musical, artistic, brilliantly smart, and kind.  She is funny and goofy, and though I haven't had anywhere near enough time with her over the past several years, I am very proud of her and wish her the world.  She has decided to go on to college to study to be a physical therapist to work with handicapped kids.  She will do great!  Love you Caitlyn, see you Thursday!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Art Bead Scene Blog Post Up Today!

We made the cut (which is very gracious of Cindy since I missed my deadline!)  You can see us included in the ABS Blog Carnival today!  Stop by their awesome blog and have a look around!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Growth - May's Art Bead Scene Blog Carnival Topic

"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. "
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The topic "Growth" can go in many directions.  I am focusing on the growth and progress Chris and I have made in our beads and jewelry over the past three years.  We are often asked how we got into the business of jewelry and later lampwork beads.  It all started with Chris giving me an ultimatum.  "Stop buying beads or start selling what you make."  So being a total bead addict, I started Pixybug Designs on April 4, 2007 (that was the day I got my tax id number from Nebraska).  In July of 2007, Chris had the chance to take a lampwork bead class.  It was my turn for the ultimatum.  "If I am going to do this, then so are you!"  So he took the class, and from the very start it was obvious he was going to be great at it.  The beads on the string above are his very first beads!  Chris and I both feel it is important to share our craft and our knowledge with others who are curious or getting started with an "art" business.  We are not pros by any means, but we give suggestions for things we have tried, pass along art contacts and show info, and just enjoy chatting about how we got going.  I often tell people when I teach them beading "that it is good karma to share your craft skills with others".  Chris and I both feel that what we are doing (and what all artists are doing) is making the world a better place one bead or earring or bracelet at a time.  

These are my pieces from the Sherry Serafini class I took on May 1st.  What I learned opened up a whole new world to what I want to do with beads, buttons, and practically anything I can glue to a piece of Lacy's Stiff Stuff!  Wow!  What a fun and beady day that was!  I had a great time, and it was probably the first time I have ever sat an beaded for 8 hours straight without a TV on!  Sherry was a terrific teacher, and her beadwork is so amazing and inspiring.  I have my pieces pictured this way so that you can see what each one started out as.  I like to show them this way too, when I show them to people.  I feel that whomever I am talking to can see just how far each piece has come.  We started the morning by gluing components to our backing for the embroidery work to be stitched to.  Then came the fun part!  We designed our pieces to our liking.  Sherry would show us basics on the board and then we could play as long as we liked with each piece.  I chose not to look at my instruction booklet, instead going by what I chose each piece to look like.  The only one I looked at in the book, was the rivoli piece, mostly because I wanted mine to be similiar to Sherry's and it was getting toward the end of the day, and I was getting tired.  
For some time I have been frustrated with just "stringing" beads for jewelry.  I felt that if I had to go on doing that, I would likely quit making jewelry because I felt stifled creatively.  Shows are quite exhausting to keep up with, and I get a major case of burnout by the end of the year.  I took a metalsmithing class in February in hopes that I could add metals to my beading.  I still intend to do that, but I am having trouble with the soldering technique, so I need to find a tutor to help me or take another class to work with that a bit more.  Bead embroidery is definitely in my future.  I love the fact that you can start with anything (I have several things glued up and waiting for me to get to them) and I love that each small piece is an artwork to itself.  I can join them together in a larger piece (like the one above with all of my components together) or just make them individually.  I am thinking that my components will be a broach that I can wear to show off my glamorous beading all at once!
This picture sums up our growth.  The ancient Mumbo skull on the left was made in October of 2007 and the one on the right was made recently.  Chris was amazed at how much he has changed and thought the ancient Mumbo is cool, his skills have progressed amazingly!  
This was one of my first seed beading projects.  It took me four months to complete.  I learned my stitches this way (though it took sometime to recognize what was being talked about when they were spoken of by name), and at times I wanted to pitch it into a wall.  I love it, wouldn't trade it or sell it.  I display it at our shows.  I can see the flaws in it which shows my growth in learning.   
"There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self." 

Monday, May 10, 2010

Busy as a ...

I think it is going to be one of those weeks.  My head is swimming with the "TO DO's" list and we leave for vacation the middle of next week so I have a feeling it might be a couple of those weeks!  I have developed a passion for all art things "Bee".  I love them!  Also added to my list is owls!  I don't know why I am suddenly attracted to owls and bees, but I am enjoying them.  I like to add them into my jewelry designs and to the jewelry I wear.  Chris found me a really gorgeous bumblebee with crystals on it that is made by Fossil, while we were shopping at Herberger's in North Platte last month.  I love it.  Anywhoo, just want to stop by and say hi, and I have made new stuff, but the photos haven't gotten taken or posted yet.  See you here again soon!
Like the bee?  I got it here.

Friday, May 7, 2010


I seem to have lost a week and I don't know where it went!  Oh wait, I guess I worked this week, got up at 5:30am four days this week to walk with my hubby (we are trying to do something to make us healthier), glued up some components I want to bead around, made jewelry for a Blue Hill graduate to wear with her graduation dress, worked at Julie's and taught a couple gals how to make really long bracelets that can be coiled around to have the look of wearing several bracelets, bought beads, and signed up for a new show July 3rd in Geneva.  This weekend finds us attending a couple graduation parties, I will work at Julies and teach basic beading twice on Saturday (at 10:30 and 1:30 if anyone is wanting to learn), church on Sunday, and I hope to get back to my bead embroidery!  I want to get pics taken, but the wind has not been cooperating.  We take pics outside to get the best natural light, but we may have to do something else!  Have a great weekend, and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, aunts, grandmas, and special ladies in our lives!  Be sure to tell them they are loved and appreciated!
Like the flower?  I found it here .

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