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!

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