Friday, August 24, 2012

Are you going?


To Art Bliss, that is? I am. And I am very very excited. What? You want to know what that naked clay unfired bead has to do with Art Bliss? Well I'm taking a workshop that will need a pair of side drilled beads. Search my stash and I couldn't find a thing that appealed to me for this particular project. Then the light bulb clicked on and I said, hey I make beads, couldn't I just make a pair, or two, or three? So obvious I know but sometimes it's matter of forest for the trees kind of vision. I just didn't like any of the ones I was currently making for this project and middle of the night (I have my best ideas at 4 am) I figured a flattish mellon bead would work perfectly. So yesterday I made approximately  164 of the little guys. (Sometimes I exaggerate, but trust me it was a lot).


Kind of cool even on top view down. Bit like a patty pan squash which is, I think, technically in the mellon family.  I might be making that up for the sake of continuity with the melon bead idea. I have a million ideas or at least two more ways that I'd like to use these.  And a rainbow of colors that I can see them in.


Ahh, the class, now we get down to the meat of things. I'm taking an earring class with Stacie Florer. I have drooled over her work for some time now. See that earring at the bottom? That's what I needed a pair of beads for. Gorgeous stuff, eh?

There are some terrific instructors on board for the weekend retreat. It was really hard to choose. It's September 21-23, Washinton DC. Just click that photo down there and you can see what's up. Still time to register and from the skinny I've heard, this is a lovely weekend and organized by two fantastic hosts, Cindy Wimmer and Jeanette Blix. I'd love to see you! I'll even bring some patty pan squash beads for you too.



Happy weekend all. I'm off to the garden to wrestle with the weeds and pick a peck of tomatoes.



15 comments:

mairedodd said...

leann, you have been on fire! i am so happy to see you in a place of such prolific procreation...
so glad you are taking a class with stacie - would love to be there -

peacockfairy said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! That looks like a great class!

Gale said...

I love melon beads (so maybe you'll leave some for the rest of us?)! And I'm jealous that you can take Stacie F's class. I'm also jealous that you have real tomatoes. Enjoy all that.

TesoriTrovati said...

Love them! That is one of my fave shapes, especially with the little ripples in them rather than completely round. The glaze pools better in there, right? And ArtBliss! Oh, how I long to go to ArtBliss! But my budget for traveling and classes is completely tapped out this year. Maybe next year! I so want to meet you and all the other bead peeps that I know are making the trek. But I have my own plans brewing that I will need to focus on right now.... take good care! Enjoy the day. Erin

Michelle said...

What?! I not only get to meet you but take a class with you too?! I'm taking both her classes on that Saturday.

Looking forward to meeting you, Leann.

-Michelle

SueBeads said...

Have a great time! I wish I was going this year so I could meet you in person!

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

Love, love, love the new beads and they will be perfect in that earring. If I were going to Art Bliss, I'd be taking Stacie's classes, too!

Kristen said...

Since I just got back from BeadFest no sadly I will not be at Artbliss! I love you melon beads!

Mellisa said...

Awesome shape, love the little patty pans! A bugger to shape each one by hand I imagine though...Can't wait to see them glazed!

Have the most wonderful time at Art Bliss, what a great opportunity :)

sharon said...

I can't wait to see what you come up with in that class, especially with those beauty beads you make! It looks like it is going to be fantastic! I am so happy to hear you so happy!

stregata said...

Looks like ArtBliss has already fired your creativity - and you aren't even there yet! Love your new beads and wishing you a fabulous time. Can't wait to see what you create while you are there.

Laura Twiford said...

Oh LeAnn, I can't believe it! For the past few years I have been going , hoping to meet you there one day and now you're going to be there and I'm not! I already knew I was going to miss it, it is a fantastic retreat but now I will miss it more! have fun, enjoy the class and comraderie!

Shelby Foxwell said...

Oh, I wish I could say that I'd be there so that I could meet you. Such a wonderful retreat! Can't wait to see what you create! Love the melon shape!

momster said...

one of my all-time favorite shapes and I can't wait to see them in your beautiful glazes

Stacie said...

These beautiful beads will look great with the metal work!!! How exciting! Can't wait to see you and your beads in person!!