Note to Self 4 – Bead Journal Project

Bead Journal Project 2008Hiya. I am really sorry that I can’t remember the person on whose website I discovered the Bead Journal Project. But, happy I am for having discovered it.

This will be the 2nd year for the Project and the 07-08 participants are just finishing up their works.

And the rest of us who are waiting to start our first experiences with the Bead Journal Project are chomping at the bit, keen to get started.
It is suggested that you have a theme in which to work and this theme is the unifying link through all 12 months.  I didn’t have a theme until I was sitting in the cancer clinic’s waiting room, leafing through some magazines. All of  a sudden I saw all kinds of shapes that would be perfect for glass bead jewellery. Yes, I did. I did make notes and after we got home and before I forgot, I scribbled my notes down.
I have to wait until the beginning of September to get the first challenge. Our kids are not looking forward to the start of school but I am: that’s when I get the first challenge.
A little secret about me: I am great at charging into something but, once my curiosity is sated, I have very poor staying power and I have lots of WIP’s (Work In Progress) to prove it.  It is my hope that making jewellery the theme of this Project I will be able to finish each month’s challenge. I might even end up with a whole line of artisan jewelry based on each month’s challenge.
That’s what I think.  Helene

Great News – Bead Oasis Show

It’s here!!  It’s here!!  It’s here!!    SEPTEMBER 19 – 21, 2008

I am SOOOOOOO excited.  I have been at every one of the Toronto Oasis Bead Shows since they started here and every time, both Spring and Fall shows, the Toronto edition gets bigger and bigger.  The artists who sell their pieces of jewellery are truly talented.  Whether it be wirework, lampwork, beading, or all combinations the artisan jewelry is really marvellous:  what I see each year only serves to inspire me.  It’s the textures and the colours and the friendly faces.  So  ….

This year for the first time I am going to class.  It’s Jelcy Romberg’s all day class and I am so looking forward to it. 

There are a great many suppliers on hand, too.  After all, once you’ve been inspired you’ll need ‘stuff’ to take home and start making jewellery.  Good deals, often a percentage off the shop prices, or special show deals, or buy 2 get 1 free’s are all over the place.

My hint?  Wear comfy shoes.  Bring LOTSA water.  Bring a fan – it gets hot in those rooms and under those lights.  Bring a tote bag and a fat wallet.  Or a shopping list.  Walk the entire show making notes as you go and then go back to the booths you want.  Strike up conversations, join in on conversations already started.  Questions like ‘How did you ….??’  and ‘Ooh, I like your necklace/bracelet/earrings/whatever!!’ are great to strike up a chat.

Oh, yeah.  Bring your sense of humour:  above all else, that is important.  The rooms will be filled with Magpie Packrats like me  (that’s MP to my friends and fellow beaders.) 

Come out and join us mad jewellery makers at Toronto’s Oasis Bead Show.

There is no connection between myself, Savoir Vivre, or its entities and either the Oasis Bead Show organization or NLM GlassArts.  I receive no remuneration nor am I on the payroll of these companies.