Notes to Self – #10 – I’m EXCITED – Does it Show?

All last week I’ve been jumpy with excitement: like a kid waiting for Santa Claus. I had butterflies in residence in my tummy. All I could think about was the wirework class, an all-day one, on Thursday next.

I got to bed late – well, early this morning really. And I slept for almost 10 hours. I awoke feeling refreshed, noteworthy in itself, entered the PigPen ready for work. Made a new necklace and earrings, cleared out a lot of emails. worked on my financials (I hate them so again it is worthy of note).

Then it happened.

My sister sent me an email from work and she reminded me of the wireworking class.

I had actually forgotten all about that class!! Imagine my surprise! But now the butterflies are back and I am getting tools I’ll need together. I keep reminding myself that I need to take a hair blower. Do you still use those. These days our hair is kept pretty short so we don’t really use one any more but for some reason, maybe the packrat part of me, we held onto one.

Oh, and then I had to make some business cards. I want to be remembered when you meet me. On paper I’m fairly calm. But meeting face to face is different. I can turn on the charm and the wit but sometimes the skill deserts me. So – I wire on a small glass bead to each card. It’s time consuming but I get remembered. You see? I need to get busy with the business cards.

And I still have to get the usual work done, too. I’m just flitting from one thing to the next and nothing is being finished. Not too good, I guess.

But the Canadian Bead Oasis Show sets up on Thursday and is open to the public on Friday to Sunday at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre on Front Street – right across the street from the CBC building. Entrance fee is a reasonable $8.00 CAD and $12.00 CAD for the whole weekend. There are over 50 exhibitors in the merchant mall and the stuff they have is marvellous to a beader. Such pretty colours and textures. The ‘undergarments’ or findings are well represented, too. The new ‘thingy’s’ can be found and the latest books and magazines.

Check out their website.

And I’m going to a class!!


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.