Isn’t it amazing how long it takes to get back into the swing of things after being out of town for a few days? I swear, I am still jet-lagged even. I can’t fall asleep at night (even more so now) and I am dead tired all day and MUST have a nap, even if I try to fight it. So, I am behind once again.
Tucson was wonderful. Kevin Potter and his wife Danielle were amazing! I am SOOOOO glad that I am now able to count them among my friends. I have several projects that I will be doing with them coming up and I am so excited about it. Kevin is as down to earth and caring as he seems. He dropped everything for 2 1/2 days while I visited. He answered all my questions, introduced me to other area artists, some of which I have known online. We came up with new tools and projects. He had me make my own stake (I will post pictures once it gets shipped to me.) I got to help him finish up some other stakes for a large order that he has been working on. I wish I had been able to stay and help him more. It was tedious work, but it was SO MUCH FUN!
I have finally made the announcement that I am in the process of writing a book. Many of you have asked and I am finally taking the plunge and going to do it. I actually have a couple of books in mind, but only the first has been started. I even had the opportunity to find the perfect people to work through the projects to make certain they work. Yes! I am insane. Yes! I am going to do this and be a mom to three young girls. Yes! I am going to do all of this while moving. And I repeat, Yes! I am insane. But I am charged and ready to go.
Do you have a project or skill you would like to learn? Let me know what it is. I am looking for more projects for my Tool Time Tuesday posts and new books. Great things are in my future and you can be a part of it too. I love to have company!
While in Tucson I was fortunate enough to have my timing coincide with a gem show. It wasn’t anything near as big as what happens there in February, but it was big enough. I only visited the wholesale show. I didn’t really have enough time to visit the other three venues. But even the wholesale show was big enough for me. I even managed to stay within my budget. I would have stayed under budget, but I went back for seconds before my flight home. HAHAHA. But I found some really good things that I am excited to work with. Want to see?
These are bronze texture plates. They are from Pakistan. There, they use a lead cake and sandwich a thin piece of metal, smack with a sledge hammer and come out with a really cool patterned piece. I am going to try it out with urethane and my hydraulic press before I attempt with lead. If I can get some good impressions with the press and urethane, then there will be no need for lead. I will let you know how it all goes when I get to try it out. The copper balls are SOLID. There were 50 in a package. I wish I had bought one more bag of them. I actually went back to the show before my flight just to get them, but the guy wasn’t there any more. I was so bummed. He had some great things in copper. Oh, if only money weren’t an issue. HA!
I love sparkly things, that would include DRUSY!!!! I am normally not big on the titanium coated pieces, but these just called my name. I also bought a package that had something like 45 pieces in them (that aren’t pictured) but they are so pretty and full of texture. Think of wire settings, tab settings, prong settings, bezel settings….. I can’t wait!
I am a sucker for carnelian. I love it when it is banded and has great colors, and this package had it. They are packaged like this and people go in and pick out which ones they like and buy single pieces. I just took the whole package. The lady kept asking if I wanted them all. She didn’t believe me when I said I wanted them all. LOL.
There were also all these cool little intarsia findings and beads. So I bought a handful for my girls to play with. They were only $1 each. I figured I couldn’t go wrong at that price.
The little white cases have three types of Topaz (The blue is Kelsi and Kiari’s birthstone, the other two are just really pretty.) I cannot for the life of me recall what the little blue/purple stones are, but again, I am a sucker for pretty, so I bought them too.
The red stones are Red Coral. I don’t normally care for coral, but I love the cut and color of these. I have some great ideas for these. Think of bright silver against that dark deep red. POP!!!
I also found some beautiful Labradorite with beautiful flashes of of blue, purple, green, orange and red. I wish I had bought more of those.
I also bought some fun little things for my girls including small half Geodes and watches. They were a big hit and at just a few dollars, I got to be the coolest person in the world for a few minutes. Totally worth every cent. HAHA
Did you know that I have a mailing list? It is different than my blog. I haven’t done much with my mailing list. In fact, it was first designed to let local people know of my upcoming classes. But as things are changing for me, including my location, I figured I would change the focus of my mailing list. I figured I would turn it into a newsletter. I won’t get all spammy, because who needs that? But I figured I could use it to compliment my blog. If you are interested in signing up please fill out my form. http://www.melissamuir.com/contact.htm
Bead Soup Blog Party – LOIS MOON
You might remember that I signed up for the Bead Soup Blog Party hosted by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things Blog. This has been quite the challenge for me as I have to use BEADS…. AHHHHHHHHH! But it has been fun. I was working on my piece today. My partner is Lois Moon. She is an amazing beader. She works with the dreaded TINY beads. Check out some of her work.
She also does some amazing photography. She certainly has a blog of eye candy. She also post about great giveaways, so you would do well to check her blog out.
Well, the great reveal of the Bead Soup Blog Party is this Saturday. This is where we all post pictures of what we have created with what we were given. Lois did not send any little seed beads, bless her soul! However, interestingly, my piece does use seed beads. But you will just have to visit me again on Saturday if you want to see what I have made. It has been a challenge, like I said, but it is a fun challenge at any rate.
See you Saturday for the reveal!