I love getting new beads from Sue Kennedy’s Etsy shop. Her lampworked beads with dots of silver are one of my favorites. (Thanks Sue for the surprise extra pair of beads you added to my order!) I’m a pretty regular reader of her blog, and when she mentions new work I go straight to her shop to check it out.
I especially like how her etched (frosted) clear glass beads combine with the German lampworked beads I recently purchased from Beadin’ Path in Freeport, Maine.
A reminder: Today is “Small Business Saturday.” This holiday season let’s all do our part to shop small businesses as often as possible. Consider a craft fair, your local hardware store, the art gallery in town, the florist, the independent book store, or a small business commerce site on the Internet.
Where do you recommend shopping in your town?
No matter how hard I try to keep my bead bench tidy and ready for work,
it always ends up looking like this before my current piece is finished.
It is just the way I work. I wish I kept better order in my studio. The trouble is that as soon as I am looking for beads for one piece, I find beads I would like to combine for the next piece. Then, since I don’t want to forget the combination of beads I just stumbled upon, I leave them out on the bench to work on next. Sometimes the idea for an earring is so impulsive that I stop what I’m doing to make the pair I have in mind. Stuff on top of stuff. This might not be such a problem if I had a bigger studio, but the room is tiny. Eventually, the ideas for “that next piece” end up piling around me on the floor.
I’m not complaining though. It feels good to be busy getting ready for the next show. My favorite! The 37th annual Island Arts Association Holiday Fair in Bar Harbor. Friday, December 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the Atlantic Oceanside Conference Center on Eden Street.
Hey, that’s barely a week away! ( And it’s the reason my blog has been so stale.)
If you are in the Greenwich area on Saturday, please stop by to say hi! I have a lot of new pieces, and I’m very excited to be back at Val’s to show them. I haven’t been good about documenting and posting pictures of my progress on the blog lately. Busy times in the studio and busy times with some personal obligations. ( This fall has not been one of my favorites, but I won’t go into that.) I have my fingers crossed!
What a great time to start Christmas shopping and support local crafts people.