Monday, October 1, 2018

An Interruption in My Regularly Scheduled Glass Posts, Ramblings of a Grieving Sister…

Where did the summer go? I’ve already started the preparations for hibernating thru the winter, ordering pellets and cords of wood for the stoves to keep the house warm, scheduling appointments before the snow flies and generally going about winterizing the house.

Autumn is my favorite time of year. The cool crisp days of Fall bring clarity to my mind and soul. There is a special magic about Fall that shakes the old cobwebs out, and refreshes my being, something the hotness of Summer nor the cold of Winter does for me, and Spring flashes by far too fast for the chillness of winter to have worn off.

I’ve spent many hours on my torch this summer, making beads like crazy. It has been a much needed distraction from the reality of life while also being a way to meditate on the meaning of life.  In June I lost my younger sister Darlene to a drug overdose.   The truth is, I have been very lucky to have this wonderful, funny, kind, generous woman in my life for as long as I did. As with any addiction, Dee’s life and our relationship were complicated. The opioid epidemic is a crisis in our country and I have been thinking about it quite a bit, you could say it has consumed my life as of late.  One thing that surprised me was that when I ventured to share my story to others in my town, everyone has a child or sibling that they are, and have been for some time now, waiting for the same dreaded phone call about their own loved one, an overdose …

I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and kindness from friends, especially those that I have met thru social media; Friends, who shared in my grief and supported my efforts to create a memorial to remember Dee. How can so much love come from so much pain?  

This summer has been a re-awakening for me -- cliché, yes, but nothing is more true -- life is short, period.  Another day, another hour, another minute is not guaranteed to any one of us. Prioritize making time to see the people you want to see, do the things you want to do (if not now, when?) and live life in the present moment (be here now).




Dear Darlene,

I will be haunted forever by your leaving us too soon.
Did you know you were leaving us that night?
There was always supposed to be more time…
I will miss reminiscing over our childhood, what you remembered, what I forgot.
I will miss seeing your beautiful smile and the twinkle of mischief in your eyes.
I will miss hearing your giggle, as you were making us all laugh.
I will be missing you Dee to the day I die.

Dee enjoying a stay in Gloucester


The Opioid Epidemic, My 2 Cents…

The Problem:

  • The initial introduction to a narcotic is either:
    • Recreational or
    • Prescribed treatment, where the drugs are often over prescribed.  We can throw a lot of blame to the pharmaceutical companies for this… but the problem is now much more complicated
  • There no longer is any denial that narcotics are addictive.
    • For many years, the pharmaceutical companies and doctors lied to us all. They knew the truth. Their greed and corruption led us to where we are today. Big Pharma and their chief officers have blood on their hands, while families continue to grieve the loss of loved ones. They dumped millions of narcotics on small unsuspecting communities. There wasn’t then and has not been now any accountability for their criminal, unforgivable, murderous actions.
  • For those prescribed a narcotic, when the prescription runs out, and you need more, what are your options/choices?  Turning to the streets?  Today’s Heroin cut with Fentanyl is a killer!

Added Complications:

  • For some people:
    • The altered state, created when taking a narcotic can be an escape from reality, a sign of depression or other mental illnesses.  A willing or unwilling game of Russian roulette, a disengaged route to commit suicide?
    • The withdrawal symptoms feed the need for more drugs, hence the addiction

My Reaction:

  • Awareness that drugs and /or alcohol are not a cure for loneliness
  • Not everyone wants help
  • Programs are needed to help an addict cope long term, not just take away their immediate addiction to narcotics.  You don’t just put someone in electric shock treatment to disrupt their behavior without teaching them a new way to cope with life.
    • Programs to learn about one’s self worth and gain self esteem
    • Learning the joys that come from helping others unconditionally
    • Tools for reintegrating into society or their community drug free
    • Teachings on how to rely on others, without becoming needy
  • There needs to be a “safe”, “inexpensive”, “timely”, and “convenient” way to wean a person off narcotics.  It is time for the pharmaceutical companies and the insurance industry to step up to the plate, to find a solution, and to be held accountable for their part in this epidemic, for their lies and profit mongering. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

“Meet the Makers” An Artisan Craft Fair, Sunday, April 29th at the Hub of the Hubb


Shop Local, Shop Homemade!


Come shop and meet local artists from Central Mass 

Sunday, April 29 

9:00 to 1:00pm

At the Hub of the Hubb 

Located in the Wellness Hub Building 

1 Main Street, Hubbardston, MA.


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Beer Tasting 11:00am – 1:00pm


Book Signings by 3 Local Authors


10 Local Artists/Craftspeople


I am excited to be a part of the first “Meet the Makers” event!  Please stop in to say hello and see all the wonderful items the shop has to offer. Each artist will be displaying and selling their own work. I will have a variety of work created using my handmade lampwork glass beads and fused dichroic glass.

For more information: 

Below are examples of my work:





 










Sunday, April 1, 2018

Upcoming Show: Glass Art and Bead Extravaganza - April 14th, 2018

Hello Friends!

The New England Chapter of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers is hosting its annual GLASS ART and BEAD EXTRAVAGANZA, on Saturday April 14th, at the Regency Hotel in Boxboro, MA.

Glass Art and Bead Extravaganza

April 14th, 2018
10:00am – 4:00pm

Regency Hotel
Boxboro, MA

Admission: $3.00

Glass Art and Bead Extravaganza showcases members’ unique styles and a variety of  glass techniques used to create their work.

I will be participating in this show and will have an assortment of Flameworked and Fused Glasswork for the home and personal adornment. Some of the items I will have for sale are: 

Lampwork Glass Beads (Focals and Sets), Jewelry, Bookmarks, Pens, Key Chains, Scissor Fobs, Hair Sticks, Gift Items and much more!!


Hope to see you there!

Below are some examples of work that I will have available for sale:























Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Bead Affaire - the Best Bead Show in Town!!

Bead Lovers!  Come join the fun at Beadesigners International’s Annual Bead Affaire, October 21st, in Watetown MA!

Louise Erskine and I will be selling our handmade glass beads and finished work created using our glass beads.  

BDI Bead Affaire - Beadesigner - Bead Affaire

October 21st, 2017
10:00am – 5:00pm

Armenian Cultural Center
47 Nichols Ave
Watertown, MA

Admission: $6

Printable $1 Discount Coupon:  Beadesigner- Bead Affaire - Discount Coupon



Goddess - Pate de Verre  
Alaskan Northern Lights Glaciers   - Lampwork

Sea and Sky - Lampwork


 I have recently been inspired to work with Fusing Dichroic Glass 


Ripples - Fused Dichroic 
Fireworks - Fused Dichroic
Hummingbirds - Fused Dichroic
Impressionism - Fused Dichroic




Monday, October 9, 2017

Upcoming Show: Applefest at Wachusett Mountain - October 14th & 15th !!!

Hello Friends!

Louise Erskine and I are excited to be selling our handmade glass art at APPLEFEST this weekend at Wachusett Mountain, in Princeton, MA.

We will have an assortment of Flameworked, Fused and Slumped Glass Art that we've handcrafted ourselves; work for the home and personal adornment…

Some of the items we will have for sale are: 

Jewelry, Ornaments, Sun Catchers, Bowls, Wind Chimes, Bookmarks, Key Chains, Scissor Fobs, Hair Sticks, Appetizer Trays, Candy Dishes, Spoon Rests, Tic-Tac-Toe games and much more!!

We will be indoors in the Main Lodge.


October 14-15, 2017
10:00am – 5:00pm

Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, MA


Tickets:
Adults (12yr and up)
$11 Advance, $14 Door

Children 6-12
$6 Advance, $9 Door
*Children 5 & under are FREE
(… more ticketing and event information on their website)


Examples of work that will be available for sale:









We’re looking forward to seeing you there!!






Friday, February 17, 2017

Beads on the Trail - 2017

Hello Friends,  

Set of 5 Beads I created for the "Beads on the Trail - 2017" Project
I joined in on a special bead adventure that I'd like to share with you: Beads on the Trail 2017. There was a call for beads to support children with cancer or serious illness. These beads are to travel with mushers on the 1000 mile long Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.  Each artist who signed up for the challenge made a set of 5 Alaskan themed beads.  At the end of the race, one bead will be kept by the musher and the other 4 beads will be used to raise money for BOC and go to the children in the BOC program.  Below are pictures of the beads that I created and sent along to Alaska. 

Being a part of this event has added to an awakening I’ve been feeling lately. The need to be an advocate, to help others; that this life is precious, and I need to focus on what matters most to me.  Helping others has always been at the core of who I am, it brings me life.  Sometimes I get lost, but re-awakening is humbling and refreshing.
  
Beads on the Trail 2017 is organized by Beads of Courage (BOC) with the help of Artmosphere Studio, the goal of this annual event is to connect Alaska's Last Great Race (Iditarod) with the kids in the Beads of Courage program, who are in a race for their lives. Mushers share the strength and courage they need for Iditarod in honor of the children who will receive the beads they carry on the 1000 mile long Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.  

Beads of Courage has a unique goal; they are a non-profit group that supports children with cancer or serious illnesses and their families. BOC acknowledges each treatment undergone by a child by giving them a bead.  Each child’s bead collection grows and represents badges of courage and honors the wars they are fighting with their illnesses; fighting for their lives.  To learn more about Beads of Courage: http://www.beadsofcourage.org
  
Artmosphere Studio, in Anchorage Alaska, is a shared working studio space.  They are open for classes and special events by appointment. Artmosphere Studio is working with Beads of Courage in 2017 to send beads on the Iditarod Trail for the 6th time.    

Also volunteering and helping with the organization of this event are the Hot Headed Honeys:   Alaska’s first co-op of lampwork artists dedicated to promoting lampwork art and artists in Alaska and providing creative and business resources to  co-op members.  
  
The Iditarod:A race covering 1000 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer. She throws jagged mountain ranges, frozen river, dense forest, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast at the mushers and their dog teams.  Add to that temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, the hazards of overflow, long hours of darkness and treacherous climbs and side hills, and you have the Iditarod. A race extraordinaire, a race only possible in Alaska.  The race starts in Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast.”  This year's race starts on March 4th.  To learn more about the Iditarod:  http://iditarod.com/about/










Monday, October 24, 2016

The Bead Affaire - It Was a Blast!!

Wow, that was fun!!  Thank you to all the people who came out to the Bead Affaire in Watertown on such a gorgeous day!  One of the special perks of vending at the Bead Affaire is that you have prime seating for your own personal “wearable art fashion show”. It is always a joy to see what beautiful pieces people are wearing, be it a necklace, bracelet, pin or article of clothing. 

One of my greatest enjoyments is helping a person find the special piece that will enhance or complete a look.  This fuels my need to continue with my own creations.

Catching up with old friends always fills my heart with happiness; many thanks to those that took the time to stop by and say ‘hello’.

Below is a necklace that Robin Pass put together after the show, including a single translucent aqua blue bead she purchased from me.  I am always excited to see how people incorporate my work into theirs...  Beautiful work Robin!!

Necklace created by Robin Pass