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

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The 38th Annual Bead Affaire - October 15th, 2016!

Hello Friends!

It is once again that special time of year! The weather is crisp and the nights are brisk with the stars twinkling brightly in the evening sky.  The leaves are turning stunning colors and all of this means that it is time for the very BEST bead show in New England, the Bead Affaire, sponsored by Beadesigner International.

The Bead Affaire has an amazing line up of bead artists and bead vendors with something for everyone. You will find handmade beads, natural stone beads, imported beads, beaded objects …. old beads, new beads, big beads, blue beads….  and me!

This will be my 2nd year back to this wonderful show that has meant so much to me over the years. 

My Ocean & Moon Series - Collaboration with Chris O'Connor

I will be sharing a table this year with my good friend Louise Erskine.  She  has been working with all forms of glass for many years, starting out her glass adventures with stained glass and today has mastered flameworking, fusing, pate de verre and decorative painting on glass (to name a few of her talents).  She will have a great selection of work available for sale.  Here are a couple of examples of Louise's work: 

"Louise's Smiles are Frowns turned upside down"
.... more of Louise's beads... 

I have been increasing my hours at the torch, having more fun and getting more and more back into the swing of things.  My goal is to find my ‘Zen’ place again, where flameworking is the cure for anything that ails me. 

I will have beads, pendants, beaded goodies: bookmarks, key chains, pens, finished necklaces and ribbons and chains to accompany a pendant or bead.  I will also have a couple of copies of Paul Engle’s  book ‘Conciatore’ and a few of Emilio Santini’s little bottles, vessels and earrings.    

I am very excited about the prospect of seeing old friends and meeting new bead enthusiasts!  Stop by and say ‘hello’!

Mark your calendars

October 15, 2016  10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Armenian Cultural and Education Center

47 Nichols Ave., Watertown, MA

Admission is $6:00, for a $1.00 off admission - print the coupon on  BDI's website:  Bead Affaire Coupon  
 A list of vendors can be found here:  Bead Affaire 2016 Vendor List

Below are two necklaces that Chris O'Connor and I collaborated on. 

 I will have both pieces at the show.

I hope to see you at the show!