Friday, February 29, 2008
I seem to get stuck on one thing when I come up with something different. Here are a couple of more Disc Pendants. These are probably going to the Potter's Guild soon so if you see one you like, let me know because this phase will probably end soon.
Monday, February 25, 2008
What is a shard? It is a sliver of glass that is broken off of a very thin bulb of glass that has been blown from a glob off the end of a hollow tubing. Clear as mud? Why would I want to do that? Shards just add another layer to a bead and they are fun to play with. You can leave them on the surface with the rough edges curled, melt them flat, twist them around or encase them under transparent glass. Those are just a few things that you can do with them. My studio looks like a mad scientist has blown something up. I promise to clean it up soon but then I could not find anything.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
I put together a few new pieces for the Gallery in preparation for the March event. I almost kept the turquoise disk pendant, which happened to come to me during the middle of the night when I could not sleep. That happens quite a bit.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I went to MD Anderson recently for the Beads of Courage staff training. It was an amazing experience to be there first hand to see the excitement of the nursing staff in implementing this program. My friend Diane Woodall was there with me and we couldn't stop talking about it on the way home. We toured the Pediatric Lymphoma ward which I was a little nervous about because I am such a wimp when it comes to anything medical related. The children in this hospital face more than I can imagine. The staff is wonderful and I will never know how they manage to get through a day. Our ISGB chapter has made Beads of Courage a top priority and it is one small way we can give back. We had a challenge for the month of February to make Purple Hearts which the child receives upon completion of their treatment. I brought home 155 hearts from our group to ship to BOC! I am so proud of our members for embracing this with such enthusiasm and I hope that we can continue to donate on a monthly basis. It is hard to imagine that they need this many beads but they are unfortunately in constant need of beads to give to children with cancer. I will take a group photo before I ship them off and post it here so you can see what that many hearts look like.