Thursday, February 25, 2010

Beads Pearls Bling & SUNSHINE

I have been sooooooooo DOWN in the dumps since loosing my precious Reba that I feel like I have been living in a grey FOG. But, today dawned a beautiful (cold) morning with sunshine spilling in all my windows. My heart smiled! And I thought... "I should share all the lovely colors of these beads before I finish putting them in their boxes". This is just PART of the stash of wonder that I bought back in January when I was at Market in Dallas. I had already put away as many beads & pearls as what is laid out here. BAD BAD BAD I was indeed!And here is a glimpse of the pearls just dumped on top of my glass bubbles (used for soldered charms) I have to sort & put these in boxes too. But, I LOVED the colors all together in a mish mash. Do you?
And a bowl of BLING! And you ask what are you going to do with all of this? Well, some of this I will be taking with me to use in my classes (click on the button on my sidebar to take you to the site) at ADORN ME.
This is a week long event hosted by Linda of ART UNRAVELED. It is the first all jewelry type event & she has brought in MANY famous talented teachers!!!!! I am so thrilled that I will have a chance to go & create in this mecca of talent. And be with my friends & have the social times that I so crave with them.
This is the class (click on the photo to enlarge it) I will be taking from my friend & mentor Diana Frey. I fell in LOVE with her & her creations last spring when I went to California to take a class from her. I can not begin to tell you the wonder. Just to hear her sweet laugh & to be around her wonder is heaven for me. I am soooooo honored to call her friend. Click HERE to see the post about that class.
And this is the Crystal Princess taught by another dear friend & teacher Diane Cook. I know you remember my post HERE about the class I just took from Diane down in Round Top, Texas. She is also amazing & about the sweetest soul I've met. I KNOW that Diane & I will become great buddies because we have so many interest in common & she lives so close. In fact, I am already slated to take another class with her on etched metals in May. COME JOIN ME YOU TEXAS GIRLS!
Last but not least this is the class taught by Deryn Mentock. I don't know Deryn but, I do know her work & her reputation as an artist & teacher is wonderful. This will be a 2 part class. The first part will be creating resined paper that will then be used to create part of this luscious necklace. So, I needed (hey that's what I'm telling hubby... need sounds more necessary than wanted) all these beads, pearls & bling to create!!!! So, no telling him any difference & I promise to come back & share the photos & stories. If you live in Texas or have some air miles to burn come join us. I think there are still openings for many of the classes. And there is a vendor night that should be awesome & it will be open to the public if you live near Katy, TX (suburb of Houston). Click on each of the gals mentioned names & it will take you to their site for you to see more of their work & talent. NOW, off to pack & wait for UPS to deliver new tools ordered. Oh, don't tell him about those either. Hee Hee Bad girl Bad girl what ya gonna do????

14 comments:

Julie said...

Oh, my! It looks like you had SO much fun, Charlene! Wish I could join you for those fabulous classes! Love all your bling--you NEEDED those--I'll tell your husband that anyday! Don't you love waiting expectantly for a package??? So exciting!

Hope your day is filled to the brim with wonderful!

Nan said...

You are really going to have fun with these classes I can see that.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Those beads are beautiful just dumped in teh vase! Can't wait to see what you create w/ them.

Been thinking about you!

FILIGREE MOON said...

Beautiful bling! Have a wonderful time at your retreat. ~ Angela

Karen Valentine said...

Not bad girl... LUCKY girl!!! I am so envious of all your fab little trips and creative time spent with friends. (And happy for you too!) Did Did I tell you that already? Oh well, I am. I know you are going to have such a wonderful time and I can't wait to see all the beautiful things you will bring back with you.
I've decided to take an online class from from JoAnna Pierotti. I let you know how it goes!

Karen

Kimberly said...

I JUST LOVE JEWELRY! I HAVE A HUGE COLLECTION. I HAVE GIVEN UP BUYING LUXURIES FOR A WHILE. I AM TESTING MYSELF TO SEE HOW WELL I CAN GO WITHOUT BEFORE WE MOVE TO THE COUNTRY. MY HUSBAND TEASES ME AND SAYS I WILL LIKE THE LADY FROM "GREEN ACERS"

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY MY BLOG.

DeeDee said...

You bad girl..but I won't tell....have fun at your class and I cannot waitto see what you make..love that fluer de lis....

such great jems and jewels.

TheLittleBlueBirdDiaries said...

Thank you for your sweet note...I, too, am looking forward to seeing you in April! Your photographs on your blog are beautiful. Wishing you lots of fun on your upcoming venture and a heart that heals more every day from the loss of your Reba.

Big hugs,
Rosalyn-Sue

The French Bear said...

Charlene, you are being so creative!!! I can't believe all the things you have been up to!
We still have snow but the weather is beautiful and sunny. I am still a little fluish but feeling a lot better!
How I wish we could visit, anytime you want sugar, you are so welcome to stay and let me treat you!!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Alisa said...

I agree... a girl can never have too many beads and pearls!
Isn't there another bead show coming up soon? (I could be confused though!)

Sandy said...

Charlene, you poor dear thing, my heart bleeds for you and your loss.

But, I'm stoked about your news, and that plate of brooches is to die for, I wish I had one!

In fact, let me take this opportunity to ask if I can use that photo on my blog?

xoxoxo
Sandy
My Shabby Streamside Studio
http://www.myshabbystreamsidestudio.blogspot.com/

Diana said...

So looking forward to seeing you next week, Charlene!!! Your booty is yummy. I know you will create some beautiful jewelry with it. Now get back to that packing.
Hugs
Diana

Me....bunny said...

You are a great student Charlene...head of your class/es...lol I love things just laying around and put in containers..they look so natural that way...

tootles,
bunny

gail said...

Hi Charlene, thank you so much for visiting my blog. I love meeting new people. I love your work. I cant speak about the beads! I am horrible, as you saw. I have an addiction and am in desparated need of a bead 12 step program.LOL:) I love the gorgeous things you found in Dallas and I cant wait to see what you come up with.

I am so sorry to have read about your REba. I have been through this in Oct. with my tigger. It is the hardest thing to go through and time is the only thing to help take the pain away and fill the hole up with special memories. Take care, Gail

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