Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Back to Bead Heaven

Our weekend with NanC Meinhardt was just delightful! It was like having a "mini" master class, shoved into two days. We started out with a potluck dinner at Jo Ellen's house on Friday night, then Saturday morning at Creative Castle and with a cup of coffee & a bagel in hand, we started our projects of beading on a stick. We let the sticks speak for themselves as for their decorations. Be it paint, beads, or embelishments. We had "NanC" exercises, and beading quietly. The two days went by so quickly; it seemed like it was over before it started! Then, NanC was off to the land of snow while we were in a heat wave. Yes, we had shorts and flip flop weather. Now, I need to take pictures and get them posted on the blog. Next week, I'll be in San Diego for a meeting (9 days!). I'm taking the train down, so maybe I can get something finished and photographed while I'm away! Bye until next time.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Back to the Land of Computers

Hi Everyone!

Today is my first day back at work after a two week mandatory furlough (as in no pay check!) After delaying Christmas for a week because of family illnesses, I'm ready to get back in the swing of things again. I was a cooking fool over my break, which is another one of my passions.

In the beading department, I finished all my segments for my Star Sphere while I was away and I'm in the process of sewing the two halves together. I'll post a picture of it when it is completed.

I'm very much looking forward to our retreat with NanC Meinhardt this coming weekend. It's going to be fun to be together. We're going to have a new "project" to work on which will be exciting to see it come together. NanC always comes up with the most innovative exercises for us. Whoever you are, out in Blogland, if you haven't taken one of NanC's Master Classes, you're really missing an adventure!

Two other exciting projects are going on for me: I'm recipe testing breads for a new cookbook by Peter Reinhardt; and, my brother and I are writing one chapter a week for a book project. Mine is the stupid things that happen to me or random thoughts of ridiculousness and my brother's is obscure objects that no one thinks about (like the history of the sloe berry).

Signing off for now, p.