I am utterly astonished that we are only 2 weeks away from the mid summer solstice! Where has the year gone? it is literally flying by. Last week I held my trunk show on Facebook and I had a blast. It was quite a steep learning curve and utterly exhausting as I was up into the wee small hours chatting with everyone but what I didn't expect is how much fun it was. It was almost the same as being at a bead fair with people stopping by to catch up and chat about beads, I absolutely loved it and can't wait to do my next one on June 30th. I actually have three more booked, one at the end of June and in July on a group called Glass Open Market and one on August on Lampwork Bead Addicts Designer Showcase. When I first booked these I booked different groups because I wanted to see if there was a difference between them. Only time will tell, my feeling is that if you stick with the same group you will build up a camaraderie with the other members that perhaps isn't possible if you are chopping and changing, although I suspect most of my customers are actually members of most of the groups so I will see. This bead was a prize, along with free postage, in one of my competitions
One thing I know for sure is it would not be possible for me at least, to do more than one a month... I'm not even sure I can manage one a month. Obviously my next one will be easier in terms of organisation because I have a better idea of what I'm doing but in terms of actually making beads, well fortunately there is a lot of bead making on the cards in the next few weeks.
Tomorrow is a big day for me. Firstly Natalie is joining the hoard of commuters suffering at the hands of Southern Rail and starting her proper career type job in London so our impromptu trips to the beach for ice cream will come to a very abrupt halt. I am going to really miss her, I always used her visits as an excuse to down tools for the day but I suspect I will get a lot more beads made and that's got to be a good thing, right?
Also I am giving up sugar for 8 weeks, following Sarah Wilson's I Quit Sugar program, and anyone who knows me knows what a struggle it's going to be... I am actually typing this with a vanilla latte and a box of Heroes for company. Again, I think my way to cope with no sugar will be to take refuge in the shed and make beads although I am a bit concerned what kind of beads a sugar free me will make. Wish me luck!
This was my favourite bead from the show, I listed it right at the end and I was thrilled to bits when it found a new home with one of my favourite customers.
It's a beautiful sunny day and we are taking Natalie to High Beeches. I'm hoping the Azaleas and Rhododendrons will be a their peak, it is always a gold mine of inspiration though.
Speak to you soon Jxx