I have officially begun dreaming about beads, and Bead Fest. I have had the dreams that I showed up and forgot my beads, or that no one bought them. Then I awake to the panic of unfinished beads everywhere! LOL. This is my life right now.
Eat, take care of kids, make beads, sleep (a little), repeat.
But I can't wait. And I am quite happy with what I am making.
Finally done painting and sealing all the polymer beads.
So that feels like progress! I also started putting these loose beads
I stayed up late polishing all my bronze, so that I could seal it this morning. Before polishing......
First hiccup this morning- the bronze oxidized more over night, and I need to re-buff them again before sealing. *sigh*
Second hiccup was when I opened the kiln- which should have been my last kiln load- and found all my copper poppies broken. I guess I will try to squeeze in one more load, because I really wanted to have these for Bead Fest.
I am not the only one who has suffered the loss of broken beads in this madness that is Bead Fest prep. It's part of the game. So I will drink my coffee, and enjoy this fall like weather we are having here in Pa. I will string my sets, and make more copper poppies, and finish the metal work that is needed for my crazy urchin beads. (below)
Then I will make a sample for the kits Genea and I have been working on and write the instructions.
After those things are done, its just little stuff like pricing each bead, and packing stuff for the show.
Two full studio days would be good, but with summer coming to a close for the kids, there is much to get done around here.
School starting is always bittersweet for me. I love the quiet time when they go back, but I do miss them. I worry for them. We have some big changes this year, Aiden goes to the middle school and Collin starts full day- first grade. Julia goes into third, which is a pretty challenging year from what I remember with Aiden. I hope they adjust quickly and make friends and love their teachers. That's all I want for them. To enjoy school, so learning comes easily.
So that is my ramble- it's what's going on around here. Can't wait to see my friends, and sell my wares, and see all my friends art in person in one week.