|Did anyone else local go to the Pasadena Bead & Design Show today? Love that show. Too bad it’s only twice a year. Blew way too much money, as usual, even tho I was more restrained this time. I was so excited to see that the little, acrylic flowers that were popular in the 80s are back. Picked up some really pretty ones. And some Wire Lace for some focal beads.|
|Probably my most exciting buy was a Kumihimo Disk kit. Does anyone do Kumihimo? Do you have any ideas/tips/tricks to share? I think that and the wire lace and all the yarns I’ve been hunting and gathering lately will solve my dilemmas of what to use to hang my beaded bottles off of. So, if anyone else went, what did they get? What shows do you haunt near you? I’ve never been to a bead show outside California and I’m curious as to what’s out there.|
I don’t think the idea is to fit in. I think it is to stand out.
Remember when we were teenagers trying to find our place in life? We wanted to be different (at least my generation did – and the one before it, come to think of it)? Now, here I am grown up and I’ve forgotten that. Trying to fit in was painful when we weren’t accepted, but being different carried its own kind of pain. We suffer when we try to hold to the world’s standards of what it thinks we should be.
Even my business coach last year and all the business education I took reminded me of that. You don’t get anywhere in life “fitting in”. My coach said, “Try doing something exactly the opposite OR take what they are doing and improve on it”, but the message was always, “do something that differentiates you from the next guy”.
People grasp this concept for a while, then forget about it. Did we stick to the ad campaign, “Dare to be different?”. It came and went like every other fad in advertising because after a while you can’t hold people’s attention saying the same thing over and over unless they have a vested interest in your message. An emotional investment that benefits them in some way. Something else I learned in my Law of Attraction: Black Belt in Excellence training.
The Black Belt course proved it as one of the laws of the Universe. “Fitting in”, or aligning yourself with others gives your power and energy over to them and you just fade away into the background, into the ether. “Nice women rarely make history”, or whatever the saying is. A variation on that in one of my favorite Doctor Who Big Finish audio productions was spoken by Rassilon, the greatest figure in Time Lord history. He said, “One does not make history in a shed at the bottom of the garden”.
In other words, don’t hide if you want to get noticed. Don’t blend in. You will be doing yourself – and the world – a disservice, denying it the beauty that is you.
The convention was fun and it is always refreshing to get away from the studio, but I have started back so recently on jewelry-making, I am still fired up and want to keep working…the heck with networking, the heck with the computer (that makes my husband’s mouth open in shock, believe me), the heck with sleeping and eating and such. It is true that when you do what you love, one doesn’t want to stop and one wakes up not being able to wait to do what they love. With me, it has been a similar experience except that I work late into the night and weirdly need much less sleep than usual…four hours can do me just fine and I can do that for days. Strange, but that might be my gothy nature peeking out.
I wasn’t able to begin any new projects this week, but have put up some pieces that escaped previewing last week. Here you will find more diachroics and a spiderweb-like necklace…my journey into the realm of asymmetrical design.
|Spiderweb Necklace – 14k gold and crystal. $49.95.|
|Diachroic earrings – Blood Red – $19.95||Diachroic earrings – Powder Blue – $19.95|
|Diachroic earrings – Purple – $19.95||Diachroic earrings – Turquoise Green – $19.95|
|Still working on the “special new product”. The prototype is proving to be a challenge and while one version was worked out, the further work on it needs tweaking. It is slow going as I have to work on it inbetween the regular work of redesigning old product, coming up with new and sprinkling it across the ‘net like fairy dust. Still, it is exciting enough that enthusiasm for its premiere makes me attack the project with constantly renewing determination. I won’t rest until it is done!|
Am at San Diego Comic Con this weekend. Overwhelming, as usual. I stopped by the Tonner booth (stumbled across it, actually) and got to see the Doctor Who dolls up close and personal. The Tennant one looks better here than in the photos. The Martha, Jack Harkness & Gwen dolls are awesome. Am contemplating getting the Tennant Doctor doll so I can make him the blue outfit. Wonder how many people would buy it if I sold them? Hmmm….
One of my favorite designs that everyone loves, is the Pixie Faerie line. I started with the earcuff, then someone wanted it in a cell phone charm and then another person wanted it in a necklace. This necklace is an improvement on that older design using more beautiful swarovski crystals I have discovered in recent years. If people ask for it, I will also do them in silver.
|Pixie Faerie Necklace – $23.95||Pixie Faerie Earcuff – $21.95|
|I am also happy to get these back on the market…these little color variations on some popular earrings types – diachroic glass “croissants” and czech republic glass rosettes. They come in some stunning colors. The Lamplight Roses also come in Gunmetal, Pink, Clear White and Grape.|
|Diachroic earrings – Caribbean Blue – $19.95||Diachroic earrings – Green – $19.95|
|Lamplight Roses – Yellow – $16.95||Lamplight Roses – Spring Green – $16.95|
|Next week’s update might be jeopardized by the fact that my husband and I are going to San Diego Comic Con for the weekend and it will rob me of the chance to do more pieces. I will try my best to get something out for then. There is still so much to get back online…my little black leather cell phone/iPod bags, our amazing Goth Stockings and our new special project I cannot divulge yet. Here’s hoping I won’t come back too braindead to work on more goodies for you.|
There is one last piece to upload this week…a new variation on the Egyptian Ankh earcuff. It is resisting photgraphing, but I’ll get that little bugger next week.
I took a class in how to create a beaded bottle a few years ago and fell in love with the detail work and intricate patterns I could craft and how endless the possibilities of color, style and design were. The straps were always a challenge. I experimented with chain (too plain), beadwork (took too long) and silk cord (needed beading to match the grandeur of the bottle). For a while it was one of the greatest challenges to creating each bottle, but I didn’t give up, and one day discovered that yarn stores were my answer. I have two sources – one in Studio City and one in Morro Bay. They both provide a veritible playland of colors, textures and styles I had never dreamed of before setting foot in their doors. Now I create color schemes inspired by their endless parades of shades and hues and never run out of ideas!
Many think the netting is the hardest part and sometimes I have a couple of false starts, but once the first top rows are done, it actually goes very smoothly – until I get to the bottom part, that is. Since every bottle is one-of-a-kind, the dangling crystals and drops on the bottom often take more time to get just right.
Another part, sometimes harder sometimes easier (but usually harder), is choosing the color scheme and finding the right beads. I have lots of complimentary color combinations running through my head (what artist doesn’t?), but not every bead is the right size or the right shade. I try to work with what I have, but once in a while have to go hunting for that right size and shade before the netting can begin. Often the timing is just right to find what I need at that special store or show and I am off and running. That’s how I know the project is meant to get done. The ideas and materials have a way of falling into place when they should.
You know how you get ideas in the shower? Or when driving? Places that you can’t write them down in? Well, all the time I was at Anime Expo this past week, I was on the lookout for what cosplayers and non-cosplayers were wearing in the way of their costumes and accessories and ideas kept coming to me all throughout the convention. I think mundanes (non-fans) would be shocked and afraid knowing there were TENS OF THOUSANDS of fans and easily 85% of them were in costume. There is an incredibly rich culture that is all theirs and is uniquely diverse, and nothing equals its like in the world.
That makes the choices for serving the needs of the community quite large, even accounting for the fact that I am looking only in areas of my strengths, which are in sewing and beadwork. It is an exciting time and if you are in the Cosplay community I hope you will grant me your feedback so I can better bring you exciting items you will be eager to add to your collections.
Japanese Ball Joint Dolls are a hobby ever increasing in popularity, even despite their expense. Dolls often range $500 and more – my dream doll coming in at a hefty $600. Collectors gather at Anime conventions all around the world, bringing their dolls, clothes and accessories and share their treasures with fellow collectors, often having planned the meetups ahead of time on such internet venues as Meetup.com, Facebook and Den of Angels (a ball joint doll forum). My dream doll was love at first sight, though they warn you not to get the first doll you see – and I didn’t, but even now, a year and a month later, I still love her and would have gotten here if she hadn’t been so expensive.
Hopefully one day I will find here again and if I do, no matter the cost, I will have her!
This video is a quick introduction to Vision Boards – their structure and purpose. I will be going more indepth in how to find supplies, images and inspiration in later videos.