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Four days of fun, followed by con crud
It’s hard to believe it’s only been weeks since Gallifrey One 2019 ended. It seems like so much longer! And, as has become an unfortunate tradition in the 28 years Dennis and I have attended this wonderful convention, we both caught con crud. Hence in part why this update is so late. (<== picture me laid out flat for TWO DAYS from work, looking like this Gally carpet-worshipping fan I found on Twitter) The nasty little bug came and almost went TWICE, so I went and got antibiotics for it Monday.
It was once again a fabulous year of amazing entertainment, the highlight of which was the ribbon collecting war between Catherine Tate and John Barrowman. Barrowman, being the shy guy he is, came out on stage Saturday in a dress in an exploding tardis print in vibrant yellows and blues. Catherine showed him up the same day, demonstrating how long her ribbon trail was. She had a helper hold it on stage and went out into the audience trailing the end – which was easily two-thirds of the length of the ballroom! As you can image, her bragging about it being longer inspired all sorts of hysterically rude comments from John. Makes up for missing all the other programming outside the main ballroom!
After all the sales have been tallied up and the thank yous done, I kicked into high gear. Even as con crud was trying to slow me down, my brain was non-stop forming plans for what to do next. While all the beading for the Gallifrey One 2019 Art Show was fun, it was also hard work towards a purpose. After a couple of years away, I really want to get back into jewelry full time and this time have more fun doing it. Yes beadwork of this intensity is hard work, but it’s work I LOVE. And when you love what you do, REALLY LOVE what you do, burnout doesn’t exist. When I finished the 5th Doctor’s bracelet, I jumped straight into beading 13s necklace without a single day’s break. When it was apparent I wouldn’t finish it in time, I went back to bracelet ideas and did one for the 11th Doctor.
I even set aside my fanfiction writing for a month because the beading bug wouldn’t let me go. And while I also dearly love creative writing I never regretted my decision to trade one fun project for another for a time.
Now the real work begins
So where – you might ask – am I going from here? Forward and up and never looking back. I can’t bead fast enough, there aren’t enough hours in the day to fuel this bead machine monster Doctor Who fandom has created. The beadwork for a new 5th Doctor bracelet is done – and it is a vast improvement over even the one that sold at the convention. See for yourself. The top one is the 1st version, the bottom bracelet the one that went into the auction (and sold).
Happily my rows were straighter and neater, there was less of a wobble to the overall bracelet and I fixed the orientation of both question marks so they face each other. It always bugged me they faced the same direction in the original design. And if ever there was a sign that doing what one loves is what we are meant to do in life, then improving one’s technique is the proof in the pudding!
And it’s beginning to show
It amazes me how much repetition and getting advice from experts can make a difference – and how fast it has manifested. This third version has really come so far in just a few weeks that it has me absolutely tickled. This is by no means the final product. That will come as I work on it this week. And I cannot wait to show you wonderful folks the finished product!
Stick around and as River Song said, “You watch us run!”.
Thank you Gallifrey One!
Gallifrey One has always been one of the best local conventions and it gets better every year. This wonderful lady (on the right) made the show for me when I came in in the morning after the auction. She said, “I regretted not getting the 4th doctor lariat scarf. Will it be available after the show?” I smiled and said, “I’ll sell it to you right now. Just pick it up and take it and the bid sheet to the checkout gals and it’s yours!’ I gave her tips on it’s care and feeding and to make sure it stays secure as it can be a slippery bugger. She was kind enough to take a pic with me and I thank her for it and wished her many happy years of ownership.
I had the great fun of speaking to many art show visitors that morning/afternoon. Thank you each and every one for taking the time to stop by, admire my work and have a chat.
The Final Tally
All in all, we sold half of the value of the items we brought to Gallifrey One 2019 – a great ratio of sales for an artist. There was one or two artists that didn’t sell much (there always are). We all have our off-years and it is so unpredictable that sometimes it feels like a game of chance. For me, pieces sold that surprised me and others didn’t that were also puzzling. Here’s the final tally:
- 4th Doctor Lariat Necklace
- 5th Doctor Bracelet
- 11th Doctor Envelope Necklace
Didn’t Sell –
- 11th Doctor Bracelet
I had expected not to sell the Envelope Necklace because it was a rather obscure piece. You really have to be a fan of 11 and remember the episode and I guess they did. It got three bids and came close to going to voice auction – two more bids would have sent it there.
If you Didn’t Get a Piece…
Not to worry! People seemed pleased I am opening an Etsy store for patterns. And I have a surprise in store for the store in the next blog post, which will be a grand opening update. It will make them and our fans quite happy. Stick around as that announcement will be coming very soon.
A Final Thank You
I want to thank the art show El Heffes Elizabeth Klein-Lebbink and her significant other Jerome Scott. We have known you two beautiful people for decades now and you are the best art show mavens in the biz. I always get a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart when I see these two at a con and that feeling grows every year. I warned them to expect me next year and indeed also at Loscon Thanksgiving Weekend back at the same hotel. Sorry, Liz, you won’t be getting rid of me that easily. No more hiatuses for me!
Hello Gallifrey One!
The Gallifrey One 2019 Art Show was fabulous and so much fun to do! Thank you EVERYONE who purchased art pieces from me. Everything that didn’t sell is available for purchase TODAY. So, if you were outbid or didn’t get a chance to buy, stop by and browse! You will also get a SPECIAL EXCLUSIVE COUPON towards purchases in our new Etsy store, T is for Tardis, opening tomorrow!
TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE. WE WILL UPDATE THEM AS SOON AS WE KNOW FOR SURE WHAT THE HOURS ARE BUT I WILL BE AT THE CONVENTION UNTIL CLOSING, SO TWEET ME AND WE’LL ARRANGE A MEETUP.
On our way
We are finally on our way to Gallifrey One 2019. It feels strange after over a month of doing beadwork on bracelets every day to not have a bead project in hand, beading and ignoring everything else around me.
I miss it already.
Is that weird? Not when you’re addicted to doing beadwork like I am and have been doing it for so many years. When you do something this intense and it’s something you don’t love, it’s easy to get burned out. Me, I’m already going over ideas for my next art show which hopefully will be for a My Little Pony convention up in Northern California. Of course I’ll stop once in awhile during the panels to pay attention to who’s on stage and hang out with my sister and brother-in-law. But there is always downtime when I’m hanging in the lobby and people watching. Those are the times it’s I sit and sketch out what I want my next project to be.
And now what you’ve all been waiting for
The 13th Doctor Bracelet
The 5th Doctor Bracelet
Tarot & Angel Deck Divination Bags
Table Display Signage
As I mentioned in a teaser earlier this month, I went shopping for lettering for a new name for my Doctor Who-themed creations in the Gallifrey One 2019 art show. Creating the new logo last week took more time than I had expected due to planning, measuring, gluing and painting. After the bulk of the painting and gluing was done, I went back to beadwork. Still, project pieces were slowed down because they were worked on in between touch-up coats of paint and lettering adjustments. Once the logo pieces were finished, I made a scrabble game out of the letters and posted it on Twitter. Alas, no one guessed the name I had done too good a job of mixing up the letters!
The final touch to the logo display was one my husband provided, creating a table riser to lift the lettering slightly above the level of the table so it would stand out better.
Beading on the Go
I keep my client company at my job while he watches t.v. – a lot of it. Luckily this allows me to sit and bead a few hours each day. Because I bead there and at home, my carrying case has gotten more and more portable. I hated this see-through, plastic carrying case at first. I didn’t want everyone to see what I was carting around, but later I grew to love it as I could easily see its contents as I packed it the evenings. In the pursuit of the life of a bead whore, it has become one of my new, best friends.
My second best friend is a wooden bead board that divides different colors of beads into organized sections. I was wary of using it at first since I have knocked over a seed bead tray or two. You only do that once, then learn to use cases with lids the rest of your days, believe me! After years of being very careful, I was now tempted to try this new sorting tray I discovered years ago at the Pasadena Bead & Design Show. It was just too cool to pass up, especially after the creator personalized it with a dragonfly on its cover.
Still, it sat for a couple of years until I decided to bead the 13th Doctor’s shirt stripe into a lariat scarf. The tray easily holds all 11 colors where I would have needed two of my usual, round plastic cases. Two cases would have been fine except the pattern for 13’s scarf requires I use one bead color at a time. Because of that, I needed all colors open at once, rendering the lidded cases useless.
Next time – a preview of our newest beaded designs to premiere in the art show.
Haha, got you there, didn’t I? I’m not turning 100, but this website is in a way. It will be 100 blogs old as soon as I hit the “publish” button.
Life has been nuts the past few years. You only have to look at the gaps in my blog to see that. So when I wanted to start publishing posts again and wondered what to write about, it was easy when I saw this one you are reading now would be my 100th blog post.
I can’t say I’ve never published over a hundred blog posts before. I did achieve that on my creative writing archive, which now stands at 190. It didn’t take long to achieve – it’ll be four years come December. And as much as I love creative writing and storytelling, after I finished up writing a story synopsis for an ongoing story I want to start working on again tonight, I looked over at my beads and wanted to bead.
Beading is in my blood.
So Now What?
So what is the point of starting again this time? To be honest, I am not 100% sure. Most of us don’t know the whys beyond the hope that this time around we’ll get more out of doing a thing than the last time we tried it and didn’t quite succeed. For the more stubborn of the human race (guilty!), if we are lucky, we find the balance or the joy or the better way to get it right the next time around.
For me, it is to find the joy and share my creations with others.
And let’s face it, in this day and age of people starting and stopping a thing after a few half-hearted tries, there is precious little out there we all can count on still being around. But if you like my posts, like my designs, comment or haunt this blog and I know you are still out there, well, to me that’s worth it.
Happy 100th blog post, KC Dragonfly. I couldn’t have kept beading the last 35 years without you.
During the 2014 Southern California Bead Shop Hop, the Make n Take project at A Rolling Stone Beads in Redlands, CA was a necklace centerpiece which consists of a small photograph in a frame. There were pages of beautiful retro images featuring nature, bird’s nests, etc., but when I saw the page of Disney Frozen images, the one of Elsa somehow reached out, grabbed my hand and I was sitting down making not one but TWO necklaces! Here’s how we did it:
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This is a beautiful idea for an easy project for Autumn and Mabon. The instructions are here http://www.sparkandchemistry.com/craft-it-blog/leaf-mason-jar-candle-holder . The Tinker Lab has a tutorial on how to make glycerin leaves that will keep their color all year long http://tinkerlab.com/fall-crafts-glycerin-leaves/ .
SQUEE! I only became aware of the So. Cal Bead Shop Hop last year on the last day of the last week of the challenge – talk about 11th hour! Despite that, I was able to get one sticker and that was fun enough to make me keep my eyes peeled for the beginning of this year’s event. For those of my fellow beady peeps, here are the dates:
Friday – Sunday, September 5-7, 12-14, & 19-21.
Hours: Friday – Saturday: 10:00 am * Sunday 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm.
Full of amazing prizes, how many of the 22 participating stores across Southern California can you hit in this mad frenzy of bead-hoarding fun?
The Ears Have It and KC Dragonfly have a tentative, insane plan of attempting to hit all the stores by the last day of the last weekend of the challenge. It’s a lot of driving and we’re going to be lonely if we take on this all by ourselves, so if you are a local beader that wants to broaden your horizons, get inspired and get new beads, come with us! Drop us a line on our Facebook Fan Page (while you’re there, why don’t you Like and Follow our posts?) or email us here. Let’s pack a picnic lunch and get more beads!
The Southern California Bead Shop Hop is sponsored by the BeadSmith and presented by the Southern California Local Bead Store Association.