Saturday, June 11, 2011

Bead & Button Day 3

tomorrow we leave Milwaukee. Sharlyn leaves at 4 am! I leave at 5:30 am! She is flying to Houston and I'm on Lake Express ferry to Muskegon MI.

Bead & Button was fun, we bought lots of things and enjoyed our classes. Saw some friends.

Here are some photos from today.

View from the Hyatt hotel. Milwaukee river is behind the big building.

View from elevator at hotel as I was descending.

This morning view at wasn't very crowded! But it filled up later. Some vendors doing very well, others not.

My "loot" from today.

One of the Mary Hettsmanperger pendants i bought.

Czech beads from Ravens Journey..a favorite place!

So, I had better go pack up!

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Bead & Button Day Two

This day was mostly spent in a class: Mixing Metals with Mary Hettmansperger. I would take another class from her in a heartbeat. My class worked with silver PMC and copper. We made our silver items and then worked on cutting copper, patina, pounding the metal with patterns.

The following pictures are of her things:

As you can see she makes really cool items that can also work with lamp work.

Next is a photo of my finished pieces. The domed silver item is PMC. sterling silver. I even did weaving with paper PMC!

Then for dinner we had Thai which was excellent. We met our friends Dawn and Annmarie.

No shopping today...but tomorrow I will be back!

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Bead & Button 2011

Fun trip over to Milwaukee from Muskegon MI on the Lake Express since waves were about 4-5 feet. We were rock and rolling. Luckily I took a dramimene so I was just drowsy .

Inside the Lake Express.

- Then the show opened at 4 pm and we went shopping! Below is Karen Richards "metamorphis".

And Sharon Peters always Funny beads.

I voted for the pink flower necklace above and it won!

People waiting for opening bell for Bead $ Button.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Katie's Credo

About a week ago we went to a Memorial for my friend Pat O'Connor's wife, Katie Serewicz.  She was only 61 years of age.  This Memorial was really a celebration of Katie's life with songs, dance and lots of pictures. Katie was Creative Director and one of the founders of The Art Experience (Pontiac, Michigan), art therapist and art teacher.  She died on March 15th, 2011 after surviving a ruptured cerebral aneurysm in December of 2009.  The Art Experience is a place for special needs art therapy. 

On the back of the program handout was a Credo that Katie followed.  I thought it worth preserving here on my blog as it is an excellent Credo!  A Credo according to Wikipedia is a statement of belief.  I had to look up several things so here are my findings.

A "bodhisattvas" is:  a person who has attained prajna, or Enlightenment, but who postpones Nirvana in order to help others to attain Enlightenment: individual Bodhisattvas are the subjects of devotion in certain sects and are often represented in painting and sculpture.  A couple photos show different bodhisattvas below along with a cave painting at Lascaux.


Here is Katie's Credo:

I believe in the cave paintings at Lascaux    
the beauty of the clavicle
the journey of the salmon
I believe in all the gods
I just don't like some of them.
I believe the war is always against
the imagination, is recurring, repetitive and relentless.
I believe in fairies, elves, angles and bodhisattvas,
Santa Claus and
the Tooth Fairy.
I have seen and heard ghosts.
I believe Raven invented the Earth
And so did Coyote.
In archeology lies the clues.
The threshold is numinous and the way in is the way out.
I believe in the alphabets, all of them
and the stories seeping from their letters.
I believe in dance as prayer,
that the heart beat invented rhythm and chant.
Or is it the other way around
I believe in the wisdom of the body.
I believe that art saves lives and love makes it worth living
And that could be the other way around too.

I love this Credo -- Katie's Credo-- and I hope Katie doesn't mind if I follow it too!


Monday, March 21, 2011

This and That

I looked back at some of my Italy October 2010 photos and some were missing so I have gone back and re-added the photos.  I think when I got a new computer with a different system on it some of the photos were lost.  Go figure. 

Also, I wanted to show some new photos of the "new" puppy!  She is now six months old.

Shopping at Pet Smart

Still little pup

The Chessie smile!  Playing at Paw Run dog park.

 Getting bigger and favorite giraffe. 

A favorite chair until we had to move it out of the room as she started eating it--made a hole!

 New dog in town!
At Huron Clinton Metro Park

A Paw Run dog park taking a walk. February 2011.

She is about 5 months above photo.

So she ate the blue chair which we moved out of the room, then put this IKEA chair in its place which she started chewing on so out it went.  Now she lays on the floor!  She is six months in this photo.

Enough photos of the puppy!