Monday, October 18, 2010

Empty Nest UFO Completion Syndrome

I have to admit, finishing this Bodacious Bead Book project feels like letting go of a friend who I spent quality time with daily. This dear friend is now complete without me and we will go our separate ways. Ever feel that way about a good book you were reading? But, now you are better for having spent the time together.
I chose to put a martini on the front cover and coffee on the back because I've been striving to BE a person (inside and out) who felt somewhere in between what drinking an alcholic beverage and a stimulating cup of coffee feels like. And the fringe on the binding represents all the chaos and repetitious bits of life in-between our dreams and goals that may get in the way of how we strive to BE.  I love the quiet clinking sound the fringe makes when brushing my fingers through it.  It's good to make friends with the chaos and find its attractiveness. 
I guess I can clean my house now or finish another of the deluge of UFOs waiting for attention. And now I can view my bead book friend from afar and every time I see it, it'll remind me how I strive to BE in the daily chaos that makes us forget.

Friday, October 1, 2010

A Beaddiction I Never Want to Recover From

This is my back cover of the "Bodacious Beading Class" sample book project taught online by Beading Instructor and Artiste Extrodinaire, Liz Kettle, last July. (To explore her site and blog click on the "Liz Kettle" link in my sidebar under "Links for the Texture/Color Hungry.")

What an inspiring, thorough, and supportive teacher she is! I know she gives other online classes as well as retreat classes, so check out her site if you want to become a beading addict online or in person. (Liz is famous for causing bead addiction in unsuspecting students.)

I am patiently coming to the finish line for completing this cool, squishy, sample book project Liz dreamed up, so I will post the competed project very soon!