In 2017, the ISGB will be holding its annual conference in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada. The Gathering is partnering with the Craft & Bead Expo to offer wide range of workshops and seminars to inspire attendees. I'm honored to be named as one of the workshop instructors participating in the upcoming conference. Registration has begun online for current ISGB members. Visit the ISGB website for more information on registration and events: http://www.isgb.org/
Initially it seemed like a good idea when Chester decided to help organize the yarn. A few minutes into the project, his feline instinct to savagely bat string kicked in... needless to say, the game took a turn for the worse.
"Cast on 8 stitches, set up pattern. Row 1 (right side): k1, yo, knit until there are stitches left in row; p1, k1, p1. Row 2: p1, k1, and then purl until end of row. Knit rows 1-2 until you have 31 stitches on your needle and you've just finished row 2 of the set-up pattern. Transistion Row 1: k2, kfb 24 times, k2; finish p1, k1, p1"
Then it happens... the moment you realize the "cozy cowl" knitting tutorial is well above your skill level. #KnittingFail #DIYdisaster #Cast-astrophy
The Great Horn-rimmed Owl inhabits bookstores and hipster coffee shops in
many parts of North America.These
nocturnal avian readers enjoy a wide range of books including sci-fi, fantasy,
dystopian, mysteries, and collections of classic poetry.
Here are some Yeti fun facts to start off your Tuesday. Yeti Motto: "The powder is falling, the mountains are calling." Off the slopes, Yeti enjoy making snow angels... which look less like an angel and more like an abominable bowling ball. They also love a rousing game of hide and go seek. Yeti or not, here I come!
The Yuletide Bandit steals trash and vandalizes refuse containers during the hours of 10pm to 3am. If you hear noise outside your home, do not try to apprehend the wily bandit. Be safe, stay inside, and alert the local authorities. He is also wanted for questioning in multiple cases of identity theft involving the purchase of dog food using stolen credit card numbers. Wanted:
When experiencing difficulty getting into the glass-melting groove, it helps me to take a step back and create special Beads of Courage "dream beads". I feel my hands are blessed with a greater measure of skill. #beadsofcourage#beadstrong
Don't act like you haven't a clue what I'm referring to. 'Tis the season to dress up your adorable pets in festive Holiday costumes and enjoy a good chuckle over their shame... all while drinking a spiced glass of nog. Post them if you got' em!
43 days until Christmas... let the carb loading begin! A stickler for clean energy, Santa fuels his sleigh with high-quality organic, non-GMO deer feed. Wash it down with a steamy mug of hazelnut hot chocolate topped with frothy whip cream and peppermint sprinkles. Sooey!
As a glass junky and packrat, it my self-appointed duty to add fantastic new colors to the extensive hoard of glass lying around the studio. The color combination for Brisk Wind came to me while organizing the new shipment of Creation is Messy. Loving the refreshingly crisp beads.
On Tuesday night, the lesson covered shaping cylinders and color reactions of a variety of glass. These are some similar beads to the design demonstrated in class. They feature only 4 colors of glass. Enjoy!
The temperature is beginning to drop and Snowbirds are arriving in Arizona. I will save the Snowbird rant for another day. Time to say goodbye to the swimsuit season with a moment of silence... #gnomenips #spf120 #poolpartyshowstopper #pastyandproud #gnomemoobs
WARNING: Post may contain explicit Troll Content (NSFW)
One of life's great troll quandaries, why bother to put on clothes when you live under a bridge? Meet Twitch the Troll. During the week, he works for the NY Port Authority monitoring E-ZPass violators along the Staten Island Bridge. This tough as nails troll has a softer side and I'm not talking about his hair. On the weekends, Twitch enjoys riddles, the Sunday crossword puzzle and lounging with his 3 cats. #gingertroll
Don't let his wrinkles fool you, Garth is less than 300 years old... a young age for a gargoyle. He hopes to someday join the famous gargoyles throughout history and permanently perch atop of a 12 century cathedral. But first Garth needs to develop his mean face, practice holding still for long periods of time, and move with stealth when no one is watching... kind of like the Queen's Royal Guard, but without the puffy hat. Who better to train him than the gargoyle greats? #meanface
Mel, Roz, and Bosco taught "Perching 101: Overcoming Fear of Heights"
(Bosco is a bit camera shy)
Snack time with Arnie and Guy
Striking a pose with Roy
Contemplating life's mysteries with Vlad
Shrill scream training with crazy Uncle Stan
Last but not least, Bucky taught the appropriate times to display fangs, claws, and bellybuttons for tourists' photos.
Feeling overwhelmed or stressed? Just hop on over to Instagram and check out OddBoz. The daily posts are chock-full of fluffy feline wit. The display and bead is a gift for Boz's main squeeze, along with a second Boz inspired bead which will be donated for auction/sale to Bosworth's favorite charity or rescue. #stevethespider #oddboz #heterochromia #oddeye #boz #ilovemycat #rescuecat
Looking for a longterm relationship: Don't let the rough exterior fool you, Frankie is as huggable as a patchwork quilt... stitched with love. A monster of few words, he enjoys long evening walks through the town square, playing golf during lightening storms, and tinkering in the workshop. Greatest fears: pitchforks, torches, and not finding true love.
Ever had a friend who stays up all night. Just hanging around, catching bugs... then in the morning they complain about the puffy bags and dark rings under their eyes. The struggle is real. #dontjudge #nocturnalstruggle
Are you signed up to receive the latest issue of Soda Lime Times? October's issue focuses on unusual shapes including some super quick hearts for the Beads of Courage program. Personally, I enjoy keeping a few extra in the studio for visitors to string as a keepsake for stopping by. Enjoy!