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My world is all about trying to capture the beauty and magic that surrounds us. Come along on my creative path, the best is always just around the next bend. ~Anna

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Bead Heaven


Recently, I traveled to Milwaukee, WI to attend the annual Bead and Button Show 
and Bead Dreams Exhibition.
The Bead Dreams Exhibition included a group of amazing beaded pieces from around the world.
I was very fortunate to have my necklace, Tudor Splendor, juried into this exhibition.


Besides the inspiring jewelry, there was also a huge vendor mall.
It was like dropping into bead heaven!
Needless to say, I now have plenty of new, beautiful cabochons and beads
 to use in my jewelry and textile work.   
I'm feeling kind of like a magpie, as I eye my new stash of glimmer and bling :)

Hope you're basking in the warmth and sparkle of summer!

P.S. I've got comments turned off, as summer is so busy.
You can always reach me by email, if you'd like.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Asilomar Magic


My time teaching textile surface design for Empty Spools Seminars was an amazing experience.
I had the most wonderful, enthusiastic students.  Thank you so much for attending my workshop!
The weather was perfect, food was excellent, new friends were made,
 and the Asilomar grounds and coastline count as gorgeous in my book.
Thanks Suzanne and Gayle for including me in your seminars.

When not teaching, I tried to capture a bit of Asilomar's magic.



There was rolling surf and rich color to soak up.


Some folks spent time flying kites,


while others ditched their flip flops for strolls in the chilly ocean.



The tide painted interesting pictures,


and some random ones, too.


I trailed new acquaintances.....
but they wanted solitude.


And, then strolled up to the dunes.
More photos to come.

Hope your summer is off to a great start!

P. S. I've turned off comments today, as summer is so busy.
You can always reach me by email, if you'd like.