Happy Monday to my happy readers!!!
I had a wonderful, but not beadmake-y weekend. It was SO pretty here in Atlanta... it would have been ashame to spend it inside the studio, yet I SHOULD have.
I DID do something beady though!!! I went to the Southern Flames meeting on Saturday night and saw the demo by Julie Ferguson. It was a really good thing for me to do that... on several levels. It's always good for me to be around other beadmakers...reminding me that I need to get my act together.
I got to talk to my friend Cristie who I have lost touch with and really needed to chat with for a while. I'm glad I did. Cristie was my bead-diva assistant years ago before she started teaching and designing her own stuff. She was a life-saver back then and I miss talking to her regularly like we used to. So I'm glad we've made it a point to find time to get together.
The other reason I'm really glad I went to the meeting is because of Julie Ferguson! It was really funny, I didn't connect that the Julie Ferguson that was teaching/demo-ing for Southern Flames with the Julie Ferguson that took a beginning beadmaking class from me like 7 years ago!!
As soon as I saw her, I knew immediately who she was and had a big DUH moment putting it together. Not sure why I didn't make that connection before, but when I did I felt a bit ditzy. It was really good for me personally to see her demo. She told me (and the group) that I was her first beadmaking teacher. This was really cool for me. A reminder that LOTS of people have taken classes from me and that I've planted seeds, taught techniques, shared my stuff with people that have gone on to do the same thing for other people.
It made me think that I need a family tree! People who have taken classes with me that now teach other people... seeing how many people my classes ended up effecting. I just needed to be reminded that I've done some pretty cool and pseudo-important stuff. There are career beadmakers out there that took their first classes from me... so I've helped them have a livelihood! (of course I know that they proably would have found someone else to take classes from if it hadn't been me... but it's still important for me to remember this)
AND while I was there, I had some really cool ideas that I want to play with... wacky ideas, but cool ideas! So, hopefully, this will help me get my butt downstairs and make beads this week!!!
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coffee - Cinnamon Dolce Latte. It's almost time to move to iced drinks. It's getting a little warm for hot coffee.
music - a new mix of chicks. I'm listening to Adele, Colbie Caillat and Corinne Bailey Rae this morning.