Thursday, August 28, 2008

Back down to earth!

I'm finally back down to earth after Indian Market but I can still close my eyes and see all the beautiful beadwork! I found the name of the beader who won the Quillwork & Beadwork Classification. She is Juanita Growing Thunder-Fogarty. So far I haven't seen photos of the winning pieces but I did find several articles by Googling her name. Here's one!
My only purchase was a beautiful micaceous clay bean pot. I've wanted one for a while but didn't want to spend the money. It was late Sunday when I saw the pot and the artist offered it to me at half price. Now I have a problem. I hate to cook! Perhaps the pot will just sit on my stove and look pretty. Sounds like a plan to me!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Volunteer - Day 2

Just got home from my second time as a volunteer. I had the best time ever! I worked with wonderful people during the silent auction. We sold lots of beautiful art. The prizes were awarded tonight. It is mind boggling to see all the contest art displayed in one room. A painting took Best of Show but beadworkers did themselves proud. Of the 8 pieces that won Best of Category (or whatever it's called) two were made by beaders. Jamie Oxsuna did two cowboy dolls. They won the diversified art category. I'll have to find out the name of the girl who won best of beadwork. It was the doll I was so in love with yesterday! I think the beader is only 19 years old. I'll post links as soon as there are photos on-line. One more night of silent auction and I'm through for this year. And will I volunteer next year? You bet I will. It has been a fantastic experience.

Indian Market volunteer

Yesterday was my first day as a volunteer for Indian Market. My shift was from 7:30 AM until 4 PM. Yes, I said 7:30 AM. Anyone who knows me will be surprised that I got up that early! I hate, hate, hate mornings! I worked the area where we welcomed the artists and assisted them in checking in their contest pieces. I met scads of delightful artists. Everyone was patient and understanding even when they found out that we were out of entry forms. We had to wait about 45 minutes to get more but still I didn't hear anyone grumble. The artists come from all parts of the country. Some of them were so tired from their long drive. Two men had driven from Florida and were caught in horrible weather but they made it in time to get their work checked in. They were still smiling!
I had a grand time and got to see some beautiful beadwork. One woman made a doll decorated with the tiniest beads one can possibly imagine. I've seens lots of tiny beads but none like these. When first saw the piece from a couple of feet away I thought she had painted the garment. The shading was fabulous! I saw some more beautiful dolls, beaded cradleboards and beaded buckskin dance regalia. I didn't have time to look at everything, darn it. I will be working again this afternoon so I'll get to see the winners in each of the categories. I'm working the "silent auction" today and again tomorrow night. I'll have to slap my hands to keep from bidding on everything!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

At the Broadmoor

Coop and I are at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. We have a wonderful room with a balcony overlooking a small lake. Thank goodness this is a company trip because I'd hate to pay for all this luxury!! The 3000 acrea grounds are absolutely beautiful with big trees and wonderful flowers everywhere. I brought my beads but haven't had time to work. I'll bead in the car on the drive home tomorrow.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Beading on a trip

I'm going on a short trip to Colorado Springs Monday so I'm thinking about what to pack. OK, the clothes are easy. Jeans, shirts and one foo-foo outfit for a party. Done. Now comes the problem. Which beads do I take? I'm working on a goofy evening bag so I'll take beads for that one but what else? I've already printed extra copies of the evening bag pattern but which other should I print? Making a list..... beads, patterns, scissors, thread, needles, tray.... I know I'm leaving something out. It's getting close to panic time where I start throwing in tubes and tubes of beads, extra patterns by the dozens, several colors of Silamide. My bead case is going to weigh more than my suitcase. Panic!!! But wait.... I have one more day to figure this out. By tomorrow night I can probably have two bead bags packed. It's no wonder my poor hubby's hair started going gray shortly after we married.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

New Mexico Magazine

The September issue of New Mexico Magazine arrived yesterday. There are two pages featuring beadwork by Marcus Amerman, Frieda Bates, Teri Greeves and others. If you are in a book store check out pages 86 and 87.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Sig Wynne Evans has a new chapter in her "The Cracked Bead" series. To quote Sig's web site this series is "A commentary from the warped mind of Sig" I can really relate to this one. Sig begins by writing "The inspiration-sucking Ghoul of Creative Death came recently to roost on my shoulder." Sig's Ghoul must have a twin brother who has been living at my house. Who you gonna call? Ghoulbusters! Anyone have the phone number?

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Free "Harmony" Pattern

Help! I'm being held captive by a big TV showing beautiful bodies performing incredible athletic feats. During the Opening Ceremony I saw a huge Chinese symbol for the word "harmony" and though it would be beautiful for an amulet purse or small necklace. Click HERE for the pattern. It's free and that's always a good price. Enjoy!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Olympics Opening Ceremony

I just finished watching the opening ceremonies. WOW! Hat's off to China for a fantastic production. The colors, the designs, the precision of every movement just blew me away.  I loved the way the scroll design was used in so many ways, including the caldron. When the man flew up to light it I had tears in my eyes.

I am in sensory overload. I wish I could capture just a little bit of the colors in beadwork. 

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Home grown tomatoes!

Is there anyone that tastes better than a home grown tomato? Yes. A tomato sandwich with tons of mayonnaise and thick slices of tomato still warm from the sun. Gooey white bread, of course! Our tomatoes are laden with big green tomatoes. This one is going to be ready to eat tomorrow. Yummy!


OK, let's face it. I should not try to blog until I learn how to add photos and text at the same time. I've always thought I had a green thumb but obviously geraniums like the color of my thumb!

My fence with geraniums!

Santa Fe Summer Sounds

I love the sounds of summer here. As I walked home from the office yesterday I heard my neighbor playing her cello. She plays for the Santa Fe Opera. I often hear another neighbor who plays in a band practicing his trumpet. I hear the sound of the fountain in my front yard and the birds chirping happily as they bathe. My little house is about 5 blocks from the Plaza so I hear the nightly free concerts.  It's awfully hard to stay inside and work on the computer and my beading time is small when the sounds outside are so beautiful!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

My first blog!

I'm a newby to the world of blogging. This is my first post and I have absolutely nothing to write! Hang in there with me. I'm sure I'll think of something later.