Monday, 4 January 2010

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone! Wow, sorry I've been away so long. After returning from Florida, everything was SO hectic in the run up to Christmas (since I had to stay a week longer than anticipated). Anyway, happy 2010! While I was in Florida I purchased some (ok, a LOT) of new glass, frit and other goodies and here are some of the creations I've been working on. I LOVE these little beads! I'd like to give a special mention to Val Cox and her sister, Sabrina. Val makes the most gorgeous frit blends and she and her sister are both such wonderful, friendly, helpful people. Thank you, Val and Sabrina, for all your help! I could not have made these little beauties without them ;)

So any new year's resolutions you'd like to share? I have one in particular. I began learning sign language when I was 8 and became fluent by 16. I interpreted for deaf children in high school and in college. I loved making a difference and I have missed it. But sign language is VERY different here in the UK. American sign language is based on the German system while the UK sign language is based on the French system. So I've decided I'm going to learn British sign language this year! Steve's Uncle David is deaf and we always have so much fun trying to understand each other's signing ;) Spending time with Uncle David at New Year's Eve really reminded me how much I love sign and prompted me to make this resolution. I'm hoping it will be a bit easier for me to pick up since I already understand the more basic, abstract principles. Here's to hoping, anyway ;) So wish me luck on my adventure! I'll let you know how it goes :)

I've been making lots of key beads lately and I have a tutorial coming up soon in a magazine! I'll let you know more when I do.. but I'm terribly excited :) I will also be exhibiting at The Big Bead Show in April AND in October this year! In addition to custom orders, my website and my Etsy shop, I'll be spending LOTS of time building up stock for these two shows. Last year's show in October was such a smashing success and I can't wait to see how it goes this year. I met tons of fabulous people and saw old friends too.. it was more like a social event!

So what are your plans and hopes for 2010? I'm planning to travel more this year (hello, Murano!) and dedicate myself even more to my work. I'm also hoping to teach a bit more and perhaps begin teaching at other studios as well. I also hope that each of you have an even better year than last year.

As always, thank you so much for your continued support and interest in my art. I could not have come this far without you! February will be my second year lampworking. Two years! I'm so blessed to have accomplished so much and I owe much of my success to my loyal customers and fans. Thank you all and have a wonderful 2010 :)



theothermousie said...

YAY!! Welcome back & a Happy New Year to you & yours too! I got so busy too in the run up to Christmas - so I know what you mean, but it's nice to be back making things again.

Take care

Sarah x

CeeGee Jewellery Design said...

I love those beads! Gorgeous colours. Thank you for the bead warming tips on my blog, must give them a try :). My resolution this year is to give blood. I'm really squeamish so have always chickened out but after having had to have blood tests whilst pregnant last year I'm determined to do it before I forget that they're no big deal and lose my nerve! C xx

FeltersJourney said...

Hi SweetiePie :o) Lovely to have you back!
Happy New Year to you too!
Love the new beads & Im THRILLED for you having a tutorial in a magazine. Will phone you soon to catch up properly

eve said...

Glad to see you back again hope florida was good, wish i was back there seems like ages ago now, i love these new beads the colours are soo yummy. good luck on the sign lanuage, this is something i always wanted to learn, but there is'nt much places that learn it up here, i know a few words as i work with young adults with additional support needs, so there is a few that are deaf, good luck for 2010.

by keiara - lampwork beads said...

Thanks girls!! Happy New Year to all of you :) Carolyn, that's a wonderful thing to do. I hope you see it through! Debbie, call anytime ;) Thanks Eve, I'll keep you posted on how it goes! xox

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