February 25, 2009

3 days and Counting!

I am leaving on a jet plane in 3 days. This bead cruise could just not come at a better time for me. Morale is low. It's cold. When I spent a few days in Philadelphia, I got so used to the ZERO snow, and the warm 50s weather. When I got back home it was warm for one day. I thought to myself, ahhh, we are on the way to Spring. It's right around the corner. And then BAM. the next day, we get 6 inches of snow and it's been blowy and blustery ever since. It can ruin a person. I am stuck in this rut.

On a funnier note, this message is for those of you I will be meeting for the first time in person, on the cruise. P l e a s e don't judge me. People are much different in person. I tend to be an open book. and P L E A S E don't be offended by my swearing. I have a dirty mouth. Most of the time. The F word and I are good friends. It's just my way of expressing myself. I'm an expressive swearer. I am a passionate person. AND sometimes, I TALK way too much. Have gotten myself into trouble on more than one occasion. Don't hesitate to tell me to SHUT UP! And by the end of this trip, you might all know way more than you bargained for, about me and my life and my dysfunctional family. But I am hoping to become great friends with all of you and I can't wait to give you all big bear hugs. I'm a hugger. SO be prepared.

On a jewelry note, I worked on some new pieces last night. I am quite happy with the outcome of my beading session. I was in the moment. Ideas were flowing easily. For example, this first bracelet- I came up with this design on a whim. These glass beads, the encased coral beads, I bought from Kelleysbeads. And the rings came from Jenn over at Blue Seraphim. I used some awesome steel wire to link them together with big ol' loops that I formed around a crayola marker. No mandrels in this studio. I use what I've got! This second bracelet is a simple strung bracelet with wood discs, and various lampwork glass beads from The Orange Bell. Not a fancy piece but a fun bracelet for the summer. I like the color combination the most.
And then this third bracelet is my first attempt at using some Polyester chain that I found at my local bead shop EmMi Beads. It's made by The Bead Smith. Very cool stuff. Nice and lightweight. I created a charm bracelet using a bunch of different things, Vintaj key and butterfly, a brass asian coin charm, a teal button and a Green Girl Studios Snail charm that I got from Beth from the Blog swap! (p.s. Speaking of Beth, Yesterday I helped her get all set up with her new blog: check it out at Beth Anderson Pulls the Wool. A glass drop from Unicorne Beads, a lampwork ring from Beads of Passion, and an amazonite flower bead. It's a fun piece. I also created another pair of lamp work glass beaded earrings for the shop. So stay tuned for these new goodies this morning.


The swap items are slowly coming in! I wanted to also show you these lampwork beads from Anne Lichtenstein. Anne will be selling her beads online at Etsy in a few weeks. I'll keep you posted. She sent me some really great focal beads! I love the shape of the tube bead. And the colors in all of them are amazing and perfect for summer designs. THANK YOU ANNE!

25 comments:

  1. Wow, it seems like you JUST blogged about 400 sales and now you are at 450! You are on fire!

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  2. Thanks for posting about my beads Lorelei, have a great time on the cruise!!

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  3. working good now! I'm out of here...

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  4. Love the first bracelet!!!

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  5. Nice summery pieces. BTW I have used the F word as a noun, verb, and adjective, sometimes in all three forms in one emotional outburst.

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  6. I LOVE that you use Crayolas to shape your wire, that's awesome!

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  7. I really like the look of the steel wire...I need to find some to try! I love the coral colors too...very spring!

    BTW, Can you send me your mailing address so I can send out your swap items?

    lucidmoonstudio(at)gmail(dot)com
    Thanks!!

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  8. I am really looking forward to meeting you. You sound like me only a younger version! Be prepared to have fun!! See you Saturday afternoon.

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  9. No fair! I wanna come! You will have such a great time! Can't wait to hear all about it! XOXO Potty Mouth Pal.

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  10. P.S. Great new pretties!

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  11. Is your banner going on holiday too? Is it on strike? Out for a smoke? ...

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  12. Hey G
    if I could stuff you in my suitcase with all my beads and shoes, I totally would.

    Yea my blog banner apparently said F YOU, I'm outta here.

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  13. Love the new pieces! Have fun on the cruise!

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  14. You're going on Heather's bead cruise . . . *le sigh* have soooooo much fun! Tell us all about it!

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  15. I love the new bracelets - I am going to have to check out that polyester chain :o)

    And you and your potty mouth (I mean that in the nicest way) should get along just fine with my hubby...He is great friends with the F word...I will have to be sure to introduce him to you :o) I can deal with it - as long as he's not yelling it in my ear while cursing out another driver :o)

    I am so excited about this year's cruise and looking forward to seeing folks from last year and meeting some new folks :o)

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  16. That bead cruise sounds like a good time! Love the new work, very fresh and modern! Also love the piece in Stringing!

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  17. Hey Cynthia!
    Seems like you could use a cruise right about now after all the work you've been doing for your book! Wish I could take you with me!
    Thank you, I am happy to hear you liked my piece in Stringing!

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  18. Lorelei your a nutter!! LOL
    Have A MAHvelous time! Will be thinking of you too...x

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  19. Love all your designs, new and old -- It is great you can help Beth, wish I had someone like you close to me (no body lives close to me) I really need help with computer stuff. Have fun-fun-fun on vacation.

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  20. I'm so very jealous, hehe! Have fun on the cruise. And you pieces are gorgeous, as usual:)

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  21. I love these bracelets - they're each unique and beautiful!

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  22. Joellyn3/10/2009

    Lorelei-I was shocked to read this entry, as you were nothing like this at all on the cruise. I found you to be very shy & quiet. Had I known this about you in advance, I think I would have been less reserved myself and not intimidated by you. I'm very impressed with your designs and will be visiting your blog regularly. It was a pleasure to meet you. Good luck in your future endeavors.

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  23. Hey Jo!!
    Ha ha! I actually am a bit more sassier than I was on the cruise but I guess it takes me a while to warm up to new people. I also didn't get a lot of sleep on that boat, which affected my mood greatly. I apologize that you didn't get to see the real me,
    I hope you do keep up with reading my blog. Thanks for stopping in!!

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