Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Studio- Electrified

Studio- Electrified
Originally uploaded by satyridae
We have lights! And power! And a dedicated circuit for the kiln!

It's coming true, it really is.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Studio Beginnings

Studio Beginnings
Originally uploaded by satyridae
I've been scraping the floor in what will be my studio. I have blisters on my blisters, but they are hopeful blisters. The electrical is going in even as I'm typing this. I am thinking about paint colors. Right now I'm thinking brights. What do you think?

I'll be torching and perhaps beading and maybe photographing in here. There's a decent amount of natural light, both to the East and the North, and I'm planning to have super bright task lighting. I'll probably lose a bit of the light from the North due to ventilation needs. Under the window in the photo will be the primary lampworking surface and will include a counter for the kiln. I haven't quite figured out rod storage, I'm waiting till the counter is in for advanced visualization of the details.

This has been a long time coming, and I'm so excited!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Beaded Totem Cane

Beaded Totem Cane
Originally uploaded by satyridae
It's finished!

Gee, that took about forever to do. I really enjoyed the process, and I like the finished product.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Beaded Cane Progress Report

Beaded Cane
Originally uploaded by satyridae
It's coming along, slow but sure. It's a much more meditative process than even regular beading, which is pretty contemplative on its own. I think because I want to only include symbols of things which mean something to me, things which have a certain amount of power in my life. I am finding that even if the symbol in my head is translated rather poorly to a beaded representation it still retains its power for me. The symbols feel relatively primitive and oddly powerful. This process has been more about interior progress than exterior, and that's okay.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


I just got my contributor's copy of the Nov/Dec 2008 issue of Step by Step Beads! I have 2 bracelet patterns in it.

Celtic Flags:

Greek Key:

I'm terribly excited about it. The only small bummer is that they didn't publish any of my contact information or my etsy store name. Next time I'll be sure to remind them. If there is a next time!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Flower Garland Headband
Originally uploaded by satyridae
I was delighted to log on to my etsy account yesterday to find that I'd sold Peaseblossom's Floral Fantasy, a beaded headpiece.

There is nothing quite like selling a piece one has made- a combination of exhilaration and vindication and delight that is very very fizzy in the brain.

Monday, October 13, 2008


I was tagged by MaryLou and I'm supposed to share with the world 7 random things about me. Here goes:

1) I didn't get my driver's license until I was 20.

2) I belong to a mailing list which discusses the Betsy-Tacy books of Maud Hart Lovelace.

3) I have been known to correct improper punctuation or spelling on public signage.

4) I'm a Browncoat.

5) My oldest stepdaughter is 2 years younger than I am.

6) When I'm not beading, I'm reading. I write short reviews of all the books I read on Goodreads.

7) I read The Lord of the Rings trilogy 11 times the summer I was 14.

If you like this sort of thing, consider yourself tagged. Put a link in my comments so I can read what you say, please!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Beaded Cane: Work In Progress

Beaded Cane: In Progress
Originally uploaded by satyridae
Here's what I'm working on now. It's a mini cane, made of light wood. I got it at an estate sale with thinking I'd do something very stylized- some repetitive pattern. Then I was looking at a book about cave paintings, and I started thinking about the latest Etsy Beadweavers challenge theme, which is Ancestral Expressions. One thing led to another, and here's what I've got so far!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Etsy BAO Trunk Show Reminder!

The Bead Art Originals team is having a
Today (October 9) from 7:00pm till 9:00pm EST
in the Etsy Virtual Labs!
Everyone is invited, but will need an Etsy account to attend.
It's free and easy to sign up for an Etsy account!
You must be present to win. We'll be having drawings about every 15-20 minutes.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

October Challenge!

Originally uploaded by wMarlaine
It's time for the Etsy Beadweavers October Challenge. The theme this month is Animal Instincts. My entry is #7 What Remains.
Please check out all the entries here and vote for your favorite starting October 9th!


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Heart's Blood

Heart's Blood
Originally uploaded by satyridae
Here's the new guy. He's a darling beaded bead, made with blood red Delica beads. Nestles just below the indentation in your throat on a delicate sterling silver chain.

Don't like red? I can make it in any color you do like!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

BAO Trunk Show

BAO Trunk Show
Originally uploaded by Sand Fibers
The Bead Art Originals Team Trunk Show will be on the Thursday the 9th of October in the Virtual Labs on Etsy, between 7 and 9pm EST. There will be specials on gorgeous handcrafted bead art and perhaps even door prizes. I'd be thrilled if you'd check it out!

The BAO team is also starting a newsletter! The newsletter will keep you abreast of what the team is doing, as well as having the occasional subscriber-only special. Sign up here:BAO Newsletter.