It may seem like you're imagining it, but I'm here. No, really. Well, most likely, anyway.
The upper respiratory infection that took hold after the Bead Bash has evolved into a lingering case of acute bronchitis. The wheeze emanating from my lungs is almost musical. Gross.
Despite that, I've been working on finishing up my reveal for the Bead Soup Blog Party. I'm pleased that the deadline has been pushed back a week because it gave me some time to order some new dichro to make beads that are a better color fit for the design of my main piece. Look for the reveal here on April 13th.
Last Tuesday evening I had a class with Jean Campbell, of Beadwork and Interweave fame, about creating project proposals for magazine articles and books, which was fun and really informative. That day I wrote up a blog draft about the crazy dreams I had the night before, which I may have to post as a retrospective, which I thought stemmed from the fact that a) I was miserably sick, b) that I had three competing plans for who would be watching my son and how he'd get there while I was at the class, but wouln't know until just before the class which one would work, and c) a long history of I-have-a-final-exam-for-WHAT-class-? dreams that have haunted me since college. I'll be sure to post more about that class once I clear my Bead Soup from my table.
The Sunday before that we had both sides of the family up for Sawyer's 4th birthday party. Normally the motto, "the only thing I hate worse than a dirty house is cleaning," applies to me pretty well, so there was a lot of housework to be done for that. It was great to see everyone, though, and Sawyer had a lot of fun.
I have two lampworking classes scheduled at The Studio at Rush Creek in Maple Grove, MN this Saturday, April 6th. They're pretty inexpensive, so in you're looking for something to do, want to learn about lampworking, want to brush up on the basics, or learn about more advanced, layered and pressed focals, check those out!
Oh! And this week I also got the prize I won from Kerry Bogert from the Art Bead Scene drawing from the beginning of March: a copy of her newest video on coiling, some of her lampwork beads, and a spool of silver filled wire. I'll post about that in more detail later, but it was all pretty amazing. Thank you, again, Kerry!
Anyhow. I just thought I'd catch you up. I hate being sick. Fortunately, I'm starting to feel better, so I should be up in your face again soon :)
Be Well, Everyone!