Thursday, July 2, 2009

It's really July

Time has been just flying by lately. I'm still finding it hard to convince myself I need to spend some time in the studio, but I have done a bit of torching the last few days. Just a bit, mind you, because my mind keeps wandering outside.

Yesterday, I sat down at the torch and drew a blank. Seriously, I just couldn't find the way to start. So I wandered over to Plurk and commented on my state of mind. Rod, from Blockhead Radio said "Sometimes the easiest way over a wall is around it". So I went out and mowed and you know I love being outside. When I came back in, I pulled out the fat glass and made the first imploded flower cab that I've made for quite some time(maybe a year). I could sit and tell you everything that is not quite right, but...I've chosen to say I enjoyed making it and in the end that is why I keep doing it.

If you ever get the chance you should check out Inside Handmade on Blockhead Radio: John Jacobs and Tony Ford from Artfire shares Industry Trends, Behind the Scenes, and One Thing every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. eastern time.

I'm not saying that you should follow every single bit of advice that they offer, but it's quite interesting to get that glimpse into the hows, whys and wheres of Artfire.

And just because...


  1. That is neat.....really like it

  2. There are things wrong with it? Not that I can see lol! Beautiful!

  3. Love the implosion, Deronda! Glad you are back at it.

  4. Oh so pretty and thanks for the link I'll check them out.

  5. The flowers in your garden are so I know where you draw inspiration. The bead is beautiful to my eyes...nothing 'wrong' with it:)

  6. Inspiration comes in many forms ... I'm glad you had some yesterday!

  7. That bead is beautiful! I had a moment when I was getting frustrated and my friend suggested I just "walk away". I did and was able to find some inspiration to get back to making some jewelry.

  8. Deronda,

    I have been to ND in the summer, about this time of year and spent a month there....I completely understand why you would want to stay outdoors! It was sooooo beautiful!!

    Did you know Artfire originates right here in Tucson, AZ...where I am and was born, and have lived almost all my life? I haven't joined it yet...been too busy dealing with Etsy and my health and caregiving to my ailing mom, but I really want to.

    Your flower bead is gorgeous....make more please, I am sure I will use them too...I love flowers!!