Well I have been on my torch for a week now. Yes a week. Ive taken a class and a watching class. My workshop is all set up and running. It is such a journey. I saw someone today say that to be really good at something you had to Suck at it first! And that is so true! I laughed. But starting one must really take the time that all valves are right and things are turned on and off all in the correct sequence. Plus the kiln had to be tweaked. The things on the journey are so IMPORTANT.
Yesterday was a great day as I was able to go for the 1st time to the Houston Society for Glass Beadmakers (HOUSTON HOTTIES). It was a wonderful thing to go to! The Clubhouse was set in a really peaceful subdivision with many stately trees and tall pines. So peaceful. Everything was just right. When I went in I signed up and was immediately given a packet of glass as you can see in the photo. So every time you go if you are a Member you get glass. How Awesome is that!? Awesome. First there was socialising with some hot foods, chips and dips. Then the meeting was goals etc. I learned about beads of COURAGE. Many people know about them but I learned more so about them than I realised. Lampworkers donate their beads to children who have cancer and other life threatening problems. The child picks her bead and will Always remember the milestone they were at when they look at it and wear this bead and remembers HOPE!
So at the the Meeting this what was done:
*I received the welcome beads (3) of pretty mauve and pink rods of glass. Glass is given out at the monthly meetings.
*There were about 100 marver tools to check out for the members. Just awesome.
* A demo every time.
*A book and a CD can be checked out monthly.
*Plans discussed for a Sale in the Spring to sell our beads and jewellery. Yes!
*They spoke about the ISGB organization of lampworkers and the yearly conventions.
*Two BIG coloured glass rods were Raffled off! About 25 rods of glass in each. One oranges, pinks, reds, yellows, and the other one greens, blues, browns and violets. And the same couple Won them both! Oh I wanted to Win those! (next month husband said he will join! Yes!)
It was a great day!
So it is COLD today and Janet has no slippers. Terrible! In Houston really cold weather is rare. Ive been caught with my pants down...need slippers!
Ive got so many things to do so I don't know where to start first..frustrating.
*must iron 8 shirts for husband who buys my Glass..
*clean the room my Son took over and move the beading and sewing...this takes much time *grrrr..
*need to torch 3 to 4 hours..
already not time enuf in the day!
That's about it really these are great wonderful stirrings!
My heart soars and I WILL POST BEAD pictures very SOON!