I had a great time today at the bead fair...got to see old friends I haven't seen in a while and had the pleasure of meeting kathy of beady zoo and her darling dog, rosie. Kathy also surprised me with an incredibly thoughtful gift of varigated perle cotton, a gorgeous hand dyed silk ribbon from Mindy's in eugene wrapped in a piece of beautiful batik cotton....thanks so much kathy! I know you'll be seeing something of your gift in this month's bjp...as soon as I got it home it started talking to me! I sure wish I'd had more time to chat and it would have been fun if lisa had been able to join us....maybe we can plan a getogether later in the year?
Tory of Copper Crow Studio has been showing some of her photos after photoshopping them and seeing her work reminded me of how much fun I used to have with photoshop filters, so I took one of my sumi photos and did a little playing around...and it is still fun!
Also, Kathy of Beady Zoo asked about our local bead festival this weekend, so here is the text from the article our local paper wrote...for educational and informational purposes only, please.
It's supposed to be terribly hot in the valley this weekend, and we're always much cooler (sometimes too much so!) but I still expect a good turnout for this annual event that I enjoy so much...and you can see the Pink Bus in the background....it's always nice to see them at the fair.
They've got the BEADS
Colorful beads and jewels come ashore during Nye Beach festival
By Monique Cohen Of the News-Times
Published: July 17th, 2009, News Times, Page 9
Eighteen vendors from around the Northwest will showcase beads of all shapes and sizes at the Nye Beach Bead Festival next weekend - July 25 and 26. Linda Neigebauer, owner of Nye Cottage Beads and festival organizer, shows several pieces of Kingman turquoise mined from Kingman, Arizona. (Photos by Monique Cohen)
Bead lovers, get ready to revel in the multitude of colorful beads and jewelry for sale at the Nye Beach Bead Festival next Saturday and Sunday - July 25 and 26 - at Nye Cottage Beads in Newport.
About 18 vendors, most from Oregon, will be at the festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the Nye Cottage Beads parking lot and shop at 208 NW Coast St. in Nye Beach.
Linda Neigebauer, festival organizer and owner of Nye Cottage Beads, recently returned from a buying trip in the Czech Republic and is awaiting delivery of 1,000 pounds of beads. She saw the bead-making process firsthand, with visits to bead, button and glass factories.
"It's an amazing process for making beads. There were 11 bead store owners who went in one group, so we bought over 10,000 pounds of beads," said Neigebauer. "It amazes me that our beads are as inexpensive as they are after seeing the process they go through. It's so many steps."
Festival vendors will showcase glass beads - Japanese, Czech and vintage - as well as jewelry and turquoise and semi precious beads. Tom and Elisabeth Freeland, formerly of Waldport, are bringing opal, turquoise, citrine and amethyst, along with handcrafted rings, bracelets and pendants.
Mussa, from Washington, will bring African trade beads - new and ancient - both days of the festival.
Artist Nancie Miller will feature dichroic pendants made from fused glass, and Indigo Birdwell of Otis will bring ethnic beads, bone carvings and handblown vintage beads.
Debbie Jimmerson of Lincoln City has a selection of Athabascan inspired beaded pins, earrings, barrettes and purses. David Eslinger , with Nature's Art, will have handmade jewelry, crystals and fossils.
In addition to beads and jewelry, Neigebauer will sell tie-dyed doggie T-shirts for $16 to $20 in various sizes as a fundraiser for Friends of the Lincoln County Animal Shelter . Shirts are tie-dyed by Newport Farmers' Market vendor Circle Tie-Dye , and proceeds are earmarked for FOLCAS.
In the shop, Neigebauer sells new and vintage beads, semi-precious beads and beading supplies. She has a selection of items from several Fair Trade companies, such as jewelry from Zulugrass, Kazuri beads from Nairobi , and weaving from Guatemala. She offers beading classes for beginning beaders, as well as those who want to learn how to knot between beads, and on and off-loom weaving .
Local bead artist Jeannie Bard created the festival, which she named Many Facets of Beads. When Neigebauer inherited the festival six years ago, she renamed it Nye Beach Bead Festival.
For more information about the Nye Beach Bead Festival, contact Neigebauer at 265-6262 .
I'm still working on the july bjp...it's been a bit of a slow go which is fine...I think I'm going to name it Mother Nature...
I've also been working on some samples of things you can do with flatbacks...I've got a number of pairs of these gorgeous vintage german art glass pieces that I bought unused on ebay a few years ago and I'm going to be selling them at a local bead fair here in newport this weekend...thought a few examples of what can be done with them might help the sales...also gave me the opportunity to try out a few beaded bezels, both with bead embroidery and using just netting or peyote stitches...the different bezels seem to give each piece a different look.
I'm also doing a bead embroidered piece for a friend but won't be able to show it here until it's finished and sent to her...
Oh...and my knee is getting better but I'm still walking with a cane...seems I managed to put a small tear in my miniscus...small muscle that acts as shock absorber on the knee....but another week and I should be fine...I hope!
The sun was lovely this morning coming through the fog and trees...and then it will clear for the afternoon. We are so lucky in living on the bay side of newport...quite often the summer fog (drawn in by extreme heat in the willamette valley) covers the beaches but stops at the bridge so the bay and harbor are sunny.
I seem to have sprained a tendon in my knee so I'll be home a lot for the next couple of weeks (all this to be confirmed by the doc this morning, but it seems to be what the nurse was telling me last night)....so I'm planning on doing some more garden shots and lots more beadwork. I've also been doing a bit of drawing for the first time in months and of course, I'm getting some reading done too....
I got a bit further in my bjp...added a small piece of driftwood with some of my favorite yarn wrapped around it and also took a trip to the valley, across the coast range, to find some sun. Found it...yippee...and we took the scenic route back home, along the alsea river, which is one of my all time favorites too.
Also found a couple of skeins of perle cotton in the variagated colors I've been looking for...they're size 5 instead of 8, but I can adjust, I'm sure, lol!
It was a good day...
I was gifted with this amazing spider and fly button last month and it seemed just perfect for my earth page...finding beads to go with it has been hard though, so it's sitting there waiting for more inspiration...but you all know how that goes, don't you, lol!