Saturday, July 28, 2007

Right Coast Jaunt

Frog at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens

We had a wonderful time visiting friends in Massachusetts, and my friend is doing well with her cancer treatments. She loved her jewelry, which warms my heart. We've seen see each other far too infrequently over the last decade, and have vowed to turn over a new leaf. It was fun to see Back Pages play, and I'm tempted now more than ever to take up the drums. Right, in my "free" time. A girl can dream, I guess.

While we were there (just outside of Boston), we visited the Tower Hill Botanical Garden, which was a really cool place to get some air and exercise. We saw several frogs chilling at the edge of the pond (see above).

Mom comes to play soon, and I can't wait!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Beads of Courage

I had a satisfying day at the torch yesterday, focusing on beads for two women in my life who need some courage. One is facing some serious health challenges, and I'm looking forward to seeing her soon for the first time in several years. These blue themed beads are among some that will adorn several special pieces I'm making for her.

I also made some beads in my "Cosmos" theme to help my cousin remember the two men who raised her: her father and her stepfather, who have both passed away. My Cosmos beads seem to draw me in, and think of things otherworldly, so maybe they'll help her as well.

That's it for now.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

The Buck Stops Here

I'm not sure how I could have forgotten to mention one of the most memorable takeaways from last weekend's show at Bargetto. I hit a deer on the way home Saturday night. Or rather, he hit me, and we were a half a block from what could otherwise be called "downtown" Soquel. If you know that area, you recognize that I use the term "downtown" liberally. But there were houses, and parked cars, lots of both, and it was the last place I expected to see a large deer.

So, I'm poking along Main St. on my way home from a decent first show day, and all of a sudden I'm looking at a handsome buck through the windshield of my Prius, and his nose was probably 2 feet from mine. I was driving, of course, and he was doing an improvised break dancing move of some sort to allow him to glide over my hood on his way over to the other side of the road where my car was not. I'm pretty sure he wasn't expecting this encounter either.

Now, you have to understand how the mind works in order to understand why this was such a surprise. Much of what enters our perceptual stream is not in fact fueled solely by the photons that impinge on our retinal receptors, but rather what our brain tells us should be expected in that context. It's called top-down processing, and my brain told me that a deer was not on the list of likely things I would see in this situation. Would I have quickly recognized the nose of a 737 had it slid into my path? Or a knight in full armor? Probably not. A kid with a ball, or a dog? Probably. I hope so, if I paid any attention at all to all of those driver's ed training movies way back when.

Anyway, while my brain was trying to sort all of this out, Buck did an awkward tumble on the road after departing my hood, stumbled to his feet, bounded up into the front yard of a home, and, I swear to God, flipped me off.

It took me a minute to decide whether or not I should stop, and after mulling it over I decided that the chances that Buck was insured were low, so I accelerated back up to speed, and went home. But seriously, he seemed to be ok, and there wasn't much I could do. Interestingly, the rest of the drive is on mountain back roads, and heavily wooded, so my senses were primed to expect more, which of courese, I did not.

Fortunately the damage was minimal, but it was impressive as the buck managed to damage both left and right front fenders (the former as he pushed off after the hood dance). I get my car back on Tuesday.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

A Very Wine Weekend

I had a great time at the show last weekend, and once again want to thank my loyal friends and clients who show up, check out all of the art, and generally make my day. As always, it was bittersweet because I had to bid farewell to a number the jewelry pieces I'm attached to, but I think they're all going to good homes.

We had some great entertainment, between a Hawaiian band on Saturday, PLUS a real live wedding, and then a Middle Eastern group on Sunday. Way cool. And Bargetto's wine offerings were fabulous, as were their sale prices for the event. My friend Linda was there in force (as always), helping me with everything, and she brought some delicious munchies.

Now, about those cookies I put out - as one of the browser's children noticed, YES, they were token gestures, and NO, don't be expecting that every time. I need to periodically practice my domestic skills, and now I've proven to myself (not to mention a number of astonished friends and family members) that I do indeed remember how to cook.

Several of my hallmark pieces sold this year, the Ornament choker, the Autumn Leaves necklace, and some of my favorite bracelets, which means that the creative press is on! And for some reason I can't seem to keep a Cosmos necklace in stock - they get snatched up as fast as I can make them. But I'm taking the rest of the summer off from shows, and you won't be seeing many of my wild ideas (at least in that forum) for a while - I'll post stuff here but won't be out and about schlepping a canopy around.

Got to scoot - will be at the torch this weekend so look for updates on Sunday or Monday!

Monday, July 2, 2007

Thank You, Arrow Springs

>One of the bracelets coming to the Bargetto Show this weekend (SOLD)<

Sybil and I attended the Norcal Society of Glass Beadmakers' Bead Bazaar at Arrow Springs on Saturday and it was fantastic! Lots of bead artists and fans milling about, showing and selling their latest creations, giving demos, raising money for breast cancer, barbequeing, and last column pricing on glass to boot! A good time to visit with friends and stock up on supplies. The Arrow Springs Staff were there in force, working their butts off as usual. Thanks Craig & Co!

Corina Tettinger has a great quote on her once again active website, which I thought was very cool:

"Many of our fears are tissue paper thin, and a single courageous step
would carry us clear through them."
-- Brendan Francis [Behan] (1923-1964)

I see that Skyventure Silicon Valley, the new indoor skydiving facility has changed their name to iFly SF Bay, but they still haven't opened yet. Come on people! It was supposed to open more than six months ago, and now they're promising "mid summer". But there is a cool video on youtube, shameless advertising, but very cool anyway. I'm itching to go again!

And for the last of my non-local news, this ebay auction by Scott Tanner has me itching to try Terra, a relatively new glass from Double Helix. Wow.

I'm getting ready for my show this weekend, at the 19th Annual Bargetto Winery Fine Art Festival. It will take place from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, July 7th and 8th. There will be paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, wearable art, original prints, ceramics, sculpture and other types of fine art by twenty-seven local artists. There will be complimentary wine tasting with purchase of a souvenir wine glass, and live music by “Victor Ohana Hawaiian Band” and “Meze.” It's gonna be so lovely under the oaks.

The San Jose Mercury News has this to say about Bargetto: "BARGETTO WINERY is the oldest winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains, producing handcrafted, award-winning wines since1933. Specialties include the unique Italian blend, LA VITA, and cool-climate varietals such as Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir. The tasting room is open daily and tours are given by appointment. Our creek side courtyard and historic wine cellars are available for special events. Also, visit us at our Monterey Tasting Room on Cannery Row!"

If you're wondering how to get there, it's at 3535 North Main Street in Soquel. Please call (831) 475-2258 x11 for more details.

Oh yeah, I'll have some cool new jewelry there, with some exciting new color combinations (that silver cinnamon thing I was telling you about), plus more hollows, and then some. Come on down, have a sip or two, and say "hi".

Finally, I'm sorry about the terrible formatting - seems that Blogger has an incurable bug that plagues us all.


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