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New Hours for the BeadBush

One of the things that happens as we mark the passing years is frequently making adjustments for the aging process.   It becomes very personal and happens to all of us whether we like it or not.

I love being in the Bead Bush, partly because of the beads, but mostly because of all of you.  I have met and gotten to know and appreciate so many of you…..your excitement about beads, your developing skills and creative expressions and a sharing of life’s challenges.

Since I am not getting any younger, and I seem to move slower, I have decided to close the BBS on Wednesdays to give me more time for and with some of the other things that make my life meaningful….. my children and grandchildren, sewing and spending time with valued friends.

But there is a tradeoff…..  We offer many classes on Sunday afternoons and so any Sunday afternoon that there is a class in the building, the store will be open.  BUT please call first as sometimes the class does not have enough people in it to run and then the building is not open.

When I know ahead, I will list the open Sunday afternoon schedule in the newsletter and/or on the calendar.

I’m  hoping this new schedule will not be an inconvenience to you.  I know many of you will welcome the Sunday afternoon opening since that is when your schedule allows you to visit the store.

So transition and change, here we come.  The Bead Bush Studio will be open Thursday-Saturday, 10-5pm beginning 1/2/14.

A Happy New Year to each of you.

Really? Holidays are here…!

I met some friends today for good companionship and conversation.  And of course had to do some errands, too.  And what did I find…..Holiday decorations,….Christmas and Halloween, all nestled in together!  It made me want to back right out of the store.  Now it is not like I don’t care for Christmas and all of its traditions, but really….do we have to be bombarded with it in October and sometimes even September.  I realize the economic impact of holidays, but it seems we are in a “not very good place” when our economy, our activities and focus all have to do with “shopping”.  Really what is this all about?  It seems as if what we buy or what we wear or where we buy it, is a reflection of our worth.  I know that I am worth more than that, and I hope you feel the same about yourself.

We each have to decide for ourselves, but I am going to create most of my gifts and if there is any buying, I will do it with focus and a careful plan.  It is all about how much I care for the person I am giving the gift to, not how much I spent or where I got it!  I know what I am going to do about this distorted perspective!  What about you?

Life in a Small Town

I love living in a very special small town and have been doing so since 1970!  This week, Deerfield is bustling to get ready for our County Fair.  Every activity is focused on being ready for the crowds that the fair attracts.  Our roads will be packed with mile after mile of cars…while thousands and thousands of folks visit town during the four days of the fair.  Those of us who live in Deerfield travel on all the back roads and know that any planned activities in town are ‘after the fair’!    Life changes for residents while Deerfield opens it doors, its highways and expends all of its energy into the activities at the Deerfield Fair.

What does this all have to do with the Bead Bush Studio.  Because of the fair and the traffic, if you wanted to come to the studio, you couldn’t even get here!!!!!  So…the Bead Bush Studio will be closed all week, Sept 25-28.  What are you going to be doing?….I hope you keep beading and do make it to the Deerfield Fair…it a special family event!  There are lots of cows, horses, pigs, handiwork, tools, tractors, oxen pulling contests, food, rides and much more…everything you want in a fair!  I hope to see you there…you know where I will be.

And then everything starts again October…in Deerfield and in the Bead Bush Studio.



Change is in the air….you can feel it!   And whether you like it or not, the change will come.  Our lives are filled with change….births, deaths, going off to school, marriage, new babies, weather, new jobs or no job, retirement, new friends, lifestyle changes and so it goes.

I happen to be one of those people who loves and embraces change and the time of transitions.  That is not to say, I don’t find them frustrating and challenging at times, but for me, they are a time of growth.  One of the things we know about transitions and change is that there are definitely three stages….Ending…losing…letting go, the Neutral Zone and the New Beginning.

It seems that the Neutral Zone may be the most challenging and hardest.  I like to call the Neutral Zone, “Muddling”…neither here nor there, uncertain, lost, unsure, lack of focus.  The Neutral Zone is where the work of our transition has to take place…not easy, but if you do the work, find the focus, develop clear personal direction, you’ll come out on the other side with a much more successful New Beginning.

Our success or lack of success through the transitional changes of our lives is our attitude and our actions that follow.   If you think you can’t, you can’t.  If you think you can, you can.

So what does this have to do with beading?  Our beading should always be in transition too…learning new skills and techniques, learning new work habits, making new beading friends, new experiences which help us grow in skill and pleasure of creating.  Sure, learning can sometimes be a challenge, but if you think you can, you can!

(If you want to find out more about Transitions, check out the work of William Bridges, PhD.)

Integrating Color and Design

Study #1 in Applied Color & Design: Integrating Color & Design

Integrating Color and Design

This workshop, Integrating Color and Design, will increase your understanding if color as you explore more complex color relationships including….triads, tetrads, split and compounds.  This session will also encourage exploration of ways that use color coordinated design elements to define and enhance the impact of your pieces.  This workshop is one of four applied color and design workshops.  You may take the four workshops in any order.  The two prerequisites for this class are Designing with Beads and Color Awareness.

Check our Calendar for upcoming dates, or Contact Us to request this class.

A study in contrasts

Innovative Approaches to Color & Design #1: A Study of Contrasts

2068 - A study in contrasts

In this class we will explore the contrasts that are traditionally associated with color…hue, value, temperature, complements, saturation, proportion as well as the fascinating properties of simultaneous contrast.  We will consider the qualities of each contrast, identify their characteristics and determine how we can use these contrasts to make our work stronger and more interesting.  This advanced color class is $75 which includes materials/supplies.

Prerequisites: Color Awareness, Designing with Beads, Integrating Color & Design.

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Don’t deny it…most of us beaders have at least a few unfinished projects.  I have lots of unfinished items….I want to do too much and I usually just run out of time.  They sometimes weigh me down…..

One of the beading practices I’ve been trying to do attentively is finish at least one UFO every week.  I either, take the UFO apart and put the beads back in my drawers, put the item in my “it might be something else someday” box, or take the time to just finish the UFO.  The interesting thing is….that once I put my mind to finishing, the project begins to flow and before I know it, it is completed.  And….. took a lot less time than I thought it would.

This finishing process has freed me up in thinking about what I want to do next….where I want to put my energies, my time and my beads.   Sometimes finishing up the unfinished sets a foundation for getting started again.   Finishing can clear the work area, the mind and provides an opening for a creative new beginning.

We each have our own way of dealing with finishing…take a look at your way…does it support your creative process or bog you down?

Doing Nothing!

The value of doing nothing!  I don’t know about you, but I keep busy all the time and sometimes go nowhere.  I’m pretty good at finding a balance in my life, but sometimes even that is work.  Yesterday I spent 5 hours sitting by a peaceful lake with my beads in my lap just doing nothing but talking with a special friend and beading very little.

When I woke up this morning, I felt grounded, rested and calm inside.  It hit me…that doing nothing the day before had been just what I needed to put everything back in perspective.  We forget sometimes that slowing down, taking a deep breath and just doing nothing is what fills us up and firms up the foundation so we can move ahead knowing that all is well and we can check off items on the list!

So this summer, find time to just be…the rewards are great…..

Study 4 in Applied Color and Design

Study #4 in Applied Color and Design: Gray Matters

Neutral colors are often considered weak and ineffective. However, in design as well as palette they are not to be ignored! In this session, NEUTRALITY, you will explore techniques for turning passivity into activity, weakness into strength, and the ho-hum into humdinger! This workshop is one of four applied color and design workshops. You may take the four workshops in any order.

This classes requires prerequisites of two basic classes: Designing with Beads and Color Awareness.

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Designing with Beads

Designing with Beads

Designing with Beads

There’s more to making jewelry than just putting together a bunch of beads, and somehow we all know that instinctively.  This class is designed to give you some vocabulary to understand what you know intuitively… to introduce design elements, the basic building blocks of all artistic media.  What are these design elements?  How are they used? How do they apply to beading?  How can I use them to make my jewelry more interesting?  Hands-on exercises in class will help you focus on practical application.  This class, for beginners as well as experienced beaders, will give you a new perspective in creating and designing jewelry with all kinds of beads including seed beads.

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