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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.

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