Thursday, June 07, 2007

Happy Summer!

Happy Summer Everyone!

It's our favorite time of the year, and we're extra busy at Beadwhisperer Central.

Busy in the garden (tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers & watermelons, OH MY!)
and busy at the workbench. We have gotten ourselves into several shows this summer and fall, and have many new projects to show off.

The chain maille beast is taking on a life of it's own, and I'm planning on using it in several different incarnations. My favorite, and still champion, the Japanese 12-2 will be showing up in earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Those pesky European weaves are still giving me fits, but they'll be making a couple of appearances as well. Wire has wound it's way into the Beadwhisperer repertoire and I'm bending and twisting up some really cool creations. Some will be wire, others will be wire with beads.

Of course, I'm still having the mad love affair with seed beads, and that love affair has produced some amazing (and time consuming) necklaces. Bracelets seem to be the big seller this year, and with that in mind, I've made DOZENS of bracelets, in all types of beads, natural stones, Swarovski crystals, pewter, copper, and glass, glass and more glass! Ask Joe about the Blingy Special, which is copper and silver lined beads on chain maille. (I made an experimental one, and it sold before I could even get a price tag on it!) I can't help but to go back to necklaces, and I'll have some really great semi-precious gemstone necklaces on the boards too. The always popular necklace/bracelet/earrings sets are always in stock. If you don't see a particular stone you like, just ask, and I'll custom design one for you.

Copper, brass, pewter, and aluminum are the metals du jour, being that the sterling prices are escalating almost as fast as gas prices.
Glass? Oh we have glass. Very soon we'll have blown glass pendants from a very local, very talented glass artist. I cannot wait to play with some of those! We've also got some feelers out for some awesome polymer clay beads from a local artist. He's got something special with these cuties, and I have my fingers crossed that we'll be able to acquire a 'few'. Whew! All that talking about jewelry makes me yearn for the bench, so I'm going to wrap this up with our schedule of events. Stop by for a visit! June 16 - Seaside Heights, NJ - Arts on the Boardwalk (Combined with Joe's birthday on 6/15, this is going to be a LOT of fun!)

July 14 - Caledonia State Park, Chambersburg, PA (Arts in the forest!!)

July 27 & 28 - The Honey Pot Cabbage Roll, Nanticoke, PA (Second annual Honey Pot Fire Company benefit festival. Buy a cabbage, roll it down the hill and win a prize! Food, music, fireworks, crafts and games of chance. It's going to be a BLAST!)

September 29 - Mercersburg Townfest, Mercersburg, PA (I love the hometown crowd)

September 30 - Crafty Bastards - Washington, DC (An alternative craft show sponsored by The City Paper of DC)

October 13 - The Festival of Leaves, Front Royal, VA (Worth the trip, beautiful scenery, and wonderful people)

October 20 - Farmers Fair, Dillsburg, PA (Tractors, food, crafts, more food, and more tractors, it's a great time)

Thank you!

Happy, Happy, Bead, Bead,
Amy & Joe