Friday, September 28, 2007
Sometimes things just don't work out the way you'd expect and many times I end up with something so totally different to the drawing... Oh well, that's life.
I feel better today and am eagerly awaiting my supplies in the post next week.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Well they got accepted and are now available for viewing only (pics won't reproduce very well at the size they've been uploaded at) and sale at http://www.photoreview.com.au/ click on the words "Photo Gallery" above the pic on the first page then use the drop down list of names.
It would be great if a cereal company picked up the one of Izz, my friendly Eastern Water Dragon indulging in a bowl of muesli. Am sure their associated advertising company would come up with a great slogan, can think of a few very apt ones myself. You can also vote for Izzy's Pic on Picture.com or see the link on my front page.
Speaking of Izz, she's finally come out of hybernation. I found her asleep in the pot plant on the front verandah last Saturday night when we arrived home from our latest camping trip. She usually disappears from about the end of May thru to mid September, then suddenly appears on the back verandah out of nowhere. I thought it odd, that she was asleep on the front verandah, but perhaps she'd been basking in the sun during the day and just curled up in the pot because it was there. Normally during the day she spends her time on the back verandah perched on the back of a chair waiting for a feed of fruit or what ever else is available. Her fav's are green grapes, pitted cherries, strawberries and sometimes I buy live worms from the pet shop for her, and.... believe it or not she comes when she's called.
Am a little concerned about how she and Rem are going to get on, as he's already chased her once this week. Rem's not at all like my other Border Collie, Jet, who would sit patiently beside Izz waiting for a titbit too; but then he was alot older and not a silly pup. Mind you Jet had his moments when he was a pup, I found him with a little eastern water dragon in his month once and told him to drop it, which he promptly did... smart boy. I always suspected that lizard was Izz, cause she might have lost her toe when Jet grabbed her. Now I always know Izz from any other dragons that appear in the garden, she's minus a toe.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I did force myself to clean out the hallway cupboard today though and what a haul of junk I found. Anyway, I felt slightly better that I have at least accomplished one small task this week.
Working on details for the next Xmas get together now, gee am running short of Saturdays and October is already looming. Where did this year go? Heck was I asleep for most of it? Looks like the next function will be the first weekend of Dec as I have to make some new goodies yet. Invites are underway....I've got Rem working on them.
Yep I'm with Miss Izz.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The winning entrant will be profiled for an issue in 2008 as well as being invited to judge the 2008 competition. Great prizes up for grabs 1st place is a trip for two to Austria, including airfares, transfers, 5 nights accommodation, breakfast. Airland value $5000.00. Dinner with representatives of the Swarovski design team and 2 tickets to crystal world.
Well I dunno about that, but the next 7 prizes are fantastic as well. 2nd to 8th prizes receive a Swarovski Crystal gift pack valued from $2500 - $300.
Anyway the top 40 pieces can now be viewed at http://www.crystalpark.com.au/, although it would be really nice to see the top 25 out of those 40.
The winners and place getters for the 2007 Sydney Bead and Gem Show Beading Extravaganza should be known around 12th Oct.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Lots of black cockatoos, Major Mitchell's, Rosella's etc. Its very rowdy at sunrise as you can well imagine. Plenty of Pelicans too on the Nambucca river, they wait for the fishermen to clean and discard their fish scraps.
He took to camping like a duck to water. His beach soccer skills are amazing too and he's now waiting for a contract with a major soccer club...lol....Extremely funny sight chasing after the ball and knocking it with his nose and paws. Rolls over it, ends up sitting on it, gets cranky with it and growls when it gets away from him..... we ended up having to take the soccer ball off him, as he was exhausted and still wanted to run.... typical Border. Mind you the soccer ball hasn't faired to well though. I'm surprised it didn't explode and send us all out to sea.
Overall it was still a little chilly and we had a couple of blustery days wind wise. Only one mishap, accidently sat on the sunnies and snapped both their little legs off... Good excuse for a new pair! Luckily I found a chemist shop in a little town not far from Armidale that had at least one pair of trendy sun glasses.
We visited some rather nice easterly spots in New South Wales. A couple of my favourites were Sawtell not far from Coffs Harbour, and South West Rocks. We managed day trips to Port
Continuing on from there we headed home home via East Ballina the coast road where an amazing storm was brewing out at sea.
Friday, September 7, 2007
Check it out here :http://www.bead-arts.com/artist-profile-bernadine-stoopman/
I have to say it is an absolute thrill to see my pics and artist profile on an American site and it's sure as hell been one heck of a week.
Taking a few days off now, getting reading for my next Jewellery show in Nov. Last year I organized a pre-Xmas show, with food and drinks, so plan to do something similar this year by way of a thank you for my customers and very good friends.
Will be back soon.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
I'd never seen a dragonfly like this before, well not in those colours anyway which I might add weren't edited. Light Blue, Marine Blue, Black and Rust tones.
Am having a bit of think about creating something in those tones and colours.. Now to pull out the drawers of my bead cabinet in search of further inspiration.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Congratulations Bernadine !!!
Your piece "Copper for Cleopatra" has been selected as one of the top 25 entries for the Swarovksi Creative Beading Awards 2007, presented by Crystal Park. The standard this year has shown us all how the beading community has progressed so much in the last 12 months. You should feel very proud of your achievement in reaching such a high standard.
Your piece will now be on display throughout 2008 at all major city Bead Fairs (associated with the Quilt and Craft Fairs). In the next day or so Deborah Gibbons from Creative Beading will contact you via email to ask you some questions. This will form part of our story to be published in issue 3-2, which will go on sale mid November 2007. We will send you a copy of the magazine and your certificate prior to the magazine going on sale. However, it is imperative that we receive your reply by 8th September to meet our deadlines.
Once again, I thank you for participation and congratulate you on your efforts in helping make this, Australasia's premier beading design award.
Yours in Beading
Publisher - Creative Beading
I then got notified by the organisers of the 2007 Sydney Bead and Gem Show Beading Extravaganza Competition that the same Tiara made the finals of the finished jewellery category. Exciting... heck yes! but a real dilemma, well sort of. I'd already sent the Tiara for judging and it was unlikely that I'd have it back in time to send it off to be judged for the Bead and Gem show... I was mad at myself for being so silly. Fancy entering the same piece in two comps with judging so close. What on earth was I thinking??
A couple of days later, God must have been smiling down on me for a change. I was sharing my pain with friends on the Aus Beading Forum, when the lovely Anne, told me that the closing dates for the Bead and Gem show competition had been extended.. I think my heart may have just temporarily stopped beating, before I was outta my chair and on the phone to the organisers in Sydney.
"Yes its true," they said. "We were a little late in getting things organised, so the closing date has been extended". I mentioned my little problem and was told, "Yes by all means enter another piece, your work is beautiful."
To cut to the chase, I've been advised that my second piece "Argrya's Crown" has been accepted as a finalist.
Today I received an email from the Swarovski Comp organisers asking me to complete a questionnaire as they're running a feature on the finalists in the Creative Beading Magazine (usually this will appear around December or January next year). Could this mean that I made the next round of the competition? Deep breath, Bernadine....
Stay tuned for the next installment.
Monday, September 3, 2007
This is my little studio, where I'm surrounded by all things beady. On the other side of the room is my daybed, just in case I need a snooze.
These pendants were made for a couple of different customers of mine.
The first one was constructed using Artistic wire whilst the second larger piece was put together with Argentum and Gold Filled wire.
Both contain faceted Amethyst nuggets and were created using my own original design.