Thursday, June 30, 2011

Exciting News! REALLY Exciting News!!!

So, the other day I'm in this really boring meeting and I decide to look at my iPad and check my email. In looking at my email, I saw a message from Pokey Bolton, the editor of Quilting Arts Magazine - one of my very favorite art magazines. After I closed my jaw, I opened the message, and found she was asking if I wanted to do an article for an upcoming issue of their specialty magazine, "International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene". Again, I closed my jaw, and tried to hide the huge grin on my face (I was still in a meeting). Really? Me? Perhaps she had the wrong Lou Haines? No, I think it was definitely me since she attached the picture of my felt beads that I had emailed to her several months ago begging for a look.

So I immediately emailed her back and said I would be happy to do an article. Actually, happy doesn't quite describe it. I am over the moon! Now comes the hard work of coming up with what is needed by July 18th! Then waiting for the magazine to be published will be torture!

I am SO glad I bought new yarn for my beads while on vacation a couple of weeks ago (Nautical Yarns in Ludington, Michigan - GREAT yarn shop!). I'm so glad I have a good portion of this weekend to work on beads and an article. I'm so glad I'm throwing myself out there!

See? Sometimes it works!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A blog is like a child...

I am feeling pretty guilty these days. I have neglected my poor blog terribly, and I feel just awful. A blog must be nurtured and cared for in order to flourish, and my blog has sat forgotten for a while now.

Ok, I'm over it. No time for this blog guilt! It's just been very, very busy this spring.

So when I last blogged, I was preparing for my first art sale, and worrying about having enough inventory. I had more than enough as I made quite a few bracelets as I sat at the show all day. But the show/sale was very successful for me, and it was a great learning experience.

I made my first necklace last night with felt beads and sari silk ribbon. I still need to take a picture, but I think it actually looks pretty good. Lots of hot pinks and oranges.

We have another show/sale in September, so I will need to dream up some new things. I like the necklaces, and also need to figure out how to attach the felt beads to hair sticks as a few ladies expressed interest in those. So many things to do - so little time...