Happily, I spend a great part of most days with a needle, thread and beads. I've shared parts of this adventure with many of you through my website, Janie's Beads, but I've been lax about posting new work. That's what I want to change. So, hang on and stay around, because I've been a very busy beader for the last few years.
Now that I've retired from my previous career, I'm teaching classes at my local bead shops, Beadoholique I and II, in Houston on a regular basis. Check out the calendars on their site to see what and when I'll be teaching, and I'll keep you informed here. I've also taught at the Texas and Shreveport bead retreats in the last couple of years. Ida Williams has added a second retreat in Shreveport this year (April 5-7). The site says that I'll be teaching my bluebonnet bracelet, but I'm not. I'm teaching the Rose Vine bracelet which is the one shown there. The bluebonnets will have to wait for the August retreat because I'm still working out the final design.
Here's the Flower Power Ring which I'm teaching this month and which I taught in January at the Texas Bead Retreat. Petal beads, the new 10/0 Delicas, 3mm Swarovski bicones, a top-drilled pearl and about two hours are all that's needed to complete this ring.