Friday, October 19, 2007

Lovely October

What an exciting week! The trees are turning my most favorite colors AND there’s more chocolate on the market at this time of the year than any other thanks to Halloween! What could be better?

I am teaching 3 classes for Swarovski next year. Here’s the PDF workshop catalog:
Here’s their website:
If you haven’t been to Tucson, it’s a top 10 MUST-See before ya die event!
Loads of gems and jewels as well as 5 beads shows hit this town in Feb! Strolling through the Swarovski gallery is well worth the trip alone but I gotta say their workshops rock!

I am honored to be featured in the new issue of BA
I discuss The Art & Business of Beads & Baubles. I have been inspired by this magazine since I created my first fruit loop necklace and it’s a thrill to be a part of their beautiful publication.

Some very fun prep work going on in my studio for the big Quilt Festival in Houston next month!
I have been snipping silks, bagging bling and fondling fiber getting the kits ready for my classes and WOW are my students in for a BLAST! I can’t wait for the event and love every minute spent with the Quilting Crowd. Still a few spots left in my classes; check out my website for pretty pictures:

Guess I live too close to Boulder, the fall makes me want to hug a tree! Remember the smell and feel of the air in the fall when we were kids? I grew up in the Midwest so those Minnesota falls had some of the most beautiful color combinations I’ve ever seen. Here in Colorado we get that golden aspen glow with a touch of red here and there, but none of it compares to those New England falls! WOW, I miss living in Boston and taking road trips to Vermont- they were the BEST! Every year at this time I crave a “leaf peeping” trip in that corner of the world. Maybe next year!
What are your fondest childhood fall memories?


Creatively Kristal

Go Rockies!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Happy Fall!

OK, so my intentions were good...(you all know what I mean on this one, huh?). I MEANT to blog days ago but life kept getting in the way! Days are filled to the brim with preparing for the photo shoot of all the lovlies for my new book. The shoot will take 4 days. WHEW! Every time I think I'm done with a bead, that little voice inside (not sure if it's an angel or the other guy with horns) says, "but what if you did it like this...or that or in a different color...bla...bla...bla?". Then I have to make just one more sample....Ahhhhhhh, the never ending story of divine inspiration and fabric beads!

I'm also getting ready for the big Quilt show in Houston. It's one of my favorites and I'll be teaching 4 classes and 2 samplers this year with NO booth (my hubby is so very happy about this). I'm introducing brand new foiled and textures Sassy Silks (12x12 and 6x6) so you can make purses, pillows, embellish your scrapbooks or collage with them. They are too much fun to make and quite addictive! If there's any left after Houston, I'll put them up on my website. For any of you who will be travelling to the Quilt show, I apologize for no booth this year but if you'd like to purchase any of my silks or Sassy Silkies, I will have a limited supply in my classrooms for sale at the end of my classes so you can poke your head in and see if there's anything you can't live without!

I was sewing with my girlfriend Karen the other day (truth is SHE was sewing, I was playing with her 4 month old golden retriever and new baby kitty). Out of nowhere Hojo, her 20 year old cat, jumped up onto our sewing table and firmly planted herself on the pile of Sassy Silks we were working with. Karen informed me she is totally obsessed with my Sassy Silks and comes running into the room any time Karen brings them out! She insists on sitting right in the middle of them and purrs contently. Karen has to keep them put away in a closet! It was hysterical and probably the best review to date on my Sassy Silks; they're now paws up officially "Kitty Approved"!

Well Blingsters, off for a beautiful fall filled walk with my pooches. Enjoy the fall colors, smells and keep on creating!