Thursday, July 30, 2015

Book News and Assorted Updates

This week I received some advanced copies of Ancient Worlds Modern Beads, and I couldn’t be more excited. The official release date is just a few short months away, and I’m looking forward to being able to search book shops for copies. It’s been an incredible journey and a dream come true! Thank you again to all of you for your support over the past few years while it all came together.

Ancient Worlds Modern Beads

I put off taking a good look through the pages of Ancient Worlds Modern Beads– I was hoping a little distance from the last editing session would help me to see it through a reader’s eyes. It’s a bit tough, since I’ve got all of the featured pieces sitting right here with me – what a strange thing to be able to see them both together! I hope that the projects help to inspire many more.

Egyptian Jeweled Collar Project

Meanwhile, I’ve been trying to find the right balance of work, family, and beading. We’re right in the middle of summer vacation, so almost any free time I’ve got has been going to fun outings, or just plain old sleeping in. I hope that once school gets going again, I can hammer out a much better schedule that will include lots of beadwork and related goodness.

After weeks of head scratching, I’ve finally solved the shop dilemma that’s been keeping me from finding homes for new jewelry designs. ArtFire has made some major changes this year, including placing ads on listing pages and offering an ad-free account with a commission. I had hoped to start a brand new shop, but I have no idea when I’ll have the time to commit to such an endeavor. Once ArtFire announced that they would accept PayPal – aka shop profits – as payment for fees, I decided I would just go ahead and continue using the site until I can migrate to something else. This works out nicely, since I have a lot of business cards to go through before I can change my links!

Workspace and Unfiled Beads

I’ve committed myself to adding a few new designs to my shops each week if I can find the time, and I’ll have to pull my socks up to really get things done. My workspace has become a bit of a disaster area again – it’s just so hard to spend time filing beads when I can be weaving with them instead.

How are you juggling hobbies and summer activities right now?

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  1. Congratulations! Looking forward to purchasing it. It looks awesome!

  2. I've learnt a lot from your website, so I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of this book, when is it being released?

  3. Wow the book looks amazing and the beading...stunning :) I know the feeling of trying to juggle work, hobbies and summer activities!

    Emma xo

  4. Thanks, everyone! Ancient Worlds Modern Beads will be in stores October 1st, 2015, and is available now for pre-order from and

  5. Congratulations on the book! I didn't know you were writing one! Can't wait to see it!

  6. Super excited for the book! Also, I really like that yellow, orange, and red piece. Could you do a post on that with some close-ups? I'd like to hear about it. It looks really cool! :)

    1. Thanks, Olivia! The striped piece on my workspace is an old project that I've been frogging lately. It was really fun to make at the time, but I never was happy with it, and it's been with my UfOs for years. You can see it in the archive for September 2008, or copy and paste this link:


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