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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

How many years has it been? They say water a plant it survives, ignore a blog it dies, oh well.

They say water a plant it survives, ignore a blog it dies, oh well. Actually, "they" don't say that, I just made it up, right now. Very appropriate given my situation, it would be the poetic cousin to just saying, "I'm baaaaaack".

So, it's now two and half years since my last post and I'm thinking why bother, nobody follow this blog anymore and it is my own doing. Truthfully, so much has happened that I'm not sure where to begin. Not that anyone will read this, but I'll continue because you never know where a blog will take you.

Now and until the end of time, we are living on the water with the Chesapeake Bay easily viewed from the front of my home. I never dreamed it would be in Virginia, yet, here we are despite our years of dreaming of retiring to South Carolina. Hmmmm, can't be picky on some things in life, you just have to flow and see where this journey takes you and who enriches your life along the way while hopefully, you enrich someone else's life. I can go with that, yes I can.

We unexpectedly sold our house in ten days, yes, ten whole days after it was listed. Not what we expected, but I must remember I'm the one who likes unplanned life events. We lived for a year in a 100 year old farmhouse thinking of buying it but truthfully, once you live in a place then the truth of the home is slowly revealed to you along with the $30,000 plus in funds that would be needed to improve it structurally..... yea, you guessed it, we didn't buy that house. Although it was directly across the street from where my husband's 28 foot sailboat was docked, we chose a home five houses down the street with waterfront views from every window except for one small back room. This home although it has proven to provide many unexpected challenges of damages that were not evident, it will be ok because its all fixable.  I just have to keep reminding myself of why it is ok, at least one or twice a week. More on that some other time.

What I have discovered in this little area of paradise are six people who have become dear, dear friends and enrich our lives continually. Everyone in this town is friendly, most have lived half a century or more, and most importantly heartwarming is the willingness to help each otherwhich is evident in 99% of all my interactions within the community. Where did these kind people come from?????  I have no idea, but one thing I know for sure is I'm glad I'm here. More details on the subject of this Paradise later.

I've joined the Eastern Shore Art League and will be joining their gallery. So, I must get busy creating jewelry from all these piles of glass beads I have made and get these jewelry items together asap. I've been sitting on my behind way too long. I'll post pics as I have them, I promise.

Wait, who am I promising? Myself, I suppose, its not like anyone reads this stuff anyway.

Perhaps someone will discover my blog and I'll keep watering it so my blog will blossom.
Meanwhile, here is some eye candy... love that glass!

Peace,
Ilene

Thursday, September 12, 2013

It's true, I am a neglectful blogger but let me explain.

A new endeavor has occupied all of my creative energies since April. My new business venture called "Naked Dog Studio" which is online and ready for business and is going to change the way pet lovers dress their dogs!

Yes, I have a unique offering with handmade one-of-a-kind pet fashions adorned with my original fine art glass beads inspired by beautiful fabrics. Upscale, gorgeous fabrics and designer patterns together with fine art beads, is the essence of what makes Naked Dog fashions the exclusive and unique Haute Couture for your dog

The beads are made in my glass studio from rods of Italian and American glass, melted with a lampwork torch and each one is a work of art. All of the beads are annealed by immediately soaking in the high heat of the kiln to almost 1,000 degrees for hours to give each bead strength and durability. This annealing process assures the best quality bead for our pet fashions.

How's that for PR?



🐾
Ilene

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Birthday Thoughs~

Today is the anniversary of my life-long friend's birth. A day that makes me smile and so glad to have her in my life for all these years. Considering myself gifted to be so close to someone who has a heart of gold and a sense of humor that lets me know there is a bit of impulsive craziness in her, that I truly adore.

When she reaches out, I am there to steady her and be her guide. Little does she realize, she is the one who keeps me grounded. Of course, there are our creative endeavors when we put our minds together and journey with our dreams, wishes, and our belief in ourselves that always seems to present us with something new for our journey through life. When I reach out to her, she becomes the wise and all-knowing energy I seek. This is a very balanced friendship and I cherish it, always.

A new journey on the horizon, as we soon travel southwest to New Orleans, Louisianna to explore the people's culture together and visit with those we love. With anticipation I await such fun! My friend will only be the "older and wiser woman" for a short while, as my birthday will be here before the daffodils bloom in the warmth of spring. Then we are back to common ground, as two women sharing hearts and life's adventures. Happy Birthday! ❤

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Glass beads, stained glass, pottery, watercolor...or nothing.

So, here sits a great opportunity for blogging and its passing me by. "What!?", you're thinking. True, I am here now and that's only because the dreary, dark, cold rain has influenced my thinking and stomped on what little artistic creativity i was feeling. What is much needed is some music to motivate a few dew-covered brain cells. I used to love rainy days, yet recently with bare trees, brown leaves scattered across the land and cold temps, I'm not feeling the love for a day like this.

I've got a small pottery studio setup indoors and the big kiln is wired with electricity. Seems like I may just have to pretend to be a snowbird. Let nice weather give birth to beads galore and for wintertime, instead of going south to the tropics In my mind I can escape to a nice warm pottery studio. Perhaps I have found a solution to the problem of having a glass studio in a semi-enclosed porch/sunroom. I sure hope so. ❤

Thursday, October 11, 2012

I really can't say what happened between January 4th and now, which is October 11, 2012. Too cold of a winter to work in the glass studio. Add to that a couple surgeries and before you know it life passes you by.

The little that I have created are mostly still works in progress, slow progress at that. I watched the most awesome watercolor video by Robert Simmons, he does "water media", watercolors and acrylics in washes. His work is amazing, his techniques adaptable to any artist. I found him truly inspiring.

Much time has been spent staring at my torch, telling myself to hook up those oxygen concentrators, just sit down and get started, warm up with making some twisties and little murrini. Problem is, I was emotionally immobilized and only managed to torch maybe four times. Now with the change of seasons, I feel motivated to play with fire, melt glass and make translucent beads that light shines through. Hopefully, some "Bayleen Beads" are in the near future, they are awesomely colorful and mysterious.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Welcome 2012 and all the creativity it will bring!

Happy New Year and welcome to 2012.

I can feel it within me that this is going to be a special year, filled with creativity, glass beads and a new adventure I've begun which is adding leather to my jewelry. Everywhere I look there seems to be beads and woven leather, beads on leather cuff bracelets, beads sewn into leather pouches.... I want to make it all and its going to be an exciting journey.

The leather hides have arrived, vintage tools have been acquired and a few new ones, in addition to my talented wood-working husband creating special tool holding racks for the studio. There is so much to learn, to explore and I am eager to share it with everyone! I find the magic of leather, its warmth and endless design possibilities to be the perfect companion for the colorful, cool glass beads. A marriage made in heaven!

Meanwhile, the new year has started off well with the sale of a Bayleen Bead Necklace! More Bayleen Beads will be available soon and of course, also by special order. Here's a peek at the beauty that has found a new home in Arizona. Thank you~

Monday, December 12, 2011

Stand back, here they come!

Creativity in motion. Original glass jewelry creations. Bracelets, necklaces & earrings finally listed on the bead page of www.glassartist.com and ready for you. With the amount of beads I have for sale, expect new ones listed often for awhile.

Of course, there was a glitch in the website that ate half of the photos & took 5 hours to redesign it all, yet through perseverance I made it happen. Artists can be quite motivated at times.

Check it out & take some of these home with you!








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