Category Archives: Friendship

2009 Cabin Retreat

Hillman's Cabin

Another Cabin Retreat is in the books! That makes six retreats in the last five years.  It is so fun gathering people from all over the country for a weekend of sharing, bead making and demos.

I’ve come home with several fun projects to work on. We played with PMC this year and I can see so many different things I can do to incorporate pieces into my work. And I can’t wait to get my torch hooked back up so I can work on some abstract, tentacle looking beads to put into a necklace for a wedding I’m going to in a few weeks!

Ready to torch
I’ll be back with pictures of my projects soon…


Back to reality…

I’m back from my week at camp! Someone recently described the Gathering as summer camp for beadmakers and I think she’s right. It’s a chance to catch up with old friends, meet new ones and watch demo’s that inspire you. You also get to see beautiful beads up close and personal at the Bead Bazaar and choose from countless tools and glass in the vendor area.

If I had to choose my favorite part of the week though, it would be spending time with my friends. Most of us only see each other once a year, but it doesn’t feel like it. And I’m pretty sure I laugh more with them than with anyone else I know.. We may be spread out all over the country but they live right around the corner in my heart.

This year we added my husband Dave to the crew. I had a feeling he’d fit right in and he did! Now he understands why I get so excited before I leave and why I’m a bit sad when I come home… The good news is that we’re going to try staying in touch more throughout the year. Several of us are even going to try text messaging ~ that should be interesting!

If you’re a beadmaker and haven’t been able to make it to a Gathering yet, start saving today for next year in Oakland, CA. I know you won’t regret it!!!

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My friend…

For the fifth year, I’m counting down the days to the ISGB’s Gathering. I just finished an entry for Watch Me Create that will tell you all about it… you’ll be able to read that in a few days. But I have more to say…

I had no idea what I was getting into when I packed my bags and headed to Lowell, MA in 2003. I just knew I wanted to go meet the people I had been talking to on Wet Canvas and learn as much as I could about this wonderful art form. I came away with so much more.

Next week will mark the 4th anniversary of meeting Paula Canant. She has become one of my closest friends. I honestly can’t remember what my life was like before we met! Paula is truly one of a kind. She has crazy, curly red hair that matches her personality perfectly. Life is not dull when Paula’s around. Her Kentucky accent is so contagious that I know exactly who my family is talking to when they answer the phone.

Paula has a heart of gold and will do just about anything for a friend. She is generous to a fault. (Don’t tell her I told you though!) I was working on a hot head until I opened her Christmas gift a few years ago and there was a brand new Minor torch.

The first year of our friendship we managed to figure out ways to see each other every month, even though we’re separated by several states. We’ve had many adventures! Unfortunately we haven’t been able to keep up with the monthly visits, but we do talk to each other every day on the phone. Often, we have headphones on and talk for hours while sitting at our torches. Right now, she’s on vacation with her family in Mexico. I hate that I can’t pick up the phone and call her! But that’s why I thought this would be a good time to write about her. She’ll kill me when she reads this. 😉

I head off to the Gathering on Tuesday ~ unfortunately Paula’s not coming this year. But we will definitely be together in spirit (and cell phones). Happy anniversary buddy!

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