I’m in a total stupor. . .I think it’s this South Beach phase one thing that I’m doing.  My goodness, how I took carbs for granted. I keep telling myself that this is for the best and when my two weeks of diet bondage transitions into something more tolerable, I’ll feel better for having put myself through this two weeks of hell. It’s not the food that I miss. I’m on day four and all cravings for food have disappeared. I just feel crappy and have ZERO energy, which makes my workouts that much more difficult to bear. Bet if someone holding a chilled glass of pinot were to stand in front of my treadmill, I’d huff it for an hour with no problem as long as I could actually have the glass when my hour was over with. Either that, or I’d simply step off of the little moving belt thingy, punch their lights out and chug that chilled delightful goodness in one mammoth sized GULP. I miss my nightly glass of PINOT G!!!!! Oh well. . .maybe I’ll learn some new habits and I’ll also learn how to properly deal with my aggressions when I can’t have what I want. lol

Enough about my diet woes. . . Seems like I’ll always have them. I finished the first set and focals in my hydrangea series. The first set is called “Full Blum” after Cheri Blum. I guess it’s sort of my way of acknowledging her for the inspiration that she gave me all of the many times that I’ve admired her hydrangea work. For the most part, I know that blue is what most of you love most, but I wanted to start with brown, simply because I love brown. Well, not just any brown, but really warm burnt sienna brown for it’s reddish undertones. This first set and focal has an enamel base and multiple layers of tiny florets that makeup the hydrangea bloom. I didn’t want the hydrangea to be full on blue, but more of slate blue with gray and off-white petals to bring attention to points of light and shadow. I really love them, but I’m sure most of you will prefer the blue.

Full Blum Bead Set

Full Blum Bead Set

 

Full Blum Lampwork Focal No. 1

Full Blum Lampwork Focal No. 1

Full Blum Focal Bead No. 2

Full Blum Focal Bead No. 2

In closing, I wanted to let you new lampworkers know that I’ve not forgotten about you. . .It’s just been SO long since I started making beads that I couldn’t much remember the best way of learning the basics outside of my spacers suggestion. I’m still thinking and will put up a post for you new folks within a few days.