Saturday, May 5, 2012

My own worst enemy

So I spent my night's worth of work doing the following:
  • Making a new sample for a workshop I'm teaching in Detroit in a 10 days - and as I am halfway through I discover that I've made the rookie mistake of sewing both snaps on upside down so it can not be clasped. AGH! I even was thinking to myself as I was sewing them on that I need to mention that in class as I'm teaching. I often do that...basically teach the class in my head as I'm stitching the project. Too bad I didn't listen to myself. So I ended up having to cut them off and restitch them, which was much more difficult because I'd gone on and done more embellishment after I had sewed them on which caused the angles to be difficult to turn. But it's done.
  • Next up I discovered that for the second time in the last year, I had mixed Size 15 seed beads and Size 11 Delicas of the same color in the same container. It was even the SAME COLOR as last time. So then I had to spend a stupid amount of time sorting those bits out. 

Can you imagine how much more productive my time would have been if I hadn't been working against myself? Sheesh. So you see - when you make these sorts of mistakes at home and think you're the only one - you're NOT. All you can do is throw a little hissy fit and fix it.

Preparations continue for both my trip to the Great Lakes Bead Society (Detroit) for a week of fun, and then the iconic Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee. I have only 8 days between getting home from Detroit and leaving for Milwaukee, so I'm having to try to stock up for both events at once. Double the fun. I'm teaching one new class in Detroit and two new ones in Milwaukee so I'm trying to make sure I have all my ducks in a row with the instructions. It's always a little nerve wracking to debut a class. I also have to give a talk to the Great Lakes Bead Society monthly meeting while I'm there, so I'm figuring out what interesting stuff I might have to say there. Any ideas for me?


  1. hi, Jill. I think your talk on the cruise about the process of your book would be a good talk. We have many members who are published in the bead magazines and in books, but I can only think of one who has written and published a book - although I know I could be totally wrong about that - anyway, I think it would be an interesting topic and a new one for the guild.

  2. I'm so glad to get your input Susan! Especially since that's exactly along the lines of what I was thinking.... See you soon! Jill