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Things are getting busy…

(Please note our new Facebook and YouTube quicklinks at the upper right of this page ->)

There is less than a month left before the photography closes for Volume II, and things are pretty busy here for me. Our rains have started, which means that instead of all afternoon to shoot, I might have an hour here or there; I’m trying to be efficient. There is a lot of work coming in, which is fabulous!

Cath Thomas Kanagawa wave web


Kanagawa Wave Bangle, by Cath Thomas

Right now, I have boxes on the photo table from Cath Thomas (not only a talented beader but a valued member of our Mighty Edit Team) and Rebecca Bisgyer, each of which are full of awesome, there is a huge box on the way from South Africa, with almost 20 incredible pieces from Ronel Durandt, Karen Beningfield, Emma Malan, and Midge Jelliman, and more pieces coming from France, Germany, the Netherlands, Nova Scotia, Canada, Israel, Australia, more places I’ve likely forgotten, and of course from all over the USA.

It’s time to get serious about deciding on the Volume II layout- what fun!

This was Cath’s inspiration for the bangle above; and what a job she did. And this is a blog post that she wrote about its creation.

Katsushika Hokusai -  The Great Wave Off the Coast of Kanagawa - modifie1


For those of you who have ordered Souvenir Calendars, you should have a shipping update soon- I’m looking at proofs RIGHT NOW. For those of you who have not, I’ll have a few left over, but not many. If you want one, you really ought to reserve one.

100% of the proceeds from calendars go to support the many books that we donate; so far, I’ve been able to donate over 100 copies. They go to bead societies, to libraries, to public schools- to hospitals, as door prizes at beady benefits… it’s a good thing. Kyle Cassidy did the shooting, too, so you know it’s gorgeous.

Here’s one of my favorite shots, featuring Dustin Wedekind reading Polya’s How To Solve It, wearing our amazing beaded collar.

Dustin how to solve it web


Calendars start in the month of October, and go for 18 months, which means that they neatly overhang the tired old Jan-Dec situation. We like this for better coverage- sometimes in February, you want to write down something for next March, but it’s really too early to be getting the next year’s edition.

You know how that goes. So hey! We solved your problem.

They are $25, full colour, glossy, gorgeous, keepers, framers, free shipping.

About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. Find her at or on some city street, walking fast, smiling at strangers.

One comment on “Things are getting busy…

  1. Jane Penrose
    July 21, 2013

    Love, love, love! the Kanagawa Wave Bangle by Cath Thomas. I can feel the movement of the waves just looking at it.

    I am looking forward to my calendar. Dustin! Thanks for the update.
    I like the quick links and the growing column of beautiful beadwork photos on the main page. Gorgeous.

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