Saturday, March 14, 2015

Great Books

I picked up a couple of books in the last few weeks.  The first is "Senufo: Unbound".  This book is the show catalog to the exhibition, "Senufo: Art and Identity in Western Africa" at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  It is a large book and has 287 pages filled with photos from the exhibition.  It provides amazing inspiration.  You can get it now at the CMA book store or pre-order on Amazon.  If you can't make it to the exhibition, the book is the next best thing.

The other book has been around for a long time but I finally picked it up.  "The History of Beads" is also a large book with 396 pages. I've been wanting this for a while.  I am going to enjoy reading about the beads I have been collecting for so long.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

My Marketing Plan

Last year at Bead and Button my friends did an intervention.  I think it went something like this ...."We want to talk to you about your marketing plan".  I started laughing because I haven't had anything up on Etsy for a couple years. Since December I've been putting items up on Etsy and I now have 22 pieces.  That is big for me.

I am constantly working on improving the photography.  For right now I have a rhythm going. I stopped taking pictures at night using lights.  Instead I am taking them during the day taking advantage of our corner windows in the dining area.  Because I work this limits the days I can take pictures to Saturday and Sunday.  And the timing is critical.  I shoot in the morning before the sun comes streaming through the windows.

One of these days I need to switch from my little point and shoot to Lou's DSLR. step at a time.

Here are a few of things that I have on my Etsy site.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fossils, Geodes, and More!!

 The other thing I wanted to see in Tucson was fossils and geodes.  But first I saw this....

I went all the way to Tucson to see fossilized dinosaur poop!!!  They should make t-shirts. 
These were table tops. If I were filthy stinking rich I would have these for my kitchen and bathroom countertops.


Ammonites the size of dinner plates.

Fossilized Mud Cracks...also called Septarian Node.

I don't even know what to say about this one.  It's definitely a boy geode....and it was happy to see us. 

It must be so much fun to find these out in nature. You just don't think these are going to be so large.  

Crinoids...fossilzed sea lily

For a mere $5,000 you too can have a giant amethyst geode!!
Just one of many tables filled with black tourmaline

Trilobites.  These were the size of serving platters. Imagine these crawling out of the primordial ooze.

This was the size of a coffee table. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

African Village

I have been wanted to see African Village for a few years now.  This was definitely a high spot for me.  Now that I have been can I not go back next year!!  There were ~80 tents filled with all sorts of beads, masks, statues, mudcloth, baskets, and more.  It was almost too much to take in and in retrospect I should have gone back for a second look.

My pictures aren't great.  Sometimes I can get good pics with the iPhone...not so much on this day. But this gives you an idea of what it was like.

There were tons of beads and the prices were amazing.  Too bad I already have quite a few.  I wasn't really in the market for beads. 
Beaded chairs

Close up of a statue. It was probably 6 feet tall.
Another really large statue

I have been looking for bronze leopards for a while. Although a large one (or two) like this wasn't in the budget...this year.  I did get a small one.  They are from Nigeria.

The center statue is a power figure.  It is used to contain and control a spiritual force.  The box in the stomach will be packed with medicines in resin to attract the spirit. A nail or blade is driven in the figure each time the spirit is invoked.  

Next up...fossils and geodes.

Monday, February 16, 2015

White Dove of the Desert

The Mission San Xavier del Bac is called the White Dove of the Desert for a good reason.  You see it long before you arrive there. It is stark white against the sky. It's so white it makes the sky look much darker than it actually is in photos.  These are straight off the iPhone with no retouching.

The mission was founded by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. Construction of the current church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797.  It's a amazing example of Spanish colonial architecture.

The interior is very ornate and it would take more than one visit to really absorb everything that is there. There is a mix of Spanish, European and Native American influences.  



Next up....African Village