Go Big or Go Home!

I am so excited about all of the new developments in my life both personal and professional! As usual, I have neglected my blog because there has been so much happening! I know I keep saying that, but it's true! Some of you know, but for those that don't I am preparing for the Pasadena Bead and Design Show! By a bizarre and magical twist of fate I will be there with all of my vintage and mixed media pieces and parts, as well as, some of my Art and Jewelry Designs! I was completely honored when I found out that I would be able to participate in this event. The show is in 10 days...July 26-July 29, 2012 from 10-6 daily.
Pasadena Bead and Design Show
July 26-29 2012 10AM-6PM Daily
So this is it! I am so grateful to be given this huge opportunity to reach such a large audience. I have never participated in an event this large and I am not going to lie- I have some butterflies! It's a combination of excitement and nerves :) I think every artist goes through it when a show approaches. I am usually on the other side of the coin at this show shopping for all kinds of unusual things to incorporate into my work. If you have never been to this show, it is a must see! This is not your typical run of the mill repetitive bead show...you will find artists from the well known to the up and coming, small specialized companies that make one of a kind components (which I love to use), hand dyed ribbons and fibers, imported pieces and so much more! My table is located in the center of the largest ballroom near Karen Nan and Iris from Beadology of Huntington Beach. I'm so glad I get to share this moment with some familiar faces! I am pulling out all of the stops making components and tons of new made pieces to get everyone's creative juices flowing. 
Steampunk Cuff by Crystal Basica
I have been hunting for new unusual vintage pieces to add to my collection. Those of you that made it out to Garden of Beaden's Trunk Show got to see a little sneak peak of some of my new finds...don't worry there is more! I have stocked up all of my trays sticking with the one rule that has got me this far..only buy what you love. I plan to bring a few items that I have secretly been hoarding for myself too. 
The gals that put on this event have been fantastic! I can't wait to meet them in person.  I feel super lucky and honored to be vending in my dear friend Melanie Doerman's old spot. I know she will be there in spirit and I hope I can make her proud! I just got some more pieces of hers that I will be made available through my Etsy shop in the next day or so...

I am also teaching a technique that I learned from her at the Garden of Beaden this Saturday. My friend Rico who is studying to be a Landscape Architect helped me dub this class "Beadscaping." I love this technique because it forces you to use your own creativity. Each piece comes out looking exactly like the person that made it.
A Beadscape by Crystal Basica
I have been working on a new piece with a steampunk twist, I decided I am leaving it half done so I can demo on it during class, but here is a peek at what I have so far...
Steampunk Beadscape
I think Rico would call this one a "Steamscape." lol :) I will put up a better picture when it is complete. I am truly  looking forward to teaching for the first time in a long time. 
So needless to say I have a few things on my plate, or my platter as my friend Sue calls it :)  I have had so many crazy ideas over the last month. I can't seem to find enough hours in the day. I keep writing thoughts down and sketching in a journal so I can make some of these ideas a reality for Glitterfest this fall. I usually pick a theme when I am doing an art show, it helps me focus. This time I decided on Magic. I'm going with a Steampunk Houdini kind of vibe. It's kind of an apropos theme consistent with all of the good things that have been happening lately. If I can choose one word to describe my life lately is it definitely magical. Stay tuned for more new developments and I hope to see you at Pasadena!

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