Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ants in the Plants

The leaf cutters came out yesterday, after near two weeks hiding underground. I guess the sugar buzz finally wore off; here's a video of them harvesting fallen Palo Verde blooms last month.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Desert Millinery

Jean Power: Milliner: making hats of paper in plastic in Sabino Canyon. Not rubbish!

Jean Power is packing up her beads and heading home tomorrow to London. She's amazing, her work is undervalued, and she "taught" me how to bead a triangle, which I turned into a ring, then turned into illustrations.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Seed Bead Summit Weekend was a great success, judging by the comments and also simply by my own feelings. I feel recharged, wanting to bead again, which is great since Kate and I are making The Bead Book You Need (pre-orders keep us going: Geometrics at bigcartel). I'd like to go on about how wonderful the interactions have been but others have done it better with pictures and videos (Marcia, Kate, Beadmobile ... ) and I've got work to do. Like gnomes in pointy fez hats: