Zentangle Challenge #91 Beads Of Courage

The diva challenged us this week to take inspiration from the Beads Of Courage Program in honor of her son, Artoo and his friend EJ’s birthdays.  Beads Of Courage is a wonderful program, and when I am in my bead making mode, I like to take part in it.  I made a simple tangle of three beads, and this time I actually colored them:

Glitterfest 2012!

My daughter and I finally made it to this years Glitterfest held in Santa Ana CA.  As art/craft shows go, I found it to be very unique.  There were a lot of amazing and creative artists represented.  It was sooo crowded, but I managed to take some photos:

My daughter fell in love with these crowns, tiaras, and headbands; I will have to have a go at making one sometime soon…

These vintage button rings were so cute!

And even better, Maria Grimes of Garden Path Beads was there.  When I started making lampwork beads, I came across many talented bead makers.  There are only a handful of bead artists that I admire, and Maria is one of them.  She is a skilled lampworker, and comes up with the most wonderful and unique ideas to incorporate into her designs.  Here is an adorable pig pendant I bought – “When Pigs Fly”: