This weekend, FINALLY! A real honest-to-goodness-not-virtual art show. I'll be joining a small group of super creative, imaginative, highly skilled, fun makers and craftspeople in Glenview, Illinois at Art in the Garden, a Grassroots Art Show.
Above is a cuff bracelet I made last week. It makes you feel good when you put it on. It's sort of like a weighted blanket, if you know what I'm talking about, you KNOW what I mean. Come visit us if you're in the 'hood this weekend. I promise you'll be safe, we'll all be safe and we'll all feel SO much better at doing something we love, together. That what's been missing, is the together.
It's mid-March, we're all hunkering down during our extended stay-cations to wait out the world-wide pandemic. I believe the threat will pass in a few months. I believe we will emerge from our homes and yards to visit our local Farmer's Markets. I believe we will all emerge and be kinder to our neighbors. I believe the pandemic will pass and we will resume doing the things we all love - and I believe we all will have better hygiene habits that will stay with us. I believe I will see many of you at the upcoming art shows several months from now. Take heart! Enjoy your time at home, deep clean your houses like our grandmothers used to do every spring! Learn to bake, dig deep and do that yard work you've been dreaming about all winter. Read those books, write letters, pick up the phone, call friends, watch the birds. Our collective staycations can be a good thing.
Rejection season is in full swing, that's why it's SO thrilling to announce the first few shows I WAS NOT rejected from for the 2020 season. I just learned I was accepted into Artspire in LaCrosse, WI on Saturday, June 13th. I'll be at the Door County Wearable Art Show 2xs this summer...I am humbled to be included in this tremendous line-up of very talented makers. I also know I've been invited to participate at Art in the Garden in Glenview on the weekend of August 29 + 30. It's so lovely to be accepted into a show. It's the simple things that can make me so very happy. Acceptance is one of them.
My online store is closed. TRUTH...it's a gigantic pain in the a*s to keep the online store stocked and up-to-date. I think many of us have chosen to make 2020 the year of simplifying our lives.
Here's what to do next.
Pop open Facebook-I'm sure it's open in another tab, navigate to: Braceletluv by Lynda Wallis
LIKE the page.
TaDA!! We are now connected, you'll see all the lastest and freshest bracelets I've made. You'll have up-to-the minute notice of upcoming shows. And we can communicate as well. I DO love hearing from you. xo, Lynda
A whole series of different birds move into this birdhouse - that my bro Eddy made in 1970 as a Cub Scout project - every year to nest and raise families. Black-capped chickadees are the first family of the 2017 season to move in and keep me company as I weave new bracelets out on the patio. First show of the 2017 season - see that segue? - this Sunday, May 21st at the inspiring and historic Woodstock Square, in Woodstock, Illinois. I guarantee the chickadees will be there too.
Remember sorting stuff when you were little? I had a flashback moment this morning. I couldn't help myself. The light was just right for picture taking. I am a color addict.
What did I learn?
Sorting things is still TOTALLY satisfying.
I'm extremely short on bracelets with blue stones and beads....hmmmmmm.
Matte finish beads, Snowflake Obsidian, African Turquoise, and Carnelian plus a leaf from a lime tree given to me to care for by my bonus daughter. Two silver toned beads with paisley designs came from a terrifically ugly sweater that has since been returned to Goodwill - I bought the sweater for the 14 amazing buttons. All three bracelets were just added to my online store. Check 'em out: Simple Doubles.
There they were, laid out like a pile of lady bugs in the sun; fresh beads, soaking up the late February sun with their new friends, snowdrops. All this stored sunlight will ooze from the bracelets I'll be weaving in-JOY.
New beading nook.
I set up my original beading table almost 5 years ago. It needed to be consolidated. It was liberating to clean off every-single-bead, put each one it's it correct place and start fresh. This space is less spread out. The storage is more vertical. But it's still in my favorite room in the house with a great view of the lake out the window. The desk came from a legendary bag lady I rented from in college, she was a force of nature!
BTW...I LOVE organizing spaces and stuff. If you really, REALLY need help re-organizing or purging a space in your home, let me know. Perhaps I can help.
May this holiday season be filled with all your heart's desires.
Shipping ends Tuesday, December 20th at noon. We're flying away to NYC, just because we can! The cats are NOT allowed to go to the post office by themselves. They have LOTS of trouble sealing the packing envelopes the bracelets ship out in...their fur gets stuck ALL OVER, it's a mess.
Shipping will resume after Christmas. Gift giving is appreciated any day of the year! Don't limit yourself to holiday's.
Thanks for a terrific 2016. Looking forward to hitting the road again in 2017. I'll keep you posted regarding shows when the season begins again.
I've completely given into my lifelong love of beads, stones, making stuff and stories, not particularly in that order.