Beer & Beadz – April 2017

April’s Beer & Beadz was hosted by Susan Otto-Bain.

The theme – Your Favourite Things!  Members were asked to bring a tool, reference book or website, nifty diddies, findings, a bead or a rod of their favourite go to glass – something that they just couldn’t live without or part with for a show and tell.

They went around the group and each person showed their “favourite thing” they brought and talked about it.  Some were tools, bead rollers, or favourite beads.  At least 3 members felt their tungsten tweezers were their “must have” tool.

The menu was beef tacos and other goodies attendees brought to share.

The demo was Dichro Dots.  These have become a popular thing these days and Susan demo’d how they are used.  Between Susan and Melanie G everyone got a piece of dichro to take home and try.

The night ended with our traditional bead swap.

Beer & Beadz – February 2017

This month’s Beer & Beads was hosted by Susan Otto-Bain at her little oasis known as the Tikki Hut.  It was another great turnout and we ate pulled pork sliders, a variety of salads and to finish off … chocolate, raspberries and cookies!  Thanks to everyone for your yummy offerings.

The theme was “Twisties”.  Basically we were to bring a bead or beads to show and tell our work with twisties.  Most members brought a piece of the twistie used to make their bead.  After show and tell Susan did a demo on how to make a twistie.

Susan also demonstrated how she engraves dichroic glass.  Ever wonder how she gets all those intricate patterns into her dichroic glass? well now we know.  I was surprised how much of it is free hand work.  She uses a small inexpensive battery operated engraving tool she told us is sold at Lee Valley. Working on the dichroic side of the glass she engraves shapes, lines and other art work on the piece.

The night ended with our bead exchange and this time a twistie exchange as well.

Beer & Beadz – January 2017

January’s Beer & Beadz was hosted by Alexx Cheng in Thailand.

The group travelled to Thailand where they met up with Alexx and began a week long tour of the sites, sounds and culture of various parts of Thailand. Below is just a few of the pictures I was able to pull off the web.  Most of the travelers will have posted to their various Facebook pages and websites.

This is the highlights of the itinery I received from Alexx.

1. One night stay at Chantaburi province and Priew waterfall.

2. Two nights at Koh Kood island staying at A-Na-Lay resort.

3. Visit Hell Fire glass bead production plant in Chiangmai.

4. Visit local school with goodies for Thailand’s National Children’s day.

5. Massages, food, shopping.

6. Visit Sri Lana national park staying on floating lake house for one night.

More fun photos …

 

Bling 2016

BLING was a wonderful success.  All of the Pyros that participated had a wonderful time – Debbie Armstrong, Stephanie Dieleman, Tammy Mercier, Kerri Fuhr, Trudy Nichol, Ikuyo Yamanaka, Kirsten Rankel, Melanie Graham, Wendy Maurer, Cathy Beaumont, Melanie Rowe, Barb Fukusaka, Ken & Silvia McIntosh, Janice Blair, Maria Keating, Julie Coster, Elisabeth Owre and Heather Konschuh.
This year our BLING event was held at the Heritage Hall in Vancouver.  The venue is well known for hosting weddings and craft fairs throughout the year.  The area is busy with boutiques and bistros which allows for alot of walk by traffic.

Because of the success of this event we decided to rebook the hall for 2017 and so …

KEEP THE DATE:  NOVEMBER 26TH, 2017

Beer & Beadz – December 2016

Each year Kerry hosts the annual Christmas party and B&B.  Everyone brings an appetizer to share, a beverage to drink, and a gift to exchange.  The gift exchange is a pick & steal style where a person picks a gift and either opens it or uses it to steal someone else’s gift.  The only rule is that a gift can only be stolen 3 times so there is a strategy to this game.

In keeping with our Beer & Beadz tradition there was also a theme for this event.  Kerry challenged us to show the progression of our beads.  Bring or show one of our “firsts” as well as one of our “current” to show the progression from the original bead to where we are now.  The results were impressive.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

 

 

 

Beer & Beadz – October 2016

October’s Beer & Beadz was hosted by Kirsten and once again we had another stellar turnout!  It’s great to see so many people turn out to these events and so many that come in from Chilliwack, quite the commute!

The theme was a continuation of the previous months theme.  In September Elisabeth challenged us to plan our designs and work with lots of color.  The inspiration was Desigual with all it’s great colorful patterns.

Several members paired up at that time to design their beads on paper and then follow their pattern when they made the beads.

While this was a tough challenge, it was also very inspiring for several members.  Melanie brought out her collection of fused glass she was inspired to make.  Unfortunately I didn’t get a closeup of her stuff but take my word for it .. it was awesome!

This B&B was also an opportunity to show off our new banner for Bling! as well as hand out posters and postcards for our advertising campaign. I think they turned out great!

 

Beer & Beadz – September 2016

Our September Beer & Beadz was hosted by Elizabeth Owre.  Once again we had a really good turnout, several coming all the way in from Chilliwack.  The weather held up so we were able to enjoy her beautiful garden patio.

The theme was to create colourful beads inspired by the designs from the spanish clothing brand Desigual.  It was a great challenge for some of us who just sit at the torch and melt glass.  For this challenge you were required to design your bead on paper from beginning to end before going to the torch.

There were very interesting results but what fun.

Our bead exchange was also comprised of bright colourful beads.

This theme will be carried over to the October Beer & Beadz hosted by Kirsten so bring your “designed” beads for show & tell.

 

Beer & Beadz – August 2016

A great time was had by all that attended August’s B&B.  This outdoor social event was hosted by Joanne and Dave Carter at their home affectionately known as “Carterville”.   Wondering around their property was a treat.  Aside from garages full of fabulous antique cars, Dave’s train motored along the winding tracks laid throughout the gardens.

I was extremely envious of Joanne’s cute cabin studio.  It was nicely laid out to display many of her finished jewellery pieces and tiny flowers in vases.  It has a large picture window bringing in all kinds of natural light.  A perfect showroom for inviting in customers!

Members were encouraged to bring their spouses and many did.  It was a great afternoon just sitting by the pond chatting.