Monday, 8 February 2010

The journey continues ...

Ooops!  I must apologize for another late blog entry.  I have been busy making lots of new things (honest!) but I just haven't got round to taking pictures of them.  I have also been working on some ideas for possible contest entries and some of those will need to stay under wraps for a little while longer.  Anyway, the big news that I hinted at last time was that it looks like I am going to take the plunge and try my hand at teaching.  When I first started beading, I never imagined that I would sell anything, let alone have a project published and the thought of teaching seemed like an impossibility to me, but step by little step, things are progressing.  Despite my internet persona, I am actually a nervous bunny who lacks confidence, but this opportunity has presented itself to me and I know that I need to at least give it my best shot.  I think the thing that I have come to realise is that although I believe in the power of positive thinking, I am also a realist and no amount of visualising myself as a confident tutor with a rapt class of students is going to make it real.  I am nervous, I will shake, I will stutter, I will drop beads, but that is the way I am, and I am hoping that embracing all of those sometimes annoying human traits rather than denying them, will make for a fun and friendly class.  The details are still being worked out, but hopefully I will be teaching the versatile flower shown below at The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Limited later this year and I will post exact details here when I know them.

Oh and before I go, I wanted to show you this Treasury West I managed to grab on Etsy on Friday. I saw this beautifully bright bag my friend Claudette of Moonflower 20 Creations made, and I found it so uplifting on a gloomy day, that I went off in search of other cheerful items to complement it and this was the result ...



Right, that's it for this week.  I have some beads to order and then it's back to beading samples, writing instructions and working on the dreaded diagrams.  See you next week!

8 comments:

  1. Go for it, Kerry!
    It'll be a success for sure!

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  2. Oh, sorry for the stupid misspelling!
    English names aren't my thing... :)

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  3. I love the article, Kerrie, and the new colors for this piece are beautiful! I love the purple one, too! I have realized now why your pieces are so gorgeous and classy! It's because you use only a few colors! I know you'll be great at teaching and remember: your students are very nervous, too! Thanks so much for including me in the Favorite West! I showed it to my family this weekend and they loved it! Best of luck! ♥

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  4. This is a stunning treasury! I love how you use colours, you have a real feel for them. As for the teaching, they'll be terrified of you, at least those who don't know what a sweetie you are! They'll also be too busy concentrating on those tiny little beads! xxx

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  5. I love the treasury! Beautiful colors!

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  6. Kerrie - I think you will be a great teacher. Your instructions are always very clear. Good luck and have fun with it!

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  7. Kerrie - you'll be fantastic. Your projects are beautiful (I buy magazines based on whether your work is included!), and as for being nervous - your love of the subject and your ability will still shine through. Practice will help you to teach despite your nerves, and you will learn to deal with them. Go for it!!

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  8. Thank you for all your great supportive and encouraging comments everyone!

    Kerrie x

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