To Infinity....and then the SCUBA show!

April 29th, 2011. Endeavor Space Shuttle Mission STS-134. Launch time 3:47 EDT

This will be the very last flight for the Endeavor. And the ONLY flight for Orbits the Space Kitty! Orbits will be taking off along with 50 other bead buddies aboard the Endeavor for it’s final flight....and for Beads Of Courage! As some of you may know, “Buzz, the Space Frog” was aboard last year’s Atlantis flight STS-132, also the final flight for that space craft. This is very exciting for me! It truly is an honor to be part of the launch as well as another awareness and fund raiser for my friends at Beads of Courage! Good luck and best wishes to the entire crew of the Endeavor! We’ll see you when you return to earth!

I love this photo (Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller ) I took this from the NASA website. I’ve been here once before....wish I could be there on the 29th...but Orbits will be there in spirit for me!

Next up, the Long Beach SCUBA show is approaching quickly. This year the show will take place on June 4th and 5th at the Long Beach Convention Center. This is always a very busy show for me and the most work! I am very excited this year to have, once again, a selection of glass goodies from the Mazet Studios. Along with lots of new goodies from me, including a new line of bottle stoppers and jewelry! I will post a few teaser photos soon....

Spring time...

The month of April began in Las Vegas for the annual Glass Craft Expo which included a great class with Josh Mazet and always a fun weekend with my sister, Lisa and all of our show buddies. I came home to my “purrfect” kittens and found they had gone wild! As Roger says, they don’t touch the floor anymore! It’s from the chair to the couch to the the shelf and so on! But honestly, they (Orbit and Isabella) are dong great and we couldn’t be happier with the new furries. Sebastian is getting along so much better than I thought , which makes us very happy.

This weekend the So Cal Flame Surfers are hosting a fund raiser for Beads of Courage (BOC) at CBS in the City of Orange. We will have torches going for 6 hours straight making beads for BOC plus Don McKinney will be demoing paper weights and other goodies in his hot shop. And speaking of Beads of Courage, I am happy to announce that I have a second bead that will be flying into space this month on the next Space Shuttle launch! “Orbits the Space Kitty” will be taking off along with 57 other bead buddies on April 29th.
I am very excited to be part of this mission and helping Beads of Courage!

My next show will be back in the the City of Orange next Saturday, April 23rd at the OC bead society Art of Adorning/Bead Bazaar. Be sure to stop by...this is a fantastic bead and jewelry show. Plus it’s outside on the grounds of the Bowers Museum and the weather is usually beautiful.

After my OC show, it is SCUBA show time again! I will be in my designer mode which is so much fun. for the past several months I have this on my mind and it will be time to start putting it all together. Stay tuned for some fun stuff, including octopus earrings and some new nudi jewelry! It’s all coming soon.....