Monday, August 4, 2008

Been a Busy Bee . . .


And I thought July, 2007 was a busy month. I honestly cannot say where any of July, 2008 went to because my fingers were buried in beads up to my ears!


Found out in mid-June that New Mexico Magazine will be using one of my necklaces in it's September issue. You know what that means, right? Yep -- scurry like a bunny to get other beaded pieces done and get a website up and running BEFORE the magazine comes out in early August. Nothing like a crashing deadline, right?


The blue-green necklace shown above is titled Ophelia I, the tragic heroine from Hamlet. It is the first in a series of projects that I have been planning -- don't be surprised to see another Ophelia necklace in a completely different colorway soon.
















This is the necklace that will be showcased in New Mexico Magazine. It was made last February and is titled Carnivale -- a gypsy's memories.

Full descriptions of both of these necklaces and other beaded pieces can be seen at -- tah-dah! My new website -- www.artfulmuse.com -- which is far from being completely done, but it is live and running.

Gotta say that building a website is not for the faint of heart! Thank goodness for templates. The huge blocks of time that are necessary for working on a project like this are incredible. And we thought the beading itself was time-consuming . . .

37 comments:

coral-seas said...

Oh, I just love Ophelia I. What a stunning necklace.

CA

Sapphire Dakini said...

What beautiful necklaces. I love "Carnivale".

beadbabe49 said...

Fantastic news and congrats on getting the website up and running! It's the huge time sink they take that's kept me from updating mine!

GraceBeading said...

Holy cow woman... have you ever! They are both absolutely GORGEOUS.

Congratulations on the magazine.

The Lone Beader said...

Wow! You have been busy!

Pursuing Art... said...

Kathy...have you been busy!

Congratulations on Carnivale being in the New Mexico Magazine! It is just gorgeous and I love the colors! Your Ophelia I necklace is stunning and looks like a beautiful antique, so apropos for the era of Ophelia!!

Your new website looks just great! Your other jewelry is lovely. And, as always, Galilea just takes my breath away and knocks my socks off!!!

~Lisa ;-)

Hélène H said...

Congratulations KV ! I went on your website, so many beauties, wow !

Bejeweled said...

Oh my goodness!!! How exciting for you!! Ophelia is gorgeous and of course I had to go running to your website :) Looking good so far! Such pretty things. Know where I'm heading if I ever win the lottery :)

Your beadwork is drop dead gorgeous and I hope the magazine exposure brings you lots of opportunities, friends and happiness!!

morwyn said...

As always - wowser!

Cathy W said...

Oh my! and to think you crochet too?!

Fabulous website & congrats on your upcoming featured necklace.
Your work is stellar!!!

a2susan said...

Hi, KV. I just LOVE your necklaces! How exciting to get published - many congratulations to you.

Susan

Pat Winter said...

Congratulations!!! Your work is exceptional, and the mag is lucky to get to share your work. Very cool!!! Way to go.
Pat

Drea said...

I saw your name on the BJP blog & thought it looked familiar ... when I saw your work I thought "hey, I know those stones!".

It's very cool to see how you use them. Your work is absolutely beautiful :o)

Congrats on getting published, I'll have to scout the local bookstores for a copy of that magazine!

~Andrea

Drea said...

I've added you to my blog roll so that I can keep up with the beautiful things you make. I know it will inspire & motivate me (LOL, no pressure or anything ;o)

Also, my friend is completely redoing my website ... the new site will have a customer gallery. I'd love to feature some of your work there (with a link back to your site of course). Does this sound like something you might be interested in?

Hélène H said...

And so KV did you sell any of these beautiful jewellery ? Did you get any orders ?

KV said...

No sales or orders yet, Helene. But I have been invited by a lovely woman in Massachusetts to participate in a craft inspiration book that will be published late next spring. She saw the necklace in the magazine . . .


Kathy

Bejeweled said...

And now you are to be published in an inspiration book too! Those orders will come! They will!

And thank you, thank you for the heads up on the pumpkin lattes :) I didn't know they had come back in season yet and it was a nice treat to pick one up and savor the first taste of autumn.

purplepaint said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. What gorgeous necklaces! Congrats on the cover of NM magazine!!! :D

david santos said...

Very, very pretty!!!
You are Master!!!
Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maggie R said...

Kathy!!!!!!!!
Look what I have been missing! Haven't been here for awhile ,
Your pieces are beyond gorgeous.... Absolutely fabulous..I Love them both. Congratulations on being published... Continued success my dear...
xoxo
((((hugs))))
Maggie

freebird said...

Congratulations. That is so great. Your beadwork deserves to be showcased. Off to see your website!

Sacredartist said...

I really like the Ophelia I necklace. I just can't stop looking at it. You are just amazing with color and design.
Congratulations on a new website. You know it always takes longer to learn something than we think it should because we were deceived when they told us in school that we had learned something by passing a test.
Thank you for your wonderful comment on my blog concerning my art quilt. You are my favorite cheerleader. Sometimes I think I make art just for you! How do you have time for all the sites that you visit and encourage and do all this? I don't know.

Sandy said...

The necklaces are beautiful. Thanks for visiting my blog too.

Bejeweled said...

Hi there! Just stopping by to say "hi"! That pesky virus is almost done working its way through my family and I'm finally getting to my inbox :) Thank you for stopping by and for your always warm comments!!

I love the sound of your upcoming Renfaire! 35,000 - 40,000 people!! Now that would be really awesome to go to! I hope you get a chance to go this year even with all the crowds. We had such a fabulous time going to our small one. Definitely will be going back next year!

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

I want you to know Kathy that I've READ every note you sent even tho I couldn't type back immediately. I smiled at every encouragement you gave to me, soaked up every bit of strength you sent over and LOVED deeply all of the wonderful things you said.

THANK YOU for truly being an inspiration to me! I'm quite honored to have been able to fight back breast cancer with you and the many others by my side. I know this never could have been pulled off without the support of artist blogger & friends. This has been a magical experience to me and FOREVER will be a reminder that PEOPLE ARE GOOD.

That lesson has changed me to become a better person and I'm thankful to you & the others for teaching me that lesson.

((((big hugs))) to you d'ling!

your sister, Monica :)

CC said...

We're not worthy! We're not worthy!!! Wow! Gorgeous work! Websites, magazine & a book? You have been a busy beader! ;)
Warmest aloha,
CC

Hélène H said...

And so KV, what have you been doing lately ?

I can't wait to see your new beauties !

Hugs.

KV said...

Thanks for asking, Helene -- I have been preparing my manuscript for publication. And trying to squeeze in some beading time, too. We'll see which project wins out in the end . . .


Kathy V in NM (who didn't realize how long it has been since she posted to her blog!)

Bejeweled said...

Preparing your manuscript for publication! Yeah! What an exciting time for you!

Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog! I was a little unsure of posting (you know what they say about religion and politics) but sometimes you just have to follow the dictates of your conscious :)

Have a great day!

purplepaint said...

These are so gorgeous!!! Beautiful work!

Sunni said...

Hi,
I wanted to drop by and wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
Hugs,
Sunni

Hélène H said...

Hi Kathy,

I hope you are OK. I miss seeing your beauties.

I send you my very best wishes for a happy, healthy and creative new Year 2009 !

Love,

Pursuing Art... said...

Happy New Year Kathy!

Thank you for your wishes and swinging by. I keep stopping in, but no update. I've been thinking of you and we all sure miss you!!! Hope you have been well and enjoyed the holidays with your family!

Wishing you a new year full of peace, love and prosperity...~Lisa ;-)

Bejeweled said...

Oh dear! I seem to have misplaced your email address. So I'll leave a note here ....

No, I don't think I entered into any beading contests?? It's probably the curse of the common name at work :) Sooooo many Heathers.

Hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season and that the New Year is treating you well!!!

Terri said...

Your work is stunning!
Congratulations!!

Haloquin said...

Carnivale is absolutely stunning. I'll be following your blog, these creations are gorgeous!

Thank you for sharing.
~Haloquin
www.haloquin.wordpress.com
(followed your comment on my blog to here, thanks for joining my giveaway!)

Merry said...

Oh wow...your work is stunning.