Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Revere Academy

While I was in Milwaukee at bead and Button, I tool a class with Revere Academy from San Francisco. It was not to complete a finished piece of jewelry, it was focused on correct technique. What a great class it was. I would love to take their course. I like their name. It is after the founder whose last name it is, but it also is French for dreamy.... Well, that would be my dream. Maybe one day when I retire?

Monday, June 11, 2012


Do you know what the work "Possibilitarian" means? I didn't. When I read the editorial by Jo Packham in "Where women create" of this month, I had no idea this word existed. She writes about how so many of us dream of all possibilities but don't actually "make" something often. She describes how the dreaming of these things is also a creative outlet, and in fact for many, the actual creative process. I experience that. I am forever ready to make my masterpiece but lack the time and opportunity to actually work on it. I do however see endless possibilities and dream about what could be and hopefully, one day, will be. That dreaming though is where at least I am creative and drift into making wonderful pieces in my mind and explore the possibilities that exist. It is such a wonderful way to spend time, and that is exactly what I did at Bead and Button in Milwaukee. There is such a gathering of talented people, some of who are "makers" and others who are "dreamers". We all collect and add to our stash, or as my friend Rebekah calls it, the vault. I think we are all possibilitarians. It means: Someone who believes that there are always possibilities, if you look for them. The word comes from Norman Vincent 'Power of Positive Thinking' Peale, who wrote: "I challenge you to become a 'possibilitarian'. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities - always see them, for they are always there."(wiki definition).  I did manage to make my first cabochon ring with Janet Alexander, a great instructor.  

From today onward I am coming out as a proud possibilitarian at heart!