Monday, November 7, 2011

Learning and Growing - Sherry Serafini Class REALLY Expanded my Creativity

This weekend was such a weekend of extreme emotion.  Starting with a very hard good-bye to my uncle who was taken too soon.  He was an incredible man, father, husband, brother and son.  To my aunt, he was her soulmate... the person that could finish her sentences, make her laugh, show her the kind of love you only find once in a lifetime.  It was precious to be able to share memories, but everyone also shed so many tears - Bill was such a genuine wonderful person, filled with love and gone too soon.

Can you say WOW?? Stunning collar by Sherry Serafini
As if I was sent a message from Heaven, I also was able to take a great bead embroidery workshop from Sherry Serafini on Sunday.  The chances that she was teaching anywhere that I could drive to was miraculous on it's own.  I didn't know when I registered over 2 months ago just how much this workshop would be needed for my soul.  Honestly, I know things happen for a reason... this "happening" fell into place perfectly.

I had never taken a class... beyond college... but a class I was looking forward to taking for fun - this was a first.  The ladies at Funky Hanna's in Racine were so accommodating, answering all my questions and making sure everyone felt welcome.  Class was full and the energy amongst all the women beading was incredible!

The project we were working on was a component style pendant.  I'm about 75% done, so I'll post those photos when I finish.  We were also able to play in Sherry's stash.  I scored the MOST amazing cameo that I can't wait to turn into something extraordinary.

BUT even beyond the project was the little tips or "Golden Nuggets" that you pick up from Sherry and other beaders just working side-by-side.  I learned so much!  I can't even believe how crazy fast my brain is working right now.  Honestly.... this class was all about thinking outside of the box.  Making components that can come together to creating something incredible!

Sherry, if you should happen to land here on my blog, thank you so much!  I cannot express in words what I feel in emotions.  Getting a peek inside of how your brain works was so much fun!!!  Letting us "play dress up" with some of your amazing collars was inspiring!  Your kind remarks about my necklace was so, so touching.  I'm humbled, flattered and sincerely grateful.  I very much look forward to sharing classroom space with you again.

I was so busy taking it all in, I didn't snap many photos.  BUT here's the ones I did take! 
These were some examples of the Wavy Cuff Class Sherry taught on Saturday.
I fell in LOVE with this collar... seriously it was all sparkly with gorgeous Swarovski Crystals and gold... oh baby did it have some gold!  Honestly, reminded me of what royalty would wear in ancient Egypt!
Who's royalty now?
I told you I love that collar... It was stunning.  I am now an honorary member of Ancient Egyptian Royalty... seriously! ;)
 My lessons for the weekend:
  • Surround yourself in love - family, friends, and business associates.  Life is too short to hold on to negative feelings.
  • Say "I love you!"  Tell those you love how much they mean to you. 
  • Surround yourself with people that have achieved more success than you.  You will learn something new all the time and continue to grow as a person.  
  • Beauty is everywhere!  Embrace it!
Hugs and creativity to you this week!

P.S.  For anybody looking to learn how to do bead embroidery, I learned from Sherry's book The Art of Bead Embroidery that she co-wrote with Heidi Kummli.  That book was my bible and the coolest part is that it's almost like two books in one.  Sherry and Heidi share each of their styles (which are very different) and learning both styles let me figure out "Dawn's way" a style unique to me. Sherry was my teacher even before she knew she was my teacher!


Shirley said...

I got the opportunity to go hang out at my beading store on Saturday, so I know the kind of excitement you're talking about. I can just imagine how exciting it was to hang out with her, and capture those golden nuggets. I haven't tried bead embroidery yet, but I knew I would get her book to start me out on the right path when I did. Thanks so much for sharing!

Therese's Treasures said...

Dawn, condolences on the loss of your Uncle. I love Sherry Serafini and a big fan, so I'm just a little jealous that you got to go to one of her classes, but yet happy for you too. The gold collar looks really good on you. It is a very beautiful piece.
Sherry will be teaching classes at the B&B show in June and if I get to go I hope to be able to take her class.

Designs by Dawn Marie said...

Thank you both so very much! Honestly, it's amazing the synergy when we're hanging out with other beaders and artisans. It's incredible!

Hope you both have an amazing week!

Azure Islands Designs said...

My heart goes out to you Dawn on the loss of your uncle!

It is a good thing you had your amazing class to go to on Sunday...I'm sure it was a great help to you!

Take care...

Shaiha said...

I am so sorry about the loss of your uncle. Perhaps you could find something treasured by him and make it up into a necklace for your aunt.

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