Sunday, February 13, 2011

Past, Present and Future

by MaryAnn Carroll

I thought I would share my Saturday adventures.  I am fortunate enough to have 3 beautiful grandchildren.  My oldest grandchild Lacey had her first sleep over with us on Friday.  She and I had a big day planned for Saturday.  First, on the agenda was making jewelry!  Encouraging creativity while they're young, hopefully, will carry over into adult life.  Since we were headed to the bead store, we took along the latest beads that she and her cousin Kim glazed the last time they were over...

...Since I'm all about 'creating handmade with handmade' I encouraged her to bring her own glazed beads along in hopes that she might be able to combine them with the lady bugs that she wanted to find at the bead store....


We arrived at our destination Beads and Beyond in Cortland, NY.  Carol, the owner, is always so pleasant, friendly and also.... helpful!  Soon after Carol purchased a small bead shop, she packed up and moved into the old factory along with other small businesses.


I live in an area that is close to many large craft supply stores, but I prefer to support our local small businesses.....


 And Carol carries a tremendous variety of beads.  One of the many things I like about her shop is that there are soooo many beads that you can purchase individually rather than having to purchase entire strands....


Then, there is the cozy spot in the back where all customers are welcome to sit and create.  Carol offers assistance to newbies......


And here is one newbie.... A FUTURE designer :O)


...who was once on a mission for a ladybug, but is now having a hard time deciding once faced with so many choices....  I think we can all relate to that!


Choice made.... interest redirected to the tables of beads and...


Nonnie (that's me ;o) makes the charm bracelet!

Now, it is off to visit the PAST....

That is the PAST, alright!

It is the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, NY.


This is AMAZING!!!


Look at all of these!  Trying to find the right fossil is like trying to find the right bead....


Got it!!!  Let me investigate a little further!


Hmmm.....  I think those might be some sort of shell imprint....


It was then time to say good-bye to one of the many dogs that were in the museum visiting from the dog rescue organization in Tompkins County.

Now...  I'm going to quickly move on to the PRESENT... since I'm losing steam ;o)

 Well... this was Lacey after yesterday's trip. 

I'm sure she has quickly recovered and is up and running around today.


Me, however....  I'm still looking similiar to the picture above.  I think I'll have a low key day and glaze some more beads!
What are your current creative plans for today or tomorrow or perhaps, some other time in the future?

10 comments:

BeaderBubbe said...

What a beautiful young lady and how lucky you can share your love of creativity. I have all grandsons, so while my creative juices are limited to "boy" things, they have helped me with beading sometimes...but they are more into boy stuff. Building blocks, cars, games and toy characters...What a great place to bring your granddaughter to...must check out that place if I ever get upstate. thanks for a great post.

Patty said...

Looks like someone had a full, fun day!

D'Arsie Manzella said...

It's wonderful that you can spend time with her like this. She's got the coolest Nonnie! And I noticed- Ithaca has no snow?

MaCarroll Beads said...

LOL! We've got a record breaking snowfall for this year. So much so, I don't know if it will all melt in time to start all over again next winter. I forgot to take general pictures of the bead shop, so I grabbed them from Carol's website.... Apparently, taken under better conditions :O) It was FREEZING yesterday with the winds whipping!! As for having boys.... my first two were boys and no matter how much I tried to get them to settle down and work on something... it always led to spills, crashes and then some!!! They were the role models for my 3rd which is a girl :O)

mairedodd said...

aww! what a full and wonderful day spent with you! i am etching today, working on remaking that one ring... for some reason, i cannot let this go and so may as well work through it! maybe you could watch her favorite movie today?!

VanBeads said...

Ooo, that looks like a wonderful way to spend a Saturday! The next time I head out west, I'll have to make sure I stop in at that bead store. Wow! I love discovering new bead shops!

pam hobbs said...

I'm glad you had such a good time with Lacy!

Marsha of Marsha Neal Studio said...

What a great post about a wonderful day!!! I love that she set up shop in that old building (there is an old factory down the road here, years away from reconstruction) but I am hoping that maybe I can get in there to be in an artists community if they decide to follow through with that mode of thinking…

Thanks for sharing!!!

Shaiha said...

Your granddaughter is so cute. And I wish that I had had someone encourage me when I was young. maybe it wouldn't have taken until I was in my 40s to discover that I do have a muse.

Kelli said...

Awwww!!! Looks like Lacey had SO much fun!!! Looking forward to the day when Makenna and I can make jewelry together!!
- Love the jewelry store!!! We have an art center here in Louisville, Mellwood Art Center. It used to be a Fisher Packing Plant (stockyards, meat processing, etc) Beautiful old brick, buildings have been gutted. It's now full of shops and lots and lots of studio spaces tht can be rented by artists. VERY cool place. I participate in their Sept art show each year.

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