Monday, August 9, 2010

Go Fly a Kite

The Chicago Botanic Garden held its annual Kite Festival this past weekend. We decided to attend with the Short One this year and ended up having a great time.

Kites are so beautiful, aren't they? To be honest, I don't have many memories flying kites when I was a child, but I've always admired their colorful designs.

I was rather partial to this dragon, but the owners had some trouble getting it up in the air.

We all thought the shark was rather cool, too.

In addition, the Chicago Fire Kite Team performed with amazing stunt kite flying. I'd never even heard of this before - it was interesting to see formation kite flying (there are videos on the Garden website here, if you're interested).

It was a fun family event. The SO had the opportunity to make his own small paper kite, and we ended up taking a larger one home with us to fly in the field near our house.

I hope you had a good weekend, too. I actually finished up four more charm designs (with yet another 3 designs in process, believe it or not), so expect pics shortly. (And, yes, I have thought about making a kite charm but am still grappling with making the tail sturdy enough for daily wear...)

In the meantime, here are your links for the week:

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean explains a bit more about "The Jean's List", an ongoing selection of her favorite jewelry designers selected from all types of jewelry!

A Bead A Day
Lisa's exloring the concept of "happy jewelry"! Stop by and share your thoughts on expressing happiness in your jewelry designs.

Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
Lorelei visits a cool lampwork artist in Atlanta, and tries her hand at making a bead.

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi whips up a one hour brooch project with left over chain.

Katie's Beading Blog
See 3 bloggers' ideas for painting metal, stringing crystals and making custom toggles using my new components. Jewelry Making
Tammy has spotted several celebrities who have new jewelry lines and wonders what you think about this.

Cindy Gimbrone aka The Lampwork Diva
Cindy learns that the fourth time can be a charm.

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Melanie's friend David Erk Nelson shares a free project from his upcoming book Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred...a stuffed Cthulhu sock toy!

Art Bead Scene
Art Bead Scene gets creative with storing supplies.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Offered up in this week's Thursday Giveaway is a pack of Katiedid Creative Components by Katie Hacker.

Beading Arts
Metal clay is a great material to have in your jewelry-making repertoire!

Strands of Beads
Melissa is giving away one of her new fine silver charms this week. Enter now!

Thanks for visiting.

1 comment:

Pretty Things said...

Those kites are so awesome. When we go to the Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian, we're always awed by the cool kites they have for sale in the gift shop.