trying to get the hang of this thing

I guess I feel that it is in my best interests to be more active with website, blog, myspace etc… activities. Previously I’ve been reluctant to spend too much time sitting on my arse at the computer when I could and should be sitting at my cello or at the torch. This year I’m off to a positive start in my attitude about these things. I’m sure it will get easier if I just keep at it.

Out with the old and in with the new…

2007 has been particularly challenging for me, not all in a bad way but really making me work on so many different levels. I performed my first solo gigs in ages. It was scary and fun and now I realize I have to do it some more. My sister was deployed to Iraq, I want this war over yesterday…

There’s been a pile up of annoying little things. My car needs work, my dryer died. There’s more that I could gripe about but at the same time I feel grateful for the blessings and good life I lead, all of my incredible friends and my dear husband.
I’ve been making some cool beads lately that many people don’t get to see unless they happen to see me at a bead show. Here is a picture of some recent large hollow beads. They were inspired by microbes or ameoba like things. I’m no scientist but I appreciate things seen under a microscope or by telescope. These beads are large but light so they are easy to wear on a cord or to use in any way you might imagine.
Now that I have this blog page set up where it’s easy for me to post, the world may be hearing from me a little more often, at least that’s my plan.
Wishing you a healthy, prosperous, successful and most of all, peace in the new year!

Post holiday thoughts

I love the days between Christmas and New Years!

I’ve had a website for several years (and now myspace, etsy and blogspot) but have never done a proper diary or blog. I tend to be erratic with my postings and also uncertain as to how much I should ever reveal about my life or myself but that is only because I am such a private person and a bit of a loner like my little friend in the picture. I will retreat into my own world as I have since I was a child, creating things for my own amusement and hiding them but at the same time wishing that someone would take notice of what I was doing. At this time in my life I believe that I am finally getting over waiting for that elusive someone to take notice and I’m just going to have to get in their face with it. I envy the creative people that I know who can just put it out there and take or leave the response that may or may not come. I’ve been much too sensitive or maybe my friends put up a good front!

Joy, hope, peace and love…

I took this picture in 2004 on my first visit to New Orleans. I haven’t been back since then so I have no idea how the theater fared during Katrina. It wasn’t in the best condition when I took the pic but it gave me such a good feeling and I love that the crepe myrtle was in bloom.
My friend Margarat Nee sent some information about a great group in NO that has been on the ground from the beginning helping people where they need it most. Please take a look at their site and make a donation if you like.

Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

Holiday Sale

Holiday Sale & Trunk Show

Please join us Friday, December 14th from
5 to 9 p.m. at Ducky Waddle’s Emporium for some holiday cheer and fine craft by local artisans.

Lovely blown glass by Clay Logan
Beautiful functional ceramics by Linda Fuchs
Lampwork glass beads & jewelry by Joyce Rooks

Books, art and more from the eclectic collection of the Emporium Gallery

Refreshments will be served

Ducky Waddle’s Emporium
414 N. Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA
(760) 632-0488

How to use my Etsy store

Etsy is simple to use but you must sign up for an account (FREE) and to purchase items you will need a Paypal account (also FREE). My Etsy store name is torchsong, not Joyce Rooks. An Etsy account is highly recommended because not only will you be able to buy from me, there are many other incredible handmade artisans to choose from.

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Smoke & Ash

This is what the sun looked like today. I could only go outside for a few minutes. It looks like doomsday here.

starting again…

My first blogspot post.

This ceramic sculpture is by Jun Kaneko. We stopped by this Palm Springs gallery one weekend. The place was closed but this wonderful piece along with several others was guarding the place. I’ve always admired his work. More recently he has been making large scale pieces in glass.