Thursday, November 09, 2006

December Celebration

We'll have our annual Chinese gift exchange at the December 15th meeting. No one is obligated to participate, but if you would like to exchange a gift and join in the fun, please bring a wrapped, bead-related gift (spend no more than $20). Everyone is also welcome to bring a holiday treat to share.

Before the festivities begin, we will share the results of the November bead sale as well as a discuss the possibility of moving the location of our monthly meeting.

See you soon!


November Event

Hello Underground Beaders!

First, I'd like to encourage all of you bead shoppers to check out the Bead CrayZ Bead Shop in Eagle River. The hours are M-S from 10-6pm. There is a pleasing inventory of glass beads. You'll find many great additions for your holiday jewelry projects.

Our second annual bead sale takes place November 17th. For those of you that have signed up for space at the sale, you can start setting up at 12:30. Those that have signed up to bring refreshments should drop off their goodies before 4:30.

The sale is open from 4:30 - 8:30. All members are welcome to stop and check things out.

Hope to see everyone there!

Monday, October 23, 2006

October Gathering

We had a great gathering in October. There are many new members to the UBS. We have such a range of beaders in our group--it should be an exciting year for us. I hope that some of the members will stay in touch between meetings on the blog. It is a great place to share ideas and keep connected.

Our next meeting will be the holiday sale. Be sure to come early and plan to have some fun.

See you in November.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Upcoming UBS Events

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a great summer. I look forward to getting the group back together September 15 to share summer adventures and beading projects. I know that summer in Alaska sometimes takes us away from our beads, but I know that there are some of you hard-core beaders that take your projects out on the boat or work around the camp fire. We are a resourceful bunch for sure.

I hope everyone will be at our first meeting of the year, Friday, September 15 at 7 p.m.

See you soon,

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Another Successful Year

Summer has finally arrived here in Alaska. People are getting outside to enjoy all that this wonderful state has to offer. With the warmer days we get busy in the gardens, catching the season salmon, hiking the ridgeline, riding the waves with jet ski, or in my family's case, a Mokai.

I'm sure that in all that time spent in the great outdoors, we will find a few minutes in the midnight sun to play in the beads. I know that some of us take vacation outside of Alaska and it's always exciting to see what goodies (beads of course) will make it back in our carry on luggage.

We had our last meeting for the season in the month of May. The topic of discussion and show & tell was "some of our favorite things." It was a great gathering where we shared our favorite finished or unfinished things. Things that we made or were made for us. The variety was breathtaking.

Reflecting back over the year, we've done some great things. From a group that started out with three, we've grown to over twenty in the past two years. We have quite a talented group of beaders to say the least. I'm pleased at each meeting to see the work members have done. With all the different talents, styles, and artistic vision there is so much that each of us can learn from each other. I look forward to see what our next Underground year has in store.

I hope each and every one of you will have a safe summer filled many opportunties to make memories with your family and friends. Take some chances with your beading and learn new things. For some of us, that means beading outside the box. I'll share a great quote that I received on an email recently: create as if there were no critics. Too much time is spent worrying about what other's around us think. That's what is great about art, there is no right or wrong way to create.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain

Have a great summer & we'll see you in September (the 19th @ 7pm).


Monday, March 27, 2006

Hello Underground Beaders!

Spring is in the air and our April Meeting is soon approaching. Mark your calendars for April 21st. For those of you who are working on bottles of hope, please be sure to bring them to this meeting so they can get distributed.

Any bracelet exchanges to make? There will be a digital camera at the next meeting to take pictures of those awesome bracelets that have been exchanged. Let's get some new pictures on our web page.

See you at the next meeting.

Friday, March 03, 2006


Our year is coming to an end soon. Please wrap up any bottle projects that you have been working on for the "Bottles for Hope" project. Bring your bottles to the next meeting, March 17, 2006. I will accept bottles up through the last meeting in May.

Those of you who have exchanged bracelets should be bringing those to the next couple of meetings for their photo opt as well as to exchange back to their owner. It has been a fun project. I hope everyone has enjoyed this one. Maybe those that didn't participate this year will want to do one next year.

Have a great March and we'll see you on the 17th!

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year UBS

Just want to wish all UBS members a Happy New Year. I hope that 2006 will be filled with many shiny beads and successful projects.

Our next gathering is January 20. Many members have already exchanged bracelets at the last two meetings. Be there to see the unveiling of some interesting results.

Stay safe.