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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

38.5 weeks pregnant and counting

I cant believe i am already at almost 39 weeks of pregnancy. it has been a whirlwind of emotions from disbelief, you know, the first few months when your not showing yet and you think, wow, is there really a little person growing inside of me. Next gratitude and excitement. I have waited for this my whole life, and i have finally met the person that i couldnt be happier to be having a child with.
My first trimester i can remember being quite tired ALOT, napping alot and definantly not doing my regular yoga practice. At least i wasnt having morning sickness, but i was getting some headaches. Usually on my days off, it would lay me up for a whole day.
In my second trimester i started to get some energy back and was able to start practicing yoga again, more gentle than before but at least i was practicing, and the headaches subsided. At 18 weeks is when we got to see the sonogram and listen to the beautiful heart beat of what we will find out is a baby girl. This is what made it all more real to me. Shortly after is when i began feeling the little flutters of the baby growing inside of me, the most amazing feeling ever. I love it, i love feeling her moving around. What will we name her, Stella, thats it, Stella Morgan, i love it, strong, classic, she can only be something amazing with a name like that, and it translates to Star Bright, the brightest star in the universe she will shine!
Now at almost 39 weeks, we've got the house pretty much ready for a home birth/water birth, Stellas room looks amazing, but i am finding myself to be a little sad today, anxious, ready to meet this bundle of joy but also sad that i wont have her growing inside of me anymore, sad because i am feeling a little disconnected from people/friends, sad because i am having to leave my business for a month in the hands of someone else (which dont get me wrong, i know it will be in good hands, but i am used to being here five days a weeks, then some, running classes and whatnot). Is is normal to be a little sad at this point in pregnancy. I think it is a full moon this week which will also explain my emotions.
I have enjoyed every moment of pregnancy, even the aches and pains, and look forward to meeting this beautiful little girl. Soon Stella, soon you will be home and we love you!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Henna Workshop with Ann George

Henna artist Ann George will offer a complete introduction to the
temporary body art of Mehandi, known in the West as Henna Tattoo.
Please come prepared with a note pad, wear comfortable clothing and
bring all your henna questions!

The workshop will cover:
How to select good henna powder - and why some henna pastes have not
How to make a simple workable paste good for all ages
How to make a traditional paste with essentials oils for the deepest,
richest color
How to tell when your paste is ready to use
How to roll a henna cone
How to fill a henna cone
Answers to basic henna questions - what color? how long does it last?
where can I put it?...
You will receive your own copy of a professional henna consent form
that answers many FAQ.

Please pre-register as you will also receive a cone of fresh henna
paste to take home with you.

You learn the basic components of henna designs, and how to draw them.
How to decode some of those complex patterns you see in booklets from

Henna Powder, Henna Tea will be available for sale as well.
For more information about Ann George and the body art of Henna
Tattoo, please be sure to visit her site - Spirit Vision Henna at:
and her Blog:

Please contact Shannon at Bead Here Now with any questions you have
about workshop registration.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

August Classes

Saturday Aug. 1st- Basic Beading with Shannon-Learn the technique of finishing your piece by adding your crimps and clasps-Investment:$15.00 + material Time-1:00-2:30pm Limit5

Sunday Aug. 2nd-Beginning Soft Glass with B Ashley of Riverside Art Glass. Create lampwork glass beads using a torch and cane glass. Investment-$50 includes material Time- 1:00-3:00 Limit 2Friday

Aug.7th- First Friday in 5 Points from 6 til ?Saturday Aug.8th- Silverware Bangle with Robert-Choose from Roberts selection or bring your own. Investment-$30 (includes material) Time-11:00-1:00 Limit 4

Saturday Aug. 8th- Hammered Earrings with Shannon- Create 4 pairs of copper earrings. Learn to anneal, texture, and shape-Investment $40 includes material Time-2:00-3:30 Limit 4

Saturday August 8th- Copper Bowl w Robert- Learn to anneal, texture, shape, and patina and create a beautiful copper bowl. Investment-$50 (includes material) Time-4:00-6:00pm Limit 3

Wednesday Aug 12th-Basic Earring and Pendant Class with Margaret. Create a pair of bead wire earrings and a fabulous pendant. Investment-$20 includes wire (does not include beads) Time-6:00-8:00 Limit 3

Saturday Aug. 15th- Lotion Making with Donna of Green Lotus Organics-Donna is a certified herbalist, aromatherapist & Lic. Relaxation Therapist. Use all natural products and essential oils to create wonderful lotions. Investment-$20 includes material Time-3:00-5:00pm

Saturday Aug 15th-Copper Jewelry Workshop- Etched Earrings and Pendant, and a hammered copper cuff with Shannon- Learn to etch jewelry using Ferric Chloride. While the jewelry is etching, we will create a hammered copper cuff.This is so much fun but keep in mind that we will be working with chemicals. Investment-$100 includes material. Time-1:00-4:00pm Limit 3

Sunday Aug. 16th- HennaWorkshop with Anne George- Learn henna design,application and how to make your own paste.Investment-$30 Time 1:00-3:00pm Limit 12Sunday Aug. 16th-Beginning Soft Glass with B Ashley of Riverside Art Glass. Create lampwork glass beads using a torch and cane glass. Investment-$50 includes material Time- 1:00-3:00 Limit 2

Tuesday August 18th- Mixed Media Collage with Catina Jane- Catina will teach you to express yourself with mixed media collage. We will learn to create texture and depth of color using papers, inks, paints, text, and so much more. Let this class allow you to express your heart and soul thru visual art. Time-6:30-8:30pm Investment- $60 all supplies included.Limit 4

Wednesday Aug. 19th- Basic Earring and Pendant with Margaret. See Margarets Aug. 5th Class for detailsThursday Aug. 20th- Basic Wire w Shannon- Learn to make wire links while creating a wire linked bracelet and earring set. Investment-$30+material(fee includes wire)Time-6:00-8:30 Limit 8

Saturday Aug. 22nd- Copper Bowl w Robert-see Aug 8th for details Time-12:00-2:00pm Limit 3

Saturday Aug 22nd- Bang your own bangle-use a heavy gauge wire to forge your own bangle.Learn to anneal, forge and patina. Investment-$30 includes material Time-3:00-5:00pm Limit 4

Sunday August 23rd- Coppersmithing Workshop w Robert- Create a bangle, a mask and a copper bowl in this workshop. You will learn all of the basic coppersmithing techniques such as annealing, forging, texturing, shaping and patina. Investment-$100. includes material Time-12:30-4:00pm Limit 3

Tuesday August 25th- Diamond Glaze Photo Pendant with Catina- Cat will teach you how to make a photo pendant using diamond glaze. You will also learn how to make your own wire wrap bail. Feel free to bring your own photos or pick from a selection of photos and papers that Cat provides. Image needs to be 1 1/2 inches. Time-6:30-7:30 $20 fee includes supplies. Limit 4

Saturday Aug 29th- Inspiration Copper Cuff w/ Shannon- Create a hammered copper cuff with your favorite quote stamped into the cuff. Have fun using a torch for annealing, texturing, stamping, shaping and using a patina. Investment-$50 includes material Time 1:30-3:30pm Limit 4

Saturday Aug 29th- Healing Salves with Donna of Green Lotus Organics. Donna is a certified herbalist, aromatherapist & Lic. Relaxation Therapist. Use all natural products and essential oils to create wonderful healing salves. Investment-$20 includes material Time-3:00-5:00pm

Sunday Aug 30th- Beginning Glass Fusing with Kimberly Stafford- use you imagination to anything from fused glass jewelry to a fused glass window hanging. You will need to leave your piece overnight to be fused in the kiln. Investment- $65 Time-1:00-2:30

Monday, July 13, 2009

July Classes

07.01.09 | July Classes
Bead Here Now July Classes
1051 Park St 5 Points 904-475-0004 Mon-Sat 11-6 Sun 12-4

Fri July 3rd- First Fridays in 5 Points from 5-9 -eat, drink, shop, watch, listen, and bliss out! Robert of the Itty Bitty Smithy @ Bead Here Now will be doing copper smithing demos and 10% off of selected Loungefly Purses, 10% off recycled glass beads from India. Free Yoga at Adishakti Yoga Kula located inside of Midnight Sun from 6:15-7:15 followed by a Kirtan, &Anomaly and Violet will be grilling out.

Fri July 3rd- Beginning Soft Glass with B Ashley of Riverside Art Glass. Create lampworked glass beads using a torch and cane glass. Investment-$50 includes material Time 6:30-8:30 Limit 2

Sunday July 5th-Copper Mask with Robert. Learn the ancient technique of copper smithing. In this class, learn to anneal using a torch, learn to shape, texture and patina while creating a one of a kind copper mask. Investment-$75 includes material Time: 12:30-4pm Limit 3

Sunday July 5th- Basic Hemp Knot for the kids ages 7 and up-Margaret will teach you to create a cool hemp bracelet or anklet. Investment $20 includes hemp( not beads) Time: 2-4

Wednesday July 8th- Healing Salves with Donna of Green Lotus Organics-Donna is a certified Herbalist, Aromatherapist & Lic. Relaxation Therapist. Use all natural products and essential oils to create wonderful soaps. Investment $20 Time:6:00-8pm

Saturday July 11th and the 25th- Riverside Arts Market 10-4- Robert of the Itty Bitty Smithy and I, along with Bryon Nobles of Riverside Art Glass will be set up alongside many other talented local artists. After the market, head to 5 Points for all of your beading and shopping needs.Hope to see you there.

Tues July 14th-Fiber Earrings with Cat-Cat will show you how to create a pair of whimsical fiber earrings with copper embelishments. Investment-$30 includes material Time-6:30-8:3

Wednesday July 15th- Basic Wire with Shannon-this class is a staple for jewelry making. Create a wire linked bracelet using copper wire and beads of your choice. Investment-$20+ material. Time 6:00-8:30pm

Wednesday july 15th- Copper Bowl with Robert- learn the ancient technique of coppersmithing. learn to anneal, texture, shape and patina while creating a beautiful copper bowl. Investment-$50 includes material. Time 6:00-8:30 Limit 3

Saturday July 18th- Bang Your Own Bangle with Robert-Forge your own copper bangle using a thick gauge copper wire.Learn to anneal, texture and shape. Investment $30 includes material Time: 12:00-2:00pm

Saturday July 18th- Inspiration Copper Cuff with Shannon. Learn to anneal (yes, you get to play with a torch), texture, stamp, shape and patina while creating a unique copper cuff with quote of your choice. Investment $50 includes material Time 3:00-5pm

Sunday July 19th- Beginning Soft Glass with B Ashley of Riverside Art Glass. Create lampworked glass beads using a torch and cane. Investment-$50 includes material Time 1:00-3:00 Limit

Sunday July 19th- Basic Hemp Knot for the kids ages 7 and up-Margaret will teach you to create a cool hemp bracelet or anklet. Investment $20 includes hemp( not beads) Time: 2-4

Wednesday July 22nd-Healing Salves with Donna of Green Lotus Organics.Create Healing Salves for your needs using all natural products and essential oils. Donna is a certified Herbalist, Aromatherapist & Lic. Relaxation Therapist.Investment: $20 includes material

Sunday July 26th Comprehensive Copper with Robert.In this class you will learn with copper sheet to create a masterpiece of your choice. We will learn the basics such as annealing, texturing, forging, shaping and patina. Ideas include masks, bowls or jewelry.Investment $100 includes material. Limit 2

Be sure to sign up in advance to reserve your space. We do ask that you pay ahead of time. If classes have not been paid for by 2 days prior to class, you will be taken off the list for that class so that someone else may have the oppurtunity to join us. Thank you for understanding.

Art and Soul- Anything Goes Art Show at the Womens Center of Jacksonville

The Art & Soul Program at the
Women's Center of Jacksonville, Inc. Presents:

Anything Goes
July 16 - September 18, 2009

Anything Goes, a new exhibition of women’s art, opens on Thursday, July 16, 2009 at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville. An Artists’ Reception will be held from 6:00 pm. until 8:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition will remain open through Friday, September 18. The public is invited to view the works at the Women’s Center located at 5644 Colcord Avenue, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

What will at artist exhibit when an artist can exhibit (almost) anything? Come and see what these women artists present when there are no restrictions on media, content or size. What artistic innovations will we see when “anything goes?”

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Foldforming Copper

So I have recently been playing around with foldforming copper. I believe it could be my newest addiction, but at least it is a healthy addiction.I have really been having alot of fun with it. Foldforming was created in the 1980s by Charles Lawton-Braine. You are taking a piece of copper and allowing the piece to do what it wants as oppose to trying to force form onto it. You are annealing your piece, folding it, hammering it, annealing again, opening it up, then starting the process all over until you get the wonderful textures you are looking for. You will get all of the wonderful valleys and ridges, then if you patina with something like m20, then polish the high spots, the outcome is quite beautiful.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Riverside Artist Market

Scheduled to open on Saturday, April 4th, 2009, the Riverside Arts Market (RAM) introduces an amazing new arts and entertainment venue to Northeast Florida. Unprecedented in size and scope, RAM will provide a dependable marketplace for artists to sell their creations weekly, as well as providing a marvelous family entertainment destination each weekend on the St. Johns River.
Myself along with artist and blacksmith Robert Noelke, and local glass artist Bryon Nobles have joined forces (yes, we are super heroes) and created Lucky Dog Artist Co-op of Jacksonville. You can find us every saturday from 10-4 at the Riverside Artist Market.

For more information go to

Monday, March 2, 2009

Stone of the Month

Plagioclase Feldspar- found in magmatic,
igneous and metamorphic rocks.
Astrological Signs- Scorpio, Sagittarious, Leo
Chakra- 3rd Eye
Magic, Self Discovery,Intuition,Insight,

Saturday, February 28, 2009

March Classes and Happenings

March Classes
Mon March 2nd- Basic Wire Link Earrings with Catina-Learn how to make your own wire ear hooks and also learn the basic wire link technique to create a funky pair of dangle earrings. (we will use copper wire in this class)................ Time: 6:30-7:30 Fee:$15.00 + material

Wednesday the 11th-Wire link bracelet with Shannon-Learn the technique of wire links to create a wire link bracelet while also learning how to make an S hook clasp........Time:6:30-9 Fee $20.00 + material

Saturday the 14th: Introducing the Itty Bitty Smithy: Bang your own bangle with Robert:in this class you will learn basic copper smithing techniques including annealing, texturing and shaping.Time: 12-2pm Fee:$30. (includes material) Class limited to 4

Thursday the 19th: Basic Beading with Shannon-Learn the basics to bead stringing. I will show you how to properly end your piece with crimping, adding your wire guardian, crimp cover and clasp for a finished look.Time: 6:30-8:00 Fee: $15.00 + material

Sunday the 22nd- Beading for Sassy Seniors- In this class we will create a bracelet and a pair of earrings. You will learn the technique of crimping, adding your wire guardian, crimp cover and clasp, as well as how to make a simple pair of dangle earrings.Time:2:30-3:30 Fee: $10 + material (class starts promptly at 2:30 so arrive early to pick out your goodies)

Wednesday the 25th: Interchangable necklace with Shannon-This necklace is a partial beaded necklace made on beading wire attached by small lobster claws to a leather like cord finished with wire coils for a finished look..Time:6:30-8:30 Fee $15 + material

Wednesday the 25th A.M. Class- Herringbone wire weave pendant with Shannon- learn the technique of herringbone. In this class you will create a herringbone centerpiece to take home and add to your beadwork.Time:11:30-12:30 Fee: $10 + material ***********************************Space is limited so please sign up early! ************************************$10 classes with student ID (does not include material) *************************************************************Classes start promptly at 6:30 so please arrive around 6 or shortly after if you need to pick out your beads. *************************************************************Interested in teaching some weekend daytime classes at Bead Here Now? contact Shannon ***********************private classes available. ******************
We're back from Tuscan
Its that time of year again and Maria just got back from a fun filled trip of treasure hunting in Tuscon.
Stop by soon to check out all of our new treasures. We have a great selection of beautiful czech glass, lots of georgeous gemstones, cinnabar, large handcarved jade focal beads, a huge selection of fun ceramic beads (including animals, angels and devils, rainbows, peace signs and more.) large cloisonne focal beads, funky hammered copper chain as well as copper beads and bali silver.

***********************Introducing The Itty Bitty Smithy
The Itty Bitty Smithy is a metal and glass studio coming soon. Local artist and blacksmith Robert Noelke (also my better half) will be doing some small scale metal working classes.Robert, along with Photographer Jay Shoots, recently won a design competition for the cities of Atlantic and Neptune Beach. Robert designed a 29 foot stainless steel gyroscope which spins with the wind and has seating around the base.When approved by the city council, the large sculpture will stand at the end of Atlantic Blvd in the roundabout by the Seaturtle and Ragtime in the town center..
We are opening a small studio in a space we've been hiding out in the back of the building. In addition to Roberts classes, I will be teaching some hammered copper classes, local glass artist Bryon Nobles will be teaching some fun glass pendant classes and Catina Jane will be doing hammered wire classes..
We are hoping to have the Itty Bitty Smithy up and running full time in the next couple of months, but we will be doing some introductory classes in the mean time.We will keep you posted.

Now carrying Green Lotus Body Products Locally Made All Natural Soaps and Lip Balms by Yoga Ananda's Meditation Instructor Donna McGee

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

February Classes and Happenings

Mon February 2nd- Basic Link Necklace with Catina
Learn the basics of making wire links to create a wire linked necklace.
Time: 6:30-9:00
Fee: $20 + material
Wed the 4th-Lunch Hour For the Guys-
Give your lady that Valentines gift she wont forget!
You design and I will show you how to create a pair of earrings that she is sure to love.
Fee: $10 + material
Time: 11:30-12:30

Wed Feb 11th-Wire Linked bracelet Learn the technique of creating wire links. This is a 2 part class. In part 2 we will add some whimsical dangles to your piece using the technique from Part 1. (part 2 is optional, you will have a finished piece after part 1)
Fee: $15 + material (or $25 when you sign up for both)
Mon Feb 16th- Basic Beading with Cat
Learn the basics of bead stringing in this class. You design and Cat will show
You how to put it together.
Fee: $15 + material
Time: 6:30-8

Wed Feb 18th – Lunch Hour basic beading with Shannon
Learn the basics of bead stringing in this 1 hour class.
Join me from 11:30-12:30, enjoy a cup of hot tea and create a beautiful necklace.
Fee: $5.00 + material

Wed the 18th- Wire Link Bracelet Part 2- Adding Dangles see part one for detail

Wed the 25th- Lunch Hour Earring Class with Shannon
Learn the basics to create a pair of dangle earrings.
Fee: $5.00 + material
Time: 11:30-12:30

1051 Park St 5 Points * 904-475-0004 *

Healing Stone of the Month

Keywords- Cleansing, comforting, protective,retrieving ancient information.
Element- Storm
Chakras- Root (1st), Third Eye (6th)
Aluminum silicate mineral with a hardness of 7.5 on the mohs scale. It is named after Andalusia in Spain where it has been found.
This is an excellant stone for helping sensitive people feel at home and safe here on earth. It offers psychic protection,grounding, an infusion of life force and a sense of contentment and well being.

For more information on stones see
The Book of Stones: Who they are and what they teach
Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian
This book can be purchased at our sister store, The Midnight Sun
Maria is leaving for another buying trip so check back in a few weeks and I should have everything priced and out. But hopefully we will see you before then.

I also would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the last year and a half. If is was not for you guys Bead Here Now would not be what it is today and we look forward to having you all in our lives for years to come.

Adishakti Yoga Kula
This is a reminder that ADISHAKTI YOGA is opening in 5 POINTS monday, February 2nd. ADISHAKTI YOGA is located at 1055 Park Street., inside Midnight Sun. I have posted the schedule below and I will be adding more classes in the future. The Adishakti Yoga Kula website is coming soon, so for now you can go to my website for any other information at.... or email me directly with any questions. Share the word, forward to friends!
Mondays 6:00 p.m. Ashtanga Flow
Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. Ashtanga Flow
6:30 p.m. Gentle
Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. Ashtanga Flow
Thursdays 9:00 a.m. Ashtanga Flow
6:30 p.m. Gentle
Saturdays 9:00 a.m. Ashtanga Flow
** Gentle classes are great for beginners - there are no sun salutations - very slow paced - mostly floor poses**
** Ashtanga Flow is a little more athletic - great for people who prefer cardiovascular - and a challenge at times**
** Each individual is different - you chose the level of challenge - modifications are always provided**
See you soon! Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
Light & Joy,
Tara Rawson

Art Walk

Dont forget artwalk tonite Wednesday Feb 4 Downtown Jax Fl. I will be set up at the Old Burns Library alongside many other talented artists, so bundle up and come down!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Women's Wellness Fair at Yoga Ananda

January 31st 2009
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
A woman’s health fair that appeals to the senses. Come experience a full day of wellness! The day will be broken up in seminar style to explore all the ways to stay well. We will also explore all the senses through: scented soaps/oils, listening to music, looking at beautiful jewelry, touch through massage & yoga and we'll top things up with a seasonal soup! 9:00AM – 10:15AM Yoga :: 10:30AM- 11:00AM Massage & Reflexology :: 11:00AM – 11:30AM Nutrition & Food Preparation :: 11:30AM – 12:00PM Acupuncture & Herbs :: 12:00PM – 1:00PM Soup & Soap – lunch :: 1:00PM – 1:30PM Meditation & Mindfulness :: 1:30PM – 2:00PM Energy Healing :: 2:00PM – 3:00PM Music & Jewelry + beginning of open forum :: 2:00PM – 4:00PM Open Forum (booths set up and therapists available to answer specific questions, discuss services, offer chair massages, 5-15 minute consults, schedule appointments, etc) – additional treats.

see for more info

Friday, January 9, 2009

Bead Sale

We're getting ready for a buying trip so from now until January 31stop by Bead Here Now for some good sales!
1-2 strands of beads 10% off
3 strands 15% off
4 + strands 20% off
20% off all recycled glass strands

Also come check out some cool art from Robert Noelke & Samantha Merritt, handmade jewelry from myself, Shannon Reeves(A Choice Bit of Calico Jewelry-, and jewelry from Catina Gray, handmade purses from Kelly Sheffield of Subterfuge, photography from Lindsay Nussbaum, and fun kids onesies from Vintage Candy.
Also, Hello Kitty, Loungefly Accessories, Black Irish Clothiers, Blue Q Body Treats and of course, all of your jewelry making needs.
Bead Here Now1051 Park StJacksonville, Fl904.475.0004Mon-Sat 11-6Sun 12-4