Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 10.07.13 PMI am surprised that I haven’t updated my blog since my last post which was the announcement that the artBLISS registration had opened. When was that, around April? Well, artBLISS has come and gone and I must say, the retreat keeps getting better and better with each year. Next year, artBLISS will be celebrating it’s 5th anniversary and we, Cindy and I, plan on making the 2014 event very celebratory. But more on that at a later date. If you are interested in reading the recap for this years event, please visit Cindy’s blog. She did a great write-up with lots of photos.

The past several months I have taken a break from my time in the studio to spending my time with my children while they were on their summer break. That, and spending a lot of my time enjoying the outdoors, focusing on my health and eating a high raw vegan diet, including lots of exercise and reading and meeting other people who share the same lifestyle. This new lifestyle is here to stay but I still have some kinks that I am working on to really bring my health to the optimal level. It’s a new way of life and I need to remind myself to be patient and forgiving as I continue on this journey.

With that being said, I am really looking forward to getting back into the studio. I have some tutorials that NEED to be written. One’s I have promised so long ago. I just have to sit myself down and take the step-by-step photos and get it done. I thank everyone for their patience. I love sharing my ideas, but actually sitting down and getting it written is another story. But, I am going to do it.

My fingers are crossed that for my next post, it will be a completed tutorial.





Jeanette Blix Ryan is a jewelry designer and instructor who teaches wire and metalworking workshops in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. She also published the Glass Art Calendar, the first glass calendar published featuring lampwork beads among the leading glass artists in the field today. Recently, she has become a Jamberry Nail Consultant, because in addition to creating and wearing her jewelry designs, she also loves having pretty and artistic nails!

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  1. Susan Robson Tobin on November 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Hi Jeanette, I came to see what was up with you because I haven’t gotten any postings from you in a long time. I see you were spending quality time with those precious children of yours.

    Do you plan to teach any classes in the next year? You know I am dying to learn how to make those flowers that Deryn Mentock makes and you said you could teach me to do. As you know, I haven’t been able to do metal smithing for a long time because of the deterioration of my cervical (neck) spine. It has caused pain into my arms and anything other than mild usage just – well, kills me. I just found out today that I have two herniated disks there as well as a situation in which one disk is pushing against the spinal cord itself – quite a ways. Ugh! My right arm (my dominant one) is in terrible shape. My pain doctor feels that surgery is in order. I see my surgeon again in two weeks. If I have a surgery that improves my condition, I will be knocking on your front door (figuratively – not literally!) asking for a private, paid class in how to make these flowers. You told me you could do a class for me in this – over a year ago. So please keep me posted as you move back into your workshop and produce unparalleled beauty! xo Susan

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