Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
I've also been at odds because I'm not doing a series of Art/Craft shows again this year. Art in the Park in Blowing Rock, NC happens once a month from May through October. I had done it for many years, considered myself a "regular", and last year I wasn't accepted. Oh well, that's the breaks, you never get any feedback from the show promoters as to why you didn't get in. But, I didn't get in again this year and that blow went straight to my ego. "They don't love me any more!" I've applied to some other shows and hopefully I'll be doing one in August, September and October. October, definitely, but I haven't heard from the other two yet.
Last year I got along OK without that income, but this year is different... you all know that... So I'm getting along by being very frugal and it kind of worries me some. I've been in the business long enough to know that when you're flush you need to put some away for times like these, but every time I pull money out of my savings I wonder how much longer I'll have to do this and how long it will last. I've done very well so far staying positive and being grateful that I have some savings. I've been tring not to add any negative energy to this recession, but c'mon folks! This has been long enough. Get out there and spend some money!
That brings me to the other odd thing. I haven't been making any jewelry, other than class demos. I have boxes and boxes of finished work so I don't feel pushed to make more right now. And I'm trying to conserve my supplies. So I've used this time to cross things off my "to do" list that have been on there for a very long time. I cleaned out my shed, washed all the windows in my house, took down the curtains and washed them and shampooed the carpet in a couple of rooms. This house hasn't been so clean since I moved in! I'm venting my creativity by painting a table. I have the base coat done and a design for the top sketched out. When that's done I'll start cleaning out my studio. Right now I think I'll go update my Etsy Shop. Maybe there's someone out there who will see something they can't live without!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Oh! Isn't she gorgeous? I hadn't seen one in many years and consider it to be a blessing. The Luna Moth represents intuition, hightened awareness and knowledge of the otherworld. Some think they embody the soul of a loved one. I'll be interested to see how this pans out over the next few days.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Except for Megan Miller, who's just having fun! Also in this photo is Jim Rice, who is my helper. He teaches the metals fabrication class and knows where everything in this lab is and how it all works.
Below is (left to right) Sally Atkins, Anna Ulery and Susan Congelosi. Kim Miller had to miss this class because she went to the beach. We're all jealous of that! Cathy Seiler must have stepped away when I was photographing.
We'll probably repeat this class in the fall, so keep checking the website for this listing if you're interested. Or, email me if you have any questions.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
My next project is going to be painting a table. It's a really cheap table that looks like it could have been some kid's high school shop project. The edges are rough and the finish is terrible. I think it will look good painted a solid color, and I might do some designs on it. I really like the folk art furniture that you can find in the southwest, and maybe I'll try something like that. I'll take pictures and show you.
I haven't been making much jewelry lately. I've been teaching a class on Monday nights and I've made a few demo projects. I'll get back to that soon, but I want to do things that can be done outside now that summer is here.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I took this picture last summer. I'm sure that if you saw it today it's sides would be bulging out! A few years ago I downsized into an 1,100 square foot house and needed someplace to store gardening equipment, my show display things and tent, and other miscellaneous odds and ends. It got filled up with things that "I might use someday for something". Why do we collect so much STUFF? During my psyching up period, I noticed that there's a lot of things that can go to the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and probably a couple of car loads to go to the county dump. And, I need to find a place that will recycle plastic flower pots. It's certainly not a chore that I'm looking forward to, but it really needs to be done so that you can walk into it. Darn! I was ready! Maybe tomorrow... or the next day....
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I also had some shavings from when I carve dry clay and pressed them into the wet blob of slip. That made a very cool texture! And I embedded a small lab aquamarine in the one below.
Of course, all of the sandings that came off the blobs will go back in the slip pot. It's a never-ending cycle. What do you do when your slip pot is full?