Thursday, October 25, 2012

Oh, I wish...

I'm done. I have officially made my choices and I know I'm not the only one who is ready for these elections to be finished.  November 6 can't come soon enough. I wish that, when my vote went into the tally machine, a switch could be flipped and I would no longer be exposed to campaign materials. I get on the average of 3 pieces of junk mail each day and probably 4 or 5 robo-calls. Not to mention the bombardment of television ads. And there are so many lies and twisted information that, if you don't do some research yourself, you have no idea who to vote for. We really need some campaign reform in this country and it makes me very sad to think of all the good things that the money spent on a political campaign could do.

In Germany the state and local laws limit campaign billboards and signs to a few weeks before the election. State laws limit campaign advertising in radio and television to a few spots that are allotted in the month preceding the election. By an agreement among the states, the political parties may not purchase any advertising time on radio or television, and are thereby limited to the few officially granted campaign spots. French laws are similar. So civilized!

I'll get off my soap box now.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Valle Country Fair!

On the third Saturday in October, at the peak of the fall leaf season, is the Valle Country Fair, held in a hay field in Valle Crucis NC. It's my big show of the year and I'm excited about the possibility of making some money to pay for some big-ticket items I've been putting off. It's also a really fun day, as my booth space is surrounded by members of my co-op galleries' booths and we turn it in to a social event.

It's only a one day show, but I have to set aside at least three days for this. Today (Friday) is the day to pack the car and go out and set-up. Then all day tomorrow, followed by the chicken dinner at the local middle school. (The 8th-graders raise money for their annual trip.) I'll be exhausted by the time I get home, so Sunday is unload and unpack day.

Our weather has been mild, but right on schedule, it's turning cold for the Fair. Time to break out the long underwear, big coat and gloves. Even though it's a church event, one of my friends always brings a warm toddy of some sort! There's 150 craft booths, music, dancing, story telling and fantastic food. If you're in the area, please stop by my booth!

Monday, October 15, 2012

And The Winner...

by random number generator, of Wanaree Tanner's bezel designs and a starter kit for the Silhouette Cameo is...

Louise Little!!

Congratulations, Louise! Please contact me at and we'll get these right out to you.

Monday, October 8, 2012

A Whole 'Nother Week

There's a whole week left to collect entries for the giveaway for Wanaree Tanner's bezel designs and a Starter Kit for the Silhouette Cameo machine.

I have quite a few entries, but there's always room for more people to join in the fun. If you have a Silhouette Cameo, or you are considering purchasing one, you should enter this contest.

Just leave a comment on my original post on this subject:
Lucky Day Giveaway. (<--- click there)

I'll draw a winner next Monday, October 8.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Some Miscellaneous Stuff

Shadows of the last of the coneflowers.

Here's just a few things that have been on my mind lately:

  • I've had a lot of response to my giveaway so far, and there's still time to enter. If you have, or plan to purchase a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, go make a comment on the "Lucky Day Give Away" post to win a Starter Kit and a package of bezel designs by Wanaree Tanner. I'll draw the winner on October 15.
  • I mentioned in that post that I was looking towards retirement (13 months!) and was probably not going to invest in an expensive piece of equipment, and I think people thought I was retiring from a "job". Well, let me clarify that I've been a full time self-employed artist for over 20 years and retirement to me just means that I'll be able to collect my Social Security and I won't have to worry about money quite so much. The transition for me will be from making jewelry because I have to sell it to make a living to being able to do more fun and experimental artistic things. I love to paint and collage and I feel like I will enjoy that more if I'm not telling myself that I'm wasting time. I will NEVER stop working with metals, though!
  • My "Jewelry Making with Metal Clay" class is going really well after the second week. I have a great group of students this time. I have decided, though, that this will be the last one. It's bittersweet because I love teaching - it's so cool to see someone's eyes light up when they've made something beautiful with their own hands but, unfortunately, I just can't make any money doing it any more. The cost of the materials is over 70% of the tuition and it takes up 15 hours of class time and about 36 hours of studio time. It just doesn't make sense. If I could do more teaching here in the studio, instead of at the University, I might consider it.
  • I've had a case of vertigo for the last few days. If you've never had it, it feels like you're drunk without the benefit of alcohol. Dizzy and a little nauseous. Ugh. It's hard to do anything when every time I move my head the world tilts. It makes it hard to sleep, too, because whenever I roll over in bed it feels like the room is spinning. I had a Chiropractic adjustment this morning so let's hope that it goes away soon and the green tinge to my skin is gone.
  • My friend Debbie Keen came over yesterday for another one of our "play dates". Since I have to fire copper clay for students this week, we decided to make some copper pieces of our own to fill up the kiln. I'll post pictures when they're done. It's nice sometimes to work along side someone else and bounce ideas off of each other and share tools and supplies.
  • Autumn is really here. The trees should be at peak color in just a few days, which seems about two weeks early to me. I'm ready for some cool weather and to put my garden to bed for the winter because it's looking very tired and I'm tired of dealing with it. We haven't had a killing frost yet, but that should happen next week.
  • Two weeks ago I did the first of the two art shows that I sign up for now. It was in West Jefferson sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council. I was very pleased with the turn out and with the amount of money I brought home. I used to do a LOT of shows, but they're too hard on me and I can't do them without help any more. This time I got to spend the day with my friend Janet, which is always a great pleasure, Now, I'm prepping for my second and biggest show, the Valle Country Fair, coming up on October 20. I don't "prep" like I used to when I did LOTS of shows. No more frantically producing as much as possible so that I would have enough. I realize now that "enough" is whatever I have on hand. I do fill in some gaps of things I'm missing or low on, but the frenzied I'M GETTING READY FOR A SHOW is not a part of my life any more. I think this is another cut back, slow down towards my version of retirement.
So, that's an update from me. Remember to enter the contest if you're a Silhouette person. I'll be back later!