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The Boro Art Crawl - had a wonderful time

Last night was the Murfreesboro art crawl. I was displaying my art and creative jewelry at Studio C on Main Street. It was a lot of fun and I talked with lots of people. Here are a few newer pieces that I took to the crawl. 

I wanted a new necklace to wear last night so I made this yesterday. It has a sand dollar fossil as the pendant.

New Art
Alcohol Ink, is a new medium I'm playing around with. 

Here is the little fish drawing I finished last week. 
My little table was upstairs at Studio C
You may remember that I'm kind of a nut for piggies.  Well here is a new one I got last week for my kitchen. 


Have a creative week
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This morning over coffee I set aside my sketch book and cut out tags and business cards for this Friday's Boro Art Crawl. This is my second time having art in this event. The Art Crawl in Nashville is big but it seems it's very hard for a little unknown to get shown. The crawl here in Murfreesboro is a bit more open for local talent and I'm so glad. What we lack here in art galleries we make up for in heart. The local shops and restaurants open their walls to the public every other month for this event. So you can just walk from shop to shop and enjoy a good meal, have a drink and enjoy good local art. VIP Murfreesboro has a full page map with all the venues marked. 


So what I've been up to lately

This necklace took a long time to complete. I wanted to introduce Jack to polymer clay and he came up with the face and placing it in the watch.  So it was started and just sat waiting for a good bit.  Then I decided to finish it I let go of the cover which was a bit foggy and crac…

Show Time is Coming

Much like the dreaded winter in GOT the prep and crazed jewelry making are in full swing  for the fall shows. I hate to admit but I like this. I seem to do my best creating with a little dash of stress and pinch of pressure. Last year with moving I just did 2 shows and this year I'm back to five. Of course I never think I have enough inventory. So the push is on.   Oh first off I finished my cat drawing. 
 I added these "Y" necklaces to the mix for this year. 
I decided to make earrings all afternoon one day
 Japanese acorns with turquoise                   Lotus Seeds and Czech Glass
Painted brass with enamel paint
Sawed copper freeform shape and openings painted with inks and the back layer of copper was painted with enamel paint. 
So I'm working away and drawing new designs while watching TV at night and trying to create all I can during the day. Lost a few days due to vertigo but not to bad today. I'm also thinking of redoing my overall look for my booth. Not sure wh…

Pencils, Pens, Metal and Clay -

I went in Hobby Lobby yesterday looking for a basket to hold my sketchbooks. I draw in the morning sitting at the table in the kitchen and have had all that stuff in one of the chairs on the wall side of the table and with Olivia here now I thought they might be better off in a basket on the floor. It's funny all my years of dog experience have to be put in reverse. The cute little zipper bag with the mint green sewing machine was a Christmas gift from Angel and it has all my most often used pencils and pens. 


I just finished this bracelet (half cuff) and liked how it turned out. I draw on the metal and then punch a hole where I'll need to insert the saw blade. 

 After all that sawing is done I file and file...  Then on to hammering the texture and bending into shape.   When you need a background for your shot just grab the blouse off the sewing machine you should have mended 2 weeks ago. 

Last Saturday Becky came over and after lunch out and a visit to the plant store we came ba…

How Other People See Your Art

I've been making jewelry and doing little art projects the bulk of my life. I mostly create in a safety zone of my comfortable colors, textures and my personal likes. When I stay in this zone I am happy with the end product due to it's so much me. I know as a artist who wants to sell my work I have to step out of that zone more than I would like. 

When someone comes into my booth at a craft show and will say who would wear that I have no problem with it. I know some of my jewelry is out there and not for everyone. I also know that the future owner of that same piece will go nuts over it. I had a lady at a show last year who said she was going to put a necklace she bought on her bed side table so it was the first thing she saw the next day. That makes my heart happy. 

I do try to see my art threw the fresh eyes of those with different tastes. This is where smaller, more quite creations come from. I like jewelry that yells hey look at me, but that is only a part of my customer bas…

New Roommate

In 2014 I had to put my little dog down, then a month later my dear husband passed away. It's been very lonely and I've been thinking of getting a dog. The more I though about it thou it didn't seem that I could care for a dog any more. At Christmas I kept my nephew's present a kitten for my sister for 2 nights. That was a bit of an eye opener. I've always had a dog, but hadn't had a cat since I was 14ish. Every time I went to Angel's I play with her 2 cats and decided that I might do well with a cat. 

Last week I went to the pet store and brought Olivia home. 
When I walked into the room of cats she was the friendliest with me.  I kind of let her pick me out. So she was a rescue and has been in the little room all her life I guess. So needless to say being put in a tiny box then into a car, and then into the master bathroom kind of freaked her out. 
So she didn't get out of her little crate the first day. My sister and her son came over and Angel just took …

Stepping out on the limb

As you know I love to draw and paint but I seldom do much in the way of showing my art. I  post here and on Instagram, but I've never put anything out in a shop etc. During the last 30 days thou I showed at 2 different places. The Crawl at the Mall in Nashville and The Art Crawl in Murfreesboro. These were kind of big deals to me cause I'm not comfortable yet showing my art. It's also an odd experience for me to be standing by my art in this environment. It took me a good bit to feel comfy in my tent at shows selling jewelry, but that has become easy. Maybe if I do a few more of these it will get better too. I have the hardest time talking to people about myself. I think it might be a common issue? If you don't have issues with this please give me tips.

Nashville Show
 Murfreesboro Art Crawl @ Dreaming of Color
New painting done with Alcohol Inks - first try at this and  I love how vivid the colors are. 
And meanwhile back at the bench there is fun stuff going on. 
This is h…