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Fall Festivals Done - Now what's next?

Well as much as I enjoy the fall festivals these 3 this year were killers due to the July temps we had in September. It was major hot out there under the tent all day. I'm just not a huge fan of heat anyway so I was quite the melted whinny artist. 



I unpacked the car yesterday, except for the tent which I'll need help with. I was wondering this year if I was getting too old for this, but that will be forgotten by next year and I'll do it again I'm sure. I have good support. My friend Becky comes and will stay all day with me, what a trooper she is. We are a good team. She knows about beads, jewelry and is good at talking to customers. Angel and Ian came by and helped set up my first show. He's a pretty good helper I must say. My sister in law Kayren helped me set up the tent and tables at show 2 on one of the hottest days. She likes heat as much as I do. We were a sad pair. Then at the end of the show Jack comes and helps take down the tent and pack the car back up.…
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First Show a Big Success

This was my first time to do the Greenway Arts Festival and I have to say it was wonderful. The nice folks who ran the show were so well organized and so friendly and nice. I had a great location under the pavilion so I didn't have to set up my tent and my hands and back were so happy about that. Met lots of nice folks and even ran into a few old friends. It was sunny and a bit muggy but after all the recent rain I was very glad of the weather. All in all just perfect. I am so thankful I have such good support Angel and Ian came and helped me set up and Becky came around noon and helped during the show and helped me pack up at the end. It would be so much harder without their help. 

The new display items that Jack helped me make worked very well and I think I sold more earrings due to the spinning display I dreamed up and he put together.


Every time I see Ian I think oh my you are getting so big.  Where is that tiny boy with his arms in the air wanting  me to carry him. He's in my…

Making a list and checking it twice

Normally at this point prior to shows I get into a mild panic mode and over check, over worry and over plan things to death. I'm very calm! Hum that's nice. I'm sure I'll get crazy closer to the shows, but it's nice to be calm now at least. 

The first show of the year is a one day show here in my new home town Murfreesboro. The Greenway Art Festival will be fun/close and it's just one day. Good first show!  I've created some new display items for my booth with help from Jack. A stand that holds 45 pair of earrings in less than a foot sq. It turned out exactly as I had planned which is always great. 

I've spent time creating larger more complex pieces while I had plenty of time. When it gets down to just days before I don't create anything complex, I guess cause I feel rushed at that point. 

I try to make one statement item to every few everyday pieces. 


I am also working on a few paintings. I want to enter the art crawl again for October. I so enjoyed th…

Easy way to Age Metal, and a few new projects

Yesterday's historic eclipse was sure no disappointment. We are just outside the path of totality but we had a wonderful experience. I went over to my nephew's school and we all watched it together. Ian was really interested, and they had been studying about it most of the week.  We did have a cloud butt in and didn't get to see the diamond ring, but it was still great. 


 I'm back at the bench being creative. Had some great goodies in the mail today the one I had to jump right on was this Lion's head. When it came out of the envelope I just sighed and set it on the bench and grabbed my stuff I use to color metals. I use several things together to get an aged look to the metal. I'm just not a huge fan of the real shinny brass or copper. I like the old treasure look, that's been hidden away for years and you just found it on a hunt for cool jewelry findings. 

So here is what the Lion looked like when he was new.  I got this from an Etsy shop     https://www.etsy…

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
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…