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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…
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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…

Back In The Happy Spot

I've been out of the creative loop the past few weeks. I was helping take care of a friend who had a knee replacement. The surgery went OK and now they are back to driving and getting around fine.
So today I have much to do. Since I didn't twist a wire, sew a stitch or do much of anything I'm ready to get back to fun stuff. I did how ever get a painting almost completed during that period. It's still not completed but here's a peek. I'm not comfortable painting humans but I need a lot of practice. Her hair is a pour painting. This was an experiment in several ways. 


Sadly all these experiments are piling up and I need more supplies so there will be a starving artist sale on my paintings here very soon. I will be putting them in my Etsy shop for very low prices just to get them gone and blank canvases back in here. So if you want to help out buy a cheep painting. Most will be under $25 + shipping. 

Went to the Nashville Zoo Tuesday and saw the new updates and new s…

Starting New Projects and finishing others

The big quilt I've been working on is finally ready for the binding. I pulled my sewing cabinet out so I could open up the flap on the back and get some working room. This will be my big project for next week. I'm almost there Becky!

Jack and I went to the crafts fair this weekend and he got me this wonderful pig. He's a photo that has been transferred to wood and the method she used causes the cracks and slight distressed look. She also had one the same size of an old camera I got that one for my sister. http://joanschulte.com/521745/flea-market-finds/

I have started a very minor update in the master bath. The vanity cabinets were not making me happy so I have been wanting to paint them since I moved in and now I've started. 

They are getting a pretty base coat of ivory chalk paint. I'm going to accented with a light green called celery. I'll then sand and put on a glaze. Going for the shabby chic look

Was at JoAnns a few weeks ago and my dear friend Amanda who is…

Sometimes getting lost can help you find yourself

I went threw a seemingly long creative block and during this time when I couldn't come up with a jewelry design to  save my life I did wander off into painting again and played with the fluid art that is popular now. It was fun and did take my mind away from the bench and into different worlds of flat canvas. As I mentioned before it was kind of a reset for me. That time spent in the garage throwing paint around did influence my jewelry designs. How odd I thought but hey what ever it takes. 
So here are a few of my latest...

This 2" x 3" pendant has a aluminum hand cut "frame" and inside is  a tiny flow art painting done on canvas paper.  I like the way this turned out and have several other mini paintings  to incorporate into different types of these pendants. 
Here a slightly different technique was used and I used enamel paint and after it was dabbed on the metal I used a straight pin to move it over the surface.  Yes I did just say I'm painting with a straight p…