Monday, November 3

Show Business

Have I mentioned that I love doing craft shows? The one I did this past weekend was not a disappointment - fun, met some cool new people and sales were the best so far this year. Now with my next show 4 weeks from now, it's time to put it in high gear and hammer till I drop - or I drive my neighbors crazy. 





We had a cold spell here and tricks and treats
were cold and frosty, 
but today its 66 and that feels like a heat wave.

Have been drawing a bit here lately and
the elf houses turned out cute. 


Started a zen doodle Koi this morning
Not seeing it in color - just traditional
zen black and white with shading. 


So with the sewing machine covered with projects, 
tons of jewelry to make and tossing in a little drawing
as often as possible - not to mention I've not started
my Christmas quilting - well this will cut into my
TV time for sure. I love being busy so this is good. 
There is a possible book on the horizon too. 



A few years before Bobby went home he sold this old truck to a dear friend of his. 
This old truck he'd had since way before we were married. 
We had spend so much time sitting on the tale gate talking about our day
and watching over the babies (dogs) while they were roaming the yard. 
This old truck is special to me so I asked John to send me a photo with
the tale gate down and it's now the wall paper on my computer. 
His kids named it Mater from the cars movie. Now mater has a good 
home and like an old horse has been given a easy life in the country. 

Friday, October 10

The first craft show of the season is behind me. We set up the tent on Friday and the weather Friday night was horrid so I was much relieved to see the tent standing just as I'd left it on Saturday morning. Several were not as lucky. You can never have too many tent weights! Saturday the winds blew and the temp dropped. By afternoon we were in jackets and trying to stay in the tent to keep out of the wind. We did chase down some of my display several times and necklaces did jump into the grass and try to escape but they were found. 
I had great helpers at the show. My sister in law Kayren was my morning helper and this was her first time to do that. It was great - we have such similar since of humor we had a real good time despite the early hours and cold/wind. 
I did splurge and buy this cart a few days before the
show and what a life saver it was. It holds more than
I could ever load up on it and rolls pretty well in grass.

Here is cheerful Kayren at the crack of dawn setting up. 
Yes it was cool and we were drinking coffee to wake up 
and stay warm. 

Here are a few shots from my booth. I've collected
a few old vintage cases to use in the display. 
One of the 3 judges commented how nice my display was.




I of course did a little shopping while I was there, one
photograph for my self and a Christmas gift. Also got
some yummy hand made soap. 

The vendor next to our tent sold candy...well I guess
you know how that went. I didn't want to be a pig and
eat his samples but that problem was solved when he
brought them over to us. We didn't want to hurt his
feelings so we ate them. 

We did a trade and I took half the price in
yea you guessed it - toffee. I'm set for a while - yea!
He also made caramels which my niece purchased.

Well now to do a few non jewelry things between shows. 
I have a quilt on the machine and a redecorating project in
the works - so lots to do. 
Next show is first weekend in November. 
Glad to say it's indoors.


Friday, September 26

Down To The Finish Line

Well the fall/winter shows are upon me - like a wild beast. Some strange thing happened and in the last week I've ended up with 3 more shows. I'm excited about them all. I've posted the locations on my show tab so if you want to drop. 

Everything is lining up and falling into place very well. The rush prior to the first show of the season is always crazy. This Thursday I will pack everything up and it will stay in go mode till mid December.  Then a bit of a quite time and no more shows till February. 

I've been playing around with a new technique and it is a lot of fun.
Here are the first two experiments. 


The weather is getting to the perfect stage for me - thou I will like 
it even more when it drops around 60. Love fall so much. 
The colors are the ones I love the most. 


Monday, September 22

Changes

I seem to have a new grasp of time - it floats by me and I somehow seem to miss the on ramps. Even with these waves of time slipping in and out I do manage to get some things done. With a show fast approaching I have much to do and have not been on top of my normal game of getting it done. The maker of lists - is now losing her lists. The manic hammering flaming jewelry maker has gone into a cave someplace cause when I call her she can't be found. Even without her thou I have managed to get a good bit done for this show on Oct. 4th and 5th. Not my normal amount but it will do. I gave up on worrying about it and surrendered to embracing the amount I have done. 

This past Friday I had very good mail and was once again blessed with a
wonderful heart felt gift. 

This was created by a wonderful group of ladies from the Music City Modern Quilt Guild 
They even had a secrete facebook page going to talk about this without me knowing. 
I love civil war fabrics so they created me a nice modern version which will 
very shortly be on my bed. Just perfect for one. They gave me all the left over
fabrics and I plan on very soon after the Oct show making pillow cases to go with this. 


Our president made me this precious pin cushion with matching fabrics 

Even thou this past week has been bumpy I did manage to at least 
get a few pair of earrings done. The top one with bees is for me. 
I seldom make things just for me but these are all mine. 
The beautiful hand made beads are from Stinky Dog Beads. 



Starting to get everything all tagged and ready - what a process!
I have gotten several new props for the booth and have done
a dry run set up of it all in the fabric room. 
This will help me get it all packed too. 

This will be my first show without my best buddy to help me. 
He was such a trouper and would get up at the crack of dawn 
to help me load the truck - I will think of him that whole weekend and
know he's proud of me for moving forward - it's a glass mountain 
somedays and I just can't climb a single inch, but somehow I
manage to get a little further each day. 

Thursday, September 4

Looking Towards The Next Day

It seems that as much as I try I am not as organized as I was "before". So when I have a good day of getting things done and not getting side tracked - it most excellent! I have a show coming up in 4 weeks and need to be at my bench as much as possible - life does get in the way thou. There are those silly house chores, then work of course - if only all you had to do was play - but then as my sister in law will say - yea I've got this silly habit of needing to eating. So you try to push your art into your daily life. 


I saw this posted on pinterest the other day
and it seemed so perfect


AN ARTIST
CANNOT FAIL
IT IS A SUCCESS
TO BE ONE
                                                                  Charles Horton Cooley

Well Mr. Cooley you are so correct. Today I received a letter from a show I had applied for. I'd sent in my application about 4-6 days before the deadline. It ended up they had a lot of jewelry folks apply and I didn't make it in. I was disappointed that I won't do this show, but for the first time I wasn't disappointed in myself or my art. Knowing you produce good work is a treasure in your soul and not letting anyone take that from you is a gift. My sweet Bobby gave me that gift. He had faith in me and what ever I did - and in time that faith became mine too. So it's easy to be a success - you just have to keep creating art. 


These 3 pieces are formed around several
poly clay hearts I made a while back. 


"Uncage My Heart"

"Key to My Happiness" 

"Timelessness of Love"

Messing around with chalk paint again
on a frame I'll use in my booth


Tuesday, August 26

A Good Day

Today started off a bit bumpy but is now what I see as a good day. A day when I used the Scarlet O'Hara method of dealing with life and just said oh that is for another day and walked into my studio and reclaimed happiness. These days are a blessing and I embrace them with all my heart. 

Here are a few of my latest pieces I've gotten done since the last post. 

The scarab is from Egypt and is beautiful front and
back so I wanted to design something so both sides 
would show. The copper wings have a blue/green patina. 

Simple little earrings of corrugated copper.

Very bright blue sea glass with a woven wrap
and hand made clasp

Little metal tubing experiment

Copper kissed with fire and a inlay of aluminum with
a swirl of pretty colors

pretty little things all come together

A few found objects - relics of my past

A little of my signature style



These are boxes but they are so cool I just
couldn't pass them up. They will be risers in my
booth to sit displays on. 

I've made other earrings and a couple other bracelets. 
I've not gotten this much done in months. It feels real good. 

Well time for a snack and then maybe a little more creative time. 

Monday, August 18

Very Good Mail Day

Since my dear Bobby passed away going to pick up mail at the post office has turned into a drama most of the time. So when I can go and pick up something that is not a bill or horrid something or other I have to deal with it's good. 

This was a very good mail day. 
The lovely ladies in the "Love Of Art Quilt" group on Quilt With Us got together and made this for me. I'm so very touched. I was talking to my friend Paula when her hubby snapped this so I didn't "pose" with a smile but this quilt makes me very happy and all warm inside. 

Here are some close ups of just a few of the blocks.










There was also a beautiful poem printed out and pieced into the back of the quilt and a really cool necklace/locket that is a pocket watch. You can see if you have seen my art that these ladies really took special care to do things I love so much and use my fav fabrics and topics/techniques. It's so very special. 

Today my beloved has been gone 3 months - I miss him so very much and it's hard to sometimes realize he's really gone. I have good support from my family and friends and I'm so very thankful for that. Last week I sold his pick up and when I saw it drive away for the last time it filled the rest of the day with off and on crying spells. I know I have a long way to go and that part of my heart will always be his. Moving on with my life is hard and I have no idea who I will be at the end of this, but I do know I will have changed and change is a part of life. 

Tuesday, August 5

Planning Ahead

During grief my plans for my creative self are all that get me threw. They give my mind someplace to go and not be pulled into a sadness, but to think of joy. I'm so very lucky I have my creative self to hold me up. To keep me from falling into a place I do truly not want to go. I know I was given this gift to help myself and make others happy - so for now I will grab hold of it and ride it into my future. Planning shows and trying very hard to work at my bench - I have to push myself but things are getting made - thou very slowly. 


Music City Modern Quilt Guild is having a dye workshop next Saturday (Aug 16th) which I'm excited about. I've not been to one of the meetings in months and it will be nice to see folks again and play with dye. I love dying fabric so it will be great to get some pointers from a real pro like Jayne. Here is her blog - and her Etsy

This weekend we are celebrating my niece's collage graduation - wow time flies. Speaking of time flying my little Ian is going to kindergarten next week! Yikes how did that happen. 

Today I made several pair of earrings
this being one of my new patterns. 
 This tiny wire coiling is very relaxing and these small
projects are easy to do while watching hours of Criminal Minds. 

This is a very organic chunky pendant
I really liked the textures. 
Natural stone/clay and wood


Sunday, July 20

Searching for the Creative Zen

Each day I try to do something that is creative - it's my happyness. It is not as easy as before but I'm seeing changes in the art I draw and the jewelry I make. My first fiber piece was very different than anything I've ever made before. The colors and subject were "not me" at all but I did enjoy the process. 
So how my art will evolve is a path I'll take and discover what I will see along the way. This new path I think will be branching off into new directions that I might not have taken before. 
This little mini quilt was done just to play around. The quilting was done just to get my groove back. I changed patterns as I felt like it and no pre thought was given to any of it.
See how un Royce the colors are? My friend Stefanie said I didn't think you even owned such colors! Well I didn't but now I have a new set of dye pens and just wanted to try them out.  

We had 2 work benches in our hobby room (which I am now trying to learn to call my studio). So with one of them gone now I have replace it with a new desk work area where I cut fabric, cut out my note cards and draw.



Friday I took down my old kitchen curtains and have picked out
this fabric to make new ones. More on that later. 


Now for a flash from my past (about 40 years past) I thought I'd give
macrame jewelry a try. I'd not forgotten how and found it very 
relaxing and soothing to make the small knots. This is a long
way from the even smaller thread I used in the 70's. 


And here is a few of the jewelry pieces I've made recently. 
Found this tiny caliper in Bobby's tool box and
thought it was so cute I made myself a necklace from it. 

This sand-dollar fossil was picked up at Red Dog Beads 
I just couldn't wait to play with it. 

A segment from another fossil

That's all for now. Have a creative day