Tuesday, January 20

Summer is Coming

and with it the show season begins 

Just finished taking new photographs of my jewelry and looking over several show possibilities. I am still a bit shy of spring shows due to the hail storm and nearly loosing my tent several years ago. So many years I've seen the spring shows get rained out, it is so sad to think of all the work and money the artisans loose when this happens. It's all a gamble of course with weather. One of my fall shows in October was so cold and windy. We spent the day chasing my display and trying to stay warm. That is the way of it thou. On the up side when all is good and the sun shines and the temp is just perfect life is indeed good. So I keep my fingers crossed for good weather and good sales. 

This year there will be new designs. The sketches have started and materials being set out for mulling over. New designs often bring about new techniques which excites me to no end. Several of the new materials this year will be Mica, leather, enamels and a new outlook into poly clay. These will merge together very well with my current techniques and designs. 


I also plan on doing a lot of form folding (air chasing) and metal shaping that I've not done before. I will be getting a new jewelry saw - ordering that today and a few other tools. A sweet friend gave me a gift card for Christmas and it's all going towards jewelry tools. Things I've wanted for a good bit but just couldn't afford. Thanks Janice!

For now I need to get back to taking new photos and uploading them to the Zapp site so I'll be ready for show entries.

I have a quilt on the machine that needs to be quilted and hope to get that started later tonight. It's harder for me to work on projects at night for some reason but I need to make the most of all my time. 
Have a creative day...and night

Tuesday, January 6

The New Path

I've always been a rather wandering crafter. I love to do so many different crafts that I seem to never get real good at any one of them. So after much though and some good advice I've decided to make jewelry my path. I will still quilt and of course draw but they will be only fun things. Not that jewelry isn't fun, I love it. These other hobbies will be for free time between jewelry making. To advance my skills in this art form I really need to put myself into it whole hearted. I have a quilt on my machine to do for a friend and after that I'll more than likely step away from starting any other quilt projects that can't be completed in 2 days or less. 

As part of this direction the blog I started in 2008 will be changing too 

  1. Teaching Changes - I've only 2 more classes on the schedule to teach at JoAnn's and after that it's over. The classes I want to teach can't be taught there due to the new open classroom format. I'm sure the shoppers don't want to hear 4 or 5 people hammering on metal while they shop. So the classes tab will be removed. 
  2. I will however be adding a new tab with beginner helpful hints for jewelry making. 
  3. The tab Fiber will also be removed and be replaced with mixed media jewelry information. 
  4. The artwork tab will become design sketches and other jewelry design information
These changes will take a little while to be completed. For those who followed my quilting for several years, thank you. Now for the next step in my creative life.