Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New goodies!

Saturday at the Funky Finds Spring Fling was a success. The most fun part for me was acquiring a couple of new handmade goodies! My favorite screen printing lady, Megan of Harrilu was there. I added this shirt along with a skirt and another shirt to my ever growing collection. I also met Dollie of Modern Mess, and got the wonderful earrings I'm wearing from her. I'll take a close up of those soon. She does lovely work with silver and resin. If you click on the image you can see a blown up version for more detail. Thanks Megan and Dollie for making my day!

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Sundrop Lamps

I got this lamp from the sweet Heather Carlson of Sundrop Lamp Company. Heather and I had neighboring booths at Fiesta last weekend. Mom and dad had described her work as "Aspen Lamps", but they are so much more. Heather uses Aspen branches that she paints and woodburns onto. She also hand makes the lamp shades. The lamp I picked has an image of aspen trees with a lovely turquoise sky behind. I sent the lamp home with my folks, as it looks perfect in their house, and as a thank you for all their help and hard work at the show.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

I'm Back!

I took a few pictures of my booth and displays, and that is all I had time to photograph! It was a busy, crazy and tiring trip, but I have to call it a success. I met wonderful and friendly artists from all over the country, learned a ton about this business, and realized repeatedly how wonderful my parents are to me!

Mom, dad and I headed down to San Antonio on Thursday for Fiesta. We camped in the airstream at Alamo Koa, which was an experience. Friday morning we set up the booth on the grounds of the Southwest Center for Arts and Crafts. The staff and volunteers there are wonderful and really treat the artists great. I think I chose wisely for my first out of town show, and I felt very proud to have been chosen to participate.
I did a couple of trades with my fellow artisans and I will post pictures of those soon. I was amazed how far and wide the artists travel from to do this show. It felt great to be a part of a show that is all about the art.
Dad made all of these beautiful displays for me! They looked really great. I finished the necklace pictured above the night before the show started.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Etsy Front Page!

My Painterly Cocktail Ring was on the front page on Sunday! I'm off to my folks tonight and we head to San Antonio tomorrow. Wish me luck and great weather at Fiesta.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Almost done...

I'm still here and still prepping for my show. We celebrated my dad's 65th birthday yesterday. It was a lovely day with great people and delicious food. Today dad helped me finish up some jewelry displays. An earring stand, and two necklace stands. He is such a good guy! I didn't take pics of those yet, but here is a picture of my other display. These will go inside plexi glass cubes. I put galvanized flashing on the wooden display in order to hold magnets. That way I can move my jewelry around. I then painted the metal with chalkboard paint and can write prices with a wet erase chalk marker. The chalkboard paint said to prep the surface by rubbing chalk accross it. I did that, but am wondering if I should since I'm not using actual chalk? It's not necessary, so it depends on if I like the look or not. I can't decide, what do you think, flat black, or chalk rubbed like in this picture?
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A home for Alley

Sweet baby Alley, our foster dog, has found a home! I cried after we dropped her off with her new papa. I know its for the best though. Our house is back to normal, our dogs are back to normal, and I don't have to worry about things being torn up by a puppy. Her new dad emailed the day after he got her to say that she is an angel and was impressed that she could sit, shake, stay and fetch. I told him to try getting her to give him five, and then ten. I taught her that and she learned really quickly. I can't say enough good things about Paws and Claws, the rescue group that we used. They are wonderful people! Please, please, please do not buy a dog. If you are looking for a sweet puppy there are millions in need of homes, even pure breeds. Please give a homeless dog a second chance at love.

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Friday, April 3, 2009

My work on TV!

I just found out that my jewelry was on Tv. My work is at Art251 in Keller, Tx and they were featured on a local channel last month. My work appears at about 1:29 in the above video. How exciting!
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Loving this song...

Frank and I finally got to see Rachel Getting Married, which we loved. In the wedding ceremony the groom sings a song a capela to his bride. It is really lovely and sounded vaguely familiar to both of us. Frank looked it up and realized it was "Unknown Legend" by Neil Young. It is a song from his Harvest Moon album. Well, we have since become totally addicted to the song, and Frank has learned the guitar part. It's quite beautiful, have a listen.

ps, I did mention that it is crazy around here, right?! In two weeks I will be in San Antonio!!! My wonderfully supportive parents are accompanying me to my show. I am still begging them for help making things as well. "Dad, can you make this earring stand for me, please?", "Mom, can we sew bags to put the jewelry in, please". They are too good to me, for sure! I am running out of time, but hope to finish my to do list of jewelry to make, stuff to pack, etc. I am working a temp job (bad timing I know) for the school district. I have met some wonderful and interesting ladies doing this. I am helping Frank with mowing, and as usual spring is just plain busy!
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