Thursday, April 29, 2010
I'm on the Etsy front page! I love that application on facebook that lets you know when you have an item featured. Otherwise I would never know, well not entirely true since my fellow Etsy Metal members are really good about letting each other know when they are featured.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Laura and Russ of Path Less Pedaled rolled into Fort Worth on their bikes on Sunday. We have been enjoying getting to know them and are excited to have them here. Russ plays harmonica and Lucy accompanies him in this video that our friend John took. Laura is a jewelry maker too and we have had a little studio time together. The two of them are giving a presentation about their travels this evening at the new Trinity Bicycles on Main Street. I'll get some pictures to post soon. Russ is a photographer, so I'm sort of nervous to take out my camera!
Monday, April 26, 2010
It's spring in Texas and that means wildflowers. With all the rain we had this winter and early spring it has been even more gorgeous than usual. We were so busy down in the Hill Country that I never got to stop and take pictures of the flowers. Mom and I found a spot in Argyle last week to snap some shots of these Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes. Texas kids grow up getting their picture taken in the bluebonnets each spring, but I haven't done that in years. I wanted to lay down in a bunch of them, but didn't find a lush enough stand to get my portrait made this year. I know it is silly, but they are so pretty that they would surely make me look good too!
Friday, April 23, 2010
us last weekend in Wimberley
Oh, and now I've got to go grocery shopping so I can make that carrot cake for Frank.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I'm back from Fiesta and in semi recovery mode. We got back on Monday and I helped Frank type up his first college research paper. Yesterday I headed to Argyle to unload my booth from my Dad's truck and help my mom with some stuff. I haven't gotten to rest yet, but that is okay. Fiesta was a great event despite a near wash out on Saturday. Some dedicated, hard core supporters came out in rain gear and made it a wonderful day despite the rain. Sunday was gorgeous, and there were tons of people out enjoying the show. I love San Antonio, and Fiesta is a really well run and lovely show. They treat the artists great and I hope to be there many more times in the future. I had a corner booth for the first time, which I thought was great. I was able to add two more cases to my display by pushing the tables out to the corner. I also put white watercolor paper on top of my black displays which brightened things up considerably. I took a bunch of shots of my booth and have to pick one for a new "booth shot".
My new print outs. Frank said he noticed lots of people reading them.
The new earring stand that my dad made me.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
This is my favorite time of year in Texas and the weather has been absolutely perfect for days on end. The light outside has been gorgeous and my backyard garden has been calling my name. I have done a little bit of clean up, but hope to do more and some planting after my show. It has been really hard to resist the call of the garden lately!
I had also set aside these polymer pieces, but only for a month or so. Last night about 11pm I decided I needed to have a pair of earrings made with these for my show. We'll see if they get done by Thursday with all the other things on my to do list. I think they will be pretty cool though!
Monday, April 12, 2010
I decided that I wanted to print up some literature with images to hang in my booth for customers to read. These are what I came up with. I printed them on cardstock and am going to get them printed. They aren't very large, but definitely readable. They will be hung with magnets onto a metal sign that will be placed at one of the front corners of my booth just above a display case. I'm not sure if people will read them, but thought it was a good idea. They describe a few of the materials that people always ask about and some people are probably shy about asking questions too. What do you think? Do you think they will distract people from looking at my jewelry?
My fourteen year old baby, Malta, hates the camera. I have a terrible time getting a clear shot of her, especially since I don't like using my flash. I got a kick out of the fact that the images above where she is moving are almost more readable than the still ones. My friend Carrie pointed out that her elderly dog was camera shy because of cataracts and having the flash hurt her eyes. I wonder if this is Malta's issue? She wasn't always like that.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I made new displays with dad on Thursday and have been working away on new jewelry. I don't have any finished pieces to share yet, but here is my work bench full of projects. I did my email newsletter about my show on Mail Chimp, which I love. They make it so easy to have a professional looking email. Check out my email here. I'm also working on some simple literature to hang in my booth. I thought that some people might like to read little blurbs with answers to frequently asked questions.
I might not be posting much for the next week or so. When I get back from San Antonio my friends Laura and Russ of Path Less Pedaled will be here. I feel like I know them already from following their blog of their travels, but will finally meet them next week.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
We celebrated my dad's birthday last night and I made him a homemade carrot cake. Boy was it yummy! I used this recipe but left out 1 cup of powdered sugar from the icing and only did two layers. This was my first from scratch cake with homemade icing and layers.
Now I want to make more cakes!
I know I have mentioned how great my dad is before, but I have to brag again. Today he is helping me make new displays for my show next week. Thanks Dad, and Happy Birthday.
Is it time for a cofffee break (I mean carrot cake break) yet?
Monday, April 5, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
I seem to be making a lot of tank tops. I think it is good sewing practice, and something pretty simple to start with. For the most part they are just two pieces of fabric, sometimes with bias strips like the turquoise one. I think getting the fit down with these simple pieces will help me on future and possibly more complicated patterns too. The turquoise tank is Simplicity 2586 and I love it! The fabric is a cotton ikat that my mom let me have from her stash. I didn't know that I would like a longer top, but I do. I added elastic at the waist in the back for gathers and to give it more shape. I can't wait to make the dress version of this pattern and already have some gorgeous blue linen for it.
The red tank was a practice run for making this pattern out of my vintage Liberty of London Daisy print. This one is Simplicity 2599 and I changed the neckline to a V neck. I'm pretty happy with the fit and went ahead and cut out the Liberty, which will have ruffles along the neckline.
My Pawpaw was a big rock collector. Mom still has jars full of his rocks and I went through one the other day. Much to my delight I found these beautiful Lace Agate (I think) rocks. I wish I could cut them myself, but since I can't I think I will see if I can get them cut. I'm thinking flat backs but leaving the tops natural would be cool.
I wish I knew where these rocks were collected. Granny and Pawpaw traveled all around the Western United States after they retired. These were probably picked up in the 60's or 70's in their travels. Pawpaw had the concrete steps from his mothers' house in his back yard as a display for his rock collection. I'll have to find a picture of that. I wish I could have transported the whole collection and the steps to my house!
Unrelated: I was interviewed by Love to Know, check it out.
I'm getting ready for Fiesta Art Fair in San Antonio which is in two weeks. If you would like more info sign up for my email list on the right side of the blog and I will send out an email soon.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
The best bagel was the last one and it became a veggie sandwich. I have talked before about how yummy this sandwich is. I got the idea from my friends Christi and Brandon and it is oh so delicious. The sandwich has a cream cheese spread, then the veggies are stacked up. This one had avocado, bell pepper, cucumbers, tomatoes and banana peppers. This bagel made me want to make another batch!