Saturday, December 30, 2006

Art Tags Fun

If you read my bead post you know Liz and I are die hard shoppers when we get a chance to visit one another. Liz and Rick have been spending the past few days with us up here in the mountains of TN. Yesterday the husbands went on what we call a "car hiking" trip. They loaded up the photo equipment and went in the search of snow and photos.

Liz and I decided to have an "let's play at home" day instead of wearing ourselves out shopping. We played around with some new Photoshop skills Rick taught this rank PS beginner the night before (and of course now I'm hooked!). We went into my studio and spent the day making Art Tags for Liz to take home. This was a new venture for Liz, for you usually catch her with a paint brush in her hand, painting another masterpiece to teach her students.

We laughed and talked and relaxed and made art. What more could you ask for between two best friends who can't see each other more frequently. It was a rarity. It was a perfect day.

Wanna see what we made?

Thursday, December 28, 2006

2007 GOALS

Our topic this week is supposed to be about our goals for the coming year. I'm running a little late posting on this one. We're still celebrating the holidays. My best friend Liz (check out her website in my links list, she is a gorgeous painter!) is visting with her hubby Rick (a wonderfully creative photographer), from out of state. SO we've been having a great time enjoying each others company.

So, goals. Hmmm, I usually don't set much in the way of goals becuase I know how those things always go awry. But I actually do have a couple goals for this coming year. First, although it is always a goal of mine no matter the time of year, is to become a better artist.

Secondly my husband is retiring in a few months and I would like to help supplement our soon to be fixed income, with online sales of my work. In order to do that I have to find ways to better market myself online and find ways for self promotion. Those are difficult things for me to do. I know I'm not alone in this department. A lot of artists find it difficult to promote themselve. We'd rather just create and let someone else do the promoting!

I figure that's enough goals for me! :-)

Hapy New Year, Good Health and Prosperity to us all!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

SNOW FAIRY shadowboxes (sold)

I just wanted to say, however you might celebrate these holidays, I wish everyone love, peace, good health and joy in the coming year! Merry Christmas!!!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Simply Soldered

Simply Soldered by Carrie Edelmann Avery

This week our blog topic is Favorite New or Inspirational Art book. Since I am a book and magazine addict, with no desire for a 12 step program, this is difficult for me. Then I received a new book the other day that I forgot I ordered. Yay.

I have been trying to teach myself soldering. I did some reading, bought the required tools and was excited about my first project. I had an idea for some soldered glass ornaments I wanted to sell on ebay for Christmas. Until I began the actual soldering. First I took a good look at the finished product... and then had a good laugh!

Yes I believe that soldering itself is not difficult but like most mediums it takes practice to do it and do it well. Of course that could be my aggravating perfectionism talking too. ;-) I mean I did successfully solder a few pieces. But no way could I put them on the market and sell them to unsuspecting customers!

But Avery's book gives me hope that with a bit more practice, I'll be OK. She gives good info and pictures on tools and the basic technique. The projects are up to date and wonderfully funky and inspiring. All projects have pictures, and some projects have technique pictures. This is not a large book, 35 pages, but for the $11.00 I paid for it I'd say I got my money's worth. But I feel what I really got was my inspirations worth! Maybe next Christmas you'll see some of my soldered ornaments up for sale. I mean, that gives me a year to practice, right?

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Where Do I Blog From?

I thought someone might be interested in seeing where I am when I'm blogging at you, working on my website, posting auctions on Ebay or listing items for Etsy, and fun web surfing in general.

WhenI redid the computer room last winter I decided it was time for me to have a nice corner to work in since I would be spending a lot of time at this spot.

The desk top is an old hollow core door my hubby cut for me. He also used part of it for support on one end and on the other end are two legs I found while "shopping" in my basement.
I collaged the top, painted the desk organizer white, added a co-ordinating bulletin board, a couple nice lamps, and Voila! Done.
I love it. My printer is right at hand on my left. I have a window to my right so I can see outside and in the summer there is a rose bush that blooms right by that window that smells heavenly! What more could a woman ask for when it comes to a work space. Hmmm.... maybe a chaise lounge?

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

What Do I Know About Beads?

I belong to an artists' group where a small number of us have agreed to take one topic a week and post on it. There is no particular rhyme or reason, is just another tool for those of us who would like help with ideas and posting on a regular basis.

So, this weeks topic is beads. My first dip into the bead world began a couple years ago. I was visiting my best friend Liz, in Raleigh, NC. Liz and I are die hard shoppers! We live four hours apart & when we get together our visits are a whirlwind of shopping. But, no malls for us.

We hit every antique store, thrift store, flea market, junk store, "interesting shops we've seen and put on our list to visit one day" kind of store we can find.

On this particular visit Liz told me about a recent new shop called she'd heard about, called Panopolie. As always, I'm game and said "let's go"! This is a store that oozes vintage charm with an extremely friendly and helpful staff.

Having never been in a bead store before I found myself on sensory overload! Liz and I were soon buying beads and findings and heading back to her house to makes ourselves each a necklace.

What fun we had. We sat on her porch, talking and laughing and beading, enjoying our "best friends time", a time out of our usual shop til we drop days. And while my necklace wasn't perfect, my beads are beautiful.

Now I find myself actually buying beads when I'm out and about. Since I'm not much of a jewelry wearer I buy beads to add to my work. I love the additional dimension and color they give my work. I have found a seller on Etsy, Mamastaub, who makes some really cool and different handmade polymer beads I keep an eye on. Check out her noodle beads and handmade buttons!

So while I still don't know much about beads, I have fallen in love with them and buy them and enjoy using them! I figure all I have to know is.... do I like it?

Monday, December 11, 2006

Out on the Town

My latest Art Doll Fairy is wearing her jaunty little bird hat and her grandmother's pearls. She's dressed to go out for the evening and have a fairy good time! Everytime I look at her I have to smile. She goes up on Ebay Tuesday evening along with Harmony.

Sunday, December 10, 2006


My new assemblage piece called "Harmony"I printed this lovely little fairy on fabric, glittered her wings and attached to an old ceiling tile. I covered scrabble tiles with old sheet music and then added the lettering. I will be adding her to ebay on Tuesday if you're interested. :-)

Saturday, December 9, 2006

New Links

Today I added some links to some artist friends of mine. I hope you go check them out. They all sell their work, either on Ebay or Etsy and they are all wonderful artists! I just finsihed an assemblage and I'm in the middle of an art doll. I will post pictures of the assemblage tomorrow, I have no good lighting now. I know just text is tiresome, so I'll shut up now! :-)

Friday, December 8, 2006

Good News for our Family

My brother in law had a heart attack almost two weeks ago. This Monday he had open heart surgery and today (Fri) he came home. I am amazed at what they can do today for heart attack victims. And how fast they get them out of bed and on the mend. He had wonderful doctors, nurses and a great hospital. But I think a plus on his side is he has a great spirit. A man who would rather look on the positive things in life rather than the negative. Even when he's having open heart surgery. And I have to believe that his positive energy, was also part of getting through the surgery so well and now on to his path to healing.

And now I have to go. We're having a Welcome Home celebration for a man we love.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

My first ever time Blogging...oh my!

I guess I'm pretty much behind the times. I've just recently started learning about blogging and I have a looong way to go!

I am a mixed media and collage artist trying to build an online business and decided a Blog would be a step forward in the right direction.

If you visit my website you will see this collage on my Home Page. I did it to remind myself not to lose my inner child and to not forget to laugh.

So if you've stopped by to visit, please, check out my auctions on Ebay and my store at Etsy (where I'm fairly new and still need to add more inventory. And stop by my website, you can see pictures of my studio. Also my photo gallery, where I'm still adding photos of my work.

I guess you could say I'm an artist who is in a state of evolving. If you'd like to post a comment please do so...I like chatting with like minded people.