Friday, November 20, 2009

What I've been working on

Many years ago I used to do art/craft shows but gave it up when I opened a brick and mortar store (this before we moved to the mountains).  I pretty much had it figured out I would not do any more because they
can be grueling.  A lot of fun, but grueling.

Then my bff asked me about doing a one day show with her in Nov.  It sounded like fun, sharing a tent with Liz, not having to worry about so much inventory.  And at the time she asked, Nov. was a long way off.  So I said yeah, sure, why not?   Well we know how fast the months roll along so next Saturday, the 28th we'll be in Raleigh NC on West Street in front of Ornamatea doing the Designers Downtown Market.  If you're in the area please stop by and say hi because I'd love to meet you!

Here is a small sampling of what I've been spending my time on for the past couple months.

And here is your FAB (free ATC background) Friday image.  If you like it, take it and use if for whatever you want.  If you don't like it I'll have another one up Dec 4 since I'll miss next Friday.

Wishing everyone an ARTFUL weekend!
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Technically Overloaded?

I'm curious.
Are you on tech overload?

I wonder how many of you out there who use Facebook actually understand how to use Facebook? Or am I in the minority of those stumbling around over there wondering what in the world am I doing!? And I'm just about at the point where I'm going to drop Twitter. I simply don't use it. It's not even in my realm of thought during the day. I'm sorry but I just can't bring myself to read about so and so's fifteenth cup of java that day. Or care. So why would anyone really gives a #$@% that I'm just waking up or going to bed or that I let the dog out or what I fixed for dinner. Really. Who?
I'd rather create art!

So I did.  In a way.  Digitally.
It was way more fun than running around the maze of Facebook.
This is your FAB (free atc background) Friday image for Friday the 13th!  I didn't even realize it until I looked at my calender a few hours ago.  So how can I expect to understand all the new etch stuff out there?!
If you like it, grab it, use it for whatever you want.  It's yours.  If you don't like it try me next Friday, maybe I'll have something you like better. 

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Some new inventory

We're getting rusty again over at the store! 
(images are clickable)

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Wow! Pinch me!

Yep!  Little ole me!  I'm SO EXCITED!  Along with other multi talented artists, Pam Carriker has asked me to be a contributing artist to her new book "Art at the Speed of Life" due out in the fall of 2010.  And I'm absolutely thrilled and honored and humbled.  Plus I'm so happy and excited for Miss Pam because I know this has been a dream of hers and she has worked really hard for it. 
She deserves every bit of success that comes her way. 
Not only for her talent but also for dedication to her dream. 
Because when you focus on
dreams do come true. 
Big round of applause, a HUGE hug and many smoochies sweetie! 

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Friday, November 6, 2009

More Sharing & FAB Friday Image

I'm back once again with something I'd like to share.  Something near and dear to my heart.  Around this time last year the opening of Creative Workshops kicked off.  It was a dream that had been looping itself through my ofttimes befuddled brain for quite some time before it became an actuality.  So I guess you could say it's kind of ... 

 I nurture it, feed it and burp it when needed. No site is problem free and Ning has thrown some interesting challenges at my trouble shooting skills. And so far it seems I've managed to take care of most things in one fashion or another in the best way I can. I guess it's what moms do right?

I've received so many wonderful emails from those taking the Creative Workshops journey.  I don't usually mention them becuase I don't want it to seem like I'm bragging or anything like that but I must say I am proud of each and every one I've received.  But I am sharing one today for a special reason.  First let me state that although this mentions my class this is NOT about me or my class. 
It is about Creative Workshops as a whole. 
And it is about where determination can take one.

"Hi Gail,
I signed up for this basic digital collage workshop probably about a month ago. I got very frustrated trying to do the 1st project. Several attempts and I just felt it was hopeless. I've had lots of chaos the past few months so I have not been able to sit down and really dig into this the way I had hoped. I was afraid I'd be getting a notice that I was being booted out for taking wayyyy too long. I'd try to sneak in some time at work and then try to stay awake when I got done with chores at home to work on the class. Neither was very fruitful.

This evening I was able to find time to myself and decided to try the Cherish Venice Lesson. I have just finished it and feel so very inspired. Despite the fact that it is more complex than the first collage you taught, I finally felt like I was getting it. No, not getting ALL of it, but getting enough so that my final Cherish Venice collage isn't horrible anyway.

I want to thank you for letting me move at my own pace through this class. Admittedly it is a much slower pace than anticipated but it has been such a blessing to still have this workshop to come to when I can steal away a few minutes for myself.

I plan to come back and redo this Cherish Venice lesson again and see if the second time through I catch on even more. I thank you for your detailed instructions and the images you have shared with us.

Did I understand that there is one more lesson after Cherish Venice? I sure hope so now that I feel like there is a glimmer of hope for me!!

Anyway, I want to thank you so very much for not putting time pressure on us with this workshop. It has made all of the difference for me.

Once I feel more comfortable with the basic instructions in this workshop, I have every intention of signing up for the new digital layers workshop you have! I can hardly wait!

Thank you for your commitment to your students."

Deborah Bohm Widup

This email is why I do my best to have all our teachers commit to ongoing workshops rather than workshops that have a start and end date.   Thank you Deborah!  You are what Creative Workshops is all about.

Here is your FAB (free ATC background) Friday image.  If you like it, grab it and you an use it for whatever you want.  If you don't like it come back next Friday when I'll put up another image.

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Monday, November 2, 2009


I have a few things I would like to share today.  My friend and fellow teacher over at Creative Workshops, Lorraine Stobie, has opened her Etsy store called Luscious Layers.  Isn't that a simply delicious name?  It conjures up all kinds of warm and fuzzy feelings in me.  Lorraine says in her store description:

"Layers are surface designed repurposed textiles and trims. All bundles are unique and ONE OF A KIND! Textiles consist of multiple layers of dyed, painted, stencilled, batik and screen printed techniques. Patterns range from subtle to bold. As the textiles and trims are repurposed, torn edges and tattered bits are to be expected."

I absolutely love what I saw in the store!

  And she's also having a Giveaway of THREE of her Luscious Layers bundles (and yours truly has certainly thrown her hopeful hat in the ring) to celebrate her opening.  You'll find details of the Giveaway at her blog Creative Daily.  Hurry over!  So check out the store and hurry over to her blog to enter your name.

But that's not all Lorraine has to celebrate lately.  She just discovered she's been published in the Dec. issue of Somerset Studio.

Way to go Lorraine!  Congratulations!
 Your work deserves it.

I also want to share with you that I have an itty bitty sale going on at Shabby Cottage Studio the store.  Somehow I managed to over order a color of Glimmer Mist and really need to move it out.  It's a luscious color called Seafoam...very shabbylicious.  If you've been wanting to try Glimmer Mist but was hesitant to spend the money here's a chance to get it at a really good deal.  It retails for $6.95.  I sell it for $6.50.  But in order to move it I have marked it down to $3.99.  That's wholesale folks!
 Only while supplies last.

The last thing I would like to share today is one of those emails I received where you are supposed to pass it on to so many people.  I admit, I'm not very good at that.  Yet every now and then one comes to my inbox and I want to share with more than a few email buddies.  This is one of them.

  For ALL of the women out there! 


enough money within her control to move out
and rent a place of her own,
even if she never wants to or needs to...
something perfect to wear if the employer,
or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour...

a youth she's content to leave behind....
a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to
retelling it in her old age....
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra...
one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry....

a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family...
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems,
and a recipe for a meal,
that will make her guests feel honored....

a feeling of control over her destiny...
how to fall in love without losing herself..

how to quit a job,
break up with a lover,
and confront a friend without;
ruining the friendship....

when to try harder... and WHEN TO WALK AWAY...

that she can't change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..
that her childhood may not have been perfect....but it's over....

what she would and wouldn't do for love or more....
how to live alone.... even if she doesn't like it...

whom she can trust,
whom she can't,
and why she shouldn't take it personally...

where to go...
be it to her best friend's kitchen table..
or a charming Inn in the woods...
when her soul needs soothing....

What she can and can't accomplish in a day...
a month...and a year...
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