Yes. Please....let's talk about something other than houses and teaching. How about....ummmmm.....these super great new additions to my etsy shop!! I'm determined to use all the charms and beads in my drawer and not buy a single thing. Determined. I did have to buy the leather blanks to attach these baubles to, and have zero regrets about that! They are like butter, so soft.
Hey guys!! OK. It's time to spill the beans about what's been going on behind the scenes here in the studio. I've been busting at the seams to tell you, and wanted to do a video blog so you could hear the excitement in my voice, but dang if our house hasn't gotten a contract on it and I've literally spent every minute of my week looking at houses and freaking out. I describe it like my friend Susan did when looking herself....I am Goldilocks walking into a house saying, "this is to big, this is too small, this is too nasty!!" So I will be sure to show you our choice. It's kind of exciting!! We've lived here our entire married life (which is 16 years). So it's a big deal. Anyhoo............................
So I am kind of flying like these love balloons on the bike right now. I am sure after the first week of school I will be a little frazzled. But teaching is my love. It is. And you know what, I'm good at it. I know you are all thinking I am insane, that my art career is going along fine. But we've weighed the pros and cons of me going back to work. And one sacrifice will be shows. I will have to choose shows carefully and ones that do not interfere with my teaching schedule. I have 5 galleries now that are always asking for more work and those of you that do shows know you get stingy with your work during show times. So I'll be sending more love their way. It is also making me choose what path of art I want to pursue. And I've decided that paint and metal are going to be it. Can't do it all. So little birdies and other fabric items will always be fun extra, but not part of my regular creative journey.
Yeah. I know. LOTS of big changes around here. I'll still be right here in my blog though. Sharing the journey with you. Probably making you laugh even more as we get ready to move. Those of you that know my Billy, well you are probably already praying for me. He is so laid back, where I am in total freak out mode. In this house search his repeated comment is this, "I just need a roof over my head and we have to live in my district." Like I said, there will be lots of laughing going on in this house over the next few weeks. I start school next Thursday.....we close on the house August 26th. I know.
So remember my post a few days back when I showed my new jewelry pieces and parts? Well.....I finally got into the studio and started making stuff!!! Woohoooo!! I am in love with these. Especially the cow hide one on the bottom with the intricate brass plate with stamping. They are super comfy. And yes, custom orders are welcome!! The newness of all this making is so energizing to my creative soul!
I will list a few in etsy with the rest headed to the Vintage-Flea in Newnan. I'll keep you posted through my facebook page as to when!! So head on over and join to get in on the latest adventures and heads up on etsy listings.
Sometimes people come into our lives and yet we never actually meet them. Blogging gives us this wonderful opportunity to connect to people across the globe. And sometimes we get to know them on such a deep and personal level, that if ever given the opportunity to meet in person there are SURE to be tears of joy! That's how this custom painting came about.
I meet Cheri through my blog in February. I was reeling in grief after the death of a friend and she was dealing with grief of her own. She is a reader of my blog and while in the hospital waiting room she pulled up my blog and the post "A Gentle Spirit". The artwork and the prayer I used sent a message to her soul she said. She then proceeded to thank me for "reaching in and starting my heart back up." She's an artist as well and told me she enjoys reading my blog and finds inspiration here often. Wow. Talk about humbling. I was of course balling my eyeballs out throughout the entire email and sent her one back immediately thanking her for taking the time to share her story with me. Because you know what, it's the stories like hers that remind me that I am EXACTLY where I am supposed to be in this journey. And her story adds and enriches my story you know?
So dear Cheri, I thank you SO much for taking the time to email me and share your story. There is magic in words. And the sparkly dust you sent my way in February touched my heart perhaps more than my words did you.
Hey guys!!!! Wonder where I've been? Well, this week I hosted ART CAMP!!! Woohoooo! 3 days, 15 hours, and gallons of paint later I am home and feeling a tad bit like a freaking energizer bunny!! I think it's because at the end of today's class we set up all the work like a mini show and had the parents come to see everyone's work. And as I glanced around myself I thought holy cow! There are some serious budding artists in this room. So here's the nitty gritty then I'll give you the tour. I had 24 students ages 14-5 all in one room. And you'd never have known it. Fabulous thing it is.....having 24 kids who WANT to be in the room with me (on many occasions my own 2 kids don't want to be in the room with me, so 24 is pretty awesome). And these kids were like little sponges for art knowledge. It was the best. This is my calling. It is what makes my heart so very, very full. Puffy heart. Yep.
Project #3: Well, since I took this great online painting class this summer and enjoyed the techniques I used in the paintings so much we used 2 of the paintings as inspirations for our work. The concentration was on
warm and cool colors as well as texture.
Project #4: Nothing better than a well done oil pastel drawing. Oil pastels may be my favorite material to use with kids. Especially when the project turns out like this:
Project 5: Whimsical cat and dog paintings. Yes, inspired by my Lily and Graham. They are consuming me these days with their stinking cuteness. And it's spilling from my canvas to now my student's. But hey, aren't they cute together? Especially in green and orange.
So, that's it. I also have to give a huge shout out to Jennifer who helped me everyday. I am not so sure it would have gone so flawless witbhout her!
It was so great to be in the classroom all day again. Really it was. I have some news to share soon, speaking of heart is full stuff and all. But not yet. I have a video blog coming to spill the beans. So what have you guys been doing all week with yourselves?
Friday I headed up to the July Gift show at Americas' Mart. Natalie of Grit and Grace, whom I share a booth with at the Flea, joined me for the very FULL day of shopping fun. I had the best time helping her choose clothes and other goodies for her booth and fall shows. We have very similar tastes....and binge buying habits!! We were alll over that darn mart shopping. And eating....and drinking Corona any showroom that had it! Hehehehe...Yes, on Friday and Saturday night it's like a giant party in the big showrooms upstairs. So much fun.
Anyhoo, I did get many items to sell, not just put on my own body. (Although I did get some amazing clothes!!!) So I have not slept good since that night because of this find:
So this week.....well I've not done one creative thing in my studio. Nope. After the whole losing the dream house deciding to keep ours for sale now what do we do week, I am happy to say I have found some energy. It's a little like that last trimester in pregnancy. You know the one where you start cleaning stuff out and freaking your husband out because he does NOT get that the babies closet does indeed need painting NOW! Yeah. Maybe you didn't have that problem, but you get the idea. So here was my project this week.
So, with the mojo on I decided to tackle the other backyard monster which was the forsythia bushes. They lined the patio and back of the house. I totally forgot to take a photo of it, but just imagine bushes as tall as the one story house. And I cut down enough branches to FILL the back of our full size pick up. Yeah. You could hardly walk to the playground without getting whipped in the eye. And the slide was buried under the branches. This time orange van got to carry the load (truck was full of branches).
Last night we reaped the benefits of the cleaned yard and had peeps over to cook out and make these in the fire bowl:
About a month a ago a sweet fan of my work called and asked if I would make a tandem bike as a wedding gift. Awesome gift, right?? So of course I said yes.....and finally got it done and mailed to Miami!! I used a filter on the pictures below, so they are a little softer and dreamier than in person. Just thought I'd try a little something new is all.
I have another custom bike painting for a sweet blog reader coming up this week. And art camp to prepare for. I have 24 kids coming. uh-huh....I said 24. I am over-the-moon about the camp too!!!! I had to hire another art teacher to help me with that many hands. Wait until you see what we are making next week. Several of my blog friends have actually signed their kids up after seeing the 1st camp. wink...wink....
Hey guys. Remember my post about the house below:
So today I sucked it up and started looking for a new dream house. And unfortunately, the one above has set a high bar. I know, many of you are thinking what a weird choice for a dream home. Maybe it was too much of the Brady's in my childhood, but I love a 70's house. Puffy heart. Well, suppose I should head now, Georgia MLS here I come!! I found one today that had mirrors everywhere in the main bedroom. It gave me a very good chuckle anyways. hehehe.....
OK guys, sorry. But I absolutely HAVE to share the cuteness that's hanging around our house this summer. I am in total baby bliss here. Smitten. Over the moon.....she is all I talk about. I probably sound like some freaky Mommy right now with my jabber about her. But man, look.......seriously how can you not be smitten too?
Yep. My paintbrushes have had a nice little hiatus while I was away for a week of beach and baseball. The baseball was awesome!! The beach, well seriously is there anything about the beach I don't love? Let me think......that would be no. (well, jellyfish....I really don't like those) We've never been gone that long from Lily our little dog. And when I picked her up from Happy Tails, geeeeesh louise! She had to tell me ALL about her stay. And her pile of new friends, and her favorite worker, etc. I have never seen our little dog so excited.
Anyhoo, It is great to be home. I feel recharged. All week I kept up with my painting class online, but didn't have my paints. Which was killing me!! So this morning I whipped out a cabinet door and went to town. I am just tickled with the outcome!! Have I told you about the class yet? I'm taking the Lisa and Mati one, Get Your Paint On. I know, I know......I already know how to paint. But I really needed to be energized by some newness. And honestly, I wanted to see how others teach adults. I know how I teach. But it's nice to be on the other side. And these two peeps are SO interesting. I am seeing a world of art I've never been exposed to before. It's a little intimidating actually. But I like being given an assignment and having to run with it. I love having others look at my work and say, it's good, but would be better if...
I won't be showing you all the work. But I really liked the outcome of this one. Although in person the colors are better. Something is not quite right between my camera lens and the original. But you get the idea.