Friday, April 30, 2010

Fuzzy Friday: Special Edition

It's a special Fuzzy Friday around these parts for two special reasons.

1) We got a Flip camera so now I can share video! Yippee! Now you can see how crazy the fuzzies can really be! AND we can video shows, tutorials and I can (prepare for a big nerd moment) make grammar videos for my students :)

2) Well, our newest fuzzy has had a bump in the health road. About a week ago, we noticed a growth forming on the end of her nose. Well, within two days time, it doubled in size and didn't look like something we should ignore. Long story short, new fuzzy had to have part of her nose cut off and sent off for testing. We should know results within a week. She is still playing like a nutjob and acting like nothing is wrong! I'm hoping we caught this early :) Here is evidence that she is young at heart! This is the night before the nostril expansion ;) Enjoy!

video

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

New For You

A few new pieces that will be debuted at this Sunday's Fiber Fest!!!




Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Fiber Fest THIS SUNDAY!!!

Come play in a barn with us and so many wonderfully talented people at the Spring Fiber Fest! There may even be some fuzzy animals for you to pet...need I say more?? :) For more information, check out this link. See you there, I hope!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

I AM AN ARTIST!

Photographic evidence of the switchplate assembly line. So far I've completed around 100 yet I still have another 100 or so to go :) Obviously, there will be LOTS of new ones at our upcoming shows! One of which is next Sunday....more info on that show soon!



I was also busy finishing up my 5x5 last week! Here's the finished product! I call it, "Beetty Was a Cutup" and yes, of course I have reasonings :) If you recall, I have never really produced much wall art at all and was quite apprehensive in tackling this! Then I remembered, art if subjective. There's not template for what art is and we all create it in our own ways! Just as good 'ol Beethoven made amazingly complex and beautiful music, I cut crap up and put things on string. Yes, I may not change the world with what I create BUT I am creating, nonetheless. So yes, I am an artist :) Sometimes I just need to remind myself of that :)

I basket wove some of my century old sheet music as my backdrop, and covered it with Beetty and crafting scissors. On two opposite edges, I shaved off the backs of some vintage buttons and affixed them for a little something extra. I quite like the way the buttons FEEL on the side! I'm quite pleased with it which, is quite important in ANYTHING I create but especially this one as we may end up with it back if it doesn't sell! Ha! I wouldn't mind this hanging in our house :) Whimsical and odd as it may be, I like it :)

(a few more buttons were added to the sides after this picture was taken and can somewhat be seen in the above switchplate drying photo)
Hasta pronto!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Fuzzy Friday

The beast is loving springtime just as much as we are! AND he's loving hanging out in the front yard without a leash! Such a big boy now :)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Small Canvas, Big Nerves

So my mom and sister are artists. As in they can draw, paint, charcoal...the whole nine yards. Myself, well, I draw horrible stick figures on the board in class to convey my messages. Pretty entertaining really. So my mom is going full force with her painting, all the while documenting it here, and got me interested in the 5x5 show! I know I'm not artsy in the artsy sort of way ;) but I sure can create with magazines and beads!

I decided to pull out the old '73 magazines found in my grandpa's house and got to snipping! The mister questioned my ability to put all of the cutouts on the small 5x5 canvas, rightfully so. I'm trying to teach myself to edit more, as I can tend to go overboard when I design :) I'm a bit over the top in general :)



I scaled down the pieces I wanted to work with and ended up definitely going with Beethoven (which was an image on a child's sweatshirt) and an array of crafting scissors! Here's a sneak peak!

My century-old sheet music made it in the mix as well! I'll be putting finishing touches on tonight and will share the finished product soon! I've never attempted to make 'art' art before...a little nervous about its reception!

Until later!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Something to Smile About

Last week was a busy week of random small shows, one of which was at my grandma's retirement community which is also one of the places I teach ESL! While I knew it wouldn't be a high dollar show, it was rewarding in so many other ways! I LOVE this community and I LOVE spending time with my Mimi, who is one of the most creative and vivacious women I know!


Isn't my Mimi adorable!?!?!

Unfortunately for sales, most of the vendors were jewelry artists BUT I was lucky enough to be next to a mother/daugher/daughter trio of amazing artisans and wonderful women! One of the sisters, Dawn makes the most uh-mazing hand-stitched beaded jewelry! I'm a beader but I can't imagine doing this much detailed bead work by hand! My jaw was constantly on the floor looking at her stuff! Check out how amazingly talented she is here.

It never seems to fail that when we participate in a show that is not monetarily successful, we always end up meeting the most amazing people! Much like Nikki, at the Gleeful Peacock who I now consider a friend! There's always something good that comes out of every show :)

Remember the other small show we did at TCC last week? Well, we won the Viewers' Choice Award! Looks like I'll be getting a gift certificate to Hobby Lobby! Woohoo!
If you've got a little time and are wondering who will be at the Alliday Show, make sure and check out our Alliday Blog which we are beginning artist interviews on! Yay!
Until later!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Small Shows = Big Emotional Rewards

You may remember last year when we taught a beginning jewelry-making class at TCC to my ESL students. Well, TCC gave us another awesome opportunity yesterday when they had their first Arts & Crafts show at my campus! It was rather small and short but so much fun!


We were encouraged to demonstrate our craft and have activities for attendees to do so a fellow teacher and I set up an earring making station! During the two-hour event, I helped about 15 people make their very own pair of earrings! It was SO rewarding to see people so proud of their creations and to see them make something they didn't know they could do!


We had a small little setup which was ideal for me since I didn't have time to set up a large booth nor lug everything around as I was doing the show between two of my classes!
Attendees were encouraged to vote for their favorite booth, hence the 8, which will be the Viewers' Choice Award! Below is one of my current students who was the first to make her own pair of earrings which she promptly gifted to another teacher. So cute!

Another fabulous thing about this event was the variety of vendors! We had a quilter, who I spent much time speaking with about the quilting process; a former student who makes flowers out of colored pantyhose and wire; a knitter; a booth with hand scrubs made from coffee grounds; a tutorial on how to make flowers out of bar napkins (ha!); fine jewelry; and a talented charcoal artist!
Randomly enough, I have ANOTHER middle of the week show tomorrow at my grandmother's retirement village which is also where I teach another ESL class! They do a small arts and crafts show there twice a year and I was lucky enough to be sought out to participate! My grandmother is SO excited about helping me out! I'll share photos and deets from that show soon!
Until later!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Tis the season...

...for gardening and hanging outside!!! Hip Hip Horray!!!




Props to the mister for taking some purty pictures :)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter...

...from 1984ish!!

Friday, April 2, 2010

I threw out my neck...

...working on these for you! Don't worry your pretty little heads though, I'm much better now! Enjoy!







Fuzzy Friday Double Time

Making up for missing last FF with a double dose of fuzzy :)




Thursday, April 1, 2010

On the Road Again

Howdy Folks! Grand apologies for missing my last Fuzzy Friday post but the past week has been a whirlwind! A week ago today, I packed up my overnight bag and my vintage briefcase to head to Oklahoma City and Norman with an old and awesome friend of mine! It's not often that I get to take a day off of ALL of my work and play around in a different city!

Since my friend had other business to tend to, I planned on doing much Alliday Show pimping and some store networking! I packed up Alliday flyers, many business cards, a selection of necklaces, earrings and rings and my tools in case some jewelry needed fixin' :) I laughed at myself several times while carrying around my briefcase filled with business! I think I'm going to single-handily bring them back!

I'm a big fan of face-to-face interactions (which is one of the many reasons I love selling my goods in person!) so I had a fabulous time visiting all of the awesome shops and talking to the kickin' people who run them! I was also elated to have Birdie take a few of our items into their shop! If you've never been in there before, make sure and plan a trip! SO many beautiful things to want to take home! Good thing I was broke, otherwise I would have needed a rolling suitcase to take home all of the beautiful things! Ha!

Here's a shot of my lovely friend and I enjoying a cold one at the Oklahoma City McNellies! I can't even begin to tell you what a wonderful time it was to catch up, laugh and spend a few days together!


My friend and I returned back to Tulsa late Friday, just in time for me to repack and head to the Hard Rock Casino to spend Saturday night with my mister for our two-year anniversary! I'd never been there before and what quite impressed with our little Vegas! The mister and I had a fabulous time dancing, laughing, sharing cigars, talking, unsuccessfully gambling and just plain having fun together! Amazing that it's already been two years!


And now I find myself almost through with yet another week. And in another month. Time flies is quite the understatement :)
Have you had any exciting road trips lately? Or days worth celebrating?