Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
I made another trip into New York City this past weekend to attend a class at Tinsel Trading Company ( 47 West 38th Street - http://www.tinseltrading.com/) with the Glitter Fairy. It took me an hour and a half. It was drizzling and warm. i was surprised as i was expecting it to be cold! I arrived at Tinsel Trading at 11:30 which gave me a 1/2 hour to look around the store (perfect!) and grabbed a seat. Terri Ventura (of Dimestoredaze) and Marcia (the owner of TTC) were already there setting up for class. The Glitter Fairy, aka Laurie Davis (http://www.glitterworksstudio.com/) was just arriving herself, having been driven into the city from Connecticut by her sweet, helpful, friend, Jane. Laurie was a little frazzled as the traffic was bad and it didn't leave her much time to set up (i know that stressed feeling!). Now i must tell you that Laurie has been on Martha Stewart 4 times and she had just done a segment with Martha on making today's project! how cool is that?
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
starting nov. 1st (which is right around the corner!), i'm going to be posting every day something to be thankful for. i was thinking it would be fun for others to join in on their blogs as well. it doesn't have to be long or anything - maybe something quick, like "today i am thankful for xxxxx. you can leave it at that, or offer why you are thankful. or if you don't have your own blog, come leave a comment on my blog whenever you want about what you are thankful for that day. i think it would be a great way to build up to Thanksgiving!
for the holidays, i also thought it would be fun to post childhood memories and traditions. sort of like a virtual advent calendar.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Today i am working on lightboxes. this was a class i took with Tim Holtz this summer and i'm just now getting some done! i have 5 i want to get done for the black friday show. i'm calling this one "Play". it is painted inside and out and has been texturized, stenciled, stamped, collaged and drawn on! the inside is basically assemblage of things that work together. this one was leaning towards little girls, so that is the direction i went when trying to find things for inside. blogger is being difficult, so the rest of the pictures of this box can be found on my flickr site. (find flickr box below on right side scrolling towards the bottom!
Friday, October 19, 2007
well, andrew and i had a great time yesterday making a little book. well, i made a book and he helped me. when he first got here, we hugged since this was our first meeting face to face, then i showed him around the house and yard. I was living large as he ewwed and awwed over everything. he said "this looks like California", which made me quite proud. being a California girl, i have gone to great efforts to make my home and garden looking nothing like New Jersey (no offense please!). i have a unique decorating style and i wanted it reflected in my home. for him to say it looks like my birth state really made my day! Especilly for him to say it reminded him of Carmel - one of my most favoritest places! my stepfather had a beach cottage there in the early 70's and we had the greatest time there.
next we took a look at all of his many books that he has made in many different styles. who knew there were so many different ways to create a book. he is quite talented. i got to see a lot of the books he made in Pam Sussman's classes. very beautiful. Then we decided how i wanted my book to look (i wanted to create a little something to house my Artfest stuff in). i decided to go with a very basic book that has the spiral binder edging to it - so that i can add more stuff to it if i want. (although i need to buy a bigger spiral plastic piece because i made my book thick and i might even want it thicker!
andrew got out all his cool supplies, cutters and blades and hole puncher thingy. he had some great stuff! i wrote down all the names of the stuff he used that i liked. we also discussed meeting in NY next sat. after my class with THE GLITTER FAIRY at Tinsel Trading Co. we might go shopping at art stores and then eat. we will see!
we had a nice lunch break with Jeff getting us salads and then i served some "potatoe cheese soup" that i had made the night before. very yummy! we ate out at the table by the travel trailer/camper. it was so warm and nice. the birds were chirping at the acorns were falling! i had to dodge a few that came quite close to my head!
so after lunch we got back to cutting, making little folders and inserts for my book. i messed up a few of my folders, put them in upside down, etc. - but oh well! i'll figure out how to use them in their new direction!
we finished off our day by making some book covers using really pretty paper that he brought. it was really cool to see the process of how some of this stuff gets done.
i want to thank andrew for coming down for a day of art. i hope he had as much fun as i did!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
today i tidied my room and studio a bit - since returning from artnsoul - everything is absolutely everywhere. i keep cleaning up my studio and then next thing i know, it is a mess again. that can only mean one thing - my studio needs to be BIGGER!!!! (maybe my husband will read this!) it is a cute little studio, but it is very narrow and i think i am out growing it. i dream about it being bigger and how i would go shopping for cool Anthropolgie furntiture to totally do it up (big dream there!). i would add some lighting above me and make it very bright. i've got 7 different lights in there and it never seems bright enough! but there is no light coming from above me - just from the sides. there would be tons of storage that is labeled - cuz i am sick of looking for things. or i put something somewhere thinking i will remember where it is - NOT! right now i can't find my drill bits which i put somewhere after packing up my soldering stand (where they were before). i hate when i do that! i would also add some french doors that would open up to a tiny little balconey where i would have some plants and hang a feeder to get the birds to stop by (i told you i was dreaming, so it is okay to go overboard here!)
and then while we are at it, we might as well redo the bathroom up stairs (the one i use). it is tiny and kind of icky. i've decorated it cute and all, but it is old and needs serious updating. there are 2 closests on either side of the bathroom (behind walls) - so those walls could be blown out and then i would have a nice big bathroom. maybe some day!
i worked on 5 little buckets that i decorated for christmas. (for the holiday show). i used vintage christmas books for the images and they turned out really cute. then i had to go to work - so that is all i got done.
tomorrow Andrew will be here and we will be making out books. we are having soup and salad for lunch and i made the soup tonight - potato cheese soup - yummy!
tucker had ancupuncture tonight (she comes here to the house). we feel that it is really helping him. we've noticed him sleeping better at night, allergies aren't as insane, he's calmer in his wheelchair and his back on the left side seems more relaxed. all good signs. he's not crazy about it when he's getting it done, but then he gets really sleepy. one of these days i'll take some pictures (she comes when i am at work) and put them on my blog.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
well, i got a little work done today. felt a little better in the morning, but then i started that dang sneezing again and got all clogged in the head again. i guess my head cold is running parallel with allergies now! good times- love blowing my nose like 100 times an hour! tonight i am wearing one of those nose strips to help open up my sinuses.
i made a beautiful practice piece using misty mawn's techniques. i'm not going to blog it though as i just used the same picture she did (even though i drew it myself and painted it all myself), but i just don't want any misunderstandings). but it really turned out beautiful if i do say so myself! (i will email you what it looks like if you really want to see it).
i mailed kim her jewerly box - so that will be fun for her to receive. oh and i also finished the tiara for Carol. she's coming over this weekend for a final fitting! Now i've got to knuckle down and get stuff ready for black friday.
on thursday, my online friend, Andrew/&rew of www.urbanpaperarts.blogspot.com is coming down from North Jersey to visit with me. we are going to be making our Artfest booklet into a book to take to Artfest. Andrew took some awesome classes this summer on bookmaking (and dang i can't remember who the teacher was - sorry!) it turns out that he was in the same class as another friend of mine, Shar, who i met at Artiscape. Andrew and i are also in a photojournal yahoo group - so it is cool that we are finally meeting. after we are done with our books, he is going further south to Wildwood to stay the evening there. he does awesome photography and wants to take some photos of some of the vintage hotels down there with their neo doo wop style. i think some modern buildings are going up though with the same type of look. i'm going to have to add that to my list of things to do as well. i've been down there once and did notice all the old type of hotels with their interestings neon signs - but this was way before i went digital! i told him to go see this huge elephant name Lucy, who is also in the area. Lucy, is a building actually - built as a tourist attraction in some little town by Atlantic City. again, slipping my mind - Barnegat, maybe. i' ve seen her once and took a few photos. have to drag them out.
Monday, October 15, 2007
here is the class sample that Misty Mawn gave me when class was over. i was talking to her about my work telling her what i didn't like about the work i did on my face (it's the same problem i have any time i do a face - it looks flat and unrealistic - which is basically adding highlights and lowlights - which i have to practice!) - so i picked up her sample and said, this is more the direction i want - simple yet realistic. then she said i could have it! i thought that was so nice. as i said in my previous post, i really enjoy looking at it. it will be a great reference too as i practice working on faces and keeping my work "simple". sometimes i overthink extras, like arms, hair, etc. and then i don't like it. by looking at her piece i can notice how simplified she has accomplished these things. anyway, this is the little niche i created under a vintage lamp next to my bed. the yellow tea cup is stuffed with a nest. Kim and i each bought a yellow cup and saucer when we were shopping at Anthropologie in Ohio together! there are 2 darling blue birds on the front of the tea cup, which to me represent me and kim's friendship!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
when i was in Ohio visiting my friend, Kim (http://www.artdogslife.blogspot.com/), i stayed in their guest room. on the dresser, she had a collection of vintage jewelry boxes (something that i also collect!) on the top of all the boxes, was a really small one. i had never see a small one like this in that style - so of course i just loved it! so when i was leaving i asked if i could take it and alter it for her. god bless her, she is so trusting! she was excited and said yes. so in between unpacking all my A & S stuff, fighting this head cold - i decided to sit down for a minute and work on her box. here are the pictures of it finished. wish i had thought to take a picture of it before - but forgot. anyway, it was just a cream, plain box, no color or designs.