Ramble On...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

My Bead on the Space Shuttle!

Whoo Hoo! My alien bead is really going into outer space!! It will board the Space Shuttle on May 14, 2010 and upon return be given to a child in the Beads of Courage program who is battling a life threatening illnesses. I'm honored.  I'll post an image of the bead soon.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

drawing class

Drawing class was cancelled last week because of the blizzard, but tonight we had class and I would be lying if I told you it's easy.  I'm actually feeling super frustrated and I don't know if it's me or the instructor who has never taught before.  All the other students are frustrated too, so I'm just guessing it's a combination of instructor and the fact that drawing is hard!  Our instructor did ask us to check out Gustave Courbet who is a french painter.  I was not familiar with his work and google images rocks!  Thought this one was particularly interesting titled The Shaded Stream at the Puits-Noir, ca. 1860-65.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Yep, we've been dumped on!

Yep, it's true - all the snow that was predicted to come did indeed arrive.  We were still digging out from the storm from last Saturday and then we got 17 inches more yesterday.  Whew!  They are saying we have another storm on the way next week too.  All I can say is that this is more snow than we ever experienced in all the years we lived in Cleveland where you get lake effect snow! 
I feel really badly because the Buyers Market of American Craft show started today and I took this year off from the show and found out that only one artist made it to philly to set up the entire ISGB booth - poor Beth!  If my leg wasn't broken I would be down there helping her.  I'm hoping the other artists can fly in tomorrow, but if not I may still try to hobble down on the weekend to help her out.  It's  a grueling long show and I only hope that the buyers are not scared off by the storm, but my guess is that they will be:(  so sad! 

Friday, January 29, 2010

Broken leg and drawing class

Two years ago I started playing ice hockey with a local women's team. It was simply the most fun I had had in a very long time! Unfortunately, during our third practice this season I was skating and fell and broke my left fibula. It was devastating. Not only because it meant I would miss the entire season but because it had major ramifications to the other roles I play in life, such as mom, wife, and employee. I was unable to go grocery shopping, make dinner, take the train to work, or hold Mia's hand. Thankfully, I'm healing well and have been fortunate to have help from family.

I had been thinking of taking a drawing class and took the opportunity to sign up for one now that I had the time and needed time to heal. The first class was earlier this week and it was interesting. The instructor is from Hong Kong and working on an MFA at Temple University. While it's evident that he doesn't have much teaching experience, I think I'll learn a lot from the class. The other students were a joy to meet and make the class much more interesting. My homework is to do 6 sketches by the next class - I need to get busy!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Wholesale Crafts

I recieved this email today!

"Congratulations! Your application for Wholesalecrafts.com has been reviewed and accepted by the jury! Your work has ALSO been accepted into the American Craft Retailers Expo (ACRE), June 5-7, 2010 at the Las Vegas Convention Center."

I don't have plans to do the ACRE show next June, but it sure is nice to be juried in! I'll be working this weekend to get some images up on the wholesalecrafts.com web site and hoping for orders to carry me through the fall!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Bead Fest

Bead Fest Philadelphia was held this past weekend and I went to setup the ISGB booth. Of course Mia woke up with a bad cold Friday morning so I couldn't stay, but there were volunteers set up to watch the booth. Saturday I went back and shopped for a little while and picked up a few things. I needed some need chain nose pliers since I had worn mine out. I also picked up a plastic mallet because I'm stamping words and designs into metal and needed the mallet to reshape the metal after stamping. I'm going to try to work with Resin so I picked up some ICE resin and can't wait to try it!

The show seemed really busy with lots of great vendors and buyers. I had signed up for a class, but it was cancelled so I'll hope to sign up for one next time.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Slowing getting back

It's hard to believe that my daughter is now 2.5 years old! It's been a struggle to balance my time and I've had to put my blog on hold, but now I'm back! I have submitted an application to sell on wholesalecrafts.com and have also started work on an etsy.com shop. Stay tuned as I hope to have some things for sale in September 2009.