Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday Funnies

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Getting Ready - Traveling Artists Road Show

Busy days!  Getting ready for the next Traveling Artists Road Show this coming Saturday.  I tend to get a little frantic in the last few days before the show.  I don't know why - I have more work available than I can actually display.  Making the yes/no decisions is tough!

My life is a little more complicated lately because I'm going to physical therapy 3 days a week.  The prescription was for tendinitis in my left shoulder, but I have had a recurrence of de Quervain's tendinitis in my left wrist.  And, oh yeah, I'm losing cartilage in both knees.  So the therapist is helping me out with all of those.  I never thought that once I got my back fixed the rest of me would fall apart! Golden years?? Bah!!

Anyway, back to the Traveling Artists Road Show.  I'll pretty much be showing the same products from the last show and adding a few new pieces.  Here's some pix from our June show.

I wasn't entirely happy with my display pieces but it was my first show.  I'll be trying some new displays for Saturday's show so I'll let you know how they work out.

Here's some of the new pieces I'll be showing. I printed one of my favorite photos larger (9x14") and mounted on a recycled board (13x16") that I painted and distressed to simulate the the background photo treatment.  I used two small pieces of a branch attached with twine to create the hanger.  I like the effect; I'm going to do more of these when I find time, but probably not in time for Saturday!

In my never-ending quest to use up supplies I already have, I created these fun canvases.  They range in size from 5x7" to 10" square.  I acquired the canvases in one of our artist swaps and a box full of  cardboard letters in a garage sale.  Add a little paint and some glitter ... and here you are!

Wish me luck for my second art show!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday Funnies

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Traveling Artists Roadshow - It's So Patty

We're closing in on the second Traveling Artists Roadshow on July 28.  (Every time I say that I freak out that we are already past the middle of July - where does the time go??)

I have so much enjoyed meeting and getting together with the artists that belong to this group.  One artist that I took an immediate liking to is Patty from It's So Patty Designs.  That's such an appropriate name for her shop because ... well, Patty is SO Patty!  A warm, funny, enthusiastic person, you know when Patty has entered the room ... laughing, talking, hugging everyone in the place!

Patty is a jewelry artist.  I can't explain the technical details of what she does - jewelry is something I have not tried (yet) - but I do know she does incredible work and I love it all. Here's a sampling. 

Even though I love jewelry, I don't wear much of it, and what I do wear is more often than not understated.  However, I am falling - hard - for some of Patty's work.  I'm afraid I will just have to do a little shopping at Patty's booth during our July show!  Here's some pieces I have my eye on.

 I could go on and on.  If you are anywhere near the metro Detroit area, you'll just have to come to our Traveling Artists Roadshow and see for yourself!  

Here's Patty's facebook page where you can see more of her gorgeous goodies.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Zen Walk - Look for the Small

There's a small pond a short walk from where I live, in the middle of a residential/small business area. Other than the trimmed grass surrounding it, it looks as if the wildflowers and grasses around and in the pond are left to grow naturally without much interference.

It's sometimes easy for me to take quick notice and pass by, busy with getting my morning exercise in. But when I stop, take a breath and look closely, I find tiny delights that nature gives us without asking for our help.  And I remind myself that exercise may be good for the body, but a quiet morning's meditation is good for the soul. 

Look closely. The beautiful may be small.  
~ Immanuel Kant




Saturday, July 14, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I Was Featured!

Gail from My Repurposed Life has featured my Privacy Wall/Storage Bench Tutorial in her weekly Catch as Catch Can link party! Thanks, Gail!


You're Never Too Old ...

... to play with blocks!

I wrote recently about the recycled "affirmations" blocks that I created for the Traveling Artists Road Show. 

I'm adding to my collection for the next show with some new blocks.  Here's the daisy series - the same daisy image layered with other textures and shapes I created for different effects.

The blocks were first painted and the daisy photos glued on both sides, with strips of the layered effects attached to the block sides.  The edges of the photos were then stippled with paint.  The overall result is a painterly effect.

These square blocks are simpler, with floral photos on each side and a photo and quote on the top of the block.

Here's a couple "county fair" blocks:

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Two Quick (Important) Notes

I am having a CHRISTMAS IN JULY sale in both of my Etsy shops for the entire month.  Use this code:

(Clever, right?)

For 20% off your order.

Also, I recently turned off word verification for commenting on this blog to make it easier for you to post a comment without dealing with those sometimes indecipherable captchas.  However, what that did was open up comments to all kinds of "anonymous" spam. Google catches most of the spam but it's endlessly irritating to me because I get an email each time I get a comment plus ... it's just the principle of the thing.  Don't people have better things to do than create spam for viagra and cialis?  (I think we have more pressing problems in this world than whether some guy can .... never mind!)

So I have changed it once again to block any anonymous comments. I hope you can use one of the other optional sign-ins to comment. I'll try that for a while. If you have any problems please email me at And if any of you have any better suggestions please do tell!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Sunday Funnies

Found While Looking for Something Else

On July 3, I stopped in to the Salvation Army thrift shop (dangerously close to where I live) to look for something I can use as a display for my next art show.  But right at the front of the shop a table display held a few sad left-over Independence Day decorations. And in the middle of the table were these.

 I swear I immediately saw a bright light shine down and heard heavenly music!  Yes, I know I'm determined to recycle, re-use, upcycle what I already own.  But come on, it's a thrift shop - anything in there qualifies as a recycle.  I didn't hesitate to scoop them up.


Here's the best part:

 I did a quick sanding and gave them a coat of primer.

 It's a little late for me to create anything for the Fourth, but there are more patriotic holidays to come.  And there's always Christmas!!
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