Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Home Page Launched!

Hello friends! I wanted to let you know that I will now be using my home page for all future blog posts! I am excited to {finally} make this change and hope you be along for the ride. Here you will find several pages, including 'home', 'about', 'shop' and 'shows'. I hope you will check them out.

For those of you who have a current e-mail subscription to my old blog, this means you will no longer find my Blogger posts in your e-mail. To subscribe to posts from my new web-page/blog, simply enter your e-mail and click the subscribe button in the upper right side-bar.  You should get a confirmation e-mail which will activate your subscription.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 2, 2011

If you follow my blog, you may recall a December post outlining my goals before turning 30. Well, my milestone birthday has come and gone and it's time to take a look at those goals! Please hop over here to read the full post!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spring Trunk Show!

Spring is here and Blue House is kicking things off with a trunk show featuring local artists!
Get to know some local artists and help support handmade. Show is Saturday, April 30th from 11:30-3:30. I hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

My Set Up (& more) at Craft Revival

Craft Revival was so much fun!

I got to meet some fellow Etsians in person and of course meet some new crafty peeps. I didn't have much time to wonder around, so my only regret was not meeting more vendors (and probably buying their stuff).

Here are a few shots of my table, there is a lot going on visually since I shared a table with another vendor;

Ok, so one more regret, wish I woulda shot more photos with my new awesome camera! But hey, being busy was not such a bad thing. All in all it was a great time and I got a lot of love and support from my friends and fam. Thank you to everyone who made this an amazing and memorable first show.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Red Horn Coral Necklace

This is the first of a few sneak peak posts of some of the work that will show up at Craft Revival. 

I absolutely love this necklace, and so does Brian. In fact, he was trying to convince me to keep it! Bad Brian- I'm already tempted, like I need encouragement! 

I was really happy with the effect of the Liver of Sulfur, this I what I use to oxidize the silver and give it that antiqued look. 

Initially, I said this was Dino Bone, but a good friend of mine informed me it is Red Horned Coral. 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Make A Custom Journal

In preparation for my first show, I wanted to make a hand-made guest book. 

Check out the post over at A Blue House Blog for the full tut and pics along the way!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sharing some Goods

Recently, Brian and I went to 30x30 at the Ann Arbor Art Center. The idea was to give 30 artists 30 canvas and have them complete 30 works of art in 30 days. Pretty intense if you ask me!

Each artist donates their time and ability and each piece sells for $40. The best part is the profits help send kids to art camp. Yay! Everyone wins! I thought I would share my finds from this show. They are all quite different from each other.

I'm going to start off with Brian's pick's (we had to restrain ourselves to two picks each!) The first painted canvas we bought is by Ryan Wiess;
It's hard to see in this photo, but there are some really cool textures and details. Here is an up-close view of some of what I mean. To me his work to me is young, vibrant, and  playful.

Brian really liked the detail in the the painting and the layers of this next piece (I am sorry to say I don't know the artists name!).
Again, there is great detail and layers in this canvas painting, and up-close view...

I liked the abstract nature of this painting, it leaves the content to be decided by the viewer;
 In the foreground I see the remnants of burnt tree trunks. The green specs in the background the trees that escaped fire (or maybe are being engulfed- hence the yellow 'hill'?)
It reminds me of visiting Yellowstone as a kid and seeing the fire decimated forests. What do you see?

After buying 3 pieces thought I was done...but then I spotted another artists' work that stood out. I bought a fourth piece and had to restrain myself from perusing other works. This last piece was the only one we purchased that didn't use canvas.

It is a block print on wood and uses other media as well;
Here you can see some of the up close texture and mixed media;
Several wood cuts were used to create the layers in the hot air ballon. I love wood cut prints! So much so that I asked Anastassia Fulmer (the artist) if she'd be interested in hosting a tutorial. So stay tuned (though this wont post till my show is over and school settles down for Anastassia).

All in all it was a good time, and we plan to attend next year! 

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