Whim So Doodle + Dina Wakley = Fabulousness

My Mom has been in town and she is really getting into her art so I decided we needed to take some classes at Whim So Doodle in St.Petersburg.  Lo and behold the wonderfully talented Dina Wakley was in town.  I signed us up for three classes.  They were great and I learned so much and played with so many yummy supplies.  We did Gelli Plate printing and then a anything goes printmaking.  And the last class which was my personal favorite the Art Folio. Some of the techniques she taught were very freeing.  If you ever get a chance to take a class with her I recommend her highly.  You will learn oodles of great things!

Here is some of my work from the Class.

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I also had another very successful Trunk Show on Facebook!  I won’t have another show for awhile.  I will be on the waiting list for a couple of months till I can get back on the Calendar.  I missed the last date.  I am also adding new pendants and focals into my Etsy store link is on the sidebar or at the bottom of my blog.  I hope you come over and check out the new work.

Fire Fly’s and Egg Animals Oh My!

I have had an idea for a couple of months to create a FireFly with a Glow in the Dark Bottom.  I searched everywhere for COE 104 glass but everywhere was sold out.  I settled for the ground “enamel” type version.  It looks yellow but it glows blue.  I have had it in my studio staring at me for awhile now….LOL I kept picking up the directions looking at them and then putting them down and putting it off yet again.  Well I decided to just go for it the other day.  I don’t know why I was so hesitant… Anyway it was not as hard as I had imagined it to be!  So here she is making her Debut!  I will have to get a black light at some point to photograph their little bottoms Glowing!

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Also I have been working on different Egg Animals.  They are so cute and fun to create.  So far I have done a Bunny, Cat, Hedgehog and a Beaver.  I have plans to make other animals in the future.

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Anatomy of a new Design…

A couple of weeks ago I was trying to come up with some new designs.  Easter is just around the corner and I have some really cute Girlamal Bunnies.  (To coin a term by Jane Davenport.)  Anyway I thought I had an awesome fun idea.  Looked cute in the quick sketch.  However the Design just wasn’t working for me.  I did however come up with a few new designs that are Super Cute!

So here is a little bit about my process.  When a new design pops into my head I do a quick pen sketch most of the time.  Unless I am at the torch melting glass and then I will just go for it.  Here is a picture of my most recent sketches for Easter.

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The Egg People didn’t work very well.  I will keep it on the back burner because I might not have a solution now it might come to me down the road.

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As for the Designs that have the best feedback… I have several Girlamals a Lil’Lambie, Chicken and a Duck.

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I still have one idea that popped into my head the other day and I drew it quickly on the bottom left hand side of the paper.  I was trying to solve the Egg Person problem and I thought look at it another way and thought… hmmmmmm use the egg shape to make animals.  I drew an idea for a rabbit.  There are lots of ideas floating around in my head right now… different animals etc… Stay Tuned they will probably be making their debuts very soon!

On another Note I have two shows coming up.  One is the Grand Hampton Fresh Market of County Line Rd in New Tampa on Feb 14th.  I am there every second Saturday of the month.  The second is on Facebook in a group called Glass Open Market.  My Show is on Feb 18/19th.  It is a great place to try your luck in an “Auction” type of setting to get my work.  Hope to see you there!  Also if you would like to follow me please take a minutes to subscribe!

Be Fearless!

Recently I was taking two classes at Whim So Doodle in St. Pete with Joanne Sharpe.  Both were Free Motion Quilting techniques.  Joanne said to me that I was talented at everything that I do.  I was a little startled by that statement.  I by no means think I am talented at everything I do but I have heard it before so it made me stop and think.

My Mom told me a story not long ago about when I was young.  She had entered my Brother and I in a drawing contest at (if I remember the story correctly)  Holy Spirit Hospital.  She said when they were announcing the winners that I was perched on the edge of my seat ready to run up on stage the moment my name was called.  She said I just knew that I would win something and as it turns out I did.  I think I have tapped back into that feeling now as an Adult.  There are NO MISTAKES in art feeling.  That create with abandon feeling we used to get as children but went away as we grew up and were told that we were doing it wrong.  I gave up drawing and painting for a long time because I was told by a College Professor that he had no clue how I got accepted to Art School because I sucked.  I thought to myself well then it is a good thing that I came here to make jewelry.  Well those that see my art now are surprised that I gave it up for so long.

I think my point in all this is that I have become Fearless.  Especially when I am learning something new.  I just go for it.  Last weekend was no different at Whim,  I went for it with Free Motion Quilting and I am so happy with the results that I am now looking into getting a sewing machine.  I loved the process and this is the second time I have taken a class from Joanne.  She is an amazing teacher!

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So try to quite that voice in your head that tells you “You Can’t” because YOU CAN!  And just GO FOR IT!  I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised with the results when you get out of your own way.

I’ve been bitten by the Love Bug!

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I have been making beads for Valentines day recently and I had this lightbulb moment! I just love those don’t you?! And this is what was created a Love Bug.  I think she is just Adorable. I have also began giving them mouths. I am still on the fence about them, but they might just grow on me who knows.

Crazy how fast time flies by!

The rest of the year just flew by!  I can hardly believe it is 2015 already.  I kept intending to update my blog but then got distracted by life… the best intension right?!  Well I had a Fantastic 2014!  My Beads are selling like crazy.  I fell in love with Jamberry nails and started selling them as well.  (www.dizzyloves.jamberrynails.net)  Here are two of my all time favorite Jamicures so far.

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I have been doing some Trunk Shows on facebook and the response to my work has been so incredible.  I am so blessed to be able to do what I love.  Also I have been doing a show every second Saturday in my neighborhood.  So lots of stuff going on!

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Last year I also started to do EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique.  And it has helped me in so many ways. Some of the Art that I have produced after sessions have been some of my all time Favorite work.  Here is one of my favorites.

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Let see I was also in the Tradewinds newspaper in St John USVI for painting my fathers Land Rover.  There is a big movement going on in Coral Bay right now to get plans for a big Mega Yacht Marina thrown out.  Check out  #savecoralbay for more information.  But here is the finished piece.

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I also rescued another black kitty.  We have named her Lopo.  But everyone calls her the Ghost… because she is very skittish and avoids everyone but me…. and even then if I go to pick her up she is off like a shot.  But she has come a long way from when we first brought her home.  She is beautiful and getting so big!

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I think that about covers it I will end this post with pictures of my most recent bead work.  I hope you enjoy my creations as much as I enjoy making them!

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Sketch de France with Jane Davenport

IMG_2486Or Dr Cornelius terrorizes Paris!  Either one works in this case.  I recently attended another Jane Davenport Escape Artist Retreat this one held in Paris.  Like all her retreats I learned a great deal.  There is just something about seeing and hearing the process in person.  Things just click in my mind.  They might have said it on video umpteen times but the connection didn’t spark.

We kicked off the retreat with a Segway tour through Paris.  The instructors told us we would all want one by the time we were finished and they were right!  So Fun!

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The next day was another long exciting day with a bike ride through Paris.  I admit it was a bit daunting you had to be on your toes at all times.  People not paying attention and cars that didn’t want to stop were just a few of the hazards but we all survived and got some quick sketches in along the way.  Dr Cornelius posed for lots of pictures.  These are just some highlights from the bike tour.

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Another day another Bike tour in the pouring rain.  This time we took a train to Giverny and toured Monet’s Garden.  The sun came out on two occasions during this trip.  To let us have a really lovely picnic lunch on the banks of the Seine.  The second time was while we were in the Garden.  We quickly got in some sketching and watercolors.

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The whole retreat was a blur of art and touring… museums and more art.  I need a vacation to recover from all of it!  Oh and Mr Sennelier came down to great us when we went to his store.  A feast for the eyes… lots of money was spent!

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Just a few of the things I worked on while in Paris.

Oh and on another note entirely I found some awesome Gluten/Egg free French bread that made me so happy.  It wasn’t that dense tasteless stuff you find in the US.  I was dubious but I didn’t have a reaction.  The restaurant I found it in sold me a loaf.  YUM!

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Did you miss me?

It has been awhile since my last post….  I have been super busy with orders and shows.  I even managed to squeeze in an Art Retreat.  I got to spend time with one of my favorite peeps from Australia, Jane Davenport!  I have a link to her absolutely Fabulous classes on the sidebar.  Check her out, you will not be sorry!!!!

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My last show was at Art-is-You Dixie. I also took a few classes.  It was my first ever big Art Retreat.  The also hold a trunk show so artists can sell there wares.  I participated and I sold almost every single mermaid that I made plus many other beads and pendants.  I was just in awe of the response to my work.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by and purchased or checked out my work!

We all received these great Name Tags at registration that were little pouches as well and great for your hotel key.  I love it!

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What am I up to these days?  I am currently working on two very special projects.  One for Beads of Courage, another is with Jane Davenport.  Soon all will be revealed!  I am super excited about both projects.  In between orders I am trying to get stock pendants so I can fill up my Etsy store.  I will be listing the work that I had for the show that didn’t sell and new work very soon.

I am also working with a Cat rescue organization call Cat Crusaders.  I fell in love with a little 5 month old fur ball named Izzy.  She is now Lopo or Little Pooter head!  LP for short and she is in hiding.  She has huge bat ears that I know she will grow into…. I am looking forward to her antics once she feels comfortable and spends time out and about checking everything out.

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What an Incredible March!

So as most of you know I was gearing up for my first EVER weekend Arts Festival.  We got to set up on Friday evening… When I arrived and signed in I was given slot number 25.  They had shoes/boots for every booth depending on your slot number.  I got the BEST boot in the whole show!  The Lucky Penny Boot.  And it brought me so much luck that I have vowed to bring it to every show I do.  This show was juried and I was completely unaware of that fact… LOL!!!  Till the judges showed up at my booth.  They ended up returning three times and one of the judges brought her husband back to see video of me working!  There was a big Artist Dinner Saturday Night with awards.  And I was so shocked that I got 3rd place!  Wow!  What an incredible weekend!

 

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My Car all filled and ready to head out.

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My Booth set up and ready to be filled Saturday Morning.  You can see the Lucky Penny boot by my table banner.  I was lucky enough to meet the young artist on Sunday! I told him how popular his creation was as we were getting lots of compliments.

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Picture of me and one of my Helpers Michelle after I made my first sale.  My other helper Andrea snapped the shot.  Thank you both for all your help!

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And me with my ribbon and trophy.  Hand made.  Love them!  And I can say I am an Award Winning Artist again!

 

Happiness IS….

Happiness is for me waking up to a kiln full of creations.  Coffee is a close second in the morning…LOL!  But when I pull my work from the day before out of the kiln you can’t wipe the smile off my face.  I have to rush them into their beauty routine right away to get them ready for their closeups.  Basically getting them off the mandrels, clean out the bead release from the holes.  The best part is putting the pieces together into a pendant.  Reveling in each new girl and her personality.  They are all unique and beautiful in my eyes.  This morning I pulled four girls from the kiln.  Here they are in all their uber cuteness!

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I have also been creating my own stencils this week.  I am teaching at Whim So Doodle this Saturday and my second class is creating a Mermaid Canvas. I decided to make some stencils available for students to use for the body.  I will show them how to draw a body, but for those who just need a little confidence builder!  I am super excited to see how they work out for the students.  I still need to cut two of them.  Stay tuned for updates after the class!

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