Monday, October 29, 2012

Show this Weekend

This weekend Tracy and I will be at the Pennfield Middle School Arts and Crafts Show in Pennfield, Michigan. Here is a quickie pic of some of my new stuff:

This is the first of the last three shows of the year. Check out my show page for the dates and times.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I Love Halloween

I have been making beads and jewelry in preparation for the holiday shows, but I am having so much fun decorating for Halloween. So no pics of my recent work, but here is the AWESOME zombie gnome I bought from this guy:

If he didn't weigh close to 15 pounds, I would probably carry him around like a baby.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

And Not So Sassy...

I love Halloween.

I have had a sinus headaches for four days now.

Here is one picture for both of those statements.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Feeling Sassy and Sparkly!

This weekend I was a vendor at the Bead Bonanza in Southfield, Michigan.  It was a good show. but my highlight was meeting the incredible Ofilia Cinta.  I took my first lampwork class back in 2004, and one of the first artists I discovered online was Ofilia. Not coincidentally, some of the first beads I made were fish:

I gave them my own twist and added multiple eyes, and you can't see it, but this fish (as most of mine did) had a butt.

This is the fish I bought from Ofilia:

See the similarity?  Neither do I. :)  My point is, great art and great people make you you want to strive for more, to do more, and to be a better you. What is great art? For me, it is something that stimulates and makes you think. What is a great person?  Someone who smiles at you (and doesn't look for the exits) as you babble on about your divorceandyouroventhatburnseverythingnomatterthetemperatureandhowmuchyouveadmiredherworkforoversevenyearsandyouaresogeekedtomeetyou...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Gearing Up For the Holiday Season

Stop by the Great Lakes Bead Bonanza this Sunday, October 14th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tracy and I will be there, along with nearly 50 wonderful artisans!  We will have plenty of beads, findings, and finished jewelry.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Why Buy Art?

This weekend I picked up the 2012-2013 West Michigan Art Guide (ah, if only I had time and money...).  On one of the pages they have an article, Why Buy Art? This (along with why buy handmade) is something I try to stress with friends and strangers alike. Here are a few of the reasons that I can relate to the most:

  • Transport you to other places
  • Inspire your creativity
  • Change your attitude for the better
  • Bring beauty joy and conversation into your life