Splendid Goodies from the Artists’ Faire…

I attended the Artists’ Faire Friday night where there were tables upon tables of all sorts of mixed media wares.  From finished pieces to supplies, it was a ball room brimming with eye candy!  I found some rather unusual things…

 

Kari McKnight Holbrook had all these wonderful vintage treasures.  I found these little tiny glass bottles.  Not sure what I’ll do with them…

Fonts are all the range.  I got this baggie of letters for $2.00.  Again, not sure where these will end up but they’re coming to Maine!

 

Metals.  As of late, I’ve been dabbling with a stinky patina solution.  I got some good advice and some metal to pay around with.

 

Buttons.  I’ve been known to use a button or two.  I couldn’t resist the 6-holed buttons or the Lady buttons by Coffee Break Designs.

 

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Amazing Student Work!

I’m quite impressed with the quality and quantity my students delivered yesterday.  I taught “Painted Beads and Blooms.”  These sweet little bracelets look quiet and innocent enough but they are deceptively challenging!  These ladies did great, even after a silly yo-yo making blunder on my part!  Sorry again about that…

 

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Dinner and a Movie

So I made it to Lisle.  My flight got canceled out of Portland but I was able to squeeze in (literally one exit seat left) on another flight leaving just one hour later.  I arrived in Chicago no problems and from there I met a fantastic cab driver, Mike from Naperville Taxi, to chauffeur me to Joanns, Walgreen’s, and then to my final destination, the Wyndham Lisle Hotel and Conference Center.  Thank’s Mike- you are awesome!

I just had lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese- real lobster, real macaroni, and real cheese.  Need I say more?  Now I sit in my room ready to shed the grown-up clothes, don PJs, and collapse in front of the TV.  Speaking of grown-up clothes, here is the grown-up pendant I wore for the first time tonight.  It’s a “Mandy Russell” original!

 

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Chicagoland Here I Come…

I’m in a less frantic than usual mood.  I’ve got all my metaphorical ducks in a row.  I just need to pack my clothes and I’ll be ready for CREATE Chicago 2012.  I really can’t wait!  There’s only one little hang up; I must find a Michaels, a Joann’s, or an  A.C. Moore as soon as I land.  I am not allowed to ship or carry on my alcohol inks.  Apparently, alcohol is flammable…  Some lucky student who isn’t boarding a plane will get to take said inks home with them.

For me lately,  my art making is like taking a chance at a gumball machine.  Not necessarily the kind with gumballs but the kind with different prizes.  You know, in those clear plastic containers with the domed lids.  They are filled with all sorts of goodies.  Rings, little plastic figures, keychains, sticky hands, slime, etc.  Like those machines, when I make art I have a finished image in mind but I never really know what I’m going to get.   And like those machines, it usually isn’t exactly what I wanted.  For a long time I’ve been dying to make a collaged gumball machine.  Finally, here are two:

 

 

I like my gumball machines- don’t get me wrong- but I didn’t picture them that way.  I guess I was going for the giant super duper bouncy ball and got a kind of neat keychain instead!  Hey- I just got a cool idea; to make art inspired by what you get out of one of those machines…What a cool challenge. One chance. Insert 50 cents and you get what you get.  Then get making…  Hmmmm….

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A Super-Duper Commission

Currently I have a few things hanging up at Eco Home Studio in Portland, Maine.  It’s a gorgeous upscale interior decorating store with an ec0-friendly spin.  A regular Eco Home customer enjoyed the bright colors in my work so much that they ordered 7-10 small pieces!  Here they are finished:

 

 

 

 

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