Quiet Time

Ahhhh…  The kids are in bed early tonight after a looong active day.  Jason’s at a concert.  The house is so quiet.  I’m about to put on a Golden Girls DVD and make stuff with my doggie.  Yay!

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Sophie’s Other Chair

Our drawing homework for this week was to use our viewfinder and draw another chair.  I really dig the viewfinder.  It’s difficult for an advanced coffee addict like myself to hold it still enough, but the tool is extremely useful.  The clear plexiglass with crosshairs allows you to use a Vis A Vis marker and draw the basic outline of your subject for transfer to your paper later.  I really like this cute chubby chair but it did turn out chunkier than it is in real life.  I think I prefer it’s chunkiness though, it’s like a cartoon folding chair!

 

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Happy Birthday, Mom and JACKPOT!

Today is (or was) my dear mum’s birthday.  Had she not died at 40, she would be 55 today.  Wow, it’s been a long time.  I do miss her still, of course I always will.  She was a fine artisan.  She was noted as the best seamstress in the Brunswick area and was a passionate crafter and gardener.  She was an in-the-evening-at-the-kitchen-table crafter like me.  Maybe that’s why I feel so at home doing my stuff at the dining room table after the kids go to bed.  I’m forever grateful that she showed me how normal it is to be creative.  Happy Birthday, Mom!

As for the JACKPOT?  I do love a bargain.  Who doesn’t?  That’s why I frequent Goodwill, Salvation Army, the local flea market, and yard sales for all sorts of art and craft-related supplies.  I frequent these places so regularly that I’ve become quite in tune with just what types of artsy craftsy things are surfacing in the second hand market.  For instance, now that the craze for Stampin Up and Creative Memories has quieted a bit, I’m seeing more and more of it for sale second hand.  I just got a Speedball brayer yesterday for $3.00.  Someone had barely used it (or their plethora of Stampin Up rubber stamps that were for sale at Michelle’s Consignment shop).  Finding great bargains helps me to keep my workshop materials fees low.  I love to pass on the deals, in other words.

One source for a crafty lady like myself that has grown louder on my bargain hunting radar screen is Big Lots.  They have a craft section.  It is small but occasionally has some great items, like packs of Basic Grey paper (25 sheets for $3.00), Fiskars brand cutting instruments, and beads.   Today I popped in there and low and behold, I found a mountain of Blue Moon Bead packages, all for 79 cents each!  I have yet to stumble upon a Blue Moon deal like this.  You could say that this only comes around once in a blue moon!  I most certainly stocked up.  (Being an avid jewelry designer and teacher of all things related to bead stringing, I often buy this brand).

I share with you in pictures my glorious deal of the day:

 

 

blurry, yes but fabulous too!

 

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Sunny and Warm!

There has been a hint of spring in the air and I’m not afraid to say that I can’t wait until spring.  The crocuses (or is it crocci?) will be poking through in a few more weeks.  I love to garden.  I like the bugs (all except ticks), the mud, the sun, the cat following me around outside, the warming weather…  I can’t wait to turn my compost and let my chickens out for the day.  I LOOOOVE spring!  Bring it on! (please?)

I’m so thrilled to be teaching at CREATE in New Jersey and I just found out (drumroll please) Chicago too!  What an amazing opportunity.  I’m slowly building up my supplies.

I am also happily involved in using my view finder for a drawing homework assignment and will post my “masterpiece” as soon as I finish it.  So far I really enjoy using the view finder.  It supports my perfectionistic ways.

Here is my final draft of my business card.  It simpler and more serious, yet playful too with my little robot guy.  Thanks for the advice facebook and blog friends!  If I were a bit more tech savvy I’d know how to make the image appear bigger!

 

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My Business Card

My very good friend, Melissa, designed a business card for me today.  I’d like to say that I helped but she really did most of it.  I’m feeling a bit unsure of it now.  It seems a bit too child-like.  I’m indecisive and have put the order on hold…But here is the image:

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