Wednesday, December 14, 2011

ATOMIC AWESOMENESS!!!!

THIS PAST WEEKEND, THE TUNES PLAYED, THE DOLLARS EXCHANGED HANDS AND THE PEOPLE ROCKED!  ALL THIS AND MORE, AT THE ATOMIC HOLIDAY BAZAAR IN SARASOTA.


THIS WAS MY FIRST YEAR AT ATOMIC AND I WAS NOT DISSAPPOINTED!







CHECK OUT A FEW PHOTOS AND A KUDOS TO SOMEONE WHOSE HANDMADE FABRIC I ADORE BUT COULD NEVER AFFORD!  BUT SHE IS AWESOME AND IT IS AWESOME AND DID I SAY IT WAS AWESOME! 

Pamela Marwede  I was really too busy to shop!  But your stuff is awesome!





Here are a few pics of some of the items from my shop at the Atomic.  And I wish I had taken pics of the others I really enjoyed, but I was so busy working, not much photo taking time. 

KUDOS TO ALL!  CHECK OUT THE PICTURES ON FLICKR








And a FUN TIME was had by all......

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fall is here and the holidays are fast approaching!  What a nice time to start thinging about holiday food and fun.  If you are an entertainer then you might like the tutorial here on Pumpkin Napkin Rings.  I will have NO TIME for entertaining or blogs for a while...since I am devoting my spare time these days gearing up for the big SHOW!  You are all invited...it will be an awesome event with so many wonderful artists and crafters and just in time for those last minute gifts for Christmas.

The Atomic Holiday Bazaar in Sarasota, Florida will be held on December 10 and 11, 2011.  It's been so much fun!  I'm creating INVENTORY!  Wow...I am so used to making one of something and then trying something else!  Thinking about a collection of items that represents me has been tough and time consuming!  In the midst of that,  I've also had some requests for customized bottle stoppers and bottle openers...when they are finished I promise to post!

This week,  I had a great time teaching a Pumpkin Napkin Ring class at the Laughing Ladies.  Cathy is awesome to allow me to use her shop Laughing Ladies to play with clay!  She has several friends, who wanted napkin rings for the holidays so I came up with something and we had a blast!  Food, wine, cookies...what...no CHOCOLATE???   Oh...did somebody mention clay!  We had a LOT of clay!

Here are my examples for the class:  Don't know how I came up with this, but I certainly had pumpkins running through my brain.


Don't know what that little blob is there...but the whirly gig is kind cute, huh????

I experimented a while and discovered that the trick to success is baking the basic ring first, then adding a second layer, making sure that the seams are never lined up...this will add stability to your ring and prevent then seams from popping apart.

Make sure you bake long enough for the added thickness of the pumpkin!  I use Premo clay and bake twice, at least 45 minutes each time.  Have fun!

Hope you can see the pics good enough to get the idea.








Here are some beautiful napkin rings made by Paulette, Claudia, Cathy, Deb and Marinda!  You ladies are awesome and I had such a great time!  Thanks for sharing the evening with me and Pat!  You are awesome, friend.  I couldn't have done it without you!  Well, maybe I could, but we would all still be there putting stems on pumpkins...and pumpkins and pumpkins!




Monday, October 24, 2011

Just finished some new little trinkets. These are tiny, about two inches high at the most, colored with alcohol inks and hand drawn. I love the aged old world colors. Great to use as magnets, charms, scrapbook accessories etc. Hope you enjoy!
Just fixed my Etsy shop! I have not been using it for quite some time, as the name has been wrong.  Now that Etsy has allowed a one time shop name change, I was able to get the name spelled correctly.  I just  posted one of my cards there. Will spend some more time in the next few days, listing some other items.
I'm going to be cleaning out my studio and hope to be posting a bunch of things to pass along!   A few items are already on my Artfire Shop.  Keep checking back to see new items and email me if you are interested.  I have an entire stash of vintage beads and findings that belonged to my mom. Much of it is in really good  shape and just looking for a new home! 

I'm still working on getting ready for the Atomic Holiday Bazaar.  It's coming up in December.  Be sure to mark the dates and plan to attend. 



Tried to post a picture of the tutorial for the pumpkin and candy corn, but I'm having trouble doing that.  It's a pdf file and I'm so new to blogging that I need more time to figure it out.  In the meantime, I got these from Pat Stull, my friend and "clay mate".  I just photgraphed the hand out and here they are.  Not the best, but you can maybe get the idea.   You can see more of my friend Pat Stull's polymer jewelry on her Etsy Site.  Have fun!
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