Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
It was fun, just sitting around with the kids telling jokes and yelling out to all the cars. The older kids were yelling "Lemonade, fifty cents!" Wesley was yelling, "Come get some money!"
This wasn't the only thing that he was confused about.
I found a four leaf clover and added it to my collection. That's 50 now. I told my hubby that maybe I should go for a world record. I thought, "Hey if it's 500 - I could do that eventually." I looked it up, it's over 160,000 four leaf clovers belonging to one person!
I don't know if that person feels lucky, but I know I do.
The kids ended up making $23. Not bad for a tomato plant and lemonaide stand!!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
These are my three favorites above, but she has much more at her jewelry shop, be sure to check it out.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Ask any of my friends and they will tell you - I am a handbag freak. I love them. I probably have more handbags than I do clothing. So, it is not surprizing that I would find a shop on etsy that sells some very nice bags.
I interviewed Erin of RuJu, a shop filled with beautiful bags of many colors and sizes.
Why do you create what you create?hmmm...good question. I make purses because I LOVE bags. I sew at night, when my kids go to bed. Bedtime is very stressful for me. I have 2 kids, ages 5 and 2....neither one of them is a fan of sleeping...just like their mama. So, once they hit the hay I get to it by making bags. Sometimes if I really get into what I'm making I end up staying up really late, then I dread putting my kids in bed on time the night before cause I just want to sleep the morning away. Damned if ya do, damned if ya don't. he he he.
What other talents do you possess?Well, according to my 5 year old daughter I'm the "best cooker". (lol) Seriously tho, aside from sewing I also love photography. I have a studio and specialize in childrens portraits. I've also done a few weddings.
What is your biggest goal for the year to come?My biggest goal is to continue de-stressing myself by sewing. I have a habit of getting really into a certain thing, then out of know where changing directions onto a new endeavor. I've started to establish my name locally, and would love to be more recognized. So I guess it is to keep my fickle self focused.
Where else can we find your work? I do a few shows here and there around the central PA area. May 30th I will be in Lancaster, PA at the Eastern Market, and June 7th I will be at Crafty By Nature in Shupps Grove in Adamstown, PA. You can also find me on HandmadeInPa.net. It's an online community, and is a great place to find a whole bunch of Pennsylvania Crafters. RuJu also has a facebook page, where I update info on the shows I do. (all of these links are in my shop announcement)
Erin has 2 small children so everything you see in her shop was most likely created in the wee hours of the night. (I know how that is)She has been sewing since 9th grade, making purses for about 5 years. She rarely remembers to make patterns for her purses, so they are all pretty much one of a kind. She's married and has a pet guinea pig named froggie.
You should definately go have a look see at her unique handbag store RuJu.
Friday, May 22, 2009
I have fun with all of this, and isn't that what it is about. Although these are cute, I really would like more detailed painting on the things that I want to make.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Visualize your desires as already happening. Make them real in your mind, and really feel how you would feel if you had reached your goals. Do this everyday and make it very real. You are in your dream home - what color are the walls? What does it smell like? How do you feel? Are you relaxed and content?
Act as if. This is my favorite. Act as if you have already accomplished what it is you want to accomplish. You want to be a famous artist, well dress, walk, talk and behave like one. Have you ever heard the saying, "A man should always dress for the job he wants." It's not just a free credit commercial - it's true.
Take action. Nike says 'Just do it', and she would be right. (Nike is actuallty a Goddess). Stop planning, stop talking about it and do something. Even if it something small, this will help you to build momentum. Take steps if you need to, but DO it! Don't be afraid to fail - I know that this is a fear of mine, but I think at one time or another we will all fail, especially if we make BIG goals. This is ok, do it anyway. Fear is a clue that we are about to do something that is breakthrough.
Be willing to work VERY HARD. Know that some things just take a lot of work. You need to be willing to put your time and energy into something. If your goals involve a skill that you are trying to perfect, practice, practice and more practice.
Ask for what you want. Ask those that are able to help you. Ask again if they say no the first time. Ask a new person if the answer is still no, and keep asking until you find someone that says yes. Don't take rejection personally, not everyone is going to say yes all the time.
Look for the feedback around you. Feedback is everywhere and if we pay attention to what it says and make adjustments, than we can start living a better life. Are the people around you happy with the way that you treat them. Ask them, than make changes. Try not to defend yourself, just say ok, and then adjust yourself. Is your home adisorganized mess? If you can never find anything then it might be feedback telling you that it is time to organize the house. Moodiness and irritability might be telling you that four hours of sleep a night just isn't enough.
Caizen - constant and never ending improvement. I like this one too. It is a Japanese word meaning that you make tiny little improvements constantly in your life and keep building. For example, if you never exercise, don't start off by jogging for 45 minutes, instead, walk in place in front of the tv during the commercials of your favorite show.
Be persistent, don't ever give up. Change your approach if you think that it will help, be flexable, but don't stop. Practice the rule of five. I do this everyday and I have seen huge changes in my life. The rule of five just means that whatever it is that you want to do, do five things each day to meet that goal. DO five things, don't write them down, DO it...
Hang out with positive people that build you up, rather than tear you down.
Create a focus journal to help you make improvements. Write all your successes in this journal and then next to each one write the reason you did it, what you could do to make even more progress and what is the very next action you need to take, and then DO it...
Plan your day the night before and then visualize how you want your day to go. Do the thing that you dread the most first thing, this way it is out of the way.
Figure out the things that are irritating to you, write them down and then take action to fix them.
Remain flexable, make sure that if you notice that something really isn't working, that you are willing to change the way you do things until it does work.
Everytime that you catch yourself saying something negative about yourself, write it down and next to it write a nice way to say it to yourself and one action that you can take to make it better. Then (you guessed it) DO it...
Focus on the positive. State your goals in the positive, focus on what you do want rather than what you don't want. Focus on your own strengths and the strengths of those around you. Be grateful for what you do have. Use what you already have to get you to your goals, be resourceful. I believe that you already have everything that you need to succeed, you just have to figure out how to use it.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I think that the state of happiness can be fleeting, if we allow it to be. However, I plan on doing everything that I can to sustain my joy, not false joy that I find in novelties, but real joy. So what is real joy? Where do I find it and how do I keep that feeling once I do find it.
After much research on the subject (about half of my life actually), there are some things that seem to be consistent in the books I've read and people I've talked to. I have listed them below.
Don't wait for something to happen to feel happy. I hear this a lot - "When I get my own house, then I will be happy," When I get promoted, then I will be happy," When we get married, then I will be happy," and so on. I can promise you one thing if you live in this mentality, you will always be waiting. Why would you do this to yourself? You know how you keep yourself busy at the Dr.'s office with a really good book, or knitting or something else you enjoy? Yeah, well keep yourself busy being happy waiting for things to happen that will bring you even more joy.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Today, she still lives in the North Atlanta suburbs with her husband, their cat Cricket and two house bunnies, Heidi & Gretchen. In addition to creating her own jewelry designs, she has worked two days a week as a studio assistant to a locally well known jeweler since June of 2006.
She is a member of the following Etsy teams:- GaEtsyTeam- SEUS - SouthEast US Etsy Team- MSIA - MetalsmithsInAction team
Why do you create what you create?I create jewelry, not just for the sake of making jewelry but because I love tiny things with lots of detail and I thoroughly enjoy the process. I have a great appreciation for skill and craftsmanship, so I've dedicated myself and my time to learning the art of metalsmithing.
What other talents do you possess?I play in the dirt. I am an avid gardener and I love to take a plant that someone has neglected and nurse it back to life and watch it flourish. I enjoy working in my yard and my garden. I'm handy! My husband and I have done all of our home repairs and remodeling work.
What is your biggest goal for the year to come? My goal for this year is to find a few more galleries around the country to carry my work. For this reason, I've recently built a new web site: http://www.kberlin.com/ and I've worked diligently to improve my photography skills to create professional image.
Where else can we find your work? You can see my work at Raiford Gallery in Roswell, GA.
Friday, May 15, 2009
The first local events that I would like to be involved with is the Providence Open Market. I know that there is also one in Boston. This is the 3rd season the market has been open, it is the state's only outdoor market where you sell your handmade artisan goods and fine art, every weekend throughtout the spring, summer and fall.
Another one that I'd like to do nesst year (I missed the application deadlind is the Scituate Art Festival. If you have never gone to this event and you live within 300 miles, you NEED to check this out. There are literally thousands and thousands of people that attend from all over the country, the art and food is amazing. There is every kind of handmade goodie that you can think of on this huge stretch of land. I was a little overwhelmed the first time that I went, but it is a must see. For me, it is a goal to be a vendor at this awsome festival.
The Wickford Art Festival is another event that I am making it my mission to be a vendor at.
From what I have heard, they only accept the 'best of the best' and the fee for a booth is much more than I've ever paid, but this makes even more of a challenge, and I love a challenge.
The Virtu Art Festival in Westerly is another fine art event that I get invited to every year, but never seem to come up with the money.
One show that I have done in years past and enjoyed was Uncommon Art on the Common in Bristol. I plan on doing this one again next year.
I don't normally do shows that are not jurried, but I may check out The Narragansett Art Festival, Narragansett is a nice town, and I know there are many art lovers there.
Although it is not an event, I'd like to join the Providence Art Club. They have many events and I've been told that I should join by more than three different people who've never met, so i'm thinking there is something to it.
Another place that I really want to check out is AS220. It seems very edgy and I may have to do some special pieces, but I want to check into it.
There are other very small shows, such as The Oakland Beach Festival, Apponaug Family Festival, New Bedford Summerfest and Summerfest Providence come to mind. I will probably do tarot readings here as well as sell art.
Being a vendor at these shows means that I am going to be a very busy girl next year. I think that
Something that I really enjoy doing is painting on the mini canvas. It's fun and it is a way that I could sell for a reasonable price. This is not to say that I won't do any large pieces, I definately will, but I think that the minis could do well. If you interested in buying any of the paintings below, simply click on one.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The Begining of a Mermaid paintingI worked on the sketch before I got to the point that I felt comfortable trasferring it onto the surface. It is very important to make sure that your sketch is exactly the way that you want it before you transfer it onto the surface you will be using. I spent a full day getting the sketch just right. It is my opinion that a great painting starts with a great drawing. To me, this doesn't mean a ton of detail, you can see that my drawing is not that detailed. I will add detail with paint as the last thing that I do. By "great drawing" I mean good composition, good lines, proportion and design.
I use both canvas and gessoed art board for my surfaces. For this project I used gessoed art board. I like the surface to be ultra smooth, so I sand it down with very fine sand paper until it feels like porceline.
I did several sketches and sometimes there are parts that I like of one and I want to combine it with a part from another etc. This one I like the body and the baby, but not the head - so I removed it. There is not law about decapitation in the art world, I don't even feel guilty. So I took her head off and replaced it with another head. I suggest you do several sketches, invest in some tape, and do this with your sketches. It's much easier than resketching over and over.
Once the head is taped on, I tape the sketch to some graphite paper (available at any art or craft store - for a hefty price) and then taped the entire thing to the art board. Make sure that it is secure and won't slip around - this can be disastrous.
Now you simply redraw the skecth. Make sure that you cover every line. Don't be afraid to press hard, we're going to cover any graphite smudges. I use a colored pen, because pencil just doesn't cut it, and it's much easier to see which lines I went over already .
This is my happy spongepaint dude. My son calls him and all other sponges spongebob. Bob is ready to get some work done. I use a sponge because the blotting is much less likely to smear the sketch than painting is.
I blot, lightly. You want to be able to see the sketch. I use acrylic paint for this because it dries faster. Actually, to cut costs, I use the cheap craft acrylic paints for this. It is only the first layer in the painting, later layers I will use oil paint
So now the sketch is covered lightly in acrylic craft paint. This ensures that the later layers of paint will not smudge the sketch. The graphite can also get into your paint and really change the color - we don't want that.
I did blue because there is going to be a lot of blue in this painting, it just makes life easier later on. Think before you apply this base color, what is the predominant color of the painting?
Now we wait about an hour for it to dry. Acrylic dries very quickly, so it may be done before this, but I like to be safe.
Ithen paint with midnight blue the outline of the tail. There is no reason I start here, it just seemed like a good place to begin.
After I did the entire tail this way, I decided it wasn't dark enough, so I added some black.
I then painted the floor of the ocean. i just did some greyish blue. As you get further back toward the horizon, you want to add more and more blue and make it lighter and lighter to macth the color of the sky, or in this case the water. You also want to make sure that objects further away are a little blurry, with less and less detail, they should also get more blue as the get further away.
I then painted the tail, and as it so often happens to me, I got so into it that I forgot to take photos of the stages of the tail. Basically I just painted the two tails slightly different shades of green. I then added a little dark blue on the shadowed side and some black as the shadows got darker. This is what I have so far. For the next week I will be working on this painting and blogging my progress and showing you how I did it. I have lots of little things that I have learned to make the painting proccess a little easier, so be sure to check back.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I can't even describe how much I LOVE this jewelry. It is gorgeous. I don't wear jewelry that much, but I would treasure every piece in this store. The name of the store is The Serpent's Dance, and it is owned by the ver talented Amber Justice. Go visit her beautiful jewelry store.
Monday, May 11, 2009
The Native Americans believed that the fox was a trickster. He is a quick-thinking and clever fellow. He was wise and cunning, but at the same time ammusing and fun. He was able to adapt to his environment and always had a strategy to not only survive the harshness that mother nature can dish out - but thrive.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
These are two new peices that I have completed in the past two days. I feel like they both give us a little glimpse into a vast and beautiful world where all things imaginary live. Especially the tree, I want to go there and sit for a while.
Maybe it's just because I'm feeling the need to escape for a little while. Or maybe I just need a break in my routine. Either way, they are for sale on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24685206 http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24655341
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