Thursday, October 15, 2015

Upcoming Monday Classes at Allegory Gallery

It's been a lot of fun to teach Basic Beading classes on Mondays at Allegory. But it would be EVEN better if I had more folks who could come out and join the fun.

So, I have snapped some pics of the upcoming classes, and now you can see what's coming up and maybe get a friend to join you!

What's even better is that if you missed a class, we can still make the project! (Or, if you like one of the 2 prototypes, they are for sale!!!) So, tell your friends!!!! And see you soon!

Lunar Eclipse Reveal

Today is the day of the reveal for Andrew Thornton's Design Challenge. The kit this time was Lunar Eclipse and it was a blend featuring smoky quartz.

As soon as I saw it, I knew I had the perfect materials to use. My piece features several raw smoky quartz pieces that have a pyrite spacer. I tied it together with a remnant of metallic leather cord and when it's on, it's a stunner!

I'm looking forward to Brave Angel on the 29th! I've started on a piece, but I know I have time to do something more with all the great pink beads I have in my stash.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Pumpkins are driving me MAD!

So last Friday, I went to a local Paint and Sip event. I was looking for an excuse to get out of the house and when a friend of mine said she was free too, we couldn't pass it up.

The theme was Fall, and the subject we were painting was Pumpkins.

Have I told you that I'm already TOTALLY OVER this pumpkin spice everything trend? I mean fall is one of my favorite seasons, but ugh.

Anyhow, the painting class was going stunningly. We were laughing and commiserating about what awful artists we were (except my friend, who happens to be a terrific art teacher. Note: if you stink at painting, don't invite an artist, and especially don't let her sit next to you....haha!)

We started with painting the background, then the pumpkin on the right side. Mine was great. I was super pleased.

And then we started on the left. Apparently my brain was 1. Either not communicating with my left hand properly  or 2. I was not intoxicated enough. My second pumpkin turned out to be a super sized genetically modified tomato. And it was a total buzzkill.

So after we 'finished up' our paintings (I was ready to burn mine) we headed to the local watering hole. And clearly, I am a much better drinker than painter....

So when I got home, the hubs and I had a great long laugh at how ridiculous my painting was and I threw it onto the kitchen table. That damn thing has been haunting me ALL WEEK LONG!

Now anyone who knows me, knows that I'm allllllllll about the paper products. So how else did I decide to cover up the monstrosity? With paper, of course!!!

Let's just chalk it all up to the crappy ending I had to a most interesting day last week. I needed some art therapy, and I needed to fix that painting before I needed a real therapist!

So here's the results. Before (with GMO tomato). After, with a little bit of letters. After the after (where I added the dots to really jazz it up). And finally, 'on exhibit.'

I'm no Picasso, but I'm pretty clever. No one will know the difference until the glue wears off...

Today was a "plan g" kind of day...

So today was supposed to be the day where I completed a project and was able to take a great big deep breath and relish in all the hard work I've put into a project that I've been working on for the past few months....

But at 9:30 a.m. I was notified that I'd have to make a 'plan b.' So I did, and worked on, getting various updates throughout the day.

By 3:30, I was notified that 'plan b' needed changed to 'plan c.' And seeing as the finishing touches to the project were in the hands of the production team, I was still ok with things...

By 5 pm, 'plan c' was still in effect, but would be hand delivered to my location instead of me meeting them halfway. I thought, it's going to be close, but it's still do-able. 

I gave a status update to my team leader and got the kids and I ready to go. We were a little early getting to our meeting, so it was nice to have some time to chat and have a little laugh about the last minute hurdles today.

Then, plans quickly went to 'd, e, and oh f#%$!' The finished product had a glitch, and it was a big one! Again, not my fault, but it makes you question yourself. Was I not clear? Can't I explain myself? What will everyone say about me? What will they say about THIS?

So sadly, I wrapped up the meeting, sent folks home empty handed but hopeful, collaborated with production and went home myself. I've felt bad about this all night long, so I'm now on 'plan g.' Goodnight!

I know deep down that a good night of sleep to tackle this with a fresh head tomorrow, and the faith I have in the production team to get it sorted out, will let things work out fine!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Inspired By Reading Book Club: September Reveal

So, with this post, I'm super late, but not late to the party!!!

We had a great time with Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour Book Store. Our in person meet up was festive, as we celebrated birthdays and had a great time seeing each other. We had a lot of locals at the table, which made it really fun!

So, let's get to it. My piece was a giant size version of the 'missing link' that the folks who were reading books were hoping to solve through reading, but really, it had a deeper level to it, as the font from the typeset was what held the solution!

I found my giant 'R' at Walmart one day while I was shopping with my kids. So I spray painted it and turned it into the letter press letter, complete with the 'inscriptions' on the happens to be a Scottish blessing that I thought would be cool to use to have meaning not just for book club, but when it's on display in our home!

My kids insisted that I take their creations with me to book club to show off, so it's only fair that they have their time on the Internet as well!

If you like this post, be sure to link up to my book club friends and follow along with all of us! This month we read Miss Peregrine ' s Home for Peculiar Children and because I've read it, the sequel and am anticipating the latest novel in the series (which just got published) I'm sure I'll have some serious Inspiration and probably SEVERAL projects!!!!

Stay tuned!