My last post was in February, 2 months prior to the 'BIG' move. Whew! What a flurry of activity since then...
Jan:Did a 3 day beading workshop with Lisa Binkley
Feb:Did a 2 day Indigo/shibori workshop with Akemi Cohn. Submitted an article about making jewelry to Belle Armoire Jewelry
magazine. Was accepted-published in the summer edition which came out
in June!!! Started my yearly beading project which for this year is
shortened to only 5 pieces since moving really throws the schedule out
of whack. This year is going to be the 5 Elements according to Chinese
Philosphy. First element-FIRE.
March: Went to the Field Museum of Chicago for the Terracotta Warrior exhibit (fabulous) Helped set up the WJIF exhibit
at Navy Pier in Chicago for the Flower & Garden Show. Most likely
the last time I will ever be able to help with that exhibit due to
moving. Exhibit was as wonderful as it always is!
April:I was featured on the blog Art Jewelry Elements!!!My friend Jenny Davies-Reazor
,whom I met through Instagram and Facebook is a member of the team
over at AJE and asked to interview me. Very flattered and honored ;-)) Then
the big MOVE...Packed, loaded, shipped out to North Carolina April 16.
14 hour journey by car with a whiney dog and a very vocal cat-not fun.
We survived and the moving vans arrived April 18. (I am happy to report
that the mountain of boxes they unloaded are now all unpacked!) Realized
that the second beaded element I started-EARTH was done in the WRONG
color. Big oops! Need to figure out how to salvage it.
many hours unpacking, organizing, wondering why I didn't purge MORE
things before moving...Daughter graduates from University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medicine (BIG WOO HOO) The culmination of years of
hardwork finally paying off! For her and her parents :-)
at Ocracoke Island, NC with girls/women I have been friends with since
elementary school/high school! Always a fun time with them and it was
very much needed. Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine issue that I was
published in came out (Yay)!
Daughter moved after graduation but unfortunately for her parents she moved to Denver :-(
Maybe one day she will come back to the east coast to be near her dottering old parents.
our first neighborhood gathering in our new home-a pig pickin'. Fun
times, met lots of new neighbors. Got driver's licenses, registered
vehicles, and researched doctors/dentists in our new area.
friend that I have known since we were 8 years old came for a
visit-always a great time with her. And her daughter and daughter's
boyfriend even came for a quick visit. Was also able to head to VA to
visit my brother & his wife as well as my cousin & his wife.
Then the following week we joined my brother and his wife, their
daughter & her husband at the beach-OBX. Just last week we decided
to explore the crystal coast of NC. A little further south from OBX- we
went to Atlantic Beach. Also, getting back to my southern roots and the
whole caning/pickling process. I made a great batch of peach/jalapeno
jam and a batch of HOT pepper jelly. Which brings me to the current
August: Started with a bang!
Got a FB message from Jenny
over at AJE asking me to join the group. How flattered and shocked I
was. All the old anxieties: am I good enough?, will anyone want to read
what I write on their blog?, can I handle the pressure?, What will I
write about?, but most importantly I am HORRIBLE at staying on top of
this blog, my own personal blog. Now I have been asked to join their
group and I will need to commit to a blog post almost every 2 weeks. The
pressure!! But as you can see/read, I have no trouble blabbering on
once I get started-HA! I guess the problem will be shutting me up once I
start. :-P So that took place Monday and I thought long and hard about
accepting the offer for membership but today I bit the bullet and said
YES. I am now a team player at Art Jewelry Elements blog. So come on over and read about the rest of the amazing jewelry artists that are there.
Yesterday marked another big step in my creative life in my new town. I attended and joined the local art group- Clayton Visual Arts.
They seem to be a great group. I am an anomaly in that I am the only
fiber artist and bead artist that they have! So I must seek out more
fiber & bead folks to bring to the group. They are excited about me
joining. The group does a lot of exhibiting locally and also does a
fundraiser to support the local art teachers. The have an Art Faire next
month and I am exhibiting my '12 Months of Buddha' beaded/quilted
wall hanging. I was also asked to submit a series of work for a
possible monthly exhibit next year. They have monthly exhibits and
usually just showcase one or two artitsts! So I need to frame my
goddesses from last year so I can be prepared to exhibit quite a few
pieces of my work.
One of the fundraisers the art group does is an
annual Christmas Home Tour. They showcase an artist in each home,
meaning the artist brings his/her pieces to display and sell during the
home tours. They are actually showcasing the neighborhood I moved to and
have begged me to place my home on the tour-- Whew! Talk about
pressure... I love decorating for Christmas, I really do. So it does
sound perfect. I get to decorate my home to the MAX for showing and also
display my jewelry for sale! The only thing is-I have already starting
planning the 'theme' for decorating and I really need to be working on
beading rather than even thinking about Christmas decorations at this
point. I mean it's only August and it's still in the 90's! Planning the
Christmas decor can wait until at least September.
Sorry for not
posting any photos. I did give you lots of links to click on which will
take you to see many delightful photos, blog posts and websites.
know I've said this before, but this time I mean it. I am commited to
blogging more. I have to wean myself off FB. The whole political thing
makes me CRAZY. So I would much rather log into my blog and ramble on
about life and creativity!
Stay tuned....I will be back soon. Hopefully with lots of photos!
Until then.........live your life creatively~