Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Migration to North Carolina

My last post was in February, 2 months prior to the 'BIG' move. Whew! What a flurry of activity since then...
Quick Recap:
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.
May:Spent 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 :-)
June:Girls'weekend 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.
Attended 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.
July:Best 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 month...
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.
I 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~
cathy

3 comments:

Unknown said...

congrats!!

Jenny said...

Whoa woman! The mixed media stuff! The assemblage/figures! Oh I am SO glad we are going to be working together creatively in AJE. I think creative opportunities come up when you are ready for them, but not searching for them. I am so glad you have found a local arts community after the move. I am finally finding mine here in DE and its a great thing! Welcome East and to AJE!

Robbie said...

Whew...I'm exhausted...you have had a wild few months! But good for you!!! Look forward to more of your posts! With pics! HA