Sunday, September 21, 2008

Cleaning House

Haven't done much art lately. I've been playing catch up on getting the house clean and organized. The garage workshop is almost done. I got the big table up from the basement this week and already I have stuff all over it. I still have to get the frig move over to the other side of the garage and the rest of the flat surfaces moved to where the frig now sits. The spiders are moving in so this is going to be slow and icky. I don't mind the spiders, I just don't want to get bit. I try to capture them and put them somewhere else so they will get those nasty flying bugs before they fly in the house. It rained today and I saw the most beautiful web full of rain drops in the tree out front.

Fall is here, Happy Equinox, but has been here all week. Last weekend it was in the 90's and this weekend, we didn't even get up to 60 degrees. A good weekend for organizing or art or all the other things I didn't do. I did go through some old Somerset Studios to find some ideas for up coming challenges. Got some great ones and will start on them this week.

Oh...cute story tonight...I went out in the garage to let the cat out and found a water dog (mud puppy) hauling tail across the floor. Got him captured and moved out to the tool shed. There is no water source close, so how do these guys get up here? And why? They must like me, this makes three in the past couple of years.

I wish everyone a Fabulous Fall Season and a plentiful Harvest, if you garden. This is my favorite time of the year!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Stones of the Earth

Here is a new necklace that I've been working on the past couple days. It is made with three unakite rectangles, three rhodonite donuts, square crystals and chain. You can't see the smaller two donuts here, they are on the back side close to the clasp. It sits nicely around the neck and drapes down to end in three crystal dangles.

This piece has been made for the upcoming theme show in Gresham, Earth, Wind, Fire & Water. I already have a Water necklace done. That one was from The Sea show earlier this year. Now I have to figure out how to bead Wind. That one is going to be a toughie. Fire is easy and fun to bead. I have all the necessary colors and don't have to buy any new beads. Oh boo hoo, no bead shopping.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Portland Art Collective

My art group is expanding our footprint and adding a blog. This will keep those who are interested in our show up to date on the artists and the work that we plan on selling. The show is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, December 5 and 6 at the Multnomah Art Center in Portland, Oregon.

More info will be forthcoming on the PAC blog in the near future. Stay tuned.

Monday, September 1, 2008

BJP September 08

So...with all the cancer coming into my life through family and friends, my bead journal page reflects how I'm feeling about the Big "C". The buttons represent the normal blood cells flowing in a "clean" stream down the arteries, veins and capillaries. The big C is the cancer cell that is messing everything up.

My journal pages will be beaded on recycled respirator filters. They have been washed and dried, at least twice, and I have 12 that are approximately all the same size. I hadn't planned on how I would display them until I finished this first one. I decided to add a beaded loop and hang them on a dowel. Each one will be signed and dated on the back. This is going to be an interesting way to keep a journal for a year. I'm glad I was able to sign up this year.

BJP Check out some of the other great beaded journal pages from the Bead Journal Project.