Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Mon-Friday-Worked nearly nonstop to get my pottery ready for my first craft show.
Friday-My husband and I wrecked my truck on the way to set up for the Christmas Craft Show.
Thank you God for being with us. I am so amazed that we walked away without a single scratch. I just so happened to be reading a Christmas prayer that my mom had enclosed in the Christmas card she had made.
Saturday-Christmas Craft Show in Salida with the family. We had a long, but prosperous day. I had fun hanging out with my parents and my husband. D was such a good sport. Although I think if he hears another Christmas song played over a loud speaker, someone is going to get hurt...I sold 5 pieces and gained two very nice commissions. Thank you Nancy and Shannon and Pamela of Blissology. =) Networked with quite a few friendly artisans. Saw old friends.
Sunday-Helped move family over from the Western Slope to our neck of the woods.
In between all that, I opened up a new Etsy shop! Muddy Potts is officially open! http://www.muddypotts.etsy.com/. I listed a few items this evening and will get to the rest after I have some sleep. I am so excited to continue with my pottery. I've been neglecting my painting, but not for long. I'm hoping to be in show in New York this coming Spring. There will be updates later. =)
Monday, December 1, 2008
I started to make a few Christmas presents yesterday too. In between sewing, throwing and trying to stay warm, I've been keeping pretty busy. I made a tasty soup this afternoon out of the December/January issue of Taste of Home (also known as Light 'n Tasty). It was yummy!
Tomorrow my friend Jen is coming over and we're going to make pine cone firestarters. I gathered three more bags of nice big pine cones today on my walk. And then bought some cinnamon oil this afternoon. It's a good thing we're making more. We're just about out!
A couple mugs drying and two vases that need reglazed and fired again.
This is what the pottery studio looks like right now. Eventually the siding will come off the other wall, both walls will be painted and have lots of shelving and the concrete floor will be stained. There will probably be another workbench as well. =)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Today is the start of my big holiday sale on Etsy! Most paintings are 1/2 off and FREE SHIPPING on everything! That's BIG!!! I'm also in the process of uploading my newest clay creations. I just finished photographing them and now have to resize the images and get them into the shop. I'm thinking about firing another glaze batch today. I'll have to see what the rest of the day brings. It's a little cold out in the studio, but I know once I get out there and working it'll all be good.
I've been sick for the past few days and today is the first day I've felt like doing anything. I have so much I want to do and very little time. So I don't want to let this little cold bug get to me.
Hop on over to my etsy shop and see if there isn't anything you can live without! This is the year for handmade gifts. =) http://www.samos.etsy.com/
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I'm home! YaY! I took a little leave of absence, but I'm back and working like crazy again. It feels good to get back into the swing of things. Only wish I could catch up on some z's. In due time though, right? Anyways, last night I glazed all my small pieces, loaded the kiln and started the very first glaze firing here at the new homestead. (Many many thank you's to my husband and our friend Mac who worked diligently to get the electricity up and running last weekend.)Thank you guys! I owe you BIG!
I decided to start with the smaller pieces and use them as guinea pigs. I'm using new glazes and a kiln that I've never used before. The kiln is my father-in-law's. It's a Paragon DTC 100. So far I am only using one shelf. Maybe if I learn how to make plates in the near future, I can stack more in there. But for now, one is good.
Tomorrow I'm going to Salida to visit my family and drop off some artwork to a new gallery. I was juried into an exhibit that opens next weekend until January 3nd. I'll be showing four pieces at Art Matters Gallery & Studio. If you're in the area, it's 142 West First Street in Salida.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Say you sell a painting for $200. It goes to your PayPal account and then they take a small percentage of that. So when you transfer it to your bank account, you end up with less than $200. Now wouldn't you like to get what you asked for? I suppose that's how they make their money and stay in business and we should just start adding that little percentage to our artwork so that way we get exactly what the painting is worth.
Let's go back to Revolution Money Exchange. I'm still reading the fine print, but it seems that if someone purchases your work through Revolution Money Exchange and has an account with them, there are no fees and you get exactly what you asked for. The problem I see with this is that someone wanting to purchase your work through this newer company might not be familiar with it and shy away. They may also opt not to make the puchase because you will be rerouted to Revolution Money Exchange and be asked to start an account.
I'm going to do a little experiment. I will try and post two paintings for each new entry. When I do that one will be for sale through PayPal and the other through Revolution Money Exchange. I will do this until the end of the year and then tally the results and let you know the beginning of the year.
I would love to hear what you think about this and if you have any experience with either companies, good or bad that I should take into consideration for future sales. Thanks for reading and have a great day!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
After traveling across the state in two days, I picked up a movie at the Redbox, (my new favorite video stop) and selected Definitely, Maybe, not knowing a thing about it. Once I made it home, I checked my messages, returned phone calls, brought in a load of wood and started a fire...Ahhh. Now it's time for a good movie and a cup of tea.
Oh! I almost forgot! On my way home over the Black Canyon, I saw a black bear today! I was so excited since I've never seen one in Colorado. He had crossed the highway and was headed down into the trees. He was too quick to get a picture, but at least I have the memory.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Yesterday morning we drove to Salida to drop off Aphrodite and Gucci to participate in the ARTICIPATION 2008. It was a family event where everyone could participate in ceating art. I had already had plans for the day and couldn't stay, but I'm anxious for next years so I can be more involved.
The plan for the day was a family day with my husband and my parents up in the mountains. We had a nice picnic up Mount Shavano and then took alot of pictures of the beautiful leaves. I absolutely LOVE fall. The colors are breathtaking! I found myself addicted to all the colors and every little dandylion-like flower I could find.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Thursday was my first day working at the Fremont Center for the Arts. I'm volunteering twice a month starting in October. While I was there, my cell phone rang. Now I don't typically answer it when I'm in the middle of working, but for some reason I did. It was from a nice lady in Carbondale asking me to verify the dimensions on my sculpture, Night and Day. After I told her everything was correct I proceeded to mention that I was going to call them because I hadn't heard anything about the exhibit that is supposed to go up this month. I hadn't recieved the notification that I was accepted, and luckily had the chance to talk with this nice lady about it. So, September 19th I'll be delivering my newest sculpture to the city of Carbondale and attending the reception later that evening. YaY!!! Thank you Carbondale.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
As I look back on what I've been doing or should I say, the lack there of lately, I am beginning to feel like I'm finally catching up with myself. Moving away has been good to me. I am finding time to do the things I like to do, but never made time for. Funny how nature brings you back to reality.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Our internet hasn't been working much lately, so it's been a chore to post any new work. I snapped some shots of our hummingbirds and another cactus that has a beautiful yellow flower.
Lori from http://www.beadsnbaubles4u.etsy.com/ asked if I'd like to collaborate our work. She creates gorgeous pendants from wood. The other day she posted two pendants, PoPeez and Orient Dream. Dandylion will be up soon! Check them out. They are priced just right for you or that special friend.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
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This past week I've had the sewing bug. I have this really cool new sewing book by Lotta Jansdotter called Simple Sewing. It has 24 easy projects with the patterns! I've made two so far. This reversible apron and a tote bag. I improvised once, other than that I followed the instructions to a tee!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Ever feel so overwhelmed by everything going on in your life, that you just can't help but do nothing about it? That's where I'm at right now. Between buying a house, packing, moving, the stress of loan operators, underwriters, buying a car, and my studio all packed up, I wouldn't be surprised if I get another gray hair! Oh well, that's life, right? So instead of getting up to do my morning yoga and start packing again, I decided to make a new piece of art.
Two days ago I witnessed one of my poppies blooming. It was the neatest experience to watch this plant bloom into a beautiful flower! Since then, I've been taking a ton of pictures with my new camera and then of course playing with them on the computer. I wish I could just leave an image alone, but I always find myself playing with it until it is something very different. Must be the artist in me.
Well, I should really find something else to procrastinate the move...
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
My latest work is another watercolor on canvas board. A dragonfly this time. Did you know that a dragonfly symbolizes change, like the butterfy?
n. Any of various large insects of the order Odonata or suborder Anisoptera, having a long slender body and two pairs of narrow, net-veined wings that are usually held outstretched while the insect is at rest. Also called regionally darner, darning needle, devil's darning needle, ear sewer, mosquito fly, mosquito hawk, needle, skeeter hawk, snake doctor, snake feeder, spindle.
Dragonfly symbolism crosses and combines with that of the butterfly and change. The dragonfly symbolizes going past self-created illusions that limit our growing and changing. Dragonflies are a symbol of the sense of self that comes with maturity.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
...taking time to smell the roses..um, I mean dandelions...
Thanks Linda for such a wonderful time. The bread is amazing. I'm sure going to miss you. ♥
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Anyways.... CONGRATULATIONS SIS!!!! I love you with all my heart and am definitely with you in spirit. I am SO VERY PROUD OF YOU!!!
All my love,
Friday, May 2, 2008
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i've really been wanting to paint all week! now it's friday and i only have one to show you! it's a work in progress. at least it's a start, right?