Wednesday, March 31, 2010

purple posies ~ clyn30 ~ WHOOT!


Just a quick note on this spring day! I finished Vickie Hallmark's challenge. Wow that feels good. Check out all 30 creations here.
Happy SPRING!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

what's in a name

I might have mentioned this before, but it's one of my endearing idiosyncrasies, so I will reveal it again. I name just about all my creations. And mostly not just name, but have a whole story behind the thought. Most of time, I think customers will make up their own story, but never quite as elaborate as the one cast on to it by it's creator. Case and point: I was at a show in Naperville in the beginning of December and I was talking about my creations, the fact most have names and personalities, when she asked the name of one of my newest pieces (honestly finished in the wee hours the night before). The name hadn't come to me yet, so I think I might have said "unsettled" or something just as, well unsettling. And she kindly put it down and walked away. I thought, really? I hadn't thought my naming really made such an impact, but I guess it's more than just idle babble.
A New Era is the name of this recent creation. 
Actually, it's proper name... bring forth a new era. In my sketchbook, I have drawn this piece many ways, but the concept is constant: ripples when made in the water continue on and on disrupting the calm waters. Truly, probably to determent, I am not a very politcal person, but I believe the leaders in this Nation have created a series of ripples that cannot be stopped. I'm sure these actions have affected just about everyone in this nation. A New Era is not neccessarily a negative reflection of the current state of our economy and health care system, but just an acknowlegdement. The once strong stable foundation has started to tear, the ripples will not stop and the structure cannot just be patched. It's time to reflect, rebuild and begin again. This a nation is becoming unrecognizable... there is a need to begin a new era.

{update April 9 - this piece has found a new home. SOLD, I'm so thrilled}

Monday, March 15, 2010

love: caring, sharing - strength and compassion

One of my original posts was about a collaboration I organized to help a very special little miracle.  McKenna, just celebrated her 3rd birthday today. I'm looking forward to a night out this Saturday - Casino Night - and celebrate her and her family. Even though I would have liked to organized another artist collaboration, seems I can barely get myself together these days. But I wanted to do a little something extra.  I have been participating in Vickie Hallamark's Month of Earrings Challenge, and I thought what better way to cherish these little creations is to give to a family that is so dear.
I'm donating 75% of the proceeds (just keeping enough to help with the cost of shipping and a bit of supplies) of my Month of Earrings to "For the Love of McKenna" Foundation. Here is just a taste of a few pieces completed. I'm still photographing them and will place them on Flckr as I complete them. The deadline for the 30 earrings is April 1st, so I hope to have them all up by then.
I hope you would consider purchasing these unique earrings for a worthy cause.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

one word

I decided last year to pick a word for the year. I first read about it on Ali Edwards blog. My word for 2009 was SWAY. It came to me one day, last spring, in yoga class. While trying to hold the "Tree" pose, standing on one leg, with the other resting on the inner knee, hands stretched up to the sky trying to maintain balance. Then I remembered, yes my constant quest of balance - like I proclaimed as my mission on this blog and so many other places. It was then I realized sometimes balance is best achieved by not just standing firmly, but allowing yourself to sway a bit and recover. As a passionate person, designer, artist and Mom, I have finally come to the conclusion that true balance cannot be achieved. It takes the ability to sacrifice and make small course corrections as you go. But honestly, by the end of 2009, I kinda felt that my sway was becoming more like a palm tree in a hurricane.  It was then I realized that I forgot about another aspect of holding the Tree pose in yoga, is not only balance and sway but to focus on a spot in front of you. So for 2010, I altered my word a bit. Allowing for the sway, but also the focus. DILIGENT is my one word this year.  My personality really works against any effort I make to remain focused and adhere to a task. But this year I will be diligent in my efforts. Trying to focus more and review my options critically and saying no to obligations and tasks that don't let me work towards my goals. It may be financial and physical as January and February. Or more spiritual and artistic endeavors as I have so far in March. All the while trying to be in the present and allowing for the sway - but with diligence and focus.
What about you? Can you think of the one word that will be yours for 2010 - what would it be?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

another great class last weekend

Have I told you lately how much I love teaching. Here are the creations of last weekend's Taste of PMC class. Wonderful, huh?
Pendants, charms and pins, oh my. The circles with the pebbles were made by Laurie. A group of seven friends who are all turning 60 this year will adorn these handmade delights. Several lovely pendants were also made. And I love the folding and capturing of the dicro in the pin in the middle. Sandra's composition combining another dicro on the bottom really is lovely. And I can't wait to see what Marian paints for the inside of the bezel on the top right. I'm always so inspired by what everyone creates. Thanks for a great day. And a special thanks to Laurie for taking the picture. I always forget to bring my camera.