Thursday, August 16, 2012

magic house

So my Great Aunt Gay has the most amazing house. Every year my family meets here for Thanksgiving and every year I explore her hone and all it's wonders. When I was younger I slept in the attic, which was the most magical place, I wouldn't even mind staying inside all day looking in all the nooks and crannies. Looking back, it was probably a bit nosy of me to look through all of my Aunt's things without permission, but I don't think she would mind. Her husband ran a business making "springles" aka those wire flowers at the bottom, as well as wreaths and angels etc, of which we have many that are brought out for Christmas. He made them in the attic so there are still a lot around, as well as things from her life travels, her sewing corner, things from her girls' childhood and other treasures. Not only do I love her house, but Aunt Gay is probably one of the most interesting people I know, and I feel bad that I don't know much about her. She was in the Peace Corps, traveled extensively, adopted her children and started an orphanage. Also, She is over 90 and still working as a realtor and local activist/butt kicker. I hope I can be that awesome some day.
These pictures are from my most recent visit on the Fourth of July, and my little cousins were running up and down from the attic and finding treasures just like I did and I must say I was a bit jealous. Luckily, I have no shame and had already gone up to the attic to do my yearly inspection. So take that adulthood!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

so much excitement

Goodness, so much has happened recently! First off, I have been waiting to make the announcement on here that I now have some of my work for sale at Serena and Lily!! It has taken many months, and an incident with a lost package that was then found, and now I feel like I'm finally getting somewhere with my art.
Another big announcement is that I am moving to Ireland to live in that adorable house with some family friends who have invited me to live and work for them! It is an amazing opportunity, and just the kind of thing I've been waiting for. It is a bit scary because I'm leaving in less than a month (only having found out a few days ago) and working out what to pack and realizing who and what I will have to leave behind is tough. I am sure to have an awesome time, hopefully I won't go in to shock over the weather change.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Well, I'm on a blogging rampage today. My job is over (yay and oh-no at the same time) so now I have the energy to think about art stuff again. Trying out some new stuff with necklaces, though I like the result of the peach necklace, I can't seem to get it to sit right with the brooch attached. I wish I was as talented as the ladies at Elva Fields, or that I could get an internship with a company like that. I found those amazing silver cat eye glasses at Goodwill and they seem so appropriate with the necklace, I will probably get my prescription in them eventually like with my blue frames.
On another note, a few weeks ago I took at private workshop with a local enamel artist, Kathy Wilcox. It gave me the chance to learn to use the kiln as well as Kathy's special technique of screening the enamel powder. I of course didn't get to make as much as I wanted to, but enameling can be such a time consuming process. It was a great experience and I will make sure to share the finished projects I make with these.


So my sweet man friend was making his resume all pretty and I got sad that mine was not up to par, so he agreed to make mine awesome as well! I've been thinking about revamping it for a while, but didn't really have the programs or skills necessary, so I am thankful Paul does. I sent him fonts and colors I liked and he did all the hard work. There is still some basic tweaking to do, and I took of some of my contact info for blog purposes since I don't want creepers calling me up. If you want to see Mr. Paul's newly constructed website click here!


I never feel like photos really represent art very well, especially in terms of showing texture, and boy do I love texture. So here are some detail shots!


These are pieces I believe I have put up before, but I took some new photos. I think they look better with a white background.