Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Art Auction

A new blog has been created by a group of talented and loving artists who wish to help reach out to others in need. Art will be donated to be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to a deserving charity. Please go check out the site and add a link to your blog to help spread the word. Thanks!
http://artauctionsf orcharity. blogspot. com

Friday, July 25, 2008

Rust Experiments

I have been playing around with the rusting kits that you can buy at the craft stores. Here is a couple of items I am in the process of rusting right now. The first photo is of an item that has not been touched, the second picture is the same type of plaster piece with it's first rusting coat done, the third picture of the angel has had about 3 coats of the rust activator applied. I will be giving it a couple more coats until the patina is just right. It seems the more you coat it the darker the rust becomes. You can see how orangy the second photo is with just one coat. This stuff is so much fun. I love how they turn out, they look great in the garden. I do need to put a sealer on them because the rust will run in the rain I am afraid. I don't want any marks on deck.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Hunting for Goodies

I have a string of thrift stores I visit several times a week and one or two outlet stores that I am thrilled to have near my neck of the woods. Here are a couple of the things I found this week. The Keyword game is from 1953 and is in perfect condition including the directions. The box was sealed so I couldn't peek inside until I got home and was I thrilled when I saw all of the wonderful pieces it included. Next at my favorite outlet store Ballard's Back Room, from the Ballard's catelog, I got this great distressed table and the apothocary jars. I bought six of these jars, then when I got home I thought I should have gotten several more. I called and they are all gone now. They were sooo cheap I could kick myself.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Beach Theme at the Sassy booth

Pam and I decided we wanted to do a beach theme in our booth for the month of July. Here is what we found. I found these great apothocary jars and filled one with sand and shells. Pam has a lot of beautiful glassware that blended beautifully. I decided I had to make some art to go with the theme so I made these three mini canvas collages with beeswax and mica for shine. I hope our customers are in a beachy frame of mind when they come to our booth.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

My 100th sale on Etsy

I am sure there are tons of people selling a whole lot more than me on etsy, but I sure am excited about my 100th sale this week. I have found selling on Etsy to be a fun way to let my creative expression free to the world. I highly recommend you get your own store if you have been considering it. I used to try to sell on Ebay and it did not work well for me, plus it cost a lot more even if I didn't sell my item. If any of you reading my blog have ever bought anything from my store please accept my heartfelt thanks. It has always been my dream to be able to sell my creations. Please check back often because there are always things to be added.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Wicked Weekend

I just got home last night from a wonderful weekend in New York City. Wow what a city! I love going there and experiencing all it has to offer. My wonderful sisters-in law plan this trip every year. We got to see "Wicked" and it was an awesome show. Yes, they even have the flying monkeys. We also got to see "Young Frankenstein" by Mel Brooks. We were in about the eigth row and it too was awesome. I am a big Mel Brooks fan and Megan Muhlally (sp?) fan. The show was hilarious and fast paced, we really enjoyed it.
I also got to go to Tinsel Trading Co. http://tinseltrading.com/index.php ,which I heard about from other blogs and Martha Stewart. This is a great store with lots of treasures just waiting to be discovered. I bought some spools of ribbon, German Dresden, and some mini flowers. This area has several trim and bead stores so I was in heaven.
It was an exhausting four days and I was glad to be coming home to a more relaxing environment. I boarded my plane for Atlanta at 1pm and got off of the plane at 9:30pm we were on the plane for almost eight and a half hours. I have heard about those situations on the news and have thought I would freak out if that ever happened to me. There were bad storms in Atlanta and it messed up hundreds of flights. The Delta crew was wonderful handing out drinks and snacks, but after a couple hours those snacks just don't cut it. Everyone remained calm and cool and I didn't freak out after all. They keep telling you we will know something in an hour etc. if they told you up front your going to sit on the plane for 5 hours on the runway, that would probably make everyone flip out. I am not going anywhere for a very long time!