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Yes, I finally changed the Banner on my blog. I also changed the Banner on my Etsy Shop too. I used Hearts on both Banners which are one of my favorite symbols. Many of you probably know that about me.
I tend to get very focused on my daily art making so I don't market my Blog/Etsy Shop as much as I should. I do like the new look of my Banner - I hope you do too.
I completed the Art Journal page which I blogged about yesterday. I created the blue border by tearing strips of Gelli Art prints and pasting them on the edges of the journal page. I also added some more embellishments. Below is how the Journal page looked yesday.
Today we had the great pleasure of visiting Darlene Koppel's Shop, Koppel Studio. As soon as we walked in her shop we were in love! Darlene's shop is filled with beautiful art prints, felted animals and more! She is an accomplished mixed media artist who's work has been published in many books and magazines. Our favorite peice is the Miss Tia Wood Plaque. Something about this sweet and sassy little thing just called to us. Turns out she's Darlene's favorite too! Enjoy
I know I shouldnt have favorites but Miss Tia has always been my favorite Cinnamon Pink Girl. Shes just a little more sweet and a little more saucy.
Silk Mandel, owner of Etsy Shop I Loved Clover (and one of our Madcap Team Leaders) created the above post. Thank you Mandel! Take a few minutes to check out her Etsy Shop. I especially love her Alice in Wonderland Teapot Necklace. Isn't it cute?
Time for a picture update: My two Shih Tzu assistants - Tia and Teddie - recently took a trip to the Groomer. They have been walking around with a bit of an Attitude because they think they look so cute. Ron tempted them with a treat so that they would sit still enough for this picture.
Here is a closeup photo of Tia. Ron thinks Tia's bow makes her look like a hooker but I like when the Groomer pretties both of them up.
This is Teddie's favorite position where he brashly waits for tummy rubs. Here's a photo of Teddie when he was just a baby.
I'm thrilled that Irene has left our area of North Carolina.
We experienced about three days without electricity. We were lucky that we only endured small damages. This was my first hurricane. And the strong, and constant, winds were definitely frightening! It rained for twenty-four hours without stopping. But we didn't have flooding which was good.
If you went through Hurricane Irene, I hope all is well with you.
The site also offers: Art & Soul Radio which "explores all aspects of the creative process. Listeners range from those who dream of becoming an artist to professional artists, crafters and everyone in between who is ready to fully step into their creative potential."
"Guests and topics include artists, authors, art materials and techniques, the business of art, creative blocks, AHA moments and more."
In 2012, the Art & Soul Retreat will be coming to Virginia Beach from March 1 through March 5. Class registration begins on June 1. Check it out!
I received my Welcome Packet for theArt & Soul Retreattaking place April 28 through May 2 in Hampton, VA. I'm signed up for Sally Jean Alexander'sclass, Soldering for Virgins - Medaliscious. I love her jewelry and even own a few pieces.
If you live nearby, you might want to attend Vendor Night. The Vendor Event is free to registered attendees - but is also open to the public for a fee of $10 at the door. Approximately 45 vendors will be offering finished artwork, art supplies, vintage findings, fabrics, jewelry, collage items and assemblage. I love the Vendor Event.
Although my greeting is a bit late, I wish all of you a Happy and Creative New Year!!!
Our Cable service was down so we did not have access to the Internet, TV and Phone for the past four days. Service was finally restored about an hour ago. Of course, I missed the Internet, My Blog and E-mail the most. Now, I think I'll catch up on my e-mails.
Here’s to a new year of possibilities, ideas and fresh
starts. I’m always trying to come up with various ways to increase my
creativity. Here are a few ideas that I’ve tried:
out some books, from your personal library, which you haven’t looked at in
while and casually glance through the pages. Exposing yourself to new
images and words can trigger your imagination. Before you know it, you’ll
start creating networks of ideas. Make sure your art journal is nearby so
that you can capture those ideas before they slip away. I especially like to use art books, or past issues of Somerset Studio, for this exercise.
nothing. Allow your mind to simply relax and incubate. Let this state of
calm awareness contemplate the many ideas flowing through your mind. You
may discover some interesting creative possibilities.
you begin an art project, take some time to doodle. Doodling can help
relieve stress. Think of doodling as a passageway to more creative ideas.
Designate a small journal for your daily doodling.
break by going away for a weekend or traveling to a different town, museum
or historic site. Changing your environment can change your perspective and
help you generate fresh artistic possibilities.
time to play. Play lets you get lost in the moment and may help you gain
new insights. Play can be as simple as a brisk walk, or run, that allows
you to breathe in fresh air and explore novel neighborhood sights. Try
experimenting with clay or another art form that you have never tried
Wishing you all a Happy and Relaxing Thanksgving! Try to take a little time for yourself today to MAKE ART . I plan on doing that very activity. This adorable postcard comes to you via The Graphics Fairy. Check out her site - She has some wonderful Thanksgiving images.