Sunday, July 31, 2011

Art Unraveled

Just a short note to send you greetings from Phoenix. Here I sit in my room at Embassy Suites where Art Unraveled festivities will begin tomorrow with everyone coming from near and far. How exciting to be here and preparing for my classes "Briar Rose" and "Twisted Sistah". I so look forward to seeing friends and meeting new ones and sharing my love of mixed media jewelry art. If you will be here, be sure to say hello and introduce yourself...I would truly enjoy meeting some of my blog friends in person.

Sorry no photos this time as I am not quite sure how to do it on my iPad. I will make up for it after I get back.

Be good to yourselves and take time to just play.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

About Time

Well, after not posting for about six weeks, I should say that it is about time that I catch you up on the happenings here in my part of the world.  Where to begin.....
My husband I have had the plans in the works for several months now to have work done on our home this summer.  To begin with, we had new windows put the dual pane quite.  Next we had to have our house tented and fumigated to get rid of the critters that have been feasting on our abode for many years.  That was a major job ....removing all of our food, plants, medicines, etc.....not to mention ourselves.  We had to move out for four days and decided to make a little vacation out of it.  So we became tourists in our own town....well the nearby town of Baywood Park.  We took our kitty, Sade, stayed in a quaint B & B and enjoyed the beautiful central coast.

For four days we ate great food, relaxed, walked, took time to appreciate the wonders of nature, went to farmer's market and sipped local wines. 

I had fun exploring my new camera.

Upon our return home...we missed out on the entire tent experience....the ordeal of moving back in took place. I must admit that after having toxins pumped into our home, I was a bit paranoid about eating off the dishes, and silverware I left behind....even though the exterminator told us it was okay to do so. So I cleaned and cleaned, reorganized and put everything back.  Whew....don't want to do that again any time soon.  Those critters better stay away for a while.
The next step in our plans immediately began.  We had the outside of our home painted.  So every morning for about a week, the painting crew ascended upon our house at 7 a.m. and worked throughout the day.  We love how it turned out....taupe, white trim with black accents.

We have had sweet family get-togethers, ice cream feasts (as you can see grandpa with our grand daughters here), nieces and great nieces visiting, birthday celebrations and goodbyes.

I've been busy in my studio with class preparations, teaching and designing.

Dreaming up future collections.

And getting excited about teaching at Art Unraveled in a week.  Just shipped off supplies, tools and kits to Phoenix.  I so look forward to meeting all of you who plan on attending AU and especially those of you who have signed up for my Briar Rose and Twisted Sistah classes.  Can't wait for our play date.  Wishing you all a safe journey!
Until then