Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

TO OZ AND BACK




 Yes, here I am in the land of Weird, Wild and Wonderful at Art Is You in Petaluma a few weeks ago.  Sporting our pink tutus in honor of "pink" Friday, we were kicking up our heels in joy with all of the creative energy surrounding us for a few days.  In the right hand photo is myself, of course, and my sweet friend, Vickie Orlando.  Don't we look cute!  And look at those fantastic name badges we were all gifted with......each one hand made by Ellen.  Wow the detail in each one....and each and every one (about 200 of them) were unique.  I can't imagine how long it took Ellen to design all of these in addition to the ones she made for everyone at Art Is You in Stamford.  Thank you Ellen...I will treasure mine.
In the lower left photo you see Vickie and I again with my friend, Betti Zucker from New York....and you have to say that with the New Yooooork accent like Betti does.  Both Betti and Vickie surprised me with puppy shower gifts while at Art Is You....what a treat.  Thank you both for your kind, generous hearts.  Love everything you gave Olive Rose and I.



Saturday, I had the pleasure of taking a class from Sunny Carvalho.  Doll making is one of Sunny's many talents.  Above you can see some of the results of the class....look at all of those distinctive little personalities that came to life....how fun! My little "Edna" is the blue haired gal on the right.  This class was really challenging for me since I had never sculpted before.  I learned so much and can't wait to get my hands on more paper clay and see what little souls appear.  



On Sunday, I taught my Madame Bijoux Box class to such a fantastic group of people.  We played with torches, resin, patina and cold connections. Thank you all for joining me for the day.  Above you can see some of the student's finished boxes.....didn't they do a great job!  


Sallianne and Ellen (the Art Is You organizers extraordinaire)  both dropped by for a classroom visit.  Catherine Witherell and Julie Panusis and I pose for a pic (lower right). One of Catherine's romantic Madame Bijoux Boxes takes center stage in this collage.  Just love it Catherine!  And Miss Olive poses here on one of my work benches....my new studio mascot...and who knows, perhaps my new muse.



Picked up Miss Olive (a Havanese) on my way home from Art Is You....and our lives have been changed.  Olive is my first ever puppy as an adult....wow...didn't realize how my life would change.    I feel as though I am that 23 year old mom again taking care of a toddler.  But, it is oh so worth it.  Next Monday we start puppy preschool classes.  She is a quick learner, eager to please and a luv.....and sometimes a little brat  (just like her mom).   Olive is teaching me a lot about myself.  Every day brings something new, a bit of insight, laughter, successes, challenges, puppy dog kisses, and about a hundred more "go potty's".
Our grand-daughters came for a visit last weekend and they fell in love with Olive as you can see.  They had so much fun playing with her. 

Well, that about catches you up on what my life has been like during the last few weeks. If you don't hear from me for a while, you know I am busy being a puppy mom.   

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