Monday, December 28

I'm a Cover Girl!

It looks like Ellen's not the only cover girl in town!  I hope you'll allow me a minute to share my excitement...
When I got the call letting me know (well, ok... so it was an e-mail) I literally screamed out loud! When I read Jenny's words that I was/am the cover artist for the January/February issue of Somerset Studios, I couldn't believe it. I don't think I've ever even thought about that before... but I can tell you for sure, I like it! A lot!!
Myself and four other artists had put together an altered book for Stampington's aubergine call. These were all women who had asked me to think of them if I ever planned another collaborative piece. A few years ago when I was new to the idea of collaboratives, I had no idea where to start or how to get involved. It seemed like something others did, something out of reach for myself. So now when I hear from those who feel the same way, I can't help but come up with a project for us to do.
We were all thrilled when we learned our piece was picked up by Stampington, but we never imagined our book would end up on the cover of the magazine! Thanks so much to Jenny for this wonderful honor!! (I'll share more about that ambitious Jenny in the coming days, she's up to something awesome! ) Since there isn't room to show the work of everyone in print, please let me share their pages with you here...
I built each book, and started the covers so that everyone could finish theirs off in whatever way they chose.
The artists....

Sue McPherson's work...
and lastly Ada Pringle's little book on the back of Judy's page... I'm sorry these last two ladies don't have an online presence.
I can't think of a better way to end this year, and kick off the next one. I hope this shows you that sometimes when we think something is beyond our reach, it's really not that far off. And sometimes things we weren't even looking for appear before our eyes!
Happy New Year, may 2010 be wonderful to us all!

Wednesday, December 23

Our stockings are hung
by the chimney with care, 
in hopes
that St Nicholas
soon will be here!

MeRRy ChRiStmaS from our home to yours...  
and from Scout who recently wandered into our lives.
May your Holidays be everything you're dreaming of!

Friday, December 18

Christmas joy...

I was just over on eBay looking for an old silver tinsel Christmas Tree for next year, after seeing this one. The last line in this ad for silver tinsel, made me laugh out loud. I thought it might make you smile too...

10-oz clump of vintage used silver lead metal Christmas Tree Tinsel Icicles ~ clump is approximately 10" diameter and 2 to 3" deep

Vintage People (and you know who you are) will remember how nicely this tinsel icicles drapes on the Christmas Tree and how disappointing it was when they quit making lead icicles!  Now it's plastic.

If you use this you should know that lead is toxic and should not be used around small kids & pets & intoxicated adults who might put it in their mouth. 

Sunday, December 13

Merry Christmas!

I'm sorry I've been such a bad blogger lately... but my heart has been elsewhere. I love this time of year and have been busy busy, as I'm sure the rest of you are. The thing is... I love this kind of busy! I love the merry making, the gift creating, the art group parties, cookie parties and everything else December brings! I don't mind any of it. And I especially love it with the rain we've had lately, which we desperately need.
 
So here's my last month in photos...  though I don't have pics of everything. That's one of the reasons I don't blog as much as I use to; I found that instead of fully enjoying what I was doing, in the past I spent a lot of time trying to capture pics to share on my blog. While I have committed to keeping my blog, (and improving it in the New Year) those days are gone. I am more focused on enjoying life, and sharing what I can with all of you. So here goes...



A few weeks ago, Nancy and I hosted a workshop with the very talented Cindy Gonzales at Gilding the Lily. Everyone loves Cindy's classes, and we all made the cutest Christmas ornaments!
Ethyn and I also made ornaments for the family, that he took on his travels over Thanksgiving. I found them online here; they are darling, and easy to make! 

I belong to an art group that meets once a month, and last week was our Christmas lunch. I've heard others rave about it, and I have to agree; everything was just spectacular! We had a fabulous lunch at the Cedar Creek Inn, and everyone created and shared the most amazing exchanges for each other. Just look at our table, loaded with about 240 gifts! We opened our gifts, had to really, just so we could clear the table to have lunch. I was one of the first to leave and that was after 3 hours! I have to say this was The BeSt Christmas Party, such a festive fun group! Thanks to everyone for a wonderful time.
So there you have it, just a little of what I've been up to. I'll be sure and share more soon, and more regularly. Now I'm off to create a couple of sock monkeys... happy Sunday!
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