Oh...wait....they're awake.....Let the Fun Begin!!!!!!!
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Oh...wait....they're awake.....Let the Fun Begin!!!!!!!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Do the laundry...of course
Pack the tools...can I take my whole room?
Pack my clothes....just picking them out can take 2 days
Pack the laptop, blackberry, camera and all the cords/chargers...do I really need all this crap?
Get some cash...do I have any left??
Stock the house with cat food and litter.... so Lou can try to take care of Ben and Sophie
Shave my legs....get out the weed wacker
Dye my hair....hmmm...bright purple and pink might be nice
Lose 50 lbs...oh lord
Fire some bronze ...actually fire a couple loads of bronze
Yikes....I have to get going
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
see more Lolcats and funny pictures
I am having a very happy day today. Lou asked me if I wanted to do something....NOPE. I don't want to do anything...I don't want to make lunch, I don't want to make dinner, I want someone to do it all for me today. So he's taking care of those things. I'm going to putter around.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Just one more week before I leave for Bead and Button. It will go fast. Lou is out of town all next week...comes back on Friday night and I leave on Saturday morning....so we won't be seeing each other for 2 weeks.
I hope to get some down time this weekend. I have to get my driver's license renewed tomorrow and then get to the post office to submit some pictures for possible publication. My mom is coming up tomorrow for lunch. After that the rest of the weekend is mine....mine....mine I say :))
Copper clay is out there for sale today!!! People will be having fun with it. I really liked putting it to the torch to get those great patinas.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Work is killing me. We are putting together $20 million in grants that are due at the NIH on Tuesday. I have pushed and prodded the scientists as much as I can to finish their grants so we can send them out. My piece is done...250 pages of administrative information. By the time I get the science that will be another 200 pages. So now I'm just waiting. I would like to leave early tomorrow...but that is not likely to happen since most of these guys work right up to the very last minute writing and revising.
I have a bunch of pieces parts to put together into jewelry for my up-coming shows but I always seem to get distracted doing something else. I did get a few pairs of earrings put together.
I'll end up spending almost the entire 3-day weekend working on the jewelry. Plus I need to pack up my tools and get things ready for Bead and Button. I drive out a week from Saturday. It will be here and gone in a flash.
Does anyone have a way to slow time down??? I'm stressing a little...OK alot. It just seems like there is so much on my plate right now that I am not staying in the moment but thinking forward to mid-July when I will have finished my last summer show and can relax a little. I think I need to identify things to cut out so I'm not so stressed. I don't really need to sleep...that might help. I have already cut out doing most housework....heaven forbid somebody just drops by. There is clean laundry on the living room floor waiting to be folded and dirty laundry on the bedroom floor waiting to be put in the washing machine. Actually what I really should cut out is blogging....but I hate to do that.
Oh well...gotta fold the towels laying on the floor. Bye for now.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
This is a lentil. An abstract scribble one one side and one of my funky faces on the other.
How many of us deal or at least have thought about the issue of what to call ourselves. Are we artists, artisans, craftsmen/women, hobbyists, designers? Do we consider our creations art? Most people, when they think of an "artist", think of someone who paints or sculpts.
And does it really matter how other people catagorize what we do or what we are? I think it's human nature to want other people view us as we view ourselves and to feel accepted in that role. I have to admit that when I get accept to certain shows I do feel validated but for the most part I think we would all be alot healthier (mentally) if we didn't have that need.
About once a week I take a look at Christine Kane's blog. She is a singer and motivational coach. She had a posting on Social Media a while back...like Facebook....and how we turn our sense of self-worth over to these forums. We let ourselves be affected by who wants to be our friends, what groups include us...or worse....what people or groups exclude us. I have to admit that at the beginning of the year I fell victim to this and had my feelings badly hurt (I'm over it now :)). And then I read Cristine's blog. In it she says...
"Decide for yourself right now that you are doing great. Decide that no one is above you or below you. Decide that numbers are not worth. And decide that no matter how many followers, friends, subscribers, links, tweetbeeps, notifications, stumbles, feeds, comments, RT’s, or diggs you have – you are simply FABULOUS."
Easier said than done...but something to remember everyday.
So here's to all my friends...You are FABULOUS.....
and so am I :))
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
moar funny pictures
See that face....that's me at work. We are working on two very large grants and everyone is tense. But this face was me...after putting together 6 budgets over 5 years and filling out all the forms....I was told that we need to change the budget. That was the look on my face. It has taken almost 2 days to get all the forms filled out....checked and cross checked for accuracy.
Where are those lottery tickets???....gotta win the big one so I can open that jewelry school in Paris. I'll be sure to let ya'll know when that happens.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Here are a few pieces I finished this week.
This is a medallion I made to go with the beads that Ellen Dooley sent me. Her beads and the color of the medallion go together very well. It looks even better in person.
This is a piece I have been thinking about for a long time. Not because the shape is anything unique...but the design is from a ancient Parisii coin. The coin dates make to 2nd century BC when a Celt tribe lived on Ile de la Cite in the middle of the Seine. Here is a picture of the ancient coin.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
And it never fails that in the middle of all this certain people insist that stop what I am doing to handle some low priority issue.....like a grad student who wants me to bring his friend over from Turkey to volunteer in the lab for the summer. REALLY. I'm suppose to stop processing over $3 million in grants so I can provide you with a summer playmate. He didn't like my answer so he went around me to his boss. I got an e-mail from our education office telling me to prepare the paperwork. I sent them an e-mail telling them if they want this to happen maybe they should prepare the paperwork. That one is going to get me in trouble.
And there are other things. But I'll spare you. So I left in a foul, foul mood. I stopped at the grocery store and headed straight to the ATM. As I approached it was flashing...."Focus on what you can control". I'm sure it was an ad for something but it seemed like a message just for me. FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL. As I got money from the ATM I started laughing and my mood changed for the better.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
These are mini cards from MOO. I have been wanting to try these. Something just a little different than your normal business card. They are a little over 1" wide by 2.75" long and have my name, blog url, and etsy url on the back. I think they're fun.
The company is based on London, England but just this week opened up a US site in Providence. These cards were printed in England...and arrived very quickly....but will be even quicker now with the US site. You can upload your own image...up to 100 for the mini cards.
I like the look and feel of these, so I think I'm going to order regular business cards from them. You can also get postcards, greeting cards, and sticker books (on the European website).
Monday, May 4, 2009
I'm still working on my first batch of carbon from Rio and it's still giving me great colors. Although alot of it comes off when I polish up the pieces. I also tried a few cutesy pieces with the flower pendents for a change of pace.
I have to finish the laundry tonight. I only got one load done this weekend. I just didn't feel like doing housework...or much of anything for that fact.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Some of the other pieces that I have been working on this past week. I've made some medallions to go with the beads Ellen sent me. I used the tear-aways that I made a couple months ago. I'm getting ready to make more using some of the Scribbler designs.
I made a pendant and used strips of clay to section it off. I like the look it gives.
Another piece from the molds I made a few weeks ago. This is the last in the set of drawer pulls I picked up in Tucson.
I need to move into assembly mode so I can see what I have and what I still need to make for the shows coming up.
It's from the Museum of Cylcadic Art The piece is from the Early Bronze II period 2700-2300 BC. Below is a description
Schematic figurine from western Anatolia, representing the human figure in a highly abstract way. It belongs to the so-called "Kusura" type and is strongly reminiscent of Cycladic schematic figurines (especially the spade- and violin-shaped ones) not only because of its material but also because of the flat profile and the overall shape. During the Early Bronze Age, marble was used extensively for the manufacture of figurines of flat profile not only in the Aegean but all over the eastern Mediterranean.
My piece looks nothing like this......but that's the cool part about using something as inspiration. You start out with this shape in mind and end up someplace totally different.
Gotta run...I've have pics later.
Au Revior Bye-Bye