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Mini Food Swap Pics

January 9, 2012

My husband has been out-of-town for the last two and a half months, he comes home Thursday. With that in mind I spent today watching Wild Card Weekend and getting all the clay related items all over the house back in the studio.

It is always nice when you can actually see the table surface not sure how long this will last but it is nice for now.

One of the first projects I will be working on while back in the studio is this………….

http://www.dancormier.ca/DanCormier/ReliefBeyondBelief.html

The artist in me says Wonderful! I have the opportunity to learn a technique with new tools that are provided to master that technique.

The crazy clay lady in me says Heck Yea mama got some new toys I am going to play!

Finally the mini food swap pics are up. As always I was so amazed at how wonderful the entries were. Great job guys!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityoclayswaps/

The Year in Review

January 1, 2012

This last year was one full of growth for me both personally and professionally. It started with me still being on cloud 9 from the December Polymer Cafe article.

There were three swaps this year.

Rock Purse

https://bluedamselflyjewelry.wordpress.com/2011/04/15/rock-purse-pics-finally/

Colorful Ocean Creatures

https://bluedamselflyjewelry.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/colorful-ocean-creatures-swap-pictures/

Mini Food

pics up in a week or so

The swaps are such a wonderful learning experience and I am so proud of all the participants and blessed to have found this group. I am not sure exactly why I am so blessed to be the proud Swap Ma Ma but I am loving every minute of it. Next swap just opened you should check it out.

This year I made the switch to Kato. It took forever for me to commit to the change and wouldn’t you know it as soon as I do it they change their formula and it is much softer now. The jury is still out on this one but I hope to continue with my commitment to use 100% Kato. I like the way it holds the details while making canes which is my first love. I also like the way it feels ONCE conditioned.

This year I focused on learning new techniques. I had a flower phase…..

https://bluedamselflyjewelry.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/emotional-roller-coaster/

and a wonderful opportunity to take a Carol Simmons class. The Carol Simmons class was defiantly my most favorite part of the year clay wise.

https://bluedamselflyjewelry.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/carol-simmons-class-starts-tomorrow/

I am so blessed to have had the year I did. I learned new techniques, made new friends, and am finding it easier to call myself an artist.

This new year I hope to continue to count my blessings and focus more on my art. Good health is the most important blessing because without that nothing is possible. I hope to lose a few pounds this year (don’t we all?). I also hope to be able to retire from my 9-5 and focus on my art   24-7. No date set yet but I am hoping for sometime this summer.

Finally in the new year I hope to have our summer home finished or very near completion. My studio will be located on the top floor with mountaintop views. This year will be about gathering the necessary supplies to open the new studio.

My first project is already in mind. It will be a housewarming gift to myself and it is a OOAK chess set for the upstairs sitting room and should take a loooonnnnnnggggg time to complete but once done will be a masterpiece I am sure.

With this new year  upon us I wish all of you nothing but the best with your art and life. Remember you are your worst enemy and road block. When you get in your own way with self-doubt it hinders you as an artist. Whatever you want to do………….

YOU CAN!

New Canework

December 5, 2011

Isnt this just a beautiful piece of fabric and canework. This is one of Carol Simmons’ students work I do not know her name and I sure wish I did. So if you know who’s cane this is please let me know so I can add her  here. I loved the colors and one of the things learned in the recent Carol Simmons class was the use of colors in your creations.

I asked Carol what colors needed to be sheeted and began the journey with this cane. The biggest obstacle for me this week was the feeling that I did not want to duplicate the elements from this cane into mine.  That was the most challenging aspect of this whole week for me. I mean look at the wonderful caning she did this is one great cane.

And now my interpretation of the artwork and colors. First the component canes.

The layout which I know will be nothing like what the cane will end up being. I know the color aspect of the class stuck with me as when my son came in to look at one point he said he liked the colors YEA!

The cane before reducing. This one somehow ended up being way too tall let’s see what happens when I reduce.

Work at my 9-5 Monday then I am on claycation baby!

Thanksgiving Week Post

November 27, 2011

What a crazy week for me this week. Last Friday at work I was selected to be the TD Mascot and boy what that a mistake…..

After that my back was killing me so last weekend was spent in bed as well as Monday and Tuesday when I got home from work. Stinking pain makes you really realize how important health is.  On to Turkey day which was spent with friends and I am so grateful to have them in our lives they made the day perfect as hubby is not here it was nice to see them and the two turkeys named Tom and Tim. (No that is not a turkey that is Jenna and….forgot which one was hers Tom or Tim).

Sometime while we were at Thanksgiving dinner the heat went out in the house so Friday even though I had to go to work I just decorated, passed out the Black Friday Bags, and got the heck out of there. There was no way I could fix the heat and the neighbor was not home so I went to the local Home Depot and got two small heaters that you can plug-in. I will have hubby worry about the heat when he comes home in a couple of weeks it is warm and I am not holding a brick (what we were doing a few weeks ago when we lost power for days).Finally I have a manageable back ache, heat, and am ready to start building my next cane and guess what happens????

The neighbors were having their driveway re-paved when the truck accidentally ran into the pole which broke and had to be replaced. I was able to start yesterday but did not get far……Crazy schedule at work this week with the meeting, Christmas tree lighting at the Country Club, and working on Saturday but I plan on putting whatever time I have into it this week so I can get a sexy cane made. I look forward to giving you some shots next week hopefully of a completed cane.

What is on your clay table, or in your life that is preventing you from getting there???

 

 

Carol Simmons Part 2

November 13, 2011

If you missed the first part of this post then you may want to check it out here.

https://bluedamselflyjewelry.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/carol-simmons-part-1/

I have my layout and all I have to do is follow the pretty cane diagram and I would have my cane constructed in no time with a few leftover for any mistakes that may arise. Do you think that I could follow the canes no I could not. I ended up with something so different I can not tell you how I did it. I think the cane has a mind of its own. I know this is something that will happen every time as I have already constructed another cane and this time it looked different when I built it as well. I kept laughing at myself while building because I could not follow the canes while constructing.

Canes got built and reduced that spectacular day at Maureen’s. I love love love the sound of a cane being slammed around. I say it is the sound of magic, sexy cane magic. Here are pictures of the class canes enjoy.

In class I was able to make 2 pendants and a set of earrings that I get a lot of compliments on each time I wear them.

When I got home it was a different story I could not make the beads as we had done in class so I had to find a way that was pleasing to my eyes. I had to finish sets in a hurry so hubby could take them as gifts to his sisters and their daughters in Lebanon. I hope they liked them as some parts for me were a struggle. I had to change the design of the earrings as I had a lot of scrap cane. I think they turned out nice and hopefully the new proud mama’s have happy ears and necks with the new designs.

The new cane that I just constructed is turning out well and I will have gifts for all the ladies at the auctions, my family for x mas, the play it forward group, and another special swap. EEEkkk time is running out. Here is a sneak peek of some designs.

Maureen Carlson’s Center For Creative Arts

October 18, 2011

I am not sure where to start about the wonderful week, as it was every clay girl’s dream. Maureen has created  a wonderful place where everyone can feel free to let their muse out to play and get inspired.

Jordan is a small town with wonderful charm that was like a little piece of heaven on earth. I was surprised to find that the largest candy store in Minnesota is located not far from the school and that was one of our field trips. Here  one could find every childhood candy and some that were not favorites. I was surprised to find that my son liked Abazabas (sp) which was the candy Carol requested that I bring back for her. I of course brought a weird candy for hubby Sour Cream flavored crickets.

The workroom is where all the action is and there is ample space for creativity and classes of any kind. Here is my workspace on the first day before I got to mess it all up.

There are rooms and beds for sleeping upstairs with two kitchens as well. There is a wonderful little river behind the school and on my many smoke breaks  I went to the water and felt such a peach come over me it was usually just what I needed to give me the power to go back to the work room and finish my task for the day.

I was blessed to be with a great group of ladies and we shared so much of our lives with each other. I can only hope to meet up with them again someday somehow in the future. Maureen has created an environment where everyone can feel that they are safe which as an artist is sometimes hard to do. We create our art and put it out there for the world to judge and sometimes that can be such a feared experience we never even do it.

I was amazed at how we helped each other willingly with our colors and blends and what we loved or did not like about each others work. Even if someone did not like something about what I had created I knew they were speaking to me with love and I took their opinion seriously and it really helped me to see my creation with eyes that were not my own.

We were allowed to work as early or late as we wanted to usually crawling into bed after a 12 hour day tired physically but not mentally. Maureen did not take the class but she was able to go with us on several outings and checked in on us regularly throughout the process. She would give us such positive feedback on what we were creating we just wanted to go on and on and on.

My only regret was that I put blinders on the first few days and would not let myself look at her store as I walked through it to go to bed. By day 3 it was cane focus 100% and I still would not allow myself to get distracted by her store and wonderful creations. The last day was so crazy trying to finish and then pack I did not have time to get a picture of her work table which is one the things I love to do. Looking at others work tables and creative spaces is a love of mine that I will make sure I do NEXT TIME I am able to go back to her center. How I missed this opportunity I will never understand or forgive myself for as I want to show my support to other artists and I only bought three packs of clay from her. Again next time I will make sure I spend some time in her store!

There was so much laughter, deep thought and artistic motivation at Maureen Carlson’s Center For Creative Arts I really hope that you are able to be a part of that special place once in your lifetime. Even more I hope that I am blessed enough to be able to visit again one day.

I took this rock (I have a rock collection with rocks from all over the world) and to me it symbolizes the week at Maureen’s. It is nice and smooth and almost round like we were as a group. It is almost perfect and I think that is our group. Very tight, giving, loving, and almost perfect in our creations.

Simmons Eye Candy

October 10, 2011

I am so tired but can not sleep I still have so much running through my head. Here are a few pictures to tie you over until the next few weeks when I will probably write novels on my experience at Maureen’s and the 6 Day Intensive Polymer Clay Workshop.

I went to School!

Just like when I was in school I was disciplined but she is such a sweet lady it was my picture of the day!

Slicer #9 and its all mine! Another picture of the day.

It would not matter if I was the only one in the whole studio, I would still be in a 3×3 inch space with clay and tools everywhere.

Even if it is not perfect (it’s okay I would look at the piece and try to find the mistakes) it is mine and I just do not want to cut it down :).

Then I came back to reality and found hubby had fixed a shelf that had been broken since last year. I know because it was my picture of the day today and last year when the stinking shelf broke and I tried to fix it because hubby would not. So glad he got that pick up because now he is just fixen stuff all over the house.

Carol Simmons Class Starts Tomorrow!

October 2, 2011

All Packed and ready to go! As I used to say to my son one more wake up till Carol Simmons!

This is what approx 6.5  pounds of clay looks like sheeted out. I threw them in plastic protectors and am carrying it on with the 500 pound cardstock (it’s not that heavy but you get my drift). My carry on weighs 38 pounds because of the clay and thick cardstock. I sheeted more than I should have but I wanted to make sure I was ready for anything that came my way.

This is a wonderful opportunity and I hope to learn about Kaleidoscope caning from a master in the field. I have played around with the idea many times but never looked at it in the way she will teach me to look at it from now on.

This was one of the first I tried.

https://bluedamselflyjewelry.wordpress.com/2010/01/03/kaliedoscope-experiement/

Then I tried one that I just love. It was from a shirt that I owned and I made the same pattern from the design.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/82656386@N00/4185853147/in/photostream

I tried one with Kato clay and decided to make the change.

https://bluedamselflyjewelry.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/omg-kato/

This is the image I have chosen to base my cane off of.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/38051910@N00/493622215/in/faves-carol_simmons/

Then I saw this image and drooled all over the keyboard. I thought at first that I should not choose this one because I clearly was looking at the cane and not necessarily the colors me being the caner I am. Then I was not sure there were enough colors for a cane. But a funny thing happened while planning for the class Carol actually suggested this image and sent color swatch thingies with it. When I looked at the colors that way it seemed to me they were almost the same funny hunh?

Ouch

September 25, 2011

Did you ever have one of those moments where you knew you were going to fall but were powerless to stop it? This happened to me today and boy am I hurting now. I was in the bathroom and had sprayed some stain remover on a shirt and I guess some of it must have gotten on the floor because as I turned around to throw it in the dirty clothes my socked feet began slipping.

I could not stop it the only thing I could do was ride out the Splitz that was coming my way. Guess I must have let out a loud yelp on my way down as hubby came quickly to see what was up. I have 5 pounds of clay to condition for the upcoming class next weekend and my butt is in bed or hobbling around the house.

I needed to put the finishing touches on the items for the City O Clay swap but that is not going to happen today either. My only hope is that this does not hurt worse tomorrow because I have a lot of things now on my to do list.

Amazing how something as simple as throwing the dirty laundry down can change your weekend for the worse.

😦

Vacation Mode Baby!

September 10, 2011

One of the things on my vacation checklist is to remove my chairs from my desk. They think the customers will sit down and wait for me to come back (they might). This week for me is a staycation with few plans.

I want to get work shoes. Did that one today along with a few other really good deals yea for me!

I want to watch one of son’s football games which I will do Monday after noon.

I want to finish the Colorful Ocean Creatures for the swap at City O Clay. I will be able to do that one next week while hubby is at work and son at school.

I want to not feel the pressure to complete a bunch of the things that need to be done around the house.

I want to not be distracted by one of my finds. I first saw this last year and ever since then I keep seeing this as a new clay series.

Wish me luck!