Posts Tagged ‘bead swap’

From Polymer to Art

November 20, 2010


From Polymer To Art - RED - Edition 0 - 2010

Copy of the first cover…..

Now what could be better than that! Making the move from Polymer clay to art sounds easy enough I wonder what this can bring to the polymer community?

Check it out for yourself…….

I like the fact that there are color schemes that is cool and sound so appealing in print.

I like the fact that it gives the impression that it will be art which makes me think they will be harder projects or really finished looking at least.

The only thing I can not justify is the cost if I price it right it would cost $40.81. I do not think there is any way I can justify that cost it just seems way to expensive. I mean I could get a few used books for that price. I guess we have to wait for the reviews and if they are good enough then break down and buy.

The next swap items are arriving it is so exciting. The swap is for Christmas ornaments or holiday decoration. I have some wonderful, talented participants this time and am thinking my entry may not be good enough. I know I know us artists are always finding fault in ourselves and what we make but I am going to stick to what I have done and get over the fear.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you celebrate and think of making ornaments for loved ones as I have done it the last few years. (I hope they enjoy them and are not just saying that to keep me quiet)

Clay Swap

June 13, 2010


Thank god I am done with the Facebook Focus month. Not sure I will ever devote an entire month to a single topic again. By the time I go to the end of the month I was pretty much done with the whole thing. I did stick to the idea and learned I do not like focusing that much!

One other thing I learned is I am not the only one going through this and I have been so inspired by all who have contacted me to say that they have cut their time on the games to focus on what matters to them whether it is working on the garden, painting, or claying.

This week I am gearing up for the next clay swap at City O clay. I just love the swaps so much and I am always amazed at how talented and creative the participants are.  In case you missed it here is the post with pictures from the last swap.

This time the theme is a summer one and we are going to have the due date be Labor Day which is the official end of Summer.

I just hope that doing the swap for the extended time frame does not have people putting it off till the last-minute (because they think they have all summer they may not be motivated to start now) and then finding out they do not have time to complete it.

Voting is still going on so if you would like to join you are more than welcome.

You do have to be a member of City O Clay which is a Yahoo group that focuses on Polymer Clay. It is where I have hung my virtual polymer clay hat since January of 2007. I like the group because of its slow pace and wonderful relationships that I have formed. It may not be your cup o tea but I enjoy it and have had such fun participating in the swaps that have been hosted at the group.

My son has been working hard this last week on cleaning his room. He is getting rid of all the kid stuff and that means the room needs painting. Here is the before shot.

 The whole room was dark purple even the ceiling. The stars were stenciled in and there were glow in the dark ones haning from the ceiling. He had his name in glow in the dark stars and my husbands attempt at a spaceship. This worked great while he was a kid but now being a teenager it is time to go. So we have spent the weekend painting the purple took a few coats but I am so proud of the hard work he has put into it.

So excited hubby is coming home on Tuesday he has been gone since Mothers day and I am really looking forward to having him back at home safe and sound.  Also going on this week is my sons graduation he will be going to High School next year, I have the clayguild meeting on Saturday (not sure if I can make it or not), and Fathers Day on Sunday. So a busy week in front of me and I am looking forward to it all.

See ya next week!

Regional Pendant Swap

May 21, 2010

A break from Facebook with a look at the participants in the regional pendant swap 2010. All the pieces are so different and wonderful.  Thank you to all who entered and I can not wait to see what the next swap brings sign ups soon!













Facebook Focus Month Cont.

May 14, 2010

Facebook Focus month continues with the way to set up a business page. It is very easy.

From your profile page go to the very bottom and click the advertising link.

This brings up the  Advertising page where you will click the pages button.

When you do that you will click on the create a page button.

Fill in the information. I am in the Artist category, and I am the official representative for my company so I do not the steps you will go through if you are not. Click create official page. And look what happens!

OMG how many clicks was that?? My page is created? Hmmm let me Edit my page.

This is what comes up when you do.

This is where you will add a profile picture and change settings and add the mobile aplications if you want them enabled. You can also set up an e commerce site on Facebook!

I had hoped to have that as the focus for next week but I have found a different site and liked the way the photos looked and the ease of site set up. The ones on Facebook are rather small and for my art I need for the items to be bigger quality pictures. So next week not sure what exactly the focus will be :).

The Regional Pendant swap is going great almost all the packages are here and the photographing is almost complete. I can not wait to show you guys the pictures!

You may remember this swap post…if not it is a real cool read and I am not just saying that. If you have not read it read the update first THEN read the post!

I called her today and she answered the phone. She agreed with me that her comming into the bank was meant to be  so she would come in, sit at my desk, and be freeken motivated!

Even though she just had a major operation she is painting for me, and her friends. She has already given some pieces away and I am so proud of her. Even better she has ideas for the projects she WANTS to do. She thanked me for getting her back to painting and not Quitting! Our swap date is set for about the third week of June and I am so excited I am going to finish her swap flower right now!

Mini Animal Swap

April 2, 2010

Another swap has come to a close and here are the participants and items that were part of the Mini Animal Swap 2010.

I want to personally thank all the participants without whom the swaps would never be possible. This is a great learning experience and all that have participated in this or any other swap have learned so much, and connected with clayers from all over the world!

Again Thank you.

Swap Mistress

December 6, 2009

This week I am really thinking about the new swap duties acquired by me at City O Clay. I am thinking about it so much I had a dream about it (((okay so this was really a week and a half ago but I totally changed my page last week)).
In my dream I missed many of the people who signed up for the swap and some were very upset and left the group because of the fact I missed them. So after a lot of begging on my part most came back to the group and we were able to set up the different groups for the swap.

Then when the mailman was delivering my mail that had all the swap items which had been mailed to me by the swappers, it crashed. Okay so don’t ask me how in the heck ALL the swap items were in the same truck it was a dream okay?

So when the vehicle crashed it rolled over in the middle of the street and all the swap boxes were in the street. They had come out of the boxes and there were beads all over the street. It is a bead swap this time and so that is why there were beads everywhere. Again don’t ask me how they came out of the boxes when the mail truck rolled over in the middle of the street it is a dream.

The swap was cancelled and the beads were never recovered. They had been so badly damaged by cars rolling over them while they were in the street. The same people who I had begged to come back and join the swap quit the list again along with a lot of other people who were very upset and just could not understand how ALL the beads had been lost. They too could not figure out how beads being mailed in from all over the world at different times could all end up on the same truck. I KNOW I thought the same thing too.

First swap not due till January, but that dream gave me an idea that hopefully can be implemented with future swaps.

So what is in it for me? I am not really a selfish person but at my 40+ hour a week job that is one thing I always joke about “it’s all about me and how it affects me”.

I will tell you. I am so proud of my swappers I can not even put just how proud I am into words. They are having ideas running through their heads. They are sketching out on paper what they want to make out of clay for the swap. Questions are rolling in because they want to try a new technique that they have seen in a book or online.

In a nutshell I am like a proud parent. These are people I have never met and chances are I never will but I am so stinking proud of them all. I feel so proud of them and of myself because I am helping them realize the creativity that they have living inside of them.

I so want these swaps to be successful!