Sunday, October 23, 2016

So it's that Time again.... Show research....

So I'm done more or less for shows for the year.  This is the time where I  get to recharge my batteries, plan new designs and pick up those projects I got stuck on and try again. See the pics of the very lovely work in progress? I started this maybe in March? but got stuck, then got busy, and it's just sitting in one of the many piles of half done somethings.  I hope I'll pick it up again at some point this winter, the vintage chandelier crystal wrapped in copper.. it's de-lish!  But then I'm not sure where it needs to go after that.  I originally thought pearls, but I don't know now.   I hate being indecisive, especially about my art!

It's also the time of year where I need to figure out my show schedule.  It's just penciling in shows I'm interested in, so I can get time off at my day job ( if needed) and start planning what pictures to send in for the jury.  I need to figure out weekends that I already know won't work ( family things) and decide if we want a family vacation or not... and plan around holidays and every one's work schedules.

Last year Jerry and I made the conscious decision to cut shows in half.  After much lively discussion, we've decided that again in 2017 to have a smaller schedule. For 2017 I'm aiming for 10-14 .  (For comparison, our biggest year was 27 shows)  So the shows I pick out to try for -- and there is no guarantee I will get in!- have to be planned out very carefully.  Just as carefully as I think about this piece.

It's possible that I won't get in to most of the shows I apply for, then I will be stuck with just a few shows for the year.  It's a horrible possibility, but very real.  You just never know with juries.  In past years I would have back up shows I could apply for later... I don't believe I'll do that.  It's so much stress trying to juggle multiple possible shows on the same date.

So I will aim for 10-14 shows, and maybe I'll end up doing 6, who knows?

Friday, October 21, 2016

Refill at the Gallery!!

Here's the view when you first walk into the gallery!
Bracelet central!  

Back view
 Now that the shows are done, it's time to work on the gallery... Five Monkeys, Inc .  With that in mind, I brought in bunches of new jewelry pieces, and actually doubled the number of earrings!  So welcome to my winter home guys! I'll probably do a few meet and great type events this winter at the gallery as well.

I brought in some of my kewlest pieces, including Octy !   I'm hoping to start getting new pieces made up, and as that happens some of them will find their way to the gallery as well... I'll keep you all posted!

 One of the things a adore about Dina ( the Gallery Mistress) is she has art from 60 + artists.. and they are all based in IOWA!!!

So get in, buy yourself a treat and one for someone you love and do it now!!

Five Monkeys is located in Des Moines right off 235, 42nd st exit.  Address is 4211 Chamberlain Dr.  

Saturday, October 1, 2016

I'm off for 2 weeks!

So shows are done! This coming weekend is both my Birthday and a Girls Weekend!!! woooooo!!! I'm gonna take a 2 week break from blogging / facebooking, just to recharge batteries and frankly clean my space.   So  in a couple of weeks ( give or take) I'll be back with new pics, new thoughts, and hopefully freaking awesome art!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Last Farmer's Market of the season!

OK, I'm pleased to tell you my location for my last Downtown Des Moines Farmer's Market will be on the South Side of 2nd street, 4-5 booths in.  We haven't been on 2nd street all year, so it's great to be back.. we will be close to Uncle Wendell's  booth, which has to die for BBQ and bakery goods, so that's lovely!!  I know what I'll be eating for lunch on Sat!

It's my last show as well for the year.. unless something pops up, which could happen -- good chance I'll probably at least do some sort of artist meet and greet again at Five Monkeys, but no date on that yet, that's sort of tentative.

I'm looking forward to my winter season to charge batteries and new designs... I've got some ideas sitting in my sketch book and my head... and I'm in the mood to create, so I'm thinking this winter will be fantastic!!   I'm also excited that I have a girl's weekend coming up.. just a quickie shopping trip in Omaha but still, anytime I can get together with the girls.. life is good!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Last show this coming Sat

So my last show ( that I know of, I suppose that could change if something good came up) is for this coming Saturday.  Downtown Des Moines Farmer's Market 8-12 .  Note the hour change.. we go to 8-noon hours for the last month of the market.  I'll confirm my location next blog, but it will probably be on the main drag right around 2nd st corner ( by the bathrooms again)

After doing a summer with fewer shows ( only 12 -- most years we do 20-24, one year we did 28 - ack!) I think I like the slower pace.  It really helps I'm in a great gallery here in Des Moines... huge shout out to Five Monkeys  ! My online sales have picked up this year.  So I think we will stick to a  smaller show schedule next year as well.  I want to get a Omaha show in again, and maybe one in Minnesota.  But for the most part, sticking close to home this year worked great.

I'm looking at getting into more galleries, and maybe this winter I'll finally actually try to get my Etsy up to date.  As always, if you see something in the blog or facebook and you want it, just email me and I'll ship it to you-- happens all the time!

Friday, September 23, 2016

lucky penny

Once upon a time, I carried a Victorian penny in my pocket.  I had it for 3-4 years, and it just made me feel good, like only a lucky penny can make a kid feel good.  I don't exactly remember where I got it, I think my Dad gave it to me... at the time I collected coins so I'm just not sure.  It was from, I believe, 1887,  and it was so special that I owned something that was so old.

When my pet cat died when I was 12, I buried the penny with Taffy.  Taffy was my best friend.  Taffy gave me so much in life, I felt like I had to give him something in death, and what else would a 12 year old have that meant so much?  

I've never regretted it.  Still I missed the magic of carrying that penny, and while a penny at age 47 isn't probably as magical as it is at 12 ---  when I found this Victorian penny (from 1901) and it already had a hole in it -- I couldn't resist.  I've put it on a lobster call and it's gonna be the zipper pull for my light jacket.  Let the luck commence.

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Propellers are such a fun finding, here are 2 versions.  The top necklace uses all modern bits, but I love the antique feel to this piece.

The bottom necklace is on a vintage locket, and front plate from a vintage timer.

When I use propellers I try to leave them movable when possible.  That's actually harder than it sounds, any pressure on them and they lock up and won't move.. so when I do them I use screws and nuts, and hope I don't over hammer it, making it stiff.  I usually glue the screws after I hammer them, it's both to make sure the nut doesn't get loose and to make sure there is nothing sharp to poke or catch.

Monday, September 19, 2016

I'm feelin' lazy......

So no grand words today, just pics of recent projects.  enjoy!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Art is everywhere!

Recently when we were traveling, we spotted this indentation in the side walk ---  poor frog!!  But I had to take a picture... it's accidental art.  Seriously, just open your eyes and you will see art everywhere you turn.  The several different shades of green in the passing landscape. The really graceful lines and curves in the giant windmill that dot Iowa.  The flight of a bird across the pure cloudless blue sky.  All of it is so beautiful, and so meaningful, if you just open your mind.

I get asked how I come up with my designs.  Sometimes I sketch, but more often than not, I just take stuff out to "play" with, and eventually I spot the pattern the beauty and start combining things.  You just have to open your mind up and it wonder the landscape around you.
Where art starts... a huge, messy pile on my desk!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Farmer's Market this weekend.....

Jerry and I will be at Downtown Des Moines Farmer's market this Saturday 7-12pm.  We are in a new spot-- on court between 2nd and 1st, close to the bathrooms.
As always stop by and say his!