Saturday, May 18, 2019

It's EEK! time.....

My first show of the season is next Sat morning at Des Moines Downtown Farmer's Market 

So it's that special time of year that my hubby likes to call my freak time.  Where I go crazy getting ready for shows.

I"m trying to not be as crazy this year... I'm getting too hold for that kind of crap.  I'm trying to live a less stressful life and all.

It was working til now... but now, I'm going EEK! constantly in my head.

Do I have enough inventory?  Did we find all the show stuff from the move? did something get left behind? The tent is getting old, maybe I should replace the tent ??

I didn't make any changes in the display this year, what was I thinking? ( OK on this one by brain tries to rally self defense... with the move I've been incredibly busy!)

Will our spot be as nice as last year?  (it's the same spot, so hopefully this one is covered... )

Will my various illnesses be even more problematic this year ?( probably when I'm honest with myself, this one I'm having some self denial)

Can I find the time to get a few more pieces done without skipping sleep? (probably no)

Will people still like my jewelry this year?   Will my business continue being successful?  Will making art jewelry still calm my soul? ( well except for right before a show)

This weekend, I'm doing final prep, trying to get a few more pieces done, and getting it all packed into the car in time for Farmer's Market at 7am next Sat.  I have a bunch of stuff I've made in the last few weeks I need to get pictured and priced.

I know it will work out in the end.  Or in this case, the beginning of show season!  It's just getting all of my brain to agree......





Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Rabies tag jewelry

Moving gave me an opportunity to really sort out things and get rid of stuff we didn't really need.  
Digging through my computer desk I found what had to be close to 20 years worth of rabies tags from the city of Des Moines.  For those not in this great town, you have to licences for you pets, including cats.  After you pay your fees, they provide you with tags for the cat's collars.  Since our cats are inside ones, and we couldn't get them to wear a collar short of gluing it on, they collected dust in my desk.  Now, any sane person would get rid of them on moving, I mean what's the point right? You only really need this year's batch, right? 

UH HUH!

Me I have to make jewelry out of them.. I mean they come with nice sized holes already, why not? 
So I've turned my collection, covering 6 different cats over the years, into fun wearables for the cat person, not the cat.
Some of them are at the Five Monkey's Inc gallery if you are interested, the rest will premiere at Farmer's Market May 25th.   (or just let me know you want something!) 


 Yep, I really will make jewelry with just about anything.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Random Thoughts

 Last Weekend was girls weekend in Omaha with my good buddies Sue and Cathie!.  While we ran around shopping and laughing and eating, I found the above cart.  it looks sooo kewl and it's all metal and I can't wait to organize it!  Now if I could get my Hubby to put it together.....

Now that we don't have cable, I'm watching my fav's via streaming.  Lots of stuff is free, but you have to watch the commercials.  They tend to play the same 3-4 over and over.  Normally I just blow off commercials but I've developed a real hate for a couple that I get to see over and over.

One of these is for a dish washer that dries dishes faster.  You have Mom, Dad and kid in the kitchen.  The kid wants her sippy cup, the Dad is like I just put it in! It can't be ready yet.  The mom disdainfully plucks the (GASP!) dry cup out and hands it to the kid, and says why do you think we got a new one ? and flitters' away.

I hate this commercial.  It's partly the wife's demeanor... she seems so smugly superior to her hubby.  And way? because they wasted hundreds of dollars on a new dish washer that dries faster????

What about using a hand towel?

I mean really, this dish washer is sooo special cause it dries 3 times faster than normal? What a useless fact.  It only means something if you tell me how many minutes it normally takes to dry. 
Course it's probably just subconscious envy cause that is the 1 thing the new house doesn't have that the old house did......



 I do love my new kitchen.  The best part is as we settle in, I get to add my personal touches.  One of these is Nightmare before Christmas pulls.  I bought these years ago, and I've had them in storage against the right time to use them.

That time is now.  I only have 8 of them, so not all the cabinets and drawers get the special Jack treatment, and I periodically look for more on etsy or ebay.  My hope is to someday have all the pulls in the kitchen nightmare!!

I couldn't find a Nightmare canister set for the kitchen, so I made my own!  I used clings on a clear set and I think they turned out great!

I didn't get much done tonight, because it was the rare night that all 3 of us were home in the evening together.

So we all sat on the couch together and watched a movie.  I really meant to try to finish up a necklace tonight, but I'll do it tomorrow.  Family time is important!

In the old house we had a love seat and a recliner.  I so much prefer my fluffy oversize couch were all of us can cuddle together for a family movie night!

My first show of the year is now only 4ish weeks away!   Farmer's Market here I come!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Farmer's Market 2019

 Just a quick post.... Des Moines Downtown Farmer's Market will open May 5th, and as always I'm pleased as punch that I get to participate one of the best in the NATION  farmer's Market!!!

My first spot is May 25th, and I'm so excited  -- I haven't had much time til now to work on inventory due to the move and such but I'm gearing up now.

It's a joy to be able to create in my new studio!!

Here is a link to all my dates. on my website. 
I will see all of you at 4th St , across from Hy-vee on the 25th!  (same spot as last year!!)

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Presenting my new studio space!

I know it's April, and we Moved in January, but damn, moving takes forever!!!
Here is moving day... actually more like moving month.  We were fortunate  to be able to buy this house, then sell our old house separately so we could move more gradually.  Then of course old house sold faster than planned, ( not a complaint!!! ) and the last week or so of moving was much more hurried.  Part of the problem?  Iowa had more snow and ice the month of Jan and Feb than it's had in probably 5 years, all condensed in the 2 month period.

I know I know, that's what I get for buying a house in January.   It wasn't planned of course.  When I started to house hunt in November, we thought it would take months to find the right space.  Instead it took 13 open houses. 

Another moving shot... the loft area is not part of my studio, it's our family library area.
This photo is about giving you some idea of how large my new space is... yummy! That's approximately where my main table ended up as well.
One thing the old studio had in spades -- built in shelving.  However I really like the shelf units we found for the workroom.
Unpacking, Unpacking, Unpacking !
This is a great picture, taken from the library loft.  what a mess!

and finally, the finished studio!!!!  I love and adore my new creative space!!!!!

This is my etsy space.  Mostly the destash stuff.   It makes mailing etsy or jewelry a snap, because  I now have my scale, packing and mailing supplies all in one place!
The 3 main new shelves house most of my Plano boxes full of components, beads and mechanical parts.
This front shelf has most of my metal/clay/glass books, and behind it is my metal bench. 

This is the panorama view of the studio from my desk.  Here you can see my plano shelves, then more storage under the library loft, my metal bench ( the purple are dust covers on my rolling mill and hydraulic press).  The tall shelf by the doorway is the rest of my personal jewelry making library, the daybed and then the etsy shelf and my desk.

So welcome to the new Midnight Kat Studio!!!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

New Items at Five Monkeys!

 I'm soooo please, I'm finally back on my feet after my move.  Next blog I'll give a quick tour of my new studio, but I need to tell you first about new jewelry ready to buy at Five Monkeys, Inc Gallery.
 Lots of exciting changes at the gallery in the last few months.... you can now exercise your own creativity by painting pottery.  You can shop vintage clothing and select items through Rumors Vtg  You can listen, spin and buy vintage vinyl records at Rogue Planet Music .  And you can still buy fantastic local Iowa Art, all under the same roof!
 So if you haven't stopped by the gallery recently, put it on your list!


Friday, January 18, 2019

Studio in Progress ......

My studio on the first day!
 As you know, we bought a new house, which has a large and lovely area for the studio.  My only real complaint was the carpet.

So after some money juggling I decided there was enough in the budget to get my floor redone. 

I was looking at vinyl planking or wood laminates, but the sellers just happen to leave over 500sq food of fancy, expensive tile..... so why not use that ???
 my new floor in progress........
They finished it today, but due to the bad weather and work schedules, I didn't get to see it today.  (whaw!)

With luck, I'll get over tomorrow and get pics!!


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Why Kat has been AWOL.....

WOW!   got this fortune just before we decided to house hunt... 
Tomorrow we close on our new house. 

When we started to look for houses, I honestly thought it would take MONTHS to find a house that worked for all three of us.

It has to be big, it has to be in good condition or be cheap enough I can get what is wrong fixed without borrowing more funds.

It needs to be all 1 level ( think ranch) or big enough that I can mostly live on the 1st floor.

It needs to have enough room for both a game room for Hubby-kins and a studio for me. 

The kid wanted to have at least as much room as she has in this house.

It needs to stay in the central Des Moines area because the kid wants to take the bus to work, not drive.  Besides, adding to the commute time would mess up Jerry and I's work scheduling. 

So yeah, months.  I spent about 6 weeks studying the market, and then we decided to start actually hunting around Nov 12th. 

We found the house we will own TOMORROW!!!!  on Nov 18th.

took a week to hammer out a price, schedule the inspection, starting the banking stuff, etc.

Since then I've been trying to pack between shows, commissions, etsy sales, the holidays, and lining up contractors for the work that needs to be done.   We have been furniture shopping -- trying to hit every antique place in town looking for a vintage side board or china cabinet because damn, I've always wanted one.  The first one I fell in love with sold before I could get back there to actually buy it.  ( I've seen more since..  this weekend will hopefully see me the owner of one of them )

We also managed to adopt a stray kitten during this time.. who still needs to see the vet ( the holidays messed up vet scheduling ) before we can integrate her into our household.  Right now she's living in the studio with the door firmly shut... which is upsetting my Kya- fur baby to no end.  That's her room!  But until she's checked out we can't let her around the old cats for their health.

So tomorrow morning we close, and then we will get Papa Murphy's to celebrate and have 5 contractors showing up about an hour apart.  Friday I have another 5 contractors showing up.

So yeah, I'm busy, even more than normal.  But I'm deeply happy.

I will try to blog as I go along in this new house, but I doubt much will be about specific jewelry pieces until my studio is transferred and set up in the new house.  Oh yeah, after we move then we start getting the old house ready to sell........










Monday, December 31, 2018

Pottery at the Gallery !!!!

Sis with 2 kitty banks representing her 2 guys at home.
 Holidays are all about family and friends having good times together, right? 
So a girls evening out to eat and chat and paint pottery? AMAZING!
I've been trying to make it out to Five Monkeys to paint since Dina started it.  But getting everyone's schedule to mesh is a nightmare.

Finally we got it done on just before Christmas and we had a blast !

First a lovely meal at Drake Diner  and then off to Five Monkeys.  We all picked a piece we wanted to paint and got right to it.

If you are in a time crush, you can actually reserve your time and the pieces you want to paint on the website, and Dina ( or her fantastic helpers) will have it all set out for you when you come.  (Customer service people! )

She's got a good strong range of colors and you can use as many or as few as you want, different paint brushes and even stamps and stencils to make your project truly special and your own.

Friend Paula with a fantastic owl mug!

My Baby with a subtle painting scheme for her snake

My Niece showing off her awesome painting on a plain mug! 

My kitty bank reflects me.  I'm outside the lines but I have happy swirls!
It takes about a week for Dina to glaze and then fire your pieces.  it's worth the wait! 



Here are our masterpieces all done!

We all had a great time and can't wait to do it again!!!!