Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I chose this particular version of 'Mary Did You Know'...as I know it was one of my husband's very FAVORITE songs ever...and he was especially proud of the fact that he was friend's with Buddy Greene...who wrote the music.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Z-Music (I don't even think that station is around anymore)
in 1996 -- I think it's the same year the video came out!
I DO love Trans-Siberian Orchestra...and this was the first song
I'd heard from them.
It's "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo"
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
"Amigurumi is the japanese art
of making small stuffed crocheted or knitted figures. "
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
I haven't visited my Art Wanted site in
I don't offer any of my work for sale on that site
and I never have...
but I have been a member since 2004...so I feel quite comfortable there.
It's a free site for artists...
Unless you want to sign up for their premium account...
I get lots of comments from the folks who visit there.
I received a request from the folks at
Property Ladder on HGTV (an early 'flip this house' type of show)
inquiring about some of my art work (back in 2005).
They wanted some of my pieces in larger sizes...
but I had to say 'no'....my husband was going through his
cancer treatments at the time...and I just didn't have the time.
But...it's been a dandy little site for me...so I thought I'd
pass that information along...
to any artist..photographer..or lover of art that might
want to check it out.
Just click on the little banner and it will take you right there!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
It doesn't seem all that long ago
that each of my children were just starting
Well...for this particular child...he is
He did take some summer classes
at the University...
and this semester he's FULL time.
So...how is he celebrating?
He's on stage
in the University production
George Bernard Shaw's
"You Never Can Tell"
He has the part of
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
'Fairy Tale Dolls'
at the last show.
I didn't have time to do as
many new dolls as I would have liked...
I did get an Alice in Wonderland...
a Snow White...
I'm hoping to get a
Rustic Goth "Alice in Wonderland" doll
completed before the week-end.
We'll just have to see
how it goes.
Monday, October 5, 2009
but we didn't take many of my
CMZ Art pieces
to the last show.
So...I'm including a lot more pieces
for next week-end's show.
Jaime, Wendy and I have
been soooo busy
'wearable art' pendants...
and so many
of my most popular
CMZ Art pendants.
I will be listing some of the
my Zibbet Shop
early next week.
I also hope to have some
pocket mirrors to list there
in the coming weeks.
Friday, October 2, 2009
These are my feet...
and those are my very 'comfy' shoes.
I've had them, I think, for about 5 years...
and I wear them everyday.
my "soles have holes"
It's become increasingly difficult to wear them
outside of my home.
They fill with water whenever it rains...
or even if there's a dew on the grass.
these are my 'comfy' ones!
One of these days I'm going to have to
find me a new pair of
maybe one of my own
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
that look out onto my back yard.
From that vantage point I can see all kinds of birds
and their comings and goings.
Over the years I have lived here, I have put out
several 'real' bird feeders...
and they tended to get watersogged...
or the seed just blew out
all over my lawn.
I decided I wanted to try a new 'feeder'...
and cut a 'door' in a one pound coffee container.
I left the top of the 'door' intact...
as an 'awning' of sorts.
Hopefully it will help keep the rain out of the 'feeder'.
We'll now have to watch and see whether or not the birds will
have anything to do with it...
or if the squirrels will get all the seed first.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Or maybe 'single-minded' is a better description.
At any rate...first it was eBay...
and I was "all into" eBay.
I painted (pretty much round the clock)
and listed everyday...
and started all over again
EACH and EVERY day!
It wore me down!
So...recently I decided to clean out some of the sites
I had 'favorited'...
and ran across my "Cafe Press" site.
I noted that I've had this shop since
December of 2006
and have never sold even one item.
I hardly have anything in the shop...
I rarely ever even mention it!
So...I decided to rename the shop...
And...set up a Rustic Goth shop as well.
Yes...I have both shops on Zazzle...
which is very similar...
I figured that if I commit to 2 shops...maybe I'll
actually work them harder.
Monday, September 21, 2009
is a companion piece
"Sophie and the Baby Seal"
I took it on as a
and I'm very pleased at how it turned out.
"Sweeney and Jack"
was a 'huge challenge' for me.
To do a painting on
a 24" x 48" canvas was a 'first'
It actually turned out very well...
the picture doesn't really show
how well it turned out...
but..the collector is very pleased and I guess
that is most important!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
It's 'that' time of year...
quite beautiful on one hand and
sneezy..sniffly on the other.
And...to top it off...I can't seem to get
my biggest commission piece
It's a 24" x 48" canvas....and I NEVER work on
canvas that big.
I'm not quite 5 feet tall...and working on a canvas
almost as tall as myself is really
quite a "challenge".
But...I'm bound and determined to keep
after it until it is done.
Then...I have a second commission piece
that is much smaller...but currently
taking a 'back seat' to the larger piece.
Hopefully I'll have them both done by the end of the week-end...
I really..really need to get back onto
items for the next Art Show.
The time is beginning to come up very fast.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
and I'm still playing 'catch up'...
My email inbox is still crammed full and I'm
slowly getting everything answered and/or deleted..
(I tend to get far too much 'junk' email. )
I've got two commissioned paintings in the works...
a ton of new ideas for paintings...
and another show coming up in early October.
Our sales were good enough at the Fair
that I'm going to have to do quite a bit of work...
especially on Art Pendants...
to get ready for the next show.
So...not too much R&R for me...
and to 'top it off'...
I've had a persistent gas leak
that have caused us to have to 'evacuate' my home
three times in the past three days...
I "think" (fingers crossed) it might finally be fixed!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The Fair is now History...
as exhausting as it was...
it was truly a great experience.
We had so much 'input' from thousands
of people who came through in the course of eleven days...
and almost all of the 'input' was very positive.
Oh sure...you had a small handful that just
do not understand art...
and said as much...
but...I was very pleased at the reaction of the majority...
and the sales were nice too!
So now...I am taking a couple of days for some
much needed R&R...
at least I'm going to try.
We've got another show
October 10th and 11th...
and our inventory is majorly depleted.
We left the show with 7 or 8 pendants...
I sold almost all of my Fairy Tale Art Dolls...
and we sold a lot of postcards and prints...
as well as a few paintings
and some art boxes.
With the upcoming shows...I will include more of the
Seasonal Art Dolls....
we'll need a lot more of the pendants...
and maybe not as many paintings...
(only because those are hard to transport and our display area is quite limited.)
All in all
we had a very good show...
and still have four more to go!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
the local Craft Show promoter
there was only a few weeks before
Most rationally thinking persons would probably
have 'passed' on such a long show...with less
than a month to prepare for...
but...I haven't been 'rational' in a long time.
So...I had plans to do this and get that done...
long store short...
it didn't happen.
I did get "some" of everything I had planned...
and this art box is a perfect example.
I intended to paint 10 or 12...
I got 2 done.
But...maybe for the next show...hopefully!
(It's only a two day show...and I have more than a month to prepare!)
Saturday, August 29, 2009
'art doll' ornaments
I did up...
with my daughter, Wendy's, help.
(She cut my patterns, sewed and stuffed...so all I had
to do was
paint and varnish.)
My little 'cheerleader' still needs to be varnished...
luckily I included her in this
so I won't forget.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I have 'debated' with myself
whether or not to
'get back "into" crafts'.
I decided 'yes'.
To be honest...
even as busy as I've managed
to keep myself...
I was beginning to get bored.
So....I signed up for 6 art and craft shows
for the Fall Season...
beginning this week-end
the Nebraska State Fair.
(I've never done a show that ran that long before...
hopefully I didn't 'bite off more than I can chew'.)
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
A favorite of mine!
"I'm Off to See The World"
by Mike Best.
He's done several in this style
and I like everyone of them.