Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I am just in LOVE with Turquoise right now and, guess what mom found?! This adorable turquoise metal phone! It's a toy from the N.N. Hill Brass Co. Even though the original bells on the top are no longer with the phone; however, the phone does make a ringing sound when you dial a number! The cord is still in place as well. You can find it in our Etsy Shop! Vintage Tin Toy Rotary Telephone - Turquoise - N.N. Hill Brass Co. - Child's Room Decor

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This week's Featured Artisan is  Michele Wolfe - Aphrodite's Agttique! Beautiful Creations by a talented lady!  At Aphrodite's Attique  you'll find beautiful handmade originals, each one unique and carefully crafted with love.  From beaded and twisted wire jewelry and home decor, crocheted accessories and apparel, and printable graphics for crafting and more, indulge YOUR inner goddess with one-of-a-kind creations from Aphrodite's Attique! You can find all of Michele's Creations in her shop on Craft Cafe! Everything from A to Z!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Help me take my work to Times Square!

Dawn Williams

I have a chance to show my work at Times Square!  I'd love it if you would click the link above and "collect me" to help my chances!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

From the lips of one of the most inspirational women I know...Lesley Riley!

Lately, I've been stuck. In my mind, the world has just become so overwhelming that I feel like I can't come up with a creative idea or the words I need to say to extricate the negativity from my life. In addition to that, it's starting to effect my health. (Not in a terrible, tragic, life threatening sort of way but, my hair is falling out more than usual, I'm not sleeping and I was sick for a week...etc.)

Today when I got out of bed, I checked email, like I normally, do and was THRILLED to discover that Lesley Riley was in my inbox with just the words I need to turn this life around! (Now if only I can implement them.)  For any of you who may not have had the pleasure of knowing Leslie, I want you to know that she is one of the kindest, wisest, most talented, beautiful women I know.

Below I would like to share with you Lesley Riley's wisdom.

Got Nothin'

I'm at a loss for words. Truly. I got nothin'. This could be a result of a full day of coaching artists? Perhaps it is due to the 100+ pages of content I've written over the last few weeks for the Artist ASAP class. Or, could it be all the editing I've been doing for my daughter as she completes her college applications essays? I'm drowning in words, phrases, sentences and am having an affair with my thesaurus.

Yet here I am. I am showing up and sending you this newsletter because I made the commitment to do it every other Wednesday. If nothing else, I am setting an example and letting you know that I will do what I say I will, no matter what.

You know, now that I think of it, I just need to listen to and apply the advice I give to my clients, my children and my friends when they get stuck - take action. Just do something, anything. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece. It doesn't even have to end up being anything. The important thing is that I do something.

Nothing will ever happen if I sit around thinking about what to do or worry and complain about the fact that I've got nothin'. Yet, isn't that what we all tend to do when things aren't going well? Crazy!

Hey! I just realized that there is one thing I've got that I can share with you today. It's an extremely valuable piece of insight that I know to be true - the answers you are looking for will come to you when you are taking action. A perfect example is that if I didn't sit down and begin writing this today, I never would have realized that I do in fact have something of value to share with you.

Logically, I knew that I probably had something to say, but it wasn't logic that I was operating from when I sat down to write. Call it what you want - the inner critic, artist block, resistance, lizard brain, fear - I had succumbed. But by showing up and doing the work I won! I beat that gremlin. And you can to. Just show up and do the work, whether you feel like it or not. Your best self, the true you, can do it if you just give her a chance. Don't let that other fraidy cat self ruin your day.

PS I feel so much better and stronger now. I did it! I finished my newsletter!


Lesley Riley, The Artist Success Expert, is the creative founder of Artist Success, Solutions for the Struggling Artist. To receive her bi-weekly articles on creating your own success as an artist, visit http://www.artistsuccess.com/

From her bio:  Best known for her Fragment series of small fabric collages, Lesley is also an internationally known quilter and mixed-media artist with a passion for photos, color and the written word.  She has taught extensively in the US and as far away as Italy and Australia. Her art and articles have appeared in numerous publications and juried shows.  In her current position as Contributing Editor of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, Lesley showcases new talent and mixed media art.  Her first book, Quilted Memories, brought new ideas and techniques to quilting and preserving memories.  Lesley's second book, Fabric Memory Books, combines fabric and innovative ideas with the art of bookmaking.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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Finally finished my piece for IAO's Annual Red Dot Fundraiser

I was thrilled and honored to be invited to participate in IAO's annual fundraiser "Red Dot"

The kicker was that I had just finished my piece for 12 x 12 and realized I only had 2 weeks to come up with something amazing for Red Dot. Then I looked at my calendar and discovered I was faced with 3 court appearances and a difficult client which, I soon discovered, would eat up an entire week of the two week deadline! YIKES! Stress ensued to say the least!

Prior to this discovery, I had decided that I would do a 20 x 20 piece... silly me, more stress... however, I pushed forward.

My creative process has alot to do with my current state of mind and my current surroundings. It took me several years of looking at pieces I had completed to realize they each demonstrated a specific journey I was taking at the time they were created. So this piece, "J'Accuse" was another journey in self discovery (not the most comfortable place). The thing is, during any work of arts creation, I don't see the journey at all. It's only after it is complete that I begin my introspection.

I began, as I often do, sifting through 1000's and 1000's of images. You see, I had an image of the perfect woman for this piece in my mind and she just wasn't coming to me... then I found her! Linda Darnell... such a beauty and such a fabulous glaring gaze!

Stress factor one solved! Next on to color pallette ... Since my previous piece was in my current favorite color of the moment, turquoise, I decided I needed a departure from my current love. What I first ended up with was a wash of bubble gum infused with white, it was supposed to be raspberry but...all I felt was YUK! Therefore, I channeled my inner Michael DeMeng and added a few coats of the uszhhh... ahh... nirvana (and, they are one of my favorite bands to boot... I crack myself up!)

Anyway, after many layers and much toil, this is the final result. (I promise to update this post with a better picture someday, that is, when a fabulous photographer-not me- takes a picture of her.)

Monday, October 24, 2011

One Man's Trash is another Man's Treasure

We found this amazing artist while surfing the web... he truly knows the meaning of "trash to treasure"!