Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Friday Bloggy Friends!!

It's been a day of computer-work, which was NOT my intention, but was a necessity and it's DONE! (well, after this posting it is)

I loaded the store-front with goodies (the Sunshine Ring kits are FINALLY in the store) as well as sent out the newsletter!

If you're not on my newsletter list, there is a link on my website where you can sign up. If you can't find it, leave a comment here and I'll help.

Here's a link to the news that went out today...

Sylviebead News Autumn 2010

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Happy Halloween!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Good Morning Blog Readers!!!!

Happy Tuesday to you!!!

I had an exciting weekend in a class with a fabulous glass artist, Jari Sheese. She taught hollow beads using a tool called the "puffy mandrel" which combines the type of glass-work I normally to do (which is solid-core) with blown glass. Something I'd been exploring with my Christmas ornaments, but was having trouble mastering. This class really helped! She also taught button-making which was a blast (but I'm really bad at!!!) It will take some practice, but I see lots of interesting applications for the buttons other than use as a traditional button.

The OTHER exciting thing I did this weekend was enter a contest. Those who know me well know that i NEVER enter contests or juried things. My ego can't stand the possibility of rejection. This time, however, I stepped out of my comfort zone and entered. The top 4 prizes are all GTT torches...which ROCK. The TOP prize is a Scorpion torch which I have reallllllllly wanted since they first came out. There are fabulous entries, so I'm not going to hold my breath, but being honest here... I'm holding my breath.

I'm really proud of my entry. It's a direction I've been headed in, larger sculpture, so to put it together and actually get it entered in a contest is a big deal. Watch for other pieces in this manner in the future. Not the same subject matter, but the same idea sculpture-wise.

Here's my entry... and a link to go vote!

She Stepped On Anyone to Get Ahead
(but who did she need to step on to get some arms?!!)

Here's the link to vote:

(if that link doesn't work, go to the Flametree Glass Page and use their link to the 2010 Halloween entries)

Hope you have a great day! I'm off to make beads/ornaments for my upcoming shows!!

tiny blah blah blah...

coffee - Cinnamon Dolce Latte - YUM!
music - not sure yet!

Friday, October 22, 2010

So, I've been avoiding the blog for a few weeks... sorry.

I just haven't had anything wonderful to say. I came home after 2 totally inspiring classes/shows and was truly UN-inspired on my return.

I have SO much to do, SO much to make and my muse has disappeared. I know it's temporary, but I hate that it went on vacation right now when I need it.

Shows that are upcoming are really important for marketing purposes and I need to kick it into high gear... BUT I need to always have something new and exciting on the back burner. My burner is empty at the moment. :(

I hate for this to be a depressing posting, but I'm keeping things real and being honest about the ups AND downs of doing art as a profession. There were some SOARING times in the last few weeks... truly high points of my year.... and for every high, there has to be a bit of a low (otherwise those wouldn't be high points after all)

I'm going to the studio today with no expectations other than making something. Sometimes the good ideas appear in the middle of the mundane. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping for that.

tiny blah blah blah...
coffee - I apparently need more
music - too early to tell you what I'm listening to. I'm predicting something motown-ish