Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Time for a Break

Taking some time off for the holidays.  I have some catch-up to do, but need a week or two to re-boot before kicking it into high gear for Tucson.  Working at the house and plotting and planning 2012.  I'll be back soon!

Friday, December 16, 2011

In the Holiday Spirit... a bit of Motown

Please ignore this post if you're not related to my kid.....

I know that some of his extended family is not a part of my Facebook world where I would normally share videos and they weren't able to attend his band concert last night.  This was his first time playing drums for the middle school Jazz Band and I thought they'd like to see it.  (I'm sending them a link to the blog because the file is too big to email)

This was his first time playing drum set in public and he was nervous, and you can't see it, but he never smiles or even looks up through the whole thing, but he did great!!

WARNING... I'm a terrible videographer because I get the shakes and it was taken with my phone, so the resolution is pretty crummy, BUT you can hear him at least and hopefully that makes up for my poor skills.

So... without further ado...  here's G on drums in Heard it Through the Grapevine.  Make sure you stick with it all the way to the end because his "big finish" is the very best part.

For everyone else (and the Lansdownes, Grimes and Griffins too)...  Merry Christmas!  I'll check back with the "everyone elses" of you later to give you studio updates.

Friday, December 09, 2011

The GGMs...

Yes... it's that day of the year... the day that I blog about the subject that my mom says you readers don't care about....  The Girls Gone Mild Christmas Party!!!!!!!!!!  As you know, if you've read this blog for any longer than a year, I love love love this day.  My 3 best girlfriends and I (a.k.a. the GGMs) throw ourselves a swanky Christmas party that only WE are invited to (ok... we do make exceptions and invite friends to the party now and then AND we have been known to take our party of 4 TO other parties, combining the celebratory powers) but it's OUR party...thrown by us FOR us!

 Girls Gone Mild Christmas Party 2010

Tomorrow night is THE night.  I'm so ready to sit and talk to my girls... all 3 of them together.  We don't get to do that often enough and we need it!  Once again, it's been a YEAR to talk about... for some of us more than others.  For me, tomorrow night is a celebration of friends who supported me and cheered me on through a "leap of faith" kind of year.... REALLY cheered me on... like called and made sure I was still alive when I was so busy I could barely breathe... called while I was on the road to cheer me up when things didn't go my way... met me for "OMG I'm going crazy" dinners now and then (which they sometimes COOKED to order) when I needed it most.  They are THE.BEST.FRIENDS.  So for me, my year is all celebration...  For others, we're just celebrating that the year is OVER (it really has been quite a year).  No matter what, we're celebrating and we're doing it together..... FABULOUSLY!

SO... because I know you love to hear it... here is the story of the Girls Gone Mild... the very best friends a girl could have!  (it's kind of like when Linus tells the Christmas story on the Charlie Brown Christmas special... only not)

So if you are with your friends this weekend... drink a toast to friendship...the kind that lasts a lifetime.

To being fabulous and being fabulous friends!!!!!!!  Cheers!!

tiny blah blah blah....

music - 80s of course!  It's Girls Gone Mild weekend!!
coffee - not enough, but yes!  A mocha!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

What I Did on My Summer Vacation....

OK...not really.  I didn't even GO on a summer vacation.  You should know that!  I work constantly!!!  I actually made this on my trip to Oakland, CA, but it turned out so cool that it has sparked a whole bunch of fun stuff and I thought I'd share it with you.

This is a mixed media piece that combines my glass with vintage metal pieces and vinyl from The Beadin' Path.  I had a lot of fun repping their stuff in Atanta and Oakland and it allowed me some time to experiment with materials I don't usually have access to.   SO fun and it turned out really cool!  I'll be making more of these and more things inspired by this too.

To see what else I've been making lately, check out this Sylvie Elise Lansdowne Facebook Photo Album.  I think you can still browse even if you're not a Facebook person.   These jewelry pieces are for sale and will be on Facebook as a preview and pre-sale until I move them to later in the weekend or early next week.  If you see something you want to purchase, make a comment below the photo that says "MINE" and I will message you about payment.  If you're not a Facebook person and can't post, you can email me which pieces you're interested in and I'll pull them from the available stock and send you a paypal invoice.

I will be listing the Christmas ornaments later today or early tomorrow.  They will be in a separate photo album, so I'll post that info here as well.

Hope you enjoy!

tiny blah blah blah... it's cold in Atlanta today!  Starbucks CDL was goooood!
music - a mix of old 80s and 90s stuff.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Playing Catch Up after a GRRRRRReat weekend

Saturday marked the end of the show/class travel year for me.  Decatur Holiday Marketplace is one of my favorite favorite shows and this year truly reminded me why.  I spent my weekend talking to people who loved my work and have supported me for MANY years (I did my first DHM in 1996!!)  It's so nice to hear that people still wear the jewelry I made back then and that those who have bought my glass ornaments in the last 3 years leave them hanging up in their homes all year long to enjoy them.  Made me a happy girl to know that I make other people smile through my art.  A great show and a fantastic way to end the year!!

It was SUCH a fun year full of wonderful people in classes and at shows, but I need some time at home.  I'm going to really really appreciate this next month (and so will my pets...although they were starting to just get used to the suitcases being in the front hall as a permanent fixture) 

I've been running SO much this fall that being home for an entire month is going to seem like a huge luxury.  Of course, being home doesn't equate to vacation time.  I have a LOT to do in this month... first of all, playing catch up!  I've had to push TOO many things to the back-burner, both personally and professionally and I need this time to get things back in order (well, some semblance of order)  Secondly, I need this month to begin heavy-duty production work for my Tucson shows (that's right... it's plural.  I'm in 2 places simultaneously this year... details on that later) and I need to work on some new projects.

If you are a facebook fan, please be prepared for me to ask a lot of questions in the next month.  I need some input as to what types of projects I should focus on for 2012... quick and easy or lengthy and WOWZA.  I'm torn and need some feedback from current customers.

If you're not a facebook fan and want to be... click on the FB icon to the right.  If you aren't on facebook and have no intention of doing so (and I know some of you fall into that category), you are more than welcome to give me feedback here in the comments section or via email.  I really need to hear from some of my regulars!!

Today I'm working on finishing the Zombie Girl AND taking photos of the remaining pieces from my show this past weekend.  I know some of you were anxiously awaiting Christmas ornaments (and non-Christmas ornaments too), so I will try to get those done as soon as possible and let you know where they are posted for purchase.  :)

coffee - YES!!!!!!!  Cinnamon Dolce latte is my best friend (ok... not really, but it sure is good!)
music - Christmas on Pandora.