AEDM: Day 3

Now I know you are going to find this shocking, but today didn’t go as well as I had hoped in the creativity department. Better than most work days, however.

There’s a client of mine, a scrapbooking store in Plymouth, Indiana, that needed a rush post card mailing to be done today. It took a while to get it all to come together, due to a number of circumstances completely beyond my control and I am about 85% pleased with the job I did. I don’t get to do print work for my clients very often, so I find it to be a nice change of pace. I had to be very creative today, believe me!

And when that was completed, another client asked for a rush job on a business card layout, so I got to do it all over again!

Now I’m going to go sit on the sofa and doodle (which I didn’t actually get to last night after all) while my awesome husband makes dinner.

AEDM: Days 1 & 2

I have to admit, despite my excitement to start Art Every Day Month, I wasn’t as motivated when I sat down to do art. But luckily, AEDM basically covers any form of creativity. So here are the creative things I did this weekend:

  • I made a big batch of pizza sausage tonight, managing to turn $10-12 worth of meat into the makins for a total of 6 easy meals for Tim and myself. Yay! And pizza dough was on sale, so that was an extra bonus.
  • Started writing a letter to my aunt.
  • I created our menus for the upcoming week.
  • I began planning the autumn and Christmas decorating (in my head).
  • I doodled in my daily journal, setting up my November calendar page spread.
  • I jotted down a couple of pages of ideas for canvases.
  • When I went to look for my canvases, I realized that stepping over everything and not being able to find what I’m looking for was hindering my creativity, so I did some filing, organizing, recycling and trashing. I filed a bunch of ATCs from swaps and figured out how I’m going to handle inchies (now that I am in love with them and am compelled to make many more).
  • I came up with my plan for revamping an area of my office that isn’t making me happy.
  • Informed myself and my husband that my “office” is now officially my STUDIO and we will never refer to it as an office again.

And, just so this post isn’t devoid of pretty pictures, I’ve added a photo of a recent journal spread I did in an RR. I am in love with this spread and luckily, the owner of the journal in which I did it loves it too! yay!

And after I post this and finish the letter to my aunt, I am going to doodle some more.

a quick post …with a collage!

the point is to play

I have been doing less and less art lately. Mom visited for a week and then we took her to her sister’s house in Carbondale and spent last weekend there. I’ve also been trying to catch up on work (which exploded) this past week while she was out there. Auntie and cousin and small cousin (once removed) and tiny dog brought mom back yesterday and we had an evening and morning of hilarity. They’ve all headed home and the house is fairly quiet again, but Mom’s still here for a few more days before life gets back to normal. We have a little crafty itinerary, so I’m hoping I will post something yummy here in the next few days. Later today, we’re going to The Artists’ Nook, since mom hasn’t been there yet and I’ll probably teach mom some techniques tomorrow. She’s already collected some fallen leaves from my yard, so we’ll do some prints, I think! yay!

For now, I’ll just post this collage I did the week before last as a part of Collage Play With Crowabout. Clicky to see a larger version.

art glass kissing fish — straight from the New Mexico desert!

kissingfish1.jpgThe week before last, I was in Albuquerque on business. I used that opportunity to visit my friends Karen and Dana Robbins of Robbins Ranch Art Glass out at their studio.

Karen and I were officemates many moons ago and when we worked together, she and her husband were working on their dream of being self-sustaining, working artists and running their own business selling art glass. I’m so happy that they are finally realizing their dream.

I wish I had had my camera to take pictures of their cute little adobe house and ranch out in the wilds of New Mexico. They have done a great job over the years of really making this place their own, right down to the glass doorknobs all over the place.

kissingfish2.jpgI also got to watch Dana at work, with Karen as his able assistant. During that time, they made this kissing fish, which I knew I just had to have. I was mesmerized by the whole process, not to mention freaked out by the high temps! Karen and Dana are a great team and I loved watching their rhythm and concentration.

They make an assortment of glass items, including their very popular hot air balloons, and they sell their items at shows all over the place. Check out their website for more info and for their show schedule. They’ll also take custom orders!