Looking soooooo forward to KY Crafted this year. I have several new designs that I am excited about. Also my houseguests arrive on wednesday. Deb Chenalt, Theresa Kibby, Jamison and Bill Brumm. We always have fun together. This year Theresa (T) has a b-day during so I am sure there will be something to celebrate.
Kentucky Crafted / The Market March 6 & 7, 2010 Louisville, KY Fair and Expo Center
Tonight there was a bridal show at Mellwood. There were some girls in my store discussing how everything is booked 2 years in advance. I started thinking about my own wedding where Sam and I eloped, Sent postcards notifying family and put "Going to the Chapel" on our answering machine. My only regret is that I didn't know how to save all the messages people left on our answering machine. But here's the funny part....we were planning on eloping in June. My drivers license needed to be renewed by the end of May. So while there I asked for a marriage license too. Well the woman behind the counter said..."Honey you can't just come in here and pick up a marriage license alone...you have to have person your going to marry with you!!" She acted as if I just wanted the license handy in case... so maybe I could trick some unsuspecting person into marriage. I encouraged the girls in my store to elope and save the $ for a down payment on a home. But cautioned that unless things have changed in 24 years....you better take your fiance with you to pick up the license.
Free passes to go to our Kentucky Craft Market next weekend will be handed out at my store tonight. Come and get em!!! Also, I will be serving my delish wine spritzer. Patticakes is having a Beer and wine tasting. The Pig Show (SWINE) is going on. Steve Cooley and friends will be playing in the Pigment Gallery. Fun Fun Fun!
Can you believe it???? She is still keeping me in this christmas tree dress and tricking it out with shamrocks in honor of St. Patrick. Who I believe did rid all of Ireland of snakes. Speaking of which...look how she snaked my hair into shamrocks.
Who knows what she will do for Easter..... Eggs? Bunny Ears? A Fluffy Tail? Yikes! Don't give her any ideas. Why oh why do I have to be a store goddess for a theme queen?
Dee's is less than a mile from my home and it happens to be the best craft store in Louisville. Whenever I need inspiration, bead fix, new materials, I will head on over to Dee's. Yesterday they were doing a spring segment for TV with Cindy Sullivan. Miss Kentucky was in the house wearing a UK blue gown with banner and crown. Not sure how Miss Kentucky and crafts tie into a news story but anything is possible. Didn't stay long enough to find out.
I look up as the door to my store opens surprised that there would be a customer and it is none other than Kent. He's home safe and sound!!!! Aparently he slayed them in Philly!!!! His "lucky" shirt really is. And they totally "Got Him"!!!! He sold everything! So happy that he can continue being the artist he was born to be.
I live for moments like this...On saturday I met Rick at the Cafe for brunch. When I walked in I notticed he was talking to a cute couple at the next table. As it turned out....Lynn owns Canoe Gallery which is one of my fave haunts. She recognized the scarf Rick was wearing and told him that it came from her store and she had scoop about the Turksih artist. It is a hand flelted number that Kent purchased for Rick's Christmas gift. He also purchased one for his own self for Rick to give to him for Christmas. Anyway, back to Lynn, she is a delight and Rick and I made it a point to go to her Gallery after our Brunch. I took lots of photos of Canoe and will post on my blog every so often.
Sick of Snow! But I am getting lots of home studio time. New designs ready for the KY Craft Market which is March 6 & 7. In fact yesterday I developed an entire new line. I was making ear rings to go with some existing pins and that led to pendants and necklaces. Before I knew it.........another line altogether. I love the way that happens in the studio.
Every one is entitled to their own opinion about how to solve climate change. But you are not entitled to your own facts. It is a FACT that the planet is warmer than it has ever been. The Polar Ice cap is melting. This can not be changed to fit any political belief. The warming planet causes erratic climate patterns. More inches of this change are evident this morning on my front lawn. So when I see senators (who should know better) mocking Al Gore, because we have unprecedented snow storms in Washington DC because of Global Warming..... I am sickened that such fools are allowed to spew their false opinions on TV where someone might actually believe what they say and doubt that there is Climate Change. It's real and sooner or later we will have to deal.
Saw a ditty on my Facebook this morning comparing our Senator Mitch Mc Connell to a horses ass. I hope he doesn't give horses asses a bad name because I am featuring the Backside this year and don't want ugly references to horses ass senators tainting my work.
Also only 77 days to Derby 136 according to John Asher of Churchill Downs, facebook friend and friend in real life. John grew up in Grayson Co. with my husband Sam. I went to WKU with his wild brother Tim.
Kent finally went to Philly and arrived safe and sound. He couldn't stand letting his over the top western shirt go to waste. Also he had already packed his truck. So what if the city is shut down....THE SHOW MUST GO ON!!!
Several years ago in a state far far away, Susan Abbott, Rick Milburn, Kent Epler and yours truly hiked... yes hiked up a snow covered mountain in Montana. We had a huge picnic, our bathing suits, and libations. Kent told us about these natural hot springs. I am not sure I believed him or even knew what a hot spring is. I think I was down for the adventure and the delish lunch. The day was sunny and cold. The water hot tub hot and crystal clear. It goes without saying that the lunch was yummy. Lots O' Laughter. Adorable Susan must have taken the pic. Today Kent e-mailed me this photo. He must be thinking back to another snow that did not wreak havoc on his life like this one. I was soooo blissed that day that all I see when I look at this photo is Perfection!!! Not that I am posting a photo of me in a bathing suit. Yikes!!!
Since I am the self proclaimed Derby Headquarters where Derby jewelry is concerned...I have done horses in ever configuration. This year I'm going to focus on "The Backside". Which can be clever since the backside at the track is where the horse barns, trainers, not to mention horses hang out. I could have called the pin "Horses Ass" but...It's one thing to act like one and quite another to wear one. So The Backside it is.
Since we have had snow out the wazoo this winter I have had to develop a policy/rule. I hate rules. But...the store is closed when the Jefferson County Schools are closed. On a good day this winter we have seen few consumers so I figure on a snow day we just need to use it as an excuse to close.
Again the snow!!! We had 4 inches on the ground and now 6 more. And even I am tired of showing off my snowman collections. My buddy Kent was supposed to leave today for the Buyers Market in Philly. But 23 inches of snow and more expected in Philly made him cancel the trip. Sucks!!!! But I really hated the idea of him driving across the country in this bad weather. The Bears have it right.... we should just hibernate all winter and get up in the spring!!!
Yes... A batch of Big Ass Derby Collage Brooches. Each year I collect old pegasus pins, derby hat tacks, charms, beads, etc...that go into making these one of a kind Brooches. Each BADCB comes with a photo that identifies the materials. I only make them once a year...then you have to wait till next year after I have collected more stuff. They will be on display at Kentucky Crafted, The Market. Louisville Fair and Expo Center. March 6 & 7.
Disclaimer....I have always been a fan of Ella Fitzgerald. In fact Sam took me to see her live at the Louisville Palace back in our courting days over 25years ago. She was totally charming, relaxed, and looked like a grandma on stage in her lavender frock and cat eye glasses. But then she belted out those songs!!!
Ella @ Actors is running till Feb. 20. See her if you can. Wonderful performance by Tina Fabrique who has spent the past 5 years performing Ella. If you didn't know better you would think they cloned the original.
This Year Rick and Kent decided we needed to get season tickets to Actors Theatre. Sam would rather jump in front of a train than go to the theatre. So it is a good fit to go with my boys. So far we have not loved every performance but I do love getting together downtown, dining out, sharing laughs. Last night we saw Ella....It was worth getting season tickets just for this performance alone!!!
Seems like I have this chicken/rooster/bird theme going. Here is another photo from my featherd collection. Outside of Tucson. Sam saw it first. I must have been reading a map because I can't believe I missed it and made us turn around. Gotta love Roadside America!!!
Several years ago Sam and I went to Tucson. We love driving on the old highways. This is where we discover the best of Roadside America. Sam in the door of the Longhorn. Not good food but great atmosphere.
Another successfully scanned photo. Love knowing another computer skill. Not sure how I thought scanning would work. Magic I guess. Now I realize how embarassing it was to tell people I don't know how to scan. I guess I never asked anyone to show me.
Today Kent (my new computer savant) showed me how to scan. I happened to have an old Halloween photo of Kent (Rodeo Clown) and Me (Genie from Alladin) that we successuflly scaned to my blog. We also tried to link his blog to mine but not sure if it was successful.
Chick Magnet / Potter/ Conserative????? I have a month before the Kentucky Craft Market. Then I will get to see all my artist buds. One of the faves is Thomas Porter. He always makes me laugh as evidence of his T-shirt. Ususally he wins an award when he is set up next to me. I figure the judges see my booth and their expetations are reduced so therefore his booth blows them away. Twice this has happened and I don't think it is fluke.
I have been interested in ART all of my life. I studied art in college and opened a porcelain restoration business in Louisville which combined my interest in art with my appreciation and love of detail. I have always been a collector of many things, amassing hundreds of thousands of buttons, trinkets, charms, bijoux, beads, found objects, and all sorts of fun things. I currently produce a line of whimsical art jewelry which I wholesale and retail across the country. I've been married to Sam for 20 plus years and we have 3 rescued Black Chow Chow's. Bear, KeLe, and Zoee my children with FUR! I will be sharing my various collections, art shows, artists, friends etc. And any thing else I think is cool will be in this Blog.