Thursday, September 17, 2015

Three Ts: Trades, Talk and Thought

Hey - I have three Ts on my mind.  First up is Trades:

Art is You Mixed Media Retreats is around the corner.  It's customary to bring little pieces of art to trade and the theme last year and this is charms.  Using some of my patterned paper from my Festive Soul Food lesson, made with my Stencil Girl stencils and RubberMoon stamps,

I punched circles, added words, punched little holes, and covered them all with Glossy Accents for a ceramic look.  They look so happy all together!   I'll share a picture when I have the charms all assembled.  In the meantime, I'm covering everything in sight with Glossy Accents - it's so much fun!

There are still a few seats left in my class, Masked and UnMasked: Stencils & Silhouettes.   Here's a little video to tell you what the class is all about.  

You can also watch Stencils Silhouettes Class Preview on YouTube here.  


About a month ago, I received an email from the prolific, awesomely talented and generous Julie Balzer asking me to be a guest on her podcast, Adventures in Arting.  We spoke on Tuesday, and the podcast is available airs starting today.  We talked about musical theater, yoga, my former career as a lawyer and, oh yes, art. I hope you'll have a listen!


I'm thinking a lot about where I'm going with my art, this blog, and where to put my energy.  I'll be sharing the results of this thinking soon.  I know that I loved creating my lessons for Festive Soul Food, and definitely plan to create an online workshop this year (which for me goes September to September!)

Plus, my younger daughter, Samy, just started High School, and I'm very aware that these are the last four years that I "have her" home.  Having watched my older daughter Mariel grow and spread her wings, I know that these four years are extremely precious.  So I definitely want to make time for all the moments.

Here's a bit of Samy, singing recently at our summer community.  I hope you enjoy her as much as I do!

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  1. You have so much going on and it's all good, just keeping your head above water is tough these days I bet. Love your trades, so perfect. xox

  2. Love your little charms - they're a perfect trade gift, and I can see a necklace or bracelet coming up!!

  3. Samy was great Jessica!! I believe she will be following in her mom's footsteps- how cool!!
    Yes, enjoy Samy as much as you can, because they grow and spread their wings as we teach them and sometimes move so far from us! "(
    Have fun at AIY- I'll be there in spirit!!
    Fabulous podcast by the way!! I really enjoyed listening to your starts,"picking yourself up by your big girl pants" and your in depth thought of your art and your journey!
    thank you for sharing!


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