I've been working really hard this week. Still doing a bit of that work project for my old employer, and then coming home and working on my art for the upcoming art fair I've been talking about. I'm up to my elbows in mod-podge, paints, prints, jewelry and absolutely everything else that I can get my hands on this week. All of this has me living some late late nights, followed by really early mornings, and I'm just exhausted. It'll be over soon . . . I know.
I feel like I'm rehearsing for a play. I used to be in theater (can't remember if you knew that or not.) I've probably been in about 30 plays in my life . . . most during my college years, but a number of them during high school. It's kind of funny that I am working for an art fair that will be held in the high school I attended. And I find myself with that same excited and exhausted feeling that I felt so many years ago at this school, when I performed in Chicago, Annie, Bye Bye Birdie and Mame. I can't wait to be back there (it has been about 20 years since I've been), and I hope to have a moment or two when I can sneak away from my tables and explore a bit of the school. How fun that would be?!
But right now, the wheels in my head keep spinning with ideas of all the things I want to have finished by Saturday. Art Fairs have been a hit or miss for me (usually a miss). I am working so hard on this one, that Phil is hoping I won't be disappointed if I don't sell a lot. I keep telling myself that even if I don't sell, I will have a very well stocked Etsy store for the holidays, and that is a good thing.
I wanted to share just a few photos of the jewelry I worked on today. Oh, I am LOVING it. To see my art in jewelry form . . . it's as thrilling as stepping out on that stage as Auntie Mame. "Open a new window, open a new door. Travel a new high way that's never been tried before . . . " I sang those exact words in 1989 . . . yes, May of 1989. It's funny . . . it took me some 23 years, but I finally opened a new window in life, and I'm loving the view.
All of my pendants are taken from original paintings and mixed media pieces that I made. It's so cool, to see my art on jewelry. LOVE it!
I made my own little tags for my earrings . . . LOVE THEM, too!
This little "Peace and Love" was inspired by my Katie Girl. She is my wild zebra loving child, and she really wanted me to create something just for her. She said, "Oh Mom . . . I don't like it, I LOVE IT!" when I showed it to her. The earrings are a-dor-able, too!
Love these little snowmen, too. I've turned many of my pendants into earrings, as you can see. I have earrings in two sizes (.75 inch and .50 inch round.) I love both sizes.
Here's one more little (and messy) peek at my work table . . . as is . . . today. You can vaguely see some of the ornaments I've done, along with some new Santa frames on the table (they are SO cute!) I can't wait to update my Etsy store so you can see everything. It's been a VERY productive few weeks, I must say.
Yes, I've done it. I've opened that new window, opened that new door.
And boy-oh-boy . . . I'm stepping through right now.
Hugs, my friends. To one and all.