Thursday, December 31, 2009

50 & Fab!

Christmas has come and gone. . .craft shows are done for awhile. . .and a new year is upon us. For those of us "of a certain age", that age is the big five-oh! Many in my circle will reach that milestone in 2010, and a few have blazed the trail already. One was a former coworker whose surprise party I attended in December. No black balloons for her--just this kitty pin to help her show the world what she's made of!


For anyone wondering, I will reach my milestone in April, so you have four months to come up with a fabulous gift!

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Designing Women

No, not the classic sitcom...the holiday sale!

The Designing Women’s Last-Minute Shopping Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 12 10 - 4

Sunday, December 13 Noon - 4

Jane Falion / Firefly Designs
Elegant beaded jewelry, including necklaces, earrings, pendants and bracelets at a variety of price ranges. Vintage “postcard” pins.

Jeanie Croope / The Marmelade Gypsy
Collaged journals, book and gift tags, note cards, hand-painted silk scarves, hand-knit items including felted purses, scarves and kitchen cloths, holiday items.

Judy Labovitz / Potter, Greater Lansing Potter’s Guild
Functional pottery including trays, bowls, platters and cake plates

Claudia Ottinger / Clawdia’s Creations
Polymer clay Jewelry, beads and items inspired by cats!

Brenda Ginther / Wooden Shoe Herb Farm
Soaps, tea, potpourri and naturals

Free gift wrap of most items (donations gratefully accepted!)

Gentlemen! Don’t forget the women in your life! We have things they’ll love – and you can have most gifts wrapped and ready to give!

4322 Greenwood, Okemos
We are located in Forest Hills subdivision, off Dobie and Hatch Roads.

From the north, enter from Dobie Road on Birchwood – Greenwood intersects 4 blocks later – turn right.
OR, from the south, from Dobie turn right on Hatch and go 5 blocks to Greenwood. Turn left.

Avoid the crowds and parking hassles at the mall and get your shopping done in a friendly, stress-free environment!

Oh, and there will be cookies. . .


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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Old Town Underground cancelled


After just posting yesterday about the Old Town Underground Artists' Market , I received a message early this morning that the market for today has been cancelled. I'm not sure how and why a show gets cancelled at the last minute in December, the best time of year for us crafty types, but that is the information I received. I apologize if anyone makes the trip over there for nothing today.

I'll be doing a home show next weekend...not my home, but an in-home show. Details are forthcoming in my next post!

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Good grief, it's almost Christmas!


Oh my goodness...I can't believe how long it's been since my last post! The month of November went by in a flash (I know, I know...I say that at the beginning of every new month...), and I have been neglectful of my poor blog. But I've been BUSY--busy with the PCC Challenge in November, busy in the studio--and now busy with Christmas shopping, too! I have lots of cool stuff to talk about, when I get time to sit down and write, but in the meantime, it's almost the first Sunday of December, and that means it's Old Town Underground time again. There's detailed information about what and where it is in my October 1 post. Tomorrow, Sunday is the date, noon until 5 is the time, and 708 E. Grand River in Lansing is the place. C'mon out and find some one-of-a-kind holiday gifts!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Alternative Holiday Sale

Show time again already! They come fast and furious this time of year. This weekend it's the Peace Education Center's Alternative Holiday Sale. The Center is located at 855 Grove Street in East Lansing. More information about the Center, and about some of the featured vendors, can be found on their web site. The site describes the event as one that "combines holiday shopping with a true spirit of community". This will be my first time participating, and it sounds like it will be a great day. It runs from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, so please come out and support local businesses and the Peace and Justice community.

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Holiday Challenge

We are having a Holiday Challenge on the Polymer Clay Central forum. The idea is that participants post a photo or comment each day in November of something we are working on or have made for the holidays; items to sell, commissioned items, decorations, gifts,etc. Please stop by and see the talent in action; you'll be amazed! Here are the items I posted for the first week:

Day 1
I received a commission to create a clay bead in the likeness of the cat in the photo, and the photo is of the bead in progress. I'll post again later when it's done.

The cupcake, also from day one, was inspired by a brightly-colored apron on a fellow vendor at the Old Town Underground Artists' Market, where I was working on my Day 1 items. I will also re-post the cupcake once it's baked and has it's "sprinkles" on.

Day 2
This is a pendant I've been playing with on and off for awhile and finally baked. It's still waiting to be glazed and made into a necklace...which I'll post once it's complete.

Day 3
Okay, so I didn't just finish this cat face ring...but it is a recent item, and the ladies on the forum wanted to see more cat items!

Day 4
The photography on this and the next couple images was done in haste and isn't the best, so bear with me...I'm trying to use up scrap clay and canes that have been laying around for awhile. I used scrap canes and a texture tool to make these chunky bead earrings.

Day 5

Again with the crappy photography, but I'll take better pics and replace them when I can...These two rings were made with scrap clay swirled with a little glitter and then sanded and buffed with my Dremel to a high shine.

Day 6
A memory wire bracelet in green and red to kick off the holiday season.

Day 7
Cat paw print beads left over from a previous project combined with glass beads and silver to make this bracelet.

I'll continue to post my items throughout the month so you can see how hard I am working(pant, pant)!

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

In the thick of things

I can't believe October is almost gone--I'm still trying to figure out what happened to September! Saturday is Halloween already, and Sunday brings three notable things in my world: (1)That extra hour of sleep I look forward to every year when we lose Daylight Savings Time; (2)My 12th wedding anniversary; and (3)the next Old Town Underground Artists' Market. To my loving husband: Happy Anniversary honey...you get to help me schlep tables and boxes to the show!

Thanks to everyone who came out to see Mary and I at Holidays In Haslett. It's such a fun show! I wish it was held about a month later, though, since it always seems to coincide with Michigan State football--and this year it was homecoming. That may have cut into our crowd a little, but it was still a happenin' place. Here's Mary hard at work on her lovely hats and hand warmers...



...and here's my table, and--what the hell? Who's the gray-haired old woman standing there? When this busy time is over, I think Mother Nature and I need to have a serious talk...

Anyhow...I put together a bunch of bead strands in time for the show.



I separated them into three price-points, but haven't yet come up with a great way to display them.





Hopefully people will be willing to paw through baskets until I have my brainstorm.

I also put out some new rings:






Of course, as a Crazy Cat Lady, I couldn't resist doing this one:



I've been going through a bunch of scrap clay, old canes, and odds and ends lately, and making more beads to use stuff up. I'll have those at Old Town, as well as more rings and earrings. I've been trying my hand at some buttons also, and I may have a few of those done in time. At the very least I'll post some pictures here as soon as they are finished being sanded and polished.

Well, back to my work table--Sunday will be here before I know it!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Busy time...and big show ahead!

It's time once again for the annual Holidays In Haslett Craft Show. This is easily the biggest show I do, with over 150 crafters participating. Once again it will be held at Haslett High School from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. this coming Saturday, October 17, and is a fund raiser for the Haslett Band Boosters. Mary and I will share a booth again, and will have a wide array of items perfect for giving to your cat-loving and not-so-cat-loving friends and family.

My new items include loose beads and the rings I teased in my last post. I've been having fun with a variety of ring blanks, including some in .925 hand-hammered Sterling that I purchased from an animal-lover on Etsy.
Thank you Pointy Paws for the wonderful bases for my creations! Pointy Paws donates 100% of profits from their shop to animal rescue, so I'll buy from them any time!

By the way, the Old Town Underground was a lot of fun! It's a wonderful community of artists and crafters who are very warm and welcoming, and very supportive of each other. Unfortunately I didn't get good photos...but trust me, we had fun! Mary and I both plan to do it again in November.

Well...gotta get back to it if I'm going to be ready for Saturday! Please come out and see Mary and I in booth #163 and support the Haslett Band Boosters and all the crafters who will be there. And start your shopping--Christmas will be here before you know it!

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Update to previous post

Due to inclement weather, my weekend just got less busy. I will NOT be at the Meridian Heritage Festival today--unlike the diehards at Spartan Stadium, I just don't have the intestinal fortitude to sit in the rain and cold all day!

Hmmm, maybe if I tailgate while setting up my booth and get a belly full of beer...?

No, not even then. I'm just a wimp.

But I WILL be in Oldtown tomorrow, sitting comfortably INDOORS, so come visit me there!

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Busy weekend ahead!

The Meridian Township Crafters' Markets are done for the year, and ended on a high note. Lots of vendors came out for the final day, and the weather cooperated nicely. October is starting out busy for me with not one but TWO shows this coming weekend.

The Saturday show is in Meridian Township again. This time we move out of the pavilion and next door to the Meridian Historical Village as a part of the Meridian Heritage Festival. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mary and I are sharing booth space for this one.

Sunday Mary and I are entering new territory by taking part in the Old Town Underground Artists' Market in Oldtown. This is a show I found out about last month when I read an article about it in the Lansing State Journal. It is held on the first Sunday of each month from noon until 5 p.m. in the Devon Self-Storage facility at 708 E. Grand River Ave., where Kat Lusch, the market's originator, has her studio. You can read more about the market and Kat here. Hours are 12 noon until 5 p.m. Curious? So am I! Come Sunday and see what it's all about!

Meanwhile, I've been learning a new clay technique and trying it out on something new--RINGS! The first batch is in the oven curing as I write this, hopefully to be done in time for this weekend's shows. My next post will have more about the technique, plus pictures of the rings...and a full report about the weekend!

Hope to see you all at the Heritage Fest and in Oldtown--it will be fun!

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Market time...and bracelet frenzy!

I can't believe September is almost over! It FINALLY feels like summer, and it's almost time for the leaves to fall...sigh....

This Sunday brings the final Meridian Township Crafters' Market of the season; just in time for pre-holiday craft shows to start in earnest! I'll have more about that in my next post. In the meantime, I have some new treasures for this Sunday's Market. I went swirl-bead crazy earlier in the summer

and made a bunch of them into earrings at the time. Since then, I've been combining them with other elements to make a variety of toggle-clasp and memory wire bracelets:





And just in time for Halloween...Czech glass cat head beads combined with black and orange swirls and chunks for some spooky fun!



So stop out and see me at the Crafters' Market Sunday; same time, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., same place, the Central Park Pavilion behind the police station. Next time I'll talk about some new shows I'm taking part in!

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

New eyeglass holders

Just in time for the next Meridian Township Crafters' Market...new polymer clay cat eyeglass holders!

Up for "adoption" are:

Chocolate and white kitty


Black kitty


Tortie cat


and Siameezer...if you please, sir!


There are others to choose from as well, along with cat collar bells, earrings, bracelets, and many other goodies. I've been busy posting the new items in my photo album.

The Market is next Sunday, August 23--hope to see you there!

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Headed for the Netherlands

No, not me...one of my creations! This summer a family member came to visit and brought along a friend from the Netherlands. I was, as usual, wearing my reading glasses on one of my eyeglass holders
and An, who is a cat lover, really liked it. She wears her glasses all the time, though, and doesn't really need anything to hold them; she just liked the cat. Her cat is solid black...so I made this to send to her
It's a pin, something she will probably like better.

Speaking of eyeglass holders...new ones are on the way and will be ready for the August Meridian Crafters' Market on the 23rd. Pictures will be posted soon.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

IT'S ALIVE!!!

I can't believe I've let this poor blog sit dormant for almost six months--how time does fly! Since it revolves around my creative endeavors, when there isn't much happening there...well, not much is going to happen here either. Due to work, home improvements and other projects, my craft room sat basically idle for most of the winter and spring. But summer is here, and it's time for craft fairs, and I've caught the bug once again.

One event has already come and gone. The first annual Celebrate Downtown Okemos Art Walk took place this past Saturday, and our cat hospital took part. We had an open house,

a kitty photo contest, face painting, and Ingham County Animal Control brought cats for adoption.


Mary and I also displayed our wares.

I found my audience at this event...the pet lovers went crazy for the cat creations! Someone even "adopted" my lone D-O-G; a special order eyeglass holder from last year that never got picked up.

A big THANK YOU to all the adoption volunteers and other cat-crazy folks who patronized my booth--and who helped to make the event a big success!

I made a bunch of new polymer clay beads leading up to the event, and had a blast doing it.

Most of them were made using the swirl technique; combining various colors and using a small piece of plexiglass to press and rotate the colors into a swirl pattern and form bicone or lentil beads. It's a relatively simple technique, and it's VERY addictive! I made a variety of earrings

and cat collar bells

and will be using others in various pieces for some time to come.

This coming Sunday, June 28, is the first Meridian Township Crafters' Marketplace of the season. It will be at the township pavilion on Marsh Road from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mary and I will both be there, so stop on out and see us.

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