Tuesday, June 23, 2009


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.