Friday, December 18, 2009

These Little Froggies go to Market

The end is near. The last market of the year is at Heritage Hall tomorrow. The Women's Holiday Market is always good fun but this year it is overshadowed for me by the arrival of my daughter from her first semester at university in Ontario. However, I have survived the Farmers Holiday Market and enjoyed it all and I am all restocked for Saturday.

I am almost in the Christmas spirit.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Seduced by Colour Again

The Farmers Holiday Market is the Saturday and I am playing with clay. There is a reason. My clay demo at the Holiday market. I am preparing this morning and as usual am not as on track.
Tomorrow I am at Arts Off Main minding shop and carding new work for Saturday. Maybe someone will drop by for a sneak peek at the new stuff.

Come to the Farmers Market here is some great crafters and yummy stuff. Besides you can pad the audience for my little demo. 3:00 centre stage - a little stage. Now I am going to play with colour again and pretend that am getting ready or my preformance. Which is my best side? - who cares.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

And Here is Another,Unlike the Others

This is something new for me. I craft fair that starts at 7:30 in the morning and goes to 3:00 in the afternoon. And they, low and behold, I have a weekend off. Well not actually off, I will be a Arts Off Main for our Christmas sale. More about that later.

VGH Holiday Craft Market
is in the Jim Pattison Pavilion
899 w. 12th Avenue
Gift Shop Corridor (1st Floor)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What Happens after the Crawl?

Besides trying to set up a studio like space that is not in the living room I still have four of maybe five markets to go. The fifth is at VGH and I am not sure if it is open to the general public. More about that later.

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Rainy Eastside Culture Crawl

Monday, there is a Crawl space to put away for another year and a studio to reclaim. Upwards of 800 brave people made it out to my space this week end in spite of a the rain both Friday and Saturday. Thank you Carmen for helpling Friday, Debby for being willing to brave the storm and Hugh for his support throughout the weekend.

I have also to thank Carmen for the lead Saturday night to get about 30 salmon row boxes from an add on Craig's list. After closing on Saturday Hugh and I ventured out get a deal on these little treasures that will find there way into my in the future.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Not Thunder or Lightning

Last evening was the first day of the Crawl. Thunder and lightening for the first two hours and still there were almost a hundred people welcomed to the studio/living room before we pulled in the sign and turned out the lights at just after 10 PM. Thanks to Carmen for watching the door (while knitting) and greeting visitors through out the evening. And thanks to all who made it
here here through the rain.

And now for Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Button Down the Hatches

It is less than a week to the Eastside Culture Crawl. I had all sorts of good intentions to post before now and all sorts of things that I wanted to say. I would say "share" but mostly it is I who reads this blog, but all must stop while I button all the loose ends for the first of my holiday sales. There are not many but that doesn't mean that I can forgo my yearly "nickers in a twist" reaction to stress. Loading pictures in a less stressful activities so it's buttons, buttons

and more buttons.

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Effect of Season Changes on Polymer Clay

The intention was to do some navy and white cane work but I looked across the street and realized I have been seduced by the colours on autumn Well I had planned on making buttons with fall colours so that is the direction that my fingers took me.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Just Because of the Colour

This is a picture daughter Sophie took on her tie dyed lab coat. Now I should try to recreate this with skinner blends.

I am a sucker for spectral arrangement of colours.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Fall is Here

The is no denying it. Fall is definately here. The rain is pouring down outside. Typical west coast weather but we have had our share of sun and this is a rain forest.

And what's to during this rainy weather. Lots. It is the end of the long run into the holiday season and fingers fly trying to get everything ready on time. So what is for fun? Well working at a friends studio. Yesterday when the weather was fine I spent part of the day at Carmen's studio so the polymer clay buttons could play in the fabric - get to know the territory.

Friday, October 9, 2009

All this for a Little Bug

So this is what you have to do to have a little ladybug land on a little flower pin. I will give you a bit of a blow by blow in the creation of a PC ladybug.

1. You have your sketch and your conditioned clay.
2. The basic can begins to come together.
3. A little added here
4. and a little taken away to get the proportions better.
5. the head is lined up with the body to see how muchhas to be removed to get the angle right.
6. You cut away before adding the head.
7. The half lady bug is cut and recombined with a thin strip of black to divide the body down the middle.
8. Squeeze the halves together
9. and reduce the cane. I like Donna Kato's method of reducing the ends first and letting the middle catch up.

And there you have it. Here is the sketch that I used as a start. The circles and triangles show that shape of the pieces of clay that I anticipate using.

And for me this was a trail of my photo paint program - I am a little out of my depth.

A Great Day to Drift up Main Street

Last Saturday and Sunday were the best Main Drift ever.For once the weather co-operated. Thanks to all who came by to chat and buy. It was busy and it was only at a quiet moment like this that I could step away from my tent ( not shown) to take a quick photo of our little shop.

Now it is onward with hardly a breath until the 20th of December when I will be finished to 2009/

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Drift on Main Street This Weekend

The 5th annual Drift is this weekend! Over 100 artists, 35 Artists' Working Studios & 80 Main Street Shops, Cafes & Galleries team up to host this free 2-dayart party!
(You can see art in Main Street Shops October 1-15th, but the artist studios willonly be open for that weekend) The event is FREE to the public and takes place in shops, cafes, galleries and openstudios all along Vancouver's go-to destination for art, design and great food:
Main Street! The Drift is in its 5th year as an annual community art event, and has become aninvaluable contributor to the fall art scene in the Main Street/ Mount Pleasantneighborhood.The Drift is a self-guided art tour. Pick up a Drift 2009 Tour Guide & Map at
Arts Off Main artists Cathy Blake, Lee Sanger, Julie McInytyre and Joan Tayler represent The Drift at Arts Off Main Gallery at 216 E 28th. Plus view other Arts Off Main partners work as well.

Arts Off Main
216 E 28th Ave

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Whistler Farmers Market - Tomorrow

I am going to Whistler today and tomorrow I will be a the Whistler Farmers Market for one time only. I little excitement into my dreary little life. Whistler in the summer! Looking forward to it. The neat picture comes from Carmen - I stole it from her blog - I don't think she will miss it. Monday I will have my own pictures of Whistler - better now that 2010.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Olive Me!

Sometime I have to take a break from filing orders, olives as and enhancement to another crafter's product, and try some thing new. Olive green, makes me think about jade, jade makes me think about sculptures, jade sculptures make me think about Buddha figure. So a diversion from olives to something new for me.

I find all greens are unnatual before the are mixed. This is the formula I like for olive green using fimo soft: green #50 + yellow #16 + brown #7. The green on the left is 1.2.1 and the darker one on the right is 1.1.1.

To get the jade for the little Buddha I have mixed the smallest amount of green with translucent. mixing several batches and bunching them gives the faux jade a more natural appearance.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Summer's End

This week end will be the last of the outdoors Farmer's Markets for the year. Carmen of Melonhead Knitwear and I will be sharing a tent on Saturday the 12th at Trout Lake and Sunday I will be the last Ladner Market. I am looking forward to Carmen's company and to see what new and wonderful hats and wool she has to offer. I will have lots of new beads and things to show market goers.

See you there!

Monday, August 17, 2009

This Years Crop of Angels

It's that time of year again. Every year when they arrive they are a little different.

This year I discovered that it is better to make the hands and faces first, back them and they incorporate them in the rest of the angel. I used a little loop of 24 gage gold filled wire to make the hanging loop at the top of the hallow. It is cooked right in so it can't come out. This was problem in the past.

As in the past all the angels are a little different. So far this is the my favourite - good thing that they are not like children so I have the luxury of choosing favourites.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Back Yard Inspiration

I am glad to be home with my garden. It is raining outside (very wet coast) and the sun is supposed to be back for the weekend. I will be at the Trout Lake Market this Saturday, second to last time for the season... Time for studio and the run up to the winter holidays.

I am looking forward to designing new patterns. Well not exactly designing but stealing with both hands from mother nature. These are ginkgo leaves from the backyard and my polymer clay interpretation. In the fall the tree turns a brilliant yellow and I will make autumn leaves.