Wednesday, February 16, 2011

One World One Heart Winner!!


If you visited my OWOH post in the last couple of days, you may have seen that I would be drawing my winner a day earlier than the rest of the players. I am leaving this morning to go to the Pocosin Cabin Fever Reliever, which I told you about here. I’ve been busy the last couple of days gathering things that I’m going to learn amazing ways to transform into gorgeous and wondermous pieces of jewelry! (I hope)

But, before I leave, I need to let you know WHO has won my drawing in the One World One Heart world-wide blogging open-house. But first, let me just say that I had a wonderful time visiting blogs and meeting new friends and visiting old ones.  I’ve always known that there are some very talented and creative people in this world, but I continue to be amazed by how many there are, and how diverse the creativity is! Don’t you think so? Just when I think I’ve seen everything, I come across someone doing something I’ve never seen before, or doing something in a completely different style. I added a lot of blogs to my blogroll so that I can visit regularly. I bookmarked the rest so that I can go back again when there is more time to visit at a leisurely pace. Never was I disappointed with a visit. Thank you everyone for a wonderful tour of the arts! and Thank you, Lisa for all that you do for organizing this! I know that a huge amount of work goes into this every year.

Okay, WHO is the winner? Using the Random Number Generator, and counting the comments 3 times to be sure I did it right – I wish my blog automatically numbered the comments! I did determine that I had a winner!


Congratulations to Mallory ! She is the WINNER! of my copper PMC necklace. Look for a few other goodies in your package, too, Mallory! I’ll be in touch with you by email to work out the details. 

Isn’t this FUN??? I hope everyone else had as much fun as I did on this magic carpet ride through the blogosphere! Okay, I’m off to tell Mallory. Then I’m headed to the coast for some arty goodness!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Cabin Fever Reliever


Next week I’ll be heading to the Pocosin Cabin Fever Reliever. What is this, you ask? It’s a 4-day art retreat held in Columbia, NC, which is on the Inner Banks, next to the Outer Banks! – beautiful, even in the winter! 

This retreat is different from others I’ve attended because I’ll be taking ONE class with ONE instructor for the 4 days that I’m there - Jewelry as Personal Adornment taught by Bob Ebendorf.  I’m really excited about learning from this incredible instructor! AND, I’ll be going to places I've never been before with my jewelry making. I’m really excited, and I love that I have four days to practice the new techniques instead of the usual day, or two. Plus, this retreat has open studio time every evening, allowing us to work on our pieces after dinner, if we’re so inclined.  

Besides all this arty goodness, I’ll be there with 2 of my best friends! What could be better than four days of playing with new art - at the beach - while having a slumber party??? We’ve already been planning our drink menus. Did I mention there’s a BYOB happy hour every day? My kind of retreat!


This is where we'll be staying. Obviously, this photo was not taken in February! Even if we have time, don't think we'll be doing any sailing! I just checked the weather forecast and it's supposed to be in the 60's - woohoo! warmer days ahead! but still not warm enough for me to be doing any sailing in that freezing water! I say nay nay!! But it's a beautiful place, don't you think?
  
I hope to have a piece of jewelry worthy of posting when I return. Fingers crossed....

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Take 25 – CMMAG’s Annual Challenge

It’s that time of year again! The Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild (CMMAG) has challenged its members the last two years with the M4 (Mixed Media Madness Mission-Art Possible). This year we are doing it again - same challenge, but with a new name – “Take 25”.  The challenges have all had basically the same idea -  we all have to make something from 25 things. The first year, we were given a pizza box full of things – everyone’s box was identical. It was amazing to see what everyone did with these kits! No two were anything at all alike! Read about my piece here, and the others at the CMMAG blog here.



Last year, we were given a list of things that we had to find before we could start to assemble our piece. Again, no two were even close! My entry is here, and the others at the CMMAG blog here


This year, the participants were asked to send in 3 ideas to be included and a list was made from our ideas. We’ve just received our list of 25 items. Let the conniving creating begin!!

At this point, I can’t share the list with you. We’re waiting to see if there are any others who might want to play. But I can tell you that I’m allowed to use as much of the following as I want:
  • ·         Inks, dyes, crayons, paints – if we can color with it, we can use it!
  • ·         Glues, resin, and other adhesives – again, if we can use it to stick it down, we can use it!
  • ·         Wire, brads, jump rings, buttons, nails, screws, and other connection devices – you get the picture!
We’ve been asked not to reveal our creation until opening night, which will be March 25, 2011, at Artist Alley in Southern Pines,NC. Once I have come up with an idea and started working on my creation, I plan on giving some peeks if it looks like I can do that without giving anything away. 

These challenges are fun and scary at the same time. I’ve been looking at this list since I got it and I don’t have a clue what I’m going to do!! I guess we’ll see, won’t we?
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