Monday, October 3, 2011

The Striving Artist

It's Fall y'all=0)
I've been knitting...knitting...knitting. I'm trying to beat the chill. My little kneedles have been banging away non stop. I've been trying to fill up my shop for fall and winter. Hmmm, easier said than done. I'm telling you! A house elf would be SO very handy. I can dream *sigh*. LOL

So, I have a little bit to show you and a little bit to tell you.
First is that I was contacted over the summer by a very lovely gal that was going to be opening up a new store. Did I want to sell my things there?! UUUHHHHH....... OH BOY. I'm not very good at selling my things and she wanted to see them in person. OKAY, the day of my appointment involved A LOT of sweat and jiggly knee caps=0) MINE!!!! LOL.

The Striving Artist has opened and the grand opening is coming up! I'm super excited and *fingers crossed*. If you are local in San Diego and would like to see my pieces in person or other artists wonderful work, you should stop on by.

The first event is....

Now for what I want to show you! Fall and winter knitting now.
Fun wash cloth. These are nice and thick and can take a licking=0P
They are made of 100% cotton.

Fingerless gloves.
I love these because they fit most and are great for friends and family with arthritis.
You can use these around town or to garden.
100% Super soft acrylic
Machine washable and dry.
Black...gray...powder blue.

Gray, powder blue, orange and yellow.

Aqua, green, orange and pink.

Large dish towel.
Aqua, purple, pink and green.

Knitted hat with a fun design.

I love all these colors.

Now I'm working on these long fingerless gloves.
So do you feel nice and toasty now?
HA! It should be a warm winter now;0)

Hope you enjoy lots of pumpkin spice coffee this fall. I've already started filling my mug up!


My other job.....
X- Okay, I think I know what I want to be for Halloween.
Me-Super Mario?
Me-Ummmmmmm. Princess Peach?
X-AHHHHHHHHH!!!! That is so ridiculous. Why do you say such ridiculous stuff?!!!!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Summer...summer..summer time

Have you been enjoying the summer break?
These last few months have just flown by and now it's getting really warm. The little ones have kept me on my can imagine what they look like. Santa Maria! I need a pedi STAT!

So, I've been busy with custom orders this summer! I thought I'd show you a few=0)
I have a collection of sea glass that I've been collecting for years and I thought it would be fun to use a few pieces.
This hermosa(beautiful)sterling silver necklace just reminds me of the ocean side. Sterling silver hand stamped with texture work on edges, it just looks gorgeous in person. The whole pendant measures 1.5" x 1". A piece of sea glass that is wrapped behind name plate brings this unique piece to life! Plus three pearls add a little more color.

This one was a custom order.

This next one is for a blushing bride! I loved making this for her=0) She is getting married on the beach. I scribbled up a quick sketch for her and she loved my design. I just can't wait until she shows me a photo of her big day!

I've been working on a lot of custom rings too! These stacks are a lot of fun. Or maybe I just love using my hammer a little too much. I make these all by hand and polish them so they sparkle. I've gotten lots of positive feedback on these. I just sent out a set to Australia...can't wait for her to receive them!

I finally got my studio together!!!! Yes...SAY WHAT???!!!! I've been working in the kitchen all this time. Yep. Coo cooo for coco puffs! I finally got my creative space together. And boy do I need A LOT of lights up in here. I was out of my head trying to get everything figured out. FINALLY!

My space. YEP...door and lock required=0) A big comfy couch too for my knitting. I really don't need to leave...ever. OH yeah, people have got to eat around here. Guess I still gotta fix the meals and wash the dishes. LOL!

Sorry for the bad photo quality=0( My husband used his phone to take this and I just had to show you. His MAD EYE MOODY face just makes me laugh out loud. I promise he was excited when he left the house. Here he is with his teacher=0)

Super Mario family party was a hit. Pheeeewww.

I made these mustaches for the kids, but they were over it in 2.5 seconds. I was really enjoying this look and totally respect the CHP for rockin' this look. I was just sweating bullets wearing my Luigi 'stache. However...couldn't take it off.

Even my parents wore them, LOL! X isn't too sure about all this, but the kids got a good laugh watching us=0)

Pinata Time!
Yes, I got to work the rope this year!!

GO X!! was a bit much=0)


My other job.......
X-Today is my birthday!!!
X-Did you prepare everything?
Me-Yes, but I won't decorate until you are at school.
X-Did you prepare a birthday breakfast?
Me-Yes, get dressed and brush your teeth!
X-A perfect birthday breakfast should be in bed.
Me-Ummmmmm. I guess I didn't plan everything.
X-I just wish you could do a better job Mama.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Things are looking brighter!

Summer is almost here!
I just had my last class with my little first graders=0) I think they learned a few thing, but hopefully they just had fun. It's interesting that some children by this age already worry about what their drawing looks like. I honestly thought that none of them would be nervous about starting a sketch, but I quickly learned that we needed to drop kick the erasers, lol. The nine months just flew by and now I can potty train J!!!!! AY YAY YAY...don't get me started;o)

So, of course I've still been knitting and I came up with this hat! Wanted to make something mushy and large. Kind of like a deflated chefs hat, lol. VOILA!

Here comes the sun...but the heat....NOT so much. We went to the beach to play in the sand this weekend and brrrrrrrr. People around us were TRYING to pretend it was 85*, but WHOOO LORD it was C O L D. Putting a positive spin on it, it was gorgeous and sunny.

Castles are always fun to make, but J is going to get that great big green ball back there.


I'm freezing and I have three layers on, LOL.

OKAY, now they're just taking pictures to show how wimpy I am, lol. It's the icy breeze. SERIOUSLY.

OH, back to some warm talk! I was working on some hammered rings and had an order for another toe ring. It just happened to fit my toe. KEEP IT...SELL IT...KEEP IT....SELL IT? Yep, it's in the mail=0(
I got some of that crackling nail polish on. I don't know how well you can see it, but I thought I'd mention that it's a lot of fun watching it transform. I recommend you use a darker base polish(OPI makes it).

So, besides the potty training business....I need to start a new painting. Not really sure what I want to paint. Maybe I'll go back and revisit some photos of Europe?
I'll let you know=0) Feel free to make some suggestions!
Have a lovely week!!!

My other job......
X-Are you really my Mama?
X-I still think Nana and Pop pop are my parents.
X-You know all my brothers believe me. EVEN Nana and Pop pop!
Me-Yes, but why were you in my tummy then?
X-I LOVE THAT YOU ARE MY NANNY. You are really good at that(giggle...giggle...giggle).
Me-You are sweet.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Spring is in the air

It's May!
I can't believe it!
We have been planting, planting, planting in the garden. Tomatoes(CHECK), lavender(CHECK), hydrangeas(CHECK). Now if I could keep all the snails and slugs away...that would be very helpful. I've also been busy with special orders. Mother's Day is almost here! Only about 7wks until school ends...amazing. I'm not really sure what big plans we have, but X sure does=0)

Here is a stack of fine silver rings for Mother's Day. These are a lot of fun to make=0)
She is going to love these.

Add fine silver to any necklace. I can hand stamp these too.

Fun Spring hat.
My personal assistant wanted to be in the shot=0)

This is one of my favorites for little girls. Perfect for Spring and Summer fun=0)

I've been wanting to make this hat for myself for a while. I made it in a toddler size first and then adults wanted it! I was happy that I wasn't the only one that liked this style, lol. I've been looking for something casual that would cover all my gray hair! It always turns out that my hair needs to be re done and I have an appointment somewhere and I just can wear a bandana, LOL. So here it is and I make it a little loose, so you don't get hat head. There are also lots of holes, so your head can breathe=0) Can you tell that I've given this project a lot of thought? LOL.

Here's a 1920's hat that I just love. I have a hat like this and every time I wear it I get asked about it=0) I'm so glad I finally found a hat that works for me. I always felt very awkward wearing a hat, but I guess 2011 is the year of the hat for me, lol.

Hope that you all are having a wonderful Spring. Everyone start using your thigh masters because summer is right around the corner!

Have a lovely day,

My other job.......
Me-It's almost summer!
X-I know and I've been thinking about going to France.
Me-That would be nice, but it's a LONG plane ride.
X-I know, but I really want to see C and O.
Me-Maybe you should talk to Daddy about that.
X-Okay...okay...okay...I guess I need to see what else we could do.