Thursday, December 31, 2009

My final count for the year is coming soon.
2009 has been a busy year. Here is the Year End Wrap Up
I was the featured artist at Two Twelve Arts for January and February.
Then my show was at the Saline Library in March.
I taught classes at Quilting Unlimited in August.
My sister Connie and I shared a booth at Summerfest, my first street art show.
In September we did it again at Harvest of the Arts.
I participated in Art Walk in October, with my quilts on display at Macs' Acadian Seafood Shack.
And I had a booth at the Good Thyme Garden Club regional meeting.
For 9 months I sold my art at Artistica Gallery in Dexter.
And in November and December I was the featured artist at My Favorite Cafe, in Saline, with 30 pieces at a time showing and for sale.
The year ended with the Holiday Art Market at Two Twelve Arts.
I learned a lot.
1. It is hard to keep up with producing work continuously. My stock of art is very low.
2.The things I think will be a big hit rarely are.
3. If I really love a piece, and kind of want to keep it, someone will buy it quickly. This is a good thing, but I miss some of my quilts.
4. Even though it slows me down, it is good to experiment with new ideas.
5. All the time I spend playing with beads is not financially profitable, but feeds my need to make stuff.
6. Being a very productive artist, and selling a lot of the work, does not make one wealthy. Supplies cost a lot. And I need a lot of supplies to be so productive.
7. I need a bookkeeping and filing system.
8. Just because I want it, is not a good reason to buy it.
9. I bought a lot of art work by artist friends this year. I am happy I did so. I feel like I am surrounded by friends all over my house.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Rick and Jeff, hard at work installing the tracks for 212 Arts hanging system.
Deb and Jeff, Santas' Elves, cut and hang tracks.
Rick, Santas' Elf, as he hangs rails.
The first rail of the hanging system at 212 Arts.
Christmas in Albuquerque, at Karens' and Pokis'. Rick, substitute petter, at work. We put in many hours of petting while visiting.
Poki doesn't understand why Karen got empty pans and dishes.
We did a little hiking. Looking back down as we start to hike in Bear Canyon.
Memorial rock sculptures on the path.
The north slope.
Bear canyon.
We hiked in Bear Canyon. Poki got cold feet.
Poki wanted to come home with us. We wanted him too. We were the auxiliary petters all week.
My brother and sister in law came to Karens' for dinner on Christmas eve.
A Kachina in the plaza.
One of my pals is shown here.
Another alley of shops.
This grillwork is lovely. I got a picture of it last year too.
A colorful shop.
One of the little alleyways.
A view of Old Town square, in Albuquerque.
The Indian vendors in Old Town. They had beautiful bead and silver jewelry.
Karen and Rick, by San Felipe de Neri church, in Old Town.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

These are bracelets. Or they will be when finished. I'll add beads to them, and show you when they're done. This will make the count 360.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Having a good time at my nephews' wedding, with 1 of 2 brothers, and 4 of 5 sisters.

Some of my silly sibs.
Dancing with my Sweetie.

Friday, December 18, 2009

I am trying to not do anything. So I made these two scarves, one for my sister. Numbers 354, 355

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I have been busy making tableaux of holiday decorations. My 5 sisters are coming to visit.
A scarf, made for Genevieve, the Summer Princess.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Another one finished, number 353.
Candle and Branch.
Bird in a Tree, new today. This is hanging at My Favorite Cafe. number 352

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Two more new quilts. Birds and Berries, number 350. And Pear Tree, number 351.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Roses, number 348.
Goblet of Flowers, number 349.

Monday, December 7, 2009

I have been busy with Earth Challenge details. We have about 23 artists and more than 35 pieces for the show, and I am waiting for a few more. I have ordered a new hanging system for Two Twelve Arts, thanks to the show participants and donors. At least 18 of our artworks will use the new system in January.
I have an installer lined up, and am waiting for answers from 2 potential judges. Keith McGuire has pictures, and is designing the postcard, that will advertise our show. I think you'll be very proud of this display. The show will be hung by January 4th. The reception is Jan. 15, 7 to 9 p.m. Hope you can all come to see it.

Friday, December 4, 2009

A new scarf. I will keep this one. It's short, not too bulky, and has no extra doodles. I like to be streamlined. 347

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

New necklaces! This was fun. Numbers 340-346. I am going back to my old camera, since this one is not doing as I wish.
All the making stuff has caught up with me. I had a class in the morning yesterday, 9 to 12. Then I spent the afternoon cataloging and pricing all the stuff I am putting in the Two Twelve Arts Holiday Sale. The sale is this Saturday, from 10 to 5, I think. Anyway, it took me all afternoon to tag the things that were ready for it. I have 18 felted purses, 20 quilted purses, 16 pins. Not yet tagged:14 collages, 6 necklaces, , 17 painted faces on pillows, and a few odds. And I'm going shopping for more stuff to finish a few things.

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