Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Art In the Highlands

Bo and I were thankful for the opportunity to be part of Art in the Highlands the weekend of September 18 and 19th on the beautiful grounds of Louisville Collegiate School in the highlands area of Louisville. We love the area to begin with and so when we found out we were juried picked to be a part of the art fair we were excited. Our booth was in the same row as known KY artists. It really hit when Jared mentioned to me "Mom, you used to be the one to go to these art fairs and now look you are part of it. " That is really when it sunk in that yes we are part of such a creative outlet and are among a group of talented artists.

Despite the heat that weekend, we did enjoy the fair and being part of it. I will already apologize for the lack of pictures. We only had time to take pictures before we actually opened up on the first morning. There was entertainment and the Juicy Lucy(Juicy Lucy is the first mobile glassblowing studio of her kind. Traditionally, glassblowing equipment is contained in a trailer pulled by a vehicle. Juicy Lucy's equipment is creatively and efficiently designed to pull out and be operated from the rear and side of the van.) was also present with the glass blowers from Glassworks working in the heat. Other tents featured hands on workshops for children and adults.

The Juicy Lucy from Glassworks(pictures from the Glassworks website)

Our booth and jewelry.

Artist booths throughout the fair.

Besides enjoying the time at the fair and meeting new fellow artist friends I came home with some goodies. :) A beautiful copper bracelet from Dancin Dog Designs, a lampwork ring from Beads by Jackie and a beautiful scarf from my neighboring booth The Tangled Web.

I want to thank Jennifer H. from Louisville Collegiate and Lynn C. from Woodland Gallery for giving Bo and I such a great opportunity to be seen. We also met other talented artists that were so friendly and welcomed us into the area.

I hope you all have a great evening. :)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Sept. 24, 2010 Lunch at Lynn's Paradise Cafe on the 17th

The weeks have flown. :( Not that I want them to but it became very hectic right before the Art In the Highlands,(Sept 18th and 19th)then that weekend went by like a whirlwind then this week became even more busy that I have to stop for a second to make sure the spinning in my head stops! LOL!

First off I have to say that I enjoyed being a part of such a great art fair among other artists who are not only known here in Kentucky but also such talented people. I learned so much and is very grateful for the experience of being with this group of artists and a great school that volunteered their beautiful grounds and time for us. Despite the heat that came around this last weekend(yes I made it through without melting)Bo and I not only enjoyed our time at the art fair but also in Louisville.

Friday was set up day and so we needed to go to Louisville to set our booth and tables up then drive back to Elizabethtown to situate Nick to head on to a friends house since he had a race that Saturday and Jared to come to Louisville with us. After our set up we decided to eat at Lynn's Paradise Cafe. We saw this restaurant featured on the Food Network channel along with a throw down with Bobby Flay so we wanted to check it out. We were not disappointed. Not only was the restaurant very neat and eclectic but the food was awesome.

It really did help lift my mood which was nervous for the art show and sad in my heart over news we received just a day before. As Bo and I were running errands for last minute things before the weekend he received a phone call that would alter our plans for the next year. I knew the news would be coming at some point but this soon? So you can imagine it threw me for a loop and I had to really get myself back together to concentrate on that upcoming weekend.

So time spent with him not only for lunch but for the whole weekend of the art show became more important to me now more than ever.

So here are pictures of Lynn's Paradise Cafe in Louisville.

The lamp at our table

Bo playing with the toys on the table. :)

I thought the legs on the walls were so cool! :)

After lunch we headed back to Elizabethtown about 50 miles away to situate Nick and grab Jared. We drove back to Louisville that night and ate dinner across the Ohio river at Rocky's in Jeffersonville, Indiana and stayed at the Sheraton there. I love the night skyline of the city and was able to see it with the sun setting.

This was the view from our hotel window.

It was going to be an early morning for all 3 of us, so we headed to bed. The next day was to bring about the first day of the Art in the Highlands at Louisville Collegiate.

The art fair was a great experience despite the heat and as we rounded that weekend off we came home to more of a to do list since Bo was to be leaving us soon. We ended up painting my art room and the boys rooms in a span of two days that Bo was off. The next thing we will tackle is our living room(he is changing the color we painted it) and finishing our unfinished side of the basement. He wants us to be comfortable and feel like this is our home mostly when he is not around. And yes I don't live with a procrastinator so we went from one project to another. LOL!

Tomorrow we are headed to Bowling Green for Nick's cross country race. It never ends in this household but I did want to update and hope to share pictures of more recent work and also the art fair soon.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Happy being busy...busy being happy. :)

I am still diligently getting my jewelry situated for the upcoming show and happily busy preparing for it. :) I am a bit nervous but I love my work and I just hope others who pass by my booth will enjoy it too.

Here are more fused earrings and lampwork bracelets made this last week.

A sneak peek of what some of my displays will look like.

In the midst of all the working and all the other commitments we are still situating the garage as a work place for both Bo and I. The other day he found on Craigslist a work table for sale. It was a really good price but needed a little sprucing up and so he brought it home and worked on it today. Not only did he add more wood on the table so that it is sturdy for me to work on, but he also painted the boards and the legs and added more hooks on the peg board for me to organize my tools in. So it was table makeover today when he came home from work.

The before picture of the work table:

After pictures:

Now we just need to situate the garage so that we have enough light in there to work. I love my new table and cannot wait to set it up and start working on it.

Today I worked on my jewelry pictures to make a a collage poster for the show and 16X20 posters of other jewelry to hang in my art room. I should be picking them up tomorrow. I will be repainting that room again. The light pink in there is actually depressing in the light that comes in. :( So I picked a pear green that is a vibrant color and very energizing. And being that green is one of my favorite colors I know it will change my mood every time I walk into the room. :)

The poster heading to the show with us:

The other posters made to be framed:

Glass Bracelets

Metal Work

Glass Earrings

I am excited to pick them up tomorrow.

These last days have been beautiful out. I always feel like I have neglected to go out and just enjoy it and take some pictures, but with how busy I have been, I just take in the moment I can sit out on my back deck and drink my coffee while I watch Kaiah in our back yard in the morning. Around this time of the year, I know it was starting to get chilly and rainy in Alaska. Even though I miss the scenery very much, I don't miss being chilly. I know the fall season here will last for a while and I am hoping to enjoy every minute of it. So fall drives are in the agenda once the leaves start turning. And I have two flower presses waiting for fallen leaves to be pressed in them. *SMILE*

Well it is late and Kaiah and whining to go to bed. She tries to sneak into our room and jump up on the bed. LOL! And the boys need to be in bed. I hope you all are enjoying my updates leading up to the show.

Until next time.....