Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Where am I going?

I'm here and there and all over the place but no direction.   I've never been good at goal setting and now retired I  feel all I'm doing is wandering.  I'm the kid in the candy store I want to do it all but don't want to do anything.  Yuk..

I sent apps off today for three more juried shows coming up this spring and summer.  But although I do enjoy doing them my sales haven't been that good and I'm still struggling to figure what to try next that will be that one item that will really catch on and sell.  

I need the supplemental income.  Mostly for the future.  Because I divorced late in life I didn't have much of a nest egg of my own. 

Sorry to unload, hopefully no one will read this post.  I just needed to vent instead of letting it roll around in my head. 

Every post needs a photo.  Here's Fritz from yesterday when I tried to give him a bath.  We found him hiding under the bed.  

I think I'll take Fritz for a walk.


Hugs

Cyndee




Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Update

Burrr....................chilly and windy here.  The forecasters say we are going to get snow by the weekend.  We've only had a little dusting so far this winter.   Can't complain after seeing what is happening in the rest of the country. 

It has been a strangely mild winter so far,  and way below average rain, and snow fall in the mountains. 

I've been busy, finished the chair.  I'll post as picture as soon as my honey finishes the final coat of polyurethane.  

The last two Tuesdays I've been trying something new during the off season for sales.  I've had an open studio hoping to bring in a little business.  Didn't go so good.  Don't think I will continue.  The only sales I made were items I had posted on FB to advertise the sale.   You don't know until you try.

I've been posting alot more on Etsy.  Recycled picture frames and boxes.  Here's a couple I just finished yesterday.
 
This one sold already.  Yeah!

I used some handmade papers I found at an online store, Mulberry Papers and More.  I ordered several papers and loved them all.  This is layers of several different papers then embellished with the gold leaves.  The frame was a thrift store find. 

I've been using old family pictures in my frames lately, this is my mother at 6 years old.  





This frame was in really good shape although it is also a thrift store purchase.  All I thought it needed was some doodles. 

This is also a photo of my mother, her high school graduation photo.  Love the hair.







This little jewel box, another thrift store find is covered with layers of paper then doodled.  A few vintage buttons added on the top.   This one is already in my Etsy Shop.
 
I'm hoping to get into a couple of shows this coming season that are recycled art.  They seem to be growing and there is so much  stuff that people don't want that can be re-made into something useful and beautiful.

These little birdhouses with doodles are inexpensive craft store finds mounted on top of refinished candle sticks from the thrift store.   The tallest is 11 inches.  I also used old sheet music for a roof and saved popsicle sticks for another.  I live with a fudgesicle eater so lots of popsicle sticks available. 


As you can see I have been busy creating.  I'm finding that I enjoy shopping the thrift stores.  It's amazing what you can find.  At this point I'm looking for anything I think I can doodle on.  Although some take on a life of their own without doodles.  That's ok, I do love layering paper.  It's that child in me that likes to cut and paste.



Need to get moving, I hear the next frame calling and new color of paper to experiment with. 

Thanks for visiting.

Hugs

Cyndee

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

WOYWW

Have you ever had a project on your work desk that you just can't get finished?  We'll this chair has been here since before Christmas, I haven't been happy with it and keep making changes.  

My plan is to use it in my booth come summer sales as a display piece.  I was so excited when I bought it because the cane was intact that I failed to notice the broken leg.  So displaying art pieces and pillows is what I will use it for. 

 

I'm joining in over at Julia's Stamping Ground today to see what everyone else is working on.  

Hopefully before next Wednesday this will be off my desk.  What's on your Workdesk today?

Thanks for visiting.

Hugs

Cyndee








  













Wednesday, January 15, 2014

First stash purchase of the new year

Finally got a bee in my bonnet today as to the direction I want to go with my art sales.  I've learned that I can doodle on just about anything so why not try everything.  There are more and more Recycled Art Fairs and I already use some recycled materials.

So I decided I was going to find more treasures to recycle/up-cycle.  I made a trip today to a couple of thrift stores and came home with this stash.   One of the stores in moving to a new location so everything was 50% off, awesome.  If you live in the area you might want to check into the Paws & Claws Thrift Store, it's operated by the SW Washington Humane Society
Now I am anxious to get started.  The clock needs a new pendulum a new finish and some doodles. The small word box has never been finished.  The coasters just need cleaning up and a doodle added.  Everything will get doodled. 

We just got a new addition to our family, we found a little 2 1/2 year old Miniature Schnauzer/Terrier mix at the Humane Society.  Fell in love and had to bring him home. 

He follows me everywhere, and so good.  He's had some training which makes it easier for us.  His name is Fritz.   A little shaggy, he needs a good grooming but have to wait till his little surgery has healed. 

Need to get busy got lots of projects to work on now. 

Thanks for visiting.  Have a great day.

Hugs

Cyndee


Friday, January 3, 2014

New year new directions

A fresh new year ahead with lots of new potential. 

I'm off to a good start, although I've been dragging a bit till now.  Yesterday I sat down in front of my Happy Light with a wood box in front of me and started layering paper.  The first I have really done a collage/mixed media project for quite a while.  I really enjoyed the project.  I think I needed a little cut and paste therapy. 

Its all very earthy looking,  handmade paper, wood veneer, burlap and a leaf from my hydrangea plant.   I didn't prime the box so everything is on the wood which shows thru in some spots. 

It really got me going,  today I put the finishing touches on a couple of cards.  I actually put a couple layers of handmade papers on the cards then did a freehand doodle.  It was a little tricky with the layers of textured paper but I was satisfied with the results.

I've been wanting to work at combining my craft,  instead of collage or doodles.  I really like the looks when they come together in one piece.  I think I'm just beginning to find my direction.








The cards can both be found in my Etsy Shop, She Who Doodles.


I'm feeling positive about this year, I learned a lot from the sales I did last year.  I'm going to not continue to make some things and try to focus on more original art. 

By combining my art forms it will make it easier, I think, to get into some of the juried shows.  Instead of having to qualify in two categories now I only will have to be concerned with one, Mixed Media.  Each year there's a little tweak in the process.  I'll get it right one of these years.

Hope your year has started on a positive note.  Don't stop creating.

Thanks for visiting.

Hugs

Cyndee

Monday, December 30, 2013

Finally Finished

It took me a couple weeks but finally finished the little wood jewel box.   I even had a few polymer clay tiles left over.  I think I will try another, but smaller box with legs.    
                                           
I decided I would sell the box so have posted to my Etsy shop   http://www.etsy.com/listing/174156626/tiled-and-embellished-wood-jewel-box?ref=shop_home_feat     

Time to take the Christmas tree down and put all the decorations away for another year.   Time to think about the direction I want to go with my art in 2014.   Winter sales were not good, not sure which shows I want to try next.  I do know, no more bazaars, or neighborhood street fairs.   

I think I tried too hard to come up with product to sell and got to many different things.  I need to narrow it down to maybe 3 or 4 items plus my originals and prints.  

Time to regroup.  Onward to a new year.  

Thanks for visiting.

Hugs

Cyndee


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

It's Wednesday Already

Time for the weekly What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  Follow the link to find out what I am talking about.  


I'm posting this from my iPad and I still don't like the Blogger app it just doesn't do what my PC will do.  But it is handy.  Can't do without it anymore.

  I am working on a little jewel box.  The top is covered with some tiles I made with polymer clay.  Then I embellished it with beads and other found treasures.  The box itself is covered with paper, I may doodle a little around the edges, not sure yet.  It's a piece that has taken on a mind of it's own.  So we shall see where it takes me.  

So that's where I am this sunny Wednesday afternoon.  

Have a great day, thanks for visiting.

Hugs

Cyndee