Thursday, November 5, 2015

Hanging Art

Summer has finally ended, Fall is here.  Most of the leaves are down, but still haven't had frost on the pumpkin.

I decided not to do any holiday sales this year, finished my last sale early in October.  I just don't do that well this time of year with all the holiday sales and bazaars. 

So after loading everything back into the house and trying to find a place for some things I just hated to pack away I finally hung some of my original work.   I have a few older work on my walls but hadn't hung a lot of the newer work. 

I had a lot of my earlier mixed media work on my walls but none of my recycled art or original doodles.  A pretty diverse mix of work.  I do get bored doing the same thing all the time.  Always like trying something new. 

At least now everything isn't packed away in bins for Spring sales.  I really hate packing my framed originals around with me, so this is nice to find a place for them. 

Update from my last post about the grandsons football season.  My high school grandsons team won the district title so now on to state playoffs.  It's been an exciting year and still more games to go. 

I've been pretty bad about posting on my blog anymore but I do like to update once in a while although I'm not sure how many read it now.   For those of you who still follow my posting thanks for sticking around.

Thanks for visiting.



Monday, September 21, 2015

And on a personal note.

It's football season again and the three grandsons are all playing.  Two in high school and the third in a local lead, he is in middle school this year. 

This last game on Friday was especially exciting, not only did their team win but both boys were on the field at the same time.  One on the line the other receiving.  A first for this proud family. 

My grandsons with their mom, my daughter.  Mom and dad were really excited to see them both on the field, and both made plays that got them recognized.   Dad is a defensive coach and the younger grandson is usually on the sidelines as ball boy.   The rest of us are in the bleachers cheering them on.       
Me, I'm still doodling.  Only one show left this year, you can see the info on my Events Page.   I've been a little discouraged, sales have not been good this year and I can't decide which way to go next.  Hauling all my art around to fairs and festivals is damaging to much of my stuff and this summer the heat here in the NW was hotter then usual.  Crowds were light, early and not buying.  

For the time being I've stopped shopping thrift stores,  until I figure out where my market is.  I am planning to set up a page of recycled items on Upcycle Post website.  It's a new selling site for all things recycled/upcycled.    I really enjoy the added activity of shopping thrift stores and flea markets for items to re-purpose so I'm hoping this takes off.    All my picture frames, candlestick birdhouses, jewel boxes and other items I find to paint, collage and doodle will be posted.  

Football keeps us busy now thru Thanksgiving and beyond if the Varsity team makes it to finals again this year.   With 3 games a week it fills the schedule fast.   But always time to doodle.  

Thanks for visiting and listening to my story.  




Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Crazy Summer

I finished the recycled coffee table just in time for the Recycled Arts Festival.   My first recycled show.  It's unbelievable what people are doing with recyclables these days.  Although I didn't sell the table I did get lots of interest.   Currently I have it posted on the local Craigslist,  it's just to hard to pack it around to art fairs. 
A custom ordered wood bracelet for a friend that wanted her logo, a Gryphon, doodled on it.   
And this has to be the hottest summer we have had in years, maybe ever.    Far to hot (100 degrees) for sitting in a tent on a paved street all day.   Every one was pretty exhausted after this last Saturday sale in Gresham, OR for their Annual Art Walk.  The crowd was heavy in the morning but by 2 pm it really died down.  This heat has not been good for sales this summer.   
One more tent sale this summer.  I think it's time I start searching out other methods of selling. I'm getting to old for this,  the easy up tents are not really easy up.   

Minion night at the movies tomorrow with my art group.  Looking forward to a night out with the girls.  

Some new doodles in the works,  some Italy and Scotland pictures from friends trips, and more beautiful blooming flowers.   

Thanks for visiting.



Friday, June 19, 2015

Folt Bolt

Was so greatful to be the featured artist on Folt Bolt June 18th.  It is always exciting to be recognized for your talent.

If you haven't seen their blog post you can see it here:!Cyndee-Starr/cy7d/557f6f7e0cf201107e2bf4bc  

One week left before the Vancouver Recycled Arts Fair and keeping busy finishing up some pieces. 

I'm trying to include as much of my doodles as possible, which isn't really very hard since I doodle on almost everything these days.  One of my projects has been to coordinate a recycled picture frame with one of my doodles for framing.

Another project, not yet complete is a small bench a friend gave me. 

It's been great to have friends on the look out for items I might be able to use.  This bench came from my friend Michelle Lund of Buttons and Shanks. She also found me a coffee table and small round end table recently.   

If you are in the Northwest and can come by I'd love to see you.  The art fair will be in downtown Vancouver WA in Esther Short Park.  Saturday and Sunday 27/28th of June.  This is the 5th year for the festival and it has really grown.  Lots to see.

Thanks for visiting.



Sunday, May 17, 2015

Out of the fry pan

Just a little up date on the WIP last posted.  The fry pan has now become a clock, can't you see it hanging in the kitchen?

And the little black box, is still a little black box but embellished and lined with red felt. 

Two more items for the recycled art show I'm doing the end of June.  These are projects are fun to shop for and fun to create.  I never know what I might find at the thrift stores. 

The weekend is just about over,  Game of Thrones tonite.  Outlander last night, not sure how I felt about that episode,  really dark.  I didn't read the books so have no idea whats coming. 

Hope you had a great weekend.  Thanks for visiting.



Thursday, April 30, 2015


Since I can't decide what color to paint the table before I doodle it I started some other projects.  A girl can never have to many projects in the works at one time.

These are all recycled items, a small pan that will be a clock when finished.  A couple of old cobbler shoes that I'm not sure what they will be when finished, although the larger one will be doodled, the smaller one I'm not sure.  I did sell one previously to be used as a business card holder.  The little box will just be refinished with some doodles.  The table, I'm having a block.  Can't decide what colors to paint it before I doodle it.  I've been using multi colors in the past which is still what I want to do, but wanted to use some colors that would fit in with someones home decor better then what I was using. 

So much for these projects today,  got a grandsons baseball game later and the sun is shining.  Time to go out and get some of that good old vitamin D.

Have a great day, thanks for visiting.



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Social Media

UGH!!!  Social Media will be my undoing.  I recently took a class on how to use social media to help market my art.  So I've been making changes, searching groups, put myself out there more.  Now I need to double the time I scan thru my FB pages and discovered that it was worth while posting more frequently to Instagram.  Twitter gets caught in the middle somewhere.  And then there is Pinterest, my Etsy shop and this blog.  

So for starters I thought I needed to add all the social media icons to my blog but couldn't find any I liked so doodled my own.

Fun project put the trick was getting them posted.  Spent a day trying to figure out how to get them the size they needed to be to line up.   Got a little lesson in HTML.  But persevered and as you can see they are neatly in a row and the background is transparent. 

You can find just about anything you need to know how to do on You Tube.  Also found a great little online program that will instantly turn your background transparent it's called LunaPic.  It was simple, easy to use.  I still haven't figured out how to use Photoshop, so these little free online services are great. 

So I am off and running.  Also added a email bar on my site so you can follow me when I have a new post. 

It's all a learning process.  Obviously I not yet to old to learn new things.  Now I think I'm ready for a new adventure.  Haven't figured out what that will be yet. 

Thanks for visiting.  Also check out my Coming Events page to see where I will be showing in the next few months.