Monday, April 25, 2016

Hiking the Reservoir

Yesterday was a beautiful day.  It was so beautiful I spent the morning doing yard work and the afternoon hiking around the reservoir with the menfolk.  Here are some scenes.

In other news: This will be a week of prep for the upcoming artsy weekend.  Hidden Houses is on Saturday.  I need to make maps of the hiding zone and post rules for the hunt on the Facebook Event Page.  Sunday is the Spring Pop-Up show.  I have prints and art to mat, labels to make, inventory, pricing, blah, blah, blah.

It looks to be good weather on Saturday (fingers crossed.)  And not-so-great weather on Sunday - which is PERFECT for coming to an art show.

In the meantime, I'm trying to get out to the yard every afternoon.  Slow and steady wins the race (of getting my yard into decent shape.)

I hope you are all enjoying Spring!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Spring Cleaning

 It is Spring.  Finally.  March was crazy and the stupid snow that fell a couple weeks ago has killed the magnolia buds, so there will be no blossoms this year.  Boo.  Stupid snow.

My daffodils were also squashed.

But it is finally warm and sunny and my neighbor has been getting outside and making her yard look nice, so I too, must go out today and start Spring cleaning.

In the meantime,
My agent now has two solid picture book stories that he is trying to sell. Fingers crossed!

All the houses by eight local artists have been turned in for the Hidden Houses Art Hunt on April 30th.  If you are local, you should come.  The houses are sooooooo cute!  Go here for more info.

House art by West Hartford artists for Hidden Houses

The day after that is the WeHa Artists Emporium Pop-Up Sale.  I have paintings, collages, books, cards, softies, and houses all ready to go.  (I still have to make tags though.) 

I have a couple author visits coming up and then BOOM - it'll be summer.

Hope the sun is shining wherever you are!
Thanks for stopping in.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Softies for the Pop-Up Show

As I mentioned in the last post, there's a Spring Pop-Up Show right around the corner.  I probably should be painting small watercolors, but I like to have a variety of fun stuff.  And, since a lot of people bring their kids, I like to have kid stuff in addition to my other artsy fare.

So ... I like to make softies.  It's just plain fun.

What I don't like to do, is make a lot of the same thing.  Oh, I might do two or three of something if the pattern is simple (like the teddy bears.)  But if the construction is at all challenging, then I'm a one and done gal.

There are two things that I like about making softies:
1. I like coming up with the approach of making them.  I like seeing a photo and getting inspired and seeing if I have all the materials and then figuring out how to put it together.
2. I like being able to make one in a morning or afternoon and then have a sense of completion.

Simple fun work.

So even though none of these guys have anything to do with any of my books, I've decided that I'm just going to make whatever I want.  Who cares! 

It's just about having fun!

Sorry I didn't post on Monday.  It had snowed and I was in a sour mood. 
I thought it best to not write a blog post about my bitterness.  :)

But today I have a collection of softies, did some good revisions on a picture book text, and found a $6 dress at The Salvation Army that looks great on me and that I can wear to my next author visit on Friday.  Today rocks!

Thanks for stopping in!
Have a great week!