Monday, December 26, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011


Last week our Etsy Denton group had an end of the gathering complete with ornament exchange. It was lovely to get together with other local crafts folk and talk about our fall event and what kinds of plans are lined up.

Here is a image of one ornament I created using copper wire and Czech glass seed beads. A tree for your tree. This ornament ended up going home with Darien whose shop is Design Co Denton. She takes her gals (and guy too) out and about around Denton and makes imaginative, fun stationery.

I lucked out with a double take home since my upcycled, reclaimed wool stocking ornament
was wrapped in a Bridged Bammer Bags original mini. Ian was with me and participated in the exchange too with another tree for a tree made with copper wire and larger Czech beads going along with my Tree of Life series. He took home a really nice reclaimed leather dove ornament.

We all had a great time laughing and stealing each others' ornaments until they were locked down and left passing along warmest holiday wishes. Until the next event, I'm sure everyone will be busy getting through this holiday season.

Friday, December 9, 2011

And the wind blew the trees

Well last weekend was a busy one for me. I attended two events which my new Tree of Life series was featured.

On Friday night, in conjunction with the Denton tree lighting and First Friday Denton I spent the evening demonstrating my technique at A Creative Art Studio. There was live Celtic music as well as a performance by the Denton High strings ensemble. We had warm wassail and tasty finger foods. There was a fairly large crowd that came through and right off the bat I sold two of my trees. The woman who bought them was so excited about them that I couldn't help but feel good and wear a big bright smile.

At the end of the evening I thanked Robin for having me and headed out into the crowd. I must admit that before I located them in the crowd I took a few moments to myself to walk amongst celebrating and take in the Denton evening. I had the chance to taste some of the remaining wassail that was still being served as part of Denton's wassail fest. Thanks La Di Da for the delicious leaded wassail that warmed me up in the cool wet Denton air. Then, I made a quick stop into one of my son's favorite shops More Fun Comics & Games to pick up a little something for Chanukkah.

When I had breathed it all in I headed over to the stage area to find my fellas. Lucky for me, Jim is tall and usually easy to spot over the crowd so it was no problem. We shared the warm wassail and brought in the holiday season with hundreds of other Detonites as Sarah Jaffe and members of Midlake entertained us all. On my way back tot he car I happened upon all the friends I have made over the past year as they stood on the corner schmoozing. What a fun evening.

As if that wasn't enough for one weekend, on Saturday night some of my trees were featured at the Oxide Gallery December opening reception. There were three different shows being featured that night; their regular gallery show, a juried show themed in Childhood, and the juried jewelry show. They had music, catered food, wine and plenty of good cheer. I really enjoyed being able to walk around and chat with the other artists and guests. The show will be up through the month of December and will be changing at the end of January.

Until next week, happy crafting.