Art Show This Weekend

My new friend Renea Hannah {see link to her myspace on the right side bar under awesome artists} painted this for me! IS THIS NOT BEAUTIFUL???
I feel very blessed to have become her friend, not only for this painting, but she has been a deep well of inspiration and hope for me. She has made me seen my value as an artist and as a person. Our meeting has been quite intense, i only hope that it does not end. I respect when the universe gives us people in our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. I hope she's a lifer!

Today starts the mark of a busy weekend. I am doing a show in Bandera, on the courthouse lawn for Memorial weekend. We have a parade right in front of the courthouse to kick it off, so it will be busy! And it is from 8:30 to 6:00 on saturday, that is long day!!! Then sunday will be 10 to 4, which is a normal show day. I will be setting up this evening. So today I will be packing the car, sorting all of my stuff {which takes forever}, tagging last minute jewelry, photographing last minute jewelry, restocking Gunslingers, de-stocking Artifacts. Oh and Renea and I are gonna go to Artifacts at 2:00 for a 'meet the artists'. oh, blah, you dont want to hear all this...

So, I had an incredible dream the night before last. James and I were staying at my dad's house, and he was living there also. It was in the middle of the night, and james and I were in my old bedroom. We snuck out of the bedroom all quiet like to get something from the fridge. As we walked into the living room we became surrounded by glowing dragonflies. Hundreds of them, they were glowing on and off like fireflies. It was so magical. I remember instantly feeling a sense of wonder and having a childlike amazement. I noticed that some of them had little bodies like fairies. And I told James I thought they were spirits. Then floating around the room were red and green nesting dolls. You know the little dolls that fit like five or six inside on another, I can remember their traditional name. They were floating, and I would jump up and grab one, and all of a sudden would feel an extreamly strong sensation throughout my body, like a burning and a buzzing feeling, like electricity. Until it would become too much to stand and then I would let it go and it would float back up in the air. I told James to do it too, so we both kept doing it until it was too much. Then I remember going back to the bedroom and I woke up! It was just an interesting dream and had a strong overall feeling. I like to pay attention to the ones that give me a feeling, that is really the only thing to base dreams on, not the actual images or people, but the feeling you get.




Things are Looking UP

I love this necklace so much, and almost didnt put it for sale b/c I wanted to keep it! But I am so excited to sell it! A one of a kind beauty...

...and the this little girl got a bath today, she looks so pretty and clean, i love it when she gets groomed! {this is an old photo of her, but i love when she snuggles on the couch! and thank god i no longer have that couch! thanks to my rad friend christie I have a super cute 70's pink and green floral couch! *thanks*...

and this girl is just too cute for words, everyone who meets her wants to steal her! and I dont blame them! she helps me with every piece of art that i make!

...speaking of, check out more cool jewelry like the necklace above at



Starting Over

It's funny, for all of the hours I have put into my business, it always seems like I am starting over. I am always learning new things as I go, especially how i should have been doing something, so I have to start again and retrain myself. I am trying to learn marketing. Not my thing, but I like parts of it. Like working in photoshop to design things, like my header hear on blogger! I like that!

I am currently learning to price my work appropriately. Im not sure what to do, I have found out that I am charging much less for many of my jewelry pieces than I should, but I am afraid that if I raise my prices too high I will not make sales. Which sales have already been slim lately compared to usual, I guess everyone is still holding onto their money! What people dont realize is all that goes on behind the scenes. It's not just the making of the jewelry, but the materials, the time, the expenses of setting up a show and the hours spent setting it up, there is so much. and so much more. I will continue to figure it all out though.

I have been working on photos of my best friends maturnity shoot we did a few weeks ago. Here are some of my favorites so far...


I want to buy her everything for her new baby! I wish I had more money right now...

Shelley is one of the strongest women I know, she is equally beautiful, especially pregnant! A special special girl in my life, although we dont see each other often enough. I love her to death!

laura a.k.a. little miss violet



So I just picked up the new issue of Somerset's 'Artful Blogging'. I had no idea they even made this catalog, but it was ever so inspiring. Somerset Studios is an AMAZING company and they now make about 20 or more different catalog off-shoots from their original. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend. The only thing is they are $15 each for a magazine! I usually just sit at Hastings for as long as James will let me and scour the beautiful pages in awe and then try to catalog what I see somewhere in my brain. It usually slips out by the time we walk out the door and head back into the world of cars and trash, but the feeling doesnt leave. That is one of my favorite things to do, just sit in a book store and explore...

James and I went to the Japanese Tea Gardens the day before yesterday. We were both a bit disappointed. I think we should have gone to the botanical gardens instead. i tried taking pictures of flowers, which is not my thing, so we shall see. I am realizing I need more images without people in them, although that is what I love about photography, the human element, that is what inspires me.

james on the bridge
look at that background!
james cute shoes
james is a good photographer!

...that was a part of our day...

{i am so excited about my blog up and running again, i just might do it again later today!}

p.s. i noticed the quality of these images are awful, next time i will upload them better!