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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Going to Costa Rica!

...not me, sadly, but one of my journals! I was contacted by a woman in Boca Raton and she comissioned a journal for her trip to Costa Rica for research. How exciting! She provided photos of the native wildlife and a few examples of my previous work to give me an idea of what she would like. That was perfect and I was able to make something that she loves. Yay! She said her next trip will probably be to Alaska...what an interesting life she has...I'm jealous LOL!
The second bit of exciting news is that I was contacted by an online magazine and she wants to feature my work in an upcoming issue. I need to supply high res photos and a short bio. Which reminds me, I have to jump on that now that the comissioned journal is finished!
I was also contacted by Soleyne.com and invited to join their invitation-only selling gallery site. Sounds exciting and I am going to take 5 of my journals and tiles from my Etsy site and move them over and see what happens. They are a juried gallery and have to approve all submissions. They are promoting themselves to be a premier online selling gallery much like a brick and mortar gallery and are gearing up to hit the market with an ad campaign in May 2009. I am looking forward to this new exposure!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Where are you spring?

Here it is, nearly mid April and the weather is almost winter like. In fact less than a week ago after a streak of warm wonderful spring-like weather, we had a snowstorm! The snow melted quickly but still....!
I often dream of moving to Southern California or New Mexico where the temperature remains fairly consistent, at least compared to Missouri. There have been times, here in the Midwest, when the temperature dropped 50 degrees or more in one day. Some say " if you don't like the weather, just wait a few minutes" It seems to be true quite often. So, thoughts of palm trees swaying in the breeze and temps in the 70's most days sounds simply wonderful.
But, you know...I think I'd actually miss the change of the seasons. Especially the remarkable transformation from dead, brown foliage and naked trees to the day that the trees burst into full bloom seemingly over night. Suddenly there are flowers everywhere, the grass is bright green and lush and the birds are in full chorus.
My second favorite season is fall. It is such a relief when the temperature drops from the 90's and 100's to 60 or 70 degrees. Ahhh......! Even though it is sad to see the days growing shorter, I love all of the sights and smells of fall. Albert Camus said "Autumn is like a second spring, when every leaf is a flower" How true!
I have to get busy with my clay before the weather gets too hot. My little toaster/convection oven works great to cure my polymer clay and doesn't heat up the house like the regular stove does but the temp in my house, with the air conditioner running constantly, never drops below 80 degrees and the clay gets all sticky and squishy. What a mess LOL!
Well, here's to spring! Don't be shy, we are waiting for you!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Wow! My first sale to Russia!!

I am so excited! After a few weeks of little sales in my Etsy shop, I found that I had sold a jewelry box that I decorated months ago. The most expensive piece I had for sale. Next thing I knew, this same buyer chose two other pieces also! I was so happy and when I learned that he is in Moscow, that was the icing on the cake. I love selling to buyers in new countries. There is something about the thought of my art now all over the world that is thrilling. :)
One of the first pieces I ever sold was a dragon called Ferdinand and he now lives in New Zealand. It's like a part of me now lives in these exotic lands. And yet, boring ol' me has never even been out of the United States....sigh*