Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy NEW Year.

new jewelry design inspired by Diana

It’s been a strange, emotional, powerful and wonderful year and I’ve learned a lot.  Mostly that I have so much to be thankful for.  And that I have the most amazing friends and family. I’m so very grateful for all the love, guidance and support.  

Moving my studio from Plymouth to Abington was the best decision I’ve made in a long time as I now have one large space to accommodate several different mediums (painting, stained glass and woodworking) and I’m in a building with other artists and small businesses.  And being around other like-minded folks and creating art in that old building, formerly a textile factory, with its exposed brick and wood beams fulfills a long-time desire of mine… and it just feels right.  
the studio space in May 2011
Since I moved there in May and the craft show season was just beginning, I had to hit the ground running and didn’t have time to really fix it up.  So until now, it's been bare bones and utilitarian.. which I’m beginning to think is a good thing.  Because I’ve found that living in a space for a while before you fill it up with all your shit actually allows you to “be” in the space and figure out what you really want to do there before it gets all cluttered up with crap.   So eight months later, I needed to make a decision.  To stay or not... and after taking some time to figure things out both personally and professionally, I'm staying put. And so this raw, open space will be transformed into a clean, fresh studio and showroom for the new year.  Here’s a little taste of what’s to come.. (and yes, that is a WHITE floor.  I know, what the f*ck am I thinking...)
I have some pretty lofty goals for next year and I'm ready to take on whatever challenges are ahead.  Thank you for reading this and supporting me and my artful journey.  Wishing you a peaceful, happy, healthy new year.
Buca - the super, wonder kitty
One final note… I had to say goodbye today to Buca, my devoted, gentle companion of seven years.  He was the best kitty.. so sweet, affectionate and loving.  And he will be missed.  xoxo

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

How is it already December 6th?

The last few months have been a blur. I'm behind on just about everything, my 'to do' list grows by the minute, my house is a mess, my studio is a disaster, and even my cats are speaking in full sentences to express their frustration (and by that I mean, they're pooping on the floor..).  Alas, I have three more shows scheduled for this month including a two-person artisan boutique on Saturday, December 10th which I know will be lots of fun because I’ll be set up alongside Marla from Back Porch Soap Company at her home-based studio at 779 Union Street in Duxbury, MA from 10am to 3pm. Between the two of us, there’ll be a great selection of wonderful gifts to choose from for everyone on your shopping list..
Then I’m off to hang out with 50 of my closest artsy pals in Pawtucket, RI for CRAFTOPIA on Sunday December 11th from 10am to 4pm. 
Then the final show of the season is in Jamaica Plain, MA at the Footlight Club on Saturday, December 17th from 11am to 5pm.  Weehah!, AG Ambroult, Hilary and Rocklen Designs will also be there... so you know it'll be fun, festive and full of great goods.
p.s. wishing Emily and Keith a fabulous wedding weekend in sorry to miss it but I'll be with you in spirit! Love you guys.. have a blast!