Awesome Art Show Weekend

The weekend sadly came to an end.   It was filled with great sales, lots of laughs, chats with other artists and spending time with friends.  I could not ask for much more.
This was the opening night.  My jewelry table is behind me.
Now I need to figure out how to stay motivated and inspired!  I was on quite a roll producing new ideas and I would like to keep that up.
I joined a new flickr group called “Create – a project a day – february 2011”.  Maybe this will help me stay motivated.
Of course I will be blogging about this adventure so stay tuned!
I never got to show you the chair that I did for this auction, in addition to the bar stool.
A very exciting bidding war went on over this chair, and it got the highest bid out of all the chairs.
Pretty neat to watch people react to your work like that!
There were a couple chairs that did not find homes that night and I got elected to paint them so they can be sold for the Bahamas National Trust.  I have all sorts of neat ideas and cannot wait to get started.
At my dining room table I have 8 different chairs which are painted eight different colors…..it is my other fetish besides for the plates!  I am still planning that blog post about my plate collection, so I will include the chairs in that post.
Have a great week and I will see you tomorrow with a new creation for february 1st!

Hooray December!

This is my favorite time of the year!  I love the weather, Christmas, the decorations……everything!
What I love most of all is my busyness is over for about a month!  In the last month, or so, I have travelled to Nassau to do two art shows where I got to sell my quilts and jewelry and I ran into friends that I have not seen in years!
It was really windy and I could not use all my jewelry displays, so please excuse the horrible table display.  It didnt stop people from buying and that is what counts!  The joy of outdoor shows!
In between the two art shows we had dog agility trials here…..
My potcake, Trixi, got her Novice Standard Agility title and two legs towards her Novice Jumpers with Weaves.
Above are most of us with our ribbons!!! YAY!!!
It was a week of training, trials, great friends and food!
Speaking of food…….back in August I went *VEGAN*!  I’ve been a vegetarian on and off for the last 17 years and swore I could never give up cheese.  Now I can’t believe I didn’t do this before.  I feel like a million bucks, my running is better, and I have lost most of the weight I had put on over the last two years.  So in the midst of my busy life I have been trying new recipes and enjoying every step of this new lifestyle.  I will have to do a post on the whole story another time.
After the two art shows I organized a dessert auction in aid of the humane society I work for, Friends of Abaco Animals.  It is called “Designer Desserts”.  We auctioned off some amazing desserts (and some were vegan!) and sold some vegan cupcakes.
The auction started off pretty slow but in the end we did better than 2009!  The money from this fundraiser will help spay and neuter more Abaco animals.
The day after the auction my friend, Amy, and I had a display of vegan food and environmentally friendly cleaning products at an environmental film festival put on by Friends of the Environment.
People were pretty impressed with our food.  We had raw energy cookies, black eyed pea hummus, no-egg nog (made from walnuts), vegan cupcakes.  I hope more people can realize the impact of slaughter houses on our environment, not to mention the impact on the animals and our bodies!
When all of this was over, last Sunday, we were finally able to get together with family and friends for a thanksgiving dinner.
When January comes (and it is coming very quickly) I will be preparing for an art show, Art for the Parks, which is the last weekend of January, and possibly another art show before that (which is a bit of a secret for now).
So I am going to throughly enjoy December…..family, friends, food and holiday gatherings……cannot wait!

Trying to get back on track……..

WOW!!! Can’t believe how long it has been since I blogged last!!  My life spun slightly out of control, but I think I am getting back into the *normal* (whatever that is!) swing of things.
Last week I was supposed to send out some swaps, and I was behind on that ……..
Wanted to tell you about one of them.  It is called “Quiltie Pal Swap”.  Each person in the swap makes a flat quiltie pal, takes it to various locations to take pictures, then sends it off to a secret partner.
My pal is Goombay the Bahama Turtle.
Goombay is a street festival that they have in the Bahamas, and it is also the local soda that is pineapple flavored…..YUM!
First Goombay was in the sea grape trees looking for sea grapes with Trooper, my number one helper!
Then it was off to the vet for her shots to travel, since she is going abroad!
Then a final look at the harbour, here in Marsh Harbour, before her journey begins.
I haven’t received my quiltie pal yet…..maybe this week!
Off to continue catching up on my life 🙂
Have a great week!

My Abaco Treasures

There are some days that island life can be so frustrating!  I told you in my last post about the power outages, that are unfortunately still continuing. (Thank goodness my husband sells Honda generators!)
Then there is the slow, local mail service, lack of selection on groceries….I could go on and on….but thankfully I focus on the positive…..our beautiful surroundings……and who cares if i can’t get fresh salad greens if I have this to look at…..
Days spent island hopping with friends are priceless!  I even got to meet and spend some time with a lady I met briefly a year ago.  I could have sat and chatted with her and her husband all afternoon!  We have been Facebook friends for the last year and today got to sit down, chit chat and have some laughs.  They live in Savannah, Georgia (one of my favorite places on earth!) and were generous enough to give me some hand milled grits and rice, made at their home!  I cannot wait to try them!
On that journey yesterday I was also fortunate enough to find a vintage quilt.  I think the fabrics are probably from the 50’s or 60’s.
A small bucket full of antique pottery pieces from way back when!
This photo above is just a sampling of it.
There are unusual colors in there like green, purple and brown also!
I want to find out more about some of these pieces…….their history and the story behind them, but my ultimate goal is to make them into jewelry components.  There are some larger pieces with crests and writing on them.  It is difficult for me to read, but I am sure if seen by someone who knows what they are doing, it will be easily identifiable.
So I thought I would share some of the treasures I found from the place I call home.
Hope you have a great weekend!