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Off Of Cloud Nine And Back To Work

After floating around in the clouds for a while after I received my copy of Artful Blogging, I figured it was time to get back to work, so I decided to take a little trip to the Nashville Flea Market for some inspiration and supplies.

IMG_3297Well…it was kind of a work/play day.

IMG_3303These cool bars made out of vintage truck grills were created by the guys at Rusty Rats Antiques & Vintage in East Nashville where you can find some of my jewelry creations made from vintage hardware and other up-cycled finds. IMG_3304

IMG_3295You name it, you can find it there!

IMG_3305I scored big on some beads! Mostly, I was interested in finding the vintage, pressed glass African trade beads and also some earthy stone beads that you can’t find locally. There is a bead supplier from Alabama that I always find a lot of interesting treasures in their booth. I had to search to find a few vendors with the more interesting trade beads though.

IMG_3302Then back in my studio, I started experimenting with some new methods of sand casting. I brought home some beautiful, white sand from our recent trip to the Gulf coast. Mixing it with a couple of other ingredients provided a pretty good medium to cast in. I tried some of my own designs and also cast some seashells I had collected from previous trips.

IMG_3289Combined with the trade beads and other wooden and glass beads, I was aiming for an earthy, Bohemian look for the completed pieces.

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IMG_3277       I’m very pleased with the way they turned out and excited to find new ways to cast focal pieces that are one of a kind.

IMG_3291These pieces will be available locally, but if you are interested, please leave a comment and I can create a custom Etsy listing for you in my shop.

Creativity Infusion

 

Ahhh….so much fun crammed into one day! What can I say…the Art-is-You conference was a blast! I took a jewelry class with Richard Salley called Alchemy and Elements. He made everything SO easy and clear. I came away with several pieces in various stages of completion and a renewed excitement and an anticipation of many creative hours in my studio.

Let us pause for a kitty interruption. As I was taking these photos Tilly wanted to get into the act. She kept rubbing on my camera and making it difficult to get a good shot. After giving into her attention craving, I got back to business.

If you ever get a chance to take a class from Richard (assisted by his talented wife Jane, an artist in her own right) you will be glad that you did. The people that you meet in these classes are instant friends with kindred spirits and your creativity will be filled to the brim.

More to come about the conference in future posts.

 

Flea Market Finds

I made a LONG overdue trip to the flea market in Nashville yesterday. I found lots of cool things that I was looking for at my favorite bead supplier and a cute little frozen Charlotte, but the best thing I found was a new friend! While looking at the Charlottes, I got into a discussion about drilling into china with a lady on the other side of the table. We immediately connected and chatted our way through the different booths.

Check out her very cool Etsy shop:  Plate Ovations

She does amazing things with china! We also discovered that we are attending the same art conference with the same teacher, however not on the same day.

A fun art event has finally come to Nashville  Art is …You