If I am leaving anyone out I am sorry, it's late and I have been traveling all day. Of course giving the artwork to Martha Stewart is one of the BIG highlights!
I had to go and sign books from 1-2:30pm so I was really worried I would miss her. As soon as I was done with the book signing I rushed back to the Ranger booth and waited. All of a sudden I looked to my right and I saw her!! If I had been looking the other way for one more second I would have missed her. She was walking very quietly with her staff and it would have been easy to miss. But I saw her!
She was about 10 feet away and I turned and I held the artwork out for her staff to see. They gave me a nod and then I approached her and I handed it to her and told her what a fan I am of hers and then I can't remember what I said. I said about 3 sentences and I hope I didn't sound like a crazy person. Then her assistant looks at my name badge and goes "oh you're claudine!" and I go "yeah!" which I think I yelled I was so excited. Wow! That means they had heard of me! How cool is that!!! Then I could tell it was time for them to move on so I said thank you and then I think I ran away!
This morning I woke up and I thought it was all a dream. It happened so fast and it was like a total out of body experience. The Ranger people told me today that they got a photo of Martha holding the artwork while she finished walking the show, so I can't wait to get my hands on that photo! I will post it if I can get it!!
I am just so excited I was able to give it to her. I hope she liked it!! It was such a thrill. I will remember that moment for a long time!
I have to run but will write the details of how it happened later. I am just so thrilled I was able to give it to her! hooray!!!
I made Martha Stewart the above artwork of her and her dogs, Franchesca and Paw Paw, and I have hopes of giving it to her tomorrow after her keynote speech.
We'll see if I can get past her handlers to be able to give it to her. My hopes are not high but there is still hope. I do know that tomorrow is my only chance. I contacted "her people" through her web site and they said any gift packages mailed to her would be returned or thrown away (gasp!). So I have to give it to her or nothing. We'll see! If it works out great, if not, oh well!
And you'll never guess who else was on the plane! Kurt Russell! He was in first class (of course). I wonder what he was doing in Orlando, I would think he would have more exciting places to travel, but maybe he likes it there! Anyway it was neat seeing him at baggage claim at LAX with all the rest of us waiting for his bags. I think if I were that famous, I would have someone else waiting for my bags! I resisted the urge to ask for an autograph.
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When I read the theme, I thought, oh yay! I love red!
This is a piece I created a little while ago, but it's still one of my favs. I am rushing to get ready to leave town, so no time to make a new piece, maybe I can work on one while I am demoing at CHA. If I come up with anything new, I'll post it :)
Would you post in the comments 3 to 5 descriptive words you think of when looking at my artwork?
Need to look at some art to think? Here's a link to my portfolio, and my commission portfolio.
As a bonus for doing this favor for me, you could win FREE STUFF! oh boy!
I will draw out of a hat one winner and send you a signed copy of my 2nd book. Another winner will get a free set of my Poppet® Kitty stamps from Lazar StudioWerx!
I'll do the drawing when I get back from CHA on Thursday February 1st, so you have time to think!
Thanks for your help!
EDITED -- February 1st -- WINNERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN!
I printed all 120+ posts for the contest, then cut them all up and Paul helped me draw out of a hat. Here are the winners!
Jayna won a copy of my 2nd book!
Lana R won a set of Poppet® Kitty stamps from Lazar StudioWerx!
I will email you both and send out your prizes right away-- Jayna I don't have your email, can you please send it to me?
Thanks to everyone who played. That was fun! I think I'll do another contest soon :)
Now it's live and you can hear it. Yay!
We talk about the ins and out outs of being on craft TV shows, blogging, getting started in the studio, why I can't make jewelry and more!
Visit the Craft Cast web site and listen!
This morning I drove Paul to work at 4:30am, then came home, caught a couple minutes of extra sleep, called the vet, then took Toby to the vet. By the time I get to the vet Toby's red infected eye is no longer red (figures) but Toby did have a fever so we now have him on antibiotics (poor guy!).
Then I rush Toby home, race off to get my hair cut, then head back to pick Paul up from work, rush home and start packing up orders to be shipped off tomorrow.
Whew! What a hectic day! It was if the universe was listening to me and my feeling crazy, because Jennifer Louden's new book arrived on my door step!I've just started it and am loving it!! Highly recommend!
Oh boy! My new greeting card designs are in the new Amber Lotus catalog! I am so excited! I don't know the exact date when the cards will be released, but I'll keep you updated. Here's a scan from the catalog below.
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EDITED 2pm WEDNESDAY: thanks for all the sweet comments about the cards! I am so glad you like them! I am also working on making these images and a few others into wood mounted repros for wall hangings. Let me know here in the comments which images are your favs and I will put those on my list! Right now I can tell the cat hair one is already a fav :)
Amber Lotus tells me the cards will be on their web site soon. I will post an update when they are live!
Here's a commission that I just finished up for this gal and her family! There was a funny story about her kitty climbing up a tree so I made sure she was in the tree in the artwork.
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I knew I would love it after watching the trailer, but I had no idea how caught up in the movie I would get. I got so emotional at the end I boo-hooed all the way out of the theater and across the parking lot to the car. Then even cried a bit on the way home. Something about it struck such a chord with me. Bring tissues!
During the movie, every so often Paul and I would look at each other and exclaim "Cynthia would LOVE this movie" It's like it was made for her. Cynthia, if you are reading this, drop everything and go see this movie!!
A warning it is very violent and not for children at all!
Here's the good news!
The smARTist Tele-summit registration has been extended to NOON on Monday! (even if you sign up Monday you'll still get to hear the calls from Thursday and Friday, and Monday morning so you won't miss a thing!)
And a Bonus!! If you'd like to listen to the 90 minute call that was on Thursday, with experts like Joan Stewart of the Publicity Hound. Click here to listen now (note: this is NOT the call I was on, but I am listening today and taking notes!)
Click here to read more about this amazing week-long event!
PS. If you sign up for the Platinum Program, you'll get a 14 day Stay on Track Program, to help you realize your new goals from the summit. I'll be doing the Stay on Track Program too and I am so excited about the jump start this will give my business this year! yay!!
9am-12 Ranger Booth #4843 - demo
9am - 12 Ranger Booth #4843 - demo
Tuesday January 30th
9am-12 Ranger Booth #4843 - demo
Hope to see you there!
so here are a couple pics I just snapped of her! Gosh look at that belly! She is on a diet I promise!
1) I am an only child. Contrary to only child lore, I never wanted a sibling.
2) Before I leave the house I have to check the oven to make sure it's off, sometimes I check twice or three times.
3) I like the smell of gasoline and freshly washed sheets. Strangely both smells remind me of my summers in London
4) Generally, I am a very happy person but I love to read dark and moody books, check my "Books I like" section in my sidebar and you'll see what I mean.
5) People tell me my laugh is very recognizable, but I never know if they mean in a good way or not
I tag: Carmi, Christina, Nina K.
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I'm a little late with this piece, usually I like to get the IF's done by Saturday at the latest, but this piece gave me a bit of trouble so I had to wrestle with a little bit. But I think it came out OK in the end.
When I read the IF theme of 80's first I thought, ewww, 1980's but then I thought of a spunky lady in her 80's and what would she do that might surprise people. So I imagined a woman driving her sporty little car in the city with her doggie. Ironically this photo is of my grandma who never learned to drive. So here she is driving now!
If you don't know Noel's story, here's a quick update - Noel is a puppy and she is missing both her ears because of being used as a fighting bait dog by mean horrible people. My good friend, Bernie Berlin runs a grass roots animal rescue and has brought her home and she is on the mend. You can read more about Noel on Bernie's blog.
We thought it would be fun to make her new hats with ears so when she is all healed she can can be one stylish puppy. The hats also serve a function because her inner ear needs to be protected from the cold.
If you would like to try making Noel a hat too, I posted her measurements here. And Vickie Howell made her a super duper awesome hat and posted her pattern on her blog. Thanks Vickie!
Noel is going to need some major surgery (approx $2,000!) to fix all the damage that was caused by being used as a bait dog. If you would like to donate money to Noel's cause you can find a donation link in the side bar of Bernie's blog.
Also, for the month of January I have a 5x7 print available for $20 each at the Pretty Darn Swell gallery. $5 from each sale goes to the charity of my choice. My donation will go to Bernie Berlin's A Place to Bark animal rescue which will in turn go to help Noel! Click here to shop at Pretty Darn Swell and help a wonderful cause! This print will only be available for the month of January, get them while you can!
I'll be showing a project from my second book, called canvas wall book. I will be making a little book out of un-stretched canvas and then attaching it to a stretched canvas so you can hang the book on a wall. Sounds a tad confusing but turns out really cute.
We filmed this in September 2005 and the taping went by so fast. Now I have no memory of what I said or did or how the filming went! Should be interesting to see!
I cleaned and vacuumed out my car (I never do this so it was a big feat!) The did the laundry and cleaned the rest of the house and even did the dishes too. I did a really big clean where I got out the big vacuum and not just the little one that I use most weeks. Whew! I am worn out. It's nice to have such a shiny and clean home and car!
Yesterday Paul and I went to mall. Ugh! I attempted to find something to wear to CHA. I did manage to find one shirt, but now I am wondering if I will be cold in it because it's got short sleeves. I do have a jacket I could wear over it I guess. Never know how cold those convention halls will be! Usually I end up in a long sleeve shirt with a scarf and a jacket on because they make it so cold. I think I'll bring a few options so I can change if I am freezing.
I am still working out what I will be demoing at the show and my schedule. I will be at the Ranger booth every day except the 31st from 9am - noon. And we'll have a fun time at the Lazar Studiowerx booth with a carnival type photo area where you can become a life sized Poppet®! Hope to see some of you there!
Tonight we'll be watching Rome. I am excited for the second (and last) season!
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The teleclass will be at the smARTist Tele-summit. I'll be joining a dozen other art career experts, and full time artists, bringing you nitty-gritty presentations to help you get recognized, exhibited and paid for your art.
For those of you who want to turn your art hobby into a full time business or would like to refine your business, this will be a great opportunity to learn in the comfort of your home.
It all kicks off this Thursday, Jan 18th! Click here to register for the tele-classes or to learn more about the program.
I had to make the tough decision to fly through Dallas, TX.
I swore off any connections through Dallas in 2003 when I got stuck on the tarmac on an American Airlines plane for 5 hours because of "weather."
It was a direct flight from Orlando to Dallas that took 8 hours! Ugh, I said never again!
But the flight times and prices were the best so I decided to take my chances. I will hope for the best and that Dallas will redeem itself to me as an acceptable airport to make a connection in. We'll see, it was bad enough in Houston this last October, I might have to swear off Texas all together.
I was looking at my workshop schedule for this year and boy oh boy is it tiny! This will be the least amount that I have taught since I first began teaching. I am excited to have more time to spend working on my art and commissions, and goals for the future.
If you were looking for a workshop for this year, take a peek at my schedule, classes are filling up fast! My Bonita Springs workshop is already sold out, yay! After Bonita Springs, I am only teaching at 2 USA locations + 1 in Canada and then of course Italy too!
P.S. above artwork is a Christmas commission I did, of a husband and wife and their newly adopted son -- what a sweet family!!
This is an episode that I just taped this September, I'll be demonstrating how to make your own Victorian Cone puppet out of a plastic oil funnel.
Watch for this funny part to see if I look like a dummy head -- at the beginning of the episode I show the crafters and Jen how to remove the tab from the funnel, so I say "it's really easy to remove the tab from the funnel" and then I struggle with it for like 5 minutes before it comes off!
In my defense I did have to hold my hand at a weird angle so the camera could see -- which made it hard to get a nice cut with the utility knife. When I do it at home or in class the tabs normally pop right off! I wonder if they will leave in that part or edit it out. I hope they edit it out. It makes me sweaty to even think about it. I think I'll watch with one hand over my eyes.
The good news it that this is perfect weather for our new roof. The guys aren't too hot working up there and it's nice and dry. Today they arrived at 8am and starting scraping off all the old roof. It was loud!
Poor Mabel ! She was so upset, she ran under the bed and didn't come out until they left. Then she ran straight to her food bowl crying. Poor girly!
Stanley and Toby weren't bothered at all by all the noise Toby slept through most of it, snoring loudly, and Stan was as frisky as ever. It looks like the roofers will be here tomorrow and then probably finish up Thursday. It will be nice to have a brand new roof well before hurricane season!
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I am off to get an early night, we are getting a new roof and the roofers will be here bright and early tomorrow. I hope Stanley, Mabel and Toby don't get too upset about all the noise!
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When I first read the theme I thought immediately of gossip and what better place to gossip than the beauty parlor!
P.S. there's that turquoise paint again!
And just so Mabel doesn't feel left out, here's a photo of her relaxing on our dining room rug. Look at that belly!
That was exciting!
She will be having a show in Feb. and is interested in my work for that. She picked out a pile of my Poppet® sketches and also a few 3-d collages as well. Yay!
Other than that I worked on commissions, and some other projects that needed tending to. Here's a canvas commission that I just sent out of this super cute little girl playing dress up ballerina. What a sweetie! For some reason this image looks blurry until you click on it to enlarge.Usually the thumbnail doesn't do that but tonight I can't get it to stop.
I can't believe tomorrow is Friday! What happened to this week, it just flew by!
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Also an episode of DIY's Craft Lab that I taped in 2005 will air Jan 16th and February 26th on the DIY Channel! I'll be showing the Canvas Wall Book project from my second book. Exciting!
Here's the great news!
$5 from each sale goes to the charity of my choice. My donation will go to Bernie Berlin's A Place to Bark animal rescue. Click here to shop at Pretty Darn Swell and help a wonderful cause! This print will only be available for the month of January, get them while you can!
On the topic of Bernie's rescue, my mom and I created a prototype for Noel's hat. If you don't know Noel's story, here's a quick update - Noel is missing both her ears because of being used as a bait dog by mean horrible people. Bernie has brought her to her rescue and she is on the mend. You can read more about Noel on Bernie's blog. We thought it would be fun to make her new hats with ears so when she is all healed she can can be one stylish puppy.
Mom finished a prototype headband today, this one has little cat ears in case Noel feels catty one day. We're going to send it to Bernie to see if it fits Noel, and if it does then we can make others. Thanks to Jolene for the headband idea!
If you'd like to try making Noel a hat too, here are her measurements:
10 inches from the top of her head around her head back to under her chin
if making a headband type hat as we did make it about 3 inches wide to cover where her ears used to be
if making a round type hat her head is 15.25 inches in circumference.
To mail the hat, Bernie's address is on her blog in the right sidebar.
EDITED: I uploaded a very rudimentary diagram of the headband we made. Download it as a PDF here.
Of course after making the hat we couldn't resist putting it on our critters....
Here's Stan wearing the hat Mom made for Noel, as you can see he's not thrilled to be a hat model (Stan came from Bernie's rescue and we love him so much!)
And Toby .. I woke him from a nap, so he's not a happy camper either!!