Redmond Saturday Market

It’s here! A new market season at Redmond Saturday Market is upon us/me.

It’s funny how quickly I can go from being unable to imagine those six-day “work” weeks to feeling that attending the market is just part of my world. It was a pretty good day yesterday, and I think I’m ready for this season.

I keep thinking that I want to focus on just a few things, but do them really well. What do I cut out? What do I focus on? There’s always soul searching, isn’t there?

Octopus journal ready for next Saturday’s jury.

Next week I jury for journals. I’m excited about that. I don’t know if they’ll be big sellers or not, but I love making them.

Front, back and end pages of a journal. I used two old book covers and added special end papers.

We popped into Goodwill the other day and I found three board games that will be perfect covers! The box for the Careers game is so lovely. I feel like I need to keep those images for use for something else. Then Morgan found an Uncle Wiggily game at Value Village, and now I get to work with that, too. It’s an embarrassment of board game riches.

Finding gold at Goodwill. Oh how I love that place.

The 20-year-old nephew is in town, and today will be another day of adventure. More family members will start showing up soon, I need to get to tidying and prepping.

Long time coming

Wow! How is it that I haven’t posted anything in so long? Could it be the back-to-back work trips that took me to Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal, New Hampshire and Vermont? Indeed, I think that’s the reason.

On the trips I came close to finishing a shawl, worked on Morgan’s socks and read two books. (I loved both The Book that Matters Most and Dumplin’. Both had something that I needed, and I can’t say that it’s only coincidence that I read them when I did. I love how books often reach you when you need them most.

I’ve been home for a week now, and I’ve been able to get quite a few things done. (Including some gardening and work on a birthday present.)

To help get myself focused, I set out everything that I’d like to finish in time for the market. I’ve made a decent dent, but there’s still so much to do.

(Before you get the picture parade, I will start by saying that I know I need more process photos. At this time of year, at the heart of market prep, it’s hard to slow down and take photos. I mostly just want to get things made!)

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All of these pieces are waiting for some bead embroidery. I really want to tackle the yellow and black piece of resin, even though I’m not sure that it would be a big hit. I know, I should start with the lucite.
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These three pieces used to be wire wrapped together. And then … some Mickey Mouse comments prompted me disassemble them and turn them into a pendant and earrings.
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I turned this “Mickey Mouse” head upside down and think that this look, with wire-wrapped crystals joining sections of chain, is pretty good.
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I’d socked away these purplish beads and when I unearthed them, I know that I needed to stamp on the big one. I kind of love it. The owl is pretty great, imho.
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After the class I took on coloring metal, I was inspired to do these piece. The pink-and-blue one says “Love.” I did another Love piece with a backwards “e.” Oh Stephanie … I may have to wear it myself.
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These are the three wood-burned discs that I colored in. I covered both sides of each pendant with resin.The one on the bottom right is the backside with some pebeo paint. It’s pretty cool. I’d love to dangle some crystals, but that would make it a little uncomfortable, if someone wanted to wear the other side facing out.
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These three are made from either paper clay or polymer clay. That reminds me, I’m taking an image-transfer-on-polymer-clay class in two weeks. Yahoo!!!
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Another polymer clay piece, painted with crackle paint and acrylics. I love all of those fire-polished beads. That is the Stephanie color palette. No other colors need apply.

 

I can’t jury for journals until the second Saturday of May, so I have a little extra time to finish the journals I’d like to make. Remember the image transfer journal cover that didn’t work out? I just pasted some scrapbook paper over those eyesores and here’s how the outside will look on both sides. I love it! I added some sparkly embossing powder, which doesn’t really show up in this photo. Guess you’ll have to pop by the Redmond Saturday Market and check it out in person.

Journal cover. I think I need to move away from underwater themes soon.
Journal cover. I think I need to move away from underwater themes soon.

OK, it’s time to pack up some projects to take the East Side. It’s Easter and my brother’s birthday. We’ve got a double celebration in the works!

Flower power

Morgan had the brain last week, which left me with little energy for much of anything. I did, however, smash a few more flowers. They just keep showing up on my desk at work.

In this process I’ve learned that:

Hydrangeas are a hearty flower.image

Sweet peas will fade to a weird grayish blue.image

Lantana looks like Fruity Pebbles.image

And the pansies growing outside of my door don’t mind that I keep taking the blooms. The plants just keep making more.image

oh, I also had time to realize that I still love playing with clay.image

There’s always time for a distraction

As I mentioned last week, I had a good 10-14 day chunk of time where there was a lot of time and attention given to my birthday and preparing food and presents for others. Last night officially ended my birthday weekend, so now I can get back to working on jewelry pieces. While I only fondled beads as I organized them, I didn’t have time to work on anything new. I did, however, find some time yesterday to break out the watercolor paints and muck about just a little.

I had this stamp for years and never knew what it was. It’s pretty cool. Silly me…

I’m not sure why, but there is something in me that wants to paint. Above all other crafts (or arts!), painting is the one thing that has the strongest siren song. Maybe that’s why I own just about every kind of paint one can have. It’s nearly embarrassing.

  

I have next to no experience with oils or watercolors. Wait, that’s not true, I did take two polymer clay 

 classes with Doreen Kassel a few years ago, and we painted our clay with oil paints.

 

Polymer clay painted with oil paints
 
That leaves watercolors. So, after poking around CraftsyCraftsy, I decided that the watercolor cards class was something I wanted to check out. I’ve learned some good tips and techniques, but mostly I’ve learned that I love to add color with watercolor paints to stamped images.
Instead of making excuses, I’ll just let these images be. Some will be added to thank you cards. Some will serve as inspiration. And some will likely live in some dark corner for a while to be rediscovered months from now. (I kind of love finding things I’ve made and marveling that I ever had a hand in that item/project.

 

What can I say, I’m a sucker for hedgehogs.
 
What I’m also loving about painting in stamped images, is that I’ve been digging into my boxes of stays and reintroducing myself to images I’ve not used in a long time.

Rest assured that painting is on the agenda for my next vacation. And, maybe, enameling and beading and encaustic and …

It’s good to play, right? Right!