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Friday, October 30, 2009

Hunt Valley Show2009

The Christmas/Holiday Show is being held at the Embassy Suites on International Circle in Hunt Valley on Sunday,November 1 from 10am until 4pm. Now Halloween will be over but there will still be some folks in costumes making the day even more festive.

I've gotten some work done and will have several animal pins, a new item, available to premiere at the show! There will be some Le Cirque pieces along with the normal array of bears and other odd animals.

Be sure to stop by and say hi if you can and see what a bunch of bear artists are up to this time of year, maybe your Christmas gift or that special present to give is waiting for you.We sure are, see you Sunday.

Have a safe Halloween.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


I am still working on my pieces for the Hunt Valley Show being held in Maryland on November 1st. But it's been a little hard as my cat, my furry friend of thirteen years in the space of hours became very ill on Monday. In our years the vet says she is 68 years old. I am waiting on blood tests and in the meantime she can barely walk and can't lift her body into the litter box but somehow managed to get up onto the dining chair! I love that cat! Anyway here's two of the cat jewelry pins. I made a black one and a calico. It gave me some peace to make them.

-- Posted while out and about

Monday, October 26, 2009

CF VegFest 2010 Review

That would be me on the left scurrying to the Central Florida veg Fest this Saturday, along with my husband(whose feet you don't see).We obviously weren't hurrying because an elderly couple overtook and passed us as we were going to slow for them! How embarrassing!
The next photo is of Loch Haven where it was held and it was a beautiful day.
There were plenty of vendors and sponsors and the usual you would expect like PETA, Animal Activists.vegetarian restaurants etc. Along with music, speakers and demonstrations. And if you are not vegetarian or vegan, like me, you may wonder why go. I didn't feel like I was beat over the head to change my mind and because children were there too , I didn't see a lot of the horror pictures that just turn me off to the cause. I like education better. The opportunity to try thinggs out and figure out what's best for me on my own.

So my husband and I tried the vegan cheese which was very good, but I can't have because it has soy protein. People with thyroid problems should avoid soy protein as it interferes with the meds you take. But this Sheese was very good.
We also tried organic maqui superberry an antioxidant that you take a teaspoon of everyday.

There was a farm co-op that had way too many people around it to get to the table. Good for them bad for me.

Personal chefs gave a cooking demonstration on how to make Mushroom Ceviche. Did you know that if you leave anything in lemon or lime juice the acidity will break it down, essentially cooking it! Picking up tidbits all the time.
The restaurants had wonderful food, Pizza Fusion had pizza of course and the biggest brownies, while Dandelion tea had a green ginger tea that was wonderful( I'll be visiting soon!).

Had fun and would go again next year.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Still working

--this is one of my new jewelry pieces, a cat head with bow tie and a locket. You can add pictures or your own word for the day inside the locket. It will be available at the Hunt Valley show. Now back to work on that owl. Oops:) was I keeping that secret?!

Connected Again

Happy, happy me, my internet is backup and working! Not that you missed much, I am getting ready for my next show at Hunt Valley, it's the Christmas,Holiday Show being held November1st.

More on that later. It's already Thursday so hope you have a good weekend planned. In between my work I will be squeezing in a visit to the Vegfest being held here in Lock Haven Park in Orlando. Hopefully there will be goodies to send to my vegan daughter and a few things for me to try too. Working on staying healthy and keeping some health issues at bay. And in that same strain am enjoying my yoga classes though one instructor is kicking my butt. I go to a really great place, Red Sun Yoga, where they make the effort to know who you are, address you by name and make you feel welcome.

Photo from The Flip Flop Show book

Well, it's back to work for me. Have a good one and I'll be back with workroom news.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

People are partying

A Fanciful Twist is hosting a Halloween Blog party today. I started reading posts last night, so far Yesterdays Glitter and Bear Bits posts are my favorite. Go check them out, join the party!

And it's a great day for one, Florida has weather in the seventies today. Happy, happy, happy!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Gallery Opening Reception

"No Strings Attached" presented by IBEX Puppetry had its gallery opening Thursday evening as part of the 5th annual Orlando Puppet Festival. Would you care to tag along?

These are some of the works that were presented and I was lucky enough to be one of the artist included.

Helaine Schneider did the two tree works,"Tree Cremation Urn" and "Feet Planted, Eyes to the Sky".

The party scene above is by Marsian and is titled "Growing Up Linda". The party girl is in red.

On the left is David Stephens "Robber" and "Rabbits".

Both of these pieces are in Heather Henson private collection. "Goat" by Scott Radke and "Johnny Crows Garden" by Darlene Allen(okay that's me:)

That's "Marley and Scrooge" on the left, and
"Bro' Rabbit Friends and Foes", the other two pieces I exhibited.

There was a wonderful turnout and of course much more to see but I did not get pictures of it all.

Had the opportunity to overhear two gentlemen discussing my work
just enough to know they were talking about it, but not to clearly hear. As any artist knows we work in a vacuum and so when we get out of our workrooms we feed on that energy from our collectors to keep us inspired and creating. Needless to say as I told my husband "i'm dying here". "What do you want?"
"To know what they are saying!"
And when I wouldn't ask, HE did! He told them, this is my wife the artist and she is shy...

And they came over and explained they like the work and how it featured human characteristics in animal form. ie similar to the new film Mr. Fox that will be coming out. They got it! So cool. Thanks dear, I am still so embaressed. Yes I am shy, just don't tell anybody okay?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Marley and Scrooge

Here they are finally.Had to remake Marley's outfit, didn't like it. Looked too modern instead of period piece.

This is Marley. He wears a shirt,pants and jacket. He is encased in chains with keys and padlocks.

This is Scrooge.He wears a nightshirt with drawers underneath . Time permitting he would have a nigtcap which I will take down just before the show.
Is sleep in my future? Have a good day!

Friday, October 9, 2009


The bodies of Marley and Scrooge are done.Now on to the clothing. The patterns are made so next is cut and sew. See you later.

Just the faces till they are dressed:)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

It's Puppet Time

The second gallery showing for the Orlando Puppet Festival will be held October 15 - November 12 at the Gallery at Avalon Island.
That is on S Magnolia in Orlando and I have been asked to participate again. Yay. The theme is"No Strings Attached".
I will be showing three pieces, Johnny Crows Garden, Bro Rabbits Friends and Foes and Marley and Scrooge. That would be the box of unfinished pieces that will also have to be dressed! Help?!

-- Posted while out and about

Monday, October 5, 2009

Black cats

Thought I would try to post a picture of the cat anyway.

-- Posted while out and about