Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Smoke gets in my eyes....

Lots about these fires in the news lately. :-(
We had been enjoying out new digs and the local area immensely. A couple of weeks ago my husband I went hiking in an area known as the "inner basin" (the fires are burning not too far from this area.) It was a hot, beautiful day and we packed a picnic and hiked the two miles through this

and this

To see this....

and this

Please send prayers and wishes for rain.

On the front page of our local newspaper today was a beautiful story that brought tears to my eyes. I encourage you to pop on over and read it. (I have been weepy a lot lately... Not sure why... lots of changes going on around here. A Billie Holiday song is making me tear up even as I write this).

Speaking of being weepy, have you seen Toy Story 3 yet? Wow. I never cried so much at the end of a movie. Describing the plot of the movie alone brought tears to my eyes when I was explaining it to a coworker. The first Toy story was the first movie that I took my sweet son to see and now, much like Andy, he is growing up, becoming a handsome young man before my very eyes. Wish I could slow time down a bit.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Long Overdue!

Hi everyone! So my first grad school semester is finally over and we are getting close to being settled in the new place (photos coming soon). Thanks for being so patient with me and for continuing to read and comment here. Reciprocation on my part is long overdue. I took the summer off from school so that I could focus more on getting The Polka Dot Pixie restocked and ready for the upcoming seasons and so that I could refocus my blogging. and have the chance to read my favorite blogs (I have over 1000 unread posts in my Google Reader).

One thing I never had the opportunity to share was my fabulous trip to the East Coast where I participated in the lovely Lisa Kettell’s Art Opera. It was a blast and I have to say, I found the people of New York and New Jersey to be some of the warmest, kindest and funniest I have ever met. I hope to head back there in the fall. Here’s some photos from the Art Opera Vendor fair….

(My Alice collection kept the moo card swap spot company)

(Lisa’s beautiful display)

(Everyday is a Holiday- Jenny and Aaron’s work is even sweeter in person)

(Just gorgeous work by Vintage by Crystal!)

I found some awesome vintage goodies at the fair which i will be sharing in a future post.

I taught two classes at Art Opera and my students were amazingly talented and sweet. I really love being able to share the joy that sculpting brings me.

(Above is the mega-talented Ann Denise Anderson, proudly displaying her almost finished bluebird couple from my Bluebird Wedding Cake Topper class)

(There is the amazing Miss Lisa herself, putting her own spin on her fairy in my Sculpting Your Inner Pixie class! Check out her work in progress Pixie )

Speaking of inner pixies, I will be making the kit available soon for purchase for $30 (includes pre- sculpted pixie, wand, armature, choice of fairy wings, crepe, ribbon, glitter and instructions). Please email me if you are interested in reserving a kit. (update, June 23... they are ready! )

I have so much more to share with everyone . It’s been too long! But in effort to kept this post relatively and readably short, I will postpone a few more pics for my next post (which I promise, will not take 2 months to write). I have missed everyone and look forward to catching up with you all.