November seemed to go on for ever with shows, Red Dirt and Art on State Street, the 50th Anniversary tea party and Thanksgiving! In the middle of all this I was trying hard to make new products for those shows and the 2 day up coming YMCA Home Tour Boutique.
My November list was simple:
Make a Christmas tree throw
Make 2 Father Christmas throws (one to donate to the music department but time is of the essence so I might shelve the 2nd one)
Make 1 Christmas tree wall hanging
Finish the birds I started for cards and mobiles, wings are attached now but they need decorating. I’d like to use them for Christmas cards this year!
And what ever else I can fit in – and I did make 2 new Christmas Throws, Santa bags, a selection of wallets for business cards and or credit cards.!
Red Dirt and Art on State Street were great fun. We had lots of people walking through Red Dirt Christmas shopping which is always nice for artists. Art on State Street was chilly and seemed a little slow with a few busy spots but talking to friends working in the gallery there was a steady trickle of customers all day, not only paying for art from artists on the street but also making purchases from the gallery display.
The 50th Anniversary Tea Party was wonderful. My husband and boys were invaluable with their help from setting up, sorting tables to laying them.
20 to 3pm the tables laid and no one there…By 3.05 the tables were full of friends and fellow artists from the 60s – present day. It was a lovely afternoon. Perhaps it might become an annual event.
Thanksgiving was a quiet family affair as it always is. A a change from a veggie alternative I decided to cook fish and chips. Not at all traditional but a real treat. Will lent a hand and although it took for ever it was delicious and we made a veggie alternative for my hubbie.
The treat of the day is to go over to Candy’s for the Festival of Pies…with ours she had 14 this year and oh what a choice traditional pumpkin to Shaker lemon pie and chocolate mouse pie to died for!!
Candy serving Adele some pie!
So this brings me to December with my last 2 shows, end of semester for both boys, a 19th birthday and Christmas!
The YMCA Home Tour Boutique 7-8th December is followed by the last Muddy Parrot Show the following weekend on 14th December at Olive Avenue Market (opposite McKinley School, Olive Avenue). As always it seems a rush with a last push to make some new pieces of jewelry and finish up some sewing. The joy of the YMCA is the indoor venue, they provide tables and chairs, no ez-ups and no nasty cold or wet weather, coffee and a muffin in the morning for vendors and a sandwich for lunch. The best part is setting up Friday so we don’t have to be at the show until 8am on Saturday morning!
So this brings me to this month’s list.
1 Father Christmas raggy throw – I started sewing the one for school and need to get it finished this week
birds for decorations and cards – started, I made several for Art on State Street and they are some I can finish sitting at my stall.
Bracelets – I wasn’t going to make any but found myself tidying up and low and behold 8 new ones this weekend
2 small at the top & 6 medium – once again I love them all. The buttons become old friends and I love visiting with them to create a bracelet!
I also experimented with a style I’d never made before and would like to make again! I’ve picked up strands of small white coral beads at the gem shows and just love them….so I made this one….
Red Coral bead in centre Sterling silver clasp.
New pendants/necklaces/earrings if possible.
I saw this idea in a magazine… take an old decorative watch and turn it into a necklace. For my version I included the straps as part of the necklace because they were decorative as well (Its hard taking photos of yourself like this!)
I want to finish this emerald and labradorite necklace as well….
I have a few more wallets to finish as well
Hand knitted scarves to finish up
Props to find for the show at the YMCA – make an 8ft table cloth (my 2 are fitted 6ft so they wont work)….
Finish a mobile a friend asked me to make for her sister as a Christmas present.
So,as usual it’s a busy start to the month and suddenly after my son’s birthday on the 22nd we can relax and enjoy Christmas. Hopefully we can get away to the beach for a day and walk the dog daily! I’d also like to get out to the desert and go for a walk there. Now that I can walk I want to go of and explore again! Basically, recharge the batteries ready to start the New Year and semester. With the new year I intend to Spring Clean the studio! This year is been hard to walk around and stand for any length of time, but my knees are so much better (despite a small fall this weekend) that a spring clean and purge are definitely on the cards.