Wednesday, November 28, 2007

wow! who knew vending two days in a row could almost kill an ol' gal like myself?? okay not really! it was tiring but fUn!sort of like camping but without the trees and the nice hikes =) i got to hang out with my SIL Tyn, Michelle Caplan and Hannah from Hannahmade all of them super fun chikas!! Ian and I also got to meet Betty from Top Chef (season 2?) who was there serving the masses with grilled cheese sammies and tomato soup! Two more shows to go...the next one is the BesT!! Raffles, Live Music, Food! and of course amazing handmade gifts to buy =)
and for my second bit of news here's the post card for the gallery show i'm in!~~~i'm so excited one of my paintings made the cover!! she's the second one down, third from the left.
there will be lots of other cool arty folks there too! here's the etsy shop to one of the other artist in the show The Mincing Mockingbird their stuff is hilarious!!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

It's a biggie!!

Here's where me and my SIL (plus a WHOLE bunch more uber crafty folk!) will be next weekend. if you click on the flyer it will take you to the site where you can check out the vendor list! I hope i can get some Christmas shopping done..or maybe "me" shopping done =)

I digress....

moslty because i'm not very good at writting but i wanted to show you all the vending space from the private residence show from last weekend. It was a beautiful old house, the weather was amazing and we set up around the deck by the pool. Luckily the only thing that ended up IN the pool were a few of my business cards haha.. This is a couple of shots of my set up..

this lady makes amazing bags and clutchesThese are my friend, Renee's, beautiful necklaces! and last but not least a terrible picture of Tyn's display! Her stuff is way cuter than this picture makes it out to be. Her and I will be vending together this Thanksgiving weekened!! more details in the next post...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

so this might be a little silly and self horn-arty-farty-tooting but it's my blog and i'll brag if i want too! Yesterday i took some of my girl paintings to Cactus Gallery for the Miniatures show that's going on there in Dec. and as i was laying all my things out on the counter the owner grabbed one right away and said she HAD to have it!!! I think i played it pretty cool that is until i got to the car and did the happiest happy dance one can do in such a confined space! I mean the OWNER of the GALLERY!! a REAL art gallery!! That's a pretty big deal for this little mama who's only taken drawing 101 at the community college =) so that's it! my first gallery show and first gallery sale all in the same day! oh here's a picture of the little painting she got. Her name is Panpukin Kokeshi--the painting, not the owners hehe!! Panpukin is japanese for pumpkin =)

Friday, November 9, 2007

not getting ready for a show is what i do best!!

of course in the tradition of freaking out before a show I am doing all the things i can do to avoid the inevitable..the labeling, the pricing, the packing until the very last minute and instead spend copious amounts of time well..wasting time! so here's what i've been wasting lots of time on this morning. i REaLLy want to be able to utilize photoshop to enhance some of my sketches. this is what i came up with this morning. here's the original sketch...and here's the photoshopped image. not exactly what i had in mind but i'm pleased with the way it looks more appropriate for the time period of Steampunk.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

This weekend I will be.....

Here! With LoaDs of my very talented artsy pals!

Friday, November 2, 2007


hehe, normally i hate those shortened versions of words for texting but in this case it really needs to be and OMG moment for me!! are yah ready???? i got accepted into my FIRST EVER gallery show!!!! YaY!!! It's called Tiny Treasures 2. it's a group show featuring small scale art work. It's at Cactus Gallery in Eagle Rock check out thier website if you like. i am so0oooo excited~*~
well off to paint! oxox kari

Thursday, October 25, 2007

sometimes a gypsy soul gets in the way...

and here's why. I have applied and been accepted to 4(with one down) art markets this season. I should be sewing or making jewelry 'cause well anyone who knows me knows that those are my biggest sellers for these events. But what am i doing instead you ask?? painting....ANd something i have no business doing, applying to be in an actual art jewelry, no handbags JUST ART and with other artist's no REAL artists!!!
someone please bring back my common sense?? i miss it...

well in preparation that i actually get to be in this gallery show i've whipped up these lovelies. yes they are all painted by me, i know i haven't quite devoloped a "style" that says me but i'm workin' on it~*~

Monday, October 22, 2007

Barnsdall Art Market

Yesterday was my first art market of the season. Of course it was like 80 sumthin' so not a lot of business until it cooled off. Here's Michelle Caplan and Tyn of Pookieville modeling my booth! here's Tyn's booth well almost all of it, there was another table off to the side with more bunnies.
Here's my pal Denise's lovely handmade pillows! they are so beautiful and soft with imported and vintage fabric. She also makes funny greeting cards. we got her to slow down long enough to get a picture of her below! Here's Hannah of Hannahmade Jewelry. Her designs are the most delicious!! her pieces drip off you~~I think this is her nervous face..let's hope so!!
here's the gang at the end of a sweaty day! from left to right, me, Tyn, Michelle and Denise. I don't know what happened to Hannah, sorry sweetie! I think we look pretty good for 6 hours of hot So. Cal sun

Friday, October 19, 2007

okay i honestly have no business blogging for i have an art fair this weekend at Barnsdall Art Market but i had to show you all my little baby!! She's a baby dove and she lives in the tree in my FIL's backyard. This is her in my backyard eating with a sparrow. She's very tiny and cute. I was sort of calling her Penelope but am not sure if the name suits her. She shows up a couple times a day to peck at the ground, she's too small to eat out of the feeder because the bigger birds scare her. okay off to be maniacally crafting again. oh hey! if your in the area, the show is on Sunday from 11-4 or 5(can't quite remember) stop by if you like awesomely wicked handmade goodies!!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Geocaching for dummies??

okay if you haven't heard of geocaching it's an outdoor adventure game that you play using a GPS. People set up a "cache"--it is usually a container with various trinkets in it. You download coordinates to help you locate the cache, then you follow your GPS instructions and go get it. Once you get to the cache you can leave an item and take an item! Sounds easy right?? So yesterday being another gorgeous day in So Cal. we pack up the family, leash up the dog and head to the nearest one in the Arroyo Seco. The info we have tells us there are 16 caches along the trail that is basically a 3 mile loop. 16 caches?? I was worried because hubby didn't mention there were so many, i thought we were hunting for one so i only had one trinket to leave!! well no worries!!! we didn't find a SINGLE ONE!! out of 16...yes that's right nothing, nada, zip, bupkiss...well we thought they must be reaLLY hard to find and being a newbie i wasn't too disappointed but when we got home ian looked up on the site where we got the coordinates and saw that 203 found them and only 4 didn't. And just to salt the wound a little one of the 4 was searching in the rain at five in the evening! On a happy note to the whole debacle hubby found 40 bucks!! Who knew we were "geocashing" the whole time!

Monday, October 8, 2007

whew busy week! my little angel-boy turned 11. One day when we were walking across a parking lot to the car I automatically reached out for his hand and he automatically put his hand in mine. I realized that there weren't going to be many more times that this was going to happen and it made me so sad but so grateful that I didn't let this precious moment pass without recognizing it for all that it was worth. I asked him if he would still hold my hand when he was 16 and of course he said yes and I just smiled and held his hand a little tighter...
And now for the collage pieces I promised! The first piece which i call "Fifi's Glamour Shot" is image transfer onto muslin, vintage wallpaper and newer paper with a beeswax coating. The second piece has paper images. the one with the clock says "forgotten memories" and the image by the heart says" Gratitude is the hearts memory" then the lower half has a bit of map that's actually pretty close to where my old coffee house used to be! Then over that is a contact paper image transfer. It is such a cool process!! It's like magic! if you ever have a chance to take one of Tyn's from pookieville image transfer classes you won't be dissapointed. Even a collage feeb like me made something that i think is pretty neat! ps..if you click on the pics you get a close up!!!

Monday, October 1, 2007

while sitting on the couch taking a wee break from sewing i thought ya'll would like to see my work space! It's particularly thrashed this week because i'm working on bags and clothing at the same should see it when i decide that i need to paint but i'm not quite ready to put all the sewing accutrements away yet!! It actually goes off to the right a little bit more i just could get it all in the picture..but i think you've seen enough. Next posting i will show you guys my latest attempt at college! to hear more about my thougths on my collage techniques, read my profile.......Happy Monday Everyone!!! Don't forget to watch Weeds and Californication =)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

At the fair

This past Friday me and the Fam went to the County Fair! yes folks you know what that all the fried foods you can and buy something ridiculous! Lookie how happy getting a brand spankin' new uber fancy window washing gadget can make a girl! Unfortunately after eating too much fried zucchini, mushrooms, artichoke hearts & eggplant there was no room for the fried cupcakes...oh well there's always next year!!!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

the end of a not so great week...

okay so i have to admit, even though i got a ton on new hemp fabric(which usually gets me all inspired to create new pieces) aNd all of my purse fabric and the hardware(again which usually gets me crazy inspired to sew) i've had a rough week...sittin' on the couch just bein' a hater(mostly of myself) bUt two things today that i just HaVe to share..first this picture i saw on esty. no explanation's just dang funny!! and second if you are a fan of Pearl Jam or just Eddie V then you MUST immediately purchase the soundtrack to the movie Into the Wild...It's so amazing and fantastic and beautiful it will make your heart's just the thing i needed

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

entry #1 of a Sour Girl

One Sour Girl...yup that's me! all wrapped up nicely in two small words. Take the word Sour. As an adjective is could mean bad-tasting, in a bad mood, bitter, decayed, hostile, angry, harsh. okay well yes i can be all those things. But then add the word Girl and it conjures up thoughts of lassies, cuties, baby dolls, mermaids and fairies. I'm all those things too...Most days i like to think i'm less Sour and more Girl....