Friday, October 31, 2008

Craft Show Countdown

I've been neglecting the blog for a while as I've been getting prepared for The Gifts for Myself and Others Show here in Victoria on November 14-16th. The show runs in exactly two weeks so I'm working on multiple polymer clay projects. The booth is set up in my dining room so I can check the layout and see if I actually have enough work to stock the space for 3 days!

The downturn in the economy has many artisans feeling concerned. Here we are spending money on supplies and materials for building inventory and fine tuning our booths while we hear how consumers will be curtailing holiday season shopping. Yesterday I recieved a letter from my supplier letting me know that polymer clay pricing has gone up. It's unsettling.

At this point there's nothing to do but forge on though, so here's the booth under construction. My screens are actually 4x6' bamboo mats strapped on with bungy cords. The advantage is that the boards supporting the ends of the matts provide a good grip point for my lights. The photo doesn't do justice to the gorgeous multicoloured organza I found on sale- it's got a wonderful jewel-toned sheen that really sets off my work.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Polymer Clay Pear Clock and a Great Source

I'm very pleased with this new clock- it's approx 6x12 inches.

In a previous post Michelle commented that Klockit was a great source for clockstuff. I checked into it and in spite of the current exchange rate, decided to give them a try. They are terrific! They have amazingly quick delivery too- less than a week including customs- this is especially impressive when you consider that the USPS mistakenly shipped the package to Victoria in Australia before it was redirected to my side of the globe here in Canada!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Precious Metal Clay Workshop- Gabriola Island

Anyone wanting a retreat combining inspiration and a beautiful location may want to book a spot in Linda Rajotte's Precious Metal Clay workshop at Jupiter Ranch on Gabriola Island on October 18 and 19. Check the workshops page for info on Linda's class then take the virtual tour the Ranch Website. Looks like an incredible venue!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

In The Trees with Polymer Clay

I'm not sure if this is a sculpture, polymer painting or a collage....suggestions? It's 5"x18". I found the frame at Michael's- simple unpainted wood designed originally as a house number plaque- this application works for me!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Time for Polymer Clay Clocks

I'm really getting serious about getting things made to fill my booth at the Gifts for Myself and Others Show here in Victoria on November 14-17. It's always good to have something new and this year it will be clocks. Yesterday I revisited my bird theme and came up with this one. I'm running out of clock movements (I ordered 12)- these clocks are so much fun to make, I may order some more! Considering ones with pendulums......

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

My Polymer Clay Tiles in Etsy!

My Etsy Shop is open!
There's a bit more tweaking required here and there but it's a good feeling to have it up.
You're invited drop to over and say hello!