Time flies by

I cannot believe that it is the last day of September. Where does time go? I have so many projects going on, it’s hard to stay focused long enough to finish anything. I have made some slow progress on my studio. I still have quite a bit of work to do but I’m getting there. I kind of veered off from the plan I originally worked out with Brandie. But since I’ve been taking my putting things away, I’m really optimistic about the finished product. My dad finished my work table but I haven’t painted it so it’s not in the room yet. I thought I’d post a couple pictures anyway.

when I want to solder, I'll put the fan in the window for ventilation

I got the greatest bins for my paper at the Container Store!

I've got to be the worst photographer but I sure hope it looks better in the first two pictures than it does here. What do you think?

some of my favorite things

I had this little settee outside but it was really getting dirty and fading. I spent more on it than I really should have and didn’t want it to get trashed so I brought it into my room. It’s not really functional  (although, three boxes fit nicely underneath) but it’s too cute and it makes me want to be in there. The doll is something I had made in my daughter’s likeness. The artist did a good job, I think. Amber was a little freaked out when she saw it.

I finished my trades for Art & Soul. I think I like the packaging better than what’s inside. 🙂

trades for Art & Soul

what's inside

A while ago, I dropped my laptop on the floor and the corner of my LCD cracked just a little. I managed to make it worse and now abut a quarter of my screen is not usable. I bought a new one but I don’t know if I should attempt to install it myself. I think I’ll be calling on my brother… time to cash in on all that babysitting.

I’m also working out all the final details for Deryn Mentock‘s JouJou Workshop. It is going to be a wonderful time. Good food, great people, and lots of fun. It’s also a time to learn something new and invest in yourself and your well-being. For me, it’s so important to persue activities that nourish my soul. When I surround myself with other like-minded, artsy-types, I feel an uncommon energy… a co-mingling of our strength… synergy… I’m sure you know what I mean. I hope if you’ve considered attending, you take this opportunity and savor the experience; you will not regret it. Please leave me a comment or send me an email if you’re interested in knowing the details. Hope to hear from you.


Art, art, and more art!

This coming month is going to be jam-packed with art. I cannot wait! On Sunday, the Muse Council (aka Washington County Mixed Media Artists) is getting together. These ladies are most talented and a lot of fun to hang out with. We’re going to be working on soldering.

Art & Soul starts this week. I’m taking the following classes:

Thursday & Friday: Step Into the Story–Jewelry Technique Workshop with Nina Bagley
Sunday: Gridlocked with Lisa Kaus
Sunday PM: Face Cabochons–Tricks & Techniques with Jessica Acosta
Monday: Charm School with Lisa Call

Check out the links. I can’t wait to see my out of town art friends. Laurel, Dede, Leslie, Keli, Kecia, and Zhulia will all be there. And there will be some other locals attending too: AllegraMelissa, and Michelle. On Saturday after shopping the Vendor event, Melissa, Diane, Dawn, (maybe) Sue, and I are going to get together for a drink. Too bad we didn’t plan ahead, it would have been fun to have a girls sleep over at the hotel that night.

The following week is my birthday. Not sure what’s going on for that but I’ll be 39 (again). 😉

Then the weekend of October 18 & 19, is Deryn‘s JouJou Workshop! That is going to be so much fun. There are still spots available so if you’re interested in attending, let me know! A juju is a charm or amulet with “magical” powers. The word “juju” is derived from the French word joujou meaning “toy” or “plaything.” In this class, we’ll spend a fun first day playing with charms. We’ll assemble all sorts of joujou charms and create a beautiful charm keeper pendant designed to hold them.

Deryn is a wonderfully talented artist; originally from Hillsboro, she now lives near Houston. Hurricane Ike devastated parts of Texas but Haiti has been particularly hard hit this season. Take a look at her blog to see the beautiful necklace she’s auctioning. She’ll match and donate the proceeds to charity: Double Harvest‘s Benevolent Housing Project to build housing in Haiti. Not only can you own a piece of original art to wear, you can help out people in need so bid, bid, bid!

Black & White swap

I participated in a  black and white themed charm swap recently. Here are pictures of the beautiful artwork. I showed my mom tonight when she was at my house and she was impressed with everyone’s creativity. 🙂

Denise MaresBrenda WamplerAmy HuffJade AdamsAllegra SmithDonna BarnitzLori BergmannLaurel StevenZhuliaKristine ZakarisonMelissa MerrillSusan Bates-BezekLori GuerinAmber DawnKathy LaFleurRena DeinChristine Hendry

Don’t miss this opportunity!


Joujou Charm Necklace

and Earrings

A magical workshop featuring Deryn Mentock

Saturday and Sunday, October 18 & 19, 2008 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Hillsboro, Oregon

Workshop fee: $250

To register, please contact Denise

You can find more about Deryn on her blog at http://somethingsublime.typepad.com/

All images and designs copyright Deryn Mentock
Used with permission

Sunday evening already?

This weekend was very busy. I got a new cell phone on Friday and I am so happy with it. I had been with the same company every since I got my very first cell phone, which was more than 10 years ago. I get a nice corporate discount with the new company. And I’m on a plan by myself. *yay!*

I babysat my nephew on Friday night while my brother, sister-in-law, and niece attended a wedding. He is such a cutie; reminds me so much of my brother when he was a baby. Saturday, I took one of the dogs for a haircut. She came home with a bow in her hair… adorable! I tried to snap a picture of it but her hair’s so messed up, you can hardly see it now. I should take it out before it turns into a big knot.

I got together with some of my art friends last night. My friend Melissa gave a demo on altered books. She is so creative and I have admired her books for a long time but never started one myself until yesterday. It will be a good thing to work on when I’m not consumed by other things.

In preparation for Art & Soul, I made some charms this week, 104 to be exact. I finished them today and I’m really pleased with how they turned out. Now I just need to package them and I’ll be ready for trading. I can’t believe it’s only a couple weeks away! *yay!*

I ordered all the supplies for my classes that I didn’t already have, mainly sterling wire and metal clay. I’m glad the price of silver has dropped a little since I first thought about placing my order. I’m so excited to take some time off work, get together with friends, learn some new things, and make art. If you have never attended an art retreat, you should do it! It’s a wonderful experience. The energy when you have so many creative people in one place is awesome.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Rewarding experience

Intel turned 40 this year. In commemoration, the CEO announced that instead of spending lots of money on parties or gifts for employees (how many t-shirts or coffee cups do you really need anyway?), they would target the money they would have spent in a different way. In the past Intel has granted a lot of money to education. This year, we were challenged with volunteering. For each hour we spend at a qualifying agency, the company will grant them $10. The company is trying to reach one million hours… that’s 10 million dollars!

On Thursday of last week, all of HR was offered an opportunity to participate in this effort. All over the world, there were organized teams of HR employees volunteering at different events (during work hours, I might add). I had the chance to work with a large group of my HR peers at the Oregon Food Bank. This agency is amazing, simply amazing!

Besides feeding hungry people in the state, they try to understand the root cause of hunger and are really making a difference. They believe that hunger is related to income (pretty obvious, huh?) but in order to make an impact on the people most vulnerable, they lobbied and helped pass laws which made it difficult for paycheck loan companies to operate here. The result is they are mostly gone from Oregon, which is a good thing.

Not all states have a food bank that operates like the one we do here. They support all the local food banks  in the state so there is no competition among the different agencies. They are defintely making a difference and I will volunteer again. I’m proud to work for Intel because of its sense of corporate responsibility that is so important. If your company needs a team building event, this was a very rewarding one in so many ways and I would highly recommend it!

Phone recommendation

It’s time to retire the old cell phone and get a new one. I really want an iphone. That means switching cell phone companies. I’ve been fairly happy with Verizon but roll-over minutes with AT&T is a great plus. Wonder how coverage is in the Portland metro area.  I’m open to recommendations so if you have any thoughts, please share them.