Preparing for Open Studios

It’s that time of year again. That time when I stop procrastinating (I mean it) and get ready for the Dorchester Arts Collaborative Open Studios weekend that takes place in October.

I’ve started by gearing up my jewelry making efforts. This weekend I made 10 necklaces (above is one of the new ones). I love being forced to focus on a deadline, well, not really, but looks like I need an ax over my head to get going.The Muse is stubborn sometimes.  🙂 I’m aiming to have at least 20 new designs to show by October, which is very doable. After I get to 20 I’ll switch to making my handcrafted greeting cards.

It’s really great to immerse myself. Once I get going, each project inspires the next. I’ll start going through my bead stash while working on one necklace and get ideas for three more before I can even get that one done. I love those bursts of creativity. If I could just win the lottery, I could do this every day.

Child’s play, artist’s work

Leave it to a child to remind me that art is all about play. A co-worker’s young daughter was in the office recently. I noticed a cute little necklace she was wearing. It was a little plastic flower-shaped pendant with stripes. It turns out that she made it herself using something I had never heard of: Shrinky Dink. I asked her all about it.  She gave me all of the details and even help me find it in the local art store (accompanied by her mom). I tried it this weekend and OMG! I’m hooked! I created these earrings using this material, which is basically some kind of magic plastic that you can draw on, bake and turn into a hardened object of any shape that can be used  in many imaginative ways. You’ve got to try it at least once. Thanks so much, Co-worker’s Daughter.

August business goal

I’m so thrilled that I accomplished my one business goal for July for the business meetup group–to open an Etsy store–I almost forget to set my sights on something for August. OK. I see that keeping things simple works for me so my goal for August is to add 13 new items to my Etsy shop. I currently have seven. Wish me luck. Thanks Liz Kalloch for being so inspiring.

Summer fair

This week I’m concentrating on getting ready for an upcoming summer fair, which will feature artists, musicians and lots of activities at the First Parish Church in Dorchester, Mass., where I exhibit during the Dorchester Arts Collaborative’s Open Studios. I’ll be selling my jewelry and handmade greeting cards.


It is so fascinating how certain colors have the power to draw our attention over and over again, becoming our favorites. Aqua is one of those colors for me. I love, love aqua. It is soothing and relaxing, yet vibrant.

Here are two of my latest pieces featuring the color. One is a mixed media collage with acrylic paint and watercolor pencils on paper, about 18 x 22. The other is a new necklace I made featuring aqua stones and a marblized pendant—perfect Divawear. Aqualicious!

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