Saturday, October 18, 2014

for the weekend

Well... I can anticipate that most all of next week will be filled with editing photos (personal and ones for the local Potter County Visitors Center), working on some matting and framing of photos for people, and working on new jewelry items and such for my Etsy shop.

In the meantime, I will be going to the Open House even at our local Potter County Artisan Center tonight... so if you are in the area; please stop in. We have live music by Tim Walck; and there will be a demonstration by the students at Essence of Motion Dance Studio, LLC.
Plus, sweets and treats... and a meet and greet with some of the artisans :)

And for you! my fabulous readers; I've compiled a few links that I thought might be interesting fodder for your weekend:

* a super awesome crystal I got at the Gem and Mineral Show last weekend
*How to make a steampunk top hat
*the YMCA is sponsoring a contest where you could win $5000 for your community!
*this is sort of a friend of a friend... but she runs a gallery in NoLa
*awesome Halloween pumpkins!
*want to buy an entire Victorian Town? It's cheaper than you would think! Here's more... and here's the listing.
*one of my favorite clothing stores (that I've never bought from, because it's out of my range... but I can dream, right?)
*an evolving view of animals from the New York Times
*what to eat when you're broke
*another one of my favorite sites... recycleArt
*SPOILERS! Images from Project Runway at New York Fashion Week
*a cool fall craft project
*and just something FUN!

((the photos for today's post are ones I tool at Rock City Park, near Olean NY))

Friday, October 17, 2014


So this past weekend I was at the Gem and Mineral Show at Rock City Park; selling some of my gemstone jewelry pieces. The last time I was there; I had gone to a wedding reception just down the road... back in the late 70s. Amazingly, I remembered directions!
I did not, however, remember how stunningly gorgeous it is.
Yes, I remember it being beautiful... but not like what I experienced this past weekend.

The trees were at the peak of their fall beauty... the weather was nice (a little chilly and windy at times)...
and the folks there were welcoming.
I had a wonderful time; and bought several specimens to make into jewelry pieces... so stay tuned.

In other news... over the next couple of weeks, I am taking photos on behalf of the Potter County Visitor's Association for their
new/ coming website. I am going 'round to some local businesses and taking pictures of establishments and product so that visitors to the new website can see more about potential destinations  here in Potter County. How awesome is that?!
I know most of the people who have seen my photography, think I primarily do scenary and such; but there was a time in my photography "career" (since 1986) that I have done advertising, wedding, portraits and architectural photographs as well...
So I am really looking forward to dabbling a bit in things I haven't done in a long, long time.

Hope you are all having a great Friday.... and I will see you all tomorrow for the weekend post.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


And today is a whole new day.
Sometimes you just have an awful day; and no matter what you do... it just doesn't get better.
You don't know where to turn.... where to go.... who to ask for help.... and what to do.
I know we have all been there... and it sucks.

But today is better... and I have a job to do this afternoon... and there is fresh coffee on the counter.
See you all tomorrow.

*remember a month or so ago when I did a series of posts on art business related information?
I will be starting another round here next week... with a new book I've been reading.

((today's photo was taken at Rock City Park, where I had a show last weekend))

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


I'm feeling like the main character in the book "Alexander and teh terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day"... as story by Judith Viorst that I used to read to my kids when they were little; and has no apparently, been made into a movie.

The main character laments..."I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there's gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day."

And so has been my day.
I will not bore you with the details... but suffice it to say that I am fed up with my government, fed up with the health care system, fed up with the economy and lack of positions for someone with degrees and experience...
I am tired of spending months filling out paperwork only to be told they are wrong; that I completely was told the wrong information; and that I need to start over. I am tired of the ... you have to do x... but do do x... you have to do y... and to do y... you should already have done x.
I am completely tapped out.

I hope someone's ice cream falls off their cone... and lands in Australia.

And so I will leave you all today with many well wishes for a good evening...
and a photo of some of the ferns near Lyman Lake.
See you all tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Well, as expected... it was a very busy few days at the Rock City Park Gem & Mineral Show.
And, as expected... I probably broke even because every cent I made; I ended up using to buy more materials for next years jewelry pieces.
You should have seen the stones! Some really gorgeous specimens were on hand; and there was even a wonderful husband/wife team who had geodes that they were cracking on order. It reminded me of when I was a little kid... and I would bring my hard earned quarters to get surprise bags at the Five&Dime store. The anticipation of what could potentially be inside was worth every penny.

Not being an early bird by any stretch... getting up and around was an effort; and the photos above
were taken by my daughter (*I was driving*) ... but I did edit them.
It was really beautiful out.

So what is next?
-trying to fix up the yard a bit before winter sets in (eash... the year has gone by quickly).
-working on finishing up the studio space as best we can so that I can start using it. Hopefully, it will now be dry and with better lighting. And with the new shelving we purchased... it may even be sorta organized!
-I have worked out a deal with our local Potter County Visitor's Center; and will be taking some photographs for them for their upcoming new website... so I have some photo shoots coming up.
-more volunteer work at out local Potter County Artisan Center, and this coming Saturday evening we are having another Open House event there. It will have live music from Tim Walck; and a demonstration from the students at Essence of Motion Dance Studio, along with a meet and greet the artisans time, and sweets and treats.... so come by if you can...
-and of course, helping my mom with things.
-and lots of other ideas I have in the works... so stay tuned.

But for today I was able to sleep in a bit --which was wonderful.
I photographed and listed some new items in my Etsy shop, and plan on relaxing a bit before the rest of this busy week  comes to fruition.

Enjoy your evening, and I'll see you all tomorrow 

Monday, October 13, 2014


hello Monday...

I am still at a show at Rock City Park for today & will see you all tomorrow.
Hope you had a great weekend :)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

for the weekend

So... this "long" weekend is going to be busy...
I have a show that I am attending Sat-Sun-Monday at Rock City Park.
It is their annual Gem and Mineral Show; and I will be showing some of my gemstone jewelry alongside
another local artisan Amber Neefe-Fowler (who makes fabulous metal stamped jewelry).
I love rocks... so if nothing else, I am really looking forward to spending the next few days drooling over
some luscious gems and minerals...

But the weekend is here... and along with it; I've got some links and such to share with you:

*some cool bunny themed art
*fried maple leaves?
*PA Haunted Mansion 
*artist Todd Baxter
*40 portraits in 40 yrs -- this is cool
*75 iconic photos ... and 60 powerful photos (these are on the website
*the real story behind the movie "The Fault in Our Stars"
*what's wrong with our sleep patterns
*some food for thought.... and more.
*today in Detroit!
*the Sioux Chef
*and this is just an awesome blog
*a cool little DIY craft project
*an exemplary human being
*and this extraordinary little girl

((the photo for today's blog post is of some of the foliage at Lyman Run State Park. 
It is a gorgeous place, and one I like to go to when I am needing some peace and solitude))