Remember a few weeks ago I mentioned in one of my road trips I ventured into "The Bead Chick" a great little shop in Historic St. Augustine Florida and how overwhelming it was for a non-jewelry artist! OM-Gosh those little jewels are addictive....each one calling out....touch me, pick me up, add me to your tray, etc! I think my favorite was the Red Coral! Well I did go in that day on a mission....not for myself, but for someone that I knew could take a few beads and create beautiful pieces of art to wear. I received several emails following that post wondering if I was going to start creating jewelry and wanting to know why I didn't show the beads....well first off I have done some jewelry in the past and will admit I have thought about doing it again sometime in the future, but for me in this moment...it is not what I want to be doing. Second they were a surprise and I knew if I showed them then the surprise would be over. So you will have to stay tuned if you want to know who received the surprise package or visit all my blog friends until you find someone that mentions them!
I opened the MMCA Marketplace a few months ago just as the economy was going down hill. How was I suppose to know the project I had been working on for years and now ready to open to the public would open when gas prices shot up, milk went to $5 & $6 a gallon, jobs would be lost, etc.....but open I did and I have never lost the goals and future plans for the Marketplace. I am excited to say even with the economy as it is we are selling and we are growing a huge following. The shop owners are excited about the things happening and things that are in the works for our future. New art has been added to several of the shops and more things are in the works. Congratulations Sue Minier for making another great sale following her feature article in the current issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. Her "Oriental Lily" fabric collage was featured and sold this past weekend. If you have not seen Sue's fabric collages please visit her Marketplace Shop. Her work is gorgeous!
If you have not read about the Winter issue of Artful Bloggingthen you must not be reading the right blogs as nearly every blog I have been on in the past couple weeks have mentioned it and I must say this issue by far is the best one they have put out in my opinion. Many of the blogs featured in this issue as in past issues I was already familiar with but it was nice to see some of them featured as they deserved it. Many of them have shown over the years they are great artists + can write + take great photos + share their ups as well as their downs. You won't find all the blogs I follow listed here on my own blog but they are book-marked in my favorites. Here are a few that I think are worth checking out. Colette Copeland, A Bird in the Handhas been an Internet friend for many years long before she started blogging. Another art friend led me to find Jennifer DeDonato, Colorfly Studio a while back when we were talking about how some artists used paper in their work. Jennifer's work is wonderful and very inspiring. Wyanne Thompsonis a wonderful artist and as southern as they come. Sweet, charming and delightful not only describe her art but Wyanne as well. I have had the pleasure of meeting Wyanne on one of my road trips to Fernandina Beach FL recently and I have been taking one of her awesome on-line classes. She is trying to settle into her new studio and once she does we have plans for lunch and art time together soon. If you are not already a huge fan of Deb Trotter, Cowboys Sweetheart you will be after reading her feature article on The Power of Blogging, Branding It and Working Your Blog. Deb is an excellent writer, great artist and knows what she is talking about. I am known for giving credit when and where it is due and several years ago Deb shared with me many of the things I use today in my art as well as running my business. Part of Deb's success is she has been willing to go the extra mile to reach out when she needed it and took what she was taught and use it and then she gives back by sharing. This issue was also filled with lots of inspirational photos from Brandy Faulkner Brandywine Boutique, Julie Prichard The Land of Lost Luggage, Francesca Burras Dancing-Girl's Studio and Toni Kelly A Spattering.
As you have read before....visiting one blog leads you to another and another and another....so go blog hopping and have some fun.