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Monday, July 05, 2021

Eating an Elephant

How do you eat an Elephant?
One bite at a time. 
That.... is my new favorite saying. It's also my new mantra.

I've lived in my apartment, for 13 years now. To say that my artroom had gotten 
out of control, is an understatement. Stuff and stuff and MORE STUFF. 
oh.. and some stuff on top of that. 

I've never been a "put it back when you're done with it."
I'm more of a "I'll do it later" kinda girl. You'd think I'd learn by now. 
I even convinced myself, that it's okay if my artroom is messy!
I'm busy creating! HELLOOO!

But the creating wasn't happening. My art room
had turned to Chaos.

MESS CAUSES STRESS!

During the pandemic,  I had started working from home,   
my work desk, is also in my art room, so I had a lot of time to
stare at all my mess. 











 So back in January I had a week off,
 and  my daughter offered to come over and help me
empty out the art room (OMG!!) and help me get organized. 
I could clean the carpet and paint too! 
It was all so daunting. 

 TIME TO EAT AN ELEPHANT!
ONE BITE AT A TIME.  

So.. we went at it, every little bit of it. OUT!
The room seemed so huge! I hadn't seen it like that, since the day I moved in. 

YAY!

Were to put it all?..... in my living room, the hall and my bedroom....what?.... really?... YIKES!
But Jamie was awesome. She began categorizing & organizing the "piles" of stuff.
It all looked like Sanford & Son. Very overwhelming. 
But it made things easier, I could purge each "pile" and only 
bring things back in the room that really belonged. 

My living room



I bought a carpet cleaner and paint and went at it. 
I forgot that I wasn't 20 anymore, and the up and down the latter, painting the ceiling 
and doing the trim just about killed me.. BUT I DID IT!
And the carpet cleaning was no fun either, but it came out great. 
 
WOW! WHAT A HUGE DIFFERENCE!!

I bought some new bench style shelving (I LOVE THEM!)
painted my old cabinet, rearranged some stuff, even
changed out all the lightbulbs to the cool LED "Daylight"
and they made such a difference! who knew!!!

AND NOW?

 IT'S AN AWESOME, CALM, HAPPY PLACE!

I just have to hang some art  and a few more tweaks 
then I will post the amazing "After" pictures. 

Here's a couple sneak peeks. 




Also... I'm now cleaning out the walk in closet, which
involved emptying it... and everything getting dumped
into my pretty art room... ehhh. But it's almost done too, and I can
Find things again.

 IT'S AMAZING HOW MUCH CRAP I had been storing, that took up precious space. 

I'm proud to say, I have about 7 boxes of stuff to give to Salvation Army!
and several items I'm selling or giving away on Facebook Marketplace. 
I actually feel "lighter." 

I hope this post inspires you to "Eat an Elephant" too. 

























 

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Better late than never?

 With all the 2020 Covid-craziness, I never got around to posting pictures from last December's Craft Show, So.....better late than never. I'm sad that I won't be doing any craft shows this year, although there many shows scheduled  I just don't feel comfortable in any kind of gatherings of this type, So maybe next year. 

This show, was held in my old neighborhood of  Slavic Village. An old  Ethnic neighborhood, in Cleveland, Ohio. It was fun, with a great turn out.  My sister Susan, and I had our own tables. She sold beautiful collages, cards and jewelry.  I sold my handmade Paper Clay bowls, ornaments and Jewelry. 

 My son, grandson and daughter all paid me a visit, and it's always fun to have them there and have their support. 



Here are some photos. .... in no particular order (though I tried)... 


Holidazzle. December 2019




Large wooden Ornaments and magnets from 
my original art and digital designs. 

I made my Grandson Garrett, his very own 
ART shirt, incorporating his original design Idea to us a 
Guardian of Traffic (An iconic Cleveland thing)  holding a sign 
saying "ARTS HARMONY"... a
name he came up with.... @ 6 years old!

sister Susan and her awesome collages.

My Garrett and Me. 

Festivities on the first floor

Sister Susan and her biggest fan!

Daughter Jamie (on Rt.) with friend Sam 
stopped by for a visit



my table

Bracelets, Earrings and my
Sparkly Lips!

Wooden ornament, paying
homage to the old neighborhood Theater 

Bowls and "hot flash" fans 




Free food! Kielbasa and Sauerkraut, Cabbage & Noodles
Rigatoni... and more!




ARTS HARMONY and ARTkissed
together.



























Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Craft Show Fun

The Strongsville  Avant-Garde Art & Craft show was this past weekend
It was a well-advertised show and there was a good crowd of people both days. 
What a fun time!
I've been making bowls since last January. All in preparation for this show. 

My sister Susan and I decided to share the table for this 2-day show.
 It was tight. Very tight. 
Not just the table but the space between tables and behind us. 
We had to sit sideways to keep from bumping into the people behind us. 
 There was no leg room either. Oh well. 
Despite the cramped space and shorter than typical tablespace (only 6ft.)
We did pretty well. 

Neither of us had done a show in a very long time. 
Susan offered her amazing Collages on greeting cards and framed pieces. 
They're just so awesome!
And me with my crazy assortment of Paper Clay bowls. 
I got lots of positive feedback, compliments, and
questions about the bowls. 
 I didn't really know what to expect, never having sold paper clay bowls before.
but my sales were pretty good!
I think I may go back to their Spring show in April. this time Susan and I will
get our own tables. 

The best part? it was my kids and friends coming out.
They're such great cheerleaders.
And seeing my Grandchildren too?... was the cherry on top. 











Saturday, September 29, 2018


Autumn flowers from my Grandson Garrett   *LOVE*

A PERFECT Fall Saturday. A brilliant Blue Sky, 
Sunshine and a chilly 60 degrees.

The bowls I made last weekend, are ready to come alive. 
I finished the one below, and I'm pretty happy with it.
Just have to put a Matt finish sealer on it.
I have no idea what the others will "turn into"
but I'm excited about the possibilities! 
I'll be getting an early start in the morning, and painting
all day!

Clean houses are overrated anyway.