Monday, November 19, 2007

Good Times

The Second Kansas City Etsy Trunk show. Organized by Janay. We had a good time meeting new members and getting more local exposure. This is a great group of talented artists and designers with great ideas and enthusiasm for the KC Etsy Team!
Tiny Stitches
Kathleen's table for TinyStitches at the KCEtsy Street Team Trunk Show in Westport.

My Paper Garden
Lisa from MyPaperGarden's table showing amazing collage art & cards using vintage images. Shown at the KCEtsy Street Team Trunk Show in Westport. I took home two of these beautiful Collage Christmas ornaments for my holiday gift giving this year.
Karen Kay Art Works
Karen from KarenKayArtWorks table at the KCEtsy Street Team Trunk Show in Westport. Karen has a fantastic array of stationary. I personally love her Studio Clips in Red and Green - how great for hanging holiday cards!
Scott Garrette
Scott from ScottGarrette table at the KCEtsy Street Team Trunk Show in Westport. Scott's original piece Red Water Lily was used as the background of our advertising pieces for the show. Isn't it beautiful!?
Julie from JewlLi's table at the KCEtsy Street Team Trunk Show in Westport. Julie specializes in amazing jewelry pieces made with sea glass, silver and gems. This necklace is a personal favorite of mine.
Abstract Pretty
Janay from AbstractPretty table at the KCEtsy Trunk Show. Janay is wearing one of her signature pieces, a chic tan polka-dot swil skirt.

The Funky Felter
Shalana from TheFunkyFelter table at the KCEtsy Street Team Trunk Show in Westport. Shalana's felt designs are phenomenal. Isn't this Fuzzy Flower Bobbie is super sweet.
Chirp's table at the KCEtsy Street Team Trunk Show in Westport. Hip, fun and a bit edgy for all ages ... onesies to adult, tee's hoodies, and tanks.

*photos and comments provided by KCEtsy member*

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Come and See What's Happening in Kansas City

Kansas City Etsy Street Team’s Artist Trunk Show

Type: Exhibits
Date: Saturday, November 10, 2007
Location: Bella Dance Studio
Address: Bella Dance Studio, Westport Center, 508 Westport Rd. Suite 102, KCMO, 64111
Admission: FREE
Hours: 3pm – 8pm

Shop local and shop handmade from local artists and handcrafters in the Kansas City Area who sell their wares on A wide range of high quality, unique, handcrafted items will be available. Here is just a glimpse at what this show will have to offer. Amazing wool felt creations; stunning mixed media and digital art; beautiful ornaments, stationary and pendants using vintage art; chic handmade wearables; classic accessories for babes and tots, and much, much more!

During the show enjoy music by DJ Labeaugot, and sample foods by Personal Chefs.

For a list of all our local Etsy artists, visit our blog at View pictures of our recent work at our Flickr group at

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Circuit Techniques

Circuit board panels to Art. But they are already art... Designed, Printed and manufactured. These boards were made in the USA by the late Robert Giampia Sr. I love his work, and hope I can do it justice.

The thought of these being lost to a land fill just killed me. I could not let them go. These are a representation of a mans' life's work (in part, the other parts are his family, kids, friends, spirit...)

So, Here's to Bob.... and here are the reformatted Circuit Techniques...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Fragile series

Fragile is a new series of digital drawings. They are very similar to contour drawings in their use of lines to define space and mood.
At any moment the lines could snap, or shapes could shift and slide off the page. Life is fragile.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Trees and Circles

I had a Dream the other night... I saw a silhouette of a tree, with circles floating at the top.

The last time I had a dream like this one was about 3 years ago. That is when I started my Square the Circle series that you can see in my Etsy shop

I like the imagery and I've got lots of willing models near by. So, here's kicking off the new line of drawings, paintings and prints.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Sculpted Wire Pendant Necklaces

I've just developed a new line of Pendants featuring my handmade polymer clay beads. Sculpting with wire has been one of my favorite art forms for some time. I remember visiting the National Gallery in Washington, DC, and seeing a Calder exhibition... Wow!!! I was totally inspired. I've been twisting wire since.
Now, I've found a way to use my handmade polymer beads WITH sculpted wire... Check out my Etsy shop ( ) to see some Sculpted Wire Pendant necklaces and more...

Polymer Clay Tube Beads

Oh, how I love to make beads!!! There are limitless color combinations, sizes and shapes to choose from.
You can find a nice selection of wonderful Polymer Clay Beads at my Etsy shop over at ...

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

New Polymer Clay Pendants

A little StarDust series.
I love how these pendants came out! The colors are so rich and work so well together.

The hardest part about making these polymer clay pendants is deciding what shape to make... The designs in the clay are so mesmerizing, and they look so nice from all angles, but I have to choose what will be the focus, and what will lie on the outer rim.

Pendant measures 48mm x 35mm x 8mm

They are my little paintings...

and I love to photograph them...

Some day I'll have enough time to use all of them myself, until then...
You can find them at my Etsy Store.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Jurassic Gardens

visit to powell gardens

oh, what a wonderful place... Powell Gardens just outside kansas city missouri, pretty much on the edge of nowhere.

The trip out there was nice as well. About a 30 min. drive from my house, thourgh the country side of western missouri on hwy 50. Aw we got closer to the gardens, there were wonderful rolling hills with beautiful farm house estates and wild fields of native grasses.

Got to the turn off, and had to go in about a half-mile to the gate house, then another 1/4 mile to the gardens... Once there, Wow!!! Very well though out design and quality craftsmanship on all buildings and hardscaping. Def. influenced by Wright architecture. I really liked how far off the road the whole thing is. Such a secluded feeling, but so many people there... probably about 500 people scattered across the trails.

Oh, the healing power of nature... such a much needed get away into the world of natural beauty! Some absolutely beautiful lotus flowers, and Dang if we didn't forget the camera at home... oh, well

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Soapmania's gonna be on TV!!!

I just heard earlier today that is going to be interview this weekend at the Kansas City River Market's Farmer's Market, by our local Kansas City Channel 9 TV station. You can find Soapmania just about every weekend down at the River Market selling their handmade soaps and other handmade goods. Way to go Soapmania!

Soapmania also started up the Kansas City Etsy Street Team (KC Etsy) recently and has really gathered some momentum for this group of Artists and Crafters here and around Kansas City.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Life - the game, the art, the creation...

This topic seems a little deep, and maybe it is. Thoughts about life can also be fun, like a game. "The Game of Life" by Milton Bradley, is what inspired these thoughts today. Taking chances, strategy, getting to the end and avoiding mishap

What I'm most interested in is the ability to control my life and the outcomes. By control, I mean deal with and handle in the most positive and constructive (creative) way possible (at the time.) To navigate the game board without regret. I feel that I am creating my life, like a painting, by choosing how to navigate through certain events that come my way. Except, unlike a blank canvas, I have been given a "work-in-progress" a collaboration of sorts. I am certainly not alone in the painting called my life. Whether alone or not, it doesn't really matter, I still am responsible for choosing how to respond to events in my environment, or how to continue creating. Creating is a form of control, and in some, or many ways, Art is like life.

to be continued...

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New Prints

prints at my Etsy shop

These prints are so much fun to work on, I have a hard time doing anything else right now.

They are made using an original Color My World™ drawing that has been imported to my computer. The drawing is then manually traced and colored digitally. It's a whole New World for me to explore... and very exciting.

I print my images on premium glossy photo paper, said to never fade for 108 years... The clarity and overall quality are outstanding! My house will soon be filled floor to ceiling with prints. I guess I'll need to invest in some frames.

All prints are done in short run batches of 150, and will be signed, dated

and numbered on the front. I ship the prints flat in bend proof rigid mailers. They are also protectively placed in a plastic sleeve for proper storage and damage resistant handling.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Kansas City Etsy Team

A big thanks to Stephanie at for getting things rolling for the KC Etsy Street Team! I think this group is going to be great for all the members. There is so much potential here in Kansas City to get the word out about Handmade and what that really means. I'm hoping the community will embrace this group of artists with open arms. There are so many talented artists making their works right in our neighborhoods... We should all stand up and be heard, or seen at least. It is hard to get work out for the public to see and I believe this group of Etsy artists will be a great resource for us all in our goal of selling our creations.
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