Tuesday, April 27, 2010

CraftEdu.com Here I come!

Well let's see...CraftEdu is about to go live with their Beta Site and I am not thru yet with a single tutorial. I am about 1/3 of the way thru with my free tutorial. It is going to be called "10 tips for Cane Construction". Catchy title? I hope y'all will check it out - love it - demand to see more - and then shell out the bucks to see another tutorial.

Well that is the idea, isn't it?

(There is some good news/bad news here. After talking to Donna, I have decided to add the cane to my tutorial. The bad news is that will no longer be free. Sorry but it won't be much and I hope you will feel that it will be worth it!)

Of course I have to get one out there to satisfy the demand. I have it planned out. (in my head) It is going to be a class on how to turn a single cane into five other canes. I was going to do ten but I realized you'd have to start with about 3 pounds of clay. (OK maybe I exaggerated a little!)

As for the book - it is finished! I am sending it to the publisher's tomorrow. For some reason I got a kick out of saying "Hold on, I am on the phone with my publisher". Something very ...I don't know... snooty about it. Like I'm really hot s#$t. Those who have followed me, know that I am TNBTIPC after all!

Oh yeah I almost forgot - I gave up on the fake nails for CraftEdu. What you see, is what you get. Nubs and all. It was just too much of a hassle.

My hubby and I just bought a new house. When most people are downsizing, we up size. Never was one to follow the crowd. Stayed up to 3 planning my new craft room. What fun! Of course the thought of going thru the junk that is in this house terrifies me. 27 years of accumulation. "I better not throw it away because I might need it someday" (of course I won't be able to find it!)

I guess that's it for now. The picture is the cane I used in my free tutorial. It's not really a "how to" but if you watch it you should be able to reproduce most of the cane. Maybe I'll do a "how to" here for those who are interested. Let me know if you are.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Clay means never having to say you're sorry.

But I am sorry about many things. First I have been meaning to write about Linda Hirschfield and her generosity. I am sorry it has taken me so long to acknowledge her thoughtfulness. I think it was two years ago at Clay Carnival that I passed out some poker chips that had some of my face canes on them. Linda received one, took it home and created a lovely silver pendant with it. She wore it to Clay Carnival the next year and I was touched that she took such time and effort to create the necklace. I do not know how to work with silver and I loved what she did. I ran into Linda at Synergy and she blew me away when she gave me the necklace. I promised to send her another cane slice. Here comes sorry number 2. Sorry Linda I will get it to you soon but I have just been so busy that I haven't gotten around to it. I know I also owe some cane slices to some people from Cabin Fever. Sorry number 3. Sorry number 4 to Cheryl I still plan on getting that cd of pics to you. I am also sorry (that's number 5) for taking so long to post to this blog.

Here come lame excuses 1 thru whatever. As you know I have been working on a book. Now this is not a large book but it is nonetheless very time consuming. Fortunately I am getting near the end with that. I am also thrilled to announce that I have been asked by Donna Kato to be one of the instructors on her new website called CraftEdu.com. (I will tell you more about that in a later post) I am way behind where I should be on that project. Just got back from my yearly trip with my friends to the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament. (Had a great time. Took my computer. Didn't get anything done!) And if that isn't enough, my husband and I have been house hunting.

Excuses finished. Sorry.