Tuesday, March 26, 2013

After The Ball

Synergy 3 is over.  The Ball is over. There were ups and downs at the ball.   I gave you a hint at the last post of what my my most recent cane was.  Did anyone guess Cinderella?  This was a doozy of a cane to build.  I'd say that there was at least 15 different canes that were made, reduced and then incorporated into the final cane.  I really wanted to get this cane finished prior to Synergy.  Unfortunately I didn't have much time to come up with some necklaces so I could have something to sell in the gallery.  I came up with this design.

 I created one for each of my fairy tale themed canes.  They included my little sayings for each.  Cinderella's says "As she sat lone in the ashes, the ball seemed a fading memory".  For Little Red Riding Hood "As you're pretty so be wise; wolves may lurk in every guise".  "She looked into the beast's eyes and saw the beauty in his soul" goes with Beauty and the Beast.  I had time enough to finish four necklaces.  One of each with the sayings and one without that I donated to the auction.  I liked the way they came out but I guess I was the only one.  Or else I was delusional with my price point.  I felt like I was participating in  Project Runway and Heidi was questioning my taste level.  Of course when you are competing with sales with Kathleen Dustin and others I shouldn't have placed my hopes so high.  Oh well it was a reality check but then I had another possible disappointment. I had placed my auction piece to be included in the live auction.  By Friday I was getting into panic mode because I was afraid no one would bid on my piece.  Fortunately Tracy was a great auctioneer and some friends came thru and my piece sold at auction for close to $300.  Thank you to those who bid.  Again I take my hat off to those who sell their artwork.  Putting your heart into something and then feeling rejected can be tough.  This was the down part of the ball.  In the next post I will talk about the ups.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Barb, this is for you.

A friend of mine who is also a member of the Asheville guild always make a point of telling me she checks my blog everyday.  At first I thought she was just being nice and telling me she enjoys my blog.  It took me a while to catch on.  What she was really saying was "I check your blog every day.  Why don't you post more often you lazy @#$%^!"  Well maybe not that last part.  But she is right I don't post often enough.  But there is a reason.  I have been really busy getting ready of the up coming Synergy 3 in Atlanta.  As you know (if you are a frequent reader like Barb) I don't sell my wares too often but this is going to be one of those times.  In order to do that I need to have some wares to sell.  Being one to push the caning envelope I decided to make another cane with the fairy tale theme.  I also had an idea for a mosaic wall piece.  I have been working on these two creations for the past three weeks.  Sometime I wonder about me.  What was I thinking?  The mosaic is almost done and I have finished the cane.  I don't have any finished pieces made with the cane yet (Synergy is days away!) but I wanted to give you a preview/sneak peek of that cane.  There is also a picture of my wall mosaic during the process.