The Danbury Plaza Hotel
18 Old Ridgebury Road
Over 45 unique pieces of handmade art up for auction to benefit The
Little Baby Face Foundation plus over 30 vendors selling art papers,
kits, beads, frippery, collage sheets, fibers, yarns, fabrics, unique
vintage and contemporary items plus all your supplies for rubber
stamping, scrapbooking, art dolls, collage, assemblage, art quilts,
steam punk jewelry and altered art. Entry is free to all, with a
donation to the Little Baby Face Foundation encouraged.
Being a "Farm Girl" has a certain panache with visions of lovely aprons, pantries filled with lovely jams and jellys, a return to the simple good life, hard work and a bit of romance. It has become it's own poem.
Flying home from Creative Connections in Minnesota to Connecticut I had a bit of time to consider all the people I met at the event. And what a treat it was to look at the lovely booths and trends and suddenly ,thought ,oh my gosh... the really "in" thing to be now is a "farm girl". Now, my house sits in the middle of 15 wooded acres..so I guess I can be a farm girl, farm girl of the woods and ferns I would guess.. because I do not have any live-stock just a big dog, lots of deer, bear and a few other critters who I hear at night, but have never seen. Thirty years ago when I moved here most of the surrounding land was farmed. Some days we would go up the driveway to see roaming cows and a farmer looking for them to bring home. My neighbor raised horses and from time to time one would come into my yard or trot down the driveway... guess I should add here my drive way is 1/4+ mile long - so there was a lot of running down the driveway before he/she reached the house. I loved those days and now most of the farms are gone, land cleared and leveled for houses some of which are now vacant. I so miss the farms and the animals and the occasional horse or cow. Many days I wonder how long I will be able to hold onto my own 15 acres... which I call my little paradise. Probably not too much longer, but I will hold out as long as I can. I often think of Beatrix Potter who went around her part of England and bought up land to keep it free .. that is what I would do if I could...start my own land conservancy...that is my dream. So the land could be enjoyed by everyone forever....
Ok... so now You have perhaps read this little piece by the farm girl in the woods... so here is a little piece I made last night for you all to enjoy. I am thinking when I have a bit of time I will post it as a photoshop tutorial here...I am looking a the vimeo to see if I could do it as a video tutorial.
In just a week and a half teacher and students will be gathering in Danbury, Ct for the 5 day Art-is-You event. Art supplies gathered, suitcases packed and plans for kiddles and animals who have to stay home for a few days while their caretakers create, create, create. And yet, I am looking even further ahead to a November Class in Scarsdale on November 20th at Sallisann'e lovely home. I am going to teach my theater class on the east coast for the first time. And due to a special request I have designed a theater for the season "The Nutcracker Theater". Here is a link to the Art-is-You site http://www.art-is-you.com/mysitecaddy/site3/2010hearth.htm
And while I do not think the actual class information is there yet, I know how we all have to plan ahead this time of year. So, here are some pictures of the theater it is going to be illuminated!!
After a lovely and exciting 4 days at Jo Packham's Creative Connections event,in Minnesota, I am delighted to be home in my little corner of the world. I had a great time accompanying Sallianne and Ellen of the ART-is-You retreat...were they displayed the work of some of the artists teaching at their event in October. Creative Connections brought together so many artist from around the country to talk and share experiences and display their amazing work and talents... I have only a few photos .. but here are a couple to share with you. I took quite a few more... but some how my Droid turned them into
gobbeldegook.... so here are the few it left for me!