Thursday, August 28, 2008


ArteypicoWow I got recogized! Steph from vladthebatsattic (don't you love that name) gave me a virtual reward so now I have some rules to abide by to pass the torch:
WHoa!! As I was checking out the blogs I wanted to pass the award to I stumbled upon another award for me! I was looking at deryns blog and un- beknownst to me, she had also given me a little award! Arte y ironic!! So I will list blogs for all the awards. how exciting!

For the Brilliante Weblog: The winner can put the logo on their blog. Link to the person you received your reward from. Nominate at least 7 other blogs. Put links of those blogs on yours. Leave a message on the blogs you've nominated. Write an acceptance speech ala the Academy Awards(don't know about that).

Arte y Pico

is meant to be paid forward to five bloggers who you want to recognize for their creative talents, interesting material, and overall contribution to the blogger community...helping to make the world a better place, one blog post at a time! And now...the envelope please! (click to see their blogs):

the art nest
pam garrison
belinda schneider
dj pettitt
carla sonheim
the crafty chica
misty mawn
maija lepore

Okay, now that I have spent the whole morning writing this post and leaving comments on all the blogs, I can really appreciate the effort from those who recipr0cate and gave! Oh my aching back....gonna go belly dance now and get my energy flowin'
hugs and shimmies!

My camera isn't working

Helloooo! is any body out there? (pink floyd reference) I had to do tax catch up...didn't do much and couldn't post on mi bloggo...instead played around with samples for my stamp clubs and cut out all the last night and today. Lots of fun. My daughter came with me to the one today then we went shopping at South Coast Plaza (a mall) and I gave the Paper Source some samples to maybe teach there. The Paper Source is a fabulous store with high quality stationary, stamp, scrapbook, ephemera, paper stuff and more! The picture above is one of my daughters friends modeling a tiara I made for stamp club a while ago. Since my camera is not working I'm just picking random photos from my archives...tootles!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Need I say more. Aug.15, hubby and Bo were working really late one night at the studio in Hermosa Beach when this storm hit. Bo had his amazing equipment and keen eye and there you go! Click on the images for a good look. One shot looks like there is a fire but it's probably Manhattan Beach or maybe Malibu and the lights from businesses. There is nothing more exciting than Mother Nature.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Family photo and Gilding the Lily

These pics were taken by the most amazing photographer who happens to sub-let space in our design studio in Hermosa Beach. His name is Bo Bridges and I gotta tell ya, I usually hate looking at pictures that I happen to be in, but Bo is good. He was able to capture the whole feeling and I am especially fond of the black and white. Our family never takes photos together, so this is pretty special. Thats my handsome (muy guapo!) husband and adorable Violet. It was taken at an amazing wedding we went to in Santa Barbara and was the first time my daughter camped and stayed in a tent. Yes, we camped instead of staying in a hotel and went to a wedding. Pretty cool.

Went to the ever elusive Gilding the Lily today. I say "elusive" because I have heard of this place for quite a while, but have never been able to find it. There's no sign....But I found it (Eureka!) and I liked it. Wish I had pics, but go to to get a glimpse. She also has a blog with current updates and class scheduals. Being in the store is much better, of course. It is a very cool and hip miniature boutique with the most current vintage findings for us altered art babes like lace, millinary, all colors of german glitter, vintage jewelry findings, tons of buttons (pressed glass,celluloid, plastic, bakelite), lace and ribbon, vintage crepe paper and wall paper, books and more....all the stuff that makes us art chicks heart pitter patter. I'm not talking about your every day ephemera either. This stuff is hard to find, and she has lots of it. I spoke to Nancy, the owner, and am hoping to teach some classes on re-purposed jewelry construction, fabric books and soldered treasure charms. Stay tuned...

hugs and shimmies!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Updates,classes and so on...

I can't believe I am posting...AGAIN...this is record breaking. My friend Karen will be so proud of me. Since returning from ArtUnraveled, I feel I've been in a state of lala land. I don't want to spoil the feeling and experience I had so I am extremely reluctant to do anything that isn't fun, like doing my taxes. I have cleaned my house...kind of... You see I teach private belly dance lessons and art classes at my home studio and that is my only impetus to clean...and the fact that I can't stand dirty hard wood floors and a messy kitchen and bathroom. Other than that I have been having a fun time with my daughter and painting a chair for someone. I also take care of my other businesses (not fun) and the bookkeeping...ugh,bore, blah. My husband and I own a retail "style" lab in Hermosa Beach,CA as well as a design studio.

Tomarrow I will be at Piecemakers for a trunk show and demonstrating a class I will be teaching Aug. 24. The above picture is a glimpse into the style to be taught. I don't know if I have any sign ups because I didn't have an actual sample at the store. There was just too much stuff going on . I am also teaching a Beginning solder class at Piecemakers Sept. 7 and a Wire Jewelry class at my studio in Torrance on Sept.14. There are pictures of both the classes on this blog. The class at my studio includes a 12 page handout with color photos, lunch and hands on instruction . Piecemakers also has a great venue with lunch on the premises for a donation and lots of great things to buy .

On another "note" i have added music to the do you like it? Is it distracting? I know when I look at other blogs and the music starts blarring at 2am I am a little jarred, but I turn it down and then it's okay. I am starting to realize that blogs can be a glimpse into ones personality and by adding music and other types of "mood" or other sensory enhancing ephemera I am essentially making a "welcome" sign to you visitors into my world. It's a brave action and puts me in a more vulnerable position. I have been belly dancing professionally for over 18 much more vulnerable can I get? Now if I could only send out puffs of incense.....

hugs and shimmies!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I was a bad girl last night...or 3 days after AU...or what I did today

After taking a long walk to the farmers market w/ my Violet, we did paper mache' and painted. I needed to finish a sample for a class I am teaching at Piecemakers, Aug. 24 so it was perfect. There are pics of the progression. I still have to coat it with glossy varnish. I received my free copy of the new Stampin Up? catalog! Yipee! Took pics of the cover and a couple pages....looks fun. For those of you who don't know, I am a Stampin Up! demonstrator and love it. I have 2 to 3 monthly stamps clubs and I can't get enough of it.

I was a bad girl last night. I stayed up till 3am on ebay! I'm obsessed with rosaries and I had to look at every single one until it felt like my eye balls were going to fall out and dry up! It paid off. I won two of the 12 lots I bid on! And I won the one (play on words) that I REALLY wanted. Thank goodness I didn't win them all! What is up with that mentality of being the highest bidder. It's a sickness I tell ya. I don't do it often, just so you know.

One other thing, since I came back from AU I have been really going over all the great advice the crafty chica (kathy cano-murillo) gave in her Kamakaze promotion class and along with all she suggested, she highly reccomended signing up for I did... now I don't know how to activate it. If anyone can "follow" me on their twitter, maybe I can get it going? It's on my blog.

And another thing: what is up with the English language and the way companies are making up new words....twitter?, blog?, moo cards? what is that??? where did they get those wierd names?

signing off
p.s will probably have a give away soon....I need to know that there are people out there checking my blog so send me a comment!

Monday, August 11, 2008

UPDATE: art unravelled 2008

Okay, so here are some pretty crappy photos, but you get the drift (click for a larger view). Theyr'e pics of my table with some of my stuff for the shopping extravaganza at Art Unraveled.. The whole event is fun,fun,fun and like a kid coming home from summer camp (never went myself, but I can imagine) you don't want to go home because that means you have to say good bye to the adventures and people you have had the brief pleasure of breathing and living the artful life with...... and say hello to washing dishes, cleaning toilets,taxes and paying bills..ugh! Hey, at least I have a home, right? No complaints.

My classes went VERY well. I had the nicest students. Here's a little shout out to the students since I FORGOT to take pictures (hope I remember all their names, here goes) Maija,
Kelly, Judi,Cecelia,Reva
Carolyn, Shari, Erin,Bea, Gerri, Mary, Dorothy (my crazy MIL),Donne,Mabel and Paula!
If ANY of you have pics from my classes, can you forward them? I'd love to post them. Maija has a couple on her great blog. Also, if I omited someone by wrong or mispelled name, PLEASE let me know.

I also took a class from the crafty chica, Kathy Cano-Murillo. It was called Kamakaze promotion and it was FANTASTIC! She is so sweet and very giving of all her hard, hard work. She's been a crafty chica for over 18 years and has a ton of experience and info. for those of us wanting to bring our art business up several notches. I also took class (second year in a row)from the awesome Susan Lenart-Kazmer.
We learned how to weave hammered wire into a form.. didn't finish mine (it was a 3 hr class), but I will. Only thing is, I have to get over my fear of fire and get a propane torch so I can start annealing wire!

Every time I go to one of these art retreats, I am so exhausted ( in a good way) and spun out when I get home but just like a good work out from the gym, it hurts so good. Any one who has been on the fence, start saving now and go! Speaking of, Teesha Moore just posted the most awesome line up of artists for next years Art Fest,

I am going to Rubios with my daughter. It's our fav fast food place.

I promise to post more am I doing Karen?


Sunday, August 10, 2008


I am back from AU after 6 days of frivolity, creativity, eating and drinking and meeting way cool people! I am such a dope! I took my camera to take pics and forgot until the last day at the shopping extravaganza. I will post those tonight. Right now I am taking my sweet Violet(my daughter) to Target. After not seeing her for several days I want to spend some time with her, and she just happens to want Hannah Montana bedding! Talk to you soon.