Wednesday, December 23, 2009

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!



I would just like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Festivus, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Solstice. I hope you get all you ask for and that you are able to enjoy time with family and friends.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Big Thank you for Big Ass Indie Art & Craft Show

I just wanted to thank everyone who came out to the Big Ass Indie Art & Craft show. It was crowded anytime I was there. I also want to thank the wonderful BAIACS staff, volunteers and the Mad Art staff & gallery. Another very well put on show that was beautifully displayed. Great job!

I do have quite a few items left. Including a Sugar Skull tree topper, sugar skull & glittery Day of the Dead related ornaments, magnets, necklaces and a few others.
Look for some pics here, on my FB fan page and on my Etsy site.

Thank you again!!!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

St. Louis Artist Package Give Away

Check out my good friends blog give away. She has made nice little package from local St. Louis Artists, including a Sugar Skull Ornament from me. You don't want to miss out on this.


Blog Give away

Friday, December 4, 2009

Sneak Peek into Big Ass Indie Art & Craft Show 3



So the Big Ass Indie Art & Craft Show starts tonight. It runs all weekend.
Dec. 4th, 7 to 11pm
Dec. 5th, 10am to 7pm
Dec. 6th, 10am to 3pm

Again, there are a multitude of gifts to choose from. You can find a gift for that picky mother in law, quirky co-worker or your punk rock niece or nephew who think they are too cool for school. The styles represented range from the hip fashionable to the quirky artsy fartsy, to punk rock.

Please check out the Big Ass Indie Art & Craft Show's fan page on Facebook and you will see a few photos of the awesome job the setup team and staff did. It looks great. But you will also get to virtual window shop too. Woo hoo!

Don't forget that the Upcycle Exchange will be there collecting donations and Mad Art is collecting donations for Bear Necessities that will benefit local food banks and shelters.

I will be working the registers Sat. from 3pm to 7pm. Hope to see ya there!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Big Ass Indie Art & Craft Show Upcycle list

So many of you have items laying around your house that you might be thinking I will never use that I should donate that or throw it away. Well please don't throw it away.
Keep those items out of the landfill. Here is a list of recyclables and craft supplies that I have asked for through the Upcycle Exchange (see the side bar for the link). Please take your time and go to the site to see other items requested by other artists. You will receive a coupon book good for free items or discounts with purchase in the future with participating artists.

Here's my long, long list and hope to see you at the Big Ass Indie Art & Craft show.

micro brew and import bottle caps
soda bottle caps
cork boards/bulletin boards
stryofoam cones
stryofoam balls
wooden shadow box/es (any size)
wall paper paste
glitter and glitter glue
wooden/plastic spools @ least 1 ft high
glass prayer candles (with wax all used)
wooden crates (no larger than 3 feet)
wooden jewelry boxes
red lace trim
any fabric with skulls, tattoo, dice, flames
any color of tulle (other than white)
copper sheeting (any size)
small religious statues
wooden crosses (any size)
vintage hard plastic carry on makeup case
ball fringe any color
loteria cards
unused sculpey/fimo clay
plastic organizing bins
cigar boxes
embossing powder
embossing glue
jump rings
jewelry chain
ball chain
split rings
earring findings
necklace closures
necklace extenders
silver bracelets
barrette findings
toggle findings
pin findings
bobby pins with glueable pads
wrap-able jewelry wire
beads (red, black, purple, blue, grey)
modge podge
glue
e-6000 glue
gorilla glue
wooden picture frames
magnets
juice can lids
end biscuit can lids
unused resin
resin molds
vinyl records
ribbon
craft paint
spray paint
fabric paint
one shot paint
glass paint
paint pens
clear acrylic spray
paint brushes
popsicle sticks
foam paint brushes
jewelry displays
unused card stock
unused printer paper
unused printer labels
countertop samples
bowling pins
scrapbook paper
scrapbooking punches
scrapbooking scissors
jingle bells
unused canvas
exacto knife blades
crayons
spinning racks
linoleum cutter
clay working tools
ink pads
ink stamps (espec. skulls, halloween)
brads
eyelets
removable glue dots/pads
pinking shears
etching cream
small clear storage bags (i.e. jewelry(self sealing)
sequins
glitter stems
chenille stems
red silk roses
black silk flowers
fall color silk flowers
unused tooth picks
skulls (any, paper, ceramic, etc)
skeletons (any, paper, ceramic, etc.)
pinups (paper, etc.)
bubble wrap
stickers

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Big Ass Indie Art & Craft Show

So after much procrastination, whining, fretting, and mishaps I dropped my inventory off last night at Mad Art Gallery for the Big Ass Indie Art & Craft Show this weekend.
December 4th, 5th and 6th. The place looked great already and they had only started.
There will be tons of handmade and handcrafted goodies ranging from $3.00 on up.
I crafted a Day of the Dead Joey Ramone just for this and let me tell you he looks great! I also did a ton of Sugar Skull ornaments and some pinups, Day of the Dead among others. I have some new magnets. There are Day of the Dead Catrina's, Day of the Dead Frida Kahlo, Day of the Dead Cowboys, Day of the Dead Gentleman with top hat and Day of the Dead Mexican Revolutionary.

Not only that there are around 80 other artists participating with goodies from jewelry, hair accessories, magnets, art, ceramics, clothing, plushies, pinstriped toilet seats and so much more. You have to go check it out to see. It is free admission all three days with entertainment on Friday night.

So make sure to check out the Big Ass Indie Art & Craft Show this weekend. I will be working the register on Sat. from 3pm to 7pm come say Hi!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Come celebrate Dia de los Muertos with me and other great artists: In a dream come true, there will be a skeleton parade snaking around the block with lots of musicians & skeletons dressed as salsa dancers, Mexican revolutionaries, AZTECas, Frida Kahlo, CUAHTEMOC, Harriet Tubman, bride & groom or a variety of other characters with photos of the remembered, maybe some skeleton pinatas -- think CARNAVAL, New Orleans Style JAZZ funeral

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2009
Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Location: MOKABE's
Street: Arsenal @ Grand

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Current items available for sale (not on Etsy)

Please be sure to check my Facebook Fan page for current items listed for sale that I have not yet listed on Etsy. Please feel free to email or pm me on FB with any questions and price quotes. Especially if the item/s need to be shipped.

I am currently accepting custom orders for Christmas fulfillment. For custom orders I require half up front as a deposit. The remainder would be paid upon receipt of the item. I need at least two weeks to fill a custom order so order early.

Please remember I can take any image and place it in a bottle cap for earrings, pendant or necklace, tie tac, cufflinks, lapel pin, bobby pin, barrette or magnets.
I need at least one week to fill this custom order.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Flashback Friday

Naked Raygun was my first Punk Rock show. It was at SIUE Edwardsville and it was AWESOME! I still love them to this day, they rock! A friend of mine wrote this earlier this week


No matter what else I ever do, how old I get, or how much I spend on my hair, I will always be a punk rocker at heart. I will never let anyone tell me how to look, how to think, or that I can't pick up shit myself and learn it. I will never be... a war apologist or a demure housewife without a voice of my own. Till the day I die, I will curse like a sailor and go down swinging.

This is me! I totally got what she meant and it fits me to a T.

I got into punk when my uncle introduced me to Pipeline a local punk show on SIUE's radio station. I understood how the people singing felt. I wasn't really rebelling against my parents. They were good people and let me be who I was. I wasn't rebelling against authority, because I understood rules were in place for a reason. I was rebelling against society and I still am. I refuse to be a lamb. I refuse to wear the latest fashions and be told how to dress, think, and act.

I grew up poor. We were welfare kids. My mom and stepdad tried, but we were poor.
That's just how it was. My clothes were either from Venture, hand me downs or from the thrift store. Now I am 40, so back when I was a kid it was not cool to shop at thrift stores. I hated not having the latest, coolest styles. I once even stole money to go buy Nikes for me and a friend. I got caught and we had to return them. Lesson learned! But then I found punk rock. Punk rockers wore what they wanted. They were individuals, not sheep. No two looked exactly alike, though there might be similarities. I found black 50's cocktail dresses and I ripped my already used jeans. I wrote band names on my clothes and song lyrics. I spray painted my jean jacket. I pierced my nose and hung a chain from my nose to my ear. I could be myself and not be ashamed that I didn't have the latest and greatest. That's what I love about punk rock. The ability to express yourself in how you look and tell society, Fuck you! I am who I am and if you don't like it you can kiss my ass! Needless to say I am tamed down version. But not much. I have two nose piercings, the classic Betty Page hair (though in a dark red). I still wear band shirts, black converse, Doc Martens, skulls and black. I am a punk. It's who I am and it will always be me.
Don't get me wrong. It wasn't just the fashion of punk rock that pulled me in. It just allowed me to be okay with being myself. That then allowed me to be the free thinker I am today. It allowed me to develop my own opinions and voice them. It allowed me to strive to be better because I wanted to, not because it was expected of me. It allowed to appreciate and accept other opinions and views (to a point, there are some things I just won't tolerate). It opened up my creativity, allowing me to express myself in many different ways. Art now being one of those creative outlets. It gave me the self confidence and back bone to not care what others thought of me. I am trying to pass down those important lessons to my children. I hope it makes them better people too!

Viva la Revolution!



Monday, September 28, 2009

Thank you, and Strange Folk Festival

I just wanted to thank everyone who came out to Strange Folk festival over the weekend. I was a great weekend other than the downpour we had on Sat. Some people shopped anyways. My daughter and I sat in our chairs under the tent eating kettle corn and listening to the rain. It was nice, though a clear sunny day like Sunday would of been better, you try to enjoy what you can't change.

Here are a few pics of my booth and wares for the weekend. Some items are still available, please feel free to ask.


















Friday, September 25, 2009

Flashback Friday & Strange Folk Festival

Yes, I am getting rid of Friday's Family feature, because truthfully it was boring. I love my family and I find them exciting, but I can only write so much about them to keep you interested. That being said I got the great idea to do Flashback Friday's. I don't know where it came from, maybe some one else is doing it on their blog. I am not taking credit for originating it. I am just going to make it my own. It might be picture, a song, a memory. I am just going to go with the flow and hope you enjoy it.

So in preparing for the Strange Folk Festival I have had a few songs get stuck in my head and then doing what  I do. You get on you tube and look up one song, you then try to keep going to different band videos from that one song. Sometimes you get stuck on one band, but it can be fun to see what you come up with. While doing this last night I ran into a Split Enz video I forgot about. So I will be giving you Split Enz and Siouxsie and the Banshees today for Flashback Friday.

Remember to come see me this weekend at the Strange Folk Festival! I will have lots of pumpkin goblins, the cutest Zombie Girl EVER, Day of the Dead Elvis, Day of the Dead Cat, Day of the Dead Dog, Day of the Dead Marie Antoinette, a witch, a couple of Diablos, a bobble head, cat, dog, devil boy & skeleton and so Sugar skulls galore!!!



Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Strange Folk Festival this weekend


The Strange Folk Festival is coming up this weekend. I like all good crafty procrastinators, am not ready. I am doing the mad final crafting dash to try and make sure I have enough goodies to sell. It is a mad scramble! My hands are stiff and crampy, I have paint in my hair and I am tired. I am just getting over being sick so it makes it especially hard. But, enough whining! Please come see me and over 124 other extremely talented artists and crafters in O'Fallon, Illinois this Sat. Sept 26th and Sunday, Sept. 27th from 10am to 6pm.

Don't forget to bring your Upcycle Exchange goodies to donate. You will be helping out an artist or artists, saving items from the landfill and you will get a coupon book you can use that day to shop!

Strange Folk Festival

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Lots of new happenings

Sorry I have not posted in a while. I get migraines and they are plaguing me pretty bad these last couple of weeks. In fact I have a headache as we speak. I just hope the tylenol works.

So lots of new happenings! I was accepted to Etsy's Dark Side team. I couldn't be more excited about this. I will hopefully be able to reach the audience that will enjoy my crafty goodness now. Plus the talent of some of the artists is just amazing and they all seem so helpful and nice. You can check their my space page out on the link on the upper right hand side.



I went thrift store shopping with my mom yesterday and we had a great time. I had a shopping cart full of stuff at one store and was rather concerned that I had put more in my cart than I had money for. Oh no I spent less than I had imagined by more than half. I was stoked. I actually found some shadow boxes, so I can make a few more circus freaks for the Strange Folk Festival.

I am working slowly on my pieces for Strange Folk. Between the migraines and a little laziness I am not getting very far. I will post WIP pics tomorrow also. So stay tuned until tomorrow.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Crafter's Devotional the beginning

Friday's Family Feature will be skipped today to bring you this important message, we will return to our regular programming next Friday.


I couldn't sleep last night, again. I have insomnia from time to time so after I got the kids off to school I went back to bed. Well I was just woken up by the UPS person ringing my bell. And behold it was a package, but not just any package. Here's how the story begins;

A week or so ago someone sends me an email saying a won a craft book and a bobbin winder off their blog. Needless to say I was super excited. I don't win anything, ever. Well the book is call The Crafter's Devotional, 365 Days of Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Unlocking Your Creative Spirit, by Barbara R. Call. The blog I won it off of is an awesome blog that I check daily and the link is listed on this blog. It is Craftside .

I am stoked about this book. The publisher included a note telling me to please feel free to blog about the prizes and Hells Yeah, I am going to.

Since leaving my job at the STL Zoo in May, I was supposed to be doing all I can to try and build up my craft business. I have sat on my butt and done close to nothing. This I hope will light the proverbial fire under my ass and get my crafting the way I should be.

Here is a pic of the book and a description from the back of the book.



Crafters dabble, collaborate, muse, and make, all in their own way on on their own time line. For all crafts, there are established techniques... and innumerable ways to experiment.

No matter your craft of choice, you'll find daily inspiration in the pages of this book. Author and crafter Barbara R. Call understands there is something elemental shared among artists and crafters, regardless of their chosen medium: creative energy. For each crafter looking to hone a favorite skill, there is a dozen who are waiting for that certain spark of inspiration or sinuous root of an idea to take hold.

The Crafter's Devotional uses interdisciplinary exercises, nuggets of wisdom, brainstorming triggers, and how-to techniques to inspire, enhance, and motivate you to create.

Inside you'll find the following categories:
Monday/Journaling
Tuesday/recycle, reuse, or revive
Wednesday/collection, stash, and materials
Thursday/personal history
Firday/noncraft inspiration
Saturday and Sunday/collaborate, gather and experiment


Please check back with me often as I post about the book and the activities I do and the crafts I come up with.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Great thrift store finds & My Vintage Addiction blog

A friend of mine just launched her newest blog all about feeding that Vintage Addiction. The name of the blog is My Vintage Addiction. She designed the blog herself and I love the colors and the use of some really cool fonts. ( I love fun fonts). You can check it out here .

In honor of her website launch I thought I would show off my newest thrift store find.
Yesterday my mom came over and took me to brunch at one of my favorite diner food restaurants. (Did I mention how cool my mom is. Her two favorite cd's right now are Lady Gaga's The Fame and Gwen Stefani's Sweet Escape). We decided to go thrift store-ing. We hit two thrift stores and scored some choice items. I am in the midst of redoing my craft area and storage is always a problem. Well I picked up some of those tins like the ones you get cookies in at Christmas. I am going to decoupage and or paint them (tutorial in the works). I also picked up some books for the kids and a few stray craft supplies. My big score was the pic on the right. I found the pic on the left for my daughter at a thrift store over 6 months ago for $3.00 or $4.00. I got the second one yesterday for $1.00. I will need to try and match up a frame for the second one.

The are named left one, Gigi and the right one Mimi. Both by Sherle. I am going to have to do research to see if there are any others out there. Anyway I hope you enjoy and if you have an addiction with vintage items like me be sure to check out the My Vintage Addiction

EDIT: Just googled to see what I could find. There are three more so far. One named Penny of a girl with a guitar and two of boys kind of the same Harlequin, pastel style.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I'm the featured artist today at St. Louis Handmade

Hey all,
How exciting is this! I am the featured artist today at St. Louis Handmade. Check it out here

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Gearing up for Strange Folk Festival

I am slowly gearing up for Strange Folk Festival. I can't seem to get my momentum going. I got a lot of bobble head or big headed Halloween creatures started. I am kind of in a rut with my Day of the Dead figures. I did start Siamese Twin Girls that will be part of my Day of the Dead Freak Show series. Along with the twins I started on a Day of the Dead cat and dog. I am going to try and have more Halloween pieces mixed in this year. I want to appeal to a larger crowd, but still appease those who love Day of the Dead.

I am planning to do a tutorial and I am kind of unsure of what. I might do a pumpkin, or a pinata. Either one would be paper mache'. Maybe I will do both or combine them. Hmmmm......??????

Friday, September 4, 2009

Labor Day Weekend Sale


I decided to have a Labor Day Weekend Sale. 15% off your total purchase and a free sugar skull magnet with each purchase. Convo me on etsy before the purchase and I will adjust the invoice, put code:labor in the subject line. Click my etsy shop on the right to get to my store.

Hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend! I have two birthday parties, a BBQ and some out of town friends to see.

Friday's Family Feature -Lulu

Lulu Belle is the baby of the family. She is the youngest of our Boston Terrors and she is a terror! She is the scamp, the feisty one who starts the scraps and then tries to finish them. Lulu will play fight all day with both her brother and sister if they like it or not. She is momma's baby though and will take breaks to sit with me or try to lay on me or randomly lick me.(Why do dogs do that?!)

Lulu is our little jack rabbit. She hops! She turns her body sideways and kind of hops on all fours backwards and forwards. It's the funniest thing ever.
I imagine her self portrait would be her wearing pink boxing gloves with a black eye and pink bow with a skull in the middle of it and maybe a front tooth missing.

I almost forgot to mention her high pitched bark. It grates the nerves. Ugh!

Great, now I need to draw my dogs as humans, as they would draw their own self portraits. Oh man! TGIF! LOL!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Featured Artist for the Week Courtney Turney of Hypercraftive

This week I would like to introduce you to another fellow St. Louis Craft Mafia member and a very talented artist.




Artist/Crafter Name: Courtney Turney

Art/Craft Specialty: Wool felting

Etsy shop: www.hypercraftive.etsy.com

Blog:
www.hypercraftive.blogspot.com

Photo site:
www.flickr.com/hypercraftive

Shops where you sell:
Cranky Yellow, Laumeier Sculpture Park

Upcoming Shows:
Strange Folk Festival, Big A$$ Indie Art & Craft Show

What is your artistic background: I've been creating all my life and I have a degree in fashion design. I don't draw very well so I stick to mediums that don't require it!

When did you learn to craft:
It all started when I would sit on the floor of my mom's sewing room and try to invent things with all her scraps.

How long have you been creating professionally:
1 year

Have you ever been published in a magazine, featured on television, etc.:
Featured artist in "Objectivity", Laumeier Sculpture Park's member magazine. Issue: June 2009

Do you teach art to other's? If so where:
I would love to, but I haven't yet

Can you briefly describe the process of creating your art: I knit and crochet free from items and then felt them using a wet-felting method called 'fulling'. I also felt old wool sweaters using the same method and then use a needle-felting technique to apply simple graphic images before turning the felted fabric into accessories such as cuffs and coasters.

What inspires you:
My children, the color wheel and simple icons.

When do you feel most creative:
When I sleep. That may seem strange, but I will wake up spontaneously, with some really cool ideas.

How does creating make you feel:
Relaxed

What other art inspires you: Paul Klee, Any Warhol, anything Bauhaus

What colors make you happy: Right now, it is bright jewel tones, but that'll change.

Do you listen to music while you create? If so what: Oddly, no.

If you were to pick a different medium or craft to specialize in what would it be:
metalsmithing, large and small

Do you have any favorite places to shop for supplies in the area: Any thrift store for the old and recyclables, Paste in Soulard (for my yarn). My favorite online store is ornamentea.com

What is/are your favorite magazine(s) related to your art/craft: I don't one, but www.printpattern.blogspot.com is my favorite place for inspiration.

What is your studio or workspace like: A big mess. I have 5 projects going with all the supplies spread out on tables, floor & bulletin boards at any given time. I call it the creative process, but it's really just an occupational hazard.

If you could have your dream studio anywhere in the world where would it be: In the alps, in a chateau

When did you first discover you were a creative spirit: I don't think I ever discovered. I always was and it was always encouraged.

What is your all time favorite creation:
I'm too fickle to pick just one. My favorite is always the one I just finished.

What is the best creative advice you have been given: If you love what you create, who cares what anyone else thinks.

What is the best creative advice you would give: Don't be afraid-this is why children are such great artists.

What do you really want people to know about you, your art and living a creative life: I have a day job and a family that I share my love with. I don't know what I would do with myself if I didn't have any of these 3 outlets in my life.

When you aren't creating, how do you like spend your time: on Facebook-don't judge me

Name and describe one person who has encouraged your creative spirit, and how have they inspired you: My husband, Mike Turney. He is an emerging artist himself and he has always stood firmly behind me in everything I do; encouraging and
loving and gentle



Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Crock pot Lentil & Sausage Soup



This is one of my favorite recipes.

Crockpot Lentil & Sausage soup


1 lb (package) lentils, rinsed and drained
1 package (16oz) smoked sausage, diced
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 medium carrots, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes with chilies (drain liquid)
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp of cumin
4 cans chicken broth (you could substitute vegetable or beef)
2 stalks celery, diced
salt and pepper to taste


Put all the ingredients into your crock pot. Cook on low for 8 hours.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

What inspires you or What are you reading?

So I started reading The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl. It is a very interesting story so far and revolves around Dante's Inferno. In the first few pages of the book was a picture of this painting. A Topography of Hell by Bartolomeo di Fruosino c. 1420



I couldn't find a larger image, but you get the general idea. Sinners of all sorts, in different levels of torture or torment in hell. Well this got me thinking. Why am I drawn to this kind of art work. Because I do love it! I was raised Catholic and Catholics are all about the guilt and sinners and burning in hell. I was exposed to a lot of beautiful religious art and a lot of it was the Fire and Brimstone type though a lot of it was moving and showed levels of love and faith. I only went to college for two semesters and this was in the last few years. I did not take art history and I do not claim to know much of anything. These are not educated opinions in any way. I just know what I like and I like this kind of art. Don't get me wrong I love all kinds of art. This is just the art that moves me. I look at this kind of art and it invokes emotion.

Look at this statue of Madonna and child by Michelangelo. Look how he made her to look so normal. She looks like any other mom. It's as if she was posing for him and Jesus was just a normal child playing at her feet. At least this is what I get from it. Of course art is in the eye of the beholder too.




What inspires you? Or what are you reading?

Monday, August 31, 2009

Just Another Manic Monday

So today I forgot to set the alarm and bolted out of bed at 7:35 a.m when my son's bus comes at 7:30 a.m. Ugh! I was dazed and out of it for the first ten minutes. Needless to say I felt like this!



Also I would like to thank everyone who has become my fan on Facebook (I am now at 100 Fans) or is following me on Twitter. I feel very fortunate to say the least!
Thank you!

Check out an interview with me at Beqi clothing

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Featured Artist Beqi Clothing

I am going to try and do a featured artist each week. This week is my good friend and fellow St. Louis Craft Mafia member Beqi of Beqi Clothing. Now if you haven't checked out her clothing, jewelry, purses or accessories yet, you should! Not only is the girl beautiful (see her pic), the girl can sew, assemble jewelry and sing!
I give you Beqi Clothing




1. Tell us a little about yourself and your shop:


I'm a post-punk, post-rockabilly chick who likes to make clothes. I've been sewing for myself since about 1985, and sewing for others since 2000. One day I discovered I was a terrible employee, but a fantastic boss, so I quit my graphic design job and strapped myself to a sewing machine. Over 10,000 items later, I'm still going strong.



2. What is your favorite item from your own shop?


The last thing I've finished. :) This year, I have several: the Diablo Dress, Burlesque Skirt, Peacock Tee, Luscious Earrings, and Rock Candy Skirt are all samples I kept for myself and wear constantly.



3. Who or what gives you inspiration?


I never know exactly how to answer this question. I've suppose I've been paying attention to the way people clothe themselves since I was a poor teenager in a rich high school, but it wasn't until I discovered punk that I started to have fun with it. I see things and modes of dress I like everywhere from John Waters movies to tattoo magazines to the people sitting in dive bars around the South Side. I have no filter--if I like it, I incorporate it into my style and hope it fits.



4. Explain your art- what exactly is it you do?


It's more craft than art, but I make and design clothing and jewelry for young (or young-thinking) women who like beautiful, well-made clothing that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. I do the same thing your gramma did, I sew, and I sew a LOT. I love sewing so much, I take my machine on my vacations sometimes.




5. What is your favorite project you've finished so far?


Of all time? Man, that's a hard one. Probably the Tattooed Lady Dress from a few years ago. It was a fantastic print, and I must have made 1000 of them over several seasons. It was my best seller, and I was very sad when they stopped making that print. But that's the great thing about fabric and beads. There are always new ones to discover. ;)

*Where can we find your work (Etsy shop, blog, retail locations, etc.)

www.beqiclothing.com

www.beqi.etsy.com.



Stores:
City Museum Gift Shop
Circa Boutique (Belleville)
Dragonfly Designs (Eureka)
Cooperella House of Art (Maplewood)
Maven (Maplewood)
Fifi's (U. City)
Cranky Yellow (Cherokee District)
Pudd'nhead Books (Webster Groves)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday's Family Feature

I figured I would get all of the dogs out of the way before I start with my kiddos.
Patches is our French Bulldog and Pitbull mix. She is the Princess of the house. We adopted her from the APA of Missouri and that was the name they gave her. We decided to keep it as not to confuse her. We had just lost our dog and beloved family member Bruiser a little over a month and I had decided we needed a pet to fill the gap left in our hearts.

At first Patches was the only furry child and she was fine with that. She is a little grumpy and will do the leave me alone growl to let you know when she has had enough loving, etc.(mostly to the kids). She became the Princess when we got our two Boston puppies. She wanted nothing to do with the male at all and will play with the female only at her leisure. If you are petting Patches or she is laying with you and one of the Bostons comes over she will growl, get up and leave. Too funny! She is too good to share! She loves the water as we discovered when we got a pool. She jumped right in and would bite at the water if the kids splashed her or if a hose is turned at her. She really is a good dog, just a little snotty.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cowboy Caviar Recipe



I made this for a 4th of July BBQ my family and I went to and let's just say it was standing room only over the bowl. It is addictive to say the least!

2 tbsps red wine vinegar
2 tsps hot sauce (this can be adjusted according to taste)
1 clove garlic
1 can black beans drained
1 can white corn drained
2/3 cup chopped cilantro
1 medium sized onion
1/2 pound tomatoes
2 avocados
1/2 lime

Preparation

1. In a large bowl, mix vinegar, hot sauce, and garlic.

2. Drain and beans and corn. Add beans, corn, onions, cilantro, and tomatoes mix gently to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let this sit overnight. It can be made the day of, but it is better if you let it sit.

3.The next day, peel, pit, and cut avocado into 1/2-inch cubes. Add to mix. Cut lime and squeeze 1/2 of the lime over mixture. Gently stir.

Serve with tortilla chips.

Hope you enjoy!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Just another Manic Monday!

I feel like since I decided to stay home and make this crafting/art thing my full time gig. I haven't done anything. I barely got my act together for the Big A$$ Craft Show and I have started on some things for Strangefolk, but that is all. I went to Leftovers trying to get all inspired and though I got great finds. I have still done next to nothing. Today I finally got all set up to take photos of all my leftovers from Big A$$ and the camera batteries went dead two photos in. Come to find out it was a good thing as there was something on the lens that I could not see and the two photos came out blurry. My kids have started school and are back on schedule, but I am not. I am napping once they are off to school and have no energy at all.
Here is a pic that my son took of himself that kind of explains how I feel.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday's Family Feature

I thought I would start posting a little about my family on Fridays. This will get me posting more regularly and you the reader can learn a little more about me. Hopefully this will also allow me to appreciate my family just a little more.

This is Pee Wee our 2yr old Boston Terrier. He was my husband's birthday present two years ago. Pee Wee has a small tail unlike most Boston Terriers. It's really just a stub. But this little cutey does a butt waggle that leaves me in stitches every time.
His body goes sideways, his butt goes back and forth and his tail goes the up and down. I need to video it eventually and promise to! When we say "Shake Your Butt", he starts shaking. Anyway here he is.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Super long list of wants for the Upcycle Exchange at Strange Folk Festival

The Upcycle Exchange is a super cool program created by Autumn Wiggins of Strangefolk fame. The idea is for people to donate goods to local artists to help out the local artists and to keep the donated goods out of the landfills.
Each artists creates a list of supplies that they would like and people bring them to the Upcycle location to drop off and then they are given a coupon to be used. Most artists are offering a free gift for those donating and some are offering discounts at the festival or on their websites or Etsy stores.
My coupon is for 10% off my Etsy store or a free small skull magnet while supplies last. So save these items, bring them to the Strangefolk Festival, help local artists, save items from the landfill and get yourself some goodies!
These are just my wants. To find out what other artists are accepting check out the
Upcycle Exchange website

Micro brew and import bottle caps
Cork boards/bulletin boards
Bowling trophies
Stryofoam cones
Stryofoam balls
Vintage glass ornaments
Wooden shadow box/es (any size)
Dish soap bottles
Wall paper paste
Glitter and glitter glue
Wooden or plastic spools @ least 1 foot high
Glass prayer candles
Wooden crates (no larger than 3 feet)
Wooden jewelry boxes
Red or black lace trim
Any fabric with skulls, leopard or zebra on it
Any color of tulle (other than white)
Copper sheeting (any size)
Solder and or flux
Small religious statues
Wooden crosses (any size)
Vintage suitcases
Ball fringe any color
Loteria cards
Unused in good condition sculpey/fimo clay
Plastic or wooden organizing bins
Cigar boxes
Frozen concentrate juice can lids
End of biscuit metal lids
Christmas/cookie/popcorn tins
Wooden candle holders
Chopsticks
Magnets (any kind)
Wooden dowels (any kind)
Modge podge
Vinyl records
Cardboard cones
Cardboard balls
Grossgrain ribbon any color
Ribbon
Cds
Comic books (any condition)
Wooden picture frames
Rubber stamps
Wooden plaques
Jingle bells
Skulls
Unused plaster
Unused varnish
Acrylic paint (any color)
Paint markers (any color)
Sharpies (any color)
Unused cardstock (any color)
Spray paint (any color)
Glue sticks
Craft glue
Wooden framed paintings
Canvas

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Indie Underground Designer Marketplace Call for Artists


Call for artists - Indie Underground: Designer Market. We're looking for local artists/crafters/designers to be part of a handmade market in partnership with St. Louis Fashion Week. Join the local indie fashion designers, members of the St. Louis Craft Mafia, and other local indie crafters in an exciting handmade style showcase. We want you to be part of the marketplace where high fashion and indie style meet. Apply online this week; deadline to apply is Sept. 16.

"Go to our website

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Thank you!

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who made it out to the Big Ass Indie Art & Craft Show. It was an awesome turnout and an awesome show! I want to thank Ron and the Mad Art Staff, Jane for the fabulous food, the group I worked with this week, my fellow artists and all my friends for supporting me and coming to the show!

I have some things left and will be listing them on Etsy later in the week. So be sure to check my etsy store later in the week.

I will be at Tower Grove Farmer's Market this coming Sat. August 8th, Sept 12th and October 24th and at Strange Folk Festival in O'Fallon, Il on Sept 26th and 27th and then the Winter Big Ass Indie Art & Craft Show in December 4, 5 and 6th.

Thanks again to everyone who made it out!

Pics of the Big Ass Indie Art & Craft Show

Here are a few pics of the show setup and a few of my things for sale. You still have until 4pm today to get down there and shop. There are still many great things to purchase.