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:
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:


Photo site:

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:

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

What is/are your favorite magazine(s) related to your art/craft: I don't one, but 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.


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?