2 new bags

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It has been a very busy week. My grandmother passed away last Wednesday and our household has been in a bit of a funk since. I have not been very productive and it shows the minute you step into the house!

Today I broke out some studio supplies to work on two bags. The canvas shopping bags were donated to the St. Lawrence County Arts Council by a former board member who thought they might be useful for a class or a fund raiser. The Arts Council is distributing them to local artists to be decorated and returned to the gallery where they will be offered for sale. My simple bags project utilized fabric painting and stamping & stenciling with home made stamps & stencils. I intended to add beads but the more I worked with the canvas fabric, the more I worried about attaching them securely. I'll sleep on it tonight and see if I wake up with any inspiration. I took photos during the process for a tutorial that I will put up as soon as I get an opportunity.

Anyone interested in buying a bag can contact the S.L.C. Arts Council. All proceeds will go to support the Arts Council.

Recent Projects

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This fall I have been very busy getting ready for the St. Lawrence County Arts Council's annual studio tour. This is an opportunity for people to visit artists in their own studios or as guests at other studio locations and watch artists create, see their recent work and possibly purchase work directly from the artist. I like to have lots of new scarves and jewelry items on hand for Studio Tour weekend because it falls so close to the holiday gifting season. If you are interested in the concept of Studio Tours or if you live in or near St. Lawrence County, NY, check out the SLC Arts Council's website.

In the previous years, I spent the autumn painting lots of silk scarves, but my 3 year old was just way too interested in the whole silk stretching and painting process for me to be successful with painting so my daughter and I painted some beautiful satin and velvet devore scarves this year instead. We discovered that with proper preparation, we could get 6 to 8 scarves painted during a single naptime! I will post pictures of some of these scarves in a few days.

I have also joined a complex cloth round robin through the Yahoo Complex Cloth discussion group. The idea behind this project is for each participant to dye or otherwise decorate one yard of cotton fabric, send it to the next person and alter the yard of fabric they get from the person before them on the list. This group has 7 participants per group, so sometime in the next 7 or 8 months I will get my original fabric back. You can read more about this process by visiting the group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/complexcloth/ The blue fabric at the top of the page is the yard I sent out into the world to be altered.

I've also been working with some new jewelry techniques including some encrusted medallion beadwork inspired by Marcia DeCoster's article in Beadwork this summer and some unusual wireworked earrings. As soon as I learn how to post multiple photos in a blog in a way that makes sense, I will include photos of those, too. For now, bedtime draws near and I believe that some Dr. Seuss is in order.

First Day with my new Blog

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Welcome to Luna's Baublebilities! This being my first entry in my new blog, perhaps it would be appropriate for me to introduce myself and outline the reasons why I've decided to start a blog.

I am a 30 somethingish stay at home mom and artist. I work in textiles and jewelry when I have free time from homeschooling. I also work part time at my local Arts Council. I have been working with beaded jewelry since 1995 and with silk painting and complex cloth since 2001. Most of my work in the past has been given as gifts or sold locally as a means of supporting my art habit.

Lately, I have been wanting to expand my horizons a bit in terms of the techniques I use, the way that I interact with the arts community and the market I sell to. This blog will become a journal of my explorations in the online arts community and my current projects. Readers may also find occasional posts about homeschooling, supporting the arts in rural communities, literature and how art fits into the daily life of my family.
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