Friday, November 27, 2009

Being Lazy?

Well, not really, but I had to slow down for the last few days due to a sore throat and now a head cold. So, given that I never seem to have time to blog- always sewing or photographing or whatever else my brain comes up with- I figured since I am just sitting here in bed with my laptop, I may as well so something! god forbid I sit idle for a few minutes. Artists with lists never do that. So, a recap of the last few months would be that I've done quite a few craft shows in the area. Some good, some not so good. Some long days- too long. But I have met really nice people- vendors and shoppers. The last one I was at led me to an event that will take place on Dec 6th at another vendors house in Warren NJ where will be donating a portion of our sales to a needy family for the holidays. I always wanted to do a home event and now it's even for a good cause too. If anyone wants to attend, just let me know and I'll pass on the address.
At another craft show, I got alot of positive feedback on my photo note cards that I sell at my Etsy shop. So, I have decided that next year, I will concentrate more on photography- offering larger sizes of all my prints too.
I am also going to get into handpainting more silk scarves. Right now I only have one left on my website so I will be adding more. Both of these mediums are really my first loves - photos and painting. I miss it so it's time to go back.
And the last bit of news for now is that I am buying a MAC! really soon too and I can't wait!
Next post I do i will tell you about my next new adventure so stay tuned!
(and hopfully this sore throat will be long gone- if not I will be doing alot of typing)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Secret Stash Money Cuff!

Just had to tell!!!- a friend of mine just clued me in on a great idea!
The "SECRET STASH CUFFS" I make -(that are now famous- check them out at my Etsy site!) Well, turns out that besides using them for $$$, jewelry, keys etc...they are also perfect for HEALTH INFORMATION!...whoa...perfect, brilliant!!!...Just write it down on a scrap of paper and stick it in your cuff. If an unfortunate emergency comes up, your info is there ready to maybe save your life!
sooooo...be cool and go buy a bluepie cuff!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

ART IN THE GARDEN UPDATE!

I had a very fun and successful day at the "ART IN THE GARDEN" show in New Hope Pa.!!!...Thanks to all my friends for coming to visit me too. It was a beautiful summer day, blue skies and warming sun. Paxton farm is lovely- gorgeous flower gardens and even farm animals roamed about in their fenced sections. Everyone that exhibited was so talented- it was a mindblower! So, a great experience for Bluepie...Hopefully, I will attend next year too.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Making stuff and gambling

My husband is a gambler. No, he has not lost our home or taken secret large withdrawals from our checking account, but he is a gambler at heart nonetheless. The fact of the matter is he loves the act of gambling, loves the game, love those cards. He can sit for hours and hours and hours- (yes, once at a Vegas casino he sat at a table from 9pm till 6am). He doesn't want to be bothered and hates when I sneak up on him and ask if he is almost done. There is no such thing as done! Just deal the cards and hope they fall in his favor. And if they don't, that's okay too. Just deal those cards again and let me play, he would say. He won't talk much to the other players (gotta be careful with that poker face- well actually blackjack is his game), but he will make a comment on occasion just to be social. I am glad he enjoys this but I never understood why. To me, it's just a stupid card game. It's a waste of time! Especially if you don't make any money! I realized a while back that he doesn't really play to win, he plays because he loves the game. He loves the ACT of the unknown, the thinking involved, the mystery, the thrill. Loves the feel of the cards in his hands. He could really care less if after 7 hours he has 12 dolllars in his pocket. He had fun. I also realized then what we had in common. I make stuff. I love it. I'm addicted (sorta). I will keep making stuff even if I don't make any money cause I LOVE what I am doing. I love to figure out and design new patterns, love the feel of fabric in my hands, love to run then through my sewing machine. I can sit for hours and hours and hours in my Bluepie room and dream up inventions and lust over new colors and fabrics. I don't need to talk to anyone. All I need is my creative mind and I am happy. So there you have it...Maybe we are not so different after all. Is the deck stacked against me? I don't think so.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

ART IN THE GARDEN!

Bluepie News Flash!

I will be part of a really cool event soon...The "Art in the Garden" 10th annual art show at the Paxton Hill Farm in New Hope, PA. I haven't been there yet so I am looking forward to a new adventure with about 60 other artist/vendors. So, Bluepiedesigns headquarters has been very busy making new stuff and trying to get it all together on time for Saturday September 5th, 2009 from 10am- 4:30 pm.
Hope to see you there if you are in the area!
Paxton Hill Farm
3265 Comfort Road
New Hope, PA 18938
215 297 1010
www.paxtonhillfarm.com
ps.. New Hope is one really cool place to visit if you are never been there. Tons of shops, restaurants and things to do!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Finally a Bluepie bag for me!



I have been trying for months to make a bag for myself. Whenever I create a new design I am sure this one will be for me but then I decide to put in online for sale at Etsy. (which is a good think since I am trying to earn some Bluepie bucks). Finally thou- it has happened! I slightly redesigned the Gauguin Messenger bag and it is sooooo perfect for me! I used a very, very soft blue/gray denim that I found months ago (its like none I have ever seen) and lined it with my favorite NYC print- oh so cool drawings of NYC sights. I then eliminated the interfacing except on the inside pocket so the bag would be very soft and comfortable to carry ( it is!). I also replaced the magnetic snap with 2 heavy duty snaps on the corners of the front flap. ( keeps all goods secure, which I love)
Instead of a webbing adjustable strap, I made the strap from the same fabric as the bag, also adustable. So, there you have it...or rather I do. My Messenger bag is medium size with 3 pockets inside, 3 on the outside back, and 2 under the front flap (great for a cell phone and Ipod!) Oh, and there is also a key clip inside. I am so happy with it that I can't stop looking at it or talking about it, and now of course, I am writing about it!...Yipeeee!!! Let me know what you think and if you want one for yourself, let me know. I may not have the same fabric left but there are plenty more cool ones in the Bluepie Stash!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy July 4th!

It's always hard to believe that it's July 4th. Time speeds by. Everyone is busy with weekend BQ's and millions of things to do. So even thou I HATE excuses and I LOVE to write, here I am. Late in writing in my blog, of course, because I have too much to do!..Okay, it is self imposed but that how we Gemini's are. Sorry, it's true. At least for me. Anyway, I actually love having too much to do. That's because (gemini again!) I get very bored, very fast with the same old same old. Which brings me to Bluepie obviously. Bluepie suits me perfectly. I can dream up NEW stuff to make whenever I feel the need. Which is usually at least once a week. So the latest are yoga mat carry bags and a brand new Matisse clutch bag!..In case you didn't know, all my bags are named after artists. Just for fun- cause I love artists! This week I will also be getting back to painting my silk scarves- it's been a while and I miss painting and love silk. Bluepie is also addicted to fabric finds and I've found quite a few really cool fabrics lately too. Yes, life is good. My family is healthy and I can still make stuff and explore my passions. Don't get much better than that. But, I do have to take a bit more time to write. It is my first love and I have neglected it. If someone can please tell me how to make 24 hours into 25, I would be ever so grateful. So until next time- be well, be happy and live your dreams. Happy July 4th to you all.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Addictions







Okay...I have a confession to make. I am an addict. I don't want to change and I don't want any help. That's because I don't think my addiction has adversely affected my life. I have a few addictions but only 2 of them that I will admit to. One is dark chocolate. I don't think this is bad. It makes me really happy under any circumstances. A little bit everyday is good for your health. (thank goodness!) And the other, as you may have guessed, is I can't stop making stuff! Nor can I stop thinking up things to make! I guess I was born this way since I can remember making those colorful loop potholders with my best friend when I was about 5 years old and then selling them to anyone who would talk to me and had 25 cents. Usually, I had a pitcher of lemonade for them to while they browsed my latest collection. I continued this obsession throughout my life. Still with my best friend, Donna, but we expanded our product line. We made leather key chains (banging loudly with hammers on the kitchen table while my poor husband who worked nights tried to sleep.) Another day it was wine sacks to sell to local liquor stores. And the list went on. So now in 2009, I am still at it. And I love it and I see no end in sight. Like I said, I am an addict. But a happy one. So, not all addictions are bad, and apparently not even chocolate. Anyway, lately I have been into painting again. I made some gouache and ink painting for my friends triplets who will be one year old! ( hidden in the paintings are their names too) One for each of their rooms and also I put together a group of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls that I found at an antique store. I attached their names to each one with a ribbon. So I thought I'd post a photo of them here. If anyone wants a painting made for a child, let me know...since apparently now I am addicted to doing this too!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

It's all about Gratitude and friends.....

I have been very lucky in my life and I'm grateful for all of it. Even the stuff that's not so great because you learn from the bad stuff too. Due to major life changes lately, I am feeling even more gratitude. I guess it's that old saying "when one door closes, another opens". It's really true but only if you are open to it. If you learn to relax and not freak out over the curves that life throws you, you can "roll with the punches" and come out on top. Besides my family, one of the things I am most grateful for are my friends. We all have them, but you know the ones that really love you. You don't have to ask them for anything. They know what you need. They feed your soul. They think of you. They ask how you are. They don't want anything from you, but you. They care.
I have some really good friends. I've known them forever. I'd be lost without them. I also ,being aware now of "open doors", have met some new ones too. I never really thought that new friends would weigh in as much but they do. I've learned it's not the amount of time they've spent in your life but it's how they touch your soul. You can feel the love move from one soul to another. It's infectious and it changes your life. So, here's to all my friends...Old and New. I love you all ...thanks for being in my life...
ps..all my old friends know who they are.... and my new ones who have touched my life recently- thank you- Gisela, Dina and Carly...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My Angel "Georgie"


There are many things I could write about in this blog today since it's been too long since I've typed words to the page, however I'll save those things for another day. Today and for the past 3 weeks, my heart has ached and I am still in recovery mode. If you are an animal lover, you will understand, if not you can skip this post or read on and understand the connection. I won't go into extreme detail but the fact is that I've lost one of my best friends- my little caramel color cat, Georgie. You'd have to live in my house to understand the relationship my husband, my son and myself had with our cats. There were three of them- all strays that my son Greg brought home. "Littlecat" was found in the engine of a running car and "Georgie" and "Lenny" , the twins (named after Mice and Men) were taken as tiny kittens from the woods. Of course they became part of the family but it seemed we talked way too much about our "cats". It was almost abnormal. Okay is was abnormal. Hey, they are/were cool cats, what can I say. So now, even though after nine years they never talked back, Georgie is gone and so is part of me. We will all miss his little face, the way he rolled on the floor for a belly rub and as my son remembers- how he jumped, ran and bounced as if a 9- volt battery was atttached to his ass. So, as I wipe my tears I also want to do something in his honor. The day before he was put to sleep, I took a yoga class -Happy Tails-taught by a good friend, Carly. The proceeds were dedicated to the NJ ASPCA. Throughout the class, Carly read stories from the ASPSA about cats and dogs who had helped their owners escape death. It was a touching tribute and although hard for me to hear that day, it was also a perfect end for George and beginning for me. Because of that class, I of course had a Bluepie brainstorm. All items at Bluepie with animals on them (so far there are cats, frogs, cows and zebras), I will send 20% of the proceeds from sales to the NJ ASPCA in honor of my best friend Georgie.
I think that would make him happy. Lenny and Littlecat like the idea too.