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December 2013

Crazy “To Do” List

By | Holidaze

Lina arrived safely from Chicago for Christmas, meaning it was time to relax and play and enjoy the holiday, right? Only I’m slightly embarrassed to admit, I pretty much put her straight to work. (Tell me I’m not the only one with a crazy “to do” list in her head?!)

Well, we let her refuel first.

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Twice.

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I’ve been wanting to build a snowman for days, but it’s been so cold the precipitation has all been powder. Finally, it warmed up enough the snow could stick and then (of course) it all started to melt. So, first things first, we made 3 tiny snow creatures…

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Quickly.

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Next there were cookies to be baked and decorated at mom’s house with both Lina and Logan…

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And then the real work began. Lina introduced me to the 21st Century. (I don’t always move quickly.) She set me up on Facebook.

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I’m only about 10 years late to the party and I’m really planning to stay only as long as we can talk about art. And I can already hear my more literary friends practically screaming in unison (some with really bad Scottish accents)… “and the best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley.”

But I’m here now, and Facebook actually let me open a personal page and an artist’s page, and a few of you already like me. You really LIKE me!

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I will try to keep up with the whiplashing pace and volume of information (Hey Deby!!), but I will also be honest and say my hope for Facebook is that I can finally share what I’m doing with my art with a much larger audience. Color me crazy!

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I hope your crazy “to do” list is as short, and sweet, and colorful as our plate of Christmas cookies. And vanishes as quickly!

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Merry Christmas!

Second Helpings: Painted Christmas Dishes

By | Second Helpings

Painted dishes are a bit of a repeat for my Second Helpings posts, but then knowing “I paint everything!” you can figure I’ve painted quite a few dishes, and these are definitely in keeping with the season.

I painted an entire set of black glazed dishes including dinner plates, bowls, cups and saucers with winter evergreens, holly berries, ivy and acorns.

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I had fun with the cups and saucers, assigning 1, 2, 3 or 4 holly berries to each set. Just in cases.

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We needed more than four dinner plates however, and being out of the black glazed plates, I decided to paint four white ones, and I used another Pebeo product for added oomph.

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The new Pebeo product is the Pebeo Cloisonne Outliner. It comes in a bunch of colors — I’ve gotten it in black, white, red, and turquoise — and my favorites, the metallics: Copper, Vermeil and Gold.

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It’s a dimensional outliner, so after you paint with the Pebeo Porcelaine 150 then you apply this last. Make sure it sticks to the surface — don’t leave gaps between it and the plate, but don’t be too gloppy or it will fall off or get knocked off later when you are using the dishes.

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Have fun with it. It’s a little like icing a holiday cookie — only you bake it after you ice it, and I don’t recommend you take a bite (though I have certainly bitten into some Christmas cookies that were as hard and tasteless as I’d guess these plates would be) — Ok, ok I’m done.

Remember, you may not be able to play with your food, but you can always play with your dishes!

Ready? Set! Be Merry!!

By | Holidaze

Christmas Vacation has officially begun in the Chambers’ household! The only work that will get done around here for the next 4 days will be holiday related. Or it will just have to wait.

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I will not answer my phone unless this face appears under the number:

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or this face:

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I will encourage lazing by the fire:

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and wearing fuzzy slippers all day no matter how much they look like Snug’s disemboweled rat toy:

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I will be charmed by sequined felt:

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and folksy wood block houses:

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I mean really, what’s the point of going to the trouble to do all the decorating and baking and party planning and present selecting and making and wrapping and mailing and opening if we don’t take the time to enjoy it too? Anyone?

So, my plan is to do just that! And that, as they say, about Wraps it Up!

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Somebody quick, bring me an Eggnog Latte!

Inspired: Leise Dich Abrahamsen

By | Inspired By

I’ve been playing hooky today, surfing the web and reading my favorite blogs, and as I was thoroughly enjoying myself I kept thinking of people who would be inspired by many of these sites, might not be aware of their existence, and would appreciate an introduction to them. I’m only going to share one with you today — but she’s a good one!

Meet Leise Dich Abrahamsen:

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Leise is Danish, and she lives and creates wonderful accessories, objects, and pieces of art in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her label is fra leise and her blog address is fraleise.blogspot.com

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Leise turned her studio into a little shop and her inventory changes with the seasons and her inspiration. Her blog is filled with photos of things which inspire her, like the pattern of this knitted blanket:

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as well as photos of her finished work, like these framed prints and collages:

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She works in a variety of media including textiles, wood, and paper, and she’s also a painter and printmaker. She makes cloth cuff bracelets:

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and embroiders, (I think I read this is an iPhone case!):

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She makes toys:

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paintings, collages, and prints:

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One of the most charming things about Leise’s blog is that English is not her first language and so her posts are written in what amounts to phonetic English with a Danish accent. I guess their w’s sound like v’s and vice-versa because “sewn” is spelled “sevn” and when her friends helped her rearrange her studio they “mowed” things for her. So sveet!

Check Leise’s blog out. I’m sure you will be inspired.

Breathing Room

By | Everything Else

I have been waiting for today for some time now. In fact this is the first day since this time last year that I am beholden to no one and no thing. There are no looming deadlines, no exhibition openings, no meetings, and no social events to hostess. My only concerns are my family and myself, and I am already finding it easier to think. It’s so much quieter in my head.

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The final event on this year’s very busy schedule was the TVAA Kringle Mingle last night. I promised you results of the art exchange and as you can see, I was tickled!

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I received Kathleen Probst’s beautiful abstract textile piece titled Peepholes #7:

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You can see more of Kathleen’s work at her website www.kathleenprobst.com and I highly recommend you do so.

The other cool thing is that Barbara Bowling received my bamboo utensils…

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Barbara is another one of those 1 degree of separation stories. My daughter, Lina Chambers, and her daughter, Sarah Gardner are both actresses who knew each other and acted together long before Barbara and I ever met.

We had one of those “Wait a minute, your daughter’s an actress? My daughter’s an actress! I know your daughter! She’s your daughter?!” sort of conversations a few weeks ago from which we are still recovering.

Barbara is also a very fine artist and jeweler. Her website is www.louisesleap.com

By the way, both Kathleen Probst and Barbara Bowling have terrific work in the current TVAA Foray III exhibition, to say nothing of the other 65 artists, so check out the show if you find a little time in your schedule.

Ok. That’s enough work for one day. Now I’m going to go relax and enjoy this terrific weather we’ve been having. Maybe work on my tan a little. I’ve really been looking forward to this break!

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