Friday, February 26, 2010

ENDING FEBRUARY 28th!!!!

I thought that I would re-post this to give some more of you a chance to enter.  The last day to enter is February 28th!!!!  

I have won so many wonderful things off of other people's blogs, so I thought that I should return the favor.  This is my first giveaway! 


This giveaway is for a $30 gift certificate that can be used on any of my sites!


Here are the Rules to enter the Give Away.
Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each Entry!

***** For the first entry - Go to: Kittysartandstuff and Liquidambar Jewelry on Etsy, and Liquidambar on Artfire.
Pick something from one of these shops that you like.  Come back with the name or link.  If you do not do this than you will not get any of the extra entries!


* 1 extra entry Pick a different item from one of the other two shops and leave me the name or link. (you can do this as many times as you like - but make sure you leave a separate comment for each one.)

* 3 extra entries (leave 3 separate comments) - blog about the give away, and leave a link. 

* 1 extra entry - Heart my shop on Etsy (and let me know what your Etsy name is.)

*1 extra entry - become a friend via google connect on the right. If you already are just tell me.

* 1 extra entry - grab my button with a link on the sidebar and add it to your blog or put my blog in your blog roll, let me know where I can find it.

* 1 extra entry - mention the give away on Facebook with a link, let me know where it was posted.

* 1 extra entry - twitter about this contest with a link, let me know where I can find it.
You can twitter this:

@babybear777 Win a $30 Gift Certificate from Liquidambar Studio

http://www.liquidambarstudio.blogspot.com


*1 extra entry leave a comment on one of my other posts and then come back here and let me know which one.


*1 extra entry Go to my website: Liquidambar Studio of Art
Pick an item that you like and come back here and let me know what it is. 

* 1 extra entry Become a fan of Liquidambar Studio on Facebook.

Ok, that is about a billion different ways you can enter.  You have until February 28th to enter.  I will notify the winner by March 3rd. You must include your email in your comment, so I can contact you! 

(Please note that any comments added to this blog post will be added to the end of the post from February 11th for the drawing.)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wednesday Windows

 
Can you believe this cutie is going to be 16 years old tomorrow? See the date of this? 1999... time goes by way too fast!!!! (Clint's kindergarten teacher would make a poster like this for each one of the kids in the class.) 

Monday, February 22, 2010

A Couple More


I was able to finish up two more pieces that are now just waiting to dry and then head to the kiln.

The first one is actually a mate to the piece, Birth of Nations, that sold back in December.  I plan on casting some glass pieces using Barbie heads and put them on copper wire coming out of the top of his head (I put holes there already).  The female has G.I. Joe heads that I had cast from different types of glass.  Since her name is Birth of Nations, I am not sure what his name should be.  Any suggestions???

The second piece is actually a redo.  The first one ended up with a crack in the ladies shoulder, but I loved how it turned out.  Of course, I can never make two the same.  I didn't actually look at the other one, so that it would be slightly different.  I will glaze it with the same glaze, too.  But, looking at the two - I wish I had made this one where they were looking at each other, like the finished one.  I guess I will just have to make another one!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Some of my glass work

I haven't posted very much of my glass work, because it is soooo hard to take a good picture of it.  Plus, I really need a better macro lens for my camera.  So, please excuse the poor photography.

 
These first two were the very first two pieces that I ever made.  I took an afternoon workshop at the local art center.


I have done a whole series of pieces called "Glass Walls", some with colored glass and some with float glass.


I have also done a number of kiln "carved" pieces. This isn't carving at all, but rather slumping over a refractory material.  Not sure why they call it carving...

 
These are a couple of other pieces that I have made - nothing special, but I had fun making them.

  
I have also done a few pieces where I am painting with the glass frit (crushed up glass).  I really like how these turn out, but it is very time consuming.  This piece is actually five layers of glass and had to be fired three times. 



And of course, I love casting with glass.  It is very difficult to do, but I still love how it turns out (most of the time).


And I can't forget all of my glass jewelry, which is so much fun to make! 
  
I have also done a wee bit of flameworking.  It was so much fun, but I ended up with a terrible "sun" burn.  I wish I had the set up in my studio to do more!  I guess I will just have to take some more classes.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hear John's Talk

Several weeks ago I posted about John giving his distinguished lecture at Meredith College (http://liquidambarstudio.blogspot.com/2010/01/dr-mecham-faculty-distinguished-lecture.html).  I was so excited to find out that Meredith has posted the entire video of his lecture on their web site.  Please take some time and listen to it.  Believe me, it will change the way you look at science! I am very proud of him.

Just click on the link below and sit back and enjoy the show...
 http://www.librarydigitalmediaroom.com/johnmecham.html

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wednesday Window

We just don't get snow here very often, so I have to post a few pictures from this past weekend.  The first is down at the Haw river that runs along our property.  I do not want to find out how cold that water is!

Since this was Valentine's weekend, I thought that this heart-shaped tree stump was very appropriate.

 

And I couldn't resist playing with the colors again...



Oh, and John took these pictures.  I stayed inside where it was warm and took a nap while he went out to take pictures.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

I wanted to wish my husband a Happy Valentine's Day!  He is truly the love of my life!!!!  This picture is from our wedding.  It was just the two of us and the minister.  And the minister cried when we kissed (it was a woman).  I will have to say that we had been up for around 72 hours and were getting ready to fall down.  We had flown from Jamaica to New York and then to San Jose - then drove an hour to the chapel in Monteray and then had to drive back to San Jose.  Of course in Jamaica we didn't sleep, in New York there was a fire in the hotel and then John had to be at a meeting the next day in San Jose, so our only chance to get married was that night.  But, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world!

I love you John!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Kreative Blogger Award!

Thank you for the Kreative Blogger Award!

A huge thanks to Julie from Creations with Heart for giving me this awesome award!!
The recipient of this award is challenged to list 7 things about them that readers may not know and then pass the Kreative Blogger award on to 7 other blogs the person enjoys reading.

1.  I love the water!  I must have been a fish in a previous life.

2.  I have a B.S. in Organizational Management - which is a joke, because I am very unorganized

3.  I have always been a computer geek.  I would build them and write programs for the fun of it.

4.  I never cook.  My husband does all of the cooking, well except for baking.

5.  I have always wanted to write a book.

6.   I have always wanted to study Art History in Italy.

7.  And my favorite fairy tale is The Little Match Girl.

A very strange combination of stuff.  Sorry I couldn't come up with anything very exciting (at least that I could blog about.)


Now, I'd like to pass this award on to 7 "kreativ" and lovely bloggers ~
 

~Enjoy your beautiful award!~

Friday, February 12, 2010

Working in the studio - 2 new pieces

I have been busy working in the clay studio.  I have two pieces that are now waiting to go into the kiln.  The first one is a "jug".  Or a canopic jar - like a two person funeral urn.  It has two stoppers.  It is open from one side to the next on the inside - so a fluid can be poured in one side and flow to the next.  I haven't come up with a name yet.  Sometimes I have to live with them for a while before I find a name that I like.  I am afraid to put it into the kiln just yet, even though it looks bone dry.  The heads are solid, so I can't really tell if they are dry all of the way through.  I hate to take a chance of them exploding, but I am also impatient when it comes to things waiting to be fired.

The second piece - is actually two pieces.  As you can see from the picture, the little guy in the front is dry, but I just finished the larger piece yesterday.  It will take about a week for it to dry completely.  I got the idea from a picture I saw about penguins and the baby being protected by its mother.  At first I thought that the little guy looked like he was in a religious nitch, like in an idol in a church.  Again, I have not come up with an idea for a name.  If any one has suggestions I would love to hear them.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

My 1st Giveaway!!!!

I have won so many wonderful things off of other people's blogs, so I thought that I should return the favor.  This is my first giveaway! 

This giveaway is for a $30 gift certificate that can be used on any of my sites!


Here are the Rules to enter the Give Away.
Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each Entry!

***** For the first entry - Go to: Kittysartandstuff and Liquidambar Jewelry on Etsy, and Liquidambar on Artfire.
Pick something from one of these shops that you like.  Come back with the name or link.  If you do not do this than you will not get any of the extra entries!



* 1 extra entry Pick a different item from one of the other two shops and leave me the name or link. (you can do this as many times as you like - but make sure you leave a separate comment for each one.)



* 3 extra entries (leave 3 separate comments) - blog about the give away, and leave a link. 


* 1 extra entry - Heart my shop on Etsy (and let me know what your Etsy name is.)


*1 extra entry - become a friend via google connect on the right. If you already are just tell me.

* 1 extra entry - grab my button with a link on the sidebar and add it to your blog or put my blog in your blog roll, let me know where I can find it.

* 1 extra entry - mention the give away on Facebook with a link, let me know where it was posted.

* 1 extra entry - twitter about this contest with a link, let me know where I can find it.
You can twitter this:

@babybear777 Win a $30 Gift Certificate from Liquidambar Studio

http://www.liquidambarstudio.blogspot.com


*1 extra entry leave a comment on one of my other posts and then come back here and let me know which one.


*1 extra entry Go to my website: Liquidambar Studio of Art
Pick an item that you like and come back here and let me know what it is. 

* 1 extra entry Become a fan of Liquidambar Studio on Facebook.

Ok, that is about a billion different ways you can enter.  You have until February 28th to enter.  I will notify the winner by March 3rd. You must include your email in your comment, so I can contact you!




Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wednesday Window

Yikes! This boy (16 in a couple weeks) starts drivers education tomorrow.  Too bad he won't have such a sharp looking car to drive.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Snow again?

This fall and winter has been a very wet one.  It seems to rain or snow every few days.  And I know that there have been so many posts about the snow that we all have been getting, but I have to add a few of my own (for my friends that aren't lucky (haha) enough to get any snow.)
 
This is the driveway to my studio.  As you can see we had to walk it for a few days. I do not like the cold, but at least the sun is shinning. 

  
My dog Biscuit hates to get her paws wet!  She will not go out in the rain, but for some reason she loves to run in the snow.   Why are paw prints so darn cute?


 
This a picture that I took along the driveway.  And yes, I did alter the color- they were a light tan.  Can you tell I am ready for Spring?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wednesday Window

This is my mommy!  She came down for a visit last week and we spent one afternoon out at the river.  I miss her so much, already!  Love you Mom.

Love of Mushrooms

Nature is Art  So, my love for mushrooms is fairly new (a couple of years).  I first started taking a few pictures of mushrooms around our p...