Author Archives: Christianne

About Christianne

Fibernut, Metal/Jewelry Artisan, Mom, Wife, Para, You Name It!

I’m Not Procrastinating Anymore

Standard

Keeping a to-do list has really helped with my big problem – Procrastination.  I was able to get not one…but three sheep drawings done yesterday, along with etching some ornaments, getting the guest rooms ready for holiday guests – yay!  You saw the Thanksgiving Sheep yesterday, but I had two more I needed to get done before the Art show December 6th…because it’s a Christmas show.

First up - Merry Christmas to Ewe

Merry Christmas to Ewe Web

And lastly…for now...Let It Snow -

Let It Snow web

These are also available on Redbubble – and I was quite excited to see some sales already this morning!  Thank you, whomever you are – you made my day!  These designs are all available as Prints, Cards, Stickers, Pillows, Tote bags.  I didn’t enable phone covers, mugs and travel cups, but drop me a note if you would like them available that way.  I’m working very hard to try to get the last few designs I have in mind done and uploaded so I can get a Calendar available – I’ve had a few requests for that, so I’m going to give it a try.  Thanks again – the support means so much!

Getting Ready for the Holidays

Standard

First, I’d like to say thanks for sticking with me on the ole blog here….I know through the years I’ve been through many facets of creativity…and some of you have taken the ride with me – thanks for taking the time to read, to comment, to follow, to like….it’s much appreciated.

I still knit…that has been my constant for longer than anything else.  Right now, I”m focused on my art.  One reason is….I’ve spent a great deal of time telling myself that I’m not possibly talented enough to DO art.  To call myself an artist.  But I always wanted to BE an artist.  Well, darn it….I’m calling myself one now.  Maybe it’s age, maybe it’s getting a little self confidence, or maybe it’s just realizing you can BE anything you want to be.  Someone, somewhere out there is probably going to see what you wanted them to see and like it.  The other reason…..I’ve got a goal.  Something I’m working towards.

I’ve had some of my work actually sell.  That’s a biggie for me.  First…it’s hard for me to let go of things.  And second….it’s hard for me to let go of things.  I am used to people buying my jewelry but the artwork…..that is just so personal to me.  I’m getting better at it and really, it’s kind of a necessity if you want people to have your art, right?

That being said….I’ve put a lot of my work out there.  On Redbubble…you can find all my drawings and some of my photography.  On my Etsy shop, you’ll find my sheep, my Tangled Whorls and odds and ends…..I’m putting it all out there.  I’m doing an art show in a few weeks time.  All this is working towards the goal of attending and becoming a Certified Zentangle Teacher – yep, as soon as the class registrations open I’m signing up.  It’s a bunch of money, but I’m putting nearly everything I make towards it.  So when I say thank you, it’s not just for reading this blog, commenting, liking.  It’s because you’ve been nice enough to take the time and look at my work, possibly buying a card or a print or a tote bag.  You’re getting ready for the Holidays and if something you give someone is something I made – well…..I couldn’t be more honored.  And appreciative.  And so very, very thankful for your help!  It’s you taking the time to shop and look at my work that’s allowing me to realize my Goal….a dream really, and that is to teach all that I’ve been lucky enough to be doing in the world of Zentangle…..I can’t wait!Tangled Sheep 002 refined

Do Ewe Love Fall?

Standard

I do…it’s my favorite time of year.  Today was the perfect day to sit down and complete this lastest Sheep in the Flock…

Do Ewe Love Fall web

Do you Love Fall, available on Redbubble in prints, cards, totes, stickers etc…go on and have a look.

I’ve wanted to get to this for a bit now – the sketch has been done for a while, but I’ve been busily preparing for that Christmas show.  I have two winter sheep ready to ink – one for the Holidays and one representing winter.  I’m hoping to get a Calendar done by mid-November.  Fingers crossed.

And a little public service announcement.  You know you’ve seen me mention Tanglepatterns.com….well it’s that time of year – the Annual Request for Assistance.  It’s a much loved  resource for many, many people and Linda needs our help to keep it going.  You know, she runs that place by herself!  So go on over and see what you can do to help out – and spread the word –  I know it’s the first place I recommend to anyone who wants to get started in Zentangle and I know others do the same – lets keep it going.  Every bit counts!

Cirque

Standard

While I was working on a new ornament the other day, I was in such a zone……and when I snapped to, I had a new pattern.  Which is really a favorite pattern of mine to do, these little plumy type leaves.  You’ll see them in lots of my work, but this one evolved into this…

Cirque for submission to tangle patterns

I’m really pleased with this – and I think I’ve finally found my feature tangle that I’ll be putting on some more ornaments soon…I’d love to see what you do with it!

I’ve been steadily working to get ready for my first art show in December…I think I’m moving along at a good pace and I hope I won’t be too frantic as we get closer.  Once I finish my ornaments, I’ll be doing the final drawings on some more Sheep…yes, there are more and I’m hoping to get a Calendar in the works before December – I might be cutting that close.

Some of my ceramic ornaments – these are very bisque-like…

10698538_10204584259304744_1689700111382646253_n

And I’ve finished one gourd so far….

10358707_10204586694045611_8972728260343069469_n

Today is a rainy, blustery day here in the Northeast, so I’ll be hunkering down and getting more done.  Enjoy the weekend!

Still At it

Standard

Still working on the final organizational touches to the studio – the antique dresser that storee my fabric is out……another Ikea table is in and fabric storage needs to be figured out….photo when that’s done.

I was accepted into the Juried craft show in December – I’m thrilled and excited and a bit nervous.  Now, it’s preparing for it….and making!

10603723_10204455961497379_7305001431347703524_n

Basket O’ Ornaments to be done for the show….

And just a little blurb for our wonderful group on Facebook – For the Love of Doodling.  Come on by and join us – we have over 700 members who love to share their love of doodling, zentangle, zia – I promise you will be inspired!!!  We have been lucky so far in keeping the spammers at bay, we post inspiring videos and tutorials – we actually have two members - Tiffany Lovering and Heidi Denney that you might be familiar with –  both have wonderful youtube channels, so check them out – you won’t be sorry.  Hope to see you over in For The Love of Doodling!!!

Studio Improvements

Standard

I’ve been thinking I should have a place to work and store my art supplies – I have a studio which houses my looms, yarn, fabric and Jewelry bench.  I just didn’t have a place to really spread out and work in that room.

Well, that’s all changed now…..

10473743_10204464614553700_2554010372077007311_n

DH took the made the long ride to Ikea yesterday to get my Anniversary Gift and I was able to get the table, corner table and that awesome drawer unit, along with the chair and two smaller mesh draw units.  I spent the rest of the day assembling it all…..I managed to dent the straight table so I have another on order and I’ll use that one as my cutting table.  I will be moving the big, antique dresser out of this room as well and it will give me a place to use as a cutting table, warping winder table, steamer table…I’ll be storing my fabric under that in something – not sure what yet.  But getting the heavy dark furniture out of the room really makes a difference.  I moved my Jewelry bench out of that corner – I always work with a light when I use it and it just made sense to put my art center near the windows.  I’m really happy with it – I need to get a lamp over there for when the light’s not so great and replace my area rug, but that’s on order too.  That mobile chest of drawers is A.W.E.S.O.M.E. and so worth the money.  I cannot believe how I lived without it!

After spending all day yesterday building and moving and arranging, I finally sat down at my new table, surrounded by my sheep and started making.

10151284_10204464614753705_2713957161525395715_n

Some of my Snowflake Ornaments…ready to add the ribbon.

It’s so relaxing to have a space other than the arm of my couch to do some art and you can’t beat the view…

10731088_10204464614953710_2717276473326143220_n

I still have my screen in…..the afternoons were getting warm, but I think that’s going to change fast now.

Have a wonderful week!