20 Things: Columbus

This summer (yes, I’m a little delinquent), I traveled to glamorous Columbus, Ohio for work.  Since I was there for a professional meeting, there wasn’t a lot of sightseeing happening.  (Next time!)  Here’s what I did while I was there:

  1. attended Microscopy & Microanalysis
  2. gave a talk
  3. ate a perfectly cooked steak
  4. learned to play texas hold’em
  5. and gambled away $25K
  6. found the best bacon cheddar scones
  7. it’s not a vodka town
  8. so I was forced to drink bourbon
  9. took my first uber
  10. had dinner with the lovely Cynthia Tinapple
  11. ate a “porky fig”
  12. chatted up the vendors
  13. browsed the posters
  14. wandered Short North
  15. admired the art galleries
  16. and the street art-great murals
  17. shopped the Chunky Armadillo
  18. bought ras al hanout
  19. roamed North Market
  20. got fogged in.

Next stop….Lake George.

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Cloudfinger

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I’m pretty sure this cloud is giving me the finger.

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Photoblog: Bordeaux

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20 Things: Bordeaux

Last month, I had the fortune to attend the International Polymer Clay Guild’s Eurosynergy 2 conference in Bordeaux, France.  (I know….my life is hard.)  The weather was hotter than expected, but the pain au chocolat and tea for breakfast every day more than made up for it.

Here’s what I did:

  1.  finally used my new suitcase
  2. attended the IPCA conference
  3. made some new friends
  4. bought tools and templates
  5. ate violette ice cream
  6. went to the Jules Verne Museum
  7. sipped at la Cite du Vin
  8. bought a new necklace from Helene JeanClaude
  9. beef tartare!
  10. spent my voucher on Laduree
  11. drank pineau des charentes (and good sauternes)
  12. visited the island of mechanicals
  13. learned about artists’ journeys
  14. Bastille Day fireworks!!!
  15. bought paintings at the flea
  16. admired the mod stained glass at St. Michel
  17. bought all the Cernit
  18. listened to an organ concert at St. Andre
  19.  saw little reflection at the Bourse
  20. wandered the cemetery

Photos soon, particularly of les Machines de L’ile.  Next stop….glamorous Columbus, Ohio!

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Cloud Studies

Stargazing is fun, but is not particularly photogenic.  Jupiter and Mars have both been visible, and earlier this week, the full moon coincided with the summer solstice.  I’ve enjoyed watching it all move around.

But lately, even the daytime skies have been lovely to view….

None of these photos have been retouched.  (Some might have been cropped.)  The first and last ones are my favorites.  Click to enlarge, if you want to look closer….and consider this a reminder to look up.

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The Next Big Thing

Handmade Arlington was so much fun that I decided to try this again (& closer to home this time.)

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The Event: Art for the Cash Poor 2016
The Sponsor: InLiquid Art+Design
The Dates: June 3 – 5 2016
The Place: Crane Arts, 1400 N. American St., Philadelphia

The Premise: At these prices, anybody can be an art collector….everything is $199 or less.

The Haps, Part 1: The Friday night Kickoff Party at 9:30pm is an opportunity for first dibs on the art, and it’s also a fundraiser for the AIDS Fund. Tix are $30 pp.

The Haps, Part 2: The Main Event, Saturday & Sunday 12-6:00pm. Two days of amazing arts of all types, live music, groovy food trucks, and even a beer garden. Sounds like a party!

The 411: For more details, check InLiquid’s Happenings page.

Bonus: Emily Squires Levine will be there on Sunday, so it’s a polymer clay two-fer.

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Don’t Vomit, And Don’t Fall Down

Cross posted from my brand spanking new website (artsci-designs.com):

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Don’t Vomit, And Don’t Fall Down
April 4, 2016

Years ago, my mentor at work gave me some advice for public speaking: if you don’t swear, don’t vomit, and don’t fall down, you’ll do great. By that measure, ArtSci Designs first foray into the craft market went very well.

But really, it DID go very well, especially for our first show – Handmade Arlington, on April 2, 2016. This website went live the day before. The booth design worked out well, and I had just enough inventory to fill it (but barely). It was busy, but not so busy that I felt completely overwhelmed. People were very patient with me as I learned to use Square for credit card payments. My parents drove down to show their support, because they are awesome like that. And I got a ton of very positive feedback on the work (and the booth design, too), which was awesome. As an added bonus, I ended the day in the black. All of my hard work paid off.

But it’s not just my hard work. I am extremely grateful for the incredibly supportive people in my life who are helping to make this happen. They’ve taken on the roles of business manager, chief photographer, marketing director, booth designer, website builder, sales associate, customer, model, mentor, and so on…..you guys rock! Thanks for coming on this adventure with me.

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New Beginnings

Lately, it seems like almost everyone I know is going through some changes. It’s weird how sometimes, all (okay…many) of the existing patterns shift at once. It’s not my place to talk about what others are going through, but for me, it’s this:

Next weekend, ArtSci Designs makes its debut at Handmade Arlington. I’ve been working hard to build inventory, and learning how much I don’t know about starting a business. As ever, I couldn’t do it without my peeps. They’ve taken on the roles of business manager, marketing director, chief photographer, booth designer, customer, model, mentor, etc. So as much as I don’t know, one thing I know for sure is that they are awesome. (And that I am extremely lucky to have them.)

I thought I would see how this show went before I decided whether or not to actually turn this into a business….but sometimes things start running and the best you can hope for is to keep up. And remember, as the person that I first turned to for advice/mentoring pointed out, “Nothing is irrevocable.”

It’s exciting. And a little scary. And I’m not prepared to quit my day job and take this on full time. (Although I’ve been working at it practically full time to get ready for the show.) But it’ll be an interesting experience, and I’m learning a lot….and we’ll know in a week how it went.

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Shine

I had a little bit of a hard time finding this year’s word. But then I saw this online:

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And the word “shine” jumped right out at me. (You’d think it would be “supernova”, but I don’t want to explode.)

I’ve never exactly been a shrinking violet type (sorry….didn’t mean to make you snort), but this, this is the year….at work, I’m submitting to present at an external meeting, and at home, I applied (and was accepted) to my first juried craft show. I feel like all sorts of stuff is about to crack wide open….and it’s time for my sparkly self to shine.

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New Year, Same You

In Philadelphia, near 5th & South.

In Philadelphia, near 5th & South.

I missed the obligatory year-end-recap/new-year-resolution posts….I was too busy making beautiful things in Puerto Vallarta. (Because my life is hard like that.) And I’m not even going to do the usual word-of-the-year resolution recap, except to say that last year’s word was “completion”, and like most years, I was moderately (but not completely) successful.

I still think the word of the year concept has merit, but I’m having a hard time coming up with this year’s word. I kind of know what I want it to say, but I’m just not catching the right word….something along the lines of “clearing the clutter to make room for new adventures”.

Growth? Forward? Release? Nothing quite seems to resonate. And while to some degree, I do agree with “new year, same you”, we can always strive to be a better version of ourselves….

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