Thursday, June 19, 2008

Getting ready for Camp!

It has been far too long since I last blogged. I started a few entries but was called away from the keyboard for one thing or another and never got back to my train of thought. I find it fascinating that during my "blog sabbatical," my house remained unusually clean.

I haven't done much free style art'ing over the last couple weeks because I have been very busy getting ready for Camp Gen Israel which starts in less than 2 weeks. I am thrilled to be returning again this summer and have a wonderful curriculum for the kids! Projects include charm bracelets made from shrinky dinks, artist's journals, scrapbooking, treasure boxes and wind chimes! I've been making project samples for the kids to reference while they work. I've had Aidan and Eva helping me so the end result is kid friendly and obtainable. I've learned that if you bring a sample that is "finished" beyond a child's capability they often get very frustrated because "their's doesn't look like your's." Creating with this in mind was quite freeing because I didn't have to color within the lines, cut straight, string symmetrically or stack perfectly. I created without the stress of perfection. I wasn't concerned with how the end result would reflect on me as an artist.

This has not been the case with my organic backgrounds class - I refuse to post pictures at this juncture because my painting went from being delightful to a big old mess after adding the wax paper treatments we did 2 weeks ago. I'm not sure if it was the color palette I chose or the paint placement but I REALLY dislike it as it stands - the good news is that I have 2 lessons worth to get it to its final state so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

I have also been busy creating "Button Blooms" for an upcoming event. It isn't 100% confirmed yet, but once it is, I will post the details. I've diversified so that there are a variety of different styles and sizes. Be sure to visit my website at and send your friends! Stay tuned because I'm going to be doing a giveaway next month for a bouquet. More to come on that...

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Button Blooms!

Jeepers Creepers - I cannot believe how quickly time flies when you are having fun and I certainly am having a ball! I have officially launched a new product through Jilliene Designs which I call "Button Blooms." I've updated the website, created a marketing piece, updated my etsy shop, and have started spreading the word. Friends have been sending out my information via email and I have already sold several arrangements! I've registered for two upcoming art and craft fairs and am looking a couple others. I am just loving the response and the process of creating these little joy blossoms!

The best part is that I can make them while hanging out with the family! Usually I need to sequester myself from little hands and distracting conversations when creating, but I am able to assemble button blooms without needing a large workspace or a lot of supplies. I have everything I need organized into a basket which I bring out to the backyard, the playroom and even to the park!