Sunday, November 27, 2011

sneak peek--Artist Market is just around the corner!

I can't believe the Artists Market/Open Studio is next Sunday! Everything seems to be coming together so I'm not feeling too stressed. Maybe it will catch up with me the days before, but for now I'm on cruise control.
My studio is packed and I still have more to squeeze in there! There will be something for everyone this year and cross your fingers...I think the weather will be perfect.
See you all soon! Karin


This year my friend Shannon and I brought our families together to celebrate Thanksgiving. (about 15 for dinner, and another 7 came for the after party)
Since she was housesitting on the bluff, the owners (which are also good friends) offered their house up for the festivities. Here is a view from their deck. Isn't it dreamy?
Shannon....I know you don't read my blog so you'll never see this photo I posted of you. Whaaaahaahaa! (It was super bright out and we didn't have hats, so we stuck food baskets on our heads.

I managed to get only two pictures of the appetizers and the trifle I made for dessert. In case you're wondering... it's layered with brownies, vanilla pudding, fresh berries, and whipped cream. So goooood.

Check back tomorrow for some pre-artist market pictures. It's been a long week but I feel like I'm ahead of schedule (I think?).

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Artists Market and Open Studio

I've received some emails asking if I'm going to have my sale this year. So glad that others are excited about it as much as I am, but also so stressful. The pressure is on to make this as special as the previous ones...and actually, I think it's going to be the best one yet.
The next few weeks will be spent decorating and pulling out all the vintage goodness I've collected this past year. I also have many new paintings to share as well as some new felted pin cushions and plantings in vintage vessels.
My fellow friends and artists joining this year will have tables chocked full of their own creations. There will be candles, art, hand sewn lovelies, pottery, and more vintage. (you can never have enough vintage!)

I promise to keep you posted with sneak peeks as time grows near, but until then.....mark your calendars!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Prints available at M.O.M.

Right now and through the holidays you can find my prints over at M.O.M.'s shop in downtown Encinitas. Owners Bethany and Tere carry a variety of handmade cool stuff from clothes to home accessories. So if you're looking for a one-of-a-kind gift this year, it's definitely worth stopping in for a peek.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Before and After--Ugly Card Table

My friend was clearing out his moms art studio and gave me this old vintage card table. I liked it because of the metal ribbing around the side.....reminds me of a galvanized trash can. The top was pretty badly stained so I recovered it with fabric and a thick clear plastic over that to protect it even more. Oh yeah, I painted the metal a dark gray too.
I know I won't be embarrassed to lug this table around to my next show.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Harvest Flea Market is tomorrow!

So sorry I forgot to post about this, but it's not too late. The Encinitas Pannikin is throwing their 1st Annual Harvest Flea Market tomorrow from 10 -2pm. They asked me to sell vintage and my car is FULL. I even filled Art's truck with some new furniture pieces I've been working on. So if you're in my neck of the woods....stop by and visit. It makes the day all that more having a party on location. Karin

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Last day of class

The time has come to say goodbye to teaching my art workshops. It was a tough decision and hard for me to break it to my students.....most of them have been with me for the past 3 years. I'm not going to say I'll never teach again but for now I need to focus my energy elsewhere. This year has been an exciting one, full of new projects and opportunities. I plan on just riding it out, seeing where it takes me.
Below are some images from our last day. Waves painted on wood, a floral textile pattern and an adorable goldfish and puffer. I have been so lucky to have such a talented group of young artists to work with and I hope they keep painting, drawing and exploring new mediums. Karin

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Before and After-Marble Buffet

Can you believe I scored on this beauty for only $15!
It had a broken caster wheel but aside from that it just needed some love. The marble top alone would have cost me a pretty penny. I did not complain, but ran to get my car before they changed the price.
A new paint job in slate grey, distressing, waxing, new casters, fresh hardware and voila......perfect addition to my dining room.