Saturday, September 8, 2012

It Is Finished

It is done. Finished. Not touching another thing. I am relieved, happy, sad, wondering...
I'm not going to be using the rainbow 9 inchers because of three people telling me no. My husband, Brad and Michele all concurred that those butterflies were just too much.
So I'll be installing at the end of the week for my very first Artprize. 
And now...I can begin to concentrate on Beneath The Tree!

I am going to be making paper flower bouquets for this years event, hoping that these will go over very well.

Eleven Days And Counting

I cannot wait until Artprize. My piece is almost finished and I am so blessed to be able to create something to hopefully bless those that see it.I've been asked "why put it there?" "aren't you afraid someone will destroy it?" and my answer to them was "I hope they know it's to give them some hope." I am creating this to bring hope to those that need it most. I have to admit I'd love to sell it. But if it doesn't I will be happy to bring it home and put it on my wall in my living room. It's taken me 4 months of work, after my day job. We are going to be hauling it with a uhaul truck as our truck won't be big enough. This piece is 7 ft by 6 ft and I'm afraid part of it will break if we put it in the truck, and the thought of rain hitting it makes me nuts as it would end in disaster. I finished the bugs last night, they will be hidden for the art goers to find in the flowers and then I have yet to make the big flowers, and put them on wire, anchor to the back and then artfully bring them to the front for a real 3D experience. Then I have 9 inch laser cut butterflies that will be anchored to the back, coming over the top for a finish that will bring the piece all together. Then all that is left is the installation. My friend Joe, from work, will be helping me with that. Thanks Joe for being willing to do this! I have two artist receptions to attend; one at the B.O.B. on the 16th of September from 7-10pm where we pick up our artist bags (i'm still looking for someone to go with me) and then one on the 18th at God's Kitchen from 5-7pm where everyone is invited (to get a preview of the art, meet the artists) but you must RSVP them if you want to attend. God's Kitchen is still looking for volunteers to help during Artprize if you are interested. Thanks to everyone for all the support. It has meant a lot during these months when I thought I wouldn't have it in me to finish.

Sunday, September 2, 2012


This week has been a flurry of rush. Strain on the lower back because I had to reach the center of this LOL and viewing this piece on my dining room table for the last time before it goes on my living room wall for it's final pieces 
to be anchored on it.
There's mixed emotions on finishing this; it's given me something to do in my manic moments and yet I'm relieved that it's almost finished. 
The butterfly in the center is 9 inches at it's widest part, laser cut to perfection. I found the shape on Etsy and once it got here I spray painted it with glossy white paint and since there were two, fixed them together for a 3D effect. I'm going to be adding some crystals to it in keeping with the 'bling' feel. I also picked up it's 'brothers' and 'sisters' all in rainbow colors to add to the top. They'll all have crystals on them, and be anchored with wire from the back, curly cueing out for an awesome "pop in your face" kind of look.

Once completed with will also have large flowers on green wire anchored from the bottom back, in an arch pattern that will pop from the bottom sides to give you a feeling like you are standing in the garden looking through an opening.

This has been such a journey.

If you'd like to see a slideshow on this piece click on this link:

To see more cool handmade items from the Etsy shop I found the laser etched butterflies from visit