Thanks to everyone who commented here, emailed or called to offer support about my last post. I struggled with whether or not I should say anything, but I am glad I did. I have been stepped on one time to many in the last year and this girl has had enough! In any case, it's a new day! Onward!
Anyway, I realized I had not share the bracelet I made at Artfest with some of the charms I received as trades. Some of the charms were too big or too heavy to go on, but I will find something else to do with them. I made myself the bracelet and took it with me and the first night after trading, I came back to the house and added each of the charms. Everything, except the button charm in glass (made by Kathy Strittmater, as a gift for hosting the Be My Valentine gift exchange) was from Artfest. I now have 3 different chunky monkey charm bracelets! Each of them is so special because the charms were made and given by such wonderful friends. It's fun to wear them and jingle as I walk. *grins*
I have finally gotten around to ordering a copy of 1000 ATCs and it should be here shortly. It's always a sort of surreal experience having a real live book sitting on your shelf that has your art in it! I still pinch myself to see if it's real. Right now I am working on a couple of submissions for publication that are due at the end of the month. One is finished and in the mail and the other is almost complete.
I am also gearing up to teach another 5 week series for kids in Vancouver. My last series was on ATCs and the kids loved it. The parents asked if I would come back and teach again and the co-ordinator invited me back, so this series is called "Mini Picasso" and will be about exploring mixed media. It's going to be messy, but fun! I can't wait. I am also going to be teaching a button bracelet class sometime in the next couple of week for kids at a local middle school for Mother's Day. I had a blast teaching there in December-the kids were so creative and took what I taught them and ran with it. It was such a lively class and the results were wonderful!
So, busy times ahead for me. The best thing is that several of my artist friends from Artpub have been having successes of their own to celebrate. It's great to have a network of women artists that can come together to support and encourage one another. It's so empowering to have that kind of energy being shared. If someone is having trouble with something, they can send a shout out to the group and within minutes, there are several folks at the ready to help. If someone has something good to share, congratulations emails start filling their inbox in no time. It's been so helpful for me to have that give and take and I thank all the members for the time and energy they so generously share with me. Also, thank you Kathy for getting it set up in the first place!