June 23rd, 2011 § § permalink
Rococo Cinderella WIP #3
Rococo Cinderella is underway. I hope to get the lettering done soon then the pink flowery embroidery on the right side of the over dress. After those two are done, I’ll start the beading and I have wonderful ideas on how I’ll make the center of the blue underdress sparkle.
As I continue working on Rococo Cinderella and plan out future projects, I wonder to myself where my love of embroidery/beading will take me. A long time dream of mine is to host a gallery exhibition of my art work. I really want this to happen. However before I get ahead of myself, I need a large catalogue of work to make it happen.
Here is a short list of future projects:
- Rococo Cinderella (underway)
- Little Red
- 12 Dancing Princesses
- Sleeping Beauty
- Snow White
- Beauty and the Beast
- East of the Sun West of the Moon
Everything after 12 Dancing Princesses will be up in the air project wise. I may change the order or I may not. I may also add more. I want to have at least 15 to 20 pieces of work before I even start the gallery option. Once I’m finished with a large/beautiful catalogue, then I can explore my options of approaching a gallery with my work or renting a venue myself. The promotional materials will need to be made (posters, postcards, business cards). I’ll need to revamp this site by adding a large gallery section. I also will include inquiries on artwork if anyone wants to buy anything online. A Facebook fan page might also be in order. This is so far into the future I can’t even wrap my head around this yet.
My primary goal is to continue to produce embroidery art and to get better and continue to enter into the County Fair to get some name recognition around here. This is my first priority. Everything else comes afterwards.
March 30th, 2011 § § permalink
Another birthday has come and gone and I always spend it in a somewhat depressive state of contemplation. Each year I tend to bring out the personal meter stick and realize how short I’ve fallen against it. I’m trying to break this bad habit and actually make goals to achieve my dreams. Three of my goals this year is to be published for my fantasy romance novel, The Scent Enchantress, to exhibit well in my artwork and continue to improve, and to revamp this site.
Goal 1: The Scent Enchantress
Before I had my baby, I finished a novel, gave it to friends to read, and left it on the shelf. It’s a 75K manuscript about a quirky librarian who comes into her magical powers as a Scent Enchantress. It’s set in a fictional suburb of Toronto and is infused with much humor as well as romance. Robert brought it out recently and reminded me of its existence. With the baby around, I pretty much forgotten all about it. I’ve submitted it to three literary agencies. If I don’t hear from them by May, I will go with the self-publishing route and have it up in the Amazon Kindle Store. Whether it be through conventional methods or self-publication methods, my book will be out there by June.
Goal 2: My artwork
By the end of this year, I want to have completed enough pieces to have healthy body of work. I want to be proficient and have enough art to have an exhibition within two years. I already have pieces I’m hoping to submit to the local county fair this year. I’m going to be exploring a few more new techniques before settling down and establishing my style. This is all pertaining to my needlecraft. As for my illustrations, i hope to do them as well in conjunction to my sewing just to keep pace.
Goal 3: This website
I am not happy with the way this blog looks. It bothers me to no end and I know it’s affecting my creativity levels. I hope to remedy this soon. I want to add a custom header and get everything to look the way I want it to. It’s a weird compulsion but I like having everything in order before getting anything done. I acknowledge that it is a horrible habit. I tend to do this with my art. I have to get all the supplies so my mind can start a project. Sometimes one just have to get off their ass and just get it done.
I’ve also been thinking about the frequency of my blogging. How often should I blog? I deal with embroidered works so it takes a while to see any progress. I’m hoping to blog either Monday, Wednesday, Fridays or Tuesdays, Thursdays. It’s one or the other. I think a weekly blog is not enough. I haven’t decided yet what schedule to keep but this should be settled soon.
March 23rd, 2011 § § permalink
I chose a busy urban/city inspired fabric for little Drew. This particular hoop is full of colour. I will be making a miniDrew tonight and perhaps the boom crane which the monkey and Drew are hanging on.
I’ve been keeping busy editing my novel and finishing up my list of gifts. After Drew’s hoop is done, I’ll be back to Cinderella in full force every other night. I’ll be sewing on nights when Robert watches sports. He’s currently caught up on the Leafs playoff race for that last lonely 8th spot. My husband is a a poor eternal suffering Leafs fan.
I’ve also been making a list of supplies I’d like. DMC floss is on top of the list. I’m also interested in getting more seedbeads but I’m really particular about what kind I get. I need to see it in person and see how the light affects it. This means I’ll be scouting for bead stores in the area. There used to be two but they are now both out of business. I swear running a small business in a small town like Simcoe (pop 30K) is touch in ago. Most barely survive their first year. If I can’t go local, I’ll have to figure out where we can drive to that’s not too far for the baby. She hates car rides.
On another note, this website is still under construction. I’m not quite happy with the overall look yet. It’ll be customized soon by the husband. After I’ev finished editing my novel, it’ll be his turn. The title of the novel is “The Scent Enchantress.” It is a quirky fantasy. I’ll post links and more info when the time draws near to launch it in the Kindle Store on the Amazon.com website.