Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I am so thankful for my wonderful family, friends--including the many I have met online, and for my health.

I have been blessed in so many ways--my thanks spills over like this cornucopia!

Tomorrow, we will enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with our friends who live nearby.
Taking this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


I thought I would share my latest oil painting with you--finished just this past Friday. I have not totally decided on a title yet, however, it is temporarily called, "Fall Serenade". It took me about 4 classes to finish it which is roughly 6 hours. I rarely get a chance to paint at home because I am always doing chores around the house or creating for my Etsy shop, so I really enjoy the opportunity to take this class.

So what is your hobby--other than what you create for your Etsy shop if you have one?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I just joined the ACEO Street Team on Etsy, called ACETSY. They are a very talented group of artists who enjoy creating those mini pieces of art that are referred to as ACEOs. They can be created in any media, the only "rule" is that they measure the standard 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"--the same size as a baseball card.

They have a blog that I have just begun to follow where they share information and post some of their work. Check it out if you are interested in joining or collecting aceos.

Here is my latest ACEO which I created for a challenge hosted by one of the Team members, Jocelyn Friis. The challenge was to create a piece to fit the theme, "Peace Starts With A Smile". Most anything in nature gives me a peaceful feeling, so I created this watercolor of irises. You can read more about the challenge, here, and check out the wonderful prize she is offering! You may just decide to enter for yourself!

Monday, November 16, 2009

The demise of the craft show

Well, I wish I could tell you that my craft show rocked, but it didn't. Yes, the attendance was very good...but I suspect most of the people came for the reasonably priced lunch and to get out of the rain. I am not taking this personally....I don't think it was just me who didn't do well, I don't think anyone had huge sales. I've been documenting my sales since I started doing craft shows in 1994, and besides the expected year to year ups and downs, there has been a sharp decline in the number of shows--at least in my area. Where I used to do 10 shows per season (Sept-Dec), I now only have 3, possibly 4.

All this has lead me to do a lot of thinking about whether this aspect, that is, craft shows, are worth it for me anymore. It seems that I have had this discussion with Mr. Moose for the last few years. I am trying to be honest with myself--it's just not worth sitting there all day to make the table fee and a few more dollars. Like in the past, however, when I try to decide to definitely, really truly give it up, I feel sad because it is what I love to do! I think this year will probably be it though :(

I have slowly begun listing my holiday themed supplies (of which I have tons!) on Ebay, so if anyone is interested, just do a "seller search" under "advanced search" for Craftymoose & take a look at what I have listed.

I still plan to continue to list on Etsy--my french beaded flower creations and other beaded items.

So tell me, do you do craft shows? How is it in your area?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I can't believe I have not posted since Halloween--but Blogger doesn't lie! Quick update: my Dad had the surgery, went home in 3 days, and 1 1/2 weeks later is already doing stairs! His recovery has been amazing.

I've finished two more books in the meantime...

Sloan Reynolds is set to meet the wealthy father & sister that she was separated from due to divorce. Complicating the meeting is the FBI agent who wants to go along undercover to investigate her father. A good, quick, read with just the right amount of romance! I never did figure out what the title had to do with the story, so if you read this one, let me know! And...

A short book about estranged families who reunite after a tragedy. Read it in just a couple of days.
I tend to stock up on paperbacks when our local library has their book sale twice a year. After I am done with them I usually freecycle the books or donate them back to the library.
The photo at the top of the post shows my latest french beaded flowers--Chrysanthemums in harvest colors. There are seven of them in yellow, marroon, snow white, 2 tone topaz and 2 tone marroon/gold. They are already in my Etsy shop.
This Saturday is my first craft show of the season so I'll be spending tomorrow and Friday making up a few last minute items and getting organized. Hopefully on Monday I'll be back to let you know how it went.
Have a great weekend!