Monday, February 10, 2014

Crazy Schedules

Okay, so I know I said I was going to reduce.  And I meant it.  I DID manage to reduce what I spent on art supplies for the month of January- so that is something!  And I DID reduce the amount of food in my deep freezer- using up what I had took some creative menu planning!  I also tore through a stash of older bits and chunks of polymer clay I had in various baggies around the studio, and created tons of clay babies.

My friend Nate had come on the 22nd of December and I took him for surgery on the 23.  Christmas, A serious eye problem, Shingles, Bronchitis and a promotion and new position for Mike ate up almost all of January!  (I also reduced my stress level by embracing letting things that are not critical go. ie: I still have my Christmas tree up!)  So all told, to get as much done as I did, I'm giving myself a B.

But I think I get a D in reducing my crazy schedule!  But I love what I do so much!!!

First off, I'm beside myself with glee, my best Aussie bud Jen Crossley is coming to stay tomorrow!  Woot Woot!  So begins another epic Bugle adventure!

We can't wait, because almost as soon as she gets here we are headed up north to our beloved  Smitten Dust to see our friend Dusty in Dimondale, Michigan!  3 days and nights of teaching there will only whet our appetites!  This place is so charming we always get a bit weepy to leave:)  We always feel a bit like Alice down the rabbit hole there- magic, charming friends and good munchies abound! We can't wait to hang with our pals on the moustache brigade!

Here is a sneak peek at the Pocket Fribbles we will be creating in my class at Smitten Dust!

Lucky gals that we are, we will also mosey down the road a piece to see our friend Susan Pickering Rothamel's brand new digs at USArtQuest and Art Papers Online!  We are so honored to teach there, in the brand new space- we can't wait to see it!  A snowstorm in November prevented me from visiting earlier, or I would have seriously cut into my Christmas budget once I get in the same room with those beautiful papers!  How good does this place have to be that I am willing to go NORTH in the middle of the coldest winter this area has had in 30 years???

At USArtQuest I'll be teaching my Delectable Doodles class, and also my Moodling class- two of my all-time favorites!  Plus will all the delicious USArtQuest products to choose from, we may just even go a little further into crazy product play!

Barely home from the Arctic tundra up north, we turn right around and teach at Artiscape in Dublin Ohio! I'm a 10 year veteran, and Jen teaches there for the first time.  She went with me last year, and so she KNOWS how good it is!  So many of our friends teach there- it's such a lovely event!

You'll find me teaching 3 classes- Gelli Print Joy,

Floral Fling paintings,

and Power Word Decks:)

Some time before Jen heads back down under, we also have to fit in a private workshop- good thing she'll be back again in the fall:)  I think 30 days is not enough!

Then WHOOSH- February will be reduced to days gone by!  I mean REALLY!  How can it possibly be the second week of February already?


Joanne Huffman said...

Your classes sound great. Sadly, my new right knee is not ready for driving yet and my new left knee is scheduled for March 6, so Artiscape is out. You're very busy; I hope you enjoy it. And, I hope you are staying warm this cold and snowy winter.

Jeanie said...

Oh, Kari -- I am going to be out of town during your SmittenGig and probably won't be able to make Artiscape, either, since I'm not sure when we'll be back. If I do, it will be at the last minute and of course your classes will fill first thing because they are so great! Sigh.

Hope your shingles are a done deal by now with no flare-ups, along with all the other things that kept you down. And glad to hear you are living up to your art supply resolution. I've been doing well on that front, too.

I know your classes will be terrific! Wish I could come!

lyle baxter said...

sounds like you are having too much fun out in the cold! did you get my email?

Cindy said...

Dear Kari,

Those power word decks look awesome. Do you show those in one of your books? And if so, which one? I NEED it! My email is fort[dot]cindy[at]gmail[dot]com

Thank you so much!