My laundry list of projects

These are truly amazing days for Patrick and myself. Today it dawned on me that we are juggling the launch of a national product line AND a high profile museum art exhibit. Both are happening at the same time.

As I mentioned in earlier posts, the Heard Museum has asked Patrick and I to create an art installation in a 1,000 square foot gallery. It opens October 3, 2008, and runs through the end of January.

The title of the show is “La Casa Murillo: A Life Sized Shadow Box”. It’s the house that people THINK we live in. We are hand making everything including rugs, bedspreads, a fireplace, a chandelier, lamps, etc. Basically it is like an HGTV renovation show, except we are personally creating more than 100 pieces of functional art. nothing in the entire space will go without us doing something to it!

Today we met with the team from the Heard and gathered all the measurements. We’re also doing a series of workshops for kids and adults. As far as the exhibit – I’m doing the entire bedroom area, Patrick the kitchen, and we are both tackling the foyer, family room, art nook, and a cool interactive area. It’s going to be a lot of work. I haven’t quite grasped it yet. Luckily my Spanish class ends this Saturday and doesn’t start again until August, so I’ll have some free time to get all this work done. I hope.

Now, about the product line. The official launch date is August 1, but really the last week in July. A lot of people already know, and others heard rumors, so I’ll set things straight here. I do not have permission to reveal the *exact* details, but let me put it this way…It’s going in as a promotional endcap in 140+ locations of a major craft store chain (that is named after a boy instead of a girl).

There are all kinds of magazine ads that will be running between now and then, and my current job involves getting my web site ready, making projects with the supplies to show as ideas of things for customers to make, etc. I still can’t believe it has been a little over a year since I started all of this. I just want to bust out with everything right here and now, I’m so proud of all the work we’ve put into it. Thank you, Duncan!!!! Sure, there are things I would have done different (killer ideas that came too late), but it is all part of the learning process! I’m super excited to get rolling on the next batch of products – and these are not even out yet!

Today I received the first round of proofs for my sewing book, it looks so beautiful! Potter Craft really captured the vibe of the projects and used it as the foundation for the book. Also on my list is reading through every page and making any needed corrections.

Tonight I wrapped up a really fun slide show package for LifetimeTV.com, that will go online later this month. It’s the same type of story I used to do for the newspaper. I miss that, so this assignment came as nice change of pace.

Let’s see what else…Oh! Don’t forget to check out my classes at Art Unraveled!

I’m teaching a class all on kamikaze PR for your art business, and another on making a fabric collage purse.

I never thought I’d share either one of those types of classes, the subject matter is hard-earned and dear to my heart. BUT, sometimes you have to let things go to make room for new ideas.

The PR class is the first I’ve ever taught, so I will have more than enough info to fit into the three-hour time slot. I always over-prepare just to be safe. I used to work at a PR firm before becoming a newspaper reporter, so I’ve been on both sides of the coin. Plus, all my experience with running my web site, writing press releases, online networking, building my brand, pitching stories to editors and producers, etc. I’ve packaged everything into a class (you even get a binded book!) and I’m going to spill it all!

Well, I’m off to bed, I have a long day tomorrow that requires an ungodly early start!


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Love & light,


7 Responses

  1. Crafty Chica, you are such an inspiration. I fell in love with your wit and humor when I picked up one of your books at the library, and have been a Crafty Chica junkie. ever since. I’m a devoted blog reader and am so bummed when I check in and don’t see a new post. I know, totally selfish of me, seeing as I can’t even believe that you even have time to post with all the amazing projects you have online. I even made it to the internet cafe while working on my thesis in the Peruvian Andes just to see if there was any new witty posts and lovely work from my all time favorite crafter.

    I’m so looking forward to your craft line and new book.
    Please post lots and lots of pictures of your exhibit, because I don’t think I’ll be able to go to the Heard museum. Just wanted you
    to know you have a huge, HUGE fan in little ol’ DeLand, Florida, birthplace of the Stetson cowboy hat.

    Thank your for everything you do, and all you give the world.

    Sari

  2. WOW! I’m reading and reading… and actually think I began to pout when the blog post stopped! you are a great inspiration and whenever you decide to bottle up that energy you have, I’ll buy it!

    Congrats on your Heard installation, I’m so bummed I won’t be able to visit it, so please take lots of pictures!

    xo, Monica 🙂

  3. Holy Schmoly you two! I can’t even get my REAL house decorated the way I want it and here you are doing a second one! LOL!

    Every time I feel lazy and like not making an idea come to life, I think “WWCCD?” and I find my motivation!

    You rock on a global scale! Kisses to you AND Patrick (who got a linky in my own blog today).

  4. You rock! and I don’t see how you do it all. I’d love to see your installation but I’m too far away. Also, please hyphenate! It should be “Life-Sized”. Do you mind that I pointed that out? I hope not–only love and glitter out to you.

  5. I agree with these posted comments you are amazing and an inspiration. It sounds like a lot of work but very exciting!!! I wish that I could take your class on opening my own business but I live in California!! Keep up the great blog posts and congratulations on all your crafty projects.

  6. Ola, Chica…I’m signed up for both AU classs (can’t wait) and will be bringing family to the Heard. Evidence to the contrary, I am not stalking you! lol! But you have inspired my inner muse, and I’m launching my own business early next year, (Can you imagine? At my age???) Bless you, hija. You are greater than you know.

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