This week is all about making new projects to share. I’ve made a list, bought the supplies and I’m ready to rock for Halloween and Thanksgiving!
But I’m not done with them yet. So today I’ll tide my blog over with a post about things that have been going on in my sparkly end of the universe.
– Last weekend I attended the CCSA, a conference for contemporary ceramic studio owners. I met so many creative people and learned a lot about kiln crafts. I highly suggest all of you check out your local paint on pottery studio and dive in. They have more than just painting on pottery. Many studio owners have incorporated glass fusing, precious metal clay, and general crafts. In our iLoveToCreate booth, we debuted Color Bazaar. Doesn’t the name sound inviting? It makes me want to shimmy while running a lime green veil across my face. Oh, back to reality. OK. Color Bazaar is comprised of these concentrated pigments in all kinds of rich, vibrant shades. I brought a bunch of samples home that I plan to tinker with (while shimmying!). I’ll post pictures soon. At our booth, I demoed a sand painting technique. It’s where you mix silica sand in the paint and apply it to bisque, coat it with brush-on Pure Brilliance Clear Glaze and fire it. I 100% have ceramic fever now. I am so eager to get back to Fresno and try some new ideas and applications. I’m also trying to talk Patrick into us buying a small kiln so we can make more CRAFTS!
Here is a mini-video I made from the event.
– My debut novel has been sent off to the printer for a batch of advance reader copies! Get this – right before the machine switch was flipped, the most AWESOME book blurb came in from one of my all-time favorite authors (who happens to be a regular on the NYT Best Seller List)! My editor was able to get it printed on my cover just in time. Knock me over with a hand-dyed feather! Triple thanks to all the authors who have sent me book blurbs so far, I am blown away by your kindness and support!
– I’m starting on my second novel. It already has a title and even a cover concept, but I don’t think I’m allowed to blog it yet. That is the hard part about going to “the next level”. You can’t share updates as freely as you’d like. If you followed my blog for a while, you might remember an idea I had for a book called Band Wives, about women who are forced together every week at a night club’s tiny cocktail table when their significant others form a band. Well – that idea didn’t fly. I’m glad it didn’t, because it forced me to come up with a new story, which I loved. While in Fresno recently, I bounced the synopsis off my friend, Alexa, and she loved it too. The next day I went to a coffeehouse with my laptop and pounded out the outline. It flowed like water through my hands, easy and cool. I went to bed proud that night. The next day I woke up, went into work and thought and thought. I scrapped all of it except one kernel of the story. I sprinkled it with a recent experience from one of my sewing workshops and came up with something fresh. I came home from California and spent the weekend fleshing it out. I pitched it to Patrick and the kids and they all nodded YES simultaneously. I know it is a good idea, because all weekend they kept saying “and then you can do this!” or “you should have them go here!” Both my agent and editor gave it two thumbs up. Hint: Let’s just say I will be shadowing some fashion designers this fall!
– My next craft book. I turned in a proposal to my agent. It was a hard book to tackle in a proposal, so much was involved. Erin (my guardian angel agent) sent me back an arsenal of vital notes. I’m using them to “craft” my proposal into something sleek and presentable. See? Even though I have seven books, it’s not always cake. Eggshells get in the batter all the time. But instead of throwing the whole thing out and going on a bender at Sprinkles, I roll up my sleeves and fix the problem. Sometimes it is just picking out the eggshells, other times it is starting all over from scratch. The goal is to make it ROCK. And that takes a lot of effort, sacrifice and dedication. So if you have something you are working on and are passionate about, stick with it, do not give up! You have to start somewhere. Oh, great. now I want a cupcake.
Today she sent me this message (I’m still jumping up and down!):
“My Crafty Chica purse goes to casting with me every day in my prep on Mi Vida Loca 2! Did I tell you the purse you made for me also went to the Inglorious Bastards premiere – which means she was in the same room with Angelina Jolie? And she has walked a few red carpets and hit some serious hotspots too… She is my good luck charm, I just know it! And everywhere she is the center of conversation!”
– I’m going to an event this Sunday and all of you are invited! The Arizona Diamondbacks are having a Stitch n Pitch Craft Day! Click here for info (or click on flier to enlarge)
Peace, love, and glitter!