Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Thursday, February 23, 2006
The Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous started as a backyard gathering of six chainsaw carvers. In 2000, this relatively small group of carvers took it to a whole new level, and at the time, we thought this was quite a big gathering of carvers. Little did we know...
Since then, it has grown to the world's largest event of its kind and evolved into a partnership of community and artistic spirit. Each year becomes a challenge to do better than the last!
It is an open invitation to all Chainsaw Carvers wishing to attend the Rendezvous. It is an opportunity for Carvers to share, sell, market and just feel good about who they are and what they do! To be able to measure the growth of the industry while moving the art form forward! To challenge their abilities and encourage their performance!
This was our intention when we started, and remains so to this day. And it is generally accepted that it is this non-competitive setting that makes the Rendezvous something truly special.
Yes, the event has come a long way since those early days, (every year, we have more and more carvers attending) and we look forward to the exciting opportunities and developments that are yet to come.
*Tomorrow is the craft/artshow portion of the Rendezvous.
Ridgway Fire Hall - 30 N Broad St, Ridgway.
Benefits Make-a-Wish and YMCA
Pat Eckstrom mixed media
Sean Huntington watercolor
Larissa Distler fiberart
Kara Swanson clay artist
and Shay Payne potter
We will all be in the front middle section together.
Last year was really a nice show for the Rendezvous brings in a large grouping from all over the world.
Friday evening will then be Venus Freak playing at Cully's don't forget.
CBS is coming today to film Ridgway for the My Small Town segment, will be touring today and then tomorrow get some interviews. funstuff.....
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
I hand cast and mold my own faces from antique statuary, beads, other fun face cabs, stamped images, etc. using clay. Whatever I find that would make an interesting personality and is usable.
Attach them to mixed media art, ArtDolls and collages. You can also bead weave tubular peyote around them for bracelets, pendants, earrings and more.....
An industrial type glue E-6000 or Fabri-Tac can be used to attach them to ultra-suede, felt or any stiff medium.
Samples of figures involving the face cabochons:
Monday, February 20, 2006
One year ago, on this date, was my very first blog post
So many super informative items have been posted and ventured since then that I dare to count, :0).
Blogging is a way of life don't you know with all the details in ones day coming to life for all to see .
It has kept my creative flow on course, for the weekly journaling of my work keeps me progressing at a steadier pace. One can see their progress and work towards *more*. More is always better!!!
It was this same time last February that the Chainsaw Rendezvous was happening also. This event is huge and is on an international level. If you can attend it is well worth the trip, not only for the event but, to visit the local architecture/history, Arts Council, Antique Shoppes, Coffee Shops, restaurants and other events that coincides with this extravaganza.
I have met tons of fellow artists through this venue of networking and discovered a new way of looking at my day to day. It is all in the details, the amazing details of each of our lives coming together on this wonderful thing called a Blog.....
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Friday, February 17, 2006
Elk County Council on the Arts in Ridgway, Pa.
Originally uploaded by mossnbeads.
GREAT NEWS!! Tickets are still available for the Elk County Council on the Arts' An Affair to Remember!
We hope you will join us tonight for this fantastic event which benefits ECCOTA and its programming! Tell your friends! To make reservations you can call ECCOTA at 772-7051. Tickets will also be available at the door.
An Affair to Remember
An Elk County Council on the Arts Gala Fundraiser
February 17, 2006
The Royal Inn
Route 219, Ridgway, PA
Musical Entertainment by Wyndfall
Open Bar (7-9 PM)
Tickets - $25 Per Person
All proceeds will benefit ECCOTA programming.
Elk County Council on the Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The official registration and financial information of the Elk County Council on the Arts may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Sunday, February 12, 2006
I am bad, baaaaaaaaaad I say. Had to wait until these special order lavender/purple face cabochons were made for a wonderful client of mine.
Yesterday they were made before DH took me out for Valentines Day. We went to the Red Fern once again for a seafood buffet, goodstuff...
You see a box of purple and green seedbeads color combos that I just love, this was a recent accident organizing my flippies last week that excites me.
Polymer is the main thought in this setting, been in a clay mood lately.
Friday, February 10, 2006
when it stops acting up....
Freestyle bead embroidery take shape on a lovely brooch made of hand crafted felt and embellished with Czech and seed beads. Artist made face cabochon included in the design.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
My Oldest DD works at the Red Fern in St. Marys. She has loved her waitressing experience with the owners, the Wolfe's since they opened. It is a beautifully constructed building that my DH had some part in the making. He built a lot of the interior and put on the roof.
We had a wonderful breakfast which included one of the owners own created Maple Syrup that is offered from Larry Wolfe.
She gathered Jerry and the wait staff to sing me happy birthday and bring a piece of cake for her Mom. Pam Logue was there for breakfast too with her Mother and Daughter and she sang, which was a nice addition. Thank you Pam!
This was a beautiful gesture from my Lou.
Our combo SuperBowl Celebrating experience for my *Day*
We also had a great new recipe for baked wings and a pizza custom creating station with different toppings.
Oh my.... 40
Monday, February 06, 2006
Alicat sent me this recipe after I saw it on her Flickr account.
It is very, very good! Better than any buffet or restauant.
8 ounces cream cheese
12 ounces fresh crab meat or canned crab meat, drained and
flaked (2 small cans)
1 teaspoon red onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon light soy sauce (I had run out -- I used
terriyaki sauce instead)
freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 green onion, finely sliced
1 large clove garlic, smashed, peeled, and finely minced
1 package won ton wrappers
1 small bowl filled with water for wetting wontons
Oil for deep frying
Dipping sauce - I used Samuri Sams Terriyaki Sauce
Directions: Combine the crab and the cream cheese. Mix in
the remaining filling ingredients one at a time. ** I used
my hands to mix everything with the cream cheese. It was a
blast! It was sorta like a dough with all that crab added
to it, so it wasn't as sticky and nasty as I thought it
On a flat surface, lay out a won ton wrapper in front of
you so that it forms a diamond shape. Wet the edges of the
won ton. Add about 1 teaspoon **I used a heaping 1/2 tsp
and it was plenty!** of filling to the middle, and spread
it out toward the left and right points of the diamond so
that it forms a log or rectangular shape (otherwise the
wrapper may break in the middle during deep-frying).
Fold over the edges of the wrapper to make a triangle. Wet
the edges with water and press together to seal.
**Important: You only want to wet 2 of the 4 edges, not
every single edge. Otherwise they wont stick! You need a
dry side and a wet side for it to seal properly!**
Keep the completed Crab Rangoon covered with a damp towel
or paper towel to keep them from drying out while preparing
the remainder. Heat wok and add oil for deep-frying.
When oil is ready (the temperature should be between 360 -
375 degrees), carefully slide in the Crab Rangoon, taking
care not to overcrowd the wok. Deep-fry until they are
golden brown, about 3 minutes, turning once. Remove with a
slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
(To make ahead of time, prepare the filling and stuff the
won tons and freeze. Make sure the wontons are completed
thawed before deep-frying).
*note: we use duck sauce for dipping and made little bundles. I pinched together opposite sides and then pinch the other sides. I did not need any water this way.
Saturday, February 04, 2006
This months theme is 'Touch of Amethyst' in Home Vignettes Thursday group on Flickr.
I do feel good about it not too off.
I have always doubled my age since I was 8 years old. So, when I was 8, 16 was not too old or when I was 20, 40 was still not 60, but now that I am 40, 80 is freaky.
40 years has not seemed that long and now that 40 more makes 80, it is a bit more of a mortality issue...lol
We are combining the SuperBowl with a party for me and inviting some friends in. We are not a major football rockin' family but, once a year I let dh enjoy his remote, beer and game time.
It will be a hoot having everyone in. Homemade wings w/cucumber garlic dip, Crab Rangoon w/duck sauce, pizza w/asst. toppings and crudette, lol....lovely array of greasy food.