Thursday, February 23, 2006

Chainsaw Rendezvous Tomorrow

ECCOTA gallery pic in Ridgway, Pa.  15853
artist: Grover Slater
painting available at the Elk County Council on the Arts
Excerpt from the website:
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.

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 from 10am to 4pm.

Ridgway Fire Hall - 30 N Broad St, Ridgway.

Benefits Make-a-Wish and YMCA

I will be there with 5 of my artist friends:
Pat Eckstrom mixed media

Sean Huntington watercolor

Larissa Distler fiberart
Lou's scarves

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

Faces on Etsy for sale


  • Etsy faces for sale

    Etsy faces for sale

    Etsy faces for sale

    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

    Blogging Memories

    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

    Etsy offerings

    Hmmmmmmmm.....the computer gremlins have decided to let me list a few items on my ETSY shoppe. I am very pleased ;)
    Go check out my Woman in the Woods beads, Dream Brooch and I added new images to my 'Blue Mermaid'.
    Women of the Woods penant style beads
    dream brooch
    back view of 'True Blue Mermaid'


    Jamie Phipps will be performing in Venus Freak on Friday February 24th at Cully's in Ridgway, Pa. 15853.

    Friday, February 17, 2006

    ECCOTA Gala this evening 'An Affair to Remember'

    Elk County Council on the Arts in Ridgway, Pa.
    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
    7 PM
    The Royal Inn
    Route 219, Ridgway, PA

    Evening includes
    Musical Entertainment by Wyndfall
    Hors d'ouerves
    Open Bar (7-9 PM)
    Silent Auction
    Live Auction
    50/50 Raffle

    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.
    ECCOTA gallery pic in Ridgway, Pa.  15853
    ECCOTA gallery pic in Ridgway, Pa.  15853

    Tuesday, February 14, 2006

    Sunday, February 12, 2006

    A Touch of Amethyst

    A Touch of Amethyst
    Originally uploaded by mossnbeads.
    Amethyst is the theme for the month in Home Vignettes Thursday...Yes...I have been late consistently in posting to this group.
    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

    Dream Brooch on Etsy

    This will be on Etsy
    when it stops acting up....
    cost: $38.00
    dream brooch
    dream brooch
    dream brooch
    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

    Birthday with my family

    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!

    Red Fern
    This was a beautiful gesture from my Lou.
    Red Fern

    our trip home nasty whiteness of it all
    birthday celebrating
    birthday celebrating
    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.
    birthday celebrating
    birthday celebrating

    birthday celebrating
    06 birth celebrating (Small) (2)
    06 birth celebrating
    Oh my.... 40

    Monday, February 06, 2006


    Originally uploaded by mossnbeads.

    Alicat sent me this recipe after I saw it on her Flickr account.
    Thank-you again!
    It is very, very good! Better than any buffet or restauant.
    Crab Rangoon

    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
    would be.**

    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

    Dance brooch

    Dance brooch
    Originally uploaded by mossnbeads.
    New brooch looking like a little ballerina in her pink and crystal attire.
    She is happiest when dancing....

    Home Vignette Thursday 'Touch of Amethyst'

    40 tomorrow crazy wierd wild stuff......
    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
    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.


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