Did you know that we have a premier facility for training assistance dogs right here in central Ohio? We do! Canine Companions for Independence has a regional facility in Delaware, Ohio. They're having a fundraiser in October, and I'm sending this cute little guy to represent Two Dog Studio and raise a little cash for a really neat organization. Good people, good dogs. Good job!
I have a couple of events coming up that I want to tell you about, and here they are:
The Grandview Hop
Saturday, August 25th
Grandview Heights, Ohio
5 PM to 9 PM
This is kind of Grandview's version of a gallery hop, with the addition of artists and vendors along the sidewalk on Grandview Avenue between 1st Ave. and 5th Ave. I'll be located in front of 1200 Grandview Avenue. I've never done this event before, but Grandview is a great neighborhood with a lot of good restaurants and fun shops that stay open for this event. The Hop organizers also mention that they have entertainment lined up for the evening. This is the last Hop of the season, and I think they want to go out on a great evening. If I wasn't actually participating as a vendor, I think this would be a fun way to spend a summer evening--grab a bite to eat and stroll along the street, catching some unique shopping and art. I hope to see you there!
Old Worthington Market Day
Saturday, September 29
9 AM to 4:30 PM
A huge marketplace of handmade goods (over 250 vendors) in the heart of Worthington, along with a flea market, a farmer's market, and library book sale. You know it's big if they're willing to shut down High Street through Worthington. I don't know my location yet, but I hope you'll find me if you come.
Friends of the Shelter (the Franklin County Animal Shelter, that is) is hosting a PupArt fundraiser at Evangelia Gallery on High Street in the Clintonville area on August 18th. Here's a piece of jewelry that I made last week to give them for their silent auction. I hope it brings them some $$ in support of their cause, which is paying for medical care for dogs at the shelter. You know that doesn't come cheap.....Why not stop by on the 18th and bid on a piece or two of art (or, ahem....jewelry) and support a good cause. You could even leave a fiver (or a couple of them) on the table if you don't feel like bidding. I can almost hear the muffled sound of hundreds (probably thousands) of padded dog paws applauding your generosity! You can find out more by going to their website at www.friendsoftheshelter.info.
Thanks to all of you who came out to the Grandview Lazy Daze Festival last Saturday. It was a nice day, with the weather really agreeable for a change. I hope you enjoyed the festival. What I like best about the Grandview event are the people who run it. The Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Art League members who run the show are the nicest group of folks you can imagine. They really know how to treat the artists who participate in their event, and I really appreciate it--bottles of ice cold water brought to us all day long, snacks made available to us in an air-conditioned oasis, and---the best thing of all (I'm not kidding)--artist-only, air-conditioned, indoor bathrooms with running water. Hallelujah! Trust me, it matters. Today they sent me (and all the artists from last Saturday's event) an invitation to participate in The Grandview Hop on Aug. 25 with no booth fee. I haven't responded yet, but I'm leaning toward doing it, so pencil it in on your calendars from 5 pm to 9 pm on that date. It's the last Hop of the season, and it sounds like fun.
My neighbor Stefanie just sent me this photo of her dog, Baxter, stopping by our house this evening to see if anyone was interested in coming out to play. Unfortunately, we weren't home when he came by, because Teddy is always up for a game of chase, and Sophie enjoys knowing that there are smaller dogs than her in the neighborhood. Sorry Baxter! I hope we're home next time.
Many, many thanks to all of you who stopped by my booth at the Westerville Arts Festival this past weekend. It was great right up until just before the official close on Sunday. The official close of the festival was supposed to be 5 PM, but around 4:30 PM, some serious storm clouds appeared, and we (meaning all the artists, not just me and Art) started speed-packing. I have jewelry stashed in places it was never meant to be, and I seriously hope I can find it all. It will make setting up for the next show interesting. Most of my portrait samples made it home safely, although three of them will require new matting or some new backing, as the water seeped in between the frame and the glass.
I thought we might make it out before the rain started, but as soon as Art pulled up in our vehicle (realize that all 100+ artists are retrieving their vehicles and trying to park next to their displays all at the same time), it started to pour. We ran a couple of things to the car and stashed them, but the rest remained piled up under the canopy, which Art held on to, along with the help of 200 pounds worth of sand in buckets that we use to weigh down the canopy. Did I mention that I ran back to the car to wait out the storm? Yes, I left my husband standing under a metal-framed canopy during a thunderstom with all kinds of crazy-close lightning so that he could hold onto it and watch over the rest of the stuff piled up underneath. What a guy! (Love you.....XOXOXOXOX....) We were both soaked, and everything that I had that didn't get put in the car on the first trip was soaked. It dropped 1.25 inches of rain on us in about a half an hour.
As bad as it was, it could have been worse...we had a little advanced warning, and because it was at the end of the festival, we didn't wait for anyone official to tell us to pack up. While everything got wet, nothing was really ruined, and Art didn't get struck by lightning. So.....I hope you can make it to Grandview on July 28 for the next festival. I'm really hoping for a dry day!
Well, it's my front door. But it's more than that....it's the gateway to Two Dog Studio. That sounds silly. But it's true, and it has an amazing new feature, which is the fabulous new handrail on the right of my front steps. It's fabulous because it is a handmade wrought iron handrail from Fortin Ironworks, plus, it's a steady handhold for all visitors, especially my dad, who is awaiting knee surgery. It also provides a nifty hitch for Sophie when she wants to sit out front. I'm not sure I'll hitch Teddy to it. He gets pretty excited when other dogs pass by, so we may have to install a Sherman tank to hitch him to--I don't want my new railing to go flying down the street attached to a runaway golden retriever, so he's better off in the fenced back yard. That's not to say the railing's not secure....it is, but why tempt fate.
The other amazing aspect of this new railing is the fact that it looks like it was installed by a professional. BUT NO....it was installed by none other than my husband, Art. He is a professional, but his profession does not involve power tools in any way. Art is known for his striking good looks, sharp wit, intellectual prowess, uncanny legal reasoning, and superior driving skills, but he has not, until this breakthrough moment, been recognized as "handy" around the house.The idea of drilling eight permanent holes into concrete, with no opportunity for a "redo" was a little intimidating (and a little scary to watch), but he did it without flinching. So, the next time you see him helping me out at an arts festival or something, congratulate him on becoming "handy" around the house. And if you're considering a handrail of your own, check out Fortin Ironworks for the goods, and if you need someone to install it for you, give Art a call. He doesn't know it yet, but I'll hire him out for $100 for each railing. (You can make the check out to me.)
Sophie and Teddy share some frozen custard (with sprinkles, of course.)
So here are a couple of things I've been working on. This a riveted ring with stamped paw prints. Here it has been stamped and the holes for riveting have been made, and that is the rivet there on the left that I'm going to use.
Here it has been riveted and shaped on the mandrel.
The patina has been added to the paw prints in this picture, and it's back on the mandrel for a few more taps for shaping.
A little polishing and now it's ready to go!
All of these little charms are going to get their own bracelets in the very near future. First, they will go for a spin in the tumbler.
This little guy is also on my workbench. It's a tiny clay doxy. He's kind of an experiment right now....My ultimate plan for him is to embed him in resin, then set him in silver. Probabaly for a pendant. He is made of clay (by me), and air-dried. Then he underwent some sanding and filing to refine the shape. He was surprisingly strong during that process. He is now ready to be painted so that he really looks like a dachshund. I'll keep you updated on how he comes along.....
I will have a booth at the Westerville Music and Arts Festival on July 14th and 15th and the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Lazy Daze Festival on July 28th.
If you would like to receive a coupon for a discount on the purchase of a piece of jewelry when you attend one of these shows, please ask to be added to my mailing list by going to the "Contact Me" page of my website and sending me an email saying "Mailing list," or something like that, and I will send you an email message in June with a coupon and a reminder about the above events and dates. (If you're already on my mailing list, you're good to go.) Hope to see you there!
Westerville Music and Arts Festival
July 14th and 15th
11 am to 9 pm on the 14th
11 am to 5 pm on the 15th
Heritage Park, corner of Cleveland Avenue and Main Street, Westerville, OH 43081
Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Lazy Daze Festival
July 28th, 11 am to 6 pm
Next to the Grandview Library, 1685 West 1st Ave.,
Grandview Heights, OH 43212
First, the good news: Teddy got a haircut.
That may not seem like much news to you, but if you've ever lived with a fully-furred Golden Retriever, you will appreciate the impact such an event can have on your life. I think I've only vacuumed twice this week. You can't really tell from his photo here, but his coat is much shorter all over, and look at his neat little paws and tail! The groomer said she spent six hours working on him. He looked a little naked to me at first, but I've gotten used to his new look. He was groomed only a week ago, and I can tell that his fur is already growing back. It's a force that can't be stopped!!
Now the better news: Sophie had her first post-treatment oncology recheck (three months) at OSU and there was not a bit of cancer to be found. The x-rays were clear and her bloodwork was normal. Yeah!! She is feeling well, bossing Teddy around, and acting like she owns every room she enters and every sidewalk she walks on. She also looks amazing (both from a medical standpoint and because she has always been --in my unbiased opinion--the Cutest Poodle Ever). I know--she's not entirely poodle, but based on her innate ability to perform circus-like maneuvers in her early years with us, she earned the title "Circus Poodle" and a variety of offshoots. Whatever she is, she's a very special dog, and I do believe that she will make it to 16.
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