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Art & Wine and thank goodness for sunshine!

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Adventure to Jazz & Blues Wine & Art Festival in Historic Federal Hill!

Baltimore gathers to share their talent and drink some tasty wine!


Yesterday was a rocky start.

Starting with going to bed late and then waking up to thunder and rain, then making the horrible realization Chi-fil-A wouldn’t be open to please our taste buds with the scrumtrulecent  “chicken minis” (damn you Sunday!) then getting lost and ending up in Dundalk having to pay a 4 dollar toll! Nathan Kelly (a dear friend and a wonderful help) and I were super worried the rest of our day was going to follow in the same direction.

We made it to the venue on time and alive and my a Christmas miracle actually pulled in the ally (this thing was MASSIVE) where we needed to be! We set up shop one down from the main road and met out wonderful neighbors! The people to my left were a lovely couple!1/2 of that couple  Stephen Kishel created large metal sculptures. Super friendly and very talented.  One of my favorite pieces He created was a red metal Japanese fish! So unique! To my right was a painter and his son. They were also very friendly and had great advise to share with me. MT Goggs (mtgoggs@aol.com) was an amazing artist. I loved his stylized painting of Michael Jackson!

My time was good there! I created a new antler girl and a couple new paintings for the show. My antler pieces always stir up a lot of  ruckus! I hear everything from  “I have to have that” to “how unique” to  “that’s so funny!” (i don’t really get that one but hey we are all different!) to “wow, thats just… disturbing” and even grunts and looks of disgust. I find this to be a great thing. If a discussion is born about something I have created I feel I have accomplished something worth while.

I wish I could have taken more… but here are some pics from the day!

Have a great night everyone!

Always,

April

May 11th… what am I up to?

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On May 11th 1987 around 2am  my dear sister  Kimberly (or womb mate as I like to call her) and I emerged from our mothers full belly and today we celebrate!

Well, actually I don’t know what she is up to but my celebrating involves putting real butter on my toast without guilt and not doing my hair or makeup…these things please me.

I have been a busy bee working on all sorts of new items for my shops and bulking up old favorites  for the DC Craft Mafia Spring Thing Craft Show! This will be my 1st ever craft show and however nervous I get my excitement will overpower! I have been rocking out some new jewelry with the wonderful help of my talented friend Lauren! I will blog about it when I have finished the whole collection. Also I have been focusing more on my Antler art! Trying to make them smaller, portable, and more affordable! And, as always, Slumber Jack. I have been working on Slumber Jack Jr! Thats right… baby Slumber Jack.

They will all be available in DC on the 21st!

My studio

Slumber Jacks Birth place

Check out all the neat people who have signed up to showcase their talent! I am so excited to be rocking it out next to all sorts of nifty people on Saturday May 21st!

Dc Craft Mafia

I would tickled to see you there! Let me know so I can hook you up.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Always,

April

WINNER! WINNER! Chicken dinner? No…no chicken dinners.

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So it is 3:00m May 1st 2011. and it is time…

3 winners have been chosen (using random.org) from my blog giveaway!

Lets jut get right to it shall we??

iiiiiiiiiin Third place…………..we have…………….

FRAWGGIE!

You have won 5 dollars off any item your heart desires in either of my shops Alwaysapril.etsy.com or Threadoverheels.etsy.com

In Second place?

EMILY ANN!

You can choose any print you like from Alwaysapril.etsy.com

In first place!

Drum roll please……………………………………..bah dah de duhm da dee duumm!

!!!!JONATHAN!!!!!

Jonathan you are now the proud owner of your very own slumber Jack!

Congratulation to the winners! I am excited to be sharing my art and creations with you!

And thank you  so very much everyone who played along!

If the winners would end me their address’s to Aprilalayne00@hotmail.com I will be shipping your items with the most care tomorrow!

Have a splendid Day everyone!

Amping Up Arts & Crafts with Power Tools & Bones

This is a new line I will be creating for Etsy.com,  Art in the Park in Westminster MD (hopefully)and perhaps other vendor type shows in the future.

I have always loved the look of antlers, the unique shapes and colors and no 2 are ever alike. Coming from a West Virgina back ground I noticed antler art is usually the interest of county folk and rustic lodge decor type and that inst a style I particularly  care for.

Being a lover of Etsy, I paroozed though and found a fantastic shop selling their antler finds. I dont want to give away my little secret but Mark of hiddentreasures4u.etsy.com  is a super friendly seller with reasonable prices! After a few conversations he helped me start my new collection.

So with this new collection I tried to create a shabby chic, mod pieces of original artwork using naturally shed antlers.      For this piece in particular I used a 16 X 20 piece of sanded down pine, watered down acrylic and graphite to create the white rabbit and with the help of my father, some power tools  and an antler I created the Jackalope.

I am working on my next antler inspired piece today! I going back and forth between an owl or a heavily fringed girl… opinions?

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