Ornamental Plaster Sculpting, Mural Painting, Faux Finishing, and Imaginative Interior Design.

Ornamental Plaster Sculpting, Mural Painting, Faux Finishing, and Imaginative Interior Design.
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Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday Miscellaneous

Today is brought to you by the letter "M".  Marvelous Monday at Marion's Place, munching on M&M cookies, meeting with memorable mentors...mm, mm, good!  Okay, enough transgression to Sesame Street (yeah, I can sing the theme song, and I don't have kids.  I can recite The Cat in the Hat, too.  Wanna make somethin' of it?)

The Monday meeting is The Keystone Women's Circle, a group of female business owners from hamlets south of Minneapolis, with a shared commitment to helping each other grow our businesses in a community-minded manner.  We are currently planning our next "Gathering of the Goddesses" for Thursday, February24th.  Check out our blog for who we are, and scroll back to October to see highlights from our first gathering.  keystonewomenscircle.blogspot.com

This coming event will include saging/spiritual housecleaning, reiki energy healing, accessing your higher self through hypnosis, using pendulums as a tool for divination, and to fluff it up a bit, I'll team up with Lisa Fahey to give you a hands-on demo for creating beautiful buffets and tablescapes, including foods from Tastefully Simple.  Possibly the best part of the evening (aside from the exclusive Goddesses custom painted collectible wine glasses) is the location.  Last time we rotated the groups around a two block section of downtown Belle Plaine, where most of our businesses are located. 

salvaged mirror frame, sans glass, converted to chalkboard, enhanced with a gilded and black-rubbed frame, and Italian scrollwork.

This time, we're up the hill above town, at Marion's Place (check it out on facebook, website under construction), a beautiful 1920's farmhouse that can be rented out for weekend retreats, as well as weddings and other events.  If you need a wedding officiant, Cindy Faus Heimerl, the owner, just happens to be one.  She also happens to be a Keystone member, and the featured artist of the month at Mystic Journey, in downtown Belle Plaine. I'll try to remember both the camera and the batteries next weekend, and get a few shots of her abstract art up here.

Queen Lauren and King Adam, ready to go to lunch with Grandma and Grandpa Fogarty and Aunt Kate

The Keystone meeting was sandwiched between Artkids.  Faithie let me reschedule her class so that my carpenter, TC Fogarty, could bring his grandkids in for some fun.  We had a drawing lesson, mostly for the benefit of Grandpa TC, and then made crowns.  Lauren chose to be Queen of Animals, and Adam the King of the Bat Cave.  TC secretly wanted to make a crown of his own, but settled for helping Adam, who still isn't too sure what he thinks of the lady with the paint-covered clothes who acts kinda like a kid.  Hmmmmm, wonder if singing the theme song to Sesame Street would have helped him make up his mind.

Here are a couple of photos of last weeks work:

Do butterflies need houses???

Realistic wood graining, matching metal doors to oak trim.

I did a handful of small projects, like this butterfly house commissioned as a birthday gift, and returned to a house, where I had wood grained the door a year or so ago, to do a Woolie blend in the entry and staircase, and a trowelled and glazed plaster job in the kitchen.  That job went perfectly, and earned me a tip of homemade granola...I know this week will be full of equally nice folks.  Hope your week is, too!

1 comment:

Kristie Duyckinck said...

The "Gathering of the Goddesses" sounds too fabulous! Beautiful work, Dawn-Marie.