Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Somerset Studio:Playing With Gauze

The other day I was scrolling down my facebook page and something caught my eye...in a Stampington and Company post, it read...

Stampington &Company


When Artist Cat Kerr's husband come home after a stay in the hospital, the couple acquired loads of gauze and tape. One year later, she came across them again and inspiration came to pass. If you're a mixed-media artist looking for new and fun ways to add texture to your pieces, don't miss Cat's delightful technique article in the Jan/Feb 2012 issue of Somerset Studio!



Woo-hoo,I yelled!

These last six months have been a wild ride for me.My work has been accepted for publication,I was accepted as part of the ICEResin Creative team,I was accepted to teach at Artful Gathering...but out of all that wonderfulness(is that a word)this one hit me right in the heart.

When I first started selling my work on EBAY over six years ago now,I ran across an issue of Somerset Studio
That was the first time my work had a name,
Mixed Media
and that was the first time I knew
that one day
my name
would somehow make it
into this magazine.

"Playing with Gauze"
by Cat Kerr(that's me...heehee)

These pieces were created with felt,wood,trim,ICEResin,wire,tea stained gauze and more.

"Nest"

 "Beginning"






"Only as high as I reach can I grow

Only as far as I seek can I go

Only as deep as I look can I see

Only as much as I dream can I be"

— Karen Ravn

As always,
thank you so much for stopping by

Friday, December 23, 2011

Grateful Living

When Molly first mentioned her new blog "Grateful Living" I just knew it would be a wonderful forum for expressing a love for all things,big and small.Thank you for asking me Sweet Molly to contribute.

Check out my post today
on
Grateful Living


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
All my Love.
Cat


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thank you so much for stopping by

Friday, December 16, 2011

I am slowly Learning

Thirst

Another morning and I wake with thirst
for the goodness I do not have. I walk
out to the pond and all the way God has
given us such beautiful lessons. Oh Lord,
I was never a quick scholar but sulked
and hunched over my books past the hour
and the bell; grant me, in your mercy,
a little more time. Love for the earth
and love for you are having such a long
conversation in my heart. Who knows what
will finally happen or where I will be sent,
yet already I have given a great many things
away, expecting to be told to pack nothing,
except the prayers which, with this thirst,
I am slowly learning.
— Mary Oliver

I wholeheartedly believe that every soul comes into your life to teach you something...even if it is just for a moment in time,it is up to us to figure out what the lesson is and be thankful.
Reading pages from my friends lives(aka blogs),I often laugh,and have even been moved to tears,...I sometimes feel extreme joy, and often drool over art,...I swoon over words,and gaze at photos,...and all of this with people that I have never met...Though some of you I have known for years and some are new friends...I am and will always be, thankful to you,for being my path to the pond.


Each one.beautiful.a lesson.a friend.
                                                         Corrine: offers up a lesson in Kindness and Wisdom
Cindy: offers up a lesson in Family and Friendship
Mary Jane: offers up a lesson in Simplicity and Stillness 
Amanda: offers up a lesson in Adventure and my lost love of History
Sharon: offers up a lesson in Strength and Hope
Lori Ann: offers up a lesson in Sweetness and Awareness of the World we live in
Kj: offers up a lesson in Strength and Friendship
Riki: my Momma Guidance offers up a lesson in self worth
Jen: my new friend offers up a lesson in Generosity and Kindness
Zinnia: offers up a lesson in the Magic of Art and Patience
Alice: offers up a lesson in Giving and Kindness
Molly: offers up a lesson in Gratitude and Beauty
Chris:  my art sister offers a lesson in  Unconditional Love
Kristen: offers up a lesson on Listening and Love
Kass:offers up a lesson in Courage and Being True

Who offers up a lesson to you today?Tell them so,and tell them how thankful you are.




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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Gauche Alchemy


Hello friends!! I was thrilled to pieces when Maggi asked me if I wanted to be a guest designer on Gauche Alchemy.They mailed me the most wonderful kit called Knick Knack Patty Whack

To see how I created my little "Treasure Box" visit Gauche Alchemy and check out my guest post!!
Have a wonderful day friends!!


"Only as high as I reach can I grow

Only as far as I seek can I go

Only as deep as I look can I see

Only as much as I dream can I be"

— Karen Ravn

As always,
thank you so much for stopping by

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holy Cracker Jacks Batman!

If anyone would have said to me...Cat ...you will one day have two magazines out at one time...
I probably would have laughed...
then
rushed off to the bathroom...
and whispered a little prayer.

I feel Blessed and Honored to have been included in the winter edition of
Belle Armoire Jewelry
Along side so many amazing artists.


"The Trinket Nest"



Created by gathering discarded treasures...
and offering them a home ...
inside the nest ...
in which they rest.





"Only as high as I reach can I grow

Only as far as I seek can I go

Only as deep as I look can I see

Only as much as I dream can I be"

— Karen Ravn

As always,
thank you so much for stopping by

Monday, November 28, 2011

"Sew" Wonderful

When sweet Cynthia Levens told me that my "Little Windows" had not been accepted to Belle Armoire Jewelry...I'll admit,I was a little blue...
what she kindly forgot to mention was that she had passed them along..
to Jennifer Jackson Taylor,Assistant Senior Managing Editor,at "Sew"Somerset...
so when I received the Congrats email from Jennifer...
I just about pee'd my pants!!




These little window came strait from the heart and I am so thankful that they made it into such a wonderful magazine!!
How lovely to also see the amazing work of Cat from "La Dolce Vita" and Nancy from "Sugar Lump Studios" in this Issue.A real thrill for me to be in the company of such talented artists.


"Only as high as I reach can I grow

Only as far as I seek can I go

Only as deep as I look can I see

Only as much as I dream can I be"

— Karen Ravn

As always,
thank you so much for stopping by

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful

My first two items created for ICEResin..and I am so full of Gratitude and Thankfulness!!

"Gratitude"Altered Journal



"Thankfulness"Fiber Pendant



To see my post  on ICEResin click Here

I am also thankful for all the amazing work Zinnia has been doing at Artful Gathering,preparing for the big event this summer.Everyone there has been so kind and generous with tips for the "Newbie"
Here is a wonderful advertisement from Pat Winter,an amazing Crazy Quilt Artist that will also be teaching,promoting the Event
Can you see my name
makes me giddy with happiness to be included
in such an amazing group of artists!!


Now Every Thanksgiving I write a list of a few things that I am grateful for...
2011 Thanksgiving
1-Healthy family and friends
2-Happy Children
3-Support
4-Going after the dream
5-Opportunity to Grow


"Only as high as I reach can I grow

Only as far as I seek can I go

Only as deep as I look can I see

Only as much as I dream can I be"

— Karen Ravn

As always,
thank you so much for stopping by

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Visit,New Ideas,and Resin Love with BSue!

I love it when my sissy Ingrid comes to town.We had fun visiting the folks,hanging with my brother and playing with the kids...but my favorite time with Sissy was the day we strolled around in Downtown Melbourne...We visited some lovely stores and ate the most amazing lunch at "The 905 Cafe"

Just look at this delicious Brie,sliced apples and Walnuts on toasted wheat..Yum Yum..just melted in my mouth...


We also visited this really amazing shop named Creative Energy..they had a huge variety of healing stones..I immediately became attracted to Pyrite...
Pyrite:An excellent shield against negative energy,encourages and sustains the flawless ideal of health,physical emotional and intellectual levels and enhances memory and recall ...
and having no idea what to to do with I took it home anyway...
It ended up crumbling quite easily and so I created this new piece "Earth in the Night" with smaller chunks placed inside my handmade bezel covered in delicious ICEResin...
You can see the original chunks to the side of the pendant.



Sis also had a chance to show me a new knot technique called Shamballa which I instantly fell in love with..

I had picked up these super cool brass cut outs at BSue's and was completely lost on how to finish them,but this knot teqnique gave me the idea for the sides.I ended up using it with out the larger beads and hand stitched on some seed beads.

"Heart Burst" Etched Brass and Satin Rope


Lastly I squeezed in some more Resin play.Covering up this sweet BSue plate with paper,rub-on,glitter and Ice.


Thanks for visiting friends!!
Now go out there and spread those wings.


"Only as high as I reach can I grow

Only as far as I seek can I go

Only as deep as I look can I see

Only as much as I dream can I be"

— Karen Ravn

As always,
thank you so much for stopping by

Friday, November 4, 2011

Make Every Minute Count

I had no idea it would take me this long to come up
with the sample art doll I plan to teach
She definitely took her time
letting me know what to put where...

But it wasn't until I found her name that she came to life...

...not a normal name of course..

but the only name she could ever have and could ever be...


Say hello to my
"Make every Minute Count"Art Doll
I will be teaching,hopefully some students, how to make her.
My goal for the class...will be,to have others feel the great joy I felt
creating her.

This Doll was created using doll parts,wood elements,fabric,metal sheets,paints,ICEResin and much much more.
To find out about Artful Gathering 2012 and he amazing classes
click HERE.

"Only as high as I reach can I grow

Only as far as I seek can I go

Only as deep as I look can I see

Only as much as I dream can I be"

— Karen Ravn

As always,
thank you so much for stopping by

Friday, October 28, 2011

Why cant vacations last a wee bit longer...

Oh my....time has been running away with me lately...I am finally getting around to posting some pic of the trip...Oh How I wish vacations could last just a little bit longer...

At the last minute we ended up changing our room and I am so glad we did...hubby takes the credit on that move...because we ended up having a balcony and if it was up to me....I could have stayed there the entire time...








My favorite stop was "Blue Lagoon Island"...another place I could have stayed a wee bit longer...




...This shot was taken looking up from the Hammock Josh and I snoozed on...



...and Hannah found a tiny Hermit crab and wanted to bring it home...


...Back on board we played some mini golf...


...and the kids anjoyed the slides...


...But again...for me...I could have hung around this patio...soaking in the massive beauty...
and been perfectly ok with that.


Happy Friday Friends!




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