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See Them Come...See Them Go

They are coming and they are going
and you see them passing by.
They are walking over here, they are walking
over there...these are the dead.  
How happy they are!

Hola everyone!  
It has been so long since my last post and I have been busy like a little bee.  I have been pounding in the studio, showing at art markets, reading some books, learning Spanish, and hanging out with friends and family.

Did I mention that it is my favorite time of year so I just HAD to make these pretties...
Both were at Coq Rouge Gallery here on Magazine and both SOLD!  
Yay!  Muchas Gracias!!!

I posted most of my new stuff on my Facebook page so I am not going to be a photo whore and repost them here.  Well...I did post that above picture already on FB.  hahahaha!!!

Last week was my first Palmer Park Holiday Arts Market and it was a blast!

This week I have been busy trying to catch up on making some metal stuff and teaching a friend how to etch.

Phyllis managed to make two pieces!  She almost did not finish that pendant but got to it after I told her she was being, "LAZY".  
Not to shabby, eh?  BRAVO Phyllis!!!

On another note...
it is Dia De Los Muertos and I will be at Freret Market along with Susan from Libellula Jewelry, Patricia Low from Coq Rouge Gallery, and Ally Boyd from NOLA Breeze Art just to name a few.

It is all happening this Saturday, November 2nd from 12pm-5pm.  
It is going to be gorgeous so come check us out and enjoy the market and visit me people!

Have a great hump, hump, hump day!


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