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Topic: HOME SWEET HOME Featured Artist 3rd Quarter 2010: Beeker  (Read 1962 times)
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« on: October 18, 2010 11:46:38 AM »

This Quarter’s Featured Artist for the Home Sweet Home board is beeker

She makes beautiful home décor out of natural items for other Craftsters in swaps, and even recently posted a tutorial for all of us!

Why did you start making gourd crafts? My mother is a very artistic person. I grew up watching her paint and craft. I learned to love crafting from her. She always encouraged me to try new ideas and techniques. Mom helped me learn woodburning as a part of a 4-H project. I can't remember the first gourd I tried woodburning. I did learn that gourds burn a lot easier than wood.   I really enjoyed making the gourds so I kept at it.

What inspires you?  I find a lot of inspiration in nature for my subject matter - leaves, dogwood blooms, butterflies, maybe an occasional squirrel. The gourds themselves also inspire me. It sounds kind of corny, but sometimes the gourd tells you what it needs to be by the shape or the coloration. If I use paints I like to keep them soft and let the natural patterns of the gourd show through.

Besides gourds, do you craft anything else? Gourds are my main craft. I also dabble in needle felting, which I would do more of if I could stop breaking those needles and if wool grew on cows. (I have those, but no sheep;) )
I am kind of a random crafter other than that. I craft for the occasion. Teaching music, I have to create sets for my Christmas programs. I have made an 8 ft paper mache snowman, 5 ft Christmas cookies with a 5 ft glass of milk to dip them in, and giant gingerbread houses. For my sister's wedding I helped make boutineers and corsages, and countless lucky origami stars for the tables. I like finding creative, crafty ways to solve problems.

Did your first gourd turn out like you wanted it to? I don't specifically remember my first gourd, but I do know they don't always turn out the way you imagine. I have left the woodburner sitting too close to the gourd and ended up with a big black spot. I try to incorporate it into the design, but sometimes there is just no saving it. I don't throw away gourds, if nothing else I can chop it up for parts.

What is your favorite gourd that you’ve made? My favorite gourd is probably the one I made for the Awesome Swap for Lovesclutter. It wasn't my dogwood like I do on a lot of my gourds, but it turned out just how I pictured it. I was happy I kept my lines fairly straight. Usually straight lines elude me. A close second would be the gourd for my first swap ever.  

Do you have any artists that you admire or who inspire you either in real life, or on Craftster?
There are so many awesome Craftsters out there. I am a big swap addict. I know that if I see certain names on the swap sign-up list I feel confident jumping right in.  PJHerbert makes some really wonderful things. I was fortunate enough to be in the Geezer Swap with her recently. The whole package was amazing, but the shawl she made for me was unbelievable.
I'm in love with PhoenixFireDesigns tree of life pendants. Also, I really like what Noooitaremybirthday makes. Her style is so different than mine, I think that is why I like it. Nooo's projects are always so vibrant and full of joy.  

What is your favorite Home Sweet Home project that another member has posted?  
 Coloringmyworld made a tree for her foyer and I think it is beautiful! I would love one in my living room.  

What is your favorite non-Home Sweet Home project that someone else has posted? It's hard to pick a favorite. It would probably have to be Pinokeeo’s paper pottery. It is so simple and clean. I can't imagine how you could make paper look like pottery. I would love to learn how make something like this.  

Some more of beeker's beautiful work!
Trinket Box

Owl Gourd

Whimsy Jar
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2010 01:08:42 PM »

Congratulations Beeker! Your gourds are beautiful and one day I hope to be the recipient of one!

Thanks for the shout out! I feel honored that you mentioned me with all of the hundreds of craftsters that you have been in contact with!
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2010 01:24:02 PM »

Yay for Beeker!
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2010 01:42:10 PM »

WOW your work is  wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
{sigh} maybe someday mine will be that good or I'll get one of yours!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2010 01:48:37 PM »

Congrats on being featured, Beeker and big thanks for including me in your list of favorite Crafsters. I'm honored! Grin

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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2010 02:09:43 PM »

Hooray for Beeker! You definitely deserve the feature Cheesy I'm so flattered that you like my crafts, too!

Let's swap lil gelli prints or ATCs!

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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2010 04:24:28 PM »

wonderful work! I was just admiring your tutorial on gourds the other day. Smiley

ps: the link for Pinokeeo's paper pottery is broken. Sad
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2010 06:08:56 PM »

 Grin Thank you everybody! *blushes*

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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2010 05:25:56 PM »

Congratulations Beeker! I have enjoyed seeing your gourds!
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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2010 01:00:20 PM »

Congratulations on being featured!  You do great work and deserve it!  Grin
Thanks for the shout-out too!  Cheesy  I'm honored!
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