4-H Friday – Meet Thor & Loki

I guess now is as good a time as any to tell you that….. I was juried into the 2014 Calgary Stampede Western Showcase!  Its a dream of a lifetime to be included in this group of amazing artists!

I’ve burnt up my sketch book, site there done a few massive orders of supplies & I’m on my way.  I DO NOT  want to even know how many days until it starts, recipe   it will freak me out & I won’t have a chance of falling asleep.

Some of the work is exciting, inspiring & interesting; and some is not.  Like yesterday,  part of my day was spent drilling holes in Buffalo Nickels!  I use these nickels in my clasps on all my necklaces, and throughout my pieces more & more.  Today I’m doing what any serious coin collector would shudder – drilling holes in them!  These ones aren’t valuable at all to coin collectors, as the dates are worn off.

Blasphemy!

Blasphemy!

Lots of people ask me about why I use the nickels, as they’re American & I’m not!  To me, they are an iconic symbol of the West.  The Buffalo Nickel has a storied history with the identity of both the Indian & the Buffalo never to be revealed.  The nickels are actually not that hard to get a hold of,  especially if you don’t care if the date is worn off!  I do buy rolls of dated coins for cufflinks, rings & pendants.

Buffalo Nickel & Turquoise Pendant

Buffalo Nickel & Turquoise Pendant

Turquoise & Orange Spiny Oyster Shell Concho Belt

Turquoise & Orange Spiny Oyster Shell Concho Belt

Nickel Pendant with matching Rings

Nickel Pendant with matching Rings

 

I’m going to be posting every Thursday about my progress and preparation for the Western Showcase.  I hope to show all of these super cool projects I have in my head & sketch book coming to reality!

-s

 

The Western Art Show and Western Lifestyles are a destination not to be missed at the Calgary Stampede Western Oasis during the Calgary Stampede, Halls D & E are full of colorful and exciting exhibits that reflect our Western Heritage and Values.

A cool and comfortable Wine Garden, Musical Entertainment and Poetry, Culinary Demonstrations by First Class Chefs, Crafts of all kinds, Amazing Photos and Beautiful Artwork to admire and purchase, Western Oasis is a must-see on your Stampede Schedule
We slide closer & closer to Old MacDonald’s farm!  The newest creatures on the place – don’t seem so out of place.

You don’t have to know me very well to know what a big deal 4-H is in my family’s life.  This year we have 4 kids in 2 clubs doing 8 projects + the 3 ‘foster’ steers that live here!!

It is all consuming, viagra 40mg the record books, stuff feeding, fundraising, practicing, organizing & that’s just the parents!  Jeff marks record books in both clubs ( & secretly loves it).

The newest addition to the 4-H family this year are 2 sheep!  Our youngest isn’t old enough for full-on 4-H (you have to be 9 years old to start), so there is a pee-wee program called Cleaver Kids.  (Cleaver the Beaver is the 4-H mascot).  In our Beef club, the Cleaver kids do a sheep project.   We finally picked up our sheep on the weekend & they are THE coolest thing right now!  He is comic book/superhero crazy & seeing how these 2 sheep are brothers – naturally they are Thor & Loki.

Thor & Loki

Thor & Loki

Loki & Thor

Loki & Thor

-s

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