An artists's journey

I am reaching out to others - so feel free to comment on my voyage! I will be using this blog to let family and friends to follow the family and my latest art work and shows.
Please comment and visit our other blog.

I am a woman of many interests. On any given day you will find me painting in my studio, sculpting little heads out of clay, throwing pots and bowls on the wheel or writing. I also sew and make art out of found objects. I think I must have ADHD because I jump from project to project. I never get bored and I feel one should learn something new everyday.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Mixing my Vintage RetroBabs world with my Art world

I thought you might be interested on how I try to mix my RetroBabs Vintage & ReMix shop on Etsy with the ART world where I make my personal art.
I recently was involved in an art show with the Village Artists, an art co-op in Homewood, IL.  I brought a vintage suitcase and travel train case and displayed my art work inside these vintage items.  I received many comments on the display, the quirky, kitschy arrangement of fine art against old retro products. I think the juxtaposition is what catches people off guard. I passed out cards for both of my life's ventures and I hope the melding of them brings new customers to my life.   Networking as such has been a very powerful tool for me.

I hope you have a great Holiday and take care. My next post will show you some of my latest art work!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

RetroChalet, Ira Mency, Melmac Expert

I would like to take this moment to say thank you to Ira Mency of RetroChalet shop on Etsy.  She has been a great help to me and I want her to know I appreciate it.  Take a moment to look at my blog list. You will find her there.  She specializes in Melmac and plastic dishware. 
I found my pattern which is Temporama and I had no idea it came in Plastic/Texasware/Melmac!!  You learn something new everyday.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

I would like to give a shout out to Laura of I'm So Vintage. She is a fellow vintage shop owner and she happens to be a distant relative.  Her ex and my husband are cousins!!  Small world. So check out her blog .  Nice shop Cousin!!

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Hello fellow Bloggers,
Well the art show for the Village Artists went off pretty well. Todays' snow dampened the turn out a bit.  Last night the village of Homewood had there Holiday Festival and tree lighting ceremony.  We had lots of foot traffic going by and a few customers welcomed us to the block.
We have a great location on Ridge Road and we face that busy street with enthusiasm.  We look forward to our Grand Opening when we get ourselves settled in.

I would like to send a shout out to a good friend Mandy Kalins who is hosting a new blog and it is a nice one.  Check her out at:

FYI here is a piece I sold at the show! Uh Oh too bad you missed it.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Saturday, November 20
10 am to 5pm
Pulaski Park Fieldhouse
1419 W. Blackhawk
3 blocks NE of the Milwauke/Ashland/Division 'el station

And because we know that hope that you'll end up wanting to buy more
than you think, there will be an ATM truck on site so you won't have
to wander far to get cash to make a purchase. Some vendors will take
credit cards or checks, but not all will.

For Folks who live in Illinois-The Village Artists of Flossmoor are moving to Homewood, Illinois.

 They will have their Annual Holiday Boutique on Friday December 3rd from 5-9pm
 and Saturday December 4th 10-3pm
New location address: 1957 Ridge Road
                                     Homewood, Illinois

The local artists will present their wares: Aprons, Dolls, Knit hats, Handcrafted Jewelry, Pastels, Pottery, Stained Glass, Watercolors, Hand-Painted Silks and more....

Thursday, November 04, 2010

I think I am going to the DIY Trunk show in Chicago on Nov 20th.  My daughter Bec might go also.  Any other artists interested??

here is the info

DIY Trunk Show

 to DIY
show details Oct 23 (13 days ago)

The correct date of the DIY Trunk Show is
Saturday, November 20.

If you'd like to volunteer, contact Amy C. at

Thanks again!
Amy C.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Hello family and friends,
I just thought you would want to see what the babies look like now.


Miles is 4 months and Penny is 6 months old now.

The Event at the Oak Forest Library was cancelled due to low ticket sales.  My work was displayed there for 2 months.  Nice group of people there.  Good luck to Mary the Director of the Library who is moving on to New Mexico.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Here are some Necklaces I made for the Etsy shop.  I started it on Aug 17, 2010 and I sell vintage items and ReMix.  These I consider remix because they started life as a wind chime but I didn't like it and decided to make them necklaces.   The shop is going well, I have a Facebook page also here is the link to the shop.  I am putting these on my art blog because I made these ceramic leaves , hand built slab and fired these the earth tones.  They were so pretty I thought someone would want a Bohemian type necklace.  These are for the girl who wants something like no one else has!! Sincerely, Babs

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Hello Everyone,
I am a little behind on the posting. Our daughter, Becky, got married on July 17th to Camm Rowland.  The wedding was held in my sister Sue's garden and it was lovely.
I am displaying 24 works of art at the Acorn Public Library on Central Ave. in Oak Forest.  My work will be hanging there for the month of August and perhaps longer.  The library is trying to raise funds to remodel their facilities without raising property taxes.  They are having a fund raising event on October 15th, 2010.  Go to their website for more info.
I hope all of you are well and can visit the library in the near future.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

I have not written for a while.  Lots of news.  Another Grand baby!!  Miles Henry was born on June 15th and he is perfect.  No problems, healthy, big boy-8lbs 14oz WOOOO HOOO.
He has lots of hair and is a big as his cousin Penny!!!!
Art projects have been taking a backseat for the time being.  I have done some sewing projects and made a few ceramic leaves for a sculpture.  I will post a picture of Miles and a photo of our house because I have a big garden.  The garden takes time to weed but it is worth every minute of my time.  It is my Zen when I garden, time stands still.  How do you like my beautiful bird house my husband made for me as a gift.  LIFE IS GOOD AND WE ARE BLESSED.

Friday, May 07, 2010

This is the latest painting I sold at the Village Artist members show.  I also went on a field trip to Kenosha Wisc. to see the Transparent Watercolor society show.  Very nice, good selection and well hung show.  The public museum is a nice venue.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Village Artist Members Show was a success for me.  I sold a bowl, a bread warmer and a painting!!!  Thanks to everyone who came to the Friday night reception.  Things are moving along for our daughters wedding and  our son's child- grand baby number two , due June 17th.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Hello everyone , I would like to introduce you to my new grand daughter Penelope Jay Mikal-Heine. Isn't she beautiful??   I cannot believe the instant amount of love one feels at first site!  The proud parents are Scott and Annie and they did a good job.  Everyone is doing great.  God bless.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Here is the finished sculpture of "The Laugh". It is a series of small heads that I have created
Hi Gang
 Here is the big news.  Our son Scott and his wife Annie had a baby girl yesterday!!  They will name her Penelope.  She was 5 lbs. and 10 oz. 19 inches long.  She is our shiny Penny from heaven!

I will post a few photos of my latest art work for the art show tonight

Thursday, March 25, 2010

At the art group I am a member of, The Village artists, we had a plate painting day on March 8th.  This is a plate I made for my daughter for her birthday.  About eight of us had a wonderful time painting, glazing and designing the art work. I also had a fun time with my son, Jeff, in Chinatown.  He is finally out of the Navy after 6 and 1/2 years!!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

I believe cooking is an art and I am entering a contest tomorrow for St. Patrick's Day.  I am entering my Grandmother Irish Soda bread. Wish me luck, especially since I don't cook very much and my family think this fact is very comical.  I CAN cook I just don't LIKE to cook!!  I don't think I can mess up this recipe.   Happy St Patty's Day

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Here is a birthday present for Camm my future son-in-law.  It is a rice bowl of my own design. Holes for chopsticks because I hear he can't eat Chinese food unless he has chopsticks.  Enjoy it Camm!
I also have a photo of a vessel with a lid, bread warmers that I made for x mas gifts and some of my mugs and bowls.
Here is my newest sculpture.  I call it "The Laugh", it was supposed to have a hand over the face but the clay became to hard to add it later.  I have been helping my mother who has been having back issues and the clay got away from me.  This is not fired or glazed yet and I will make another sculpture of my original design.