Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Jumping into Summer!!

We jumped right into the summer by starting it out with a trip to the Gulf Shores of Alabama! This was our second annual trip with the Mayton family........it's so nice to spend time with great friends! The beach is such a great way to renew some energy and relieve stress.....the mojitos help out too! We had an amazing time!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Hello Craft!!

So, I was lucky enough to get interviewed by Tina Plottel from HelloCraft.com! The interview is up and I must say she did a fabulous job organizing my babble! Thanks Tina! If you would like to read it check it out here. Stay a while and spend some time on the website, it is super informative......

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Play Objects

I was looking through some old slides trying to find some student work from my 3D classes that I taught during grad. school and found this video. This is a video I shot for my MFA exhibition to play during the show. This is my husbands hands playing with the objects and a great friend Steve Kostell helped me edit the video. My committee was against me forgoing any type of cover over my work while my show was up because the pieces were not secure. I played the video to give the viewer an idea of how the objects could be manipulated. The coolest part of the playing the video was the sound that the vessels made. Although showing the video on a continuous loop stopped know one from picking them up and playing with them.........I even had some tiny 1" vessels that were shaped like spinning tops. In the end, nothing was stolen and I was happy with my choice. Like my kids tell me...."Life is multiple choice"!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Science Projects!!

We love science here at the Duffy house! The kiddos were so excited about conducting some experiments in order to enter the school wide science fair this year. K grew egg geodes in order to see what would happen if we used plain tap water in one group and lake water in another group. We found that the lake water and tap water created interesting crystal growth but, the lake water seemed to create more interesting crystals. The chemicals were made into a "super saturation" and poured into clean, empty eggs about 4 weeks prior to the results were documented. If you want to know more details about the project..........send me an email and I can send you the process in length. Now, L (with my help) colored chicken scratch in order to see if chickens could see color. Most of all she wondered if they had a favorite color, a question she asks most people upon meeting. For five days we placed the colored scratch in pie tins and placed them out where we usually feed the chickens. At the end of each day we collected the tins and measured for the results. We found that chickens liked the regular scratch (variable) the most because that's what they were used to eating. Although, they ate more of the green out of all the colors, L determined that they liked green because it looked like grass! She's a smarty girl!! Best news: we are going to the county wide competition in a couple of weeks!! Yay Duffy scientists!! UPDATE: L TOOK 1ST PLACE AT THE COUNTY WIDE SCIENCE FAIR! AND K TOOK 3RD!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Just the four of us...........

Portrait puppets made by my wonderfully talented baby girl..........also, known as Bugga!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Bunnies, Birthdays and Busy

The pictures tell the story.......shortly before Christmas I found out I got a job teaching adjunct for the Paducah School of Art, four sections of Into. to Art! Pretty exciting but heavy, since I was just gearing up for Christmas and my etsy shop was super busy plus I had birthdays on the brain. Both my kiddos have birthdays right after Christmas and I just run out of steam to say the least. So, I had planned my daughters tea party with the help of my mother in law! It was everything a six year old could ask for........although, the girls were monkeys instead of princesses, who would of thought? My son had a family party with bowling and pizza and he is planning to have a big outside party in the spring with a scavenger hunt and lots of boys. While all the planning and prepping was going on we had a litter of six sweet bunnies join our family! If you have been wondering why I have not posted since November, well this sorta sums it all up! I have been a bit overwhelmed with all the planning and teaching this semester but wouldn't trade it for the world! I hope to make some art one day soon...............


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