Monday, November 23, 2015

T Stands for Museum Post

Hi everyone! I had hoped to finish up my museum posts last Tuesday, but life keeps getting in the way. This past week I was busy both Monday and Tuesday, and did not have the foresight to start my post early as I am doing now! I hope you are not getting tired of seeing these, but I promise I am almost done!

We are now up to Room 4 which represents Summer in all it glorious bright colors!
Although this is not the best photo, it gives a good idea of the larger display in this room. The branches are hanging from the ceiling and form a sort of enclosure for the flowers.
These vibrant purple and blue flowers were among my favorites. I don't know who made these, but they are stunning in person. Behind them, you can just barely see some bleeding hearts that I crafted.
This display was on another wall in the Summer room. The fencing was in place so no one would touch the flowers which were mostly berries. In the next photo, you can see how they actually had to build a wall so they could attach the stems.
I'm still on a high as I look at these photos again and again and can't believe it happened! Of course it has energized me to keep making and perfecting more flowers....
Ice Crystals

Pink Bleeding Hearts
Thanks for stopping by and bearing with me as I continue to document the museum exhibit. I'm sharing with Elizabeth and the T Stands For Tuesday gang. I'll share my cup of tea, too!
I want to wish everyone who celebrates a very Happy Thanksgiving, and I apologize for not being such a regular visitor lately. DD has found an apartment to  rent, again in NYC, and we plan to move her in on Sunday. After that, hopefully, my time will be more my own.

Monday, November 9, 2015

T Stands For Spring

Hi Everyone! Yes, for this post T stands for Spring, at least in the world of beaded flowers. This is a peak into the third room at the museum. It consisted on one long table filled with lots and lots of small flowers. It was of if they were just emerging. There were over 700 beaded flowers in this exhibit.

Again, the flowers emerging from last year's leaves is just brilliant!

I'm back to making flowers for my shop now and hope to get it a little fuller by the holidays. It is hard to keep up with everything--housework and cooking keep getting in the way! I still hope to make my own Christmas cards this year, but that may be just a little too ambitious. We shall see! In any case, here are just a few things I've finished recently:
Trillium Berry Candle Ring Wreath 

This is the gift I made for my friend, the person who owns all the flowers in the exhibit.  I used Nicole's Bead Backing as the base for the card that I added bead embroidery to.  The water lily is made with all vintage glass beads that I "inherited" from a family friend.
Southern Magnolia

 As you can see, I have been keeping busy! We've had warm weather for this time of year and have been able to get out most days for a walk...Enjoying every last one of them before the cold moves in for good, and drinking lots of water.
My blurry glass of water, but really, it is crystal clear!
Linking to Elizabeth and friends at T Stands For Tuesday! Thanks for visiting!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Northern Gannet

This post originally aired on April 7, 2009 and is being shared again today in conjunction with Altered Book Lover's Second Look on the Second.  The second of the month is when we go through our older posts and share one of our favorites or one that current followers may not have seen. Feel free to join along by posting yours and linking up with Elizabeth at the above link. This painting remains one of my favorites!

The Northern Gannet is a member of the Booby family of plunge/diving birds. They can dive as far down as 130 feet to catch the fish they eat. They are the most common type of Bobby, found from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

This is my latest oil painting in which I tried to capture these strong beautiful birds. The paint is still a little wet so I haven't signed it yet, but that is all that is left to do!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

T Stands For A Walk Thru A Few Rooms

Hi Everyone! I am joining Elizabeth and the T Tuesday gang with yesterday's lunchtime cup of Jerry Cherry tea and some Italian Lady Fingers.
I have to admit that I much prefer the softer lady fingers that I grew up with--you know, the kind that most people line their pans with when they make tiramisu? Of course, that has driven their price way up with the popularity of this trendy dessert (which I am also not that fond of), so I "settle" for these.  Ok, getting off my stovebox and on to a look at the show at the museum.

This is the first room you enter which served as a little introductory to the craft. The sign explains the historical origins of flower beading and if I remember correctly introduces the theme of how everything changes with the passage of time. Combined with last year's leaves and dried botanical elements from the grounds of the museum it reminds us that all is transient in this world. It also gives hope by showing the changing of the seasons and the promise of new life. (Heavy thoughts!)
Yes, a rare photo of me! The solid purple flowers are my work, and the others belong to an artist from Utah who also traveled to Stockholm with her family, so we were both pretty much blown away from this first room. In this room was also a case that held some historical pamphlets and a vintage beaded sampler about flowers. From there you walked through black drapes into this room:

This room represented Winter. It was dark with spotlights on each of 6 arrangements in silver and white and muted color schemes. The bottom right photo shows the ceiling and there was soft tinkling music in the room. These three are my work. I just fell in love with the shadows!

That's all I have time for today. Thanks for stopping by for a cup of tea!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

T Stands for T-bana

Hi everyone! I've been so busy since I returned home that I have not even had time to edit my photos let alone create art. 
I do always have time for tea and try to join in on Tuesdays with Elizabeth's T Stands for Tuesday group. It is a fun and supportive group!

It is not entirely true that I did not have time to make art, but what I made are gifts that I will show after they get to the recipients. In the meantime, I will share some art from my trip.
The Tunnelbana, T-bana, or T as it became known is the underground train system in Sweden which is very efficient and easy to use. There are three color coded lines with very easy to read maps.  I was impressed with the art in some of the stations as you proceeded to the carded entry to the tracks.
The art celebrated Swedish artists and other notables.
It was really hard to show the perspective on this, but sometimes there were multiple escalators down to the tracks with at least one of them taking over a minute to descend.  The red "cage" in the right of the photo held an elevator which in this case was more like an incline railway. We tried it on the way up.
There was even art decorating the elevator cage on the way down the escalator.
At the bottom before getting to the tracks, one is often treated to more art in the form of painting on the walls and ceiling. This was one of the more lighted stations so the photo came out reasonably well.
The tracks were well marked, and some of the stations even had suitcase carts that could be used.
Another useful thing were the digital boards that told you how soon each train would be arriving--and they were very prompt!!

I'll share one last photo--my avocado--before going off to visit everyone....
Happy T Day!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

T Stands For Warning! Long Post!

Very wordy post ahead....T Tuesday friends can scroll to the bottom for my tea contribution.

Hi Everyone! I am back from Stockholm, filled with amazing memories and energy! As you might remember, I went to attend the opening of an exhibition of beaded flowers that included some of my work. What I did not know beforehand was that it was the entire first floor of the museum and my flowers were everywhere! To say I was shocked, stunned like a deer in headlights and just downright out of my comfort zone is putting it mildly.This was a huge deal in Sweden and was attended by famous Swedish artists, a famous TV personality who gave a talk, as well as everyone and anyone connected with the book and/or exhibition. It was covered by the top two newspapers in Sweden, made it into design magazines and the SAS Traveler--the magazine they put in the lounges and seat pocket of the airplanes.
Here is just a peak as I have not had a chance to go through all my photos yet....
The burgundy lilies in the vase in the foreground are some of my work.  If you would care to see more, you can visit the Facebook page of the Thiel Gallery here. For those not on Facebook, I  will be posting more photos when I get a chance. The Museum has a very interesting history that you can read about here.

The book launch on Friday night was surreal--invited guests only. I can't tell you how many people came up to me wanting to meet me, hear my story and inspiration. I just kept thinking someone was going to pinch me and I would wake up! Unfortunately, at the moment the book is not available in the US, but I have been told it is available all over Europe and Canada.

The next day was the opening, again there was a short talk by the aforementioned TV personality then a question and answer with the museum curator, my friend, and the floral designer, Gunnar Kaj. Gunnar's website has plenty of photos of the exhibition also. At the end of the talk, my friend introduces me, and the whole room turned around (I was standing in the back) and just started applauding! Talk about a "Sally Field Moment"! How did I walk into this world???

I can keep talking, but won't right now, because today is Tuesday....and I want to show you just two of the gifts (we each got a set) my friend sent us home with...
He knows I only drink tea and we love moose. Isn't this just the cutest mug and tea strainer? Our hotel had loose leaf Swedish Tea called "Mambo Jambo" that I absolutely loved. I am on a mission to find at least something similar that I can order as I went to two tea shops in Stockholm, but they did not carry it. It has to be ordered and as you can image, ordering it to the US is cost prohibitive. I can't wait to get caught up with all my T Stands For Tuesday friends--be patient, it will take me awhile!

Thanks for visiting and reading my happy news!

Monday, September 28, 2015

T Stands For Tuesday

Hi Everyone! It has certainly been a whirlwind of a week here! This past Friday, Dennis & I realized a dream and headed to NYC to attend the Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Madison Square Garden. It was one of those "once in a lifetime moments". It began with a concert that featured Martin Sheen & Rosanna Scotto introducing Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Hudson, Harry Connick, Jr., Kelli O'Hara, Norm Lewis, and a choir from the Church of St. Charles Borromeo in Harlem, all singing religious selections. Needless to say it was quite a warm up.
It was a packed house and on arrival, the Pope rode around in a golf cart greeting the crowd before going backstage to vest for the mass. If you are Catholic, or even if you are not....Let me say this was one of the most thrilling experiences of our lives. It was electric, moving, and very evident that we were in the presence of Holiness.

Now, having recovered from that, packing is in full gear and we head to the next adventure in Stockholm. You can read about the reason for this trip, here. I do have a little more exciting news to share, and that is that the evening before the exhibition opening, we have been invited to an exclusive "book launch" party--family, friends, & VIPs. So, the book will be coming out at the same time after all, and yes, some of my work is featured. It just happens that the day of this extra surprise comes on my birthday! This whole thing is surreal to me!

How I ever had time to create anything is beyond me, but here is my signature piece, a french beaded ring of roses:

I'll be taking an extended Fika or Swedish coffee break. I've been doing some research on traditional foods and drinks in Sweden, and it appears they are more coffee than tea drinkers. In any case, they usually enjoy a sweet with their I am looking forward to trying some local favorites. Linking up with T Stands for Tuesday, and I will try to visit as many participants as possible before we leave.

Thanks for stopping by!