Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Spring Update

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may have seen my previous post showing the buds peaking out to herald the arrival of Spring. See it here.
I though it might be fun to show you what it looks like now! As I said in my earlier post, it does not reach its full potential until late August when it blooms with delicate lavender colored flowers.

Here are our azaleas in front of our house. The lavender one is in full bloom-the deep pink one is ready to open its buds any day now. It is a lower plant- perhaps a different variety.

Happy Spring!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Anatomy of a Painting-Part 2

I'm back from my oil painting class and here is my progress. This is actually work day #3, but I didn't wind up showing day 1 where I just blocked in the sky and water.

Now do you know where this is?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Why Can't We Be Friends?

Yesterday, my husband & I went into the City. We weren't in Grand Central Station for five minutes before I realized how glad I am to live in the country. Now don't get me wrong--I was born in a fairly large city, and while I don't exactly live in "Green Acres", I do live in a much more rural area than where I was born. But I digress.

Before we began our almost 30 block walk uptown, we decided to visit the rest rooms. He went right in; of course, I had a line. About four people ahead of me, a lady is doing the foot-hopping thing saying how bad she has to go. She decides to hop out of line and heads for the front of the line around the corner. Obviously, the lady at the head of the line was not going to have this. First comes the sound of shouts, then slaps, and then they are in a knock-down, drag-em-out fist fight.

All the women inside the rest room come pouring out like lemmings yelling "Get Out! Call the Police!" This rest room sits smack in between two deli counters who are in full swing selling muffins and danish for breakfast. Now everyone starts shouting Police, since the two fighters are now in full view.

The Officer arrives and after asking what the problem is, heads into the rest room where he stands with hands on hips talking to the two. A moment later he comes out and says, "Everything's ok now".

Nothing like a little early morning adrenaline rush!

Anyway, when I arrived home, my cousin had sent me this YouTube video-not knowing what had transpired during the day. I thought it was cute and very fitting. Hope you enjoy it! (Scroll down to next post entry. I'm rather computer/YouTube challenged and could not get it into the same post!)

The Dog, the Cat and the Rat

Monday, May 19, 2008

Spreading the news....

Check out zazazu's blog for a blog book giveaway. She is happy to have the news spread far and wide, so here's the link:


It looks like a great book--after having just gone through The Artist's Way, I'm on a roll. If I don't win, I think I'll read the book anyway.

Have a great day!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

~~~Saturday Night Specials for May 17~~~

I'm having a sale in my Etsy shop!

Tonight's Special is:
20% off my entire shop! (Regular shipping applies)

5 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday put "SNS" in notes to seller & wait for an adjusted invoice before paying. Happy Shopping!

French beaded flowers, beaded art dolls, beaded suncatchers, holiday items, handmade quilled supplies for card making & scrapbooking, destash.

Visit my shop here.

Shown Above: "Celebration" ACEO 2 1/2" x 3 1/2

Friday, May 16, 2008

Anatomy of a Painting

Every Friday I have been going to oil painting classes. If you have seen my blog before, you may have seen some of the finished paintings that I have done. This week, I decided to show a "work in progress". Bearing in mind that the class is only an hour and fifteen minutes and I usually do not paint on it at home...the above is at the end of two week's work. The first week, I painted the sky & the water. This week I started painting in the suggestion of buildings and a little boat.

So...does anyone out there have a guess as to where this is?

I will (hopefully) post my progress next week.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Creative Challenge #96

With Mother's Day just around the corner, Jewelstreet's creative challenge this week is to be inspired by your Mom. Create something she likes, something you associate with her, just be inspired.

This challenge is both the hardest and easiest for me. Hardest, because my Mom passed away five years ago this July. So like some of the other participants in this challenge, I am putting my own spin on this.

And easiest because the very fact that I create was nurtured and inspired by my Mom.
From the time I was a little kid, I can remember me asking her everytime we went shopping to take me to the local hobby shop (now called craft stores LOL)to pick out art supplies. She was always willing, enthusiastic, and patient while I trolled the aisles to find my latest desire. It was on one of these trips that I got my first kit to make french beaded flowers. And, if you know me from Ebay or Etsy, you know this has turned into a life-long addition.

I also remember the many trips on the public bus (my Mom did not drive) to the zoo. We spent many happy hours visiting with the animals. It's no wonder that I love animals, and it is where I fell in love with flamingos.

So, this week, I created the above flamingo with its necklace of french beaded flowers to honor my wonderful Mom!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

The Artist's Way-Week 12

"There is a path for each of us...By trusting, we learn to trust."-Julia Cameron

So here it is--the summary of the final chapter of The Artist's Way program developed by Julia Cameron.

An interesting point to me in this chapter is about the mystery of creativity. The idea that creativity should be allowed to come to us slowly rather than trying to "pry" it out all at once. Of late, I have had a lot of success when I have come up with an idea, to mull it over for a few days rather than jumping right in. It seems my ideas get clearer and more defined that way. It's almost like: by not trying so hard, it gets easier. Case in point, the lobster claw floral arrangement from several posts back. I probably spent two to three weeks working step by step as each part worked itself out in my mind; the original concept came to me months ago. When I felt stuck as to how I was going to do something, I just waited and the solutions came. I'm proud and happy with the result. Do you ever do this? Come up with a project that doesn't begin to take shape for weeks or even months?

We must work at remembering how to play. Hobbies feed the imagination. There is something about doing a task that we do for pleasure, by rote , be it writing, gardening, sewing, etc. that helps us to not take ourselves so seriously.

I hope you have enjoyed this brief journey with me. Thanks for reading along. If you have gained any insight into your own creativity-great!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Saturday Night Specials Time!

I've been in a real painting mood lately. Here's another little treasure box.

A mini decorative birdhouse painted to resemble a sunflower.

I'm having a Saturday Night Special tonight on Etsy from 5 pm. to 6 am. Sunday EST.

ACEOs are BOGO equal or lower price 50% off or
Buy 2 get one equal or lower price free!

Rest of the shop is 20% off.

Regular shipping applies, however, for my loyal blog readers I will take 20% off the total including shipping. Please use the code "SNS-BLOG" and wait for a revised invoice. Happy Shopping.

Visit my shop, here.