Thursday, June 26, 2008

Slowing down....

This is the time of year when I enjoy slowing down. I enjoy taking the month of July off from blogging and from maintaining my Etsy shop.I am still creating but don't plan to list the new things until August. It sort of takes the pressure off. Let's me kick back and enjoy gardening, listening to the birds sing, and just in general appreciating things that often get overlooked.

It's a time to create things for us that I have been meaning to get to. One project I have in mind is to make a gazing ball for our yard. I'm tossing around the ideas and may post some photos as I progress. Or, maybe not till it's done!

The above oil painting is one of my favorites to date, although the photograph does not do it justice. I have endless patience when I am creating but none when it comes to getting the best photo. I tend to just take a few & pick one. Not the best attitude, I know, but I try to be better when it comes to my shop. Anyway, the painting is titled simply, "Covered Bridge", and is oil on masonite.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Creative Challenge #101

I've been such a bad blogger lately! My daughter's high school classes are over and this past week and next I am busy driving her back and forth to school for review classes, tests, and Regents. With that said, I don't seem to have many uninterupted hours to create lately.

I did manage to make another birdhouse for the creative challenge this week. Challenge #100 was to be inspired by 100-make 100 things, use 100 colors of paint, 100parts, etc. That one completely baffled me! This week was to just create something simple. That, I could do! I painted the birdhouse with a complimentary color scheme and then attached some french beaded bumblebees. I call it "Bumblebee Mansion". It is available in my shop.

One more piece of news...I joined my first Etsy Team--Interior Design Team. They seem to be a very active team of very diverse and talented artists. I feel humbled that I was approved to walk among them! Hopefully in the near future I will begin featuring some of the wonderful shops here on this blog.

Have a great day!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Breathing a sigh of relief!

Happy to report the results of the rabies test on the bat were negative!

Have a happy day!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Call me.....Bat Woman!

Yup, that's my new name around here! Add a bat to the growing list of varmints that have made it into our house! Here's the story:

We keep our kitchen garbage under the sink, and I usually take it out & leave it in front of the cabinets while I am cooking. It makes it easier to use it, plus we empty it every night after dinner.

So after dinner, I'm washing the dishes, DH goes around the house & empties all the garbage pails & dumps it in the kitchen. He usually waits for me to finish with it and then takes it out. So he, as usual, goes into the living room to watch TV. I just turn off the water & get ready to empty the sink strainer & as I turn to the garbage pail, I see movement. Now, I'm farsighted and without glasses I think it is a little toad. Until I get a better look at the thing & I see it is a bat trying to climb out of the garbage. What followed was classic...I scream: "Dennis, There's a Bat!" He yells, "Where! "In the garbage!" Now, while this barage is going on, the bat is continuing to try to climb out! Thank goodness I had the wherewithall to run into the next room & grab an old table cloth to throw over the top of the pail! It was quickly followed by a large towel, and a sheet we use as a drop cloth. I could still hear the click, click, click of its little nails as it was trying to climb out.

One would think that is the end of the story. Nope.

So I get on the phone & call the Health Dept. It's 6pm, but they respond 24/7. Within 10 minutes we got a callback from a very calming Rick who asks a few details and then proceeds to tell us that we have to put it in some kind of container and bring it to them in the morning! Are they kidding or what?! Am I that naive?--I thought they'd come get it! By the end of the conversation, he agreed we could leave it in the pail & put the whole thing in a plastic trash bag & they would handle it when we got there. After tossing on another drop cloth sheet for good measure, we tied a string around the pail just below the lip. Then we lifted it into a plastic bag & put a twist tie on the whole thing. (Rick assured me they don't eat through plastic!) Just to be on the safe side, this little package spent overnight closed up in the garage bathroom! If it did get out, I didn't want to have to search the whole house!

This morning we dropped it off at the Health Dept. We're awaiting the results of the rabies test.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Inspirational Quotes

Happy Sunday Everyone! Enjoy!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Creative Challenge #99

This week's creative challenge is to be inspired by music. Jewelstreet asked us to pick a genre of music for our inspiration and just have fun with it!

My inspiration was classical music, and I titled it, "Summer Musical Concerts". I created a triptych out of a wooden fence, painted it with many layers of paint and after painstakingly cutting out all the images made the above arrangement. After the images were glued down, I coated all with two coats of decopage finish.

It will soon be available in my Etsy Shop!