Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Arbor Respit

We have moved again, and one of the features of the house that we really love is the raised deck along the south side of the house. The previous owners were avid urban farmers and one of their ventures is the grape vine that grows out of a 2 ft. x 2 ft. (no joke) brick planter bed by the garage door, which is on a watering system. The vine has been trained to grow up two stories and over the top of the arbor, which is about 20 ft. long and 12 ft wide. It's really quite impressive. With the large pine trees that border the lot, we get a first hand perspective of all the birds who stop to preview the situation and then swoop in to nibble on the fruit. When the temps aren't too hot, we love reading the paper and eating meals out there. The down side? It's a little messy with all those birds and plant matter falling down this time of year, but, to me, it's well worth it.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Green Pages in a Snow Storm

After adding my pink pages, I realized that during the crazy schedule of summer, I had never added these green pages to my blog. Today, the weather has turned from cold to colder. My outdoor planters and vegetable garden will most certainly be frozen beyond repair. Truthfully, I'm a lazy gardener and in a way, I welcome the change because it signals the start of a time when life is a little less busy worrying about yard work.

Warm pumpkin muffins should be coming out of the oven and it's time to put up a few Halloween decorations. The kids love them both.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Pink Pages

Here are the pink pages I came up with for the Monochromatic Pink swap at Amusing Muses. I forgot how much I really enjoy the color pink until I started working on these.

Anyone ever heard of suzani fabric? Well, I just recently learned about the stuff which is hand stitched in India I believe and I couldn't be more in love with the colors and patterns. Of course I took liberties, but, two of my pages were inspired by the shapes and colors somewhat of the fabrics I learned about. I'm also very attracted to soft blush type pinks that are paired up with neutrals like woody warm browns and creamy warm wools.

In Tempe, AZ there used to be a remnant shop (don't know if it's still there) where I found a bunch of old powder puffs. Now mind you, I am the kind of person who buys strange items like that to make art with. I was especially attracted to them because of the word "Lushus" that is printed in gold ink on the back. I've had these sitting in my studio for ages and finally put one to good use on this page. I sewed sequins and beads on to add a little sparkle and funkiness as well. I really like the way it came out.

School is back in. More time for art and unfinished projects.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Bad Mother and Seeing Red

The following pages are from a monochromatic red swap that I participated in during the month of May over at Amusing Muses. Like many mothers, I find myself this summer trying to sneak in creative time, but, have had little success. I guess that's okay for now.

I've been thinking about reading a book called "Bad Mother." Anyone read it? I'm one of those women who love my kids and love being with them, but, at the same time I enjoy my private art time and really need it to be happy. Having the kids around all day... and mind you I have three boys who are constantly jockeying for position.... is a real stress inducer for me. Truly, I would fail miserably as home schooler. I mean seriously, just bring in the white coats right now.

A couple of weeks ago I was looking for some reason to join twitter and found an artist who has made it a personal challenge to create art at least 20 hours a week. She has started a following of other artists that are attempting the same and even though they aren't all able to achieve 20 hours, they are all joining together, talking about it, working together, posting art etc. I love the idea of it, but, at this point in my life, I have to be realistic. Twenty hours ain't gonna happen, but, maybe I can squeeze in 4 hours or even 2. That's okay though. How many times have you heard someone say, "They are only little once."?

Next post, I'll add some pages from my recent monochromatic green swap. Now I've gotta go and see what color comes after green. Stay hydrated!

Inspired by the "red light district" in Amsterdam

I just heard from a friend that Rainier Cherries are on sale this week.
Woot!! I love those things.