I wish to warmly invite you to my holiday open studio in Seattle, WA. I know that many of you live far away-but I wanted you to feel included anyway. I'll post photos on the blog after the event in case you can't come-you can still get a taste.
I'll be showing all the goodies of late, including my one-of-a-kind
Art, Jewelry, Scarves and Handbags and lots of Holiday Cheer!
December 5th & 6th, 2009
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Please come say, "Hello!".
---------And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.....
Well as you may guess, every surface is covered with fabric, jewels, and art supplies as I and my elves (the cats) make lots of fun stuff for the open studio. Here is are a few shots to amuse you as I go about my house creating piles of colorful fun stuff.
Detail of the "Sugar Cupcakes" Scarf
Loot from the gem show.... lots of bright colors for the gallery in Hawaii.
Handfuls of yummy fibers-a wonderful gift from my friend's mom-so pretty!!
ooooooh! Don't you just want to eat them?
Painting in progress...
Detail of the "Snowy Lace" scarf
More baubles... Magic pebbles awaiting the elves...
Have a very lovely Thanksgiving!!! May it be delicious, relaxing and full of good cheer!
On one of our road trips my friend and I came up with a theory-that a really fun day was a day full of lots of interesting and enjoyable experiences. We decided that we liked our days to be like a layered cake or an entree' that has wonderful layered flavors. To go from one little fun shop, to a great bookstore, to walking around the lake, to an ice-cream cone eaten on the dock, to watching kids play in the wading pool...
Wait what season am I in? Let's try again...
..a morning at a warm and neighborhood bakery where time is the least important thing, savoring a hot, buttery, almond croissant, sipping the perfect mocha, chatting with your good friends, pulling on the pretty hand knit mittens to go for a walk, enjoying the brisk wind, the dancing trees, the puddles and the warm lights from the stores. Perusing your favorite book store, renting a movie, cooking up a fun meal, or making a great cheese & cracker plate, curling up in front of the fire, listening to good music. Below is the photo that brought on this whole conversation.
This is another peek inside Anthropologie. They have one side of the store where they've created all these alcoves-each has its own theme, colors, and mood. Creating layers of experience within one store-and I've yet to see another store do this as successfully. Like a stack of presents each entices and delights you, creating a full, rich, many layered experience.
I ask your forgiveness in advance for showing you holiday photos before Thanksgiving...but I've held off as long as I can...they are so pretty...
Isn't this a cool idea?
I love this packaging-where the back of the label becomes art through the bottle.
Now I don't know about you but this photo makes me want to go for a walk outside and then come back in and have hot peppermint cocoa!
A couple of mornings ago we were greeted with a wonderful view- dramatically dark and stormy clouds in the west and bright sunshine in the east. The sun lit all the autumn trees like some wonderful stage set.
I have been busy making these really fun scarves-I feel a bit like a bird weaving colorful nests with bits of colored yarn and ribbon. In between I've done a bit of journaling.
On a drizzly day I went out and treated myself to a Pumpkin Spice Latte'. Then I decided to paint it, and it became the art part of my journal page that day.
This little Sophie cat decided that it was more important for me to be petting her than getting photographs of my journals to share with you! And of course she was right. But after some pets and purrs I did get more photos.
Here is another page. The border is made of cut up pieces of the candy box that those Japanese Rice candies come in-you know the ones with the wrappers made out of rice that melt in your mouth? I was so fascinated with those when I was little-I mean here is paper you can eat! And I think my fascination with the box too, held promise of my future thirst to travel and visit other cultures.
A few close-ups of the edges:
You know I just can't help myself-more color! more sparkles! : ) Have a glittery, sunshiny, happy day!
On Saturday I treated myself to a fun trip to the University Village to peek at what delightful things the display fairies have been up to at Anthropologie. I asked permission to take photos and wanted to share the magic with you. It is chock full of color, texture, little discoveries and fun combinations. I particularly liked the scene of old cabinets, filled with earth colored bottles, and dishes with covers of National Geographic in the background and real epiphytes (plants that often live in trees and absorb their moisture from the moist tropical air in which they often live). Sort of greenhouse meets old pantry meets antique shop. I find that wandering around in places or looking through image-full books really refresh my creative well.
After taking in all these delights, I wandered over to Starbucks to indulge in a peppermint mocha-yes of course-with whipped cream! While I slowly savored this rich concoction I had fun journaling, listening to the jazz music, and watching the rain fall outside. When the mocha was all gone, I strolled over to Barnes & Nobles and enjoyed looking at the latest art books. After all that I could hardly get home fast enough to go play in my studio! I never desire to copy anything-its just all those colors and ideas running around in my head get the creative ideas flowing. Now my studio is chock full of stuff-no clear surfaces anymore! : )
Isn't this little guy the cutest?? Have a lovely, wonderful day!
I am creating some fun new things-story scarves. They each have their own theme and some have little quotes. They all are a riotous mix of ribbon, fuzzy fibers, beautiful shadings and yummy textures. When I got the idea for them I realized that I needed to get an alphabet stamp set. So I got this great little set at Joanne's. But I realized that I needed a holder for them since they didn't come with one. If I had a large drill bit I would have made a little wooden board for them. But I don't-and I was impatient to get started with my stamping. So I mulled over the problem and came up with a strange but working solution!
I had some old lentils and filled up this tin with them and stuck in the stamps. I know-it's a little silly. The great thing is that I've collected a bunch of tins for my students to use in the Tins Charming class at Artfest. So now, whenever I need a container for something, I can usually find one in my stash. I painted part of the tin to highlight the butterfly.
I also got some fabric paints so I can decorate scarves, bags & such with my own art. And of course I had to use a tin for those too! This little tin is so darn cute that even though I know it would make wonderful charms-I just can't bring myself to cut it up. The art is different on all sides of the tin.
I'll show you the scarves in another post-they are works in progress and they wanted to wait until they are all done before they would let me take their pictures.
I won't be teaching my Seattle classes this month-I've decided to focus on making fun things to sell at my Holiday Art & Jewelry Fest, Dec. 5 & 6th-you all are invited if you should find yourself in Seattle that weekend! More details to come.
And lastly here is a a recent journal page. Have a lovely day!
When I was little, one of my favorite bedtime stories was about a group of bunnies. They were very artistic and busy bunnies, for they were the ones who painted the leaves in the autumn in yellow, orange, and purple paint. The bunnies have been busy here! Right now there is so much color! Some of the flowers are still blooming while the ground is covered with leaves. Yes, I do plan to rake them up-but they look so pretty there! Here, you can see for yourself all the magic colors swirling on the ground.
This is a close up of lavender! Can you believe that it still is blooming?
It feels like nature is throwing a joyous party-doing her best to produce all this loveliness to celebrate the end to a glorious summer, a full harvest, and the peak of a beautiful autumn- all before the soft, stillness of winter arrives and throws her sparkly veil of frost upon the ground!