Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Has it really been a month...

Seriously, I hate how time just seems to speed up every single year of my life. So what have I been up to for the last few weeks? ATCs - love them so much FUN!!! Thanks, Tam! Art Literacy - drawing with the kids and learning about Degas, class samples for summer art classes at Joann's, tearing up the house and putting new floors in the bedroom - Pergo Olivewood - so beautiful.

But what happens when you improve ONE thing? You look around and say "Oh, I guess we need to repaint," "Hey honey, why don't you fix the outlet?" "Oooh, let's move the furniture!" "Ooops, we need new drapes since I'm facing the window now!" A wonderful project to start out a whole year's worth of new projects.

Tomorrow, my goal is to take some photos of my garden. Perfection is so far away, but everyday something rewarding is happening. My tiny butterfly rose has flowers half its size... Adorable. My 75% off lilies from Fred Meyer are going strong. And 2 out of 4 apples have tiny fruits, and I have 2 plums! In truth, the squirrels will probably get them before mid-July, just like the figs. I wish they would just eat the whole fruit though.. oh well. Tiny squirrel brains!

Hope you are finding inspiration in your corner of the world.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Great artists on the CrAzy TRaiN

Busy as a bee lately... but it's time to check out some of my fellow ArtFire friends. What do I like today?

LaDeDaCreations owner Laura is a groovy hippie chick/day spa owner and amazing polymer clay artist. Having just started making my own polymer clay jewelry, I've got to say WOW! This Handmade Groovy Polymer Clay Pendant is $8.50, 2 inches long and super fun.

Carmon of WooleycreekTribal & Ethnic Jewelry creates traditional Native American bead-work jewelry. Her turquoise pieces are also exquisite. This Spirit of the Mountain Earrings are made with delica beads - very tiny- and took 36 hours to make. Priced at $30, here is the perfect argument for supporting our own American artisans; Fair Trade doesn't just mean overseas artisans. Beautiful work, totally fair prices... we create because we must, out of love and desire.

Bijoux Designs For You is not just jewelry. Mother and daughter team April and Glenda also make beaded bookmarks, wine charms, and kitchen linens. This Brown and Gold Spiral Bracelet is a bargain at $18. Notice the elegant gold tone clasp and beautiful colors.

Here in Beaverton, Oregon, the farmer's market opened today. Wouldn't you just be the cutest with this Retro Paisley Print Reusable Market Bag by Catfluff Price: $24.99.