Above is a clay print (printed from a slab of clay) that I created after attending a local artist's workshop. I took the day to learn and visit with artist, Mitch Lyons. He had a one day workshop on the Clay Print technique. Wonderful technique for printing from color applied to a clay slab.
He has been doing clay prints for over 40 years now and has tested all kinds of approaches for this particular art technique. He shared all this wealth of knowledge with us, while also giving us the technique to do it ourselves.
So much fun.
You can learn all about him here: www.mitchlyons.com
I am more than happy that it's Friday. Cannot wait for 4:00 pm, when I jet out of here to go have a little fun with some of my friends. Then off to pick up my husband, who has been away all week in Jackson, MS working. I miss him.
I went to the Farmer's Market today to pick up a bussel of apples for applesauce. To market to market to buy a fresh .........well, you get the picture. I had never been to this market before. After a recommendation from my in-laws, I decided that it was a beautiful day for the 30 minute drive to the Booth Corner Farmer's Market. Eggs, veggies, and then a stroll around. I turn a corner and in front of me is this little guy..... Meet Oliver Who is now at home with us. After an adventureous ride home and meeting the family, he enthusiastically tried to make friends with Clyde and my cats. Dave and John were happy to have him and thought he was adorable, but...well, let's just say that Clyde and the cats were not the least bit interested in befriending this ball of energy. So to run off some steam, he froliced around outside, did his business and then cozied next to Dave on the couch where he is now fast asleep. I am sure he's going to be very active again right when we need to…
Today, Jing and I took an adventure to Maryland to pick up a loom that she found for sale online on Ebay.
What an incredible day we had.
First. Let me just say that Jing was more than excited to find this loom used and in such good condition. She has been obsessing about this particular floor loom since she saw it. Brand new, it's very expensive. ( I have to add that even used, it's more than many used cars!)
Second. Traveling to a new place is always a fun time. And it was a nice morning for traveling. Not too humid or hot, which is always a concern in August on the east coast.
Jing took her knitting along while I drove our SUV. Everytime I visit with her I learn more about how interesting a life other people have. As a pediatric eye surgeon, we discussed everything from her excitement of medicine, interesting cases, to the current hardships of so many with lack of medical coverage, the state of insurance industry, and the pressures it has placed on …
What better way to kick start a week than with a cheerful, yet easy card. While this is made as a birthday card, it could easily be used for all sorts of greetings - from "Just Because" to....Mother's Day (which will creep up sooner than I think!).
Think I'll whip a few more, but leave the greeting off so that I can have a few on hand!
Just a quick post today to show you what I've been up to. This is a quick card for a friend of mine that I haven't spoken with in a while. I miss her and thought I better pop a card in the mail to let her know she was on my mind.
This is turning out to be such a wonderfully relaxing weekend!
I think I mentioned that Dave brought me a couple nice buckets of tulips over Easter weekend. Aren't they pretty? They were starting to fade when I took this picture, but I still like it. Now they are out in the front corner of the house, planted, so that we can enjoy them again next year (hopefully!)
I finally took the opportunity to take a quick snapshot of my latest painting. I finished it at the end of March. I've been working on it since August, so I'm glad it's finally done (I get really tired of looking at the same time week after week!). It's a four panel painting - each panel one square foot. Currently they are hooked together with a panel board and some screws. I have plans to frame them separately before hanging them on the wall, slighly askew. so they aren't "square" with each other...We'll see. I haven't tested to see how it'll look (since they are still hooked together).
Happy Friday tomorrow!
I plan to spend as much time as possible in the warm sun. I think we're also going to take a ride into a nearby town over the weekend and look at old buildings...dreaming of bigger, more awesome studio space!
With all the warm weather we've been having, Yello Cat has decided her best perch as sundown approaches is atop this pizza box, under the warmth of the desk lamp. In this shot, she is snoring pretty loudly. I guess she got a little bored watching me work...I mean, who wouldn't? We both would rather be frolicing in the long grass!
I sold a couple items in my shop yesterday. I'm always looking for special ways to say thanks. The above is a pack of 3 x 3 speciality paper that I thought might be a nice way to do just that. I always strive to use ribbon and tie in a way that allows it to be reused....so I wrapped a foot each of two different ribbons that I had on hand. I also pinned on a little ribbon rose that I made over the weekend. I would be delighted to receive something like this in the mail, so I'm pretty sure she'll be happy too. It just whispers Spring, don't ya think?
It's really bizarre what interested her. She sees me on the computer ALL THE TIME (I work from home quite often) and has never been so interested in my activities...but planning for my trip and conference...
She found THAT interesting.
I wonder if she contemplated who might give her liver in my absense?
Or rather, did she notice an agenda item that might need adjustment?
I made the above (more than one....a set of little purses for a swap recently)
These little jewels are big enough for a few chocolates or flashy baubles....whatever the budget, eh?
The swap centered on challenges for the Cricut. This one uses the "Forever Young" (for the purse) and Gypsy Wanderings (emblem and layers) cartridges.
My minds actually SPINS with all the possibilities of what can be done with these little treasures. Really...it's perfect packaging.
Somewhere in my youth I was taught that the PRESENTATION for a gift was almost as important as the gift itself. Like almost every lesson, I'm thinking it came from my mom...who coordinates EVERYTHING. Really.
You should see her little outfits. Her shoes, even her Keds Boat shoes, match.
Always. She is something else...
She still wraps stunning packages...Even on her meager budget....Really...She does.
Anyway...as a child, I would have drooled over a machine that simplified things the way Big Shot and Cricut do …
Life just rushes by sometimes. Anyway, despite tumultuous delivery schedules at work, I have tried to calm my spirit with cute little projects....like the roses posted. Aren't they a cute adornment to a sandal?
I saw something similar on fashionable high hell sandals (heee hee. you read that correctly), but my daughter practically lives in flip flops during warm weather, so the first thing I thought of was embellishing her flops! Brilliant, eh?
So, that led me to next shots, which instead of crochet, uses 2" bright ribbon and 1/2 back pearls.
I REALLY liked the ways these turned out.
And a close-up of the rose.
So, there you go. Fresh colors. This should give her a little style for Spring.
I absolutely LOVE jogging during this time of year...not only because the temperatures are perfect for it, but because everytime I go out through the woods I can FEEL the earth growing. The earth shakes it's cobwebs and dormant spirit and revives itself...Something my own spirit desires.
I can see the same energy in my little furry family.
I've mentioned my little guy before...he's a 17 year old Pomeranian. As Dave and I were heading out the door, he stepped out of his kennel asking to go. He's a funny pooch...years ago when I was jogging marathons and doing triathalons, he trained with me on the runs. He loved it, as long as the temperatures were reasonable. So, I became sensitive to his signals...when he wanted to go or wanted to "sit it out".
Today, he wanted to go....AT 17, mind you...isn't that like almost 120 in dog years!? AND....he's got congestive heart failure so I have to be very careful...but I could not resist his litt…
Don't little precious packages bring so much joy? My husband told me last night when I came home that one of the men in his office was a proud new daddy. So, I whipped up a card for him to take.
I guess it's easy to tell based on the color that they are proud new parents of a baby girl!
The picture quality of the card isn't that great, but I had just had two intensive days at the office (one of them had me up at 3:45 AM again), so I was beat, but wanted to capture the design so I could reproduce it as needed in the future.
Here's a closeup:
The rattle is stamped and embossed on heavy vellum, in case you're wondering (since it's semi transparent).