Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
My first prize is from Jeweled Elegance at http://jeweledelegance.blogspot.com/. how stunning is this ring? i still can't believe it won something so beautiful. i just wore it to lunch and received several compliments on it. i have to say it sure looks great on my finger!
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Okay, it is that time again - Memory Monday! tomorrow's topic is your first job! tell us about it, got a pic? please leave me a link so all players can skip around and read!
i just left Salt Lake at 5pm on a standby flight. i was there all day (9-5). now i am in Denver and my flight to Newark doesn't leave until midnite. as i told my friend, Joanne, you'd think i was flying into a foreign country!
the flight into Denver was so bumpy. i'm already nauseous as i 've been suffereing from altitude sickness and then we hit a dipzy doodle air pocket on the plane. i honestly thought i might throw up. i feel disgusting and really want a nice hot shower!
Well, Artnest has come to a close. it went by so fast! what an incredible weekend. i wish i wasn't so exhausted because i know my enthusiasm probably won't be so apparent as i can barely type! and unfortunately, i can't upload any photos until i get home. We stayed at a beautiful cabin deep in the mountains (elevation 8,000 or so....) of Utah -past Park City and near Hueber (sp?).
the line up for the teachers was unbelievable. it is in my opinion that that line up can not be topped! First day was Anahata Katkin, http://www.anahata.typepad.com/. What an incredible teacher and so sweet. Since i love collage, this was my favorite class. i learned some great techniques and fun ways to make some fabulous new collages. i can't wait to see her again in April at Artfest for her class, called "Wallpaper People".
second day, was Amy Hanna, no blog, but see her jewelry here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=65825. what a crazy day that was! i felt so bad for Amy because as you know, women love jewelry and the students all wanted to buy her stuff right away. So after the buying frenzy was over, we were able to sit down and create a beautiful rejunevated piece of jewelry (i made a necklace). I enjoyed this, but it is very minute, detailed work! it will probably be easier to do at home when i have all my supplies handy (soldering iron, dremel, etc.) i think my piece is absolutely stunning and can't wait to show it off!
the last day, we had class with Pam Garrison, http://pamgarrison.typepad.com/pamgarrison/. Pam does lovely journals (among other things!) using vintage ledgers. again we got to use paper and gel medium - so i was right at home. Pam is so funny and the doodle queen! that girl can make a page come alive and she never runs out of ideas. can't wait to show you my new journal!
during lunch on Saturday, we got to go snow mobiling and sledding. it was really fun! it was nice to get some fresh air. i went sledding with Jennifer, one of my new BFF's and i was so busy taking pictures going downhill that i wasn't a very proper co-pilot. we ended up doing more luging (sp?) than sledding! but it was a blast and i got a darling photo of us. i hate to admit it though, but i am a little sore today from our fun! i found out that Jennifer is also going to Artfest and staying in the same house as me! how awesome is that?
the food was incredible and so were the women. i was so amazed by the talent that i was surrounded by. everyone created gorgeous, beautiful things and everyone had their own unique look. people were so good about sharing things, which was really nice.
I finally got to meet my online friend, Maija and she was even one of my roommates! she is such a sweet, generous person and i was so happy to have spent time with her. There were a couple girls i had met at Artnsoul, Cheryl and Kelly, so it was fun to get to see them again. Then meeting all the other participants, Angela and Amy (more BFF's!), Elise, Laurie, Jane, Michelle (also from NJ!), Ananda, Dede, Lisa, Melinda, Amanda and Marina (gosh, i hope i didn't leave anyone out!)
and many thanks to our hosts, Julie and Candance. It was their dream to bring women together to create art - so their retreat, a little thing called "Artnest", was such an amazing weekend. they worked hard and planned to the detail. I am sure they are exhausted and even though it is sad to say goodbye, they are probably ready for a break! there are still openings for their spring retreat, so stop by and check it out - http://www.theartnest.net/. the teachers for the spring retreat are Stephanie Lee, Carla Sonheim and Alma Stoller. I will get to see these 2 girls again also at Artfest AND they are also staying in the same house as i! my Artnest photos can be found here http://www.flickr.com/photos/lemoncholys/sets/72157603983764642/
i did want to thank everyone for their sweet thoughts for my mom's dog, Muppet. i am sad to say that my mom had to put her to sleep that very night. It is hard to say goodbye to our sweet pets that bring so much to our lives. i'm am still quite sad over it.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
This is my bathroom door. it was already yellow and had the mirror on it, but it just bored me. need something more! i've been wanting to do something with it for about a year, but just didn't know what. so in between packing yesterday (for Artnest) i would work on it. i was in a closet getting out something when i saw all my old stencils. so i decided to do layers of stencils. first i painted huge dark pink cirlces all over. next i started stenciling. the first stencil was a lacy pattern that i did in white. then i added the green wrought iron/scroll stencil in green, the green fence pattern (bottom only) and finally the birds in black. i'll give it a few coats of poly when i get back to protect it.
Monday, February 18, 2008
So i've decided to start a new community here on my blog called "Memory Monday's". (i'll have to make a button!) the gist of it, is remembering ourselves as little girls, teenagers, young women, college days, wedding, pregnancy, etc. (basically who we were before we were married with children). After my Monday post, i will give the topic for the next Monday, to give you a week to think about it, gather up a photo, etc. When you post your topic, come leave a link in the comment section, so that we can all come see! You do not have to have a blog to participate (as i've already had inquiries with that question). Simply leave your story in the comment section for that post. I've got a list started with topics, but feel free to email suggestions to me! The topic for this Monday, Feb. 18th, was a memorable childhood haircut. tell us about how your hair looked when you were younger - when it was in the hands of your parents, not you!
According to my mom, my hair was very unruling, babyfine and fragile. Apparently no one knew what to do with it. (unlike my older sister who had nice thick curly hair.....). these 2 photos are classic pictures of what my hair always looked like! the first one was the ever popular "kitchen bangs" - oh my god, look how crooked my bangs are (and super short as well)! gotta love it - but that was my favorite shirt! the second photo, was also the "in"thing in the 70's- the "Shag", a haircut i absolutely HATED! i think now a days, the term "mullet" would be more appropriate.
In my mom's defense, i have to agree with her. my hair is extremely annoying, baby fine, fragile, stick straight and only wants to do it's own thing. the only time my hair looks great is the day i get a cut and my stylist dries it for me (what a treat!) if i do style my hair, it looks fabulous for about 5 minutes. it's all down hill after that. the safest bet for my hair is a pony tail!
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Tomorrow will start our first Memory Monday. the topic was "a memorable hairstyle from childhood" - one you adored, one you despised, one that was awesome then, but ridiculous now.....). once you post about it (and add a pic if you have one), leave a link in my comment section- which i will organize for others to see! if you don't have a blog and want to participate, leave me a comment and talk about that hairdo! if you store your photos online and can scan a photo relevant to the topic, then send me the link to that (like flickr, snapfish, etc.)
Saturday, February 16, 2008
after a recent windy, rainy storm, i took the dogs into the back field to look for nests. i was sure we'd be able to find some that had fallen out of trees - and i was right! i ended up finding 5 0r 6 nests. one was this huge straw type nest that was totally falling apart, so i put it into an open nesting box i have. i figured the birds can pick at it later and take what they want. i foud 4 smaller nests (pictured above) and then i also found a rusty old mailbox in the way back by the quarry. when i picked it up, i found a nest inside. i brought the whole thing back and put it on top of my birding cabana. the last picture is something my husband made for me to display some of my nests. it hangs on the wall (a cathedral ceiling) in our tv/computer room. the last empty slot has also been filled with another nest i found.
Friday, February 15, 2008
I kind of consider myself not a lucky type, so i was thrilled to learn i won, not one OWOH blog giveaway, but two!
first i won a absolutely gorgeous handmade ring from Bejewled Elegance (love her avatar...). go take a look at my bling -http://jeweledelegance.blogspot.com/ i beat out 161 other participants for that ring! She's a jewelry designer and you can find some of her lovelies here: http://www.jeweledonline.com/.
then i found out that i won a this oh so pretty in pink, wreath, made from Mya at Creative Musings w/ Mya - http://creativemusingswithmya.blogspot.com/2008/02/happy-valentines-day-owoh-giveaway.html. i beat out 142 participants in that one as well. so maybe, i am luckier than i previously thought! i have just the spot for it!
thanks so much ladies, i am truely appreciative.
i guess my certified letter to Costco paid off. the store mgr. called me tonight and we discussed the hot tub. hopefully things will progress from here.
So how was your Valentine's Day? Mine was great! I got my hair highlighted (and boy did it need it)- so i am feeling spectacular again! then i took Dillon out shopping for his valentine's gift (he ended up picking up a pair of jeans and a video game). then we came home and went to dinner w/ jeff. we just went to a local put called D'Arcy's. not very romantic, but excellent food. it was slow so we were able to order, eat and get out! (i'm not one to linger about.....) then i came home, showered and went to bed as i still have this head cold.
i apologize for not drawing my winner last night, but couldn't get online for some reason. Today i was so happy to see that my blog makeover is finished! what do you think? i had some borders added. i like it so much better than just a plain solid color. looks tidy. Trudy over at Wild Oak Design did it for me. she's got beautiful ebay templates too! take a look at http://www.wild-oak-design.com/. thanks, Trudy!
anyway, dillon drew the name of my OWOH giveaway and the winner is Colleen Gallahger of "Frostings & Sparkles" (see her blog here: http://frostingsandsparkles.blogspot.com/) Congratulations, Colleen! It is packed and ready!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
here 's another tip for all those plastic bags that accumulate in our possession - save them up and then give to a local thrift store for them to use. about once a month i take shopping bags (then kind you get at the mall) and put the rest of my access plastic bags in them and drop them off at the thrift store. they always love when i show up with bags for them to use!
here is what i sent to Heather Blum, http://boobyfish.blogspot.com/. She's hostessing the 12 days of Easter swap. Since i just finished hosting a charm swap for "The Charmster's" group, i know how much work they are - i wanted to make something really awesome in appreciation.
P.S. the new "be a green BuNnY, SAY NO TO PLASTIC BAGS " button is now up! put it on your blog and pass it around. all you have to do is right click on the icon, save it to your computer somewhere and then load it into your blog.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
keep an eye out for my "SAY NO TO PLASTIC BAGS" button for you to put on your blog and
Monday, February 11, 2008
I've decided that i want to start a little activity for Mondays for fellow bloggers (and even non bloggers who want to play, you can leave a comment on my blog with your story - Carol, i now you've got some good stories out there.....). i'm calling it "Memory Monday's. Sort of like a little community for us. What brought me to the idea was something that i think about every so often - who was the girl i use to be before i was married with children? I see alot of art work featuring little girls and i think to myself - is their an analogy between the little girl in us and our art? i believe there is! So, i started thinking about all the things i use to do as a young girl and i thought, how fun would it be to start blogging my memories with some sort of picture dragged out from the archives? i'd love to have bloggers leave their links on my blog and then head over to their blog to see their post on the particular topic. is this making sense?So, starting next Monday, Feb. 18th, we would start our first memory. this gives readers a week to find out about it and prepare. Every Monday, i will post the memory topic and post some probably hilarious picture that corresponds to the subject. In case you aren't following what i want to do, here's an example. say the subject is: "your first job". We would all post about our first job, where is was, about it, anything about it, etc. and try to find some picture to go along with it. following me? you'll git the gist once we get going.i'll post reminders during the week . When i make my post on Monday, at the end of the post, i will give out the subject (homework?) for next weeks memory. I would also gladly encourage you to email and your ideas for topics. you might have an old picture that you'd love to talk about. what ever was going on in the picture, could be the topic. i hope you will share.
So since, this is Monday, i will post our topic for next week, Mon. Feb. 18th which will be our first day to begin. Also, don't worry if you don't have a picture to go along with the topic! i encourage you to play along anyway. pleease email me with any questions if you aren't sure what the heck i am trying to do here! and don't forget to make a header for the topic, explain why you are writing it (mention Memory Monday's) and link back to my blog so that we can all follow each other around).
topic for Memory Monday, Feb. 18th:
your hair as a child. was it curly and unruly? stick straight? always in braids? did you have a horrible haircut (remember kitchen bangs?) any self haircut stories out there? (or did you just do that to your little sister?)
for those of you who are super busy, if you find a minute, find your picture (if you have one) and create your post and then save it. you'll be able to go right to it next Monday and viola you are done!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
It has been snowing on and off today (well, flurries) and the wind is crazy loud! chairs and water bottles (the big ones) were flying around the deck it was so windy. the old house has a chill you wouldn't believe. Dillon is down with a cold and i might be right behind him. lots of sneezing and a scratchy throat; but i am hoping it is because i was doing so much cleaning and dusting in my room. the only project i did today was to package up my little goodies to give out at Artnest. I'm laying in bed watching "For love of the game" with Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston. it's okay, a little hokey for me - but it's something to watch. (don't tell my husband, he thought it was great!) and no, i am not watching it on my tv - my tv is still dead. the good news is though we found out that Costco has a conceirge service for computers and tv's that were bought from their store. so even though our warranty has expired, they are honoring the product. Horray! something good happened for us. The hot tub is still down (the company went bankrupt and says Costco is responsible now) so i am sending them a certified letter tomorrow stating the issue and looking for some help in getting it fixed (it is still under warranty - for heavens sake, the thing is brand new!) i called them 17 days ago and was told someone would get back to me in 10 days. as usual, for the consumer, my issue has gone by the wayside.
I've decided that i want to start a little activity for Mondays for fellow bloggers (and even non bloggers who want to play). i'm calling it "Memory Monday's. What brought me to the idea was something that i think about every so often - who was the girl i use to be before i was married with children? I see alot of art work featuring little girls and i think to myself - is their an analogy between the little girl in us and our art? i believe there is! So, i started thinking about all the things i use to do as a young girl and i thought, how fun would it be to start blogging my memories with some sort of picture dragged out from the archives? i'd love to have bloggers leave their links on my blog and then head over to their blog to see their post on the particular topic. is this making sense?
So, starting next Monday, Feb. 18th, we would start our first memory. this gives readers a week to find out about it and prepare. Every Monday, i will post the memory topic and post some probably hilarious picture that corresponds to the subject. In case you aren't following what i want to do, here's an example. say the subject is: "your first job". We would all post about our first job, where is was, about it, anything about it, etc. and try to find some picture to go along with it. following me? you'll git the gist once we get going.
i'll post reminders during the week and this sunday, i will post the first subject to be ready for Monday the 18th. When i make my post on Monday, at the end of the post, i will give out the subject (homework?) for next weeks memory. I would also gladly encourage you to email your ideas for memory topics, which i will then add to my list! what do you think? i do hope you'll play along.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
http://speckled-egg.blogspot.com/ is hostessing an altered nest swap (swap is closed w/ 80 participants!) she emailed our partners out today and my partner is my friend, Kim Boeme, of http://www.artdogslife.blogspot.com/! how funny is that? Kim emailed me and asked if i requested her (i didn't). you should know Kim by now, i've posted about her many times. I went to visit her in Ohio for my birthday and we had lots of fun. can't wait to send her the nest i am making (yes, i've been working on it....) and actually come to think of it, Kim was the one who told me about the swap. must be fate.
Friday, February 8, 2008
sorry this one is boring! after going to a thrift store (no good scores, darn it!), i mailed out some parcels and then came home. took a nap and then started cleaning my room! i must have spring fever as i want to get rid of stuff and tidy up. i also got my supplies organized for Artnest which is coming up quick! i leave feb. 20th and let me tell you - I CAN'T WAIT!!! It will be nice to get out of dodge. Next month, i will head back to my friend, Jean's house, to play for a few days and we will hit an outdoor flea market - whoo hoo it's that time again!