Monday, August 31, 2009
It was from a birthday celebration for a friend of mine. A small thing, I know.
There was something special about the fact that this restaurant actually put thought into having creative candles for their customer's celebrations.
It reminds me that joy can be found by putting energy into the small things. That doing just about anything with intent and thought can make your life richer. This festive, colorful candle made an already special event a little brighter...a little more special.
I don't really know if anyone else at the table even noticed the candle but for me it made an impression.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
It was several inches of ivory colored stones suspended in a clear, hard material.
I think one of the most interesting features was that the tops of the stones had been cut or sanded flat and smooth at the point where they broke through the surface. It gave the whole counter depth and dimension.
I think this was a clever use of natural materials in an unusual way.
Friday, August 28, 2009
It was part of a Garden Basket that his class put together as a gift to the auction.
It is so cute but the best part is that they said it had been "living" in their classroom...kind of like a mascot for a few weeks before the auction.
He was so happy when I came home with it. Like I brought home an old friend.
It lives in a small garden in my backyard...surrounded by plants that were once small clippings from a friend's garden.
After being in that class for the last three years, this September my son is moving up to a new one and I am so glad I have this sweet reminder of his wonderful time there.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Most of the time, if it isn't something custom designed specifically for the organization I try and donate something relatively neutral like this. Pieces that would appeal to a wide audience.
In an effort to help the charity raise the most funds at the auction, giving something that would be easy to wear by many different types of people can be a good idea. I also like coordinating several pieces. That way the person bidding gets good value for their donation.
If they decide they don't want all of the pieces for themselves they can choose to separate the set and give part away as a gift.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I wanted something colorful and layered…this is what I came up with.
I purchased a thick pad of sparkly, scrapbook paper at a national craft store. Using a weekly coupon it was 40% off. I found some bright green envelopes at an office supply store, which picked up the green found throughout the patterned paper.
I measured the envelopes and cut pieces to fit inside with a slide paper cutter. I was able to get two invitation backs from each sheet of scrapbook paper.
Then I took some printable vellum, printed the invite details and cut them to lay over the backs. I attached the vellum with a small piece of double stick tape.
To finish them off I purchased inexpensive paper garlands of luau themed clips from the dollar store. Each garland had about 20 clips attached to fishing line. I cut the clips off of the thin wire and with double stick tape attached each over the top of the vellum.
So inexpensive but very custom and each was different.
You could use this process for any theme really. Try and think outside the box when hunting for components for party invitations.
I find the dollar store a great place to begin!
Monday, August 24, 2009
This is and assortment I might put together for a bold piece of black jewelry.
A balance of opaque and sheer, solid and patterned, warm vintage plastic and cold stone.
The components are strong enough to support each other but can also stand on their own.
I also like to mix natural and man made materials…old and new.
It feels more like “real life” and more authentic to my artistic voice.
No matter what your craft, play around with working in one main color and see how you can combine a variety of materials to create a new piece of art.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
This year Logan decided on an improve, "Lord of the Rings" party.
For the last month or so, I have been busy making weapons, cloaks and satchels for the kids to wear while they perform their improve skit.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
recently I went there for brunch to celebrate my friend’s birthday.
When the sun came through the shells took on an iridescent glow. It created a very interesting and creative effect…one I think could translate into other home projects.
…in my compulsive mind I am thinking how cool an entire floor would be filled with something…don’t know... what but basically anything!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This is a small spot mural I did many years ago in his room.
I added actual bolts with rubber washers and painted some rust running down.
The Yellow and black painted "caution" tape was added later because I felt the room needed a little pop of color. Everything was gray...including the painted whale on the opposite wall.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
After a trip to the art store I came home with a slab of unfinished wood and a wood burning tool set.
Never mind that I had never "burned" wood but I was a woman on a mission.
My husband is a fan of mermaids so the theme was easy to decide on. I took elements from illustrations in a book I like and learned how to wood burn as I went. Kind of like on the job training!
Above is the finished product. It was really fun...a little tough on my hands, but fun. I liked building the layers as you darken the detail.
I sealed it with several coats of a matte polyurethane and adhered the wood slab to the top of the box with a powerful glue.
I didn't wood burn much after this project...although I do think about it every now and then.
I still have the tool set and I am sure that I will put it to use at some point.
Actually now that I think of it, my wood stair railing is pretty boring and in need of an update! ...hmmmm, winter project?
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
I love the porcelain color and the little spikes that balance the fluid swirls.
It is hard to believe that at one point this was alive and made by Mother Nature.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I created the Signature Star Bracelets that they sell at functions and events with a percentage going back to the organization.
Their symbol is a star so that is the unifying component to these bracelets. Each bracelet is different, just like the children they support…but they all have a star in some form.
Some are simple like the one pictured above and some are more ornate.
All are made with love and good wishes!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I prefer to do loose sketches like these that I did for a potential playroom mural.
I like to keep it loose just focusing on the shape, movement and feel of the item or landscape.
The actual details are much more fun for me to do on the spot. Letting them come through me…new and fresh.
I didn’t end up doing this job because they had water damage in the room that needed to be repaired but I really like the feel of these sketches…especially the sitting mermaid.
Who knows…maybe they will end up in my house somewhere!
Monday, August 10, 2009
When he was home a few weeks ago he taught us all how to make them and had the whole family knotting and braiding. We hunted for the cord in different colors while on a recent trip but haven’t found any yet.
I love wearing it and thinking about his hands creating it.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
When I look at this picture I realize even more that I have a hard time editing.
…and maybe I work too fast.
Look at all of that stuff!
That isn’t work from a group of artists…that is all me. It’s too much.
For most customers it can be overwhelming to walk into a show with that many options. What to look at first…how to see everything…which is the “right” choice.
I think it would be OK if it was a store where you expect a large variety of items to choose from and where you can visit repeatedly but a home or trunk show is generally more successful with fewer choices and a more focused approach.
I also think it is kinder to customers who might be unsure of their tastes and a little indecisive to narrow the options.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
I don’t know if somewhere in their past someone told them they were wrong or if they were criticized for expressing themselves…but it seems to be universal.
I did this grid of all images from my personal kitchen.
Hard surfaces, soft surfaces, painted surfaces, wood, metal, ceramic, etc…
What I wanted to show is that none of this really matches but over the years I have purchased items or painted based on what I truly “like”. I buy things that make me happy. I paint with colors that make me feel good. I surround myself with surfaces and finishes that I find interesting.
Along the way I haven’t really put much emphasis on “matching” but because I am true to myself…it all works for me. It may not be featured in Architectural Digest anytime soon…but it is “me” and my family and that’s enough.
All to often I have seen clients try to fit into some kind of mold that society or their peers have created. I think it’s sad to loose your creative voice especially in your home.
Buy what you love and it will work.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
My website address has changed and I have since taken my business in a different direction but I remember at that time being really excited about that phase of my company.
Looking back I couldn’t have imagined where I would be today and that’s kind of cool.
Life is a journey and I am trying to learn how to take each day as it comes and not live in the future.
If you are at a point in your life that is happy…great, enjoy every minute of it.
On the other hand, if you are at point that is not happy…just wait, for “this too shall pass”
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Then one day when I was cleaning out my closet I took it out and threw it in a box we keep items we want to donate in. It was between seasons and it took a wile for the box to get filled…mostly with clothes my son outgrows.
Not long ago I went into the donation box to bag up the stuff to drop off…and there was this dress. Summer was coming and I thought maybe I had been too hasty getting rid of it. After trying it on, I had an observation and an idea…
It wasn’t really the dress I didn’t like…it was the thick (rather unattractive) black straps.
I thought, what do I have to loose…I was getting rid of it anyway. So I snipped off the straps.
I went to a fabric store, bought some trim and sewed new straps….voila!
It was like having a brand new dress. The trim was light and interesting and all it took was a needle and thread.
Look at your wardrobe and see what you might have that could be given new life with a tiny bit of trim or an embellishment.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
My husband and I have been exploring, learning, enjoying, savoring…raw foods and juicing.
We have even gotten out kids involved in this healthy journey.
Anyway, I had taken some pictures recently of a juicing session and thought I would share them here as I think (for me) being creative spills into every area of my life…including food.
Throughout my entire career I cannot count how many times I have had someone say to me “I am just not creative” or “I can’t even draw a straight line”…etc…
But I want to remind you that you don’t have to be a painter, artist, sculptor or designer to be considered creative. Maybe you’re a great baker or maybe you design clever games to play with your children or maybe it’s as simple as making a killer raw juice…or “greenie” as we call it.
It doesn’t really matter what it is you do as long as you allow your creative voice to be heard…the creative voice I believe is every one of us.