Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday - Gig Harbor

We went to eat at a little restaurant in Gig Harbor last night, 
where we're staying.  This is the scene from our table on the deck.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

public art

I think cities with public art are always the most beautiful.  Some places just don't care about making their landscape more attractive.  Portland, Oregon is a good example of a lovely city to walk through.  Sculpture and water features everywhere.

I just returned from Minneapolis/St. Paul and was very impressed with all the artwork on the sidewalks and in the parks. 

Some of you might have seen my recent Almost Wordless Wednesday, sitting in Rice Park (St. Paul) with Marcie and Woodstock. 

That's another thing.  Benches.  I like to sit down, rest, and look around!

Here's a collage of some other sights in Rice Park. 

We found Snoopy's doghouse in front of a couple of buildings.  I'm thinking this was a community project because I saw more than one, painted in their own individual way.  This doghouse was in front of the electric company...

Is there public art in the city where you live?    

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Jack the Juggler

It's AlphabeThursday, and the Letter of the week is J.  
I picked out the tangle "Jetties" late last week, before I went away on my trip to Minneapolis-St. Paul.  It is an "official" tangle pattern and Sandy Bartholomew illustrates how to make it, here.  

The design reminds me of croquet balls!  What do you think? 
My drawing is of a man named Jack, who's learning how to juggle.  
So enjoy croquet and the drawing of Jetties.

Want to see want others are writing about the letter J?
Come to Ms. Jenny's "Off On My Tangent" 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday - the Peanuts gang

Here I am with Marcie and Woodstock in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Charles Schultz, creator of Peanuts, was born in Minneapolis and grew up in St. Paul.  There are great bronze statues of the Peanuts gang in Landmark Plaza and Rice Park.  Don't miss them if you're in St. Paul.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Etsyblogger's Featured Artist - Tamdoll

June's featured etsyblogger is Tammy, aka Tamdoll !  She has a special knack of mixing recycled materials and colors to form beautiful wearable art!  I've picked out a few of my favorite pieces, for those non-Etsybloggers who don't get to see Tammy creations on a regular basis.

First of all, I can't pass up her Fabric Jewelry Heart Charms.  Their size: 1¼" x 1¼".  I've always had a hard time putting red and green together without thinking of Christmas.  The shades she uses here are stunning.  There are split rings sewn onto the backs of these hearts, for hanging.

Another sewn piece I love to look at is her "Sherbet Necklace."  The pastel cotton beads are quilted with different colored threads, and stuffed with polyfil.  Tammy uses silk cord and has added shiny shell pearls to compliment the fabric.  A soft, light necklace - what a fabulous idea!

You need to check out all of Tammy's fabric cuffs, like her Bold Blue Bracelet .

But if I had to choose one more piece to show off, just to make it an "even three, " then I'd pick her Fiber Art Bat Mitzvah Wall Hanging.  What a wonderful gift for a teenager entering womanhood.  Something a family member or a friend can keep forever!

Tammy is a member of the Etsybloggers team, the EcoEtsy team, the Etsy Chai team, and the New Hampshire Street Team.  You can find her blog, called Tamdoll's Workspace (Silver Mountain Originals), HERE 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Birdhouse Book

"The little book grew
Fat with drawings and secrets
For her eyes only."
Here's my new artist journal, that I finished this morning.  Like usual, everything fell into place at the last minute.  Synchronicity!  I'm very pleased with it.  To see more about the journal, come visit me over at Etsy.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Thank you Blogger Sentral

I don't know if you notice the difference in my navigation tabs, right under my banner.  I was so embarrassed with the tabs I had there before, each one handmade, and yes, very individual.  I enjoy handmade items, but these looked kinda lame.  Thanks to Blogger Sentral and greenlava, I found an easy way to clean up my navigation tabs... oh yes, and I learned what the  "toolbar" is called (navigation tab is horizontal, links are vertical)

If you use Blogger and want a line of navigation tabs, go to:
 Design/Page Elements/Add a Gadget/Link List Gadget
and add your links.  If you're not using Blogger, a gadget still might be available.  If not, go to this post and create your own.

Thanks greenlava - I've been looking at my (miserable) tabs for too long, and you helped me clean it up!

There's lots of great information at Blogger Sentral and Blogger Sentral Widget Showcase.  If you have a question, I suggest these sites are a great place to look for help.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

AlphabeThursday tangle and treasury - inapod

Here's my "Letter I" tangle for the week, called inapod, created by Carole Ohl.  Sad to say, my pods look like green hotdogs in green buns!  I guess I didn't need to use color in this tangle...

As you can tell, I'm not too happy with my drawing, so I decided to see what other artists on Etsy were doing with the "in a pod" theme, peas in particular.  I've seen cute metal wrapped jewelry that are peas in a pod.  But this is the first time I've found people using different materials, when it comes to these cute, friendly veges.

Pop on over to my Etsy treasury and see how these snow peas (what I've always call them) are being created. 


If you're interesting in other blog posts beginning with an "Letter I", Ms. Jenny's site has loads of opportunities to see what other bloggers are thinking about!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

almost wordless wednesday - art journal

I've been working on a new art journal.  Hopefully I'll have it finished by Saturday, and it will be up for sale in my Storybeader shop.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Tangled up in a hurakan

At first, I wasn't looking at the second meaning which most zentangles have.
And then I saw it:  hurricane!  Well, it actually looks like a tornado!

 It's a simple line in a circle with a little dot, that goes round and round.  I decided I needed to draw a box, to contain it, or I could have gone on for hours!  Maybe that's the idea of doodling....  I'll come back to this page later and add more doodles or maybe write.  Should I add color?  Hmmm....

Interested in learning how to draw Hurakan?  Go and find the letter H on the toolbar.  You can see all the patterns available.

And what have the other students in Ms. Jenny's AlphabeThursday class been thinking about, when it came to the letter H?  Who knows? 

Well, our teacher will know!  Come by her blog, "off on my tangent" and find out!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

almost wordless wednesday - Buster

Here's the newest addition to the family:  meet Buster!  I found him early one morning, running around the museum's parking lot.  It was so sad.  He didn't have a collar and looked scared, so I called DH and he picked him up.  You can see our other girl, giving us the eye.  She's still not sure what to think about him.  One thing we have to break him of, whining in the morning.  Oh, and tearing things up when we're not around.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Etsybloggers Carnival, June 6th: summertime

This week's carnival is brought to you by edi at memoriesforlife.

She has two summertime topics.  The one I chose is "what colors remind you of summer?  Have you been using these colors in your shop lately?  Show us!" 

I notice Edi and I think alike!  I've had summertime colors on my mind over the past few weeks.  I made a trial art journal (for my upcoming workshop) and picked bright colors for my pages: orange, yellow and light blue. 

Collaged and painted art journal
Any color that reminds me of the sun (yellow/red/orange) or a blue Caribbean sea, feels like summertime.  I used to work with all sorts of turquoise beads.  Now, my favorite color to paint with is orange!  

Lot #8 - (43) hand wrapped summertime colored paper beads

Also, last month I started wrapping paper beads using the pages of a children's book called "I'm Bad!"  Great title, don't you think?  It's all about a t-rex.  The beads are multi-color and so bright; I named them Summertime.  I had two "lots" on Etsy - one has sold already  {:-D  The one to the right here is still in my Etsy shop... for now!  For a full description, come by and visit.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Chautauqua comes to Lawton

It's the last day of the Lawton Chautauqua.  Lots of work but loads of fun!  I'm happy that the committee saw fit to have the afternoon workshop sessions at the Museum again.  Too bad so many people work during the day and the attendance is only a few dozen.  I took my camera to the first evening performance and got photos of  Karen Vuranch introducing our first actor, Doug Mishler, who portrayed D.W. Griffith.

Yes, it's all about the Golden Age of Hollywood.  Karen is a great host and she also portrayed the first syndicated gossip columnist, Louella Parsons.  Other characters included W.C. Fields (Hank Finken), Walt Disney (Dr. William Worley) and Joseph Bundy (Paul Robeson).

Here's a view of our scholars.  Can you tell who's who by their photo?  Not much activity over at the Lawton Chautauqua facebook page.  As you can see, I've added a comment here and there.  The audience has been getting larger every night, probably due to the great coverage by the Lawton Constitution.  Tonight, Walt Disney will be entertaining us under the big tent.  I'm hoping the biggest crowd yet will be there.  Then a party for the "cast and crew."  Another late night!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

G is for Grass

Grass was on my mind this past weekend.  Long grass, green grass, dirty grass.  I've been putting off mowing the backyard.  Finally I broke down Monday morning.  After all, it was the end of the holiday weekend.  My back was sore afterward, but only for a day.  Probably all that bending over and emptying the bag. 

Here's where we dump our grass in the back.  Our own little compost corner.  As you can see, we've been cleaning up a bit - DH was cutting weeds along the fence and chopping up stray limbs from the winter.

So grass has been on my mind.  And wouldn't you know it, I found the perfect tangle pattern to draw.  It's called Grass.  Now that's what I call synchronicity!  Finding just the right tangle to share with my AlphabeThursday class.  It was meant to be!  I love it.

What other words come to mind when you think of the Letter G?  There's a whole post worth of Gs, at Ms. Jenny's blog "off on my tangent."  Come check out the class {:-D

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A Month in Photographs - May

Between my day job and work with Storybeader, I've been busy all month.  What going on?  Working on the 50th anniversary exhibit at work.  And visiting museums, to see how people interact with exhibits and what their overall feelings are.  The Chickasaw Cultural Center (9) had a fantastic layout - I felt very comfortable and peaceful there.  And I was surprised to see that the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History addressed adults as well as children.  Jim and John (7) are looking at an exhibit panel while branding irons hang above their heads.  It looked great!  Just this past weekend, the Intermodal Transportation Center opened (6) at our museum - John talks to the crowd.  On the home front, my little dove (4) is still sitting on her nest and the crane (8) down the street is hanging out at the pond.  I've completed many of my short term goals: made an art journal (1) and continue to wrap more paper beads (3 and 5).  I've really been enjoying drawing tangles for my AlphabeThursday posts - here's one (2).  What a great opportunity when I ran into the blog called "off on my tangent."  Thanks to margaret at SplendidLittleStars for leading me there, and Ms. Jenny, our fabulous teacher.
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