Monday, December 29, 2008
So, my 'creative' today is making a seat cover mend for Craig's truck seat cover. The side had worn and frayed out...as you can see I took the extra steps to make the repair barely noticeable..I am impressed how it turned out.
It DID help I happened to have some material that was the same...not faded but the same
I finished off the seams and followed along the edge seam so it would flow nice when he places it back on the seat...I even sewed straight...not that I can't but, trust me I am plenty lazy where it comes to sewing anymore.
Then I baked a cake from scratch! I baked 4 last week and I thought he had this out of his system, unfortunately he didn't and wanted another one...unfortunate because I eat it too!
I do not NEED any more decoration on me!
It is an old family recipe and it actually turned out to be one of the best ones I have ever made...and I have been making this recipe for many..many years!
We ice each layer that way it seems like more cakes...each layer has the top frosting too..yummy!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Here is the cooler before I began, it might be hard to notice but there isn't any organization anymore, spills, and left messes that occur when busy for too many weeks happen.
This isn't a huge cooler and I am cramped up in the farthest corner I can get to take the pictures.
I removed everything and scrubbed the racks and washed the ceiling and walls
then re-organized and rotated the stock.
The floor needs painting but it was scrubbed too. I began at 10 a.m. and 5 hours later emerged this...and I wish you could see it in its true state...this hides most of its glory.
Everyone ooeeed and ahheed appropriately...then I came home and took a nap!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
"Dive deep into yourself today, Mary. Bring more of your own spirit into your physical. Take small sips from each flower you land on. Realize however that if you stay focused on one flower for just a little bit longer, you can extract an even juicier gulp from that bud. Go deeper today, instead of just floating about on the surface. You will be richly rewarded by what you discover. A slight off-the-cuff comment can lead to an amazing conversation. "
I find horoscopes amazingly on target sometimes.
Let me tell you what is happening with Mary these days.
I am reading "The Artists Way" by Julia Cameron (GET this book!!)
She has exercises to help a person get into themselves and learn what direction they might want to explore. Excellent book...and it is helping me a lot.
Leading me to having conversations with the owner's of The Creamery, the gallery in town where I work, about initiating an art learning center within the Creamery for teaching art.
This could be a nice addition to town!
Last night at Fergie's (the other establishment I work as waitress) a conversation I had with a daughter of an artist in town, who I plan to try to entice to come and teach with the art center...indicates that the artist in question is excited about the prospect...so the persuasion might be an easy conquest. :)
The other book I am studying is "Energy Medicine for Women" this book gives exercises that are massages for where acupuncture needles would go and in a sequence that aligns the energy of the body so the body runs smoother.
(Aides in pain management, injury healing, disease)
I am still just getting into this book but, I think it is amazing too.
Bringing my physical into my spiritual!
The horoscope gives me the message that in my wanting to get a deeper sense of myself and figure out where to go next...I am making the effort at the right time and the discoveries might come for me and be clearer..since the alignment of the planets are sending me this message.
One can only hope!
I think things are shaping up for some changes though both physical, spiritual...and personal (career).
I am a BIG believer in Horoscope, Faeries, Ghosts or Spirits...Supernatural ...the unexplained...that can be explained if you just open your mind...
Do you believe?
Friday, December 26, 2008
Sharon @ http://www.mystoryart.com/ awarded me this prestigious award this morning. My challenge is to place it on my blog! I think I might have succeeded in the placement, but probably not a link to the award place.
I name 7 other artists to give this award to. I always find this a daunting task, HOW to I name 'just' 7 people.
I am going to try to remember artist who I may have not seen this award given on their blog. Everyone should have the award... I only KNOW real people! Might not have 'met' them, but that is just a technicality.
Anne Gaal http://gaalcreative.blogspot.com/ check out her website too, as she is an excellent photographer
Annie Littlewolf http://annielittlewolfstudio.blogspot.com/
grrl http://dneese.blogspot.com/ for that really different perspective....
Thank you for my award ms Sharon!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
We have a kennel full of dogs that reside on the east side of the barn. Middle of the night checking on puppies, old, or sick/injured dogs requires just walking through a door while living in the barn but, trekking 50 yards or more if we build a house on the hill.
Since I am the one kennel checking, I decided to knock the roll out doors and put in windows and we will call the space plumb fine.
So, that is what we did.
If you click to enlarge the pictures you will see more of the details of the room. The quilts for instance I pieced and quilted...the painted lampshade on the side board of the dining room table I reverse painted using traditional methods (crushed glass and kiln not hobby paint and oven). The dog paintings I did...and any glass objects I did. The gorgeous painting over the fireplace, a lovely lady painted in pastel a local creek, Chris Cernitisch.
The fish were caught out of North Carolina...the various critter mounts came from Montana, Wyoming, SD...and Virginia.
That is all i can think to point out.
This is the bathroom where the 2 towels hang is the shower. Back in the foreground corner is the kitchen sink and the washer and dryer.
Standing at the kennel door as well as the entrance into my studio looking south through the building you see first the "dining room" that moves through the "living room" front door and then porch. The loft above is my "office" where I am sitting at the computer with a large plate window overlooking the "hill where the house was going and the creek where I watch deers move through.
Here is the kitchen. This center island is where I put most of the pots and pans. Through the door is the west side that I didn't go and take pictures of, but where we added 2 guest rooms and bathrooms.
This is the "living room" the fireplace was where a roll up door was. There is a door on the right behind the rocker chair to the front "porch".
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
You Are Teal Green
You are a one of a kind, original person. There's no one even close to being like you.Expressive and creative, you have a knack for making the impossible possible.While you are a bit offbeat, you don't scare people away with your quirks.Your warm personality nicely counteracts and strange habits you may have.
went to Anne Gaal Creative blog and took the color test...I am Teal Green and the above is the description...fun test..
check her blog out to take the fun test..
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Clicking on the picture will enlarge to see details.
Well it seems this feature isn't working! sorry they won't enlarge.
Memory boxes are used for so many kinds of memories.
To hold the first rose...or tickets of that memorable date...a box with the family crest...or a bible box with any meaningful passage stained on the lid....or the ashes of a loved one.
Then the finished box decorated and polished. No picture I take shows the details well. This cube can be hung by the added loop. In a window or any space where you want to share your memory.
Memories deserve a special place to be kept. A beautiful glass box is a sparkly place to keep your special memory.
thanks for looking.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I soldered side 2 of panel 2 today so I am almost finished the cabinet doors with the unheard of rounded corners!...except for the round corners a fairly basic cabinet door job.
Linda asked to see the piece large...i don't know what I am doing wrong to not make the page enlarge...until I figure such an equation out this is it.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I desperately need to be in the studio working on finishing commissions as well as put together the prospectus for the NEW commission.
Yesterday I slept all day and all night. I probably would have slept this morning too except I worked at the creamery.
What a slug!!
It just so happens we have impending horrible weather...BLIZZARD warnings up. The winds began to really howl around 1:00 pm.
(I don't think we are going to get but the side view of this storm maybe 4 or 5 inches NOT the feet everyone else is getting)
Since I only had 1 customer stroll through and it was cold as heck in there, I closed the store at 1.
My plan to attack the studio or at least cook something for us to snack on while the weather was icky. I fell asleep AGAIN...I think I have sleeping sickness.
After my "nap" I did manage to run the dogs, feed them, and I just made a stew for tomorrow.
So, I don't have to cook tomorrow except maybe pop a pan of biscuits in...
but it is a STUDIO day!
I must get my soul journal sisters bookmarks out! they are just about ready so, tomorrow I should finish them, and mail off when I go to work.
Work on the cabinet doors for a ladies kitchen...
then tomorrow night I work at Fergies. Guaranteed to be busy...
so we shall let the games begin again.
Next visit I hope to have some finished pictures to show and tell...including our this weeks prompt from soul journaling...
everyone who has finished theirs looks fabulous!!!!
Onward Journey HO!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I put all the weeks visitors for all the postings...from this past week into a bowl and ..
Magpie's Envy..Dianne will be Vampi's new caretaker.
Never give out the location of her resting place...and keep a little sustenance on hand and she will be ever grateful...she has been working on her magic skills, so I hope she will bring you some kind of luck! Being a fledgling is a trying time for a vampire.
I hope you enjoy her as much I did creating her.
Thank you everyone who visited my party, I had a great time!
Thank you Kathryn, for hosting such a wonderful experience! my first blog party ever.
I am looking forward to more!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
"The Maximum. Wow. The best art. Over the top."
The "rules" for the Arte y Pico award are:
1. If you are an award winner, show the award, the name of the person who gave it to you, and link back to his or her blog.
2. Pick 5 blogs you think deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and for contributing to the blogging community.
3. List the author's name and link to his or her blog.
4. Leave a message on the blogs of those you've selected.
5. Link back to the original Arte y Pico blog, so all will know the origin of the award.
I received this fantastic award from Gaal Creative
Anne is a fantastic Photographer...just one of her many talents!
( I don't know the secret for high lighting a name and the link is in there...so)
her link IS
and from there you should go see her website that offers some of her fabulous photos for viewing and sale.
All the artwork I see is so fantastic! They all deserve an award to recognize them...!!
I tried to pick those who haven't received this award...at the least the last time I went to see their blog.
2. Dianne...Magpies Envy
3. Jane...Sepia and Glitter
4. Lay... Me Scrap
5. Dove...MORNING DEW
Don't ask why some of the copy/paste from my site, (that is supposed to house their shortcuts), showed the name or the entire address...and I am totally hoping when I publish this, they link on click...
Everyone I have on blogroll I visit as they update their blog...EVERYONE of them is a fabulous artist!!!
and ALL deserve the award, however many of them have been given this award already...and I want to pass the joy around for someone who might not have been recognized yet...it takes for ever to work around to every artist on these groups and I am meeting them as fast as I can! over the last 2 years.
There is sooooo much talent out there and soooo many inspiring, wonderful, sharing artists who blog their projects and give technical instructions and share! their world with everyone.
Visiting a blog to me, is like visiting a good friend...I have been invited to share a common part of our lives together.
I find it is so amazing that I can touch so many to such far away places and not leave my home.
I have so much enjoyed getting to know everyone and picking 5 to recognize was very hard...I want to pick them ALL!
Please start with the 5 listed then peruse the others on the blog roll list, I am sure you will enjoy each visit as much as I do.
I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who follows my blog..leaves me comments and encourages me or gives me feedback and advice. All the interaction is special to me, so...
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
My favorite way to display glass is marrying it to metal. I LOVE metals..in furniture as accents or just laying around rusting...better made useful rusting!
Glass is malleable and watching the different shapes evolve is so much a surprise...how it will turn out and what kind of use will become of the piece. One of my favorite uses for a glass vessel is to use it for candles. The glow of the flame through the glass is so pleasing. BOOKS...I am addicted to collecting them. All kinds: history books, art books, novels...and vintage magazines. The best pictures and ads come from vintage magazines.
My kiln has a special place with me. Without it I couldn't create glass in the warmer forms OR use the powdered glass for staining and enameling that fuse designs into the glass. Crates of glass ...I am fortunate to have these for use in artwork.
Pottery has a special fascination to me. Something as simple as clay, mud really, can become such beautiful works of art that have function!!! I love the colors of pottery the technical application in pottery I love collecting pottery...and one day I will learn to throw pottery too.
That is it for these pages for now...I do tend to go back and add things to my pages...and sometimes I place a new picture within the post...
I am a work in Progress...and apparently I will never be done.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
(this was a MAJOR accomplishment for me I am very computer limited)
you see the pretty invitation over to the right...click there
and be taken to Kathryn's blog
where details are ongoing this week to participate in a blog party.
I have never been to one either so we can all learn together.
The next banner you see is for "free" vintage images.
Great source of imagery...go take a look.
Come back and see where the party takes us.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
tagged me in a blog tag game. I have seen this but this is my first go.
6 random things about me:I..
1. live in a barn...yep a barn.
2. miss living on the water.
3. help my husband train dogs.
4. can cook...really really well
5. am obsessed reading anything about vampires...
6.my favorite time of year is now...
then the rules get listed
link to person who tagged you...already am
list the 6 things random about yourself
tag 6 new people
let each person know by leaving a comment
let tagger know entry is up
Anne Gaal http://gaalcreative.blogspot.com/
I think I have covered everything.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I confess, when I first read our assignment this week, I thought...eh piece of cake. I was stumped though. Really had to think and examine just how I was going to go about this page. Once I had named it, it became special, which is the point of searching our souls.
I decided to use the DelMonte symbol tag. It looks kind of like a heart badge. This lent to little badges along the edge which became symbols for badges of courage.
1. To face the past and leave it as a memory and accept it as history.
2. To seek out remedies that might not be found only as a little pill...holistic.
3. To take the excessive energy and turn it into productivity and not destruction.
4. To recognize that rest is needed not just when exhausted..to heal.
5. To accept the help and guidance of others but especially of those who love you.
I send Healing Love:
this message of healing love to every mind trapped in illness and depression
These are hard symptoms to acknowledge and find a remedy to alleviate the conditions and how they make you feel. Power comes from within and is met gradually (if at all) Each condition and the symptom is individual as is the treatment so, patience becomes necessary while Dr's. prod and experiment.
Usually there is not a 'cure' so the symptoms are treated while you wonder
will anything ever really help
The only image in the magazine I could find with outstretched arms was a bullfighter...so that is my stencil image..
The shackles represent the disease
breaking the links represent the courage to explore the symptoms and receive each badge.
And to receive the love that is sent.
The hearts are the spillage of love going forth to help the illness plagued to struggle with their inner complexities and to become whole again.
I give forth the energy of healing love.