Friday, November 27, 2009

Twine of the Times

I absolutely love baker's twine. It comes in many colors like red, blue, brown, and green to mention a few. It's so versatile from wrapping packages, to adding it to goodies, or even bundling special items.




Sunday, November 22, 2009

Branching Out....


Now that all the leaves have fallen from the trees we can all appreciate the beautiful silhouettes of the branches. They twist and turn, bud and curve. They are not spooky to me but more like wind chimes in the wind. I wanted to bring some of that song into my home so I cut four different varieties and tagged them so my children or guests would know what species they are.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Lucky Numbers

It's interesting so find random numbers in the most interesting places. I recently reupholstered my dining room chairs and underneath the seat was a stamped number. I thought to myself..... wonder if that's a sign. I pondered going to the mini mart and playing that number for the daily lottery. Ever since I've been noticing numbers in the most unique places.
This is August Smith my great grandfather's frame, low and behold on the back there's a lucky number.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

I wish I may, I wish I might

Trends in weddings are forever changing. I love this new version of an "old" trend "wishes for the bride and groom." I wonderfully styled apothecary jar stands empty for all the guest to write their heart-felt wishes on beautiful paper for the bride and groom to keep and a memento from their wedding. I just loved doing this for my sister Nicole on Oct 17th.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Sister's Harvest

October 17th was probably the best day of 2009. My sister Nicole wed in Oceanside, CA. Me and my 5 other siblings all flew out to the west coast to be with her for her big day. It had been the first time to the west coast for most of us.
Almost immediately I noticed the vegetation, tropical flowers, and wide spread varieties and species native to Southern California. My system was practically on overload. I just knew I had to harvest some of the wonderful fruits and foliage from the manor we were renting. Well, I did just that and here's the proof.

This orange tree (above) became part of the beautiful centerpieces (below).
This delicately creeping smilax (above) was added to my sister's bridal bouquet (below).

Monday, October 12, 2009

Faces of Halloween

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I guess because the creativity is endless. The spookier the better I always say. Carving pumpkins has always been a family tradition for us. We love carving, scooping, cutting and creating the most interesting Jack~o~Lanterns. Here's a few of my favorite.



Monday, August 24, 2009

Cherished Belongings; Garden Style

My backyard is my oasis. I escape to its beautiful sounds and smells of the outside. It is my ultimate get away. I have made it a point to make it comfortable for all whom visit and spent time with me whether it's laying under lanterns on my plush hammock, swinging softly on my double swing canopy or just sitting under my screened summerhouse. Over the years I've accumulated some meaningful items. Here are a few of my favorites.

Ceramic mushrooms that stake into planters, purchased at Maple Acres Farm, Plymouth Meeting, PA

A birdhouse my husband and daughter made together about 6 years ago. I love how weathered it became over the years.

Glass hand-painted votive cups with white pebbles in the bottom to keep the candles secure. A gift from my sister Jeneen.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Picture Perfect

Photographs are such an important thing in our life. They can in a single blink evoke an array of different emotions from happiness, sadness, joy, anger, or embarrassment. A world a feelings may go through you while viewing pictures. I've been taking snapshots as a hobby since I was 13 years old when my parents gave me a camera for my 8th grade graduation. My current photo album library consists of 20+ albums, hundreds of loose pictures, and over 10,000 on my mac alone. This doesn't include the thousands of negatives I have packed in a box in my attic. So as you can see me and 2 of my siblings are passionate about photography. I love to find different ways to display my photos where I can change them out and relay a whole different set of emotions. Here's a few examples of my personal favorites in my home.




This photo cabinet my husband built is perfect for my library of books and photo albums. I've displayed cool family pictures on colorful paper which adds another super way to display personal pics of artwork.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Animal Art

Artist Trading Cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art created on 2 ½ X 3 ½ inch or 64 X 89 mm card, small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origins in Switzerland. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc). The cards are usually traded or exchanged rather than sold.
These 5 cards are made from 100% recycled material...Yeah Earth! I did no sketching before-hand on the card. I just let the recycled paper shavings fall and then I slightly adjusted them to create animals. Some of the paper scraps were interesting shapes and it was if they were coming to life before my eyes as to say "make me next!"
horse
turtle
monkey
spider
mouse

Monday, August 3, 2009

Yellow & Black Helloooo.....

My new flavor of the month is the color palette black and yellow. I even have this weird fascination with bumble bees these days. I find myself creating floral designs, note cards, and drawings in yellow & black with bumble bees. Maybe because its the middle of summer and yellow and black scream summer to me.




Confectionery addiction...

How much do I absolutely love making these fun candy wrappers for special occasions? It seems to be catching on. I've done them for both my daughter's birthdays this year and a cancer fund raiser for my sister. I can't wait until my nephew's birthday in a couple weeks because he opted for Nestle Crunch instead of Hershey Bars. Yummy!


Sunday, August 2, 2009

A Cushy Job


Something intrigues me about vintage pin cushions. Maybe its the colors or uniqueness of each one. This is the one I use in work. It's fairly large with beautifully colored Samurai. I love their pony tails. A great site to find vintage pin cushions:www.sewbettie.bigcartel.com

Oh Me Irish Moss is Smiling!

This lime color dainty foliage is called Irish Moss or Baby Tears. Adding it to any floral design really makes it fresh. It's extremely soft in texture and is complimented when you add snow white hydrangea, trachelium, and fragrant peonies to the mix. Using ultra soft palettes of white and pinks with pops of green make this floral invigorating.

Constant State of Art


Something inside me sees art in everything I look at. I could look at the simplest thing like a cashmere sweater or a head of lettuce and my mind races to find floral elements that would harmonize with it or how I could photograph it to make it interesting. I’m not sure why this happens but it keeps my mind always working, turning and yearning for new sights. I love that I see colors and textures in a constant state of art. It has been my passion for as long as I can remember to make things beautiful, inspire people, and learn all there is about art and all its mediums.


Valerie