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!"

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

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.