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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Customizing Pins!

Fabulous Pins!!

I had designed this one for Joanna, who married our son, Christopher a few months back. 

I love the book concept which was incorporated into the pin.  Do you have a story to tell or favorite saying? 

How wonderful to wear this type of pin on a jacket! Create a custom piece and wear it next to YOUR heart!

In March, I designed a pin similar to the one below for an organization that raised money for folks on chemotherapy called ChemoComfort.

I liked it so much, I had to make another one.  Think I will be using this one as a sample in a class.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Heart & Soul


Copper Cherub Journal

Unlock The Prose

Below is definitely one of my favorite eclectic journal pieces.  This is a substantial journal, graced with an etched cherub on a copper cover.  Unlock the book and you will find a few of my most favorite verses from some long ago poets...
Although I cannot give this one up, I did want to share. Can you blame me?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Finding Frozen Charlotte

My First Frozen Charlotte!!

ou la la, I found the Art and Soul Retreat.  She was the last pitiful one on the table and I had to have her.  She has now become one of the pieces in my simply pretty stuff collection, just waiting to be graced and adorned with design.

As the Frozen story goes, Charlotte went out with her boyfriend in a carriage into the cool night's air.  Her mother urged her to take a wrap to stay warm, but Charlotte chose not to follow that advise.  She died from the cold, alas.  With a sad heart, her boyfriend died of the news.

Nothing like a good German folktale tragedy.  I can say this because I grew up in a German household, with interesting bedtime stories.

Yesterday and today have been crazy busy days between the garden and the studio.  Just love to be busy letting those creative forces work.  A mouthful of Ghiriadelli chocolate caramel squares sure do have a place in all that too  ; )

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Spring Surprises

Sometimes the spring plan for posies is made in the fall, in anticipation of a bountiful spring splendor.  It works half of the time here...well...yep, about half the time.  This year the several year old wisteria out did itself.  This was a plan and a hope we had when we transplanted the young sapling into so very sad and brick hard dirt ~ in a drought year.  I watered with the laundry rinse water that year!  Alas, now I can say it was soooo worth it.

As well this spring, there were some sweet surprises.  Blooming Ajuga found its way to the front yard between the blades of virgin grass.

Another find this spring was of the reptile type.  A family of brown water snakes made their home in our pond this year.  Back to the wetlands they go.