and having an image like this catch my eye. All of a sudden the ordinary becomes extraordinary. The right combination of colors comes together and it is like a chord has been strummed on a guitar, it comes together and harmonizes in a way that moves me. I can't help but stop and look, taking in the details.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The subtle color of this Octopus and his home set the stage for the little pops of red that are my favorite part of this work.
Friday, August 20, 2010
I just had to do a quick post about this wonderful blog I happened upon my love for you is a stampede of horses. It does in such a bigger way what I try to do with Libby's World. The diversity of work that you are exposed to on this blog is huge. So follow the above link, enjoy and let your creativity run wild!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I happened upon this great sculpture earlier in the year when we had a day out for Jim's birthday.
Lately, I have found a lot of things in my life that I am encountering look like one thing from afar, but when I get closer and take the time to really look at something
I have been finding nice little surprises waiting for me. Now if I could only find a paint swatch the color of that 'club soda' bottle cap.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Recently Jim and the girls and I made the pilgrimage to Baltimore to the home of Edgar
Allen Poe. Grace is a huge fan and we had to go not only to his house
but to his grave as well. We drove by the house on our first pass and
mistook it for a place one might buy....well to be exact, crack. We finally realized we were in
the right place and we were buzzed in by the sole employee and I'm assuming founder
of the EAP museum. We were lucky that the man was not dressed as Poe, several
videos being shown on the premises let us know this was one of his
favorite pastimes. Other than him, I found this to be a little strange.
Where did they go? I suspect the Poe wanna be running the place may have taken them
to some laboratory to attempt to clone Poe. Alas, that is not to be as Poe lies here...
waiting for his birthday, when every year some mysterious person leaves a snifter of brandy and
a red rose on Poe's grave. Gee, I wonder who that could be. Well, at least
the Poe guy is following his passion and living his dream
We should all be so lucky!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Not that I am showing off, but there will be some name dropping in this post. I recently travelled with my blogging partner in crime Anne Marie of Military Martha to New York City, this year's home of BlogHer 10. There were lessons and lectures but most of all there were parties. And on that note...
Yes, that is the queen of domesticity, non other than the grand dame of 'Good Things' Ms. Martha Stewart. Now, let's be clear right off the bat. This was an invite only party and I did not have an invite. Would I let a little detail like that stop me? Anne Marie had an invite, I had to get in too. This it where it becomes clear that sometimes stalking does pay off. I had launched an all out campaign on Twitter to get an invite. Martha's people were SO familiar with my name that they thought they had invited me. I'm going with the theory that they did and I somehow missed that email (even though I was checking my inbox on an hourly basis waiting for it) and that I am not really a Martha Stewart party crasher. No matter how I got in, it was worth it!
After we walked through Martha's New York headquarters, a beautiful industrial building with 360* views on the Hudson river, we were handed champagne and entered this gauntlet of loveliness.
I'm still wondering if this woman was a prop or an actual blogger. Her dress matched a little too well. I could see Martha hiring people to stand around and match the decor.
When we finally got into the real inner sanctum, this heavily tattooed, vegan, Martha fan took a picture of MY tattoo. I wonder if Martha has a tattoo? Maybe of a chow chow or a French bull dog, or "It's a Good Thing" right above her a&$. It was great to meet so many different people at the martha party. The owner of this beautiful artwork blogs here at Pink Velvet Bird. Check it out. While chatting and wildly gesticulating, I of course almost had to trash the place when my large man hands almost took out this...
lovely Oreo wedding cake that I know Martha herself must have taken hours to build. Crisis was averted when my tattooed buddy grabbed my hand, averting disaster.
While these were an example of very attractive party bags, I am glad to report this is NOT what we left with. Martha and her people were very generous and every blogger left loaded down with not one, but two tote bags full of loot, ranging from magazines, to hole punches, to paint and more! Thank you Martha!
Our next stop was The AOL Daily Kitchen party, featuring Jim's favorite Top Chef Master, Marcus Samuelson.
Here we got to watch Marcus cook, taste Marcus' food, get pedicures and drink martinis. Oh, and they had the best bathroom in town.
We had a great time at Blogher. The partying slowed down after the first night. We continued to hobnob with the celebrities. We met Mrs. Potato Head, the Pilsbury Dough Boy, and Tamara of The Real Housewives of OC fame, just to name a few.
It was incredible to be surrounded by so many talented women. Women who are writers, photographers, activists, chefs, techies, doctors, health specialists, lawyers, mothers, meat eaters, vegans and everything in between. I came away from the weekend with a fire lit under me, to be true to myself and to share that truth with the world!
But the best part of all...
Was spending time with my brother. In the end, no brush with celebrity can trump family!
(I know this picture is smaller and poor quality but it is the most important one in the post!)