Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Greyhounds and Grandmas

Home Made Pumpkin Pie, originally uploaded by Deiru.

Today I am in the kitchen cooking and making pies in preparation for our pilgrimage up to Buffalo, NY to spend Thanksgiving with Jim's family.
But it is my family I am thinking of today. As I bake my pumpkin pies, using the same simple Libbys, Libbys, Libbys on the label, label, label recipe that my grandmother used. My grandmother baked those pies and then lovingly prepped them for transport. She then travelled five hours on a Greyhound bus up the coast of California to spend the holiday with us.
My grandmother baked from love and she would never show up for a holiday empty handed, even if it meant riding the road communally with pies in tow.
Grandma today I am making your pies and tomorrow I will travel with them. I miss you Grandma. I love you.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving on the Road

How fun would it be to hit the road and make a small Thanksgiving dinner to be enjoyed outside in a national park somewhere with other wanderers.
I have this fantasy of the ultimate potluck where people just wander over from their own campsite with a dish full of roasted sweet potatoes or a pecan pie and join the already overflowing table of gypsy pilgrims.
Maybe next year!

Illustrated Flyer - EtsyUK - Pimp My Table Christmas Party

How cute is this idea? Heidi Burton of Making Strangers shared her idea for pimping out your Thanksgiving table on flickr. Now if only I could get Jim's parents to go for this!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Blog Envy

I know it has been too long since I have blogged when I don't even recognize the Blogger website! This just proves the point of my post today...whenever I start to feet like maybe I am getting it together and I am going to have stuff flying out of my empty etsy shop and actually post pictures to flickr and basically get my s&%t together I come across and awesome blog like this http://frecklednest.typepad.com/la/idea.htmlE
Leigh- Ann of freckled nest has got it going on. Not only does she have an awesome blog but every link I clicked on in her blog took me to another blog from another woman who is hitting it out of the park with a beautiful blog, overflowing Etsy shop, diverse flickr gallery or bypasses all of those sites together and has it all under one roof at her blog! How do these women do it? I am so impressed. They offer classes, cook, hawk their wares, parent, photograph, knit, garden, sew and the list goes on.
My goal today? To get warm from a pre-dawn walk by cleaning my house. Well, maybe it would be easier just to take a warm bath and swiffer a little. Later I may take a picture with my phone of Jane in a no sewing involved Halloween costume and post it on Facebook. What's that put it on my blog? Who would have thought of that?
I need some new goals.

Wall-e Finger

Wall-e Finger, originally uploaded by JoJoNeiL.

Could this count as a Halloween costume?

Bob Ross

I love this crochet version of Bob Ross by Allison Hoffman of Crafty is Cool. I wish I were this cool!

Friday, October 28, 2011

yarn bowl

yarn bowl, originally uploaded by redhotpottery.

How cool is this yarn bowl by Red Hot Pottery? This is definitely going on my Christmas wish list. Yes, she has an Etsy shop!

Friday, July 1, 2011

One Woman's Journey From Minivan to Mini Cooper

After almost 15 years of hauling kids, animals, furniture and other unmentionable items around in a giant minivan, I have finally graduated to a....

Mini Cooper!!! Yes, that's right a car that can only hold four people. Yes, I am crazy and yes, I am happy. There is no room for people to leave food wrappers and milk cartons to go undiscovered until their stench reveals them. There is no video screen to hit my head on, no sliding door to slam and no, I repeat no juice box holders.

But there is a DC Rollergirl sticker on the back window.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

2011 DC Capital Pride

2011 DC Capital Pride 2731, originally uploaded by tedeytan.

DC Roller Girls skated in the Capital Pride parade last weekend. I have never felt so adored on all of my life! I can't believe the support the community showed us. I however may want to look in the mirror before I skate in my next parade!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

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Pencil Beads

Jane has a school project to make something and sell it. Which means I get to halfway make it so she can assemble these pencil beads into necklaces to sell. Let's just say my dremmel and I had a fabulous day together.
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Friday, April 15, 2011

I used to live here....

Front of house, originally uploaded by Libby's World.

and spend the afternoons here...

Left side of porch, originally uploaded by Libby's World.

Now I live here...

Snow House, originally uploaded by Libby's World.

But I would happily live here...

Sacramento Midtown Bungalow, originally uploaded by Greg Balzer.

or here, even though it seems quite busy.

or here...

South Pasadena, craftsman house, originally uploaded by 97213.

Or here...

Capitol View Atlanta, originally uploaded by vizual2.

Oh, I miss my bungalow.

201 9th Street, originally uploaded by jpotter3.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Best Form of Flattery?

Apparently, I have had it wrong all of these years. I'm always trying to come up with original ideas for various art projects and crafting ideas. According to my drawing teacher this is not how it is done. Even Picasso famously copied other master's work over and over. He then, gasp, put them out into the world for all to see. This is very acceptable in the art world. People who study art like to see connections, they want to know what the artist's influences are. Even if it is a blatant copy of another work.
So, here is my copy of Alice Neel's "Religious Girl" definitely NOT an exact replica. Maybe it is a post stroke version of the girl, her face is sagging a bit. And she seems to have had some bad Botox or maybe a single cheek implant. I can only hope that Ms. Neel would be flattered by my attention. By my love of the challenge in the eyes of this girl she conjured up on her canvas. Or did this girl first spring to life somewhere else? She had a sitter for the painting, but how much of herself did Neel inject into this work? She lost two of her four children to illness early in their lives, surely that would cause one to question religion. Is it Neel's own eyes or the eyes of the girl sitting for the portrait that seem to be at the same time, filling up with tears and challenging the world? This is what I love about Neel's work, the way her subjects draw you in, introduce themselves to you and ask you to stay, spend a little time and get to know them. For me, attempting to reproduce Alice Neel's work is most certainly the highest form of flattery.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


If you haven't seen the movie Blindsight, Netflix it NOW. Eric Weinenmayer, a blind mountaineer, who I was lucky enough to hear speak about eight years ago in Germany, leads a group of six blind Tibetan children up to the base camp at Mt. Everest. This is only one of the inspirational stories told in this movie. From Tashi, a young boy sold by his parents to beg on the streets to Kyila, a Tibetan girl who not only has a blind father, but twin blind brothers, Blindsight celebrates the accomplishments of all of the children who climb into the sky. Their fearless leader, Sabriye Tenberken is particularly inspirational. Blind from the age of twelve, she heard the stories of blind children in Tibet, who are treated as pariah. Blind people in Tibet are believed to be paying for the sins of their former lives and therefore shunned in society. Sabriye, left her homeland of Germany to travel alone to Tibet. There she opened a school for Blind children and travelled the countryside alone on horseback looking for blind children to attend her school. The rest as they say is history. Don't miss this life changing film!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Eastern Market Adventure

On Saturday we finally made the pilgrimage to Eastern Market. It's not a journey that should have taken over a year, but somehow it did.

My first glimpse of the place included these flags painted on boards. For those of you who know about my flag obsession you will be happy to know I did not salivate on a single one. Only because the artist wouldn't let me get that close.

The food hall was incredible...Jim and Jane are making a beeline for the bakery at the end.

I of course was drawn to the veggies...

The olives...

And with the promise of Spring in the air, the flowers.

What excited me the most though was the prospect of a hot breakfast with 143 of my closest friends.

Decisions, decisions...I went for the spinach omelet and the green chile cheese grits. Hello!

We finally scored a place at the long, long table and...


From food, we moved onto crafts. How clever are these key holders? I think procuring one may warrant another trip to the hill!

And check out this chiquita, selling purses made out of books!

Even the cars had been crafted.

There is no lack of color in the Capital Hill neighborhood...

Maybe I felt so at home because of all of the pink houses. The one below while slightly is the exact shade of pink that our beloved farmhouse in Snailwell wore. Long live the Manor Farm House!

To answer your question. Yes, I am homesick. Finally making to Easter Market has reminded me that we live in a diverse fun area to explore. I can't wait to take you with me as I finally spread my wings a little and settle into my new (ish) home!

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Bright Yellow Chair

The other day my friend Kate told me she had found a bright yellow chair. She happened upon it at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store (if you haven't been to the one near you check it out!) She fell in love with the chair and brought it home for a mere $10. The chair found a new home in her playroom, where her children rocked in, played boat and read books. The chair was happy, the kids were happy and most of all, Kate was happy. Soon, though one of Kate's children started to itch. The itch turned to hives and the hives turned out to be an allergy to, you guessed it the chair. The bright yellow chair had to go. It was loaded back into Kate's van and prepped with much sadness from the children, the chair and as you guessed, Kate herself.
Now, Kate knows I have a fondness for quirky brightly colored objects. She also knew how happy I had been for her at the discovery and adoption of the chair. Kate decided to make a last ditch effort to give the chair a home. Knocking at my door in the rain, she pled the chair's case when I answered. She had vacuumed and cleaned and done everything she could do, it wasn't the chair's fault. The hive afflicted child was sensitive, no one else had been affected. Would I give the chair a chance? 

Would I give the chair a chance? In a home filled with wayward pets, children and people what was one wayward chair? The chair moved in.

And made itself at home. It caused a major furniture reshuffle in our diminutive family room. It ousted the last resident of it's spot and sent it to the netherlands of the dining room where it took up residence in a neglected corner brightening things considerably.

The chair was happy, I was happy and even Kate was happy, being saved the return trip to the Re-Store and finding a good home for her bright yellow chair.

Did I mention Halloween was happy too?
Thanks Kate!

Friday, January 14, 2011

I LOVE this idea!

thrifted painting after, originally uploaded by diane reeves.
Check out Diane's creative how to here.

I would love to invite these chairs to dinner, I would definitely give them the head of the table.

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I have been looking for some inspiration. It is the middle of winter. My studio is in the deep freeze. My skin is pasty and my hair is dry. It has come to my attention that we have two more kids to put through college and if I don't become a bankrobber I need to find a way to bring in some extra income. I may have to get a "real" job. This may mean giving up my crafting time and going back to school to take something other than art classes. Then, as I was trolling Flickr this morning for blog foder, I discovered Rachel Denbow and her blog Smile and Wave and she has made me question my re-entry to the real world. I love living in an artsy/craftsy land of possibility. I love paint and ink and glitter and fabric and my soldering iron and, well you get the idea. Thank you for your inspiration Rachel. Now, if you will excuse my I have carpet to rip up and wooden stairs waiting to be uncovered!
The Odd Couple, originally uploaded by Smile And Wave.

This is one way to get Jane focused on the West coast. I love this vintage puzzle. I am on the hunt for similar items for her classroom themed bedroom makeover.

Where We Used To Live, originally uploaded by Smile And Wave.

Great lighting, fabulous worn in textiles, I couldn't ask for more.

We Built A Fort, originally uploaded by Smile And Wave.

I just want to crawl in here and wait out the winter.

Project ReStyle: After, originally uploaded by Smile And Wave.

I wish I were this ready for Valentine's Day!

As I am prepping to re-do (or just DO) Jane's room, I am wondering if I can manage to paint a similar portrait of her to grace her space.

, originally uploaded by uydurrukcu.