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Saturday, August 28, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The last few days have been rainy and cold; a far cry from the hot and humid weather of the summer. As my Mom always said...."it smells like school!" For me, it felt like Halloween today. I have been working on new fall designs, but while I wait for them to become reality, I wanted to share one of my favorite local artists with you. Mister Reusch
A few years back, my husband and I attended one of his art shows. Jeff had met him through some mutual artist friends and they share a common interest in poster art (both being very talented gigposter artists). My husband fell in love with this pieces and of course, being the good wife, I purchased this original painting for him. My poor photo does not do it justice.
Mister Reusch is a freelance illustrator, poster artist, and teacher at Massachusetts College of Art.
If you would like to see more of his artwork, check out his blog at http://misterreusch.blogspot.com/
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Last week, I was able to take some time off from work and visit my parents for a few days. They have both reached a point where travel is out of the question. My mom has two bad knees but refuses to have surgery at her age, and at 78, I can't really blame her. My Dad has become quite fragile and requires constant care. He suffers from Pulminary Fibrosis and needs the aid of an oxygen tank to breath around the clock. Now in his 80's, he is quite cranky, and frustrated with his lack of independent life. But these few days were filled with laughs and joy. My daughter does not get to see my parents often, and they enjoyed watching her silliness. She was more than willing to sing and dance for them; and enjoyed going through my mother's jewelry collection. She is such a girlie girl!
While there, I was able to go through some old photos. I grabbed a stack of photo albums to bring home. The next few days will be tied up scanning all the important, funny, and memory-filled photos. My hope is to use the digital print-outs for hand made ornaments this upcoming Christmas. They would make wonderful gifts for my brother and sister, and I would love to have a tree filled with all these memories.....my family tree! :)
I will share the progress as I go along. It might inspire you to try something similar with your family photos.
Here are a few of the old photos of my parents that I came across. They looked so young and ready for life. Dad, looking so handsome in his uniform; and my Mom beaming with my Dad as they begin their life together. The beach scene below with the older cars in the background was taken about 10 years later - the cars are a hoot to see.
Thanks for letting me go down memory lane.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
A lovely collector of my pieces, Sharon from My Vintage Studio, had requested a special design. She wanted to incorporate roses into the theme and offered up some ideas, but really left me to do whatever I thought would like nice. This is a close up snip-it of the design I shipped out to her a few days ago. I hope she loves it as much as I enjoyed making it for her.
I was in the middle of creating Christmas items to post on my Etsy shop for the month of July, and when she emailed me, I was thrilled to have a new "outlet" for my creativity. How fun to do something other than a holiday theme for a change! The only ideas.....the recipient loves vintage china, roses, pinks, etc.
I was leaning toward a "cone" filled with roses, etc., or something sculpted in an old tea cup; but as with most of my designs, they take on a life of their own, and I ended up changing to a base that could stand alone on a table or be hung from the twisted copper wire. Why not be able to bring it in any room of the house, right?!
The container is covered in various scrapbooking paper with pink roses and text. It was toned down with some random splashes of texture medium and lightly crackled and aged. I hand sculpted and painted the small doll head to be similar in style to the vintage Frozen Charlotte dolls (which Sharon seemed to like). There is rich moss, lovely pink, cream and lavendar paper roses, ribbons, and hints of vintage mica flakes throughout the piece. I hope you love her Sharon! She should be at your doorstep any day now.
For all of you vintage girlie-girls out there who enjoy drinking your tea from an exquisite vintage rose covered teacup, please stop by My Vintage Studio. There is a link under my favorite blogs on the side bar. Sharon has a beautiful blog that you can truly get lost in.
Monday, August 2, 2010
HO HO HO
For those who don't know yet, I have a deep fasination with all things Santa. I love that chubby guy! These are a few of the one-of-a-kind Christmas pieces in my Etsy shop.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Here I am. The beginning. The FIRST post.
I have read some wonderful blogs over the last year, all the time wondering, should I venture into this myself? Do I have anything interesting to share? Will anyone want to read it? Do I even have the time to devote to keeping it fresh and new?
Well, here I sit, with no real answers to any of these questions, but I am sticking my toes in the water. What's the worst that can happen, right?
I have just spent the evening with my 6 year old daughter watching ICarly and eating the warm cake she helped me bake and decorate (pink frosting with teal, yellow and mint green sprinkles). It is girls night. No boys allowed.
Daddy went out to a concert and we had the place to ourselves. We got to act silly, have a pillow fight and giggle. Now, I sit here, exhausted, ready for bed but wanting to get this web page started before I change my mind. LOL
So, I guess the best place to start is to let you know my stats. (You will get to "know" me as time goes on.)
I am a fourty-something (too close to 50 for comfort) married, artist from Massachusetts.
My husband is a full time Graphic Designer and Illustrator who has been giving the "self-employment" route a try. Though not easy, I think with time, it will prove to be a positive turning point.
I, on the other hand, still work a full time job for a screen printing company, and create my holiday designs during the free moments I have, and the late hours when everyone is sleeping.
I hope to keep things interesting for you as I go along. I will post some photos of my one-of-a-kind holiday pieces, share some of the wonderful vintage finds I pick-up, tell some stories, and hopefully not bore you to tears.
Till next time,