Tuesday, April 22, 2008

For me?

How sweet!

I feel very honored to have been awarded the "Arte Y Pico" award by the fabulous Lisa Kettell! The "Arte y Pico" award was created/made to be given out to bloggers who inspire others with their creative energy and their works, whether it be writing, artwork or more. When one receives this award it is considered a "special honor". Once you receive this award, you are to pass it on to at least 5 others. For more info on this wonderful award pleases visit: http://www.arteypico.blogspot.com/. So, wow!

There are so many women whose blogs inspire me! Some I have awarded before, so I think I will try to pick five other bloggers. I hope you will visit each of them- they bring so much light into the blogging world!

First, there is Cheryl from Confections. I have never heard this girl grumble about anything! She is so upbeat and just a joy to visit. She very kindly featured Amelia on her blog yesterday, which I thought was so sweet! Cheryl is a talented needlewoman and crafter who makes it a point to highlight the work of others on her blog and that is why I am thrilled to give her this award.

Secondly, sweet Sherrie from Symple Tymes. I first met Sherrie in 2003 on the Yahoo group, Vintage Cloth Dollmaking. At that time she was hosting a patriotic doll challenge- it was one of my first challenges and she was (is!) the kindest, most gracious lady. Not only that, but she has been all over the crafting web. If you want to know what is going on in cloth doll world, Sherrie should be your first stop!

Third, dear Amanda at Violaceous. I know this makes me sound so old, but I really love visiting her blog and reading about her everyday adventures with her cute one-year-old, Lucy. Reminds me of when I was a young mommy, working my way through all the "firsts" with my babies. She has a lovely way of writing that makes you feel at home. Plus, you need to get over there and see her awesome Lucky Inspiration Jars! Too cute!

Fourth, a new friend! Michelle at Rose Garden Romantic. Michelle is originally from Sacramento, a fellow California sister, who is putting down new roots in Texas. She is a very talented collage artist and just plain nice too!

Fifth, Becky from Auntie Bunny's Blog. I think we met on flickr and Edith Flack Ackley dolls simultaneously. She is an incredibly talented artist. Like me, she does a bit of everything, but I think she does it better! I hope you will go to her blog- she made a beautiful EFA doll named Beth that you just have to see!

Sixth, (I know, but I want to do SIX!) another friend from Edith Flack Ackley dolls, Tracey at Giggle Face Studios. Tracey is a very Talented needlewoman with a fine sense of whimsy. She is a delight to visit.

Ladies, you are all outstanding and inspiring artists! I am honored to know you!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Let's flock together!

You know, like "Birds of a Feather"! One of the swaps that I am most excited about right now is on The Faerie Zine. It is a collaborative book and the name of the swap is Birds of a Feather. Here's the idea: Sixteen artists will each create sixteen identical 5"x 5" book pages. Then, the artists will send their pages and $10 to Lisa Kettell, moderator of The Faerie Zine. She will collate the pages, create front and back covers and bind the books and then mail them to the collaborating artists. How cool is that?

You know, when I do make money in my etsy shop, I usually spend the money on boring things like groceries. I rarely get to buy any of the wonderful things I see other artists offering. By participating in swaps, I am getting the opportunity to own original art by some of my favorite artists! Doesn't that sound great? Won't you join us? There is still room in the swap for four more people. The Faerie Zine is a private group, but I will happily send you an invite. You can take a peek around and see if you might like to join the swap. Just indicate your interest in a comment and I will get back to you with an invitation.

Please come and play with us!

P.S. To get you started, here is a free image from the The Collage Pool. Nice, eh?
Friday, April 11, 2008

The artist is not a special kind of person, but each person is a special kind of artist.

(Photo by my young friend, Rachel Bale-great perspective, eh?)

The quote above is by Kelee Katillac, the author of House of Belief. It's a great book, by the way. Anyhow, I have this quote taped over my desk to remind me that my work is fine. To remind me to stop censoring myself. To remind me that I have something to offer- that we all do. Like many of you, I was encouraged to develop certain talents over others. My mother was very concerned that Art could never be a proper vocation and that I would be wise to become a secretary. And here I am. In an office all day and sneaking in my creative work on my free time.

If you have ever felt that your creativity was "wrong" or not valuable or not worthy of spending time on, I hope you will follow this link to the blog Bella Dia. Her post is better than mine and the video she shares is better than both of our posts. It is a twenty minute video, but so worth watching. Really, really wonderful stuff. Especially as it pertains to our children. Nurturing creativity is ALWAYS a good idea!
Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Waving Hi!

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Ours was pretty quiet, but we did have a super nice visit with my brother, Jonathan and my sister-in-law, Deb, when they had dinner with us Sunday night. We had not gotten together in so long! It was great to catch up. They are talking about getting a pair of doggies! Maybe a pair of Bassett Hounds!!! My favorites!
Isn't this cute? I was organizing my pics on flickr and was so happy to see these again.

This is Happy Clowners! I made him in 2005 from Edith Flack Ackley's 1929 book, "Marionettes". Isn't he the cutest thing? But we don't have him any more. I sold him not long after I made him and my Eric has not stopped talking about him since. It's funny because when I made Happy, Eric was concerned about having a creepy clown in the house. I tried very hard to make sure that Happy would be cute and not creepy and I guess I succeeded! Anyway, I am hoping that this coming weekend, I can make another. And this time, I am NOT going to put him up for sale!
Hugs to all!
Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Hamburger Pie, Me Oh My!

Do you know Hamburger Pie? It is good old fashioned comfort food is what it is. I hadn't made it in ages and so I was pretty excited last night when I thought of it. Then, when it came out of the oven looking this delicious, I had to snap it's picture. It's really one of those kind of bizarre fifties recipes, really, but it's so satisfying. Mine is made with lean ground turkey, browned. Add a can of tomato soup, a little water, a drained can of shorty green beans and top with cooked mashed potatoes (instant, of course!). Then sprinkle with whatever cheese you have, mine happened to be parmesan this time, but usually it's cheddar and bake uncovered for 25 minutes in a 350° oven. Voila! Yummy housewifey goodness!

And in "On My Desk Wednesday" action, I have this little cutie heading to her new home:
So, that is one swap out of the way! I won't say anymore about this little dotee fairy, because I want Amanda to discover her for herself. Amanda, look under the pink shreds too, okay? She is coming to you via First Class so you should have her in few days.

Hugs to all!