Saturday, September 24, 2016

for the weekend

I took this photo earlier in the summer of the interior of a friend's barn. I am just now getting to editing it.... but I think it's cool.
It's photographs like these that make me love photography so much. The light... the texture... the interesting bits...
And of course, to me it is a reflection of my friends and their home... which is always good.
Some times you just have to take time out and enjoy looking about you and seeing how beautiful things really are...

And hey... it's the weekend! Which means I have some links to share with you all:

* Historic photographs of 19th century Lumber Camps
* 1920s art nouveau prints
* Cavin-Morris Gallery
* artist Wenyi
* artist Olek
* artist Amber Cowan
* 20 female artists pushing Figurative painting forward
* painting with gunpowder!
* artist David Burton
* photographer Steve Axford
* hoarder... or artist?
* just funny
* photographer Niki Boon
* artist Jesuso Ortiz
* interesting read...

I hope you all have a great weekend, and I will see you back here on Monday.

Friday, September 23, 2016


soft and welcoming
luring me to burrow deep
autumn Friday morn...

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Happy Autumnal Equinox 
--- you can read about it here... and here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Several months ago, I started a new "series" of posts... if you will...
And so on Wednesdays; I intend to post an old photograph to inspire your creativity. 
 Write a poem!  
Plot out a short story!     
 Have inspiration for a piece of art or composition.... let your artistic soul shine.        
(you can click on the photos in this post to make it larger to see).

This is a cool one.
I love how the woman in the photo is practically engulfed in the flowering bush...
and how the gentlemen seem to be in character of some sort.
Perhaps this was for a play? 
Or perhaps it was a committee for something.. and they were feeling a little dramatic?
Either way, it's awesome.

What is their story? 
Only you can tell it...

see you all tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Today is just a quick post, so I thought I would share some photos I took yesterday.
See you all tomorrow...

((The spider is a super cool dude we found in the yard. 
He is an "Arrow Spider" or Micrathena safittata. 
I have never seen one before! 
Not dangerous to people, and totally awesome.))

Monday, September 19, 2016


It's "Maker Monday!" .. my series of posts where I feature something the daughter or I are working on, and encourage the maker lifestyle.

As you know, we've been going through things and trying to clear out a bit...
We've been going through all our books -- this also includes all the jewelry making books and magazines that I have saved over the years. Now, I will preface this by saying that before we moved back to PA, I did get rid of quite a few magazines. That said... there were still a TON of them that I had packed. Then the question became, what to keep... given the amount of room we have.
I've decided to keep one particular magazine, because I adore it. And I've tucked a couple dozen of those issues under the bottom shelf. But this still left me with loads. As a result, I have decided to try to pick out a project in one of the magazines each week or so, and see if I can do it. It will:
  1. expand my skill levels 
  2. help me use up some supplies and add inventory to my Etsy shop and 
  3. perhaps be fodder on occasion for my blog here.
This is what I did today...
In the Spring 2014 issue of Wirework, there is a necklace design by Brenda Schweder called a "RainChain" necklace. She uses a wire jig to fashion several of these components, along with circles and links; to complete a statement necklace piece.
As it so happens, I have a wire jig, although I haven't really used it much at all. This was a perfect opportunity though.... so I selected the pegs and began fashioning a shape similar to the design in the magazine. I wanted to keep things similar, but felt a more dramatic change in the size of the circles was important to me. I chose 18 gauge copper wire, because I love copper, and I had some. Plus, I figured if I messed it up.... it was better than using sterling.

After I made the components, I hammered them like she had in the article.
Like her example, I decided to wire wrap a bead into the center of the design (although she wire wrapped a bead into each one... I felt that just one would be plenty enough for the look I wanted).
I chose to use crab agate rounds... because the orange tones of the stone went so well with the copper.
I then added jump rings, and made my own ear wires... which I most always do.
and ta-da!

While mine are similar in design to what she had outlined for her necklace, it still has my personal touch and aesthetic.
Keep creating folks! and I'll see you all tomorrow...

Saturday, September 17, 2016

for the weekend

It's the weekend! Because I've been so sick this month, I decided that perhaps an interesting post for this weekend would be to share some of the movies I've watched these past few weeks...

* Rock the Kasbah - Bill Murray. Suprisingly good.
* Volver - very interesting tale... beautifully shot.
* Pawn Sacrifice - this is about Bobby Fisher. I have no idea how accurate it is, but it was interesting.
* Blue Jasmine - just horrible. No likeable characters here.
* La Dolce Vita - an older movie from the 60s. Personally, I didn't like it at all.
* Trumbo - really good. Great cast. Great story, and a glimpse into a time I know nothing about.
* Hello, My Name is Doris - cute. And I love Sally Field.
* I Heart Huckabees - weird. One of those movies that you think about later and wonder if you really understood it at all. Great cast.
* The Lady in the Van  - Dame Maggie Smith, plays a tortured character. Pretty cool.
* Bunny and the Bull - so strange. I think there was probably a good story in there somewhere.
* Jupiter Ascending - don't bother, unless you just like Channing Tatum.
Another Earth - again. Weird, and horrible. Don't. Just don't.
* Eye in the Sky - I got this because I love Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman... but I couldn't finish it.
* Legend - about the Kray brothers; London mobsters. Sad, but good.
* Dear Eleanor - lighthearted (for the most part) fluff.
* The Notorious Betty Page - not sure how accurate it is, but it was hopelessly devoid of emotion... which was actually the most unsettling part of it all.
The Driftless Area - again. Could have been a great story... but it just felt flat.
* Get Low - great story. Beautifully photographed. Great cast. But miscast as a dark comedy? wasn't funny at all.
* Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries - got on a whim... and it's fantastic. This is apparently a series currently still in production, out of Australia. Fabulous. Highly recommend.

Well, there you have it.
I hope you all have a great remainder to your weekend, and I will see you all back here on Monday.

((The photo for today's post is another mandala print I did. It is from the same series of photos I took this week of my burning bush plant outside, but I altered the color schemes and patterning quite a bit)).