Friday, August 31, 2007
Recently, and I can not remember where, I heard the word 'nestling." That word kept replaying in my head at odd moments throughout the week so I knew I had to go somewhere with it. So, when I got into the studio, that word was my inspiration.
I usually have no idea where I'm going when I start something and only have a word or an image, or a color combination I want to work with. Most times I'm working blindly and trusting my intuition/creative muse to take me where I need to go. I used elements from my new Paper and Lace Packs and this time it took me to where I couldn't be more happy than the way it turned out.
I listed "Nestling" over at Etsy today.
It was hard to let her go.
Here's your free image for the week.
Create art and Enjoy!
Monday, August 27, 2007
And now I'm able to pass on some of this history to my fellow artists who I know will make beautiful creations with these pages that I'm now including in a new packet on Etsy. I call it Paper and Lace and it is filled with vintage papers and lace. Check it out in my Etsy shop along with some new Halloween collage sheets I've added.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
One day I was bemoaning the fact of having no "community" here in the mountains, with my best friend Liz over in Raleigh. It is the one thing I sorely miss since we have moved. But Liz, in her ever present wisdom, made the comment that I do have an arts community. She told me my community was now online. I realized that she was absolutely correct and that thought has stayed with me ever since.
Through my Ebay groups, ZNE, Etsy and my blog, I have started to find a community. It is one of the most warm, caring and giving communities I've ever experienced. And it blows me away that I feel this way and have never personally met any of my new found friends. How I would love to grab all you wonderful artists, put us all in a huge room and give every last one of you a hug. I thank every one of you who have visited my blog and those of you who have left such wonderful, and so very often, beautiful comments. As always from my heart to yours.
My blog has received a Rockin Girl Blogger blogger from Evie at Bread and Cicuses and I'm so honored and humbled. Thanks so much Evie! And then I found out I also got a nomination from Laurie and I'm blown away again. Who wouldn't love blogging when there are so many rockin' ladies here in blogland!
So now I get to nominate 5 Rocking Girl Bloggers... so here ya are ladies!
Beyond the Vintage Path
Altered Art by Amber
Dancing Girls Art Studio
Loudlife Laurie BlauMarshall
Monday, August 20, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
The eye candy in this magazine is scrumptious and I loved reading all the articles about why and how other artists blog. I'm working my way around to visiting all the blogs in the magazine and so far it's been an absolutely delightful trip!
If you haven't purchased it yet grab the nearest copy you can find, settle in your favorite comfy spot with a cup of tea and enjoy!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
To my surprise this morning I found I have actually been given an award! Thanks to one of my most wonderful customers Deena of Nestled in the Singing Woods . I feel honored to receive such an award because all my life I have truly believed that nice matters. I just didn't know there was an award for it!
I am enthralled with blogging these days exactly for this reason, you meet some of the nicest, and most wonderful people through blogs. I am constantly warmed and oft times brought to tears by the kindnesses I have seen and read since I started blogging. Thank you Deena!
Now it's my turn to pass this award along to some deserving folk.
Kim of Images by Kim
Another Kim Garden Painter Art - And I just want to say I know you're having a tough time of it now and my prayers are with you, your mom and your family. God Bless Kim, you've always had a sweet and kind word on my blog.
Sandy of Sam I Am
Teresa of Cedar Junction Studio
And Amber of Altered Art by Amber
Enjoy your award ladies you all are deserving of it!!!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I also have started adding Tags Collage Sheets to the store. Today I added epehemera tag designs and also some fun bird tags!
You'll find them in my etsy shop. Please come by for visit!
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Liz enjoying that Perfect Road Trip Food!
I thought I'd take time in some sweltering dog day summer heat and post my impressions of the "World's Longest Yard Sale". The two questions I've been asked since we got back are "was it worth it?" and "would you go back?"
For the record I'd like to say that Liz and I determined that we are nothing short of two old, ex-shop keepers, which means it takes a lot more to get us excited, than it did when we were younger and hadn't experienced the running of a retail business. It used to be the excitement ran high when we found the perfect piece to put in the shop, ready to be discovered by someone who would fall in love with the item as much as we had. New inventory is always exciting!
So that said, addressing the first question, "was it worth it". Yes. Because I have been envisioning this trip for seven years. Now I have experienced it first hand. "Would I go back"? No, I don't think I would. But, if I were in the market for cool old furniture that is still affordable I would most certainly take a trailer or a big truck and go again. If I were in the market for glass and china, I would go. I saw more glass and china items than I imagined existed! If I still had a shop or was decorating a home...Most Definitely.
We started our trip at exit 317 on I40 (about an hour west of Knoxville, TN) where it intersects 127. The crowds were heavy but nothing like we were expecting. The biggest slow down of traffic was right in the little town areas where groups of vendors congregated under their tents. Once through these areas traffic was minimal. In two days we only made it about 25 miles north of where we started.
We quickly determined that we didn't need to stop where only a one family yard sale was going on and to definitely avoid any sign that said "inside yard sale!". :-) And a spot where there was shade was preferable. I kept thinking, oh, wouldn't this be marvelous in the spring or fall!
A tub of old bobbins
Lovely bucolic scene
Because I loved the colors and little raggedy peeking over the table top.
An old general store
A piece I would have happily bought years ago for my shop!
Cool old building in a wonderful grove of trees
where we spent a good amount of time as there
were lots of vendors and shade! :-) I parted
with quite a few dinero in this spot!
Because I liked it
A few tips for anyone contemplating this trip. First, take a cooler and keep it full of ice and water at all times. The heat can be a killer. Make sure you pack sunscreen, sunglasses and an umbrella. We didn't get rained on but it was happening all around us the first day. Take good snacks. We seemed to eat a lot! Pack a couple pair of shoes so you can trade out when your feet get tired. And they will get tired believe me!
Don't be in a hurry. Always keep your eye out for the driver in front of you and people crossing the road in congested areas. When you have a chance to use a bathroom, use it! We lucked out and never had to use one of those port a potties. Take hand cleaner and hand wipes with you. Take a box or two to hold small items. If you're after furniture bring blankets to protect your investment. If you plan on buying glass of any kind bring some bubble wrap.
Don't carry a lot of big bills, the vendors will appreciate it. Everyone we met was friendly and courteous so return the favor.
Even if you don't find everything that was on your "list" enjoy just being with your friend or your family and take a small part of the south home with you.
Well I've rambled on long enough. Tomorrow I'll post some pictures of the goodies I managed to gladly carry home.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
So here's your image and I think she is wishing she were with us! ;-)