Thursday, July 28, 2011

Days of Summer

Now that my summer holiday is coming to a close, it's time for me to get back into that 
"work mode." 

But before I do, I have a few more days to savor and I look forward to some creative time.
I've been "itching" to do some sewing, painting and collage this weekend.
Does this happen to you when you've been away for awhile?

 I'd also like to send a big THANK YOU to all of my followers, your comments mean a lot to me and I always look forward to reading your messages and visiting with you.

Hope you're enjoying your Days of Summer wherever you might be.


Thursday, July 21, 2011


Spending time with family...

An 80th Birthday...

Morning walks...

Late night talks...

Hearing the rain in the distant trees minutes before it arrives...

Picking flowers for Grandpa...

Remembering how to play "Go Fish"...

Memories to last a lifetime...

Still 2000 miles from home. 

Thank you for your comments, 
I have enjoyed reading them while I'm away.

I'm still trying to get around to visiting all of you!

Wishing you a happy week. 


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Where I Create...

Welcome Bloggers! 
My art room is actually our guest room that I've managed to fill every extra nook and cranny with inspiration and my art. 
Here to greet you are my two studio cats, 
Shatzie and Fetzer.

Hurry and grab a seat before Fetzer beats you to it! 

Along this side of the wall I've managed to squeeze in 2 computer desks and a lot of my stuff.
As you can see, my "workspace" is small, so I try to stick to smaller projects.

The only problem is, I like to "dabble" in a bit of every media, therefore it's easy to run out of space. 

So, what I try to do is utilize my small space by storing my supplies in plastic bins in my closet. 

I am so lucky to have a MIL that when she visits she doesn't mind hanging her clothes on a hook on the door. :-)

I am always on the look out for interesting containers to store art supplies that are "out in the open."
Some of my favorites are vintage tins, and Ball jars. 

Vintage spools are among some of my most favorite things.

One of my favorite pieces is this "antique looking" library card catalogue file.
I have longed for the real thing, but found this one at Target and it was so much more affordable than an antique. 

Here's another option for "vintage." 
I loved the look of the vintage locker baskets, but with the shipping costs it was always so expensive to buy on line, so with a little paint, stain, and help from a blogging friend, I created "the look" with out the cost! 

Right now, they hold some of my favorite Somerset Studio magazines and my most used fibers, 
lace, burlap, and muslin.

One of the most important things I love about my studio is where I get my inspiration.
A photo of my husband, or creative gifts from friends are everywhere, so I am surrounded with love and art. 

I am usually never alone in my art room.
This is Fetzer's spot when he is bird watching.

Or just napping...

...and here's Shatzie,
she just likes to be near me.

The afternoons in my studio provide some beautiful, warm light,
perfect for photos, creating art, or just taking a little snooze,

 to the faint sound of the wind chimes.

Thank you so much for visiting,
I do hope you'll drop by again sometime!

Thank you Karen for another fun party!

Hope to see everyone there!


Saturday, July 9, 2011

A Day at the Market

Pike Place Market
Seattle, Wa

This is such a fun place to visit in Seattle.
I love the hustle and bustle of the market on a beautiful day. 

So many colorful flowers year around!

We don't have this kind of farmers market where I live.
I still say that if I lived in Seattle I would be at the market every weekend buying flowers
and fresh seafood.

It's also a coffee drinkers paradise.

Even saw some veggies I've never heard of...

...loved the lights in the wine bottles...

The market after hours...

...birds looking for left overs...

 ...until the next day at the market.

Do you have a farmers market where you live?
I'd like to hear!

Hope you are having a nice weekend.
I'm off to do some cleaning and laundry with a little bit of
"creating" in between!