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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Not making much art, but I am making watermelpons!

 Wild morning glories. I was watering them earlier in the summer, but gave up because none sprouted. Then after the rains started, the came back to life. Now I am watering them and they are doing great. Mother Nature is amazing.

 My largest watermelon- it is about 6 inches across.
 This is the second melon it is only about 3 inches across. They may not ripen before it is too cold, but it has been an interesting experiment. My cantelope bloomed like crazy but did not make any melons. I have a very hard time throwing away anything that is still alive, but when the cantelope got bugs I pulled it up and threw it away!
This is a mandala that I created in repsonse to a group working the Grand Mandala Round on the
Wild Precious Studio ning site. On the right side is where I journaled about the mandala and prompts. I did not realize that I was setting up a yellow/gold/purple scheme (when I was working on the mandala the right hand page was hidden, and when I opened it up to do my journaling I realized the pages were color co-ordinated). Of course, yellow and purple are some of my most favorite colors!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Did two things I had never done today...

The Sierra Club had a flash mob at the NM State Fair today- Sol, not coal. It was an interesting experience and I went along with the crowd and rode the City Bus! Never again, and that is all that I will say!
When the video is posted about the flash mob, I will put a link here

Flora on my morning walk

 Michelmas Daisies among the cacti

 Orange Mallow

 Don't know what this is, but the small white flower you can see turns into this feathery seed head
 Don't know the name of this, but they are small compact yellow flowers

 White Daisy-like flowers
Another one that I don't the name of, but looks almost like babies breath
 Chamisa blooms
 Yellow Daisies
 Another Daisy that is almost through blooming
 Lots of yellow
This is a compact feathery yellow bush!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Quote from Pinterest

OK, I am hooked on pinterest and have found so many intersting quotes:
The recession won't be over until we raise a generation that know how to live on what they've got...
No attribution, but it is great!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Stack your Journals

Over at Altered Pages, Seth Apter had a great idea: On September 21, 2011, post your stack of journals, handmade journals, artwork--whatever you stack up in your studio.
As you can see from my stack, I like messy (in the background and my journals)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Red Tent

I want, no I need a Red Tent! I wonder if I could transform my living room?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Found this on Facebook

Truly Amazing, this is RECYCLING!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

We Art the People 2011

This is an experiment in video-ing. I took pictures as I stepped through the  festival, and then set them up in a video.
I walked all around (this is an annual affair and I go whenever I am in town) and only bought two small pictures of bugs of all things.
I did find a gorgeous solar powered patio lamp, but the vendor wasn't able to take a credit card so I had to pass.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

My personal take on 9/11/11

Ten years after (also an old rock and roll band...)
I was living in Houston Texas and at  work at the Downtown headquarters of Bank of America on 9/11. One of my coworkers said "Oh wow, a plane slammed into a skyscraper in New York..."
Soon we realized the import of this statement, and found a TV to watch in awestruck disbelief. As soon as it was ascertained that there was a fourth plane unaccounted for, downtown Houston was evacuated and we all went home. I watched from home, completely overwhelmed. I finally decided to go and donate blood, as that was SOMETHING THAT I COULD DO. Not realizing how total the destruction was, we all thought that there would be this tremendous need for blood. The line was long, and most of the afternoon was taken up at the Houston Blood Center.
I was feeling totally powerless. There had to be SOMETHING THAT I COULD DO. My minister, Gail Lindsy Mariner of First Unitarian Universalist church, spoke eloquently at a special service about how she was concerned about the association of the flag with the militaristic backlash after the event. Her quote is "In my spare moments I'm trying to figure out how to morph stars into doves so I can create a flag where the stars in the field of blue transform into birds of peace as you scan from left to right." Being a fibre artist, this image blossomed in my brain complete and whole. I went home, dragged out all of my red, white and blue fabric and made my own flag. The peace doves were taken from a chilren's website, Peace Pals and are created from fabric applied to freezer paper.
This piece was exhibited at the International Festival of Quilts in Houston that October (we were all amazed that so many pieces could be completed in 6 weeks -over  300 pieces were received) and published in a book of the exhibit titled "America from the Heart" .
Working on this piece brought me peace and acceptance, and I still have it hanging prominently in my home. The doves of peace are a little ragged from moves and being cat toys, but they are still streaming off of the flag!

Change to my blog

I made changes to the header and dates on the blog, but I am not sure if I like this font, it looked cute on the website, but not so cute here. Now that I have finally got it to work, it should be easy to change or remove. I found out how to do it here and it was NOT as easy as Kevin would have you believe (of course had I read the directions completely, it would not have taken so long....).
Still on vacation, so I seem to think today is Sunday instead of Friday!
I made one more run to Borders, and they have really sold off a lot of stuff. I found a book that I have needed to read for quite some time (self help and I have been avoiding it). Well, the universe spoke to me today. In the checkout line, alone on a shelf was THE BOOK. All by it's lonesome... just waiting for me. And instead of $24.99, it was $2.49. So I had to buy it. I will probably spend the afternoon reading it, and hopefully it will do some good!
I have also set up a zibbet shop, will see if it is easier than Etsy. I added two of my prayer flags (one red and one blue) to both etsy and zibbet.
Well, this was from Friday, but I saved as a draft rather than publishing, so I am posting it now. 

Had an Etsy Question about Vintage dictionary pages

A potential customer asked me if the pages would go through a inkjet printer. I said I did not know, and since my printer was brand new, I did not want to try it, but the more I thought about it, the more curious I became. So I tried it, and it worked like a charm. The image above is a dictionary page that I attached securely to a carrier sheet (just printer paper) and printed a digital collage that I created and posted earlier this summer.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Just added a new item to my etsy page

 Click here for the listing.

I've been on vacation...

Nothing exotic, I went to my Mother's 88th birthday on Monday, but no big trips for me, as  I have a tear in the vitreous fluid in my right eye.
Several weeks ago I told you about a book that I got for 99 cents at Borders, called "The Worst Case Scenario Almanac - Politics"
Here is a quote from that book:
"The first professional female journalist in the United States, Anne Royall, was rebuffed in her efforts to gain an interview with the country's president, John Quincy Adams, in 1825. After hearing that Adams started every day off with a 5 AM skinny dip in Washington, D.C.'s Potomac River, Royall ambushed him. When the president emerged from the river naked, he found Royall sitting on his clothes. She refused to let him dress until he conducted an interview with her. Adams agreed and Royall became the first woman to interview a U.S. President.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Underwater Museum

It always amazes me what you can find on the interwebs!
Check out his website here
Happy Labor Day weekend, even though I am on call until Monday AM!

Thursday, September 01, 2011