Saturday, December 15, 2012

Wedding Day

Was at a beautiful wedding this last weekend in sunny California. The wedding was so nice and the couple so happy and in love. We got to see lots of family and a few sites. We wish the happy couple a lifetime of joy.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Museum inspiration

This weekend I saw some original art from the masters for the first time in my life. Seriously a thrill. Here was the main one Vincent van Gogh self portrait and his yellow mulberry tree.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sunny California

This last weekend I was in sunny Los Angeles. A change of scenery is always inspiring and regenerating. I saw things I have never seen before. Reconnected with lots of family (we were there for a wedding). Took in a bit of culture and most importantly made it to the ocean, which is always a must for me. The weather too was renewing. There it was 70 here it had dropped down to 9 degrees and there was snow.
It was exciting to be away but always good to get home again.

Friday, November 30, 2012

My gourd is having a baby.

So for the third summer in a row I have grown birdhouse gourds. They are very fast growing, they can quickly turn into a large vine. They are so fun to grow. Next year I plan on doing it on some kind of trellis or arbor for fun and to save space. This year was not a large crop but I did get these two nice size ones. One got a touch of frost so was rotting a bit from the top. I snapped off the top of it and found a surprise. It was growing a baby inside. I am not sure what to do from here but I hope to keep it alive. I thought this was so neat, I wanted to share.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Winter Sale

I am having a sale in my etsy shop. This is the biggest one I have ever had 20% off everything. Amazing prices on original art and my one of a kind vintage broken pottery necklaces too. It is running now through December 12. Hope you find something you like.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Just a post to make you say "Aaawww"

The girls having a slumber party in each others room fell asleep with their cats.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Winter Garden

We have had snow and gone sledding. We have had frigid wind, pouring rain and below freezing temps. Yet some things in my garden persevere.
The carrots as you can see are doing well. They don't mind a little winter all tucked away in the ground. When you pick them and eat them fresh they are perfectly chilled.
The kale keeps trying, even growing new leaves when the sun comes out. I am hoping to pick these tender leaves before the deer find them again. As you can see they have sufficiently stripped the leaves.
The roses are all brown and hibernating for the winter but they are still yielding a few rose hips, natures vitamin c to enjoy.
I love to see things still growing, producing and giving of itself even in rough environments. I hope I can continue as sturdy and steady and giving as these carrots and kale.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Here's to your heart

Your heart as you know is vital to life but there are also so many other aspects to it that as we go through life we begin to realize.
The first time it became a big focus (besides teenage heartbreak) not counting that, was when our second child was born. She was born with a heart defect and since then her heart has become a focal point in our lives. Her first 5 1/2 weeks of her life was spent in the hospital. After a procedure and many other health scares we got to bring her home. She was on many medications that had to be delivered numerous times daily and she saw her cardiologist every few days eventually spreading out as she grew strong. Fast forward to now we still watch her closely and she sees that same wonderful cardiologist every year. We don't know what the future holds but we are thankful everyday for a heart that is beating.
Recently we experienced another heart moment. As a child with aspergers you have to help them to identify body sensations with feelings and experiences. We all know that anxiety causes many adverse body sensations. She recently starting complaining about her heart, beating fast, beating hard and so on. Of course we became concerned so we went to the doctor, they decided to do a 48 hour heart monitor. The reading came out ok but of course this experience was no fun for anyone.
Come to find out that she was experiences a body sensation that she had not related to feelings before. Her anxiety and the release of adrenalin causes her heart to react. Also when children go through puberty the heart can be erratic with release of hormones.
So lesson be learned- listen to your body and it's sensations, they could be trying to tell us something.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Manic Monday

So it seems Monday is always chaotic. I play catch from the weekend of having the family home and running in and out. Try to get appts, schedules and everything settled for the rest of the week.
We are also going through some changes around here and trying to adjust to those. Our high school son is homeschooling now and we are in transition with that. Our middle daughter who is autistic settled in nicely with half day of school but now they are wanting to extend the day and we are dealing with those issues. Especially the fact she really doesn't want to. Our youngest is still loving school and her biggest thing right now is getting a tether ball at her home so she can practice. That order is also on the agenda today.
So I have made a slew of phone calls and emails already concerning such life issues and have a few more to go along with the mountain of laundry I started.
I will now wrap up this post with a picture of my new haircut. I went in with hair grazing my shoulder and telling her I would like to grow it and would like it shaped in kind of a long shag. There were words like movement, evening it out, growing and things like that and this is what I walked out with. Granted it is a good haircut and I am getting used to the idea that my partially grown out hair is gone. I am still not understanding what went down. So the mystery between the hairdresser and the client remains. Are we really speaking in a different language when we are telling them what we want? I am not sure we will ever know.

Friday, November 2, 2012

It's Festive Friday

So after what seemed to be a long week. I am just so tired. Friday is finally here. Since cold has been setting in I have been in the mood to redo things inside. I have worked on a few things I will show off soon. For now though I just wanted to show some happy flowers. Since in the winter I don't have all my garden flowers to enjoy I occasionally splurge and get some from the grocery store. I usually buy the ones on special. My favorites are alstroemerias and mini carnations, they are both a happy flower and have good longevity, which is key when on a budget. I picked out the cutest little mixed bunch of mini carns thinking they were on special but when I went to check out they weren't, waaaa. So I ran back to find that the special ones were these bright little daisies. Hmmm not my first choice but I don't discriminate against any flower. I grabbed them. To my surprise I found them to be quite festive and fun. Bringing a smile to my face as we enter the weekend. I put some in my beautiful glass vase from my grandmother and some in a awesome pottery pot from a friend and yes, those are daisies carved into that pot.
As we enter the weekend I hope you have something to smile about and have a great, creative weekend.

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Awhile back a picked up these pieces at a garage sale of a lady who owns an antique store and barns full of things.  I got these very cheap of course because they both needed work.
 The ottoman I used for awhile as is by just taking off the green fabric, underneath was some tolerable print until I could find something else.  I recently painted the legs and added what I thought to be a very fun fabric in an orange, which is one of the colors I am obsessed with right now.
The other piece is from an old vanity, you know the kind that have three panels with mirror and the sides are raised for drawers, thus the uneven bottom.  So this took a bit more thought to it.  Here is what I did.  I always loved the folding mirrors that sat on dresser tops but antique ones were so expensive.  So I made my own.  I took the side mirror panels off and hinged them together.  They look great on my dresser with the original mirror and curved sides.  The middle section I knew I wanted to make a chalk board out of.  Again this can be an expensive piece considering the size and the antique frame.   I cut the board to size, spray painted it and put it in the great frame.  It is now on the cabinet as you enter the kitchen, I couldn't love it more. 
I so love filling my house with things that have been repurposed, they add so much more character, charm and satisfaction.  I think these were both a job well done.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Great Find

Today at an estate sale I picked up a few trinkets. One thing in particular is the coolest thing I have found in awhile. A vintage pin and earrings. They are an acrylic. I didn't find any writing on them to identify them any further. They have rhinestone centers and the pin has a stem with a rhinestone leaf. They are so gorgeous. Here I am wearing the pin on my hat and the earrings on my blouse. I want to wear them everyday.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Salt and Pepper shakers

Have your noticed that interesting salt and pepper shakers can set you back quite a few pennies. I took this as a challenge a few years back and took to the thrift stores. I have a found a few since and added to the rotation. I wanted to share with you a few and also a DIY pair.
I have always liked the look of the tall ones but found them to be quite pricey so I was thrilled to find some semi tall ones for next to nothing. I prefer a pepper mill to freshly grind and these had that too but they were just too plain. Very easy fix. Just some regular acrylic paint, a design idea and many coats of varnish, to keep the paint from scratching and make them wipe able. Ta da what I think to be unique and pretty shaker set. These are two other sets I have picked up, mind you each set only being a couple bucks. Cute little pine ones with nice big holes and the tiny set from Japan. I love this little set. One it is so tiny and cute, another is the interesting features, tiny pepper mill, sliding door to fill it and the silver salt circle swivels for filling. They are very well made a enjoyable to look at. So there you have style and function all on a budget. Don't forget the all important feature, unique.

Kids and school

This week the kids started school.  I have one in each school building now, as usual my life with kids will be keeping me hopping.  My youngest is in 2nd grade.  She is always the most excited about school.  Our social butterfly, she got a teacher that she didn't know with a lot of different kids than last year, and rather than being disappointed about it she looks at it as an opportunity to make new friends.  Her optimism is contagious to say the least.  My son is a sophomore, don't ask how that happened because I don't have an answer.  The other morning I heard the words "Don't touch my hair".  It made me laugh and cringe at the same time.  He is a good, smart boy and kind.   Doesn't care for school much, but takes art and Spanish to keep his mama happy, never a bad thing.  Olivia is in fifth grade which has meant a change in schools.  I recently met with the school to amend her IEP to have half days, after consulting with our counselor and a few solid teachers that worked with her we knew this to be the best thing.  The school quickly agreed, to my great pleasure and relief.  They very helpfully arranged her core classes and early dismissal at 11:30.  We are in process of making a home schedule that will include silent reading, home and life skills and establishing a good work ethic using my art business.  Thing are still a bit hectic and unknown, but I am hopeful we will be falling into a good routine shortly.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Garden deliciousness

So pleased with my garden. Love eating fresh out of it. Trying kale for the first time. Kind of an interesting taste but I think I could get used to it for the health benefits. Many of the garden produce I eat raw, I really enjoy the fresh taste.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Vintage Pillow Covers

Ages ago I bought these two vintage pillow covers from a garage sale. Can't remember what I paid but I know they were inexpensive. I promptly put them away for safe keeping not sure what I wanted to do with them. Since I started digging things out I decided it was time. They are crumpled and bit stained but to me that just adds to the character. So finally gave them new life. One went back to a pillow just much smaller and one is a wall hanging. I really like them both.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Stashed away

So I tend to stash away things particularly linens. What happens is when I see ones that catches my eye I know I have to snatch them up because they of course being vintage you will never see it again. So I have a stash saved for some future use as a skirt, a pillow, curtains, or maybe what they were even originally intended for. Recently I have been getting them all out and decorating with them. While doing this I found some white yellowed, dingy pillow cases. I decided to give them new life by dying them. This is one of my favorite things, bottles of RIT Dye bring me much pleasure. Now my girls are fighting over them.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Red sculpture

I love the lines of this against the sky. Also the stark red color and reflective light makes it so striking. This is located on Clover Island, Kennewick, Washington.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Today is "road trip" day

So we are caravaning with friends to get to our destination. It is always more fun but does take more time. The weather is hot and may be getting hotter bit isn't that how summer should be. One of my favorite summer scenes is cut hay fields, either the little bales or even better the giant round bales. Here is a photo from our day.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Redecorating with what I already have

I have been collecting "pretty" things as long as I can remember. Some things immediately find a place and others get put away, while yet others wait until I bring out their full potential. I have been inspired and brave lately wanting to get out all the things I have and either use them or make them ready for use. So for the last few days I have been redoing mine and my husbands bedroom, poor guy, he really is being a sport and sees how much I am loving it and at least says he likes it too.
I would like to share some of my newest vignettes with you. In this first one the great fabric is a garage sale piece I had forgotten having stashed it away. The art pieces are two originals from some fantastic artists the vintage wooden boxes have been one of my latest obsessions, I have collected quite a few. This one I painted orange. The two perfume bottles were my grandmothers from grandpa, one being from France when he passed thru there in the Navy. Just so you know my newest color obsession is orange.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

One of the reasons I am so busy

We have such a short growing season in Montana that I fanatically plant things to get it out of my system before winter sets again. I did plant a herb pot this summer that I hope I can keep growing in the winter.
Here is a photo of my roses in full glory. My delphinium spikes in full bloom and my begonia which can't seem to bloom fast enough.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Happy Summer

Again I am beyond busy and one of the first things to go is my blog. I alway have so many good intentions. I will continue to try to improve.
I am starting again with trivial matters trying to make it easy to post.
Right now I am living playing with different photo editing programs. Here is a photo from this morning.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Silk scarf blouse

A bit ago I saw the how to to make silk scarf blouses. I had to try since I had many in my collection and I have always loved the graphics and prints of them what better way could there be but to enjoy them as a blouse. so I started off with two and now I am up to five. Some scarves I pay as little as 25 cents most I pay 4 dollars for. We have a second hand store in town that always has a full trunk for $4. They let me rummage through and lay them all out on the ground so I can match them up and pick and choose, it is really fantastic fun. I will document the process in the near future.
I am in love with my new blouses and can't get enough of them. They will be a staple part of my wardrobe that I am packing for California as they are cool and pack up so light weight and small They receive many compliments because all the prints are so amazing. I am always in love with blouses, well all clothes from Anthropologie but definitely don't have the budget or does my real life woman figure always match up. I find though that half of the appeal of Anthro is the beautiful unique prints and the vintage vibe. Which I can totally get from my 4 dollar scarves. The other great thing is the fit is always perfect and they hide the dreaded post baby bump (yes I know my last is 7 but cut me some slack, I had three big babies in a barely 5'2 body).
So this is kind of a dual post. One it shows what I am doing creatively and second I want to add a fashion segment to my blog. The second part is harder for me because it involves pictures of myself but I know how much I enjoy seeing interesting things others put together so I hope you will enjoy what I put together. Please excuse the photography this segment is a work in progress.
Ok so this is the largest of my blouses and can be worn belted or as a flowy tunic. Both these scarves are from Italy and the graphics are stunning they were going on my wall until they made their way into a blouse.
Oh and I almost forgot, the pants and shoes were both bought locally, on sale of course. I live in a rather small town and as a selling local artist I like to support local as much as I can. The pants are a bit funky with funny little abstract pockets on the side. The shoes are Pikolinos one of my favorite brands and certainly deserve their own picture. The necklace and earrings were created by me.