Friday, July 30, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
So much for organizing!
Tonight while Rebecca was whiling away time, waiting for "her turn" on my computer, she played with a pile of pre- wrapped rubber stamps I have ready for shipping. I have a few of these rotating date stamps for sale in my etsy.
It takes a 5 year old to organize me.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The judge who interviewed her about her photos had to be impressed with her subject matter. It wasn't the usual pet photos or poorly lit or badly cropped images hurriedly chosen last minute from 50 or so casual photos on a digital camera. (We did those in the past!)
I am very proud of Victoria.
Poscript: Stopped by the middle school gym today where the 4H projects are displayed and was disappointed to find that Victoria did not win a further award. She said the judges weren't very good (she has to say that!), but I could see that the competition was much stiffer this year. The 5 photos that won purple rosettes (chosen from about 100 submissions!) were definitely deserving.
Never give up, never surrender!
Friday, July 9, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I had sent Patty junk silver plate labeled with the words I wanted each piece to "say".
Her husband, Mr. Magpie, has a way with a hammer. And Patty is a prolific artist who has a way with presentation.
I mean, wouldn't you love to have some cutlery like this of your own, or any of her other art or stuff?
Monday, July 5, 2010
She makes some of the greatest art. It totally inspires me. She doesn't worry about scale, or whether her people have arms and legs. If they are rolling skating, they have legs, because the skates have to fit on something, but arms are optional. The arms don't tell the story like the feet do. Makes perfect sense!
So, for the QB5's (see their blogs in my side bar) current swap (stitchery) I decided to go decidedly primative and took a cue from Rebecca. This is the sign-in book I designed with Rebecca's help. She drew the characters, and I embellished with stitchery.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Mary died last year, from a cancer she had been battling for awhile. She died just about two weeks after her husband, who was also terminal with cancer. A college aged grandson had inherited the house and lived in it briefly. Last week my in-laws bought the house, and finally, I was able to see what everyone talked about (how is it that everyone got to see the house but me?)
The kitchen is set in Italy, with a view of a villa from a wrought iron veranda (the broom leaning against the wall is real). A small lizard scales the wall above the pantry.
The castle seems to be in a tropical location as witnessed by the palm tree "outside". Maybe belonging to a pirate king?
The painted masonery is SO realistic under the stairs that I expect to feel the crevices when I reach out to touch the wall.
A yacht sails up the stairs.
This faux mirror fools me each time I walk up the stairs. I come up to the to landing, expecting to see my reflection, and then don't!