Monday, November 30, 2009

Art Every Day Month. Day 30

This will be my last post for the Art Every Day Month challenge. (even thought I didn't see a place to post it today!!) I do have some ideas for the month of December to continue the creativity flowing. Thank you all for so many positive and encouraging comments. It has been so exciting to complete this, make new friends and continue on with old friends!!!

This last week, fall finally came to our neighborhood. It has been getting chilly at night, so the leaves have begun to turn. Well, it's like the trees have EXPLODED in to beautiful colors! My favorite street with the row of fruitless pear trees is almost ready to go off with a bang as well. Here are a couple of pictures to share with you. It's STILL November-I am not, not, not ready to begin Christmas!!

I don't know if the true color of the sky is coming through, but it was GORgeous yesterday. Clear and bright, just right for setting off the oranges and reds of the trees.

Enjoy your day!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Art Every Day Month. Day 29

Creativity is coming in the form of photographs lately...I haven't had a whole lot of time to sit down and create. But this is a great venue, as it captures so much and like always, I have thoughts of what to do with some of the photos down the line!

Whew. What a whirlwind Thanksgiving! We had some really sweet memories:

The newest cousin:

Peppermint ice cream and brownies. Wii bowling tournaments.

Hanging out. Listening to the kids laugh and play. Realizing how much everyone has grown!

Having Lauren HOME.

Well, not much is going on otherwise. We are enjoying each minute with Lauren, I haven't given a thought to Christmas decorations, other than, "How on earth has everyone gotten so much done all ready??" I didn't do any Black Friday shopping, the weather has turned blustery and cold and we even got a dusting of snow on the local mountains!!! So much for Indian summer. I hope each of you had a memorable Thanksgiving. I am thankful for each one of you and all your support!
love, Lynn

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Art Every Day Month. Day 25

A little sweetness in the day.
There is just something about bubbles that we never outgrow. Brenna has not outgrown quite a few things, even while life just keeps marching on. She still loves bubbles. Candy Land I can live without, bubbles, not so much. Bubbles are a sweet part of our life. I think they represent an innocence that never quite goes away. Sometimes I am glad for that.

As I look at these pictures, I see the intensity in her face. Just the ability to draw a breath, blow and hold a stick all at once is such a feat. It makes me stop and recall all that she has mastered, and how flipping hard some of that has been. Here she is, all herself. Moving and doing and being. With bubbles.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Art Every Day Month, day 24

Morning, all.
Today I found some quiet before the fun of Thanksgiving hits. I have missed doing my collage and today I picked it back up. This piece was almost finished, but I didn't realize it until I started working on it. It felt sooo good to work on it, if only for a little bit. TIME....a very frustrating concept for me. It is elusive, fleeting, dragging, and never enough when I want it. When I (make time to) stop and I am finally in the present moment, it is quite nice.

The scan was a little fuzzy on the top, but you get the concept. Off to start the day outside of the art room.....

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Art Every Day Month. Day 22

Went for a walk with the doggies today, tried to clear my head....

Have a great day!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Art Every Day Month. Day 21

Here are the pictures I promised of out sweet little Boutique. Wendy and I are excited to see what a Saturday crowd will be like. Well, we are just excited to leave the kids with our husbands and sit together all day!!!!

Wendy doesn't particularly like having her picture taken, but I love showing you my best friend!!

The tree in the bucket? Not quite what we hoped for. I just couldn't get to my Christmas decorations in time for the boutique to get out my bigger trees. This one was from the dollar isle at Target. It's now known as the Charlie Brown Tree. Plus our labels are ridiculously large!!! Our friend, Debbie let us use some raffle tickets, as you have to have a part that the cashier can tear off. Wendy told me someone said to her, "What's with the raffle tickets? Do we win a prize or something?" Uh...no. It's called learning to label. Maybe if we said yes, we would sell more?

This dress form was a steal at Pier One. I love it!! The only problem was when we put all the key chains on, she toppled over. Wendy thought if we could find a base and wire the dress form to it, it would solve our problems. So, off we went to Goodwill, and waiting for us was the perfect size cutting board. We drilled holes in it, spray painted it, and, TA DA!! A base for the dress form.

Wendy, (again) came up with the awesome idea of how to hang all the domino necklaces. We brought out the spray paint, bought some foam board, she had some beautiful velvet material hanging around in a box, and...TA DA!!!!

Wendy (the queen) had an idea for hanging dominoes off of a tree. They ended up being too heavy, but we loved the decorative effect. So I found some branches at the dog park one day, put them into a vase with my dried hydrangeas, and added little sparkle charms for fun.

Another Goodwill find we spray painted to hold the paper weights.

I found an old c.d. rack at the same Goodwill to hold cards. Do you love thrifting, or what???

Charlie the tree isn't so bad up close.

I found out that my friend, Pam is there selling her gorgeous Silpada Jewelry. I love Silpada Jewelry. Love it.

Did I mention that when you throw a Silpada party, you always end up with free jewelry? What's not to love?!

Time to walk the doggies and get on over to the boutique. Enjoy your day, friends!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Art Every Day Month. Day 20

Yesterday was a VERY full day!! Getting ready for the Boutique, going to B's school to meet the therapy dog that visited the class, setting up the Boutique, getting to a Tim McGraw concert on time!! (very fun, but our seats were HORRIBLE. We were the absolute last row!  It was at a big Indian casino here.)
This Boutique thing is kind of a wild learning curve for me: focusing on why Wendy and I are doing it, is it still fun? (YES!) When is our effort enough? (Wendy is much better at this guideline than I am.) What prices do we put? Will anyone come? We had a big lesson on tagging every item. 1. Do it BEFORE setup. 2. Small tags are good. 3. It's nice to do it with a friend who's head is not going to pop off like yours over the frustration of tagging.
Ahh, well. I don't have pictures of our set up yet-I had to get to the concert before we were all finished. (Thanks, friend!!) But, I do have some fun pictures to share of the therapy dog that came to Brenna's class. Her name is Nutmeg. It should be Nutmeg the Perfect Dog. She came and did tricks, let the kids love on her, listened to stories that the kids read to her, and gave lots of love back.

How could you not love a dog like this?

The kids chose "dog-themed" books to read to Nutmeg. Brenna read the WHOLE book of Go, Dog, Go. Way to do it, Brenna!!!!!!

Thanks, Miss Nutmeg!!

Enjoy whatever it is you are doing today!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Art Every Day Month. Day 18

WHEW!!! What a day of creativity. Or productivity. Does that count?? YES.
Here are pictures of what I worked on today. The boutique set up is tomorrow. Maybe I should have been making price tags, but there's always tomorrow morning, right?? This was more fun!
more bottles:

I tried my hand at crowns. I think they are a little funky. Not real sure how they will go over at the show.
Can you tell I'm not very sure about these?!

they are not for wearing. just for fun decoration, I guess....

Last but not least, paper weights.

Gotta run. Dogs need exercise, (they are driving us NUTS but what else is new?) the dinner fairy forgot to deliver dinner-AGAIN, and we have a parent-student-teacher conference at 7p.m. Guess who hasn't taken a shower yet today???
Happy creating!!