Saturday, March 28, 2009

Happy Springtime!

We are heading off on our road trip to Artfest in Port Townsend, WA Sunday morning. I'll be gone for about 10 days, so I thought I'd leave you with this fun Mushroom image from one of my favorite stores, "Castle in the Air" in Berkeley. The little chick below if from there also. Syd and I bought these on our last trip and I can't wait to see what they have now.

This is a Pop-up from an old book called Ricky the Rabbit. It just sort of fell out the bookcase while I was looking for something else.
And here is Henry asleep in the rocking chair, dreaming cat dreams.
I'll try and get some good Artfest photos for you all. Have a great week! Keep making stuff!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Bird in nest

Here is my latest hooked bird sitting in a little fiber nest I made years ago.
And these are some of the trades I am working on for Artfest....little banners to hang on the dorm doors or whatever! I may add a bit more to them as time allows. Colleen and I leave on Sunday for our Road Trip to Artfest with Art Girl's Stops on the way. Fabric, yarn and paper stores, look out!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Stuffed mushroom caps

Not the kind you can eat! These little fiber mushroom caps still need their stems. I made a bunch of tops and took a photo in the sour grass outside my front door. When I return from Artfest I will finish these up. May put some in my Etsy store or take to Artfiberfest in June.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Octopi and wildflowers...

Here's a little sneak peek at something I am working on for the Artfest gallery....
The top of our mountain...a hillside with "shooting stars' in the background.
I love the beautiful old oaks on the way home....

more wild flowers on Painted Cave Road...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Thanks, Gail!

Runner Gurl, Gail sent me the most wonderful "art gurl" softie with my 5 year old face on it!
I love it, Gail! And I am still cutting my own bangs...see below....

hooked doll ready for the next step....arms, legs and stitching up.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

new doll...

this is a rug hooked doll that I started last night.....and below is the cat that I finished up last week.

These are my five mushrooms from the swap I was in. I love them all! One of the best swaps I've ever been involved in...

Where I live....

I decided to take my morning walk here at Arroyo Burro or Hendry's beach along with many others. It was a beautiful Spring day with temperatures in the 80's. I spotted dolphins jumping out of the water and a whale spouting.
This is a community mosaic project that is on display near the beach. Last year my son and I put a few pieces somewhere on it when it was being worked on at Art From Scrap. It's fun to see it all completed.
This is the other end of the mosaic.
And on the sidewalk, they have made a mosaic of the Channel Islands. I used to sail out there every weekend when we had a large sailboat..(150 foot two masted schooner)....
A cool rock wall made from beach rocks going up to an overlook of the ocean.
Still being worked on...more of the rock wall and stairs....
The Santa Barbara harbour with all its fishing and pleasure boats.
Had to go and take a look at this wonderful fountain made by Marge Dunlap from pieces donated from the community. It's called "It's Raining".... Marge made the faces and put it all together. One of my favorite art pieces in our city. It is right across from the Bird Refuge near the ocean.

This is the Bird Refuge....the ocean is right across the street and the SB zoo is to the right.
A little local color near the Bird Refuge...

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Creativity abounds!

I just love this mobile that turned into a birthday hat! You just never know what will turn up when you do a kids workshop at Art From Scrap! We had at least 25 kids plus moms and dads for the 2 hour class. So many fun creations came into being...check out the jelly fish below....all made from recycled products donated from local businesses and supporters.

" I think I'd rather make a robot instead of a mobile." And that's cool with me!

This is the upstairs gallery and workshop space.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Mobile samples for Art From Scrap workshop

Here is one idea for the workshop tomorrow...this one made mostly with felt and fabric.
Two samples tangled in the gets breezy here as the sun goes down....
Took this shot today on the way down the mountain to town....
And here are some of my ATC's for this year's Artfest. Theme is sea monsters. I have another trade that I am working on.....a little banner of sorts...more like Tibetan prayer flags, but for ARtfest 2009.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

more mushrooms....

Here's a little group shot of some of the current crop of fabric mushrooms in the Stanley garden.

And the mobile for Art From Scrap is mostly finished. I want to add some more flower shapes to the top part.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Paper charms

I forgot how much I love to work with paper! I made these little paper charms to hang from the Spring Mobile for Art From Scrap. I will tie some string to the top of each one and hang them from a fabric covered hoop.
It really feels like Spring here on the West Coast. We had a few good rains and now the hills are all green and wildflowers are covering the roadsides. My son says it looks like "Ireland" on the way home from school.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

cat eyes

I'm almost over this flu thing, I hope. At least I can still sew and get a few crafty things worked on while I rest. I HAVE to get better! I am teaching a "Spring Mobile" workshop at Art From Scrap this upcoming Saturday! I need to make some simple samples for the kids this week.

And Thank You for all your Get Well wishes....I do appreciate all your kind comments and am so happy to have your visits! A big Thank You to Rane in Illinois, who has been sending me nurturing recipes and remedies all week!

Life with Boys! Ooops!

This is what happens when you have a basketball hoop in your driveway. This morning a soft voice said, "Mom, I broke you sunroof." The ball must have hit just right((or just wrong) because I know its bounced off the top of my car before. Now I have a REAL sunroof!
Glass everywhere! Do not sit in drivers seat! see below. ouch!
The boys cleaned it all up and hopefully I'll be getting a new sunroof window soon...and please, no rain, for a few days!