Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Like Water for Elephants

Did you read the book or see the movie?

OK so I have to admit I don't read many works of fiction but this book was sent my way by a friend and I devoured it in just a few days! Looking forward to seeing the movie as well though I must make another admission...I never see movies in the do I take the plunge and go or wait for it to show up in my mailbox via Netflix in 6 to 8 months?

Thank you SeaPinks for including my Elephant Parade faux glass slide in this treasury .


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Egg Swap

Happy Easter everyone!! Here are all the great eggs I received back from the Thimble Prims swap. A fantastic variety of artwork...fabric, polymer and mixed media.
Enjoy your day!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Waterlogged Cincinnati

An amazing amount of rain has fallen this spring, seems like we get one nice day followed by three days of thunderstorms with threat of tornadoes and flooding. The Ohio River is out of her banks again, not as bad as a few weeks ago but with the rain continuing into this evening there's no saying how high it will go.

We took an outing down to the riverbanks this evening to see the rising waters. What should be parking lots are now reclaimed by the river.

Down along Covington's Riverside Drive, the residents are no strangers to flooding.

This was formerly Mike Finks, a floating restaurant, it's been closed a few years. Now it seems to be a river dam with a tangled mess of large branches and debris along the hull.

With our little adventure over we look forward to Easter Sunday and hope for a bit of sunshine. I predict all our festivities will be inside, with a water logged backyard there is little chance for Easter eggs hunts out in the if we were looking to have a mud fight, that would work.

Tomorrow I'm finally going to post my Easter eggs from Thimble Prims swap!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Coming up with a few new ideas

It probably shouldn't be this hard to come with new ideas/images for faux slides, but there are times I think my brain is on permanent vacation. To solve this dilemma I spent an entire evening scouring the Library of Congress archives and came up with a some new pictures to try.

How about a day at the circus?

San Francisco or beach scenes?
Some images look great on the computer but just don't look good once they are shrunk down to pendant size, they seem to lose all detail and get muddied. Then there are others that really pop... I think it has a lot to do with finding images with just the right ratio of black and white. Unfortunately until you go through the whole process..find the image, process it a bit, print it out, transfer, bake, and resin ... you really can't decide which ones are keepers and which ones are doomed to be duds.

So is there anything, any place, any theme I am completely overlooking? I will forever be the one who misses the obvious...


Friday, April 15, 2011

Columbus Adventure

Ahh spring break... a week off to get done all the important a little family getaway. We headed two hours north to the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus Ohio. It was very cool, the kids spend 6 hours scavenging every corner of this fantastic place.

Saw a few dinosaurs, oops, wait these belong to me...

This was fascinating, imagine taking a unicycle ride up in the air!! My kiddos weren't quite big enough to ride and I couldn't talk bob into it (he couldn't talk me into it either)
Intriguing questions in the space exhibit.
From the future to the past...a main street from the 1960's

The kids had LOTS of questions in this is a amazing to think how fast technology is changing the world we live in.
While in downtown Columbus I was also lucky enough to stop in a European Papers. They were in the midst of their big Artiscape event. Got some fun new supplies, looking forward to some studio time this weekend :)


Monday, April 4, 2011

A Mermaid Came Across the Ocean

I am so excited that she is here, my little mermaid angel made by Dorthe's hands in Denmark.
She spoils me rotten, look at all the little extras she sent along. A darling little heart and tag. Thank you Dorthe, they are beautiful.
I have learned that with Dorthe everything is a gift...even the packaging...fantastic 1920's newspaper, bits of crochet and wired metal flowers...I want to reuse it all in my own artwork.
Wishing I had some of my own work to share but alas my part time gig is more like a full time gig these days.
Still dreaming of a day off to play,