Friday, April 09, 2010
I spent last weekend in the suburbs of Philly with family and it was absolutely glorious! It was relaxed and so very needed. Sammy and Nick and I drove up with the top down and the radio up!
Art in all forms is very, very important to me. I am a crafter at heart... and I aspire to be an artist. I paint a little, I make jewelry in a very basic way. I scrapbook....I knit, I do lots of things (whether i do them well or not) and I love CREATING...
People that are artisans are held high in my eyes.... The fact that they take raw materials and put themselves into those materials, whatever those materials may be, and CREATE something beautiful. The people that have that eye ....that ability to see a pile of string or scrap metal or paint or food or whatever.... that they can see something and take it and turn it into something wondrous is so amazing.
Two of my favorite quotes are directly related to who people are in their essence artisans...
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
But it is a cold, lifeless business when you go to the shops to buy something, which does not represent your life and talent, but a goldsmith’s.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am so fortunate to have many people in my life that fit that description and I think it's especially fabulous that two of them are married to each other!
This is Eve, she is a Neon Artisan and her talent is astounding. Her website shows some of her fabulous work... go check it out here.
This is John. He has a very Alton-esque home-brewing system and is a certified beer judge. By day he does stuff with computers that cause him to fend off family and friends asking for computer help.
Of all of the pieces in Eve's studio, this is my favorite. I am a very Girl Power kind of woman. This just screams Girl Power to me!
One of my favorite Girl Power sidekicks is my middle daughter Samantha. I covet her eyelashes.
This is a shot of the wall in Eve's studio....I just love the color.
This is uranium glass....it fluoresces bright green under black light and Eve created the neon frame to surround the mirror, it's one of my favorite things in their home.
This is just a sort of random shot of John, he was trimming back the grapevine trellis in the yard... I was on a mission to get him an updated shot that he could use on facebook :)
This slammin' skirt belongs to their youngest CeCe.
I wish I could pull this outfit off because it had my name all over it!
The boy got a mohawk and just look at him! He's growing up SO FAST!
This is another piece in the studio, Eve certainly shares my love of color!
This was just an iphone shot from an upstairs window... this tree had quite a bit of damage from the hard winter we had on the east coast so they trimmed it down quite a bit and left this very sculptural design that is covered in lights. It is so nice finally seeing green grass and not piles of grey snow.
This is Ani, the Eldest. She was deeply engrossed in some intricate Sculpey creation and I pryed her attention away for just a moment.
More of the uranium glass....
And this would be CeCe, the owner of the fabulous tutu .
Does this girl have the most beautiful eyes on earth or what!? She stares straight into your soul :)
Both girls got all fastened up in their seatbelts and we went for a very short but very fun ride in the car with the top down...they just couldn't get over it. It was a really great day.
Thanks for reading :)
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
The boy went with his school band to perform at Disney World. How amazing is that?
I took a ride to the mall in my cute new car.... do you know the name of the road the mall is on? Hmmm, look at the right sign above the car! Yep, Jennifer Road... we were meant to be there!!
I made cookies! White Chocolate Drizzled Cranberry Orange Shortbread. Yum. O.
I got a snazzy new camera and started playing with the settings.
Macho took a ride with me with the top down. Despite the cowering appearance... he really loved it.
I got my eyebrows tattooed (no pics yet, they need to heal) and my nose pierced. It's a tiny little speck and I think it's just right :)
We (Me, The boy, DD2 and a new family friend) went to VA to see DD1 and The Baby and it was 88 glorious degrees!! We were driving through the Bay Bridge Tunnel and let me tell you, with the top down the acoustics are PERFECT for Elvis's "Little Less Conversation"!
We got to see the most beautiful baby in the world!! Wyatt has grown sooooo much!
Due to a last minute change in dinner plans I was able to eat an entire dozen oysters all by myself!! Yummy!
And... this is almost a little bit embarassing.... but I hit 2000 miles on my car. Yep, 2 and a half weeks. I big puffy heart my new car! I'm sure the novelty will wear off soon but, yeah, no.... I will still love it.
Now I have an upper respiratory infection and I'm hoping my Zpack kicks in immediately!
How was your week!?