I hung my flags inside this year ... I need a change and haven't had time to repaint the art in the dining room yet.
Wanted to spend the holiday weekend making paper mache things ... but worked instead. Sears replaced our refrigerator (that has had some problems the last couple of months) which sent me into a cleaning frenzy. Mainly cleaning up after the puppy ... she is discovering all kinds of things to destroy = vacuum.
Almost finished wedding invitations. And finished up some CD packaging covers for my sister (note to self, wrap them up and put them in the mail!) And of course did serious freelance "work" for next week's meeting. Working with Rick on an attorney website this weekend too. Whew, I need a vacation from my unemployment. ;) Okay, off to vacuum more puppy mess in the family room, then off to studio to enjoy the last of my holiday. xoxox everyone!
The more I watched this video of Jeremy Cowart drawing, collaging and photoshopping 'A Portrait of Christ', the more I couldn't stop watching the process. Adding many, many textures and body parts does seem to meld together in the final image. Found via Dave Conrey's very interesting blog.
I am easily distracted by emails containing images of flowers, which happened this morning when I opened Better Home and Garden's, Garden Notes newsletter. There, screaming at me was a different coneflower I had never seen, a double-pink! Anything that says "double" for the yard -- I want it. Off searching I went - for different varieties of coneflowers! If the sun ever returns to my yard, I might just plant a couple of these!
There is something so delicious about the work of jung jung. Not only the crocheted pieces delicate and delightful, the graphics for the patterns make me smile, a very big smile. Found the lovely blog, blue clouds.
Dogs taking over my house right now, I really enjoyed Sunday Morning's segment - World famous architects are scaling down their designs to accommodate man's best friend designing contemporary, and sometimes outrageous, doghouses.
And this Doggie Duvet is an "eco-friendly Fill 'Er Up Pet Beds include a preshrunk, cotton cover + zippered, do-it-yourself insert, which organizes the inside of your bed cover making it easy to use old blankets, pillows, clothing, etc. to stuff your pet bed. Isn't that a terrific idea?
Trying to remember to document the new, small adventures of the new puppy, Sophie. She got a bath and Pixel was very concerned about her well-being. Pixel mothering instincts have taken over and she is very protective of Sophie.
Sophie is not afraid. Sophie leaps off tall buildings chairs with a bound. Sophie is perpetual motion. Sophie darts from room to another in seconds. Sophie chases Pixel around the house for hours. Sophie finds all of the holes in the fence and races over to the neighbors yard before you can catch her. Two days and we are all exhausted ... especially Pixel.
We "baby-sat" Sophie today while Matt and Bri were at work and school. Mom and I laughed so hard our cheeks ached at the end of the day. 2.5 lb Sophie is terrorizing Pixel and Pica ... they would jump on the sofa, hide behind Mom to escape her enthusiasm to 'playing' with them. Eventually, Pixel was enjoying chasing Sophie around the family room. I am hoping for a 'good relationship' between those two. Pica will never warm to a small, furry stranger in his house. We will live with that. Tonight, all animals are passed out from having played very hard today.
And I worked hard today, too. My pay-off was watching Glee tonight and crying like a baby. I don't know how I missed Glee the last years ... but I am now totally addicted. Actually, I am addicted to many shows I never heard of 6 months ago. Translation: I watch too much TV. Castle. Love! But I didn't really get last night's season finale. Good characters died, or got shot ... dream-sequence next season? Castle finally uttered the words that we knew he was feeling ... "I love you". Blue Bloods. I record to watch later, usually when I wake up at 230a. Of course, STARZ Camelot, Treme, Games of Thrones, HBO's Bryant Gumbel's Real Sports, Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, History Detectivesand many others. Absolutely Fabulous reruns. Peep Show. Too much TV! I swear everyday, I will watch less TV. Hazards of staying home all day.
Then tonight, PBS' Frontline, The Meth Epidemic, is such a great piece of investigative reporting. For me, with a drug-addict brother, really hits home. And is totally worth watching.
So good night to you all! Hoping for a another productive day tomorrow. (Let me check the TV schedule).
Bri and Matt are the proud parents of a 2.5 lb long hair chihuahua. Say hello to Sophie. Pixel and Pica are trying to figure out who she is and what she wants. She is busy chasing Pixel around the house.
I can't explain why I feel so removed from life the last 9 months. I know when it began. My routine got lost. Cleaning house was no longer a priority. Job search, learning, resumes, websites ... all took over. Then I took on jobs, free and paying ... and those took over. My clothes pile continued to grow into a mountain on the bedroom chair.
Finally, I changed out my winter/summer clothes. And cleaned the bedroom! I must have vacuumed for an hour. I am hoping my routine will return. My need to have a clean space! Orderly, clean, vacuumed, mopped space.
I also changed out and cleaned out my purse. I found 14 lipsticks. Ticket stubs, notes, ephemera from our California vacation. That is when it my life came to a standstill. So with a tidy purse, ironed clothes, colored lips, I soldier on ... the clean the bathroom!
I have been trying to get up from my computer and walk at least once a day. Collecting treasures along the way. Enjoying the smells, the green, remembering when I would pull Matt in his red wagon to Hummingbird Park, four blocks away.
Woke up the last two nights at 245a. After an attempt to go back to sleep, found myself at the computer, experimenting and having fun making brushes and patterns in Adobe Illustrator. I really, really, really love that program.
I have so many things to do today, gotta get rollin' ... YOU have a great one!
I have blogged about Sherri Lynn Wood's Passage Quilting back in 2008. "Beginning with the architecture of the clothing, these quilts are pieced without a predetermined pattern. This process provides the maker an opportunity to examine his or her life patterns." It is such a lovely idea, I wish I had my grandmothers clothes to make a quilt! Via Haute Nature.
Okay, my mom doesn't venture far from PBS, Oprah or C-SPAN so you can imagine my surprise when I came upon her watching a segment of How Do I Look, followed by Jerseylicious the other day. Something she just flipped through and wanted to see the end of the story. I explained to Mom, this is American culture, reality TV of our time ... something my Mom knows nothing about. We set through an hour of these two shows, amazed at the length of the fingernails and the circumference of the earrings. All pretty astounding, silly, can I say, stupid? We laughed and swore we wouldn't waste any more minutes watching, ever. She doesn't stay up late enough to watch any of the popular shows I like, HBO's Game of Thrones, my favorite at the moment,Castle or Camelot. Thankfully, I have them on my DVR for afternoon viewing, when all else looks thin. Needless to say, that night I had a dream about teasing my hair sky-high and killing rats. The pun? Rat's nest?
I love Mother’s Day. Not just because I get a lovely bouquet of roses from my wonderful husband; that I can also enjoy the company of my own mom who lives nearby, and that I can hug my son who graces me every day with love and pride.
The other reason – CLEMATIS montana 'Elizabeth' (Clematis) blooms on this day without fail. Small, delicate pink flowers climb right up to my family room window and delight me for weeks. It fills the backyard with an enchanting scent of vanilla.
We always have at least one bird family raise their chicks hidden deep under the mass of vines. I have often thought how magical it would be to have a little nest among the blooms this time of year. Do you think the birds enjoy the fragrance?
Clematis are very easy to grow as long as you remember to plant with roots in the shade and allow it to grow in the sun. By accident, I planted mine in the perfect location. Keeping the fast growing deciduous vine under control can be a challenge. I have had it grow to my rooftop, taking over the windows along the way. That is when I started taking pruning more seriously.
So next Mother’s Day, consider CLEMATIS montana as a wonderful gift for any and all gardeners.