Awhile back I was chatting with my dear friend Melody via email...she's still out in beautiful Southern CA & we, unfortunately, are not. Melody is Mom to two adorable bunnies & I remembered seeing tiny straw hats around here somewhere...and I told her if I could find them, she might just get Easter Bonnets for the bunnies.
Well, I did find them & the one I decorated for Cypress...the sweet little girl bunny...is above. I didn't take a pic of the hat for Pinto...he's the boy bunny...but boy-oh-boy...Melody sure did.
I admit it...I'm a collector. I love certain things & love to have them around. I also love to use the things I collect...I'm thinking that gives them a certain redeeming social value, no?
One of my favorite things to collect is fruit & vegetable shaped stuff. If these fruits happen to have a cover...like a sugar bowl or little fruit shaped container...all the better. Another passion of mine is bowls...fruit shaped or otherwise. See those bananas in the corner...they're bowls. I hate the smell of bananas & can't even bear to be around someone eating one...but I do love how they look. The watermelon & cantaloupe bowls are favorites, too. The peach is from a way too long layover in the airport in Atlanta...and my Mom had lots of fruit shaped paperweights that are now living happily among my other fruits.
Each of these fruits has a story...and it makes me happy to remember where & when I acquired them. The pineapple in the back is actually a tropical drink vessel that I talked the owner of a favorite Chinese restaurant into selling to me. A week later, we planned to go to dinner there & the place was empty...it looked as if they closed down in a hurry. Every piece has a story.
This shelf is in our living room...the bright colors add a bit of whimsy to the bookcase & the fruits are in easy reach when I want to use them. My vegetable collection is spread out in various cabinets...but is well loved & used.
Do you have a collection of favorite items? Do you use them or simply display them? Inquiring minds want to know.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...not Easter! Even Sunny Cat is tired of this crappy Ohio weather. Schools are cancelled today...we are not in the least bit amused.
This is the backyard...the noise in the pic is the screen...which replaced the storm windows on March 9th when it was balmy & sunny outside. I'm going back to bed...wake me when the snow is gone for good.
Well, the calendar says it's the first day of Spring...but you sure wouldn't know it by our weather here in one of the worst places we've ever lived. It's all of 27 degrees outside and we could have that dreaded s-word stuff. I'm so sick of winter I could just spit!
The pretty vintage brooch above is one of the springiest things I can think of right now. It's vintage...belonged to my maternal Grandma...and was made in Austria, which is where Grandma was born. I love it, but I've come to the realization that I never wear much of my vintage jewelry anymore, so it's time to release it to new homes. It's for sale in my Etsy shop. So is the little beauty below...
These pretty brooches & more are now available...please stop by if you care to look.
I just got the mail & in it was a copy of the Apr/May/June 2013 issue of The Stampers' Sampler. The mailing label said "Congratulations! You've been published in...The Stampers' Sampler."
Now...it's been ages since I've submitted anything to the magazines, although I used to do so quite often. Having worked for Stampington & Company years ago, I know they may hold on to submissions for a long time, waiting for the right time to use them. When I saw this card published, I vaguely remembered creating it...but I looked back in my computer archives & sure enough...I made this card back in October 2008!
So...those of you who have submitted artwork to a publication...be patient. You just may be published...eventually. And continue to submit artwork if you want to be published...you can't be published if you don't send stuff in.
...or at least that's what I keep telling myself. These are the first crocus of 2013. They opened nicely on Saturday, March 9th...and loved the warm sun on Sunday. By Monday we were back into the cold temps and might have a bit of snow on the way. These crocus are hardy little guys...as long as it's not a wet, heavy snow, they could survive it. We'll see how it goes...but this is always our first sign that Spring is on it's way.
...is a very talented artist who has been VERY busy lately. In addition to her fabulous service teaching at risk school kids through her Bits & Pieces Art Program, Melody has now opened an Etsy shop AND has released her first book!
First...her Etsy Shop, Melody Nunez. One of her recycled wine cork pendants is shown above. Gotta love that trendy owl & the artistic touches Melody adds to each of her pendants. She also has notecards & some super cool vintage pen nibs...with more items to come. Stop by her NEW shop to browse & maybe find the perfect gift for a special friend...or for yourself.
I've always been an artist...from as far back as I can remember, I loved to create and share my art. My current passions include quilting, altered art, paper arts and making charms for jewelry.
I'm a CA girl at heart, having lived in San Diego & Corona, CA for most of my adult life, but now find myself in NE Ohio & not thrilled with that! You'll hear a LOT of whining about OH here...it's a nasty place to live.
I currently live in the 1954 bungalow that I grew up in with my sweetie & love of my life, Phil, and our very spoiled kitty, Sunny Cat. We miss our dear sweet Sophie Cat, but Sunny has brought new love into our lives. Now we've rescued 3 kittens that were born in our backyard, so Fluffer, Gracie & Peanut are also part of our family...and they're as cute as can be. More cats = more love! We're hanging in here & doing the best we can.