Sunday, December 20, 2009

Have a Funky and Fabulous Christmas


OMG! Can you believe it is only 5 more days until the big guy in red shoots down our chimney (or up the drier vent..... for those of us that don't have a fireplace)?
Today we are finishing up our packing for our trip to see the son and new daughter-in-law in Biloxi, MS for the holidays. I know we will have so much fun together.
I just want to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my blog friends and just a general Happy Holidays Greeting! I am very thankful for my blog friends. I wish you all Peace, Safety and Love for this and all seasons throughout the new year. Can't wait to see you after the new year and hear all about your holidays. Big Hugs
Lesley

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Colors,Lines, and Shapes Oh My.....

Sometimes, as part of my own creative self-exploration.....I try to figure out "my style" of art. Or, I try to figure out what it is I want to say with my art. Who am I? What am I passionate about? What is it I am trying to communicate through my art? So.....tapping my foot....I think very hard..... I say to myself, "self, what are you all about?"

In my mind I start listing what turns me on creatively....not particularly in this order:

  1. Color and more color-bright-high saturation-orange-reds,lime greens, golden yellow-bright and cheery reds, lovely cobalt blues (high color-no pastels for me)
  2. Geometric lines and shapes and simple drawings always catch my eye
  3. Texture-I love to look at art that has texture and layers of interest.
  4. Ideas of a Whimsical nature- animals, funny things, play.....
  5. Femininity-I love how God made the female body so very beautiful and the female mind and soul so complex.
  6. Food-I love to eat good food. Though I can easily turn down the desert menu, I find it very hard to eat on the "light menu". Love Italian and Mexican foods. Bread, bread, bread, bring it on!!!
  7. Wine! Oh how I love Chardonnay, maybe too much. I love wine. I don't like red or pink or anything other than Chardonnay.
  8. Family Fun-I love being with my family and the older I get the more I appreciate my precious family.
  9. Friends-Girlfriend time in particular is very important to me now. Even today I look forward to a limousine ride with 9 0ther girlfriends to view Christmas lights Thursday night. Wine will be involved. Yay! Bling will be involved. Yay!
  10. Pet-my puppy, I have never been a real dog person until Sebastian came into my life. Now, I can't imagine my life without him.

So, doing exercises like this are important to help you figure out who you are. In doing this. I can think about themes and ideas for my future art. If you look at your art from the past, you will be able to see themes. I think that when we start trying to be authentic and communicate our true selves through our art.....our art will shine.....I'm just sayin'......

Sunday, December 13, 2009

This is Not Goodbye Just See You Later....


Hey everyone, I'm sorry I have not blogged in a while. I know I told you my Dad was ill....and sure enough we lost him on November 18th. Everything has been a whirlwind since then and I just kind of felt like I should not blog....I don't know why. Anyway, no more suffering for him. It is very hard to imagine he is no longer on this earth with us. But, we (the three sisters) just keep pushing along and doing what we must do to help each other make it through this grief. Now, enough about that. But I did want to share that with you.


Life really is a roller coaster isn't it? My son came home for the Thanksgiving holidays from Keesler Airforce base and he brought his precious girlfriend. Before we knew what was going on, we were having a little wedding at the courthouse. They clearly love and adore each other. They wanted to get married before Cody leaves for Afganistan in Feb next year. We love Patsy and I just have to tell all my art friends that she too is an artist...a creative being and she can cook like nobody's business! I hope my son keeps working out! LOL


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year From the Chandlers!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

ON a Little Break

sorry I have not posted in a bit, my father has been very sick. I have been thinking about you all though and I will post as soon as I get an opportunity! Also, does anyone know how to delete comments on blogs? I have been getting all kinds of spam like comments from "anonymous". I did change my settings for comments so "anonymous" should not be able to comment. Always someone trying to spoil our fun!
Hugs
Lesley

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Eye Candy Found in Quilting Books and Magazines

I suppose I needed a new place to wonder and work in the creative zone. Lately, I find myself attracted to quilting magazines and books. I'm loving the whole "art quilt" concept. I guess quilting always seemed a bit rigid and maybe not enough media to play with.....BOY WAS I WRONG! I bought the above book by Spike Gillespie which features many wonderful quilt artists and provides much eye candy and inspiring words. You can get it at Amazon.com for a lot less than I paid for it at B&N (mental note to self for future purpose).

You know me, I could not stop, I also bought the Quilting ARts Gifts holiday issue. How could I not get it? The cover was so bright and beautiful....it seduced me! It did! Anyway, after going through that about a thousand times already in less than a week, I decided on trying one project...the legal portfolio on page 11o by Diane Rusin Doran. The first one was so hard, I had so much trouble with the directions mostly regarding the flap placement and closure. I'm sure experienced quilters and seamstresses had no trouble. The second one was a little bit easier but I still don't have closure problem solved....I just used velcro on the second one. They are cute anyway. PICTURES OF COURSE.....



Oh, and I have to share some fun pics and story about my little neighbors. Gabi and Mary are my little neighbor friends. They caught me out on my front swing sewing on a purse one night and talked me into making them one for Christmas. Well after much thought, I decided these girls needed to experience making their own purses. I wanted them to be exposed to the whole experience of painting on fabric, hand sewing, maybe even a little sewing on the old machine. So I invited them over yesterday for a few hours of messy fun. Their pieces are painted and they will come today to start the sewing process. I enjoyed the girls and their delight in creating. It was one of those "take time to smell the roses" moments. It was a "not all about me" moment and it was wonderful. Here are some pics...








Sunday, October 18, 2009

Feeling it for Fabric Postcards


Somewhere in between the laundry, housecleaning, and grocery shopping, I decided to work on fabric postcards. I finished this one. I must say that I like my first one better as it was stiffer and that is because I used a stiffer pellon. So, forgive me-oh receiver of the not-so-stiff fabric postcard. You will know who you are in a few days unless the wimpy card gets lost in a crevice of some mailmans car or something like that...oh well...."small things.....great love" lol.


Then, I made fabric postcard number 3. It is a Halloween style card and it is not even worthy of a picture. Really, it looks like something a first grader would make. You still want to see? OK, here it is.....
Did I scare you? This card is being mailed to a family member tomorrow. I am working on number 4 fabric postcard tonight. I think it is cool that you can send these in the mail. Please email me if you have any questions about making these. I have found a few really helpful tutorials and then I do what I want with some of those instructions. Can't help being a bit of a rebel! Still hoping to hear from some more of you with fall photos for the fall photo challenge.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Where My Girls At?

OK, I Posted the Fun Fall Photo (fhoto) challenge and only a couple of you have bitten? I know that there are more of you out there that love a good photo challenge! I really hope you will share your fall photo with me for this challenge. You don't even have to have a blog (Rhea, Ronetta and Mama). I just want to see your interpretation of "fall". So get to sending! (Not mentioning any names....Renea, Lisa, Susan, Susan the Queen, Marah, Amber, Running with Scissors, Rhea, Ronetta, Mama, etc) I know you got something in your mind, go and get it. Share it sistah!

Here is a pic I took of my little decoration for my front yard. I had to do something to keep up with the neighbors. Really, my neighbors go all out for Halloween. They do an inside spook house. Last year, I got some great shots of their indoors spookhouse. Really, these
guys were in their living room~
CHANGING TOPICS
Sorry to change topics on you so rapidly but I have to tell you about the lovely little envelope I discovered in my mailbox this evening. I had a sweet little card with 6 moo cards from RXBAMBI in my mailbox today. Wow, what a nice way to finish off an exausting (bad shoe day) Monday. It made my day, really Susan~! Makes me wanna do a Moo card swap...Thanks and watch your mailbox for something sweet. That is all folks for today.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

FUN FALL FHOTO CHALLENGE!

FUN FALL FHOTO CHALLENGE


Yes, I do believe it is time for a creative challenge. I think I have just the thing for ya! Did you know that I got married on the first day of Autumn? That is September 22 (25 years ago). We certainly did not plan it that way....it was just a convenient date at the time.

I love the fall season. I love the colors that appear in the trees and sprinkle the ground. I love the pumpkins and all things that honor the celebration of the harvest. I remember this song we used to sing in music class way back in elementary school....
"Voices of the Autumn Winds
Through the mist are calling
Hum farewell to a summers going
as the leaves are falling"
This season makes me think of school days, riding on the school bus, football games, homecoming,Thanksgiving, Halloween, Orange, Brown, Black, baking sweets, cooking more, crafting, decorating for the holidays.....so many pleasant thoughts. What does fall make you think of? THE CHALLENGE: Send me a picture of a photo of something that you love about fall. It can be something you created, something you see, a journal entry.....But send me a link and I will create a FUN FALL Fhoto mosaic with all of your works. We will each get to vote on one favorite (not our own) and the winner will receive a little surprise from me. Addendum: This challenge will end Oct 31 and winner will be announced first week of November! Thanks RXBAMBI for asking about how long challenge lasts!
The above picture was taken by me on Bainbridge Island while on our trip last week in Seattle, more about that later. The leaves were so beautiful I had to take pics of them. I digitally enhanced the photo.....I just can't leave well enough alone!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fabric Postcard

I made my first fabric postcard today! I enjoyed the process. I followed a couple of online tutorials (just google "fabric postcard instructions" and you will get all kinds of information.) I love the whole idea of mail art and since I'm enjoying fabric art right now....it seemed only natural to try some fabric postcards. So.....without further ramblings......here is my first fabric postcard.....

One of my loyal followers will be getting this in the mail in the next few days.
Today we went to Midland to get a new pump for our pond. We stopped at a few other places and ate at Texas Burger. YUM!
Craig started packing for Seattle which got me inspired to start packing. (Heather is already packed). We leave Tuesday. Tomorrow will be a day of getting everything ready for our trip as we leave Tuesday morning.....I'm so excited. Will keep you posted.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Small Things Great Love

"We can do no great things...only small things with great love." Mother Teresa
There it is! Eureka! Ah-Ha! Elation, joy, and excitement, lights flashing, trumpets blowing! I get it! I get it! I finally get it and I'm so exited about this revelation that I can hardly write it down fast enough so that I can share it with you later on my blog.
"It" has been in front of me all this time. My favorite quote, for so many years, has finally revealed to me my truth, my meaning.....the answer to the constant nagging questions burning in my heart.....Will I ever do something great?......Isn't there something far greater that God intended for me to do with my life?
While asking myself these same old questions today, this quote came into my mind very strong. "Small things.....Great love". Boom! It hit me! Stop pushing so hard for that ONE GREAT THING.....that great craft book, the greatest piece of art ever, you get what I mean.
Take every day and every little opportunity to do small things with GREAT LOVE and live your life to the fullest every single day....one day at a time. Every day do little things to make other people happy. Give lovingly of compliments and little recognitions such as birthdays. If you find a particularly heart warming article in a magazine, share it with others. Little things- great love. Do you understand? I believe that if I start trying to live more in the present and for today that the rewards will come through peace in my heart.
I would love to know your thoughts on this. I would love to know if this makes since to you. I would love to know that my journey has had a positive impact on you. Please leave your comments. I love them and cherrish them.
Some small things you can do with Great Love
1. Sneak a sweet note in your spouse's/lover's lunch or book bag
2. Warm up someones bath towel in the dryer while they are showering and hand it to them when they finish showering. It will be a warm and nice surprise!
3. Sign up for a birthday reminder service online (here is one that I use) and start asking your friends and family to sign in or give you their birthdate. You will receive notices. Then....recognize their birthday in some way. It does not have to be an expensive thing.
4. Remember names-Figure out a way.....that makes people feel so good
5. Give compliments freely. If you feel it say it!
6. Copy feel good articles and share them with people that like this sort of thing.
7. Listen-Just stop and listen to someone.....stop talking, make eye contact, and listen and encourage and support....make it about them today....not you!
8. Send a card or letter by snail mail.....email is nice but getting a nice card in your mail box is so tangible and wonderful...Do MAIL ART! OH I HAVE GOT TO DO THAT SOMETIME!!!
9. If you make a cake for your family, take half of it to a neighbor......you don't need all that cake! They will be so happy!
10. Do Gorilla art! Make a little ATC or some kind of art and leave an inspiring message on it and drop it in a public place for someone to pick up. It just might make their day. If you have never heard of gorilla art, google it. It is so cool.
11. I know that times are tough economically but just once try paying for the car behind you at the fast food drive through if you have a little extra and check out the smiles in your rearview mirror.
12. Volunteer for community project.
13. Send another idea to Lesley (Funky Art Queen) on how we can do small things with great love.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Saving Polaroid



I saw this news cast a few weeks ago and I was so excited.....you know how I love the Polaroid camera. Looks like someone is going to start making film that will work with the Polaroids. Take a look at this CBS newscast from August 30th.

I never learned how to do Polaroid transfers! I have two old Polaroid cameras that still work and need film! I have like 5 pics left on one of them that I hate to use for any old pics! I love Polaroids! So Hip Hip Hooray for the people that are attempting to start up again. I will buy film from you.

Did you ever have a Polaroid Camera? Do you have any Polaroid pics that you would like to share? I think it would be fun to do a polaroid pic challenge....what do you think? I would love to see them. Also, there is actually a Flickr photo sight where you can actually share real Polaroid photos....(don't even try to share faux Polaroids (you know the digital kind)....they will eat you up!

CHANGING SUBJECTS! (Kinda)
OMG! I'm so excited about my trip to Seattle, Washington next week for my 25th wedding anniversary. I can't wait to take pics and show you all of the places we visit. 25 years..... Wow!... It does not feel like 25 years at all. Look at us in this Polaroid pic at a Chilli Cook Off (only in Texas).

Oh, to be that skinny again! Hubby said, "I was a hippy huh?" He was a hippie cowboy and I loved him and still do. How is it possible that in this 25 years, we have raised two beautiful children and had so many wonderful experiences together? More about that next week. In the mean time, please let me know how you feel about Polaroid and the possibility of film being available again someday! XOXO

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Urban Experiments and Rob Bliss


I heard another great podcasts from CraftSanity today. It was about this kid (20 year old college student in Grand Rapids Michigan) named Rob Bliss. Seriously, he is greatness and we will be hearing more about him in the future. I feel it! This young man was able to orchestrate some very fun and interesting "urban experiments" (that is what he calls them). These urban experiments were all arranged through his facebook contacts.
One of the events was a huge pillow fight! Oh what fun that must have been. Take a look at this video
He has used his facebook account to orchestrate several really interesting community events. One of them was a zombie walk and I know some of you will dig that. I say KUDDOS to Rob Bliss. You gotta go and listen to that podcasts and do some online googling for "urban experiments" and "Rob Bliss" to read more.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Hey

I'm already missing my blog and blog friends, what was I thinking? Don't know! I'm just meant to blog I think. What is wrong with me~!??? I just think I'm going through this whole, "I suck" thing since my book was rejected....pity party....etc. and that is so not me. But, on a positive note, it has caused me to look closer at where I'm going with my creative life. I'm becoming more and more aware that life is about the journey and not the destination. Oh, I have heard that all my life but I'm finally getting it. My greatest joy comes from the creative process, talking about creating, and listening/seeing/reading about those who live the creative life.


Today, I heard the best podcast on Craftsanity #39 about Laurie Bee ( a purse designer in Seattle). She talked about how in the beginning she loved so many crafts but she knew that she would have to narrow down to one subject or thing to be successful. Anyway, if you get a chance to listen to it, you can find it here.....she is so business savvy and so fun to listen to her story. What is especially cool is that I just happen to be going to Seattle next week to celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary. Hubby and I just always wanted to go there....so I'm definitely going to find her shop.

I just have to share my art journey. I'm missing you all ......this has become a way of life for me.


I'm really digging fabric art/fiber art right now and I am exploring that further. I don't know if Fabric art/Fiber Art is going to be the "one thing" but I know I'm enjoying it right now and that is part of the "journey". So, keep tuned in, and enjoy this crazy ride with me. Love you all.....can I delete my last post due to embarrassment....or just keep it real? XOXO

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Winds of Change

Well folks I have made a big decision this week while swimming downstream (ref.last post). I feel like this Funky Art Queen blog has played it's course. (Have been here for almost 4 years and 400 some odd blog posts) I have enjoyed this journey....so much. I have made some wonderful friends, learned so much. You have helped me through many trying times. You have celebrated with me and laughed with me and shared your secrets with me. I may start another blog later and if I do, I will let you know. But for now, you can visit me on facebook.....i'm not ready to give that up! Heehee Now Renea and others, don't misinterpret this and think there is something wrong with me or worry about me. I'm great, just want to move on with my life and try some other things. I'm learning about fiber arts and I want to pursue this more seriously. It just feels right. SO PEACE LOVE AND ROCK AND ROLL to all of you. Keep Creating and loving life! LOVE YOU!!!
Lesley Chandler

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Swimming Upstream

Do you ever feel like you are swimming upstream...struggling against the water that is moving against you instead of with you? I heard something about this concept on a podcast today (swimming upstream) and this stimulated some thought about how I often feel I am going against the natural grain....swimming upstream instead of going with the flow. Do you understand what I am saying?
Sometimes, we are trying so hard to get to a certain goal that we do not see the great things that are lying at our feet. I'm just experiencing an "ah ha moment" in my life. I am starting to figure out that I just need to live in the present and appeciate the opportunities I have now. I'm sorry if this blog seems cryptic or vague. I really just want to say to you to look at what you have now. Are you swimming upstream? Maybe you need to go with the flow.....downstream......I'm going to try to go with the flow this week.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Bonnie and Clyde

I recently listened to a very interesting podcast about Bonnie and Clyde. ..Download it here. It is just so interesting to hear the non-glamorous things I never heard about in the old Bonnie and Clyde movie.

I can't help but wonder how Bonnie would have turned out if she would not have ended up with Clyde. But, I did learn that she had already married a no good guy before she even met Clyde. She was said to have been wearing the wedding ring from the first no good ass hole when she was with Clyde. (Some women are just magnets for men who are no good) She was 16 when she married ass hole number one. Makes you wonder about the dynamics of her family life....can't help myself.
Now, don't get me wrong....I do not condone the criminal activity of this depression era couple. I'm just intrigued with some of the information about Bonnie and I can't help but wonder why she was attracted to man like Clyde. I also can't help but wonder if her life would have been much better had she never met Clyde.


She was said to be very smart in school. We know she was creative.....remember her poem "The Story of Bonnie and Clyde"? It was also said that she loved to take photographs. It seemed that with each failed attempt for the law to raid and capture Bonnie and Clyde, rolls of film were left behind . Tons of photos were found. These photos were all obviously posed. Bonnie and Clyde dressed to a T. The first photo in this post, she was posing to look as if she was going to shoot Clyde. This second photo she is all set up in a sexy pose.
OK, I know we are not Bonnie, but girls, think about it......wouldn't we be thinking up the best photo shots? I can just imagine me as Bonnie telling everyone where to be, how to pose to get that perfect shot. "OK, lets pretend I am shooting Clyde....hey, give me your cigar.....wait until I stop laughing to take this shot....."
I'm just sayin'....get out of your normal zone and go and learn about history or something new and interesting. This might be the very thing that gets your creative juices flowing.
Oh, and if you are interested, a remake of Bonnie and Clyde is currently in progress....check it out here.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Art Handbag Number 3


I finished this one this week. I am working on another and I have a custom order. I enjoy making these little purses. I'm thinking of making a bigger/shoulder bag for me. I prefer a shoulder strap. Also, I think they need at least a pocket for the cell phone....so I'm working on a design.
It has been a quick weekend. Feels like it will be time to go back to work so quick. Looking forward to our trip to Seattle in September. It will be here before we know it. We are all so excited to go somewhere.
Hope you are having a FABULOUS WEEKEND!

Monday, August 24, 2009

iPod Joy...no Ecstasy


I finally bought my first ipod! For several years I have wanted one. I just could not bring myself to spend over $200.00 on one (for me that is). Both of the kids and the hubby had one though. (Hello, my name is Lesley Chandler and I am a poor abused/neglected mother and wife...LOL).

I have known about podcasts for some time now and always thought that if I ever get myself an iPod that I would love podcasts....TRUE THAT!!!
Oh, first let me say that I was wrong about the price! Not all of the iPods are that expensive. They vary in terms of space and price. More space....more price. So, I got an Ishuffle for only 45.00 at walmart which says it has enough space for about 250 songs ( I believe that is what it said). So I bought it. I could not wait to get home and download Itunes.

After I got all that done, I downloaded some of my favorite music using my Paypal account....YES, isn't that great?...they accept Paypal. Then, I clicked on the PODCAST section. Then ART (oh yes) and I downloaded several CRAFTCAST shows. It was free and it only took a second or two. Then I went and bought the little connection device so I could listen to my ipod in the car (it was about 9.99) at Walmart.

So today, on my way to Midland (35 min) drive, I was able to listen to show #111. It really hit home with me. It is with Sheri Gaynor the author of Creative Awakenings and it was so timely for me. It was an awesome interview....very insightful...you must check it out if you have not already.

ART HANDBAGS
I'm so loving making these art handbags. This is a sneak peak of Art Bag Number 4. Number 3 is on the sewing machine and not picture ready.




One more thing and I will close, I picked up a book today that I really enjoyed. It is called "Ignore Everybody....and 39 other keys to creativity" by Hugh MacLeod (language warning). Pick it up and give it a looksie, I think you might like it.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Handbag Binge

Help, I'm making purses and I can't stop! LOL....

Really, I am enjoying myself. This is my second art purse and I have already listed it for a friend of mine. She told me today she wanted one of my art purses.....so I reserved it on etsy for her but she may not get it. She might want a different color...more like the first one with orange/reds.

I have started another Fish-a-licious purse and I have another Art Purse cut out. So, as you can see, I'm on a purse making binge. My fingers are sore for the hand-stiching.

I had an idea for a triangle shaped purse.....still in the sketch stage... will keep you posted. Have a wonderful and creative weekend.

Friday, August 14, 2009

FISH-A-LICIOUS


Something Fishy is going on here! Yes, I finally finished my fish handbag and I named it FISH-A-Licious which I thought was brilliant (heehee at how I entertain myself). This was my second offering for the Bags2riches contest.
It was quite the ordeal in thinking about how I would make a purse look like a fish. I don't even want to go into the "why" of that project. Let's just say it is art honey and go with it. I can't explain why my brain works the way it does....I just go with it and that seems to work best for me. I'm sure that someone will like it in this world. I once read a quote somewhere (don't remember exactly how it went) that said essentially that for every piece of art, there is someone in this world that will love it. So, hope that person finds this! LOL
On another note, the book proposal was rejected by PUBLISHER NUMBER ONE. Now let me first say that while I don't enjoy blogs that are dark and negative and moody, I do appreciate when people share their real life experiences. That being said, I just want to tell you that it did make me sad for a moment (ok a whole evening). I did question myself and my talents. I am not one to stay down for long. The next morning, my best friend called me and she said the most wonderful thing. She said, "it took John Grisham 150 proposals to get published". It just made me remember that when you want something you have to be persistent and persevere. I'm moving on to PUBLISHER NUMBER TWO. I will be working on my plan this weekend. I will never give up on my dreams no matter what anyone tells me. Also, remember this.....
THAT WHICH DOES NOT KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER!!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Bags2Riches Donation

Just an update about the "Dick and Jane" purse....I mailed it today to the Bags2riches fundraiser in Indianapolis. You still have a little time left if you want to send a handbag or "coin purse" YOLI! August 20th is deadline to receive your entry.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Dick and Jane In Love Bag

Do you remember the Dick and Jane readers? They might have been before your time, they certainly were before my time! LOL
But, I have seen these little readers at the antique stores and I just love anything about books. My mother read to us so much when we were kids. That is probably why I love books so much these days.

At any rate, I was inspired by Dick and Jane books to create this handbag. It is totally my own design.....I know it is nothing special in the way of design (just a simple box cut) but it is my own pattern! I like to use my own patterns. When creating a pattern for a fabric piece, one has to really think about the construction in terms of function .....being a right brain dominant person, that is difficult for me. So each time I construct a pattern, it is a great exercise for the left side of my brain.

But on the other side (the right side of the brain) inspired me to make this purse be about Dick and Jane being in love. The sides of the purse have iron on patches of "LOVE" and hot lips, etc. Hope you enjoy viewing this project.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

FUNKY ART QUEEN UPDATE



Well, I am past due for an update huh? We have a few things to cover so I will get to it. Mom wins first place on the "Lost Soles" contest. What that means to her is that she can pick any item in my shop and I will give it to her. Yay Mama! You Rock!


The "Billy the Artist" last blog entry.....was a marketing tool by the marketing agency that sponsors Billy. Everyone got the same exact email. I emailed my interview and I have yet to hear from him. Oh well. Think I will send out some kind of mass marketing thingy like that for the "FUNKY ART QUEEN". Smart! I never heard of him until this little scheme. Bravo. Still like that watch!


Want to know what is in this box?
Oh sure you do! This is a book proposal with live samples of fabric art projects heading to the editor of a certain publishing company. Some of you already know about this because you participated in this project. Anyway, I have kind of hit on this topic since the first of the year. I finally got the book proposal sent this week. (SIGH). We will see what happens. I appreciate your good juju, warm thoughts and prayers on this matter.
It is a lovely and restful weekend and I'm playing with all kinds of art projects.
Thanks to all that follow me. I plan to come and visit your blogs tonight and tomorrow cuz I just gotta see what you are up to. Hugs!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Weekend in Granbury



Craig and I took a quick overnight trip to Granbury, Texas this weekend. We stayed at the Arbor House B&B (pic). It was a very beautiful B&B.

Renea introduced me to Granbury a while back when Lisa and I went to stay with her. It is a small town with a town square that is full of quaint little shops. Craig and I arrived around noon so we shopped a little and got right to lunch at "Hanks" (FANTASTIC CHEESBURGERS HANK!) Then we got back to shopping. Finally we left town square and went to an antique store right next to Arbor House (killing time until check in at 3). Craig found some old newspapers and I picked up two wonderful cabinet photos of the same girl (2 different poses). Will scan later. We went to the B&B and checked in. I just could not wait to get to the beach! So we quickly changed into bathing suits and walked across the street to Granbury Lake Beach.


We stayed at the beach most of the afternoon alternating swimming and playing with laying in the sun. FUN! Then, we got cleaned up and went out for supper. There was live music on the square and a very festive atmosphere on a hot/humid summer evening. We went back to Hanks for supper (they are really good). Great fun. We went back to the Arbor House, poured some wine and sat out on the gazebo for a few hours just visiting and enjoying each other. We got up the next morning to a lovely breakfast with several others. Then, we decided we should get home and get prepared for the work week ie; laundry, housecleaning, etc (YUK). It was a quick trip but we enjoyed our sweet time together!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Laughing Out Loud



I still have some work to do on these paper mache letters. I finally found something to do with all the bits and pieces of things that I keep because they will be perfect for some piece of art.....some day. Today is the day! I really love this piece/grouping. LOL.....a good message don't you think? Go ahead, Laugh Out Loud.....it is very healthy and therapeutic.

Today, I bought the soundtrack to Mamamia and I have enjoyed the heck out of it. I really enjoyed that movie. I have discovered that people either love it or hate it. I just think that it is so cool that Meryl Streep totally stepped out of her norm and went for the musical. She did a great job and I can't wait to see it again. It is a great girlfriends and sisters movie. I highly recommend that you go and get it and go to your girlfriends house and watch it and....oh....I don't know......LAUGH OUT LOUD! Let me know if you do and how it goes.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Mamamia Renea is 50

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My BFF's
I can't tell you how much these two girls mean to me. I love them and I feel so blessed that God sent them to me. I am so happy to have them in my life. I just know that we cross paths with women in our lives because God means for us to. We have our mother, our sisters, and our dear friends, and our best friends......all meeting different needs in us....all part of the bigger plan that we could not even begin to imagine. Forgive me, I watched Mamamia this weekend and it touched me on the sisterhood topic.....so bare with me I am feeling mushy.

One of my BFF'S (no names will be mentioned...Pocket Full of Prettys/Renea so don't worry) turned 50 this weekend. So, to celebrate, we had a grown up girls slumber party at the other BFF's house(Wild Over Wine)....pool included. We had such a great time.....we drank wine... some of us more than others, sat in the pool,( I dived in the pool looking for my lost earring only to find out later that it was in the abdominal area of my bathing suit.) It really made Lisa and Renea laugh......

We had such fun! I drank a little too much wine, I know, this is hard to believe......oops....and I decided we needed to take pics of our feet.....I'm beginning to wonder if I have a foot fetish with all the "lost soles" pics and this!

No one understands us better......no one gets us like our girlfriends. I love you Lisa and Renea....I am blessed to have you as friends! Happy Birthday Renea....see it was no big deal and you are still HOT HOT HOT! Ask Barry! I'm sure he will agree. I love you!

Oh Lisa, don't even think you are off the hook! I have the best pic ( you won't think so) of you to post if you don't stop posting butt uglee photos of me..... be careful sistah! LOL

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Lost Soles Update

Well who'd a thunked it? My mom, is the first person to send me an entry for the Lost Soles Challenge~! (above pic)


Well, I should say my sister is first but she sent a "lost sole" pic about a week before I posted the challenge so she is in the challenge but not necessarily first. Now, I have to have other pics or I will have to choose between my mom and my sister's entry......heehee....I will just give them both a prize.......ME! LOL.....this could be bad.....real bad.......not only am I subjecting my Mother and my sister to my weird ideas and taking them on my weird journeys.....I'm making them leave proof that they are weird too. HEEHEE---LOVE IT!!!

Here is the funny part.....my sister says this challenge and my weird love for the photo of the "lost sole" reminds her of the time my mother threw her shoes out the window because she did not like the new shoes my mother bought her. I do not remember this event but she does....vividly. How funny! Maybe that is why there are so many shoes out in the world. It just all cracks me up....you have to read the comments here to get some laughs about this topic. But, if you really want to laugh......read this story that a friend shared with me. I hope the wife of this guy does not read this......heehee


OK, so a man (filthy dirty man who is having a fling with some young thing) takes his wife out to dinner one night. It's hard work being a lover AND a husband! Anyway....they are driving along in their sports car with the sun roof open......the husband (who is driving) feels something at his feet......he looks down and notices this pretty sexy sandal. Guilty of adultery...he panics......it is his girlfriends shoe.....he must get rid of it........NOW! So, he does what any adulterous man would do, he shouted , "Hey Look At That!" and pointed in the opposite direction while simultaneously throwing that shoe out the sunroof. Wife never knew.....

They arrive at the restaurant and the wife starts fumbling around under the seat. Husband asks what she is looking for, she says, "I can't find my other sandal". OMG! This is where I laugh my ass off! It was her shoe that he threw out the sunroof! But, being the asshole cheater that he is ("It Wasn't Me" song playing in the background)....he says with exasperation, "How Do You Lose your Shoe in the Car?". He acted so mad at her. I don't know how this story ends but every time I see a sandal or sexy shoe, I think of it.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Frida Kahlo's Birthday


July 6th was Frida's birthday. I finished this Frida house this weekend to honor her. Frida was such an interesting person. I have always enjoyed learning about her and studying her art. Happy Belated Birthday Frida! Short entry today, gotta go for my morning walk! Happy Hump Day All!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Lost Sole Challenge

I'm starting to wonder if I am the only one that sees all these single shoes on the road. This is not the first time I have addressed this isue on my blog . I see at least one single shoe every day on the highway or a street in town. I don't understand where all these shoes come from. Every time I see a shoe on the road, I wonder how it got there.?.....I wonder what story goes with the shoe. If it is a childs shoe like this one, I wonder if a mother is going crazy searching the house for this shoe? Why just one shoe and not the pair of shoes?!

I see shoes on the road all the time. They are just not always in the most convenient places for photographing. But, on occasion, these single shoes are in a location that I feel comfortable enough to stop and photograph them. The particular shoe was spotted in front of the Big Spring High School on 11th place. It was late evening in the summer so I felt very comfortable in stopping and taking a picture of it.

I want to challenge you to be on the look out for single shoes (lost soles) on the road of life. Please take pics and send them to me. This is a July challenge and is in effect until the end of July. At the end of July, I will randomly select a winner for a prize from my store. So, start keeping your camera ready and watch for the single shoe that I know you will see if you just watch for it. It is crazy how many of them are out there.

Here are is a photo collection of a group I started on Flickr on this very topic.