It seems as though every year there is a new trend for the tree...the Christmas tree that is. Two cute little flairs that are coming to mind are the Bah HumBUG and the Christmas Pickle. My mom just had to have a Christmas Pickle a few years ago and I couldn’t find anyone anywhere, so I sewed her one and had to stuff it with tissues! Crazy...I know!!! I actually bought her one later, but we still have the first little guy I made. He truly embodies the motto, “It’s the thought that counts.” However, I have been recently enlightened from my relatives when they came over for Thanksgiving that the new flair this year is the Christmas Spider! Again, crazy...I know! But, like with the other Christmas trends of the past, an explanation accompanies the flair which justifies its addition to the Christmas tree. Now you can be armed and ready for those who may be critical of a humbug, pickle, or spider in a Christmas tree.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
We are products of our environment and some environments can’t help but beckon creativity. Case in point...my Aunt and Uncle’s ranch/art oasis! Who would not love to do a little lampwork and create their own original beads in this welcoming space? The pictures of the materials are even works of art. I have not yet completely mastered this art and my beads tend to resemble blobs, but I love that they are perfectly imperfect. Thank goodness I am into the organic look!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Well...not quite yet, but I am still hopeful that one of these days a little winter weather will come our way. And when it does...we will be prepared! Nothing pulls together an outfit better than a scarf. But, when that scarf is handmade you will be too “cool." Of course, you can do the ever popular knitted scarf, but if you are not a knitter do not fret and try your hand at fleece. The concept is the same as creating a fleece blanket. This has been done and done again, but it’s too awesomely easy not to mention again. Just take a rectangle of your desired size and snip up the edges. Then, tie knots on all the ends. Voilà! You have just created a five minutes scarf!
Merry Everything and stay warm this season...if it ever actually gets cold! :)
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Over the years we have collected “but a ton” of buttons and we had yet to find the perfect project for these little guys up until now! We have decided to put this colorful mix together for the Empty Space’s upcoming gallery “Gift Art.” Everything was due yesterday and, once again, we were frantically hot glueing these bad boys onto recycled wooden frames and taking pictures of the cast during their rehearsal of “Hurry Up Santa!” We will be showing the frames, hair accessories, buttons, and ornaments. The Empty Space profits from all sales and the artists make a little commission too, so please come out and support the arts! There will be an artist reception December 12th I believe! If you would like more details please e-mail us!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
So, my mom and I are pretty frantic right about now as we prepare for The Finding House! Things are coming together though. I have been driving her crazy with starting new projects when we really should focus on packaging and pricing, but my excuse is that I’m not really good at sales. In the midst of this total craft chaos, we are also beginning to prep and cook things for Thanksgiving! I can’t wait for family to arrive!!! Aside from all of that, I wanted to share some more art (of course). Two years ago I decided to go back to college to get an advanced degree and I was bound and determined to take some art classes as well. Hopefully, one day, I will be able to get a degree in art. I do have a stole from the art department, but no degree yet. Anyway, here are some things I made in my Ceramics and Native American art classes. At first I thought I would stick with the low fire, however, I found the high fire and raku to work better for me. I have tons more ceramic pieces, but I just have to find some time to take the pictures. I had the best time in these classes! I met so many great people and had the best Art History study nights. One friend has gone on to Graduate School in Chicago (he will be famous soon) and the other I know is going to be a famous cake designer!!!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Since I posted about Etsy last time, it’s only fair that I post my favorite artsy blogs.
I can’t get enough of this blog! It’s from my dearest friend, Linna, who is a graphic designer!!! She designed my classroom shirts this year and I can’t wait until I can post the outcome. It is the coolest design if I may say. Aside from being a fabulous designer, she is also a very entertaining writer. I love reading about how and where she gets her inspiration. She is “going places” as the saying “goes!”
So, I have yet to tell how I got to know this artist, but I will explain shortly. It is an awesome story! She is actually my blogging inspiration and I LOVE her art. It is so my style. It’s inspirational, original, colorful, and unique. There is nothing that I don’t love about her work. She is going to be either famous for her art or she going to be a tennis star. Actually, she will more than likely do both! Kayla, say "hi" to RAFA for me please!!!
Spreading The Word, while sharing a meal! These guys are doing wonderful things for the community! I love reading about their experiences with feeding the homeless. Such a selfless thing to do.
Okay, this one is a package deal! These artists are so creative, so unique, and so talented! Beautiful, contemporary art fills the space of the Surface Gallery on a daily basis. If you haven’t been downtown yet, please GO! Surface Gallery offers classes and rents out their space for special occasions. It is such a soothing and relaxing environment.
I know I am missing some other wonderful blogs, but as I catch them I’ll post them. I love spreading the word about other people’s endeavors.
Oh how I love the movie “The Graduate” and coincidently I was given the movie by my parents when I graduated college. I’d like to think my mom was going for a theme, “The Graduate” for the graduate, rather than this having any other meaning. I think they are pretty satisfied that the one thing I came away with from that movie was “plastics” considering the main plot of the movie was less than admirable! :) With that said...here are some plastic Shrinky Dinks!!! I got the patterns from a Klutz book.
Monday, November 16, 2009
or Girl!!! What’s more fun than giving a custom handmade gift to a sweet little pea? You can get kits at JoAnn’s craft store or piece some scraps together for a one-of-a-kind keepsake. So, if you need some baby gear (quilts, receiving blankets, diaper bundles, tag-a-longs, and so much more) we can help you out! These all make darling gifts and we can make them to coordinate with a theme or hodgepodge it for the eclectic baby to be; and they are super soft (we use minky fabric)!
You can never have too many accessories and I am loving all the fun ones that artists are making these days. I just saw the best handmade ceramic pendants at Surface Gallery the other day. They also had a pendant and cuff made out of recycled road signs...how creative!!! The Finding House will have some of Saint Olive’s accessories as well as a Silversmith. Her pieces are amazing and so unique! I always admire her work each year. I love her designs. If I find out she has a link I will share it on here.
So, the Finding House is quickly approaching and my mom and I are frantically preparing all of our arts and crafts. We are also trying to get the house ready for Thanksgiving and needless to say we are in total chaos. But, for some reason, we thrive on doing a million things at the last minute. It’s only by the Grace of God that everything comes together, but somehow it always does!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I love bazaars!!! Ever since I can remember, my mom always made handmade crafts and baked goods for craft bazaars. We used to participate in one in particular all the time and it always got me in the holiday spirit because it was always right before the holidays...perfect timing! This open house has since stopped because it was a ton of work, but we are so lucky to be involved with another type of bazaar. It is more of an artisan open house and Saint Olive’s pieces are probably the craftiest pieces that will be for sale. This is a change from the past because the other participants are talented “artists” versus other “crafters.” My mother and I first started out as L&L Collection and we were pretty crafty then, but I think we have begun to grow into artists. We changed our name, offer more sophisticated pieces, and we even have a blog!!! I can’t say that we have abandoned our crafty ways completely, but I think our pieces have become more sophisticated rather than cute if you will. We will always be crafty at heart though! Please come out and support our endeavors and those of the other artists November 27th and 28th. This show is sponsored by Hannah Rose Heart & Co. There will be soft-sculpture dolls, children’s books, a silversmith, stoneware, pottery, weavings, wall decor, wreaths, cookbooks, soups, notecards, blown-glass, homemade candy, jams, jellies, bread, handmade fabric creations, jewelry, and much more! Prices start at $1.00...you can’t beat that! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and directions. We appreciate all the support!!!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I think sometimes I should just buy it! Case in point....these rings. I went to Ireland a couple of years ago and saw a ring similar to the ones I tried to make after I was inspired. Unfortunately, they didn’t turn out as wonderful as the one I saw, but hopefully I’ll get a little better. I got most of my materials at The Bead and Yarn Studio. They teach classes, so if you want to make a ring they can help. I love making these rings because they are so fast! In ten minutes you have a completed project! This is also a great way to use up some of those extra beads you have.
Here is the link to the Bead and Yarn Studio! They also teach knitting...one of my other favorite things. I get my knitting lessons from my grandma though! :)
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Etsy is just wonderful! I am so happy there is an outlet for creative people to make a little cash from their art. Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
This is where you can find the cutest cards ever!!! Get inspired and smile here!
Ceramics!!! What more can I say? I LOVE ceramics and this artist is so talented!
Block Prints!!! This is my new favorite ART! Liz taught me all i know about Block Printing!
I have the cutest story about this artist that I will tell later, but I own one of her pieces and I absolutely LOVE it! She is amazing and enjoys Amy Butler fabrics and prints as much as I do!
Please support these talented artists!!!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
and so is sticking to just one medium. With that said, here are some more pictures of my Aunt’s art in a different medium from the previous post. She cut all the wood for her canvas and then painted these pieces with beautiful patterns. Sticking to the random theme, I cut out a hippo and then painted that. I know...a hippo, crazy right? Pictures of that cute guy soon to come!