Words of late artist Frank Howell...I totally relate!

"There are few days off and no retirement from this entanglement of knowledge, passion and vision that will be molded and converted into creative expression. There are no guarantees of acceptance, understanding or reward, but...the noise inside the mind never ceases. I will paint today, tonight and for as many tomorrows as I am given..." Words of the late artist Frank Howell...

Friday, February 27, 2015

Fab Fashion Friday

I am in love with this outfit!  As always, I put together sets that I would wear, and as I've told you before, I'm in my fifties.  But once again, like last week, this one would be beautiful on a lady of any age!  What fun happy colors are in this maxi skirt, and it's got a little feather thing going on in the design, so I've added feather jewelry.  A simple black t-shirt will become a favorite to wear not only with this, but with jeans and many other things as well. (It should be worn tucked in unless you want to top it with a simple, skinny or hippie style belt.  It's hard to see, but the skirt has a pretty pink string with tassels to cinch up and tie.)  I've finished it off with turquoise platform espadrilles and a fringed hippie style shoulder bag. You will definitely get some looks wearing this- I promise!  And the lookers will be envious!

High Style Hippie

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Organizing the Studio (Again) & Playing with Denim

What a week!  It's been a crazy busy week for me and I haven't had time to even think about sitting down to write a post until now.  (The Wednesday- Celebrating Color and Friday- Fab Fashion posts are written in advance and set to post at preset times.)  I spent the last couple of days purging and reorganizing my studio so that I can work on creative projects without constantly looking around thinking about what needs to be done.  It feels so good to have it all organized once again...seems like a new beginning.  I guess I've done my spring cleaning a little early!

My studio is very bohemian, so be prepared to see a lot of different stuff in here!  I'm standing in the middle of the room on this first shot, with my desk to the left, the tv is in the left corner, and my sewing machine is set up on the table to the right.  The little round table in the center is where I sit to plan, sketch and drink coffee when my eyes need a break. 

There's a sitting area to the left, just before my desk.  Behind me, on the left,  is a bookcase (not pictured) that starts the built-ins as you walk into the room.  Grandchildren and my nephew have been known to take naps on the sitting spot, but they usually move the long legged man first.  For some reason, they're all scared of him!  It is a very cozy little spot for the kids to hang out with with me while I work.

My glitter hangs out in vintage shakers...

This old sewing machine has been with me for forty years!  And it still works great...Maybe I need to do a Kenmore commercial.

I made a separate room for the messy stuff (glass cutting table, drill-press, Dremel tool, etc.) from recycled French doors.  I love the fact that I can still see out into the big room when I'm in the little room working.  It also lets the light shine in from one room to the other.  The "French door room" is to the right when you walk into the studio.

The antlers are hanging on the French door wall, directly behind me when I'm sitting at my sewing machine.  I've used the antlers as a rack to hold my Juju Stick Magic Wand (that post here) and some clear glass ornaments, among other things.

For some reason, I didn't get any shots of the right side of the room...the art wall.  You can see that wall here, where apparently I was cleaning and organizing in April of last year, too! It's sort of fun to see how things have changed.

Now, I'll just show some detail shots of things around the room.

That's about it for the pictures of my newly organized studio...It won't look like this very long. Now though, it's very easy to think and get those creative juices flowing once again without the distractions of the pieces being all out of place.  Speaking of creative juices flowing...let me share with you what I'm working on now...

I've gotten on a denim kick here lately.  I practically live in denim--I mean, nothing is more comfortable than a well worn pair of jeans.  So I decided to start playing around with the idea of recycling or up-cycling discarded denim things from the thrift store.  I've been working on some pieces for a couple of weeks now, and just finished my first one today.  I'll share a sneak peak now, and will write a full post in a couple of days.  I'd like to have more than one piece to share...and anyway, this post is already really long.  So, here is the peak...

It's so much fun pulling out my vintage trims, ribbons and buttons to incorporate into the designs!  

I'm going to bed now.  Can't wait for tomorrow so that I can head upstairs to the studio to play...yes, in the nice, clean, organized studio.  

Thanks for hanging out with me today!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesdays Celebrating Color- Red

Red.  This one's going to be fun!  I know I'm going to find lots and lots of things to share!

So, I'll just go ahead and start posting pics...

An apple- the red delicious variety.
Via secapporchard.com

Roses- red for love.

Via TheWowStyle.com

A gorgeous red ruby.

For a decade or so, it seemed like every car I bought was red.  It sort of became a joke, especially when the lawnmower we bought was red, as well.  So in honor of some of my old cars, I dug up pics of them (not actually them, but their identical twins)...

Via Edmunds.com

Via Motorauthority.com

...and, I can't leave the lawnmower out.
Craftsman Riding Mower
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Oh, and this is the car I wish I could have.  Yes, red will be fine.

Via MyCardboardLamborghini.com

And, of course, a red phone booth...

red-phonebooth-big-ben-london-england-selective-coloring.jpg (1557×2600)
Via Blog.PosterJack.Ca

Never thought of a red umbrella before, but aren't they pretty?

Red + Paris, how could you go wrong with either?
Via Tanjand.livejournal.com

Bill Blass, winner of the Fashion Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award (1999).
Via Crabtree-Valley-Mall.com
Red hot peppers...

The Top 20 Anti-inflammatory herbs used in the home.
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A beautiful red dress...

I am starting to be very inspired for winter, It may be the photographer's most overlooked season.  I just need some brave models, but look what we could do!!
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Let's see some red with white added to it, otherwise known as pink.  Seems sort of yucky after looking at all the red....reminds me of the pink medicine you take for an upset stomach!

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Via Indulgy.com

What happens to red when you add black?

Valentino – I wish I was invited to a red carpet event or you know cinderellas ball!!! Then I could wear this beautiful dress!
Via Vogue.com

When you add white to the red, it becomes playful; when you add black to red, it becomes dramatic.  Playing with color is fun that way!  

Now, for a complementary color scheme of red and green....Let me see if I can find anything that's not Christmas.

mini caprese bites... drizzle with olive oil & balsalmic vinegar
Via Livingeventfully.com

Red Bridge - Aridagawacho, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan taken by PacoAlcantara
Via PacoAlcantara on Flickr

and, one more...

All things Italian - Fiat and cypress-lined street in Tuscany  land of dreams
Via TourItalyNow.com

Well, red was fun!  Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.  

Next week, we'll continue on around the color wheel and I'll be celebrating red-orange. Hope you can join me then.