Friday, April 30, 2010

Join me tomorrow!

I am really looking forward to tomorrow, and being at this fantastic Indie show. It's my first show of the year, and I am packing my bags tonight.

I am excited to meet other artists and to display my new spring flowers. Here's a sneak peak at what I'm bringing. You're the first to get a glimpse!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My childhood home in San Antonio, Texas

When I was about 2 years old, we were living in Fairbanks, Alaska. My father was working at the army hospital there, and he was working with an architect from San Antonio on a new hospital design. During the architects stay, he told my Dad that he also had three children, and had built a neat house for his family of five in Texas. The house had a children's wing with a playroom, bathroom, and three bedrooms. My Dad told him that if we were ever transferred there, he'd look into buying his home.
well, as luck would have it, we ended up in San Antonio when I was 3 years old, and my parents bought the architects home.

The home had unusual and fantastic details like stained glass crosses laid between the cinder blocks that would like up when the sun hit them, and create rainbows of crosses on the mexican tile floors.
It was not only a great home, with a nice layout, but it featured a gorgeous patio, and fantastic landscaping, including room for a big garden, a greenhouse, a fort, a wooded area, and a long driveway.
The trees were interesting and jungle like. Whenever a relative visited from far away, we could literally "go find them a tarantula." we loved to do that to freak them out.
And here is the patio where I ate my share of watermelon, dripping down my shirt, and where my sister and I would practice disco dancing!
This was also the house where my sister was bitten by a scorpion while we were being watched by a babysitter!

(this is the nook of the driveway where you could park your car. It was also where I pretended on my bike to "go to Pittsburgh!")

And here is the greenhouse where I learned how to mix cement at the tender age of 5!

I really enjoyed living there until I was 7, when he moved to Massachusetts to a splendid 1880's Victorian.

Recently my parents visited Texas (they met up with friends from Alaska). They walked up to the old house, no one was home. they managed a few photos. and I thought I'd share them on my blog with you.

The stone wall that surrounds the front of the property was built by my Dad and Grandfather. They did an amazing job, and it looks as nice as the day it was finished. (Even the deer think so!)

Monday, April 12, 2010

"Backwoods Design and the Art of a Doo Nanny' " inspirational New York Times article

found this fantastic New York Times article with photos by Robert Rausch. As some of you know, my Godfather, built three houses outside of Johnstown, PA using found materials, and decorated the rooms with log furniture, and things he had made.

I love how artist Butch Anthony and his wife, use raw materializes so creatively, but they also arrange them in such a stylized way. Not only is the total look unexpected, but it's elegant too.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter Weekend...

Hi Everyone! Hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend.
This year I remembered to put newspaper down on Peg's vintage pink table before dying our Easter eggs:-)

Here's Max and Opal laughing over the bathroom fixture planters outside of Building Character, on First Friday April (this past Friday night) here in Lancaster.

I love this shot of Max and Opal, "on their own" walking out to Queen Street along the alley next to Onions restaurant. I hope that Max gets to enjoy lots of cities with quirky alleys and passageways throughout his lifetime:-)

and later at the ice cream shop...

and here's a shot from Easter afternoon, my sweet boy being his charismatic self:-)

I feel like I've truly been in a home cocoon over the last three months. However, I've been hard at work every day and Wonderful felted Wensleydale wool flowers (wool from Yorkshire England) are popping up everyday in my home studio-so bright and full... to be unveiled at my May 1 show (The FROM Scratch INDIEpendent Handmade Market outside of Allentown).
The other day I laid out all I have made and I was overwhelmed. Max popped into the room and said, "Mom, that's a big collection of flowers!"

I look forward to the coming months, the start of show season, the changes happening with me and everyone, and seeing everything beginning to bloom!~