Saturday, May 30, 2009

Hydrangeas....Altered Art?

I couldn't help but post my 2 year old hydrangea (bottom picture). I tried to make it turn dark blue to no avail but it did go from pale lavender to lavender-pink. I'm convinced it will never be blue!

The little hydrangea in the top picture is just in it's second season and started out as a little branch which I just stuck in the ground! It isn't even a foot tall and blooms it's little head off! It loves being blue but had no choice since I fed it regularly with "Tru Blue" aluminum sulfate. I think they need to have a tendency to be blue on their own before the aluminum sulfate actually works. Is this called "altered art"???

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

4 year old Lauren

Grandmother's Day Gift from Lauren
Clay pot transformed with crackle paint, tissue paper, real ferns and pressed daisies. Gel medium used to apply all materials.
Same technique as the frog pot. Paper napkin bird and nest. Pressed pansies. These are really fun to make!

Had to post this! Little Lauren is my arts and crafts buddy and I couldn't help but share her pre-school picture. She just turned 4 and attends preschool and is smart as a whip. I can't help but wonder what she will become! I do hope she keeps her interest in art. She is forever making wonderful little things with her full cupboard of art and craft supplies. Yesterday, I received a little heart doilie completely covered with tiny stickers and her name printed on the back. It was delivered in 3, yes...3, envelopes. (?) I think providing children with fun materials at a very young age encourages a strong desire to create. But, on the other hand , I had nothing in the way of supplies as a child and I mananged to develop a strong creative desire. The creative desire must be built in...I 'spose you either have it or you don't. I'm glad I was one of the lucky ones. Can you say "never been bored?"

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Artist's Trunk Show....selling our wares...

Surprise! I can't even imagine where I've been for two months regarding this blog. I just suck at blogging I guess....I think about it and then by the time I figure out what I will post, I've gone on to something else. I did decide to post the picture of our table when we tried our hand at selling our wares on May 16th. I am referring to Charlotte partner in crime. We had an opportunity to join with some others in Folsom at an Artist's Trunk Show sponsored by Bobbi and Katrina...owners of Not Too Shabby, (shabby chic), and Katrina's specializing in vintage laces, ribbons, trims, etc. As it turned out, some of the other vendors didn't show up, nor did any customers for that matter! It was the hottest day of the year so far and for the few people who braved the elements, it was just too hot to stand in the sun and look at the merchandise. We displayed a lot of our funky jewelry, collages, journals, tags and more. It was somewhat disappointing but we knew it was due to weather and the economy.

I am going to try to do better at this blogging thing....promise!