What's brighter than sunflowers with their cheerful, brilliant, yellow color and smiley brown faces? So here is a sunflower bouquet just for anyone that happens by.
Where to begin? (There was a bit of a blog dry spell.) I did want to share a couple more experiences from Christmas In July, so will begin with that, in spite of the fact that now it has been better than a month since going!
Met an interesting young lady, Clarice Swanson, whose goal is "Creating a Better World Through Music, Education and the Arts." Under the name, "Meadowlark Voices," she is a Jazz Piano Player/Singer who donates "tips/proceeds (to) support artists & musicians in refugee camps." She shared some photos with me of some artwork done by a refugee that was absolutely beautiful. In an effort to help them with supplies,etc to continue their work she promotes it and some is offered for sale!
Additionally she herself will perform at gatherings playing jazz or holiday favorites supplying her own keyboard and equipment. I'm sure it would add a nice touch to any event. Contact her for specifics and possibly invite her to perform. Not only the added benefit to the function but helping others not as fortunate in turn. Clarice can be reached @ firstname.lastname@example.org
or: www.MeadowlarkVoices.org or if you prefer, call her. 509-200-4044
When I am 'out and about' it is fun to meet other creative people and share what it is that they do. Hopefully, it will heighten awareness of just how many individuals have a passion for creating and how important it is to share and be supported in those efforts. It is always my hope to prove that absolutely anyone can afford some piece of art that speaks to them and that it does not necessarily have to come from a noted gallery. There is something for everyone truly. So when you decorate, need entertainment, want a unique gift please consider something individual and personal. Wherever you are there are local venues to access these artisans whether it be directly, at a craft fair, or now the modern way, via the INTERNET! Many have developed their own websites and some are listed below or on the sidebar! Watch the list grow!
Thus, in addition, scrolling on line, sometimes reveals someone out there doing their unique, beautiful art/craft that is appealing. Why not pass along that information, as well. Recently, I ran across Poletti Art Studio. The metal art created by, Kat McDermott, fascinated me. If you happen to be interested in a beautiful, metal art piece to decorate your walls,etc please take a look at:
It might be wise to think ahead if you want/need a gift and keep in mind how "time flies" with the coming Holidays.
Or....how about wanting to learn about mat cutting? If that sounds intriguing you might be interested in the following share......that's if you live in the Walla Walla, Washington area!
Mat Cutting Class
The class will be taught in two Tuesday night sessions:
October 3 and October 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 in the downstairs fire side room of the old Carnegie Library building at the corner of Palouse and Poplar. Maximum of eight people over 14 years old.
Photographers and painters will learn to measure and cut a mat to fit. (They) will learn to use a Logan mat cutter. All machines and materials will
be provided. Bring your own cutter if you would like training on your own
machine. Cost is $30.
Register with the Walla Walla Parks and Recreation website: WWW.WWPR.US. The class is offered by the WW Parks and Recreation and will be taught by Artist, Roy Anderson.
|Chicken Palace Interior, (so far.) Note, Daisy in the nest.|
Ready for a "Chicken Mama" update? Quite a bit has transpired in the new chicken palace. Believe we left off with arrival of the house and finishing the interior in the wretched HOT days of summer. (It already feels like fall.)
Daisy was allowed to stay in the new chicken yard during that time in her mobile home, then came move in day for the flock, (hopefully.) The five "amigos" were merely envious onlookers at that point, waiting impatiently in their chicken tractor. Husband, Don, was sure with the new digs and added space all would go well.
We decided to bring them down, one by one, to join Daisy in the yard so we could watch. Minnie was first, she seems so sweet and gentle. That was until she caught sight of Daisy! The fight was on!! Poor Daisy. Keeping them apart, hoping adding #2, Molly, might change the atmosphere, down she came! Ha! Silly us!! So then it was two against one. Poor, poor Daisy.
Don, determined it would work, went for # 3. Here comes Freida, as poor, poor Daisy cowers. You guessed it. Three against, poor, poor, poor Daisy. At this point, I intervene. Enough is enough. She does not have to endure such abuse. She hovered beside me on top of her mobile home. Don fetches Shy (who is no longer the least bit shy) and Biddy to the new palace. Alas, Daisy, has to return back up to the chicken tractor-alone.
The five amigo's cackle happily in their new palace, likely thinking they have seen the last of Daisy. And....for awhile, they did.
At least, Daisy can roost comfortably and scratch the real dirt again in the comfort of her tractor. Until. Until Don spoke with his niece (also a chicken mama) who told him about moving a rejected chicken into the coop at night. We must now try this technique. Actually....first night went relatively well. They allowed her to roost! Too bad it gets light in the morning. Imagine waking up and there sits.......Daisy! Well, that brought everyone wide awake in a flash! Here we go again.....except the amigos can be banished to the yard and Daisy has the coop for the day. Night # 2, same routine. Day # 2 similar. Night #3, same but....light of day appears to not bring so much alarm. Privileges for the amigos that day. They have avail to entering the coop today during daylight hours! It is a rough day. Many squabbles and cackles as we run to Daisy's aid. Each time they are encouraged to leave the premise!
It does not take Daisy long to realize she has allies. Her chicken mama and even daddy Don will take care of her. Thus she begins hiding behind us as we continue to rescue her during hard times. She will resort to flying into arms as help arrives. Now, I must tell you, Daisy is here to stay! This chicken girl has maneuvered her way, not only into our hearts, but into a begrudging, less confrontational flock. She resorts to taking her treats in the coop while the others enjoy the usual pecking and scratching in the pen. When cohorts enter the coop, she stays high and dry out of their way except to (sort of) snuggle at bedtime, in the dark of the night. So, the beat goes on and time will tell in the continuing saga of Miss Daisy and the five amigos.
If you like to read....stay tuned. Should try a video of this fiasco!
Opps....just in case someone local might like to attend: A GIANT SWAP MEET in Kennewick, Washington at the Benton County Fairgrounds,
September 16 - 17th, 2017. "It's a Swap Meet, Flea Market and Yard Sale with free parking and only $1.00 admission, Saturday only, free Sunday! If your interested in being a vendor call or text "Ron" for information @ 509-948-4115
Spaces seem reasonably priced and it looks like camping right at your stall is allowed. Give "Ron" a call to see if any spaces are still available--it might be, too, late!
Another challenge is underway with my two artist friends....shoes. Now that should be a challenge. Scheduled for unveiling September 15th. Another procrastination event for me most likely. You ever heard of "working best under pressure?" Oh well, all in good fun among friends and still a great exercise in thinking out of that box!
Stroll over to the website shortly. Posting a couple new coaster sets and am offering a free refrigerator magnet with purchase, also done with alcohol ink on a small tile.
Enjoy these last dog days of summer and keep well until next time....hope to see you then.