Wednesday, October 31, 2007
This charm group has really been good for me. I've always admired the altered art/something from nothing stuff, but never tried it. I know of some who call this trash, and I agree it's not for everyone, but isn't that what art is all about -- branching out, trying something new, and taking a chance.
This year, Zack wanted to dress as a race car driver. He looked absolutely adorable!
We started the festivities by meeting at Zack's school (Christ Church) at 11am for a parade to a little park. While waiting to line up, Zack let me take a picture with his friend Isaac.
We had all the 4's, all the 3's, and the 2's, so it was a very cute little parade down the sidewalks of Easton. We walked to this little park, where all the kids sat on the benches in a circle, and the teachers and kids sang songs for the parents. See the lady on the left, with the black and white spotted pants? That is one of Zack's teachers, Mrs. Baron, who was dressed in a fabulous costume she made -- Jessie from Toy Story 2, complete with yarn pig tails, as you can see in the last photo.
There is nothing quite as cute as little kids in costume. They were having so much fun, and it was a great way to start the day.
For the evening trick or treating, we lit up some glow stick necklaces, met up with a neighbor, and walked the block. Zack was running all excited (and this is BEFORE he ate sugar), yelling, "This is the best Halloween EVER!".
And really, it was.
Monday, October 29, 2007
This year, it rained when we arrived, and rained hard all day, which was actually perfect, because there's nothing quite like the sound of rain on a tin roof, a roaring fire in the hearth, and a soak in the hot tub. The next day was amazing weather, and we got to enjoy driving through the mountains and seeing the color change of the leaves.
We also did a drive-by hugging, stopping unannounced at my friend Jen's house and surprising her for a few minutes. (That was fun!)
I went through our photo album, and if you'll indulge me, I thought I'd share a few pictures with you!
Before my jewelry business and my son, I was an avid gardener, so the flowers had to be extra-special. I love old-fashioned flowers, so had hydrangeas, snow berries, and roses (with some other lovely things) and had the stems wrapped in one of my grandmother's lace handkerchiefs.
The reception was so much fun! We had a sit-down dinner (no rubber chicken here -- the food at Farmington is terrific!). I made the favors (the be-ribboned boxes held tulip bulbs) and the menus, as well as the programs for the wedding. I thought for a while that I'd like to be a wedding planner, but the jewelry business sort of took on a life of its own and I never looked back!
I hope you enjoyed the little tour through our wedding -- it's been an amazing journey that just gets better with time.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
He then said he wanted a brother to stay with him "all day and all night". Since a baby brother is impossible, I asked if it would be ok to wait for his older brothers (Rick's, ages 22 and 23, who Zack adores) when they come home next month, and he said that would be OK.
All of that was really sweet. But I feel so bad when he asks for another brother or sister. Makes my heart hurt for my adorable little guy.
Monday, October 22, 2007
I started with Scrabble tiles, painted them, drilled holes in them, glued paper on them, glued torn scraps from one of my old Korean dictionaries on them, glittered them up, and you get this:
The back looks like this:
The packaging took a while to put together, too! I cut tags out of art paper and textured cardstock, set eyelets in the top, tied the charm to the tag with art yarn, and wrote the "ingredients" of the charm on the front.
The back looks like this:
On the inside, I stamped my contact info, and then attached the fortune.
I found some funny fortunes online to use, like:
"You can always find happiness at work on Friday."
"He who does not open mouth does not gather feet."
Somehow I don't think Confucious came up with those!
At any rate, they're done, boxed, and ready to ship. They are TOTALLY outside my normal comfort zone, which really was the entire point.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Each month, each of the artists in the co-op write on a different subject. We'll all cover the same topics, but you'll get different points of view from different TYPES of artists, and will get some good insight into how we think.
I hope you'll take a look!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I thought I'd spend today's entry showing you some of the cool Christmas presents I've found:
From Spoonsisters, a Tree in a Box:
If you have limited space, or your office desk needs a holiday boost, I'd suggest this cute idea. The Tree in a Box comes with an 80-page, full-color book which includes ten Christmas carols, a tasty recipe for eggnog, directions for folding five origami ornaments (candy cane, Santa’s hat, cross, bow, and star) and instructions. Also: 24 foil boughs, 25 glittery foil ornaments, one spool of silver thread, one gold foil star tree topper, 20 sheets of 6 x 6 origami paper in four vibrant patterns, and the box it comes in, which doubles as a tree stand. Everything’s cut out and ready-to-go; all you have to do is set it up and make merry!
From Pylones, this cute edible garden:
Sprout seeds in an easy-to-grow miniature garden in just three days! Four reusable felt pads, seed packets and water are all it takes to grow edible clover, cress, lettuce and mustard. Refills available, too!
***** From Bibelot, this fun dinner game:
Add a little fun to your next family meal with Dinner Games & Activities. The colorful tin box holds 51 cards that describe fun and easy games to play while you eat.
If anyone would like to share their cool gift sites, please post below!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
And be sure to visit www.lorianderson.net for tons of handcrafted jewelry!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Here's the fun challenge -- buy one of those parody posters and stick it up over the one at your office and see how long it takes for someone to notice.
I dare you.
I read a LOT. And sometimes after I read a book I want to do something for the author, because their book moved me so much/made me laugh/made me stop and take notice in some way. So I'll send a present, which from me means jewelry.
I've sent jewelry to a number of authors, and have gotten emails from them, but this is the first time I got a hand-written note from someone. I got this lovely note from Janet Evanovich today, thanking me for a pair of carnelian/citrine/gold earrings I made for her (with her gorgeous red hair in mind). It just made my day!
If you're not familiar with Janet's work, go to http://www.evanovich.com/ and check out her stuff. Particularly, take note that she'll have a fun store online before the holidays -- I'm eyeing a "Rangeman" hat,
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Anyway! As you know, I always am experimenting with my tent set up, and this time, we experimented with adding color. I'm really pleased with how it turned out, although I swear things always look better in person.
And then there was the view -- this is from the first day, when the storms were leaving. We were so lucky to get nice weather, and the rain never hit us at all.
I'm actually really pleased with his composition! I love the "Fishies in Bag Against Purple Couch" and "My Foot: A Self-Portrait". I can't help but look at these pictures and smile.
You can see his photos in more detail by clicking here.