Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Simple Happy Projects

Enjoying home, spending time in my studio, and working on small projects.  I spent an evening crafting with artist friends.  I'd found a sweet little origami envelope project here.
Peggy over at Woman With Wings has the most lovely and interesting posts.  We made several, including little necklaces.  Each has a tiny surprise inside.  We thought these would be fun to just leave about in public places as abandoned art gifts for whoever comes across them.  These are a few I made.

I used catalog pages, ribbon scraps, old buttons, whatever I had squirreled away.  Everyone did something different, and all were wonderful!

I finished knitting a little shrug.

This selfie doesn't show much, but you get the idea.  Here's another shot.

Anyway, an easy little pattern, and just right for cool spring days and tee shirts.

Another completed project is a shawl for my lovely friend, Janet.

I'm not going to give it the ribbon treatment since Janet is the Ribbon Queen and she'll take care of that part.

Today I'm beginning a new hooked rug.  It's only in my mind's eye right now, but I'm excited about what I see!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Destination Eureka Springs

Hubby bought a new car a month or so ago, and we haven't had the weather or time to take it on a short road trip.  This past weekend was perfect with temps in the 60's, so we hopped in and headed to a favorite little village south of here, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Eureka is a small very old community nestled into the the side of an Arkansas mountain.  It's Victorian and rose around the properties of it's healing spring waters.

Above is one of the old bath houses.  Eureka has been a home to artists and mystics over the years.  I've enjoyed many trips and the wonderful characters I'd see about.  Much of that has changed as it's become the destination of tourists, B&B's, and motorcycles.  But the spirit is still there.

We discovered this little cave, many of which are accessible throughout the town.

Once inside we found this sweet little altar.  I think it would make a lovely painting.

This little yellow cottage has always been one of my favorites.  The size can be deceiving as many of the homes drop 2 and 3 stories below the street built into the mountainside.

Finding the quirky and odd is still pretty easy in Eureka.  Nothing says "Christmas" like a dino dressed in lights!

There used to be a theater production called "The Passion Play" which I believe has been closed for a long time.  But the symbolism remains on the mountaintop.

The mountainside gardens are beautiful, well kept, and lovely even in the dead of winter.

Eureka has nice galleries and shopping, but we chose to use our day for a hike through this hilly burg.

We were married in Eureka 12 years ago on the winter solstice.  Our tiny private ceremony was in what was then known as "The Old Stone Church".  It's now a theater.  Very fitting transformation to this lovely old structure.

We had a wonderful day, and of course I took my current knitting project with me, just in case!


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Friends, Food, Family, and Art

It's been a great start to 2015!

Took Ava to a New Year's Eve party at my friend's house..... not to worry, that's sparkling grape juice.

Working on new ribboned shawls.  These two are for the shop.

I just love choosing the ribbons that will work with these.  Great fun with color!

Had the most fabulous afternoon sketching away with friends Mary and Tammy.  We haven't had a good sketching session since before the holidays.  I'm so remiss to not get their pictures today or their sketches, but will next time.  It was the perfect combo........friends, food, and art!

Another great start to the year was receiving my new piece of mixed media art by artist, Heather Murray

So sweet..........

And Iris enjoying a beautiful sunset to end the day (plus a bit of warming temperatures......)