Thursday, January 31, 2008
This is your last chance to help those saved-from-death-row dogs and cats build a new home. Please click on the "donate" button in the right hand column and donate your minimum amount of $10 if you haven't already.
On this crucial day in the contest, Bernie is keeping up the good work by transporting 42 (!) dogs to their new homes. (driving from Tennesee to Chicago!) In the last two days she has rescued 15 dogs from execution at local shelters. When the contest ends she will still be on the road. It would be a wonderful gift for her to arrive in Chicago and find that she has won the grant. Sweet gal that she is, she has already thanked us all (on her blog) and made peace with the outcome no matter what it is. She even wishes the other organizations good luck.
Clearly, she's a winner already.
I dream of dancing on the crumbled fragments of my youth,
a new melody leading my moonlight waltz,my heart fills with hope.
As the sun rises, I shall be born beside the day, anew.
Swaying to music written by my life, I sigh...
Written by: Laurie Blau-Marshall, June Sanders, Erin Leeper, Jodi Barone, Cathy Minerva
After everyone contributed their lines we were to then create a piece of art relating to the renga from our group. What you see above is my piece. On the shards of stone underneath her feet are words that describe things that can be lost as one gets older. They are: edge, independence, kind, cry, grow, joy, desire, endeavor, friend, light, sparkling, studious, true, discover, commence, think, bright, extravagant, stronger, affectionate, romance, courage. The dancer in the bottom, right corner symbolizes rebirth with her white dress, butterfly wings, and flower; as does the rising sun.
Considering this month's Art Crusade, I thought I would journal about this entry and then put the journal entry about the blog entry onto the blog entry. How's that for convoluted?
It was so convenient, I had a blank page across from some sketches and a practice painting that I did for the piece. That page was just waiting for for a journal entry about a blog entry!
This makes me realize how easy it could be. I guess it always seems like a big undertaking, but this only took me about 10-15 minutes. It could be better looking, but it's okay. I wrote what I was doing re Crusade #16 and what I felt about the Renga experience. Then, when I ran out of room, since I had made my lines so large, I flipped the book over and started writing in the other direction!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Hey, I just checked out Claudine Hellmuth's website and there is a loooooooong list of artists donating prizes to people who donate to A Place to Bark! Plus, Claudine and Tim Holtz are each donating original artwork as prizes. You could be a winner just for donating a mere $10!!! Well, you'd be a winner in my book anyway if you donated to this competition, but you'd be a winner of some cool art, too!
This is a great, kind, generous community; let's rally around one of our own for an important cause.
And thank you, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your donation.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Bernie's A Place to Bark (and meow) is now in 2nd place! Additionally, another foundation, the Zoline Foundation, had pledged to match any funds up to $25,000 (this is in addition to the $50,000 grant) and due to the overwhelming response - they've upped the amount they will match to $35,000! It looks like Bernie will be building an actual "shelter" for her charges for sure now (As opposed to bringing them all into the house when it gets too cold - in addition to the ones already in the house). There's one more week! The other charitable groups are still going strong, too. Can you help secure A Place to Bark's grant? Just click on the badge to the right. The minimum donation is $10, but of course more is always welcome.
Thank you, thank you, thank you everyone who has donated.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
And check out their frame section, too. I found some shadow box frames for 50% off plus the one penny sale. I got four (4!) 9.75" x 12.75" shadow boxes for $15.00! They actually had a longer size for the same price, but I was a little bit afraid of it. (What would I put in all that space???)
To top it all off, I had a $100 gift certificate from my aunt - Whoo Hoo!!! For $100 I got:
four 8x10 canvasses - gallery wrapped, standard edge
four 11x14 canvasses - gallery wrapped, standard edge
four 18x24 canvasses - gallery wrapped, standard edge
Two 18x24 canvasses - gallery wrapped, 1.75" deep edge/heavyframed
Two 10x30 canvasses - gallery wrapped, 1.75" deep edge/heavyframed
Four 9.75 x 12.75, 2 inch deep Shadow Boxes
16 Canvasses and 4 Shadow boxes. I feel rich! Of course, I spent more than my gift certificate. I got brushes, paints, and pens, too. Unfortunately no astounding sale on those things. Ouch, especially the brushes. I had to get new brushes for my upcoming oil painting class. I'm really specific about the brushes I use for oil. Sadly, that means they're more expensive.
The sale goes until January 27th, Don't miss it!
Oh! And don't forget about A Place to Bark and the $50,000 grant! See the post below for details. She's in 2nd place right now! Yippee! We can't rest on our laurels yet, though. There's still 2 more weeks in the competition. Tell your friends and neighbors! Have a lemonade sale! Keep those individual donations coming! When you go to her blog and see the astoundingly adorable new puppies she just saved from certain death at the pound you may even consider blackmailing your ex-boyfriend into donating the paltry $10 minimun donation they are asking for. (You kept those pictures of him, didn't you?)
To put the A Place to Bark donation badge (seen in the upper right of this page) on your blog; just click on the "share" tab on the badge, click on the top "copy" button, open up a new post on your blog and place it in the post using the "edit Html" tab (if you're a Blogger/Blogspot person - if not, follow the directions for your blog's server). Or, if you want it to the side, like I have it, go to the "Layout" section and click on "add a page element" in your desired section. Choose "add html/Java script" and paste the code into the "content" box. (Again, this is if you're a Blogger/Blogspot person - if not, follow the directions for your blog's server)
Good night, everyone.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
I got this award from Kat, check out her blog and her store, and also from Gina. So, I'm going to try to narrow this down...
1. Dana at Eccentricities Studio
2. Jodi at Wild Vines
3. Chel, Queen of ZNE (I'm pretty sure she already got this award - but she still makes my day quite frequently so I guess she gets it again!)
4. Pam at The Bag Lady's Art (who keeps giving me fantastic gifts even though I'm a deadbeat)
5. All the nice people who comment on my blog posts! It makes my day every time I check my email and see that someone has stopped by. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Oh! Newsflash! Jan Thomason of the Polka Dot Barn is back! After a series of serious and/or potentially fatal physical maladies she has rejoined the blogging world. Please stop by and say hello to her.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
I don't know if you can get a good look at those socks, but they are covered in flocking! As are the leggings. I heard her singing the "I Love Snow" song from The Backyardigans and thought, "Oh, I bet she's doing some cute dance or something. I'm going to take a look." I peeked into her room and oh, man! This picture doesn't really capture the white glow that the rug had. The ends of the tree branches look like they belong to a Charlie Brown tree now - they've been stripped bare. I decided to just let her be - although I did tell her to stop taking the snow off her tree. But since it was already done I figured I would let her play with it for the day. What didn't occur to me (Why? Why?) is that she wouldn't just stay in her room the rest of the day! Pretty soon there was flocking on the living room rug, the bathroom floor, the couch, the chairs, everything I was wearing, and the kitchen floor. It was still kind of funny, though. When her Dad came home I told him to take a peek in her room. He came back in and said, "Is it okay that she's throwing it up in the air and letting it land on her head?" Groan.............bathtime hairwashing, always a joy anyway (not), was more challenging that usual.
All was forgiven when (okay, it was forgiven immediately anyway) she brought this home from school:Next to it is the little mosaic tile she made us and wrapped in handpainted wrapping paper. She was so excited that she had a gift for us that she wanted us to open it right away, but we managed to convince her to wait until Christmas. (The tile, not the gingerbread house.) I know these are the same things that everyone's kids bring home - but we were thrilled and charmed to the core anyway.
And, sound the trumpets! Start the parade! I finally finished her stocking a mere 2 years after I first bought the felt for it! Yahoo! You sewing gals will be laughing when you take a good look at it. I hot glued everything but the blanket stitch around the outside (of course) and the chenille loop/hanger at the top. The embroidery letters are completely laughable, hopefully she'll find them charming as she gets older. I made the trees and the gift and bought all the other embellishments at a local scrapbooking store; except for the ornate, dark green, felt ribbon on the chartreuse tree and the gift - that I got from scrappindeals.com. They have the best sales! And I don't even do scrapbooks. Definitely get on their mailing list if you're not already.
And lastly (for this post), here is the necklace I made for my Secret Sister in the ZNE Design Team Secret Santa exchange - it was for Chel! It's hard to see but I fashioned a cherry out of some beads and wire and hung it from the bottom. Cherries, Black, Red, Polka Dots, Gingham, Pin-up Girls, Glitter, Retro, and Tattoos were the things she said she liked so I tried to include them all in a pleasing way. The tattoos are represented by the word "Saucy" that I glued to her upper arm. Retro is in the picture, the gingham, the polka dots, the cherry, and the little ladybug beads. I idiotically forgot to include the card with the box when I sent it (there it was, sitting on the dining room table, when I got back from the UPS store), but she figured out that it was from me for the gift exchange - and that it was custom made especially for her!
Can you believe that this is just part of what I have to blog about? Yikes. In any case, the rest will come later - or not. For now -
HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!
I wish you all love, creativity, laughter, and happiness in the coming year.