Monday, January 28, 2008
and back to the hotel The Townsend Hotel. Honestly, I have stayed in many 4 and 5 star hotels in various places like in Chicago, Seattle, San Diego, Toronto, New Orleans, Denver etc.....Art says that a 3 star is roughing it for him..lol! Well, my determination of this hotel. It is by far my favorite hotel i have ever been a guest of. Truly outstanding...like I mentioned, the details that were provided for were incredible. The food....i can only say one word..crude as it may be YUMMY!!! the best scallops...i didn't know they came that big and cooked to perfection. Art was equally impressed with his dinner(the margarittas are fogging my memory....not sure what it was he had...a steak and lobster I think) the staff was friendly and helpful and full of smiles...very much appreciated! I would definitely look forward to staying there again...and a bonus..even though i am NOT a shopper...only occasionally....the huge mall, Somerset, is only a few minutes away...that is an adventure in itself...
so if any one decides to visit Michigan...Birmingham would be a wonderful choice to add to your list..and if you please...i can recommend the Townsend Hotel...gees i am beginning to sound like an infomercial..rofl...really though, it was wonderful~
okay off my little soap box (who i am pontificating to, I am not sure...lol) and back to the real world and the mountain of laundry and a handful of errands....then maybe 10 minutes of art time..up here in my studio....
Sunday, January 27, 2008
the lobby is only one example of how gorgeous this whole hotel was. It is the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham MI. I felt spoiled. We had a delicious dinner the night before..my scallops were the size of hardboiled eggs...6 of them with delicious everything else to go with it..including some of the best margarittas i have ever had!when we walked into our room....this was the first thing I saw! I told Art..."i Love my life!!'''rofl! yes am a bit spoiled at times...it makes all the hard work worth it though!details details every where..you should have seen the mini bar...Thre was even a jar of gummy bears~ i resisted though..i had ahuge dinner and then went down to the restaurant for breakfast
the restaurant in the lobby..this is while I was waiting for my cream cheese and lux brekafast!
for this one I used the red button and lace from the kit(paula's kit not the jewelery one) the heart beads are from French General from the valentine kit... one more these are highly addictive so be ready to see more in the future...a good way to use up all those vintage and various buttons i collect...ha ha..maybe 100 more and i might make a dent..lol~ so this was a wonderful past few days...a get away with Art and a day and half of artwork..what more can a girl ask for! Life is good!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
any way....there are no new pictures...and i have to say Jackie's guess is right...i am building mushrooms to sit on for posing..the cleaning spree actually started with my work space over there...first up the worst worst worst part of the house(nice to get the worst out of the way...the rest will feel like a piece of cake!) my storage room. So far in the past 5 days I have cleared out more than 12 large black garbage bags out of there alone!.phew!
I have posted a banner in my right column on behalf of Bernie Berlin and her outstanding efforts for her shelter for displaced and abuse animals. Her work is amazing. She is trying to raise money through this organization. If she can remain in the top 4 she will also qualify for a 50K grant to help her rescue mission! Every donation counts..starting at a mere $10..they accept paypal so that makes it extra easy! Please find it in your heart to help
If you would like to read more about her efforts please visit her blog: http://aplacetobark.blogspot.com/ she has lots of photos..some happy ones and others that will make you cry!!
have a wonderful day!!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Amelya'sfirst home before becoming a vampire..the castle is a pop-upthe introduction of Timothy...he is a fun friend..no?...
The doll trunk the book travels in...outside
inside the trunk...along with the paper doll versions...and some extra friends
inside the drawer...I am hoping the participating artist will do one spread in the book (rather than the required two) and then either add or alter the trunk..this is the CRS powder that Amelya and her vampire friends use after feeding on their victims to make them forget the incident...the will only awaken with two odd puncture marks on their neck....CRS=Can't Remember Shit
I was on a roll...after I finished my book, I thought i would work on the pages from the next one in line..called the Dark Continent. It is in a fun format. the binder has loose pages with a protfolio style cover. I did two pages front and back. the first was an Egyptian spread...can you belive it the majority of this page is from a skittle ad!!! lol!~
the back side..images from a vintage book from 1918
and i have had this darling vintage image of a dance couple printed out forever...they were perfect! I was honoring their 'distant heritage"since their coutnry of origin is Africa..noting some similarities...the dance was ever so important to their culture
a bit wild on the back side~
I have so many new and exciting things happening right now....that I need to concentrate more on those and stop the swaps~ I loved the past 4 years of swapping..but as always all good things eventually come to an end....now it is time for new good things!
I will post a new hint maybe later today..and hopefully pics of my fun RR book!!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
and this is what I am working on...got the intial cut down done..off to my band saw....If some one can guess what i am making, i will send you a little suprise of some sort....leave your guesses in the comments...go check out Fack to Bront's photos for the hint
today's gratitude btw: I am grateful for my crazy ideas...they reeeeaaaally make me happy~ and again i am so grateful for my friends...Kari started an exciting group....yay!~go check her buzz out...love that girl!~
later all xoxox
Saturday, January 5, 2008
this is directly in front of me...it makes me smile everyday! It is full of things that have so much meaning to me! a piece of art that i painted that was accepted into a student art show years ago..he looked perfect on the purple, below my very first art print I recieved from my dad and Carol this artist is so fun! My art doll from katie Kendrick. She has inspired me for years! One day i hope to meet her. This doll is also very special to me because I had asked my guardian angel for a sign that I was on the right track...a few days later...unbeknownst to mehow special this was, a Diva Friend Angie Platten had mentioned a tutorial she found on Katie's sight....so i went and looked and saw this angel. I rarely buy much art from other artists(that has changed quite a bit since then) and I HAD to have this angel....so she comes a few days later and i saw a tag on her...her name was Gracie ...well that is my guardian angels name..the angel of grace aka Anunchel...and the doll is doll #13....that has been my lucky number since I can remember! Other items on this wall...a fun assemblage doll created by one of my most favorite local artist friends Joane Huffmanm a pocket fairy from a lovely artist in France, Helinina~ and a gorgeous leave created by my son Turner who at times says he is an artist too!! and a couple of beautiful angel fatbook pages RAKed to me by a fellow fatbook artist(can't remember her name)
all of my tarot decks and awesome vintage books one of the reasons I got into rubberstamping! I had seen a technique on one of those decorating swap shows on HGTV and they used a sun image to paint a huge sun on the wall! Art's last name is Sonneborn and means born under the sun....so i love sun images and wanted one on my wall too! this was one of my first stamps I purchased...I projected it with my art projector! and then filled it in with a black paint pena print I purchase from DJ Pettitt another one of my inspiring artist friends. It says flying on strong wings...i love angels and RED is my favorite color..i had to have this. Unfortuantely she has already sold the original...but I got the next best thing! and on either side a gift from my brother Michael..an amazing nautre photographer...one of his hobbies~messy cd's////i need to organize those,a beautiful canvas from the 12 days diva swap..from Terry~ and a couple of other pieces from friends
my window to the world....and more art from my friends...Karen Campbells gorgeous mailart puzle piece from a couple of years ago..Lenny the king guinea pig from Christy Grant, an ATC from Angie Plattenm vintage photos in a basket...more in the file cabinet
ACK!!! messy messy shelves...this I really plan on organizing and cleaning up soon!!
so there you have it...my cram packed but wonderfully inspiring office...I am so grateful to have my own space...to create and play! And all of my beautiful artist friends and acqaintances!
Friday, January 4, 2008
then I came across the term rubenesque and did a search for Ruben'spaintings...here are some that i saw...as you can see the round woman is portrayed as very sexy and beautiful!
Hey if EVE is round...what in the world are we worried about..she is the original woman...geesh what was all this fuss about?
and look at their beautiful creamy white skin....no artificial tans here... a more modern painting..unfortunately there was no statement of who the artist was...but really it is a gorgeous painting and the women look so....well womanly
and yet an even more modern painting..I find her so adorable
and besides the well known vixen of the earlier part of the century..the well known blonde bombshell..Marilyn Monroe here is my all time favorite full figured woman. It was interesting..I found this on a BET blog and there was aman just slamming her...talking how horrible looking she is...okay she may not have the most beautiful shape in the world..but if you watch any of her movies you can see how comfortable she is with herself...her size does not stop her! She is fun and is beautiful inside and out! She can always brighten my day watching her moviesand my most favorite full figured woman image was this one...It is just so amazing...To see a group of women like this....they are having the time of their life here...there is beauty in that~
and last not but least a fun cartoon from this talented guy a large sized wonderwoman~....what fun..and what a super woman~
like I said my children and then for my biggest support system First and foremost..i reeeeally have a wonderful mate in Art..I know that he loves me and he loves me today no matter what i look like. He loves me for what is inside..and tells me I am special and one of a kind..and that they broke the mold then made me..he he.. I know that he really is trying to help me and has promised to back off a bit on the advise. I am so sensitive, that when i am having a bad day it really bothers me bad. He did make a comment that was true...he says it looks like to him that I am waiting for something....stalling on doing all that i need to do with the weight loss...he seems to have something there...I wonder what it is?..why i am doing that?..some fear maybe....well maybe that fear that I am only loved when i am thin....and that i need to believe now the way I am now that i need to love...our brains are so much fun aren;t they?...so confusing at times...lol! So I am better in that department and I just need to soul search on my own a bit and figure that one out...and not be so hard on myself...I know all of this is my own insecurities talking...man be nice to me angela..gees
The other thing that I am grateful for are all of my wonderful girlfriends in Diva land that came to my rescue this morning and cheered me up and the ones that have been cheering me on and helping me name my papers and such the past 24 hours!! Thank you!! I cherish each and every one of you and am so grateful for having you all in my life!
I am also grateful for my health. Other than being a bit fluffy and I have high cholesterol(that is hereditary but under control...) I have excellent health. I get maybe one or two flu/colds in a year..a sniffle a couple of other times and that is it...and i get through them in 1/4 of the time than most people..I heal fast! I am in good shape....with lots of muscle and even if I am round I do have a waist and figure...think rennaisance figure here..lol! so I have many things to be grateful for..and as for all the things breaking..well none were too aweful and so far only 200 for the computer repairs..hopefully the belt for the blower isn't too much and the washer repair on monday...Like I said all minor pain in the butt stuff...oh yeah..today i backed into the garage...so there 2x3 in 3 days..that equals 6 ...I think i must be done for the year....now on to the good stuff..so tonight...some wine..and benadryl for sleeping.....and a good night sleep here I come!
The worst part...I have not been sleeping..and my attitude by today is dim. I am so exhausted I can't bring myself to work out..would be so painful and my heart rate is elevated..which can lead to panic attacks... I cried so much last night. I know what the biggest problem is..my weight..and Art isn't helping. Constantly he is saying things about it..he says it is only when i say something..it doesn't feel that way to me~, he seems to talk about it all the time! I am reeeeally starting to feel even worse about it. I went through a first marriage of 12 years that I was constantly reminded about how i would look so much better if i lost weight..oh i miss those days of when you were skinny...gees maybe the men in my life only want me for my looks..what is going to happen if I stay fat forever?..huh?..am i going to be alone again for the rest of my life?..why do i keep ending up in situations that support my fears and insecurities? Or is it my fears and insecurities that make me more sensitive to the whole thing. who friggin knows...then i have a mother that told me 'Oh look I am smaller than you" gees that made me feel good..not!...that was about a year and a half ago and it still stings..it used to be the only thing I felt like I had, was my little figure and cuteness...but with that gone, I struggle...Why is my self worth so wrapped up with what dress size i wear?..so if i lose weight, is Art all of a sudden going to want me more..is he asking me to lose wieght for me..or for him?.he seems to think about it a whole heck of a lot..it must be bothering him...What happened to "if you gain weight from quitting smoking..I would rather you be round and be around longer"...well shit maybe I should start smoking again..there are some little times I still miss it~nah i won't....but damn this metabolism...and now I have to sacrifice everything..no more wine if i want to lose, that is my last vice! and I enjoy it!...working out 4-5 days a week isn't doing it...I have bruised feet and am in constant pain..God help me! I don't think that he realizes how hard this is on me..right now I just want to run away...I won't, have I have my boys...my babies..and my big kids..they are what keep me going! They love me for me..if i am fat or not and bless Jonathon's heart...he tells me everyday that he thinks I am beautiful. His name means God's Gift..and boy he is that and more!
So for today...despite all of this whining..and tears streaming down my face..I can say I am ever so grateful for my children...they love me unconditionally...even when i can't love myself that way!
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
One of the latest things I have been doing is sewing. I have had a new obsession with hats! I spent a few pennies at Amazon and bought a pile of hat books..historical, pictorial and a couple of how to books! I found a new friend on flickr that has sparked even more of an interest and we both seem to be fascinated with tiny top hat versions! Well I was a bit stumped at how to make them the 'real' way. I dug around and located my grandfathers collapsable top hat and since it is old the lining had a bit of ftear in it and I could see how some of it was done. Cardboard for the top...hhmmm?...okay it had springs for the structure..can't recreate that..but i could use more cardboard. So i designed and created my mini version and even if my methods are not true to millinery standards...it is clean, neat and very professional looking in the end result...and I am now addicted and have plans on making more...I had already made this outift and the top hat i made was from the left over fabric laying on the table...voila! a fun New Years Outfit was born~ The corset belt was made from a velvet beaded vest..easy easy..it has pants underneath for comfort and practicality~!the bow was made on a pin so it can be removed..the hat could be possibly worn with other outfits that way.Mr. Snowman helping out with the chore of modeling..another reworked/rem,ixed outfit. Inspried by the vest turned into corset belt idea...i had the black pants..and after I made the vest i looked down and lo and behold was a gold shirt from Art that had abad collar and stains on the front..I took it somewhat apart and cut out new pieces...leaving the front button holes and pocket and reworked the sleeves...to make a peasant blouse. I dug through my buttons and found areal cool set of two buttons with a chain and switched out the rest for other silver buttons. The lace is vintage hand crocheted!
I have decided several things in the past few weeks. I have been on a dead run now for 6 months. We have had event after event on top of the normal everyday living with 4 kids at home and two older ones out in the world...along with a big house and all the activities and sports...so i am tired...I have had very little time for art and any art that i have done was for swaps or submissions. I seem to have lost my pleasure. I decided that this year I am going to make things for MY pleasure and let my muse guide me and see what I will make...for fun and to feed my soul. I used to get so excited and inspired and would create all sorts of new and fun things...experimenting and designing..but for some reason it all got lost this year..the fun and charm. So for me to be able to forge ahead and create new and exciting things....it is time for me to just stop with the swaps(except a few very thoughtfully chosen ones) and also not worry about submitting and what i might make that would be accepted...etc! I am going to play! So that is one of my resolutions for the year..and also to stop whining and dig in and finally do something about this weight...including giving up a bit more of my wine habit!
so there....my new years stuff....i also have come up with a new motto or two... 'If the journey through life is an adventure'...dress the part...and 'Attitudes are contagious..is yours worth catching?'
love and light to you all and I hope you find all the wonderful things in this new year!