Thank you so much Kathy for my award....I am so happy. It is always nice to know that someone out there appreciates what you do. It is always nice to know that there are nice folks who are kind enough to say "Hey, you did a good job and it made my day." So Kathy again, from the bottom of my heart.....
Now on to the business of receiving the award.
1. Write a post with links to 5 blogs that make me think and or make my day.
2. Acknowledge the post of the award giver.
3. Display the "you make my day" award on your blog.
4. Tell the award winners that they have won by commenting on their blogs with the news.
so my picks are:
Ellen Crimi Trent began her blog just last summer and is posting her really cute illustrations and products and all the cute things she makes with her 2 little boys. Since she already had gotten this award from Kathy I cannot give her this again, but I would be remiss to not mention her blog @www.ellencrimitrent.typepad.com!
1. Tracy Bakkelokken @ www.pinkpurl.typepad.com
Tracy lives in Norway just south of Oslo and does all sorts of crafts and creative things. She moved there to follow her Viking love and has adjusted to her new life over there quite well. I find her sweet and thoughtful and someone who always has something nice to say. Check out her new Valentine necklace she just made and her really nice pocketbooks...just delicious!
2. Charlotte Lyons@ www.housewrenstudio.typepad.com
Charlotte is well known for her craft books and her association with Mary Engelbreit's magazine and just about every other magazine there ever was. She teaches at Silver Bella and also at Tinsel Trading among others. She makes the most wonderful things out of bits of this and bits of that, demonstrating that crafting is in her blood. She has 3 beautiful daughters just like I do, so she is a Mother extraordinare and about to become a Mother of the Bride, which is so exciting.
3. Vanessa Valencia @ www.fancifultwist.typepad.com
I am just getting to know Vanessa and discovered that she and I both have a love of red and white polka dot mushrooms! So, I know she is a lot of fun. Her blog has tales of fantasy with mice and little fairies and woodland settings and stories that would make your head spin. She also makes the most amazing dolls out of paper and pulp. Talented!
4. Amy Schimler@www.redfishcircle.blogspot.com
Amy went to Massachusetts College of Art in Boston just like I did, so we connected. She does the cutest children's illustrations, has a new fabric line on the market and is creating all sorts of darling designs with her woodland animal series. She is always posting her illustrations so make sure to check her blog out because there is always something new to see.
5. Bowie firstname.lastname@example.org
Ah, the mysterious Bowie Style...not her real name but the creator of the famous and wonderful Print and Pattern blog out of London. This girl can pick them. She is a graphic designer herself who loves designs and patterns and is always posting the latest and the greatest designs she comes across in her travels. She is guest blogging this week on Design Sponge so make sure to stop by and say hello..she loves David Bowie by the way.
so that is all for today folks........and to all my "bloggets" out there...congrats and best wishes and thanks again to Kathy for being so sweet.
The big storm that hit Cape Cod last evening dumping 14 inches of snow on the lower Cape, passed us by completely. But, at high tide today at 3 pm, the waves from this storm rolled in to the beach near my house creating some pretty wild scenes. These waves were a result of the storm passing us by out to sea, so all we got was the wave action and it was exhilarating to say the least.
It was such an incredible sight....the sun was shining down and it was 40 something degrees, so warm for this time of year and these waves were just crashing in, sparkling with the sun dancing along the top of the water as they came cascading down on the sand.
I took some of my little munchkins over to the beach to enjoy the display that Mother Nature was providing for us. The fun thing to do was to try to run down to the shore and then quickly run back to the safety of the beach when the waves came rolling in. Laughter and a few splashes of salt water here and there made for a wonderful afternoon. The freedom that children have when they are playing especially at the beach is so infectious...you forget all your cares and just follow them along, mimicking their frolic along the sand, picking up shells, screaming with delight each time a wave "almost" got them wet. It was just fun.....you know.... just plain old fun.....laughing and playing along with them was the best thing especially against such a spectacular backdrop today with the ocean showing off.
I will just put up some more shots of the waves as they came rolling in. Awesome indeed!
and then to top it all off.....a rainbow......after this huge wave that was about 30 feet straight up in the air hit the barrier a rainbow appeared along the edge of the spray. I mean how fantastic....
darling little munchkins screaming with laughter and delight, impressive waves crashing along the shore in the bright sunshine, fresh air and clear skies and the "frosting on the very delicious cake"......a rainbow.
that was my day.
Yesterday morning, the Captain and I took a drive up to Plum Island, a barrier island off the coast of Massachusetts near Newburyport. It was a beautiful sunny day, cold, but not windy.We visited the Parker River Wildlife Refuge that is there along a lovely sandy beach that goes on for miles. It is one of our favorite spots, quiet and peaceful with just magnificent sights to see. Here I am coming up onto the wooden boardwalk that meanders through the magnificent sand dunes along the beach. The ocean was sparkling with the waves crashing down along the shore. Seals had been spotted earlier in the day laying along the sand soaking up the sun's rays. It was just so pretty.
The boardwalks go on forever and you can access them at several different points along the main road that runs through the refuge. This keeps folks up and off the dunes and is why the very rare piping plover is still seen in this refuge. It is extremely well organized and when you get out to the sandy beach you can walk for over 6 miles along the shore.
There are thousands of acres of salt marsh teeming with wildlife and sand dunes and the beach. The scenery is gorgeous but the big draw here are the birds. Plum Island is a stop off on many migrations paths so birders come from all over the world to add to their life lists. Everywhere you go you see little groups of "birders" with their enormous telescopes looking up at the sky.
I just had my little Sony hand held but I still managed to get this shot of a beautiful red tailed hawk sitting right above us in the tree. He was really beautiful and looking around for a tender morsel to consume for his lunch. I have a particular interest in hawks that I learned from my Dad who was a birder and animal lover. He and I actually went to the British School of Falconry at the Equinox Resort in Vermont just a few years ago and went hunting with a hawk....... like the ancient sport of Kings. It was a 2 day program and I will never forget how amazing it was to walk thru the woods with a hawk on my arm and my Dad along side of me. I would have to rank it as one of the most magical moments of my life. The experience alone left me almost breathless with this hawk sitting on my arm just inches away from my face. My arm was covered and protected with a heavy leather glove so the hawk could land there. They have such a keen eye that they can spot a mouse at 100 yards away, swoop down and pick it up in their talons without skipping a beat. And, they just soar through the air on the wind currents, hardly ever flapping their wings so they basically just fly and hunt.......that is why my Dad loved the hawk....a simple life, yet filled with wonder and plenty of available food!
The view as you pass by the dunes from the boardwalk is so pretty....... this is what we are looking at....these magnificent sand dunes, just pristine, covered here and there with a little dusting of snow. How cool a picture is that!
On one of our stops to try to find the elusive snowy owl, we pulled into a small parking lot against this old fence. I noticed that the vines had grown up along the fence posts and it almost gave the post a face..you know....a character...like a scarecrow or something. It reminded me of of the talking trees in the Wizard of Oz movie somehow. I am an artist so I have a vivid imagination....bear with me here. So, out came my camera and here is the shot...see what you think?
Wonderful day, fresh air, walked for miles, hours of sunshine along with my Captain.......hours outside in the winter wonderland at a simply beautiful place. We slept well last night that's for sure after all that fresh air and walking.
There is snow today, just a light dusting, that soft white confectionery powdered sugar coating kind of snow, that makes it all look so "Currier and Ives" pretty.
I love New England in the wintertime.....it is quiet and not so busy as in the summertime and the cold feels good when I walk outside. It makes you feel alive, you know, turns your cheeks pink and gets your circulation moving.
Well, I smell breakfast cooking, the Captain is making his Sunday morning special....scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, juice and coffee...can't pass that up!
Hello! We need to talk! I have been so busy with work and developing a new line of products for one of my clients that I forgot to mention some things that have been bothering me or that I have been thinking about.
1. The tragic death of the adorable actor Heath Ledger who I loved in Brokeback Mountain and also in The Patriot. He was so talented and his little daughter Matilda who looks just like him. It appears to just be an accident. He had so much to live for with his wonderful career and his daughter and family all, I just cannot imagine it was on purpose. so very sad.
2. The election process is driving me crazy....hello...who is running Bill or Hilary Clinton?? I have seen more of him lately than her...I mean he has already been there so what is he doing? Too much fighting and tangling of words....not leaving us with a lot of hope.........very disturbing....where is Colin Powell when we need him?
3. Friends who take and take and then don't give back...I wonder sometimes why it is always so one sided with some people, friendship should work both ways...you can really count on one hand the number of folks who truly are your dear friends and who would do for you no matter what....discouraging sometimes.
4. Spending the day with a four year old munchkin who adores me, runs into the house calling my name, gives out big hugs and kisses and loves to paint! Doesn't get much better than that! just wonderful
5. American Idol tryouts and really where do some of these people come from? I mean I love to sing and dance and all of that, but I know that I am not a good singer...I can hear my self sing......is there some reason these folks cannot...it is terribly funny and I love to watch them, but you have to give the judges credit for being good sports, most of the time, because it is surely a waste of their time to listen to some of these wannabees...
anyhow, nothing urgent just some random thoughts floating around my head...
I went over to the beach and I was glad that I was wearing my warm wool sweater and gloves since the wind was blowing a nice little breeze over the ocean.
Something we must not do without in New England and thanks to the Norwegian ladies who created these wonderful knitting patterns so many years ago. They are so pretty and last forever!
I painted this little sweater while I was thinking about those Norwegian patterns....called this "Norwegian Wood" after the Beatles song....in Norway the deer do just roam around the woods freely, so it is an appropriate name.
Keep on knitting!
You will be needing all these tomorrow and more...they are talking about it being 7 degrees or something like that...so so cold...
so bundle up in your warm sweaters, hats and mittens........and think good thoughts for our fabulous Patriots football team that will be playing the San Diego Chargers tomorrow at 3 pm here at Foxboro Stadium....imagine how cold it will be for them....brrr!!!
so Go Pats!! and stay warm everyone!
Welcome to New England after a snow storm. Yesterday I went all around town and took photos of Marblehead after the big snowstorm we got the night before....almost a foot of snow inland and about 8 inches here on the coast.
It was 26 degrees, blue sky,lots of sunshine and the funny thing is that it just didn't feel all that cold with the sun bouncing off the snowbanks and reflecting on everything in it's path........it was positively gorgeous. The snow was starting to melt of course with all the sunshine so I wanted to get around quickly to photograph the beauty of it all before it was gone.
Everywhere I went the trees were covered with snow, looking just lacy and delicate. It almost looked like powder or cotton it was so fluffy on the branches. Mounds of snow piled up in front of people's houses, coating doorways and windows with almost a confectionery sugar dusting. The beach was sparkling with a little snow cover on the sand and the ocean was just so nice with small waves breaking against the shore, the color of the water so blue, the breeze fresh and clean. Making it the kind of day that you are just so glad to be alive...breathing in the salty air, the sunshine, the blue sky, the ocean breeze....just makes you smile, you know.
There is something wonderful about a snowstorm that after it passes everything seems peaceful and calm. The air is always fresh and clean, the landscape is covered with a white blanket, all the gardens tucked underneath, protected for the winter season. When you walk it crunches under your boots as you step onto the snow and ice. I have to tell you, as much as I am a beach gal and particularly love the white sandy beaches of Naples, Florida, I would not want to live there year round and miss this glorious change of seasons. I would not want to miss days like this......the extraordinary beauty of the snow scape is really breathtaking.
So for all you folks out there who could not wait to leave New England in the winter time, just take a look at the photos of my day walking around Marblehead after a winter's storm and tell me you don't wish you could have seen this. It was just spectacular!
P.S. We have someone plow our driveway and do all our shoveling!
A great big shout out to Bowie who just recently posted a nice little blurb about my design business on her fabulous blog, Print & Patternprint & pattern out of London, my favorite European city and actually where my grandmother was from. I have been there many times and just love the city!! Print & Pattern is actually also on my typelist of favorite blogs too!
She featured some of my new designs and talked about how I translate them into products, both the 2-D and the 3-D aspects of my business. One that she showed on the post is this new owl pattern above. I love the way these little owlies all play together as they sit in line....the saturated colors with the polka dots and stripes, the little ears perking up, some wings up, some wings down, and check out the little feet .....what types of products could they be?
Birdhouses? Figurines? Fabrics? Ornaments? Journals? Stationery? Softies?......... across the board, they really could translate to so many things....imagination has no boundaries.
so thank you so much dear Bowie, marketing is everything!!
Just back from Atlanta...had a great time! Meetings went well, lots of new prospects, wonderful dinner with my peeps....above...that is me in the upper left corner along with BJ.Lantz, Ellen Crimi-Trent and Susan Eaddy at the Atlanta Grill right on Peachtree. It was so nice to catch up and chat and catch our breaths after a very busy day at the Mart. Talent and beauty...these gals are the best!
Rushed back and forth from building to building working my way through the crowds of people to get to the showrooms so I could present concepts for product lines, search for new clients, meet with existing clients, touch base with old friends and new friends....and a big shout out to Peter who very nicely escorted me to my next client meeting after I met with him, since he was a friend of the creative director (who knew)...you were the best and I thank you for your support. Cross your fingers for me...
Then it was more rush, rush rush from floor to floor, trying to get a elevator or make it to the escalator, waiting for what seemed like forever there were so many people. Then when the elevator finally did stop and the doors opened, everyone raced in and it was like being packed in a sardine can. Somehow, though, it all works and everyone gets to their destinations in one piece, but the journey takes patience and perseverance to be sure! Just like in life, nothing worthwhile is ever particularly easy to do.
I started to think that this is like the reverse of Surtex where the clients come to us and we sit and wait for them...in Atlanta we just go to them, pick and choose who we want to hopefully work with....and I like that a lot...my own agenda.... very interesting.
I am going back in July for the launch of a new line that I am working on...lots happening!
We did not make it to the Wild Things party Saturday night...with the Patriots playing at 8 p.m. after dinner we simply couldn't take a chance of missing the game. Ellen and I watched the game with dessert and coffee and of course Tom and the boys won, so it was worth it! They are really something!! Go Pats!!
The weather in Atlanta was really nice...warm and sunny which turned out to be quite different than what we got when we got home... look what I woke up to this morning....!!
A Winter Wonderland...I took this photo out my front door this morning...just caught the edge of my holiday basket with the red berries and evergreens as I shot the photo out the door...looks pretty against the white snow.
I love New England...one week it is in the high 50's and we are practically wearing flip flops and the next week we are shoveling and wearing our boots.
But you know, the variety is pleasing to me, keeps you on your toes. I love the snow, the fresh cool air and how pretty it looks. I love to walk in the snow and went out this morning with my camera since it was just so pretty. We all have 4 wheel drive in New England, so getting around is never a problem.
Anyhow, I think it is nice to have variety in life...if it is always the same...it is boring...and we all know that life is too short to put up with the boring stuff!