Thursday, July 30, 2009

Celebration today...

This is a little tongue in cheek - $500 for a new garage door when you are unemployed is not exactly fun, but it is a fact of life...

Sunflowers

It's that time of year for the sunniest flowers of all...

2nd Street Market

My son and DIL came and got me for a trip to the Farmer's Market last weekend. Sweet! I really enjoyed the fresh roasted beets and corn on the cob...


Digital TV

Isn't digital TV and tivo the best thing ever? What a treat to watch whatever you want - whenever you want -with no commercials! Love it!

Italian Pasta

This is a post from May 2009. And it was the best pasta I ever ate when I cooked it for friends for lunch!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Quilt Auction is Live!!

If you have followed my blog, then you already know about the Endangered Species Quilt that is now up for auction. In case you DON"T know about it, check out the eBay listing here and then watch the companion you tube video here.

This quilt has been a labor of love and all proceeds will be donated - 100% - to the World Land Trust for a project in the Cosanga Valley, Ecuador.

Please tune in on December 5th for the actual auction - it should be spectacular!!!

Monday, September 01, 2008

ACEO Quilt

Wow, another month has passed since I posted here last, but that's only because I've been so busy with those darn ACEO cards! I continue to post cards for sale on ebay most weeks and I try to participate in the group theme weeks and swaps. The ACEO Art Cards Editions and Originals is a very active group!

In fact, August was really busy. The month started out with our theme week, which for August was "Endangered Species". It was a great theme with a lot of interesting entries and I discovered during my own research that the Earth's Rainforests are considered endangered. They are disappearing at an alarming rate but there are groups trying to save them. One is the World Land Trust, which uses donations to buy rainforest land and keep it from being developed. Our ACEO group decided to make a donation from our Endangered Species sales to buy some rainforest land for preservation. We will be designating it to the Cosanga Valley in Ecuador.

Then the idea grew. One of our members offered to make a quilt using the images from our theme week cards and donate it to be auctioned to raise more funds. The idea really took off and she was a dynamo on making the quilt. Even better, the quilt got shipped to me this weekend to help do promotional work for the quilt auction and to do the actual listing on ebay when the time comes. It will probably go up for sale in early December.

Meanwhile, I took some photos of the quilt and made a little slide show to share with the other participants. I am the fortunate one who actually gets to see the quilt, besides Char, the quilt maker/artist. Here is the video.

video


Profiles of the artists can be found on the ACEO Quilt Blog. New ones are being added as each artist gets theirs composed and turned in, so keep checking back for lots of info and updates.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

catching up in July

Again, I haven't updated in a while but I have been painting ACEO cards on most days. I usually have auctions going on ebay under user ID starrgirlblue.

Here are some recent sketchbook pages. This one is about making bread - this is a great new book on making bread everyday with a very simple method that really works!


This was a "pre-determined" page in my sketch journal. When I first start a new journal, I alter some of the pages to make me think about what to do with them when I get there. This one had some torn paper and paint streaks on it.



Some ivy.


Poor mousie...


I watch lots of movies while painting ACEOs.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

52 Playing Card Deck

My goodness, I haven't posted here in a while, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy!! I am still smitten with ACEOs - those little art trading cards that measure 2.5" by 3.5", just like official baseball trading cards. Only these are original art and if you go searching for them on ebay, you'll find a blue million of them - all creative and artistic and an absolute STEAL for the price.

One of the organized ACEO groups that I belong to on ebay has undertaken a project to make and publish a deck of playing cards. This has been a hoot to be part of! First of all, the signup for the cards took place a few weeks ago and the list of cards was filled in the first twenty minutes. Good thing for me that I was available during the Sunday afternoon signup!!

Thankfully, I got in on requesting a card and I was assigned the five of spades. I was thrilled to have an "ordinary" card and put some thought into the design. I wanted something that there would be "five" of and also something that would look good, design-wise, no matter which direction it faced. Here is what I came up with:


and here is what it will look like as a playing card...


This is just one of 54 original art cards that will be professionally produced and available for sale at ~ $5 per deck. Let me know if you would like one!!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

ACEO time of the week

I'm rather surprised I'm still going strong on the ACEOs, but I am. It feels great to come home and paint these little cards in the evening after work. I usually skip around more than this and it will soon be time to get outside and clean up the yard, but meanwhile, more cards. Here are this week's dogs.





For the link to this week's auctions, click here.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

catching up again

Well, in spite of the ACEOs that I still work on every single day (I'm totally addicted), I have made some moleskine journal entries lately. I just haven't stopped working on ACEOs long enough to get them posted! So here's some catching up of late.

Have you heard the word "copacetic"? It jumped out at me recently and I had to do a page about it.


Then, in early March, we had a most delicious snowstorm. The timing was grand - it started on a Friday, so all I had to do was get myself home from work that day. I did slide right past my street on the way home, but managed to get on home without mishap. The storm continued through Saturday and we accumulated 12" of snow on the ground. That's just plain gorgeous when you can stay inside and watch it come down. Then, on Sunday, my family arrived to help dig me out. I helped - and then fed them - and it was a grand time.


On the first day of Spring I had a nice outing with my daughter and grandkids...


Later that day I watched a fascinating documentary about ole Ben...


The full moon is always a wonder to me.


And today, of course, was an ideal spring day that I just had to write about.


And lots of ACEOs are in the works, of course. Flowers, dogs, birds...
Here are the current ebay auctions...