Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Shake, Rattle. and Roll!

I love a good thunderstorm. The kind where the wind blows the rain sideways, the lightening lights up the sky in crisp, white, electric zig zags and the thunder booms so loud that it shakes the house. After a month of absolutely not a drop of rain, this week we've had intense nightly thunderstorms and I have to admit I think they're wonderful....even when they wake me out of sound sleep! Besides enjoying the show, I think of my garden getting a good soaking and how that will turn into all kinds of lovely flowers and yummy things to eat...what's not to love?

Speaking of lovely things to eat, this fellow wandered into my head recently demanding to be made...these Looking Glass Rats are very demanding! Let me introduce you to Bander and Brillig. Not only are they obvious fashionistas, but they (he?) are also connoisseurs of gourmet foods, fine wines, and evenings at the opera. These fellows can quell or inspire with just a glance and are often to be found backstage at the best fashion shows. Appearing now in my shop!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Swap is ON!

Well the show last weekend was kind of slow but definitely lots of fun. Wonderful friends getting together to turn my humble abode into an amazing art gallery for a day...how could it not be fun? I'll post some pictures from the actual show this weekend but for now I wanted to get to the 'Swappin' that I promised!

So Swappin' Fun Time!
First off I want to give credit where it is due and say that I absolutely lifted this idea from Jo over at The Cart Before the Horse blog...a wonderful, magical place that is one of my favorites to visit and if you have not been there do yourself a huge favor and go check it out as soon as you're finished here...I only hope that I can do as good a job of organizing as she did because she made it such fun! Of course being the complete fiber-aholic that I am this idea was too good not to share, maybe one of you will be the next to pass it on?

Okay here are the rules:
Cut four 9x9 inch squares from five different fabrics (100% cotton only, please). That's 20 squares in all. (You can easily get four 9x9 inch squares from a quarter yard or a fat quarter.)
Try to send fun interesting fabrics ...the kind that are so hard to resist. I'll gather them together, shuffle them up in a precise pattern known only to me because I haven't figured it out exactly yet, and send out 20 new pieces to everyone! Who could resist a plethora of riches like that? So the first 19 people who respond that they want to play will be in...don't forget to include your email so I can send you my address and the fun can begin!

I uploaded a BUNCH of new stuff to the shop this week, with more to come, so drop by for a visit and we'll have a cuppa tea! Well it will be virtual tea but the sentiment is there.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Naiad

So here is the doll I made for the ADO Elements challenge. She's a Naiad, a type of fairy or nymph that inhabits the rivers, streams, lakes, marshes, fountains and springs of the earth. Naiads, or Undines as they are also called, are found in the folklore of many cultures. A Naiad's essence was bound to her spring, so if a naiad's body of water dried, she died. While poking around on Google today I found out that naiad is also the name for the immature form of a dragonfly...how's that for serendipity? So my element is of course Water! There is tremendous concern in the world today about the availability of clean drinking water for both humans and animals and the naiad, with her dependence on her water source, seemed a perfect representative to me. This doll was made by stretching a cotton knit "skin" over a cloth and wire armature.

Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to check out the other elements from the doll artists of ADO. You can find a complete list of participants by clicking on the link at the top of the page or right here!
Tomorrow is the art show here at the Nest...pictures to follow later.... and fabric swap info as well!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

A New Kitchen and a New Doll

I've been so crazy busy getting ready for the homeshow next weekend that I've been neglecting my blog terribly! But I've finally had a chance to take some pictures of the kitchen remodel and here they are! You can see the "before" shots here.

I am SO loving the new counter tops that I may be in danger of polishing them a bit too much...

The whole remodel came together so quickly that it was really amazing and I am SO happy with the results that I've been cooking up a storm ever since! I made 11 batches of pesto, a big pitcher of gazpacho and a yummy Mediterranean eggplant and orzo salad yesterday morning and made a big ole mess...it was great! (Actually my hubby made the gazpacho... to give credit where it is so richly due.) Of course just minutes after I took these pictures my husband went to open the basement door and the handle fell off in his hand...with an old house remodeling is always an ongoing project.

I've also managed to get my doll for the ADO Elements challenge finished, something I seriously felt was not going to happen! I can't post full pictures of her until Friday but I will give you a little sneak peek...can you guess which element she represents?

Have a wonderful week everyone!