Sunday, June 27, 2010

Too Hot for Mother Nature?

Okay, I am from Texas and I know hot, and let me tell you it is HOT! Today I have been sitting at the computer attempting to recuperate from, well lets just say the past week, and the entire time gazing at me through the window have been these two little visitors.
Are they staring at me with envy because the cool air from the vent is blowing my hair or is it my dogs laid out like wet towels all over the floor? I swear the Robin is nearly panting!
While the robin seems to be dieing of thirst, farther down the same brick wall is a very comfortable squirrel. I guess this guy decided to stretch out and make the best of the shade. He has been there forever just looking at me. I did not know animals were voyeurs. I wish I could open the window and invite them both inside. Should I turn the t.v. to the nature channel and hope to see a documentary on aquatic life? or would that be torture?

Finally, Mr. Squirrel could not take it any longer and has made a complete 180.

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Artist inside You!

Attention All Artists (and aspiring artists) here is the perfect opportunity for you to express your creative side! Yes, I promise anyone can do it! My very good friend Lisa Jordan (artist, crafter, creator, decorator, overall doer extraordinaire) has imaginatively devised a new trend in "home parties". She provides the place (her home in Greenville, NC), supplies, and directive talent for you and a group of friends to learn how to paint on canvas. Here are all the details:

  • $30.00/ person (with approximately 16 people in a class)
  • Hosted two to three times a week (book your spot now, I hear she has a waiting list a mile long for the upcoming classes!!!!)
  • Starts on a week night at 5:30pm
  • Each person brings snacks and/or drinks
  • 5:30 - 6:00 everyone socializes
  • 6:00 Class begins and last until about 8:45 or 9:00 (time flies when you are having fun!)

This is the classroom. Everyone has their own paint, brushes, aprons, and easels at their workstation.

These are the paintings for future classes this summer. TO DIE FOR!!!!
The tulip still life is from the first class. These paintings are the finished product for each class. Just choose the one you like best.

If you are a beach lover, you will flip over these festive beauties!

Okay, I know what you are thinking....Are you crazy? I promise you anyone can do it! I think all the women there were a little intimidated at first, saying..."I do not know why I am here, I can't paint!" Well yes you can! Lisa is the best instructor. She will put you at ease and walk you through it step by step. It is a fool proof process!

In the beginning.... I attempted to photograph my artwork in stages, but as the class went on it really began to build momentum and suddenly you are completely engrossed in your painting. Oh, p.s. yes, she already has the image you are going to paint, drawn out for you on your canvas. I know, I think a bunch of people were sweating the drawing part of the class, but were relieved to know it was paint-by-numbers if you will. Whew!!!!

Is that Picasso? No, though it is my good friend Tif diligently working on her masterpiece!
I about died laughing when we went to pay Lisa for the class and asked Tif if she needed some change to which she replied...."no, my husband left me the exact amount of money for camp today!" Me.
TA DA!!! The group photo of art class. It was a pleasure to see everyone artwork when they were finished. The diversity was so awesome! No two were the same, which was a good thing! Plus, it was neat to see how everyone interpreted colors and textures differently.
Overall, a complete blast! I highly recommend you "hop" on over to Lisa's email: and get on the list A.S.A.P.!
The fruits of my labor. How cool will it be to hang this puppy out for Easter or simply year round in the kitchen!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Life Hanging in the Balance

Glorious RAIN!!! Thank goodness yesterday evening we were blessed with a much needed rain shower! Finally, I get a day of reprieve from the monotonous chore of watering and resuscitating my plants. Why is it water from the hose does not have that magical taste that rainwater can provide? Sort of like when I give my dogs their medicine wrapped in an off brand, cheap piece of cheese. First, they spit it out and wait for the good stuff, Velveeta! But when they realize that is all they are going to get, they reluctantly gulp down the orangish yellow lump laying on the floor before them. So, until the next rain I guess my plants will have to drink the "off brand" generic tap water.

I love these tiny hanging droplets, just waiting to give life to what lies below.

P.S. Thank you Shane for my wonderful new camera! It has allowed me to capture images such as these. You are the best!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Girly Must!

via lifeinthefunlane, originally uploaded by dollylovespink.

Okay, I confess, I am attempting to download my New York pictures so that I can blog about my trip, but while stumbling around on flickr I discovered this to die for image. What a smashing idea and alternative to framing a little girls dress! How easy is that I ask you? Plus, I think it looks much better than when people suffocate dresses in a shadowbox. This has got to be less expensive as well. Just go to your local Salvation Army or Goodwill and simply buy an over sized frame. How easy and idiot proof is that I ask you? You could frame a child's christening gown, their take-me-home outfit from the hospital, a beautifully smocked birthday outfit........endless possibilities! Now, can I find a frame large enough to display my wedding gown?