Sunday, December 16, 2007

2008 ATC Calendar Swap- Sent and Received

Here are two of the four 2008 Calendar ATC 's that I made for my partner. I will be sticking them in the mail tomorrow. Winter 2008

Spring 2008

you can see the rest in this Flickr collection ( of Spit and Image hooked me up with the Pro subscription on Flickr!!)

and finally here is the ATC set that I received for the swap. It's a great, usable design. You can find more at Liregudesign's etsy shop.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Rachel VonGarnier Fine Art

My good friend, Rachel, recently sent me over some of her latest paintings. They are incredible!I really get a sense of her appreciation for nature and can truly feel the dream-like spaces, invoking the feeling of being or having been there, in this one.

This is dream-like too in the sense that the bird seems to be dissipating into a storm. Unfortunately I don’t have the ability to write so eloquently about art to give these the justice they deserve.

Here are two more of my favorite paintings of hers. I love how diverse her portfolio is.

You can explore her gallery of paintings here. Enjoy!!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Weekend Getaway

Mig and I headed to the mountains over the weekend so we could take the Durango Silverton Train ride. This is something I have been wanting to do for at least two years now so I finally bit the bullet and bought the tix (not so cheap).
We left on Friday and it rained pretty much the whole drive up to Pagosa Springs, CO. When we got there all of the power was out, every single traffic light was out! Yet still, the local grocer managed to have their holiday music playing through the dimly lit aisles.
When we got to my mom's cabin the power was out there too. Have you any idea how hard it is to entertain yourself when there is no light to read, craft, or otherwise by and especially no music to fill our heads? Mig and I were blurting out one liners of horrible music, you know, the kind of crap that only gets recognition because it so easily sticks in your head... here's a sample, "Turn around, every now and then I fall apart, and I" .... anyway you get the idea and I have to say that was a low point, low enough that we just went to bed at 7:30. Can't say I would have minded the extra sleep but I some how convinced myself we were getting Carbon Monoxide poisening and therefore even had trouble breathing in my dreams.
The next morning we spent half an hour traveling the 20 feet it takes to get out of the driveway, rain and then snow equals LOTS of mud and a huge slick mess. We barely made it to the train on time. Anyhow, we made it and had quite the enjoyable time. Here are some pics from it.
And lastly, a picture of the Abiquiu area, which also got some snow. All in all the trip turned out to be visually gratifying only making my appreciation grow larger for the southwest.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Holiday Is Here...

I can't seem to pull myself away from making hoiday cards, even though I have other things I *should* really be working on. Anyhow, this holiday card is a bit different than some of the other ones I have made recently. Enjoy!

A Windfall of Ephemera and Collage Material...

Lately great collage material has been in abundance in my little crafing cabinet. This week I got a huge package from the Share Your Stash swap from susiqz on swap-bot. One of my favorite things I got from her was the little red Chinese envelopes, perfect size for ATC's
I was also given some awesome books, one of them being Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustre published in 1926 (French Illustrated encyclopedia). In it there are tons of pages of pictures, just like the picture above. It is an old book and may be valuable (I don't even want to know) but having worked in several book stores, one of them being my family's used bookshop, I happen to know that just because someone somewhere might pay $$$ for it, it doesn't really mean it is worth that. Without that experience I would have a much harder time cutting up this fine book.

My second score was from my Dad via my grandparents. These are from his youth and prior to my receiving the WHOLE SET!!!! from him I had sought out the little Golden Guides in thrift stores and such. There is a wealth of great pictures and information in them. There is nothing like learning a bit about nature and history while collaging.

At this point I have soooo many books and papers that I am putting together ephemera packs. I scanned one in but it scanned poorly, I will try again soon. I am putting some together for gifts but will also be interested in trading (anything!) for an ephemera pack. More info on that later.

Currently listening to: Dusty Springfield-"Son of A Preacher Man"

First Snow...

Although the snow is no longer on the ground I was happy to be able to catch and share pics from Northern New Mexico's first snow.

Currently listening to: Death in Vegas- Scorpio Rising