Saturday, June 20, 2009

Celebrating Life Through Art - Pics from the Show

Here are some photos from the 2nd annual Celebrating Life Through Art event held on June 6 at the Masonic Home in Shelbyville, KY. There were approximately 30 vendors, six of which were Bluegrass etsy team members. And we managed to recruit some new team members while we were there!

The sun was shining, there was a nice crowd, and Donna Williams, the show organizer is delightful to work with! In addition, there was live music, dancers, and wine tasting from Talon Winery. The very best part was getting to socialize with other Bluegrass etsy team members!

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Special thanks to Jessica of the Pink Needle for teaching me how to use Picasa to make this cool collage! You should be able to click on the photos to see them on a larger scale.

To view art and crafts from the Kentucky Bluegrass etsy team, search for teambluegrass at etsy!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Women in Art

This is a wonderful video if you haven't seen it already. See how many you recognize from famous work of art!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

If I Had a Million Dollars...

I'd buy me this house...

I have been admiring it whenever I travel down that particular street. I love the pale yellow color and the upper porch area. There are flower boxes on each side under the windows and white rocking chairs on the porch. I had to drive by three times to get this shot with my camera phone when there was no traffic behind me. LOL! Normally I am a better photographer than this (the lamppost really bugs me) but I was driving at the time. "The pics are for my blog, officer, really!!"

I think it would be much nicer on a larger piece of land and not facing another house, but that's just me. I might like to sit out on that upper level porch in my pjs with a glass of wine. But I bet that would be frowned upon in this neighborhood!

This photo demonstrates that you cannot drive and take a picture of something on the passenger side of your SUV while attempting to be nonchalant with a car behind you.

My son just pointed out that there is no door to walk out onto this lovely upper level porch. What?? Talk about bursting my bubble. I am going to pretend I don't now that now.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Smokin Hot!

My husband loves to grill and use the smoker. We just gave away a charcoal grill, so we are now down to four, a smoker, an upright smoker, a gas grill and a charcoal grill. I find it interesting that men LOVE to cook outdoors, but put them inside, and they aren't nearly as excited. Must have something to do with being outdoors. Oh, and the beer consumed while cooking. Think that's a factor??

So the hubs is hard at it with a beef brisket. It's his first time with this - his real specialty is ribs, but we are doing those next Sunday for Father's Day. He has carefully prepared the brisket with a dry rub that he put together from a combination of recipes, a basting sauce with Guinness extra stout and has also made a spicy mustard based dipping sauce for later. Oh, did I mention the dipping sauce also contains beer? Yum-O!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Goodwill Hunting

Here are some treasures found on my lunch hour at the local Goodwill. The picture frame was $4, the glass dragonfly photo holder was $1 and the silver tree was $6. The photo frames on the tree are going to be removed and I plan to paint the tree and the picture frame. The frame will be made into an earring holder.

Here is what I did with the old wooden frame. I put strips of ribbon across the back and pulled them taut and stapled them. I then put a piece of mat board behind the frame. I bought the wooden easel at Michael's when they were 40% off. I think this easel ended up being $20.

I removed all the mini photo frames from the silver tree. I used alcohol inks on the tree trunk and base to tone down the silver. I wanted it to be more earthy looking. I had no clue how to use the alcohol inks - I have had them for years and never opened the packages! I was pleased with how this turned out because I knew if I messed it up, I was only out $6. (note to self - wear gloves next time when using alcohol inks - my fingernails were green for 2 days!)

Here is an image from the back side of my booth where you can see the silver/green tree in use! I used the branches to display earrings and bracelets.

I used the glass dragonfly clip photo holder to display a bracelet made with lavender and green lampwork beads. Looked very pretty but I didn't get a picture of it close up!

How fun to make something cool from upcycled junk!