Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween...

{ black and orange color scheme }

Amazing sunset view of San Clemente Island totally visible from the backyard of Summerland Cottage this evening !

San Clemente Island is the sourthernmost of eight channel islands in the Pacific Ocean off the southern California coast. Located about 75 miles northwest of San Diego, the island is about 21 miles long and 56 square miles in size.

We often see Catalina Island as it is much closer and considerably larger
so this was a special treat !

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Rachel's persimmons and blue willow jug

Rachel is an accomplished artist living here in Laguna Beach
she works full time on her oil paintings and
many are done plein air as our weather is usually fab.

When it's not, she has a wonderful large studio on the lower level of her
home overlooking her amazing yard and gardens, to play in.

Treasuring the simple joys in life, I have learned to make an appointment for creative play time, so when she phoned last week inviting me over that is what I did,
and it was so worth it.

This photo is of the still life we reassembled in her studio today to paint from.
The persimmons picked right out of her yard, styled with her vintage ceramics,
and the old tapestry rug with its underside as a backdrop.

I love the old world feel.

I'm disappointed I wasn't able to capture that feeling,
a little rusty, but I had fun playing in oils again.

Besides the catch up conversation and camaraderie,
& delicious picnic lunch shared in the gazebo
the added bonus was this beauty that she sent home with me...

one of her original oils recently completed !

She'll be by next week to peruse my studio and select a few lovelies
to take home for herself.

Bartering with fellow artists is so much fun!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pink sweatshirt weather

The past 2 weeks it has been raining and drizzling in So. California

a nice change from the intense heat a few weeks ago.

I decided I needed a classic pink hoodie for early evening cardio along the beach

( pink being a favorite color )

and fortunately, I found this simple cotton Nike number

( perfect except the inside lining next to the zipper
kept flapping out by the collar and bugging )

The solution was to re purpose a sweet pink paisley cotton shirt

as the new lining

After lining the front of the sweatshirt

I used the collar cut in 1/2 for the new hood ties,

and the cuffs were gathered and used as embellishment on the pockets

a pretty pink button added to the zipper

and I am thrilled with how girly it turned out !

and another bonus, it washes beautifully !!!
LoVe It !

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The gift of a letter

lasts forever...

I came across a photo I had taken years ago of my dear friends writing desk.

It was styled and featured in a photo shoot for Romantic Homes Magazine.

I had created a fresh floral arrangement to set next to the photo of her Mother.

There was her antique writing box and a stack of treasured letters tied up with ribbon.

This snapshot holds good memories and much has changed in her life.

I made color and black and white copies of the photo in varying sizes
and created personal stationary using watercolor paper and envelopes,
vintage tags and paper doilies.

Then packaged them in an embellished box and sent them through the post,
snail mail to her temporary home, as a sweet surprise.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Homage to

Louis Comfort Tiffany

with peacock design on my latest ceramic serving piece


Thursday, October 14, 2010

A pink post

in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month

just a snippet of one of the crammed shelves found in the studio


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Embroidered ribbon purse

and belt created with 2 1/2" wide fabric ribbon.

I lined the existing width of the ribbon with a black fabric and added Velcro to fasten it closed for the belt.

The clutch was created by sewing 3 widths together before lining and adding a cord loop and button closure.

These adorable ballet style Rocket dog's are all dressed up

with the addition of clip on earrings in a gold tone.

preparation for the holidays begins...

Friday, October 8, 2010

Calligraphy case

originally intended as a jewelry travel case

It has been re purposed as my calligraphy case

the fold out trays perfect for storing colored inks

and the side pull out drawer and snap case

store the pens and nibs perfectly


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Inspired after returning from Glitterfest

and having previously been gifted with a smattering of glittering crystals

I return to the cottage studio to create in a new genre...

included in the photo is a ceramic key ring,
bottle stoppers & drawer pull,

Now I am thinking how fun to continue

by creating some ceramic accent tiles with this look !

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fun & camaraderie

sharing talents with each other

{ hand made goodie bag gifts }

Last Saturday I hosted a workshop with Julie Nutting here at Summerland Cottage.

Since the studio is a bit messy we enjoyed the fun alfresco in the courtyard.

Julie taught us how to create the mermaid decoupage you see above.

Always in art classes you will find each piece is as uniquely different as the individual,

and though I share it in this photo I still have work to finish on mine.

After a delightful lunch I had the opportunity to demonstrate painting on a bisque dish

and encouraged adding values to give it depth and add interest.

sample dish

Every one had such a great time, the weather was perfect,

and all have creative seashore inspired tokens from our day spent together.

Sweet Beth's creative writing talent and telling of the day we shared surpasses mine,

and she took the time to take photos,

so enjoy reading and viewing much more on her blog couture over coffee

Friday, October 1, 2010

and the WINNER is...

Congratulations to Cheryl Waters

and thank you to all that participated