Wednesday, August 26, 2009

God bless the little old ladies and their craft supplies

Monthly visit to the thrift. I love the little grab bags of craft stuff. Today for under $10 I got all this stuff...rick rack, seam binding, wooden spools of thread, vintage buttons, sequins, all manner of miscellaneous craft items, and several packages of never before used needles! The needles alone offset the entire amount of money I spent. Hooray!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Spiders: such glorious little crafters

Nathan and I saw this on our way home from walking Zack to school.

A funnel spider web on the neighbor's lawn, glistening in the morning dew. The spider was hiding right in the center of the funnel.

It got me to thinking of the wonder of the innate ability of the spider to spin her web. She doesn't have to journal about it, or bicker with family about art space, or ponder the universe. She just follows her natural rhythm and drive to create. Beautiful.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Color and Art at the Ohio State Fair

The entrance!

I tried to find lots of colorful things to photograph for the Year of Color.

This month's color idea is multicolor.

The fair, especially from the sky lift, explodes with color.

A blurry pic of a colorful person we met.

The children's area in the fine arts building included this fiber piece.

They had a bunch of fabric scraps, thread and needles, and buttons for anyone to add to the piece.

I heard passersby audibly making fun of me for taking photos of the birdhouses.

I didn't care because they can be art too!

Had to visit the antiques building, but didn't find anything interesting or affordable.

The boys, for the first time, both went on their own on many of the kiddie rides. Also as a family we rode down the big yellow slide!

These were in a display in the cow building. Reminded me of Pastor Ellen's front porch. Hens and chicks rock.

Part of this year's butter sculpture at the dairy building. Hurray Ohio ice cream!

Me by a tractor.

This band was so neat. The guy on the left is playing the didgeridoo, while the rest of the group were drumming.

Usually I hit the games; as a kid the biggest deal in the world was walking out with a big stuffed animal. However, in the interest of raising kids who are less materialistic than me, we didn't gather a lot of swag and I skipped the games.

Our best memories today: the food, the NASA exhibit where we got to see a real moonrock, the big slide and the skylifts.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

I had to sneak away to the thrift today.

I suppose I should first mention that I was totally inspired last night by my friend Erin's house. I was there for book club (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn...loved it!) I would call Erin's decorating style "Modern Upscale Cottage" maybe? It's beautiful, soft, clean and comfortable, lots of distressed white. Very cool. (Okay so it looks like a frickin magazine...I drank too much sangria to remember to pull out the camera and take some pictures. Hopefully Erin will someday photograph her house and blog about it, ahem.) So after getting my hair done this morning and grocery shopping, and since Ken took the boys for soccer and haircuts anyway, I popped into my local thrift. I think I had her place on the brain when I picked up this peony picture.

My real purpose for the visit to the thrift though was to find things to repurpose. This box will be painted, decoupaged and get new ribbon handles, to be used for Artsymama's "Sweet and Sinister Swap" which I signed up for today. I am getting ahead of myself though because that swap is Halloween themed!

I also picked up a couple of interesting looking frames. The thrift is the best place in the world for frames. I got these for under $2 each, and will most likely paint the brown one (the white one is that distressed cottage that I'm liking so much) and both will definitely hold new art.

Repurposing is fun and cheap. I want to make a Halloween wreath this year, and again, for under $2 I will undo what never should have been done to this one and make it into something completely new!

I'm really happy about this. I picked it up because I just liked it. Especially for the dollar I paid. When I got it home I noticed a made in Japan sticker, plus it says Kutani. Turns out Kutani is a region in Japan that's been making porcelain for hundreds of years. Go figure! Now I'm not looking to get rich off it, but I could make $10 on Ebay, woot woot! It's a pretty little thing so I'm going to keep it and enjoy it.

The men did some manly crafting today. Ken was helping Zack assemble is USS Carolina Battleship model, so I gave Nathan a rocket birdhouse I've been saving for a rainy day.

He painted it orange, of course. Kept him busy though! I'll be sure to post the finished battleship, though I think it will take a while to get it all done.

Friday, August 7, 2009

This garden needs some attention

Spent a bit of time outdoors today. The garden needs a lot of attention. Hopefully tomorrow I will have more time.

Of course I'd get more done if I wasn't taking pictures and blogging all the time. These marigolds always remind me of my mom...the way they smell takes me back to helping my mom plant flats of marigolds in the yard.

The sole survivor: I planted a ton of sunflower seeds, but only a few escaped being eaten by animals.

I love this time of year, when the wildflowers like Queen Anne's Lace come out.

The pond behind the house.

There is a grassy area behind the house, property of the City of Columbus. The neighbors all mow their portion of it, but I came to the point where I was tired of not seeing my husband for 3 to 4 hours every Saturday. Now it's all nice and wild, providing food and shelter for the critters.

This is how we pretty up the compost heap. I'm planning on expanding it with a few more flowers every year to make a little butterfly garden. Also, some unplanned canteloupe is growing out of the compost.

Three sunflowers by the back deck, taking their sweet time with blooming. Well it will be nice to have sunflowers in the fall!

I grew this. I only planted a little corn, most didn't survive, but this one did and I am so grateful for it. It is perfect and we will roast it tomorrow, after I pull weeds, plant the winter cabbage, dig out the carrots and onions and make Ken move the lilacs. Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

August is here already?

Getting to the point in summer where I'm doing more eating than actual gardening.

Though I did manage to plant some winter squash. And the cabbage needs to be replanted because of the durn bunnies.

Ken's beloved red hot cherry peppers. They really are tasty! Looks like I need to whip up some guacamole soon!

The tomatoes in my yard are abundant, but largely green. We've not had the hot summer nights to make them blush.

Took a foray up to see what a thrift store in Dublin looks like. (Dublin is a fairly wealthy suburb of Columbus, and this year a Goodwill store opened there.) It is very clean, has very good clothing, a lot of professional attire, mainly priced at $2.99, and the largest selection of nice picture frames I've ever seen. Not too much by way of vintage, though I found a men's bowling shirt for $2.99 which is very hip, thinking Ken would like it. Found a couple of craft items and that was about it. Also, Dublin as a city is the home of a lot of all things Irishy, like step dancing, music and that, so the thrift was packed with lots of shamrock & step dancer tchatchkis.

I had a free afternoon last week, and spent it replenishing my stash. The JoAnn's clearance isle was bounteous this time, and I was able, between them and Hobby Lobby, to indulge myself in a fair amount of goodies for my $20 budget.

Today we're getting around to doing thank you notes for Zack's friends who came to the birthday party. I made these with cardstock, a set of the stickers from the goody bags, school pics, and my word processor. My ink is running low, so it actually ended up looking like a rubber stamp.

Nate started soccer and really digs it.

He also started zoo school, so once a week Zack and I get to hang for three hours one on one at the zoo. This is one of the giant tortoises.

It was a rainy day, and was the first time I've ever seen the Pallas Cat awake. It looked a little pissed off, if you want to know the truth.

This Amor Tiger is a 6 year old male. He "played" with my 6 year old male, running back and forth, lol.

I really need to do something about this.

Today's plan is to do less of this.

Maybe more of this.