Thursday, May 29, 2008

It's almost here

Twilight, 6x6

Unload begins at 10:00 a.m. Friday morning. The car is packed and ready to go. Thank goodness for great moms (who is driving in from out of town tomorrow morning and is promising my sister to not disturb her one bit and has threatened to "sleep on top of the covers") and sisters who are helping me set up. It's nearly impossible for someone to do on their own, especially if there is any hint of wind. Although the wind might feel nice as it's supposed to be 91. Yikes.

Booth number 13 if you are in the Perfect Village this weekend.

Big White Dress, wood panel, 6x6

Girly Girl, 6x6

Longing, 12x12 (edges are cut off in the scan)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

If You Wish

If You Wish, 8x8

The Pressure is on

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day. Despite the wedding in Manhattan, I sure got a lot accomplished in just a few uninterrupted days. At this point, I have about 95 pieces to take to the Prairie Village Art Show this weekend. It really has been amazing to see how much I could get done when the pressure is on.

I'll continue to update the blog with new pieces that I will bring to the show this weekend.

Double Stars, 8x8

My Cup Runneth Over, 8x8

Saturday, May 24, 2008

When it rains, it pours

No, I don't mean those massive thunderstorms that woke me up at 5 this morning. It's good news...again. I've been accepted into the Prairie Village Art Show. I was on the wait list and a spot opened up for me on Thursday night. I had to do some serious thinking about it as I have the River Festival in mid-June, just two weeks after the Prairie Village Show.

I surveyed my inventory and I have more than 85 pieces. I think I can swing it. Chris was good enough to give me the "out" and skip out on a rehearsal dinner in Manhattan tonight, giving me an extra day to work. I am joining him for the wedding tomorrow, but the extra day will be great. (By the way, I sure am tired of sleeping in hotels. This will be the third weekend in a row.)
I'll have a weekend in between PV and River Festival where I really hope to crank out a few more pieces. Ah stress. Gotta love it.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Good news

My inbox brought me good news a few days ago...I was accepted into the Hidden Glen Arts Festival at Cedar Creek here in Kansas City. It's September 13 & 14. Looking forward to a fun fall show.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Dog The Bounty Hunter

We just returned from another weekend away. This weekend we were in Oklahoma City for my cousin's wedding. It was a beautiful wedding and Em and I were on the "B Team" as readers. We did pretty well and I didn't flub up any of the words, but I did miss my cue to walk to the podium and the minister had to summon me up there. Oops.

I'm too tired to write or post much, so I thought I would post this old picture of Chris as Dog the Bounty Hunter from Halloween a few years ago. I was going through old photos on my laptop and came across this one and chuckled to myself. That night, Dog's "bear spray" weapon consisted of Captain Morgan.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

He did it!

Nick graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman. Don't get me wrong, he's a great student. As a matter of fact, I'm 99% sure he has a better GPA than I ever did. However, we were not at all surprised that Nick invited the entire family to Bozeman, only to find out that he might not actually graduate due to a final he was to take on Friday morning in a class in which his grade was already borderline. My mom was not at all happy and had already threatened to not attend a "second" graduation.

He took the essay test while we dined on free bagels and microwave Jimmy Dean sausage sandwiches at the Fairfield Inn. After he finished, we decided to head to Yellowstone. It was snowing. Yes, in the middle of May. The temperature was 31. The drive to Yellowstone was beautiful, but I can only imagine it on a sunny day!

The highlight could have been the fact that we saw tons and tons of buffalo (including two babies), but I think the entire family would agree that when we pulled over to the side of the road to see some elk and Nick rolled down the window in the car in front of us and smiled his big huge smile and said that he passed. He would graduate.

At two separate ceremonies, I learned so much about my brother and became more proud of him than I could have ever thought possible. Nick was commissioned as a ROTC cadet and is now an officer in the Army as a second lieutenant. Major General Jackman, a two star General, spoke at a dinner on Friday as well as the commissioning ceremony on Saturday afternoon. He was so inspirational. We watched what I thought was an Army recruitment video that I swear nearly motivated me to enlist. There were slide shows that recounted all that the cadets had accomplished over the last few years as well as pictures of them as little kids. When did that little blond boy grow up to be a real, live MAN? As he sat in the front of the room in his new Army uniform, it affirmed to me that Nick is in the right place and I couldn't think of anyone better to represent our country.

This is the first picture I took once we arrived at the Billings airport. This life-sized horse made out of beans greets all visitors at the baggage claim.

Ellie enjoys Nick's bachelor pad including the bean bag chair made for two.

Dad got his first taste of Guitar Hero. I think he's going to try out for Salina's favorite band, The Blades. Seriously, he played this by himself while everyone else went outside and tossed the football around.
I protected Ellie from the football and took lots of pictures of her.

A GIGANTIC crow that puts the Newton house crows to utter shame. This one actually hopped and I almost mistook it for a black kangaroo.

One of the baby buffaloes.
And another.
This one almost ran into the side of Nick's car.

Dad and Nick at Plonk, a very cool little wine bar on Main Street that my dad kept talking about.
We joined him at Plonk, but Em kept to the High Life.

That's R.J. Cain in the plaid shirt. My dad met him as a flyfishing guide years and years ago. Every time he went back to Bozeman, he would look R.J. up for a guide. Nick lost touch with him and they didn't speak during all of the time Nick was in Bozeman. Strangely, he was at the last bar we went to on Friday night. Too bad that his poor date couldn't stand the fishing stories and took off.
Nick and Ellie.
Dad and Ellie looking at ducks on campus.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Big Sky Country

We are heading to Bozeman, Montana at the crack of dawn to witness my brother, Nick, graduate from Montana State University. There are plans for fly-fishing and a float trip, but the weather is looking a little bit chilly. THat's fine with me though because I'm really looking forward to a little get away. It should be fun to have the family together and to see Nick one more time before he heads to Fort Lewis in Washington.

Check next week for lots of pictures (maybe this time I will actually photograph people).

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

I hate to disappoint...

I did not end up making it to Sparks for the annual flea market afterall. I got ditched...well one friend was sick and one friend had to work on a school project, so they had legit excuses. Chris, being the saint that he is, offered to go with me late Friday ight when he could sense my disappointment. It wasn't the junk I was really excited about as much as it was the sickeningly sweet lemonade that was calling my name. There's another market in September! Anyone?

Monday, May 05, 2008

RePop on Design*Sponge

My buddies, Carl and Russell, of RePop in Brooklyn are featured on one of my daily reads. Check out Design*Sponge. You go, boys!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

A corn dog and a pickle on a stick, please

It's the annual trip to Sparks, KS on Saturday for corn dogs, funnel cake, fresh squeezed lemonade, a hell of a lot of junk. These are a few pictures from last year's trip, but I promise to take some better ones this year.

I hope to pick up some cool papery stuff to use in my work, but if nothing else I think Sparks might be the best place ever to people watch. If you don't believe me, check out their web site and click on the photo album. Hilarious.

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