Thursday, May 31, 2012

A couple kiddo clay creations

Some of the imaginative art club sculptures this week included... 
A mermaid and her best friend, a baby seal:
A fire breathing serpent:
 And a hill that came alive:

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New arrival

Eli and I became an uncle and an aunt on Monday when Sanya gave birth to little Maya Adele. We are so excited to meet her and love on her and be a part of her brand new life!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Zoo day

 Over the weekend we took a mini-road-trip to Asheboro to spend the day at the zoo!
The zoo was gigantic and we ended up doing a  lot of walking, and not as much sitting and drawing as we planned. Also, next time we will bring a plentiful supply of our own beverages, as they are somehow getting away with charging $6 for a soda there.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Wedding Bunting - Forever and Ever

There is so much I want to do and make for the wedding, and it feels like it's just around the corner (because it is!). So I've been working on lots of projects, like this stitched fabric banner.  Today I finally got some clothespins to finish it up, and I really like how it turned out. There is a second one in the works, too...

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Patio Update

Here is our freshly weeded patio with the giant umbrella my dad and deb got us for our wedding shower: 
I've never had a brick patio before moving to Durham, and I know it makes me sound like a whiney baby, but I had NO idea how much work it would be to maintain. The last couple weeks one or both of us has weeded every day, just to get it cleared out, and you can see in the photo above that weeds are already growing back in the cracks. It's never ending!  If anyone has any ideas or tricks for maintenance, we'd love to hear them. We are hoping to avoid going the toxic-chemical route, but we also don't have an hour a day to devote to the yard... We've heard of trying to grow moss in the cracks to fill them in? We might look into that. Anyway, as promised, here is the before and after, HGTV style!
And After: 

Ukelele love song

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Paint and Ink Mandalas

Here are a few little pieces I've made recently. I've been in a detail-design mood.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Animal Traffic

The following animals all crossed in front of my car today as I was going about my business:
Geese (3)
Turtle (1)
Deer (4) (!)
Cat (1)
 It was quite a day! The animals were all very nonchalant and moved at leisurely paces... And they all made it safely across the road, of course, or this post would be a blogging equivalent to a panicked wail.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Weed by Weed - A work in progress

We have a funny little space between our house and garage that is home to a very neglected brick patio. I so much want to have a cute outdoor dining space, but it seemed so daunting to tackle all this. Ready to be horrified? Here is the "Before" shot - an overgrown disaster:
One day I just sat myself on the ground and started weeding it (life lesson: just start somewhere) and have been working really hard to get it into a non-embarrassing state. Eli took the mower into that little back area that is like a mini-lawn. With the jungle of grass mowed, there was just endless weeding. Darby was pretty unhelpful, though she did keep me company.
There were a bunch of mini maple trees growing along the edge if the house:
 And this ridiculous "beanstalk"weed - I don't know if you can tell how big it is in this photo, but it's as tall as I am):
I worked on it little by little, for an hour each day after work, and started making progress.
 Weed by weed...
And I'm almost done!
Once the weeding is finished, there are still many other plans for this space - lighting and a dining table and some container plants as money and time allow. Hopefully the final product will make for an exciting transformation. I do really like a good "before and after" reveal, you know? (Does that mean I watch too much HGTV?)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Light and the Sea

 I saw Dar Williams sing last night for the first time in many years, and it was so many good things. Nostalgic. Happy. Comforting. Inspiring. Just what I needed.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Dusty art

I've been working with plaster all week with my clients. They've really enjoyed it, but my hands are glad to move on to painting next week.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Patio Inspiration

These are dreamy inspiration photos for what our patio could maybe someday be like, if we put in the time/money. I've been doing a lot of work weeding the disaster zone that is our patio. Photos soon!

The Bird and the Blog

I've been working on some formatting editing on the blog so I can show larger images. I'll be messing with the html (eeek, scary) this weekend so let me know if something is looking funky (in a bad way). Meanwhile, here is a paper mache bird I made. Is it a Lulu Bird? I'm unsure.
But seriously, aren't big photo's just so much nicer?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Showered in Pretties

Here are a few of our lovely shower gifts that are currently on display in our house...

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