Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Self portraits in pastels:
Wonderful drawings with tonal values of their hands (they say if you can draw hands, you can draw anything!!):
And pinch pots, painted with little characters next to them:
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
I am toying with the idea of sewing a quilt for Craig and my bed. We are no longer in a Full Size but a Queen, so my red quilt isn't really fitting and I love it on the old bed and with the antique headboard/footboard. I love how Amy Butler combines a homey feeling of country to an edgy artsy modern pattern and color scheme. I thought I had moved away from modern but I am completely bored with the same old, same old. Especially while reading that home book. I want to be intrigued by my own rooms and living space... relaxed but intrigued at the same time. If my space isn't interesting, then how can I be interesting in my work (which by the way really isn't at all right now.)
Below is a collection from Amy's new line "Nigella". Maybe named for Nigella Lawson? We don't know but it's that same type of attitude: just go for it and enjoy it and don't be a perfectionist to the point of ruining it because that's what creating is all about, isn't it?!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
By the way, those Sonic frisbees are great... I can really get my teeth around those puppies!
That is me-- looking like Lassie, if I do say so myself.
Now it's time to run home (really fast because that's what I am--FAST!) There is my home, behind those trees! That's my yard and my own road which I think they should name "Ellie Ave." after me! ...
Well, thanks for reading my first blog entry. Mom left the computer down here in my room where I have full access...it's just tough to type with these puppy paws. Have a great day and come visit me soon! (We can play frisbee!!!)" xoxo Ellie
[Sidenote: After the begging of above author, Beth has taken Ellie to the park in the car, and walked around the nature trails with her... so no more begging Ellie!!! (She's sleeping in front of the fan now. ;) ]
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
In the first chapter she discusses what architect Grant Hildebrand found when he asked the question, "Why might Homo sapiens be drawn to some places and repelled by others?" He found that we have an enduring fondness for the combination of field (hunting range: food), stream (water), and grove of trees (shelter) as reflected in so many paintings of old masters. He wanted to make this connection with our architecture and came up with the five characteristics that enhance our experience of home: prospect and refuge, enticement, peril, and complex order. Frank Lloyd Wright understood these elements, incorporating them into many of the homes he designed. In a nutshell:
Prospect: a big, bright space that has a broad, interesting view
Refuge: a snug protected haven... Prospect and Refuge should be paired together and are the most important elements. Our cookie cutter homes tend to neglect these truths with same heighth ceilings and lack of refuge or cozy places, especially with Great Rooms being the rage or even prospect as structures are built so close together. He refers to these two things as "perching" and "nesting".
Enticement: an element of surprise, what is around the next corner...in nature this is evoked by winding paths. This could be the lighting, leading your way from room to room. But you could also ruin the enticement by dark passageways or overgrown ivy creating creepiness instead.
Peril: though it sounds funny, the controlled feeling of peril, like looking out your window at a snow-capped mountain or the desert, or a wonderfully laid-out balcony gives some excitement to space.
Complex Order: This explains why older suburbs have more charm than new suburbs with nearly indistinguishable "units". We feel good in a room that is tidy, yet has some books, pillows, and everyday objects scattered about, balancing variety and stability.
So this is what I've gotten so far from this book! One college professor had his students take a small apartment and create these characteristics in it. So this is not about going to the furniture store and spending thousands of dollars or trying to copy magazine layouts. It's about your and my needs in our house to make it a home. Can't wait to read more!!!
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Today is a better day-- the sun is shining, I had an apricot scone from Market for breakfast with coffee (delivered by "Coffee Boy", my affectionate name for Craig who brings it to me after my shower) and everyone is in a happy Saturday mood. I also got a great email from my friend Debbie in Cincinnati-- her son Aaron composed a piece for the piano and took a composition class where he wrote it and recorded it, and even copywrited it!! He is only my daughter's age. It is really, really good! Now I can say I knew him when...
Have a great weekend!
Friday, July 13, 2007
The only good thing so far today was that I went to market and got all kinds of yummy food for the weekend. Now if only it doesn't decide to storm so I can grill!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I snagged this photo from yarnstorm, a blog by another knitter. This picture could have been taken in my dining room! I'm adding her blog to my favorites.
So, time to knit again! I want to learn to knit socks because I read somewhere that handknit socks were the most comfortable socks you could wear. It is just 90 degrees outside and the thought of touching wool right now seems really uncomfortable.
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
We tasted the leaf of the cattail... Did you know it is edible?
And we blew bubbles through the stems because they have hollow tubes inside... and disected the flower where we saw thousands of tiny seeds...
Then we ended by taking a hike to another wetland/stream area to find more plants...