Monday, March 21, 2011

Finger lickin' linky goodness

My linky gifts to you

Earthenwood Studios  Melanie is cooking up some rare stuff.  Check it out.

Cindy Gimbrone  is challenging us with wire, my new love.

Genevieve at Jibby and Juna gives us a look at a final product.  Amazing.  Beautiful.

Lisa Clarke at Polka Dot Cottage helps us clutter bust.  She also has some wonderful and FREE button tutorials for the beginning clayer. 

Elaine Robataille does a wonderful job of moderating the Polymer Clay dept at Craft Gossip.  Give it a whirl.

Happy Mango Beads  What is not to love about that name and they have fantastic deals on wonderful beads.  Very friendly and fair trade minded.

Gera at aMused Studios is revisiting work.  I love redoing some of my old work that I sorta liked but never loved.  Yet the potential  was always calling to me.  Here is her result.

Jennifer Perkins is just fun to read.  Get a cup of something and allow yourself some fun.

Mary Ann Moss  is a wonderful writer and is currently in Paris (France, the real one).  She is a great read and what she does with journaling is to die for.

Go ahead, pull up a chair and browse.  It is okay, really....

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Looking for my muse....sigh

When inspiration alludes, hunt...

While looking for my very naughty AWOL muse I've been visiting famous artists' websites.  What a treasure these are.  Thanks to all those that keep these sites alive, probably with very little support from our government...but I digress.

Today I visited Calder's site for a while and what a treasure.  I love kinetic sculpture and Calder never disappoints.  But first up is one of his very first sculptures, a little dog in 1909. I'm in love with this simple, sweet, expressive piece.  How lucky are we to have this national treasure available on line?  Very!!

"Dog", Calder, 1909 from Calder Foundation Website, copyright 2011

"Myxomatose"---Calder 1953 from Calder Foundation Website, 2011

I love the above piece.  This is the style that Calder is probably most known for.  These abstract kinetic pieces have always fascinated me.  His color talent is amazing as well.

"Bracelet"  1935  Calder from Calder Foundation website 2011

This bracelet is right up my alley now.  I'm loving working with wire and love this piece.  Calder also made wonderful paintings and wood sculptures.  He was extremely prolific and we all benefit from this vast archive of work.

If you have some time to dwaddle and want a little eye candy try going here Calder foundation.  I don't think you will be disappointed.  Have a great Sunday.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Erin go bragh!

Who could resist a shamrock covered dog???

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone.  Not feeling too creative lately.  Have made a few things and will post soon.  Just need to decompress and recharge.  Been using Spring Break to relax and chill.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Prayers for Japan

Unless you have lived in Japan (I did as a teenager) it is hard to imagine how amazing these people are.  In the U.S. (and I'm extremely happy to be an American) we reward individualism and self-reliance, both good things.  In Japan, they are all about community and it is amazing to see how a country full of devastating disaster can rise and show us an example of what the world could be.  I remember so well how peacefully everyone treated one another and Americans can prove to be challenging.  They always treated each other with respect.  I don't want to live anywhere else or be anyone else, but a little peace towards one another and a little consideration when you feel like biting someone's head off would sure go along way to making the world a better place day to day.

I guess I will start with the woman in the mirror....