Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dalton Ghetti

Dalton Ghetti creates amazing pencil sculptures. These would look so neat in an oversize shadow box frame with a crisp white backdrop. Read/see more here.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Waste Land

can't wait to see this


I'm indulging in fancy chocolate. (After all, I am a farm girl at heart.)
I'm packing up for a hiking trip to the North Shore.
I'm doing Pocket Yoga on my iPhone.
I'm spending time outside in the breezy sunshine with the kiddos I care for.

I'm admiring my pieces from ceramics class.
I'm looking forward to splitting open that watermelon tonight.
I'm wearing my Saltwater sandals.

I'm having Eggplant Parmesan with fresh tomato sauce, all from our farm share.
I'm listening to Bob Dylan, Beirut, Deer Tick, Peter Wolf Crier and Brandi Carlile.
I'm thankful for my health and all the good food I have to eat.

Monday, August 23, 2010

pow wow

those fancy dancers put the 'wow' in pow wow
it was a hot hot day
but they poured their souls into it
the regalia was beautiful
the moccasins even more so

{taken at Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Wacipi 2010}
{"wacipi" (wah-chee-pee) means "they dance" and translates into English as pow wow}

For Nell + Alex

Have fun livin' it up in NYC!

{this song is so groovy. it makes me want to go back. when we visited NYC we arrived at Times Square at 4:30 AM. all those lights! what a welcome.}

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

I'm digging these animal prints by Sharon Montrose. Sometimes I convince myself that I need to live on a farm again. We could have a pig and a small cow and a pygmy goat and a dog and a lamb and a...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

15 hours a day in dreamland

{that's an abstract clown our 6 year old niece made for us!}

a beetle shirt

last week we screen printed wee beetle shirts for 2 wee ones

Friday, August 13, 2010

Edward Sharpe + The Magnetic Zeros in Concert

AMAZING performance
their energy is amazing
one of my favorite shows

{see their NPR Tiny Desk Concert and their Take Away Show!}

TOAST Autumn Winter 2010

beautiful clip by Nick Seaton of TOAST's Autumn Winter Collection

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

the hens + potting adventures

For the past few months I have been taking a beginner ceramics class at Northern Clay Center. I have slowly learned how to throw on the wheel and trim bowls and cylinders. Class is coming to a close much too fast. Just when I'm really getting a hang of it the clock is running out. It has been fun to try something new and meet new people. I will miss spunky Kate and Manhattan Kim and lots of other peeps who made the class the mix that it was. Everyone has been so friendly and kind.

These are two of the first pieces I threw and glazed, which husband sweetly named 'the hens'.

I started out by making little cylinders, but the tops were dreadful, so at the last minute I created little spouts. The shiny white glaze pulled iron oxides(I think) out of the clay during firing and left tiny green speckles here and there. There are little indents in the glaze from my fingerprints and the bottom is ever so slightly indented, with a heart carved in it, but not trimmed, as I didn't yet know how to trim when I made them and the bottom wasn't really thick enough to remove clay anyhow. Now they are wonderful little creamer or maple syrup pitchers and I love the imperfections and the story that accompanies it.

My fabulous teacher Kate looked at the hens and told me that in some cultures imperfections in ceramics, and lots of other art, are highly prized. The imperfections show the handicraft that went into each object and tell a story. They are regarded as life's little miracles to be cherished. So true.

'touch' exhibition

These life-like cacti paintings by Kwangho Lee are awesome. The 'touch' exhibition in Seoul is appropriately named as well; the paintings are so life-like it makes me yearn to feel the texture of the cacti. I want to study each one up close.

These would look so good in my house. I especially like the first one. I have a hairy cactus similar to the second one pictured and she's known as Grandma. We love our succulents around here and have managed to keep our jade plant alive for quite some time. It's gotta be the terra cotta pot.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sunday Funday

Yesterday we ventured out to Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm,where we get our CSA share from every week, to their Mid-summer Festival. We enjoyed a hayride, home-brewed beer and wine, iced tea, stir fry veggies, curious animals and were able to cut fresh flower bouquets. I even found out that one of the owners of the farm is my fourth cousin! Crazy, right?!

After the farm fun, we explored Franconia Sculpture Park. They have some fun stuff. We climbed and explored and tried out the swings and explored some more. The time spent outdoors was perfect and we came home happily exhausted.