Sunday, May 24, 2009

Art Fair

Garden Magic

I'm getting ready for the Red Cedar Country Gardens Art Fair in June. It is one of my favorite gardens. I purchase plants, take classes and love wandering about taking photos. The owners, Ricki and Jim Creamer, asked me to participate in their first Art Fair four years ago, when I was just getting my business started. I am very grateful that they did. I will be selling both my jewelry and photography. If you are in town, drop by. I'd love to see you.

Lilyleaf Ladybells

Here is the information that is posted on their website :

4th Annual Garden Art Fair
Sunday, June 14th 11:00am-3:00pm
Stroll through the garden with a glass of champagne admiring the works of many different local artists. As a thank you to our customers this ever expanding event is an afternoon of exciting new friends, artists, and live music.

Red Cedar Country Gardens

7895 West 183rd Street, Stilwell, KS 66085
Click here for a map.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Early Friday Morning

Coins in a Fountain

Mosaic in Water

My mom and sister were visiting this week from out of town. We had a great time catching up. They left at 4:30 this morning. I wasn't able to go back to sleep, so I decided to get ready to go to the Plaza and take some photos. I love the early morning light. My husband came along with me and took his sketchbook. Check out his blog to see what sketch he ended up with. I'm too tired to edit and crop the photos I took today. So I've decided to show you two images that I have taken on the Plaza on an earlier visit. They are from the same fountain. The first photo is of the upper level. The 2nd photo is the lower basin that is lined with mosaic tile. It is one of my favorite fountains there. If you are ever in Kansas City and are on the Country Club Plaza, it is located right in front of Starbuck's. Children especially like it too. You'll understand why once you see it!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I was asleep and missed my front page!


I woke up to a surprise this morning. This photo made Etsy front page at 4 am. I am thankful to Lisa Burkin's for including it in her treasury! She also has a shop on Etsy called Island Girl Designs. What a great way to start the day :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

What a surprise!

I was checking out Karon's Wild Women Jewelry blog when I saw that she was awarded the Kreativ Blogger award.  Yay Karon!  I was getting ready to comment on her post when I saw that she nominated me!  Thanks so much Karon.   I'm pretty new to blogging, so I hope I get this right.  I am suppose to list 7 things I love and then name 7 people I think deserve this award.

7 things I love:

1.   The love of my life, my husband, Warren.   Being a mom of  2 daughters.  Loving my parents, sisters, in-laws, etc....     

2.  Going to bead shows.  Never knew they even existed before 2005, when I started making jewelry.    

3.  Being outside.  I need the open air to live. 

4.   Rediscovering photography.

5.   I haven't worked as a nurse in many many years, but I loved it.  I worked in the Fullterm Nursery at Kansas University Medical Center.  Newborns are so sweet.

6.   This new adventure of creating art.  It is so much fun.    

7.    The older I get, I love challenging the rules.  

Here are my choices for this award.   You deserve it.

Friday, May 8, 2009


I have to give the credit to my husband for this photo. One Saturday morning, on the Plaza in Kansas City, I was taking photos and he was painting. We decided to have lunch and while waiting for our food, he saw the reflection in the spoon. When I was loading this photo on Etsy last night, he smiled and said, "Didn't I tell you to take that photo?" Yes, honey, you did :)

Here is a photo of one of his Plaza paintings in progress and a link to his blog. I love that we can spend creative time together.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Magnum Opus

Jill Jenkins owns a boutique in Bonner Springs, Kansas, called "Magnum Opus". I sell both my photography and jewelry there with other local artists. Jill is also a jewelry designer. That is how I met her back in 2005. She was gracious enough to help a beginner learn how to wire wrap.

This antique cash register is one that her grandfather used in his business . I know it has heard some great stories.

This is Foxy Marie. She adopted Jill and her shop a few years back. It is sweet to watch the children bring her treats. I love the small town feel of this shop. I am very lucky to be a part of it. Thanks, Jill!

Friday, May 1, 2009

May Day

Field of Cosmos

Do you remember making a paper basket, picking flowers, and hanging them on a neighbors front door on May Day? We use to do that when I was in grade school. That was in the 1960's. long ago!