Thursday, September 25, 2008

Happy Fall!

I think I need to have one of those 'Blogging without Obligation' buttons on my blog! ~wink~

I am overdue on making this post but have been busy with different beading/art projects, fluffing up around here and preparing outside for the fall season that's upon us.

First and foremost...some lovely mail arrived that I wanted to share with you that just made my day! These beautiful watercolor paintings were sent to me by Cathie's talented daughter Sabrina! Aren't they SWEET!!! They are so bright and cheerful...I just adore them! I am going to get these framed and hang them in my art room. You are just a sweetheart and so thoughtful! You didn't have to do a thing, but I am thrilled that you did! Thank you again know how much they just melted my heart!!! Like I said to you before...keep pursuing and dreams girl!!!

This picture is for Cathie!!! See, we can grow sunflowers in Oregon! I didn't grow any giants this year but I think I will next year for the birds! ;-) These sunflowers I cut and bring in the house for great long-lasting bouquets!!!

Speaking of bright and cheerful...this darling Amelia arrived from Australia from my new and very talented friend Dot! Isn't she DARLING! Dot mentioned on her blog, "that with her bright and cheerful fabric she is hardly likely to be a shy retiring wallflower!" Well, she just had my name written all over her!!! I am thrilled to have a piece of Dot's heart art and my very own Zali (special) Amelia!!! She is made with such love and Dot's handwork is beautiful!!! I decided to share two shots of her because I loved the one with her sitting in the pansies but I realized that I had cropped her head and you couldn't see the bell or bird! The shot of her in the chair is a little dark but at least you can see all of her. I forgot to change some of the settings on my camera from the last time I used it and obviously wasn't thinking...I think it's been a little too long since I've been taking any pictures!!! I apologize that my pictures just aren't the best this time! Thank you Dot for sharing all your wonderful and delightful art! She will always remind me of you, our friendship, and her whispering words will remind me not to be the wallflower that I can sometimes be!!! ;-)

I finished and mailed three pins to Carol for the 2008 Beaded Face Pin Swap. This is the fourth year she has hosted this fun swap and I have watched for two. I told myself that I knew I shouldn't be doing one more thing than was already on my plate, but I couldn't help it...I wanted to join in on the fun! I made these three faces out of polymer clay with gold and copper leaf. I barely had any faces left that I really like and realize that I am going to have to make plans to have a clay play day again and also seek out more other art faces that I like. I used 8/0 and 11/0 seed beads, gold charlottes, Swarovski crystal beads and pendants, and gold metal leaves. I've never made a pin before but they are fun to make. I actually made four but my husband wanted to keep the bone face pin with two moons!?!, so I decided to hold the fourth one back. I/!...don't actually wear pins but I do love faces! So I am going to find a frame and put some ultrasuede or velvet over batting/pellon and pin them to that so I can enjoy them that way! I really enjoyed making these and I was thrilled to be included. I will definitely jump on the bandwagon a little sooner next year if Carol hosts the swap again!

I also mailed off two sets of scissors and two crystal/sterling scissor fobs for the 2008 Harvest of Hope's silent auction/dinner which will be held in October. It is a charity event that is raising funds for Candlelighters for Children with Cancer. Grace let me know about this charity and I was thrilled to be able to help. Since it is in Portland, Oregon, my stomping grounds, I'm sure I will contribute again to this worthy cause.

I am almost done with my September bead journal page and I will share it with you next week. I still am beading one special art doll and am working on one special art quilt too! Just a few WIP's that I have going on but I am having a great time!!! By the way, did you see that Monica posted that the Pink Artist Project has hit $2,000.00 and there is still a few more weeks to go!!! Talk about EXCITING!!! ;-)


GraceBeading said...

Great post - jam packed with goodness and eye candy. Sabrina's paintings are wonderful, so bright and cheery - sure to brighten up a spot in any room!

Your Amelia doll is beautiful and I'm SO glad to see you were able to get some faces created for the swap, they are beauties - each and every one, but I'm drawn to the starry night pin.

AND you have offerings for the auction - you've been a busy one, that's for sure. Only about 4 shorts weeks now, I'm so excited!

beadbabe49 said...

I can hardly wait to see your sept. bjp! And your sunflowers are lovely...we actually grew some 8 foot ones here a couple of years ago...none since then as it's not been hot enough for long enough...sigh.
While chuck is getting the outside ready for fall, I've been moving things around inside (one of my fav things to do!) so my beadwork has suffered....but I know as soon as the rains arrive for real, I'll be beading like mad!

freebird said...

Love your pins. I only made one. I heard about it through Grace and thought I would try it out. If it's there next year I may have a few of them ready. I love your metallic colors.

The pictures Sabrina painted are wonderful. You'll love being able to see them as you create your own things.

And aren't Dot's dolls so cute. I love their wild outfits and beading.

Thanks for the nice comments you left on my blog for my last BJP07 page. I'll be back to see how you've done for this September.

Clevelandgirlie said...

Oh Lisa - your faces are the coolest. I can't believe (oh yes I can) you made those - they are absolutely awesome. I'd love to learn how to make those -- I can think of 10,000 uses for such a great little pin. Sabrina wears pins all the time and I'd love to make her some. She pins them to her jean jacket, she pins them to her tote bags, she pins them everywhere. Did you use a stamp of some sort for the face or did you carve those?

Oh and that doll from Dot - is just adorable. She looks right at home in your pansies. And thank you for the sunflower - (!) did you grow that one? It is spectacular!!

Glad you're back to posting. I did miss you!

PS I will be sending Brina a link to your blog so she can read your tribute!!

The Lone Beader said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love the photo with the Dottee doll on the little park chair! :D

Yea! I would love some more computer circuit board and stuff like that! You never know when you might need it! ;)

And thanks for all your kind words! I just try to do a little artwork every day! :D

crooked heart art~tabby said...

heeeeeeeeeeey girl!!!!
what a great post full of wonderful things!!isn't sabrina's art fabUlous????!!!!!!!!
thanks for sharing your fun :)
enjoy your day
tammy :)

girl_gone_thread_wild said...


(waving frantically)

I'm so over the MOON that you sent in faces for Carol's face swap.. I do have fingers crossed I'll get one!

BWO.. I'm also GUILTY of this. I scratch my BRAIN and wonder...what am I going to post today? I haven't gotten much done worth sharing.. lol

Autumn has stolen my time and put me feet first in the yard. I mowed my first piece of grass this weekend (how sad, but I've never had a green thumb and in fact I KILL plants on the drive home... ha)

but, things are moving along nicely for the pink artists.

YIPPEE! 2,000 big ones. Big hugs to you for being the amazing cheerleader that YOU are.

And art from Sabrina... who wouldn't melt! Those are GORGEOUS.

Love this post. Love uuuuuuuuuuuuuu.

xo, Monica :)

Dot said...

Oh - what a wonderful post Lisa! Well worth waiting for :).

Sabrina's water colors are stunning (such lovely colors). And I love the photo of your sunflower - they are one of my favorite flowers, so bright and bold (and happy too).

Thanks for mentioning me and sharing pics of your little Amelia. So, so happy you like her so much. She looks quite at home in her photo's. The one with her in amongst the flowers made me smile. And I love seeing her on her own little chair (adorable).

Thank you so much for supporting my art. I know Zali Amelia will be very happy in your home for many years to come!

The pins you made for the swap are GORGEOUS (you do such beautiful work).

And a big yay for you for supporting such a important charity - you have a very big heart.

Look forward to seeing some more of your creations soon.

Much love from sunny Australia (am loving this Spring weather ....whoo hooo).

Dot xx

Jacqui said...

Sabrina's watercolours are beautiful and definitely deserved to be framed. She is an incredibly talented young artist and hopefully she will continue to flourish and not become soured by this old world.

The dotee dolls are brilliant, I have seen so many that I love. You are so lucky to get one.

Your bead buttons are brilliant and the people receiving them should be counting their lucky stars.

Looking forward to seeing your September page

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Oh Lisa! Your bead work is amazing! These pieces are each a work of art! I am feeling a bit shy now with you looking at my amateur beaded inchie ornaments. My sister is the bead artist in the family, I just play with her castoff goodies LOL! You are a woman of many talents!