I have this handprint cutout on my fridge ever since Thanksgiving, when I visited my brother Walt, and his six kids. We all made these handprint cutouts for a little “Thanksgiving Tree”. This is a very simple and scrappy idea for any family gathering or holiday. On each finger of the handprint, we were told to write something we were thankful for. Here are the five things I wrote:
3. Creative mind
4. Arts and Crafts
5. Music continue reading
my first batch of homemade candles
This week I made candles, because I recall in the days before computers, we once made sand candles on the beach, in the sunset.
I find myself missing the beauty of candle light, and how candles flicker and glow softly. I also find myself forgetting all the sweet candle scents. continue reading
finished treasure box
I come across pretty wine labels all the time.. a benefit of living in Sonoma Wine Country. I began to think of ways to incorporate wine labels into home decorations. Here is my first idea, A Wine Country Treasure Box. I just used some pretty vintage wine labels that I found at a local antique store. I also used a tin basket from the craft store, Elmer’s Glue, white spray paint, and spray varnish. continue reading
new painting, acrylic on canvas, by Irene Rowley
Here’s a painting I’ve been working on this summer… the first painting I’ve done in a long time!
In this case, I am working with acrylics on white canvas and I found that time had passed so fully, that half of my acrylic color tubes of paint had dried out. So, I managed this much, with about one third of my regular color palette. continue reading
Shoshana Parry is a ceramic artist located in Marin County, California. Recently she wrote about working with clay textures, with photos of her work:
“I love texture. I love all the bumps, spikes, ridges, scratches, swirly grooves, twisting branches, and overlapping scales that make my pieces so much more interesting. You already know that I’m constantly inspired by nature, and it seems that everything I find captivating and beautiful to look at either has a texture or a pattern — and textures are what we’re talking about today. continue reading