Monthly Archives: September 2011

Furniture for the Stack!

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Top of the bookcase a few hand carved farm animals from (eastern) Germany, standing on a glass box of trinkets.

First shelf with smaller journals, and a few vintage ink pens.

Second shelf with some small paintings, which will probably be removed to make space for more journals!

Bottom shelf with stacked journals too tall to stand up right.

Open top drawer – nice and neat and room for more!

Open second drawer – paper stack – room for more!

Bottom drawer – filled – but I know where all the sketch books and  blank paper is now!

My Paper Stack — Visit Seth Apter at http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/and see why!

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Seth Apter http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/ had a fun idea of everyone posting a photo of their paper stack on their blog today!  We all love paper and it isn’t easy to find places to store it all, so it sometimes stacks up!  Here is my stack, which includes journals, sketch books and other paper I can’t part with.  Looking at it now I think I need to find an organized system to store most of this stuff!

Here you can see some of the backs of journals wedged into the paper stack.

Some discarded book bindings – I do plan to use them, eventually, no, really!

Top of the stack, current journal with yardstick in the background – measuring 23 inches tall – that’s way too much disorganization for me!  I am painting an old dresser as we speak to put this stuff, the dust bunnies love,  away!

Newly painted drawers for the paper stack! ! 

 

Very square and plain – but now its pretty turqoise – not as blue as it looks in the photos.

Once I started painting, I couldn’t quit!  I kept looking for more things to paint.  A couple of stars, a couple of chairs and..

a small thrift store bookcase to go on top of the newly painted chest!  I used two colors for this piece! Lots of new storage now!  Thanks, Seth, I needed a push to get this done!  And thanks for always coming up with new ideas for us art bloggers!

A Week in Denver

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Cait and I just spent a week in Denver visiting Elizabeth and Christian, and my beautiful grandson, Cabrin.  The weather was very warm, several days of 100 or more!  So outside time had to be managed a little, but we still found plenty to do!   One hundred or more doesn’t seem as hot as 100 in Portland.  Its very dry in Denver, so not much humidity.  (Our week was dry and warm, no thunder storms or rain.)  We went to markets, fairs, the aboretum, parks, creeks, antiquing, shopping, and spent hours on the deck talking and playing with Cabrin who will soon be three-years-old! 

 Riding in his covered wagon at the Farmer’s Market, Dad pulling the wagon.

Trying to make a giant hula hoop work by picking it up and running in a circle!  Hmmmm? 

 

“What’s going on here,”  he says.

 

 A small treasure for Mairwen Rose, who couldn’t come with us — she just got a new job!  Yay for her!

A small treasure for me!  A rusty, broken, and old, kitchen utensil! 

 

Sisters!  Cait (on the right) and Elizabeth.

 This was a fun day!  It was too hot to stay outside for long, but I found a seed pod(green) from a tree,and it has a green pea seed inside.  I can’t remember the name of the tree – it was so hot that day my brain was addled!  And a little black  seed pod from a Hyacinth bean plant!  The flowers were so beautiful, I hope I will be able to grow one next summer from this seed!

Lilly pad with flower at the Denver Botanic Gardens.  I wish I could say I took this photo, but I didn’t.  Elizabeth is our talented photographer in the family!  Visit her website here http://www.elizabethsizemore.com/

 

 

A “Cookie” in a wheelbarrow!”

A boy in a wheelbarrow!

A boy on a tricycle with a funny helmet!

 

An “extra-terrestial” in a cup of milk.  Hmmm?  What’s going on here?  “Mama, ET is stuck!”

Auntie Cait and Cabrin in front of his home.

Elizabeth and Christian (my son-in-law)and Cabrin (making a silly face).

Wearing “Mimi’s”  glasses and looking a little unfocused!

Wearing my glasses again!  He says, I see two Mimis!

A little wild bunny in the back yard.

Denver was a lot of fun, but time to get back into the studio and make some art.  My first project is to put together my travels in Denver book for 2011!