Early evening fog, back lit by the western sun, Morro Bay Harbor.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
Autumn Journal by Louis MacNeice, a remarkable novella of a poem published in 1939. A tribute to a time, fast disappearing, just before Europe burst into flames. It is poignant, it is provocative, it is prophetic and it is achingly beautiful. The following excerpt is one of my favourite pieces of writing. If you are unfamiliar with the piece, I urge you to find a copy and set aside some time to enjoy it to the full. I expect you won't be disappointed.
September has come, it is hers
Whose vitality leaps in the autumn,
Whose nature prefers
Trees without leaves and a fire in the fireplace.
So I give her this month and the next
Though the whole of my year should be hers who has rendered already
So many of its days intolerable or perplexed
But so many more so happy.
Who has left a scent on my life, and left my walls
Dancing over and over with her shadow
Whose hair is twined in all my waterfalls
And all of London littered with remembered kisses.”
― Louis MacNeice, Autumn Journal
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
It's today! 10-5 at my Altered by the Sea Studio here in Morro Bay. Destiny, Margot and I have been creating up a storm all summer to bring you an amazing collection of mixed media art, pet portraits, beautiful wearable art handbags, handcrafted journals and designer pendants. And a fantastic collection of vintage ephemera from my personal stash will also be available for purchase!
Friday, September 20, 2013
This delightful little book (6.5x7") is full of fun, interesting and outrageous ideas that will transform your living space. A different paint colour, wall paper on the ceiling, leather covered doors, and dozens of ways to decorate with books are just the start. Tips from well-known design gurus and gorgeous photos. I always find something immensely satisfying in volumes of this size - fun to hold, easy to carry around. For all of us who love to shake up our home decoration on a regular basis - this is a must have!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
Yes it's over three months away.
But I've been busy creating these great chunky journals
with a Christmas theme!
Perfect for a holiday journal
or photo album for those December snaps.
Available at Art Girlz in Autumn this coming Sunday.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
I'm taking the day off and spending it in Campbell.
While Margot and our friend Leanne are attending a wearable
art workshop, I'll be journaling away
right here at Orchard Valley Coffee - great scones!
When M and L are done we'll all have lunch
together at Aqui's - great Mexican
food with a nice healthy twist.
And if we're feeling frisky - follow it up with
frozen custard from Willow Glen
(one of the few frozen custard places not in the Midwest.)
Do I know how to spend a great day off or what!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Friday, September 6, 2013
One of my three favourite authors is Rosamunde Pilcher. I've read and re-read (and listened and re-listened) to everything she's every written. She's a master of setting and character and tells a fine story. This lovely book is a bit memoir, a bit photo album and a lot of fun. Mrs. Pilcher talks about many of the settings of her famous novels and about places she's lived that have shown up in her books as well. There are even some recipes! If you've ever enjoyed The Shell Seekers, Coming Home, September or any of the others, you're sure to love this. Brew a nice pot of Earl Grey, grab a scone or two and settle down for a brilliant treat.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Dictionary and arithmetic pages from days gone by
Spent a day digging through boxes and bins
Scoop up vintage game pieces
of ephemera, old books and rusty bits.
Pick a card, any card
Hunting and gathering for the up-coming
7 Gypsies Bracelet kits
Art Girlz in Autumn Show, September 22.
Retro kitchen utensils
Finding things I'd forgotten I had,
Rusty old tools and hardware
and others that I'm ready to let go to a new home.
Vintage postcards, pamphlets and mags
There will be an entire section of the show devoted to
45 Easy Pieces Ephemera Paks
wonderful vintage-y ephemeraticly retro
mixed media art supplies!!