Sunday, October 31, 2010

My Last Halloween Post!

A treat for my family... last night I was reading the Christmas Family Circle Ideas & Gifts issue. There was a fun food idea. Take flour tortillas fold them in fourths and cut them like you would paper snowflakes. I didn't follow the instructions.

THIS IS WHAT I DID... I laid the tortilla flat on an old cookie sheet, cut out a spooky face, buttered the tortilla, then sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. Baked in the oven for about 5 minutes until golden. Everyone loved them. I don't have many sweets in the house so this was a HIT!

Spooky Boy!
Spooky Cat!

THE BOYS ACROSS the STREET

We don't have any children at our house... The Boys across the Street (could be the name of a band) are our favorite boys... I caught them before they went out this year... What great costumes!


ROCKSTAR!
Gorilla with his Banana!
and everyone loves GUMBY!
Happy Halloween guys!

I am ready for TRICK or TREATERS!

Most of the world is finished with Trick or Treating... I live in the Pacific Northwest and our trick or treaters should arrive very soon. I am ready for them with my bags of candy sitting by the door. This year I decided to do goodie bags to help keep track of how many gobblins come to my door.

I have skeletons for the spooky goblins
and
Pumpkins for all the little princesses and fairies!
I love the skeleton gummies and and the bag of bones I found!!!
Hope you had a SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN!


Downtown BREMERTON Trick or Treat info HERE!
Downtown POULSBO Trick or Treat info HERE!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday - Sunken Gardens

Sunken Gardens and Conservatory in Mitchell Park Milwaukee, Wis


The back of the card reads:

Mitchell Park, 64 acres, might be called the "Flower Park of Milwaukee County." Thousands of people attend the chrysanthemum and orchid shows which have earned national recognition. With its magnificent sunken gardens, formal flower beds and lily pond, open pavilion and natural amphitheatre and its playgrounds, this park is a delight in summer and winter.


The original conservatory in Mitchell Park was built in 1898, but was in need of so many repairs that it was decided to demolish it in 1955 and build a totally new design.


In 1967 the final of three bee hive shaped domes were completed to replace the conservatory. The domes each house a different environment. They are the Temperate Dome, Tropical Dome and Arid Dome.

The historic outdoor Sunken Gardens built in 1905 were removed in 1994 when the original four lion-head fountains were put into storage. Today there are reflecting ponds in the park. A current project plans to reclaim the lion-head fountains for the new design in the works.

Read more about the park HERE.

See pictures of the Domes HERE.


Thanks to our host Beth at The Best Hearts Are Crunchy.
To view more postcards go HERE!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Random Hearts - Week 9

This week got away from me. I didn't have time to hunt for hearts... or should I say I didn't have my camera with me most of the time. I am always on the look out when my camera is with me. Wednesday evening I went to the gathering at Munson Place where I found some awesome hearts!!!

I was standing at the refreshments served by CJs Catering and spied this heart.
I think it is by Lisa Stirrett the local glass artist!

I mentioned to one of the caterers I was looking for hearts
and he made this one for me!
When his son heard his dad had made a heart he told me he could make a heart...
isn't this heart sweet!

Finally while strolling through Judy's Junk n Java
I found this wood applique on one of the antique wardrobes!

To find more hearts visit RANDOM HEARTS!

Monday, October 25, 2010

New Treasures at Simply Renewed


Today I dropped off some of my Mini Halloween Matchboxes and greeting cards at Simply Renewed that I recently created. Each mini box has a surprise inside! These are fun little gifts for Halloween.


I also brought in more ephemera. If you are looking for a vintage black coat size small I hung one near the new old vintage hats I brought in. I can’t remember every thing I dropped off today. Stop by and see all the wonderful treasures.



Simply Renewed * 301 Pacific Ave. * Bremerton, WA. * USA * 98337

Phone: 360-479-4101


Munson Place-Artist Gathering-October 27th


Click on the flyer to see full size!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday - LOVE?

I thought this was a funny card from 1912!
When I read the back I got a chuckle... the card was mailed from Port Orchard (not far from where I live) and sent to Seattle. The sender writes about seeing Ellen in three weeks. Today a trip to Seattle takes a good part of a day. I wonder how long it took a century ago. I know the highway wasn't around. Maybe the ferry?
Thank you Beth of Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday.
To see more postcards GO HERE!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Random Hearts - Week 8

Our family went on a little getaway this past weekend to Fort Worden. It is a wonderful place located in the town of Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula. If you ever have a chance you should visit, there is so much history and wonderful architecture there.

While at Fort Worden I was in search of Random Hearts to post this week. I am happy to say I found a few.
I am always in search of hearts in the sky...
when I took this photo I saw one heart...
viewing it on the screen I found THREE!
Heart in the sand...
Just about to go out with the tide!
My most prized heart...
I spied on one of my walks on the grounds of Fort Worden
a MUSHROOM!

Please visit Random Hearts to view more amazing Hearts!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday - California Fruit Products

A great advertising card from the California Fruit Products Co. one of the first to direct ship "FREE Shipping" California fruit to rural America!

From the Sante Fe's Employee Magazine 1908:
Here is another site to see some amazing postcards of Old Los Angeles!

Link
Thanks to Beth at The Best Heart Are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Random Hearts - Week 7

Another Busy week... always time to find a heart!

This week I spied my Random Heart on the ground.
Yes a ROCK heart!
and on the heart rock is a small indentation of a heart!

Go to Random Hearts to see other amazing Hearts!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Classes At Rubber Soul November and December!

I will be teaching the following classes at Rubber Soul in November and December...


Basic Card Making - 2 more times this year Tues. Nov 2nd 6-8pm & Sat. Nov 20th 10-Noon

Learn some basic stamping skills, types of inks, embossing and much more, then create a few cards with your new-found talents!


A Vintage Christmas - Sat. Nov 6th 1 to 3PM

Vintage Christmas cards made with vintage ephemera: images from old turn of the century postcards, old paper, lace, glitter, stamping and more. Learn to collage in time for the holiday season. Your cards will be cherished by those receiving them. In class make three amazing cards. You will leave with extra paper ephemera! See samples HERE!


Christmas Waterfall Card - Sat. Nov 20th 1-3pm

The waterfall card class fills quickly. Family and friends will love receiving this unique Christmas card. Once you learn to create this card you will give them for all occasions. You will leave with a completed card ready to mail and printed dimensions to make cards in the future cards.

Front view of the waterfall card,

Below side view of the card.



Vintage Christmas Match Box - Offered two times Sat. Nov 6th 1-3pm and Sat. Dec 4th 10-Noon

During our two hour class you will make two vintage Christmas Match Boxes. These little works of art can be used as a box for gift giving and later as a tree ornament. Using vintage ephemera, Dresden foil, lace, glitter and teeny tiny things. You will create miniature treasures ready for your holiday gift giving! Leave class with miniature ephemera! See samples at the store.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday - Albemarle Hotel Atlantic City

Another Friday, another postcard. This is from my collection of Atlantic City post cards. I love the old hotels of times past. I have tried to find when the Albemarle Hotel was destroyed or renamed, but have not been able to find out much. What I did find is it was listed in the Handy Guide to Philadelphia along with information on taking the train to Atlantic City.



Published in 1910 the 204 page guide cost only twenty-five cents.
The guide is very interesting and full of great ads.
Just click on the cover and you can peruse the guide.


Click on the text to learn more.


To learn more about the hotels of the times click on the text above.

Postcard Friendship Friday.
View more cards HERE.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Random Hearts - Week 6

Been a busy week, not much time to post anything. Getting reared up for the Mixed Media Market on October 23rd. I always have time to look for RANDOM HEARTS. This past Sunday I was at the race track with my camera. As I sat there I would every so often see a heart in the trees. From trees to sky are the hearts I found this week!

Evergreen Hearts!


Please stop by Random Hearts and view other amazing images!!!!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Lenticular Clouds

On September 13 at 5:44 I was driving through Silverdale, WA. I glanced in the distance and there above Mount Rainier were some amazing looking clouds. I had seen them in the past, but only in pictures. I turned, pulled into the closest parking lot and back tracked to the highest point to get the best view. Luckily I had my camera! Wish I had a different lens along.
If you look closely you can see the lenticular clouds above the Mount Rainier in the distance. Mount Rainier is about 100 miles away. Click on the photo to enlarge it.

KOMO NEWS has some great photos of lenticular clouds on their site HERE!

Please leave a comment and let me know you stopped by.

Let me introduce you to JERRY MATTOON!

Before I go on about Jerry Mattoon...

I want to start at the very beginning. I first saw these wonderful ostrich eggs done with pen and ink on one of my visits to Judy's Junk & Java were we buy the coffee we brew at home.
Calamari
Judy's Junk & Java is one of my stops at least every other week while running errands, we love their personnel roast coffee! Which they fresh grind if you request. Judy's is an antique store (JUNK) that sells coffee (JAVA) and displays art of local artists. If you haven't been there you must stop by, Dean and Paul are gracious hosts!
The first time I noticed the eggs I was in awe!
Egyptian Egg Tar
Playable instrument, the base is an ostrich egg.
Bird of Play
Another playable instrument!

Ink Spot

Beat of the Dragon Heart

Jerry Mattoon is the artist of the ostrich eggs.

The Lady Sings

Then on a later visit to Judy's...
I noticed a few new paintings in the shop.
This one...
Sea Garden

and this one...
Fish on the Hunt

and this one...
Expressions
They are amazing... come to find out
the artist is Jerry Mattoon.


More recently I spied this painting in the shop.
The clown blowing bubbles.
I just love how the bubbles capture scenes in the painting.
Could it be another Jerry Mattoon... YES!!!

On September 17th Judy's Junk & Java celebrated their one year anniversary. They had a wonderful market on the approach and patio in front of the store. Several artists were present. It was an enjoyable evening chatting with and getting to know the artists. Hanging next to the entrance of Judy's Junk & Java I noticed this guy...
and inside was this beautiful bust...
I made a comment about the piece hanging by the door looking like motorcycle parts and was told they were. I was also informed it was a piece made by who other than... Jerry Mattoon.

By now I am overwhelmed by the talent of this man.
He is a very diverse artist sculpting, inking and painting.

Now I have introduced you to the art of the
Most Amazing
JERRY MATTOON!

You can see more of his art HERE.