Monday, July 21, 2008

Class of 1998 Rocks!

A slight departure from the usual art related posts. Tomorrow I fly to South Carolina to visit my folks and to attend my 10-year high school reunion. I can't wait to see all my friends, none of whom I see often enough. And then there will be the ones I haven't seen in 10 years. I'm excited on both counts. And by the way, that's me standing, in the middle.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

ETSY PLUG - Phoenix Paper Designs

So I've been doing these paper collages lately (see yesterday's post). I knew I wanted to back them with something particulary interesting and I thought handmade paper would be a good idea. So I looked on Etsy and found Phoenix Paper Designs. I bought these two.

This one is made from 100% postconsumer recycled materials - junk mail, phone book yellow pages and such - hand dipped and hand pressed, and embedded with with bright yellow calendula petals. The result is so stunning that I really had a hard time covering it up with my collage pieces.

This batch was a taupe color, created with bits of brown fabric scraps and used coffee filters! It is also made from 100% postconsumer recycled materials.
Both batches were a great quality - no holes or thin spots. It's obvious that Phoenix Paper Designs is very passionate about using recycled things to create these lovely papers, and takes great pride in her craft. She makes a variety of papers in many colors, so visit her shop.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Collage No. 2

Here's my second collage in the "Circles" series. It's made completely of paper scraps and some cut-up transparency sheets I found floating in my yard. It's all stuff I was going to throw away, but that I just couldn't part with. Good thing, too. The background is some handmade paper I bought on Etsy, so even it is reused.
This is essentially taped together, and I need to investigate further how to adhere it in a more professional manner. I'm thinking of using some sort of Modge Podge stuff to make it all lay down flat and appear to be more of a singular image, instead of bits of paper. Anyone out there who'd like to offer any advice, I'd sure be glad to hear it.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ode To Some Trees

My neighbor has been cleaning out his garage because he has plans to extend it out to the street. He cut down a couple of wonderful little trees earlier this spring because of his project, and I was just missing them today. Then I remembered that last year this time, I took some photos of the leaves.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Cheaper Shipping!

So I finally got my Kraft Tabbed Fiberboard shipping envelopes! They are VERY sturdy and are the best way to mail prints to ensure they do not get bent or damaged. It is also cheaper to mail things out in them rather than reuse my printer's packaging. So I'm passing those savings on to you! Shipping for 12X18 and smaller is now only $4.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

An Oldie But a Goodie

"Rainstorm" is an old photo - one I took in college - but it is one of my favorites. I was really just in the right place at the right time. I was driving home from visiting my boyfriend (now husband) when he was at some Marine Corps school in Virginia. I was only a few miles from the NC/SC border when I pulled over and snapped this. Moments later the downpour was torrential. I remember driving very slowly down those backroads for miles because I could barely see.

I've been looking for this slide for quite some time, so I could rescan it. I just found it in an old binder of slides that was in the garage! So now this image is available in my Etsy shop.

Monday, July 14, 2008


That's a word that seems like it never goes away in the newspaper biz. Folks are so concerned with staying relevant that some papers are constantly redesigning and it can get a bit dizzing.

I think at Milemarker we will be stopping with one redesign. I never much cared for my first banner - I just threw something together with the images I had.

I gave it an overhaul this weekend though, and voila:

Here's the old one for comparison:

Saturday, July 12, 2008

ETSY PLUG - Nature Mandalas

When I chose to feature Nature Mandalas this week, I had no idea it would be such an effort to decide what images to share. She really has a wonderful eye for photography, and for both color and black and white, and has so much great work at her Etsy store. It was so hard to choose, so I erred on the side of many images, rather than fewer. I hope she doesn't mind.

Let's begin with "Mitten the Goat." I bought this as a present for my sister-in-law last Christmas. She is somewhat obsessed with goats (as I am with squirrels, so I understand) and I knew she'd love this beautiful goat portrait.

I don't personally do black and white photography. It just doesn't work for me. That's why I am especially appreciative when I see the awesome black and white work of others. I think Nature Mandalas has a special gift for this. The above are two of my favorites.

I think I like her work so much because there is always a feeling of quiet and stillness. A sense of peace, I suppose. Her color photography does the same for me. I'm quite in love with her HDR shots of Acadia National Park. She has convinced me I need to go there. And that I need to figure out HDR!

Of course, a post on Nature Mandalas wouldn't be complete without showing you some of her mandalas. I've seen a lot of folks try this technique and it usually looks sophomoric and cheap. Not so with Nature Mandalas' mandalas. They are earthy and fragile and quite lovely. They are also now available as pendants.

There are so many other beautiful images in Nature Mandala's shop, and also on her blog. Go visit her right now!

Friday, July 11, 2008

More From the Vault

Here's another one from the old binder of slides I just found. It's kinda fun critiquing my college stuff. It's not good, but I like to think I showed some promise :)
I kinda like the angle on this one even if the depth of field is a little weird and the color is off.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Green Glass Cheese Plate - Sold!

I'm happy to say that Mom's first item from our shop sold today. It was the Green Glass Cheese Plate, which seems to have been a favorite, according to the view count. But don't worry if you weren't the lucky buyer. I'm headed to visit my folks in two weeks and I'll be picking up some more of these beautiful cheese plates when I go. They should be in the shop in the beginning of August.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Found: One Binder Of Really Old Slides

While looking for something completely unrelated, I happened upon my binder of slides from college. It's been missing since I moved two years ago. There are really only two or three good shots in the entire thing that I know of, but I decided to scan a few that I can't even remember taking. If I find anything good, I'll share.

This one is decidedly not good, but it makes me wish I were pulled off the side of a South Carolina road to take it all over again. Cotton is such a great subject matter, and if I shot it again today, I might actually get it in focus.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Good Fortune X 2

I was mowing the lawn this morning and decided to take a break before I began weeding. I sat down in front of the computer with a glass of ice water and was just checking out Etsy when I saw one of my photos, Water and Ice, on the front page! Fisheye was kind enough to include me in her stunning "Ice Water" treasury. Mine is in the middle on the top row.

I never browse Treasury West, mostly for the reason that I can't ever find a link for it (though it is bookmarked now). But, after looking at fisheye's lovely creation, I did stop by for a look see and saw another one of my photos, Custom House Handrail, in spongetta's "Vacation" treasury. It's the far right in the second row. And when I read the comments, I realized this had just been on the front page, too. That's twice in one day! How lucky can a girl get? Thanks so much to fisheye and spongetta!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Squareblock Paintings

They're finished! Ok, to be honest, I painted these in January. But it has taken me this long to varnish them. That's what happens when you live an hour and a half from a craft store. And forget on multiple occasions to buy varnish. I'm so pleased with how these turned out. It was my first time working on 4x6 canvas and I really enjoyed myself. These two are for my own walls, but I did manage to buy more canvases and will be painting some more soon that will be for sale in my Etsy shop. I've got a million color combos in my brain that I can't wait to try out.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

ETSY PLUG - Refabulous

My very first purchase from Etsy was this cool wallet from ReFabulous. Not only is it functional, it's absolutely unique.

ReFabulous makes these from recycled book jackets. And being a book lover, I really fell in love with them. Connie, of ReFabulous, shares this love of old books and says that she enjoys giving them new life. She's come up with this creative solution that does just that. The paper she uses is reinforced with vinyl, so it is very sturdy. Mine has been rolling around in my purse for six months and still looks brand new. I use mine for business cards, but there are two pockets, perfect for a little cash and your licence. The snap stays shut and I never fell like it might pull apart. There are always a variety of these in ReFabulous' shop, and she will even make one just for you if you send her one of your favorite book jackets, for no extra charge. Here are a few more she has for sale.

ReFabulous offers other products, such as these cute pincushions and reusable dryer sachets.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Flowers Always Help

I'm feeling a bit agitated today. I'll just say there are lots of things to learn when starting a business and sometimes those learning experiences are expensive. And frustrating. So here's some flowers to help me calm down. Deep breaths....

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Killers - Not Just Great Music

I've been really addicted to The Killers lately, as you may have noticed. Today I had the victory of finally uploading 'Sawdust' into Itunes - there was some error, and I had to figure out a very circuitous way to make it work and I was finally victorious. But not only do they have great music - they have great cover art, too. I love that this band has a logo, and that it is used in the same place on every single album cover. It's great branding, first of all, and whoever designed it in the first place is a genius. And whoever thought to keep using it is a genius.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


I do carry my camera with me everywhere I go, especially when we have a long drive ahead of us. When we drive home from a day trip to Cheyenne, we always get to see the beautiful sunsets to our left as they drift behind the peaks. I haven't gotten a 'picture perfect' sunset shot, yet, but I did like this one. I love the corona around the sun.