Saturday, October 31, 2009

ETSY PLUG: Milemarker 3


Good morning everyone.  I hope you are all ready for Halloween!  I awoke this morning to find the entire foot of snow we got last week had melted!  I hope it's not too cold tonight so that we may get more than trick-or-treaters than last year. 

I didn't hear back from the shop I had wanted to feature this week, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to show you around Milemarker 3.  I decided the photography shop was just too crowded, so I moved my paintings into Milemarker 2, and everything else into Milemarker 3.  It serves as the boutique I had originally intended to open with my mom, with a variety of items from us both.


I just added this set of Christmas cards.  The image is one of my own, of a box of vintage ornaments my grandmother owned, that now go up on my parents' tree every year.



Mom's wine bottle cheese plates also reside at Milemarker 3.  Each one is melted in a kiln and result in a unique serving dish.  Some are flat and some are convex, some are blue and some are green, and some are plain and some are beaded. 



Mom is also quite talented when it comes to sewing, and has a few of her original purse designs in the shop.  The smaller ones, like in the first photo, are perfect for a special night out.  There are larger bags, too, designed for day use.  This one is tall and skinny and in such fun fabric.  Mom's not one for neutrals, so if you like a purse that makes a statement, check out our shop.

Friday, October 30, 2009

FEATURED: On Pecannoot - Make Every Day Abundant

This morning Jessica Gonacha Swift featured yesterday's "Riddled Leaf" photograph on her lovely blog.  If you've never been over there, you should really visit.  The idea behind her blog is to celebrate the abundance around us, every day.  I get such a positive vibe everytime I'm reading Pecannoot that it just makes me smile.    And if you've never seen Jessica's beautiful work, you really should.  I've been meaning to buy this print forever now. 

P.S. - I was going to wait until I was done putting together my "Leaves" collection to put this in my Etsy shop, but I went ahead and listed it this morning.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Decomposing


I just took this yesterday and I'm in love!  I've been hanging on to this leaf to photograph it for months, at least since last winter.  The delicate patterns that nature made as it decomposed this leaf are simply amazing to me.  I see it as a visual reminder that sometimes the subtraction of things equals more - in this case little bits of dried leaf flaking away leave it more beautiful than it was before.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Summer Memories



It's snowing outside today so I was sitting here thinking about the summer that just flew by.  Honestly, it was just weeks ago that it was green and sunnny.  But I digress.  I realized I hadn't shared photos from our camping trips, so I thought I would. 

Grandpa drove out from California for some fishing, so we decided to try a few places we had never been.  This pretty little spot is just 45 minutes from our house, with a gorgeous campsite and nearby fishing hole.  And it seemed to me to be a bear-free environment.  When you see photos of the next place we camped, in the mountains, you'll understand.  It's nice here, but it's LUSH there. 


The best part about this trip was seeing the dogs so excited.  Happy was in heaven running through the little stream.  I think the best way to describe it would be unbridled extacy.  She loves the water and had so much fun just charging down the stream to the end of the long lead.  I'd love to let her loose to explore, but I know that she would never come back.  So, perhaps it's fair to say that extacy was bridled, by me, but in my defense I did run behind her so she could explore as far as she wanted.


Little Bear actually put her feet in the water so she could go smell around the rocks, and I was surprised.  She's not much for the water.  The Bear is much more dependent on people than Happy is, so we let her off the leash and she also was so joyful too, bounding through the tall grass.  I wish I had gotten a photo of that, but all you could see was the top of the grass moving, and then she'd pop out into the campsite, look at you, and go back in.  It makes my heart smile to just think of it.




I was so enamored with the beautiful tall grasses that I went back a month later in the morning to photograph them.  Some stupid campers had moved all the rocks in the stream, however, so you had to walk like you were on a tightrope to get across rather than just hopping on one in the middle and then hopping to the opposite shore.  That's where I fell and pulled my hamstring, which is still not all the way healed up I'd like to add.  Oh well, I think I will still think of this place fondly, since we had so much fun there.  And you better believe I'll be back next year to move those rocks right back where they should be.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Crown of Thorns



I realized it had been a while since I've given you any macro flowers, so, lest you forget where you are, here are a couple.  I added one photo of Crown of Thorns to my flower collection, but here are two more that I didn't use but that I liked very much.

Monday, October 26, 2009

GIVEAWAY: Buffalo Herd - CLOSED



It's giveaway time again!  I'm moving a few things out of my shop to make way for new photographs, so I wanted to offer you the chance to win this photograph before it disapears.  It's one of the first ones I took when I came to Wyoming, of the state's buffalo herd in Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis.  I took this with my Olympus OM-1, the SLR I used before I bought my Nikon, so it isn't as sharp as I like my images to be these days. 

That said, I'm offering an 8x12 print of it for free (plus free shipping).  All you have to do is visit my shop, and leave a comment on this post telling me which image in my shop is your favorite.  I'll draw a name at random on Monday, Nov. 2 and announce the winner.  Good luck!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

ETSY PLUG: RikRak


Today I want to share with you one of my favorite shops on Etsy.  RikRak carved quite a niche by creating stylish bibs out of vintage fabrics, which I fell in love with.  I think these are the perfect gift for someone you maybe don't know so well, but to whom you'd like to give a small baby gift that will be unique.  I've bought three bibs from RikRak for that purpose.  As for that yellow and aqua one, well, it's the colors I imagine for my yet-to-be-concieved child's room, and decided that I HAD to have it.  You know, for if/when that eventually becomes a reality.

These bibs are even more beautiful in person - almost to pretty to use - and are very well made.


About the only other thing I remember seeing in RikRak's shop were these adorable wallets and clutches.  But checking back in today, I am impressed with the variety of items made with the same vintage fabrics and lovely handmade feel.


There is this asymetrical bag that could be used as a purse or a tote.  It has sort of a Jetsons' vibe, don't you think?


These sweet quilted coasters look like something I remember my grandmother making with her sewing machine as I looked on, mesmerized. 


But these felt pendants are so very modern.  I think that's what I really like about RikRak's products.  They bring together nostalgic memories of the ladies in my family sewing with clean, modern design for a look that is both homemade and polished.  I guess, for me, RikRak sums up why I love the handmade movement so much - not only is creating things by hand practical, creative and nostalgic, in this day and age, it's actually preferable to buying the same sort of things that have been mass-produced, somewhere far, far away.

This has the makings of a short sidebar, so forgive me.  My wonderful mother made a lot of my clothes when I was younger.  I thought this was all very cool, as I got to choose fabric and styles and thought that was normal, until I changed schools in eighth grade and was teased by one cruel girl.  While it only took me a few years to think handmade clothes were cool again, (thanks in part to a compliment from one of my favorite musicians about a sundress I had just made with Mom's help), I can't help but smile now when I think that for cruel girl to still be cool, she's had to embrace the handmade movement to get the custom items that are trendy today.

Sorry for the tangent, but there are so many reasons why handmade items are meaningful.


RikRak also has several seasonal items in stock, such as these bat iron-ons.



I adore these felt Christmas items, as they remind me of the stockings my mother made for me (with felt and rikrak and cheerful trim) and a set of felt animal ornaments my grandmother made which I treasure.  I LOVE the midcentury modern vibe that RikRak's stockings and ornaments have.  They are sure to  make your hoildays hip.

And, just so you know, everything in RikRak's shop is 15% off until Sunday night.  If you manage to miss the sale, then do check out RikRak's blog where you can see new products and be advised of giveaways.

IMAGES: RIKRAK

Friday, October 23, 2009

AUTUMN COLOR WEEK: Brown


I like the antiqued feel of this image - I think that comes from the graininess and the yellow indoor lighting, and of course from the grimy keys and the condition of the wood.

Well I had so much fun this week with my color-themed posts I will have to do it again some time.    If anyone else out there did this recently, I'd love to see so leave a link in the comments.  Have a great weekend everybody, and tune in tommorow for an Etsy Plug that I'm very excited about  and next week for a give-a-way!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

AUTUMN COLOR WEEK: Red


I've been waiting all week for red day!  I took this image more than a year ago, but just rediscovered it and I've been excited to share it with you.  I adore how dry seedy and leafy things look against my red dinette table. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

AUTUMN COLOR WEEK: Orange


My mom has a great collection of old thread spools that I photographed last time I was in South Carolina.  I shot them color by color, so here are the oranges.  I really have yet to go through all those images - I shot a couple hundred - so shame on me, but here is one at least.

PS - This is my first time posting an extra-large image on Blogger, so let me know if it is too big.  I don't want you to have to scroll up or down to see the entire image.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

AUTUMN COLOR WEEK: Green


These leaves are from Greenbrier State Forest in West Virginia, the greenest place I have been in some time.

Monday, October 19, 2009

AUTUMN COLOR WEEK: Yellow


This week I am going to play along with some other blogs that have had an Autumn Color Week.  I saw this idea on Abby Try Again, and she saw it on Poppytalk.  I'm a little behind, as usual, but I still think it's going to be fun.

I will be posting a new photo every day this week based on the following colors: one for yellow, green, orange, red and brown.

Today's color is yellow.
This is a defunct cafe we drove by in northern Wyoming.  I loved the colors of the lettering contrasted with the yellow of the building.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

ETSY PLUG: Tweedy Lane


I love purses and handbags the way some women love shoes.  The perfect bag - even if it is perfect for only one purpose or outfit - is always calling my name.  Tweedy Lane's gorgeous red sari clutch was practically yelling at me to be purchased earlier this year, and I obeyed.  I don't go to many fancy places or get dressed up very often, so I just used it for the first time last week when we got all gussied up to see Wicked.  It was perfect for my tickets, ID, credit card and lipstick.  This is the first clutch I have ever owned, since, as a forgetful person, I assumed without a purse draping over my shoulder I'd misplace it.  But I was so enamored with this exotic beauty that all night I never let it go.


Tweedy Lane offers a few different styles of purse in a variety of sari fabrics.  This one in brown autumn leaves looks like the perfect thing for the current season.  It's so rich, but beacause it's neutral you could really use it a lot.




I love the shape of this bag.  The squares in the fabric are repeated by the rectangular cut and handles and it just looks so smart. 



There are many pretty little pouches at Tweedy Lane, too, perfect for containing makeup within a larger handbag or backpack.


These travel bags for shoes are the perfect thing to keep your suitcase organized and clean, and at $5.75, they are priced just right.


Those beautiful sari fabrics also appear as one-of-a-kind pillows...


...and as pretty little magnets.


One of my favorite things in Tweedy Lane's shop are is the miniature purses that are just the right size to stow a gift card or jewelery.  What a unique way to present a gift!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Mittens



One more word about my friend Barbara.  She is an amazing knitter and crocheter and at my request, made me the most beautiful mittens.  I wasn't expecting them for months, as she is pretty busy with her own projects, but she had them done for me in a week.  They are modeled on the mittens Bella wears in the movie "Twilight."  I loved how long they were and how toasty they looked.  I've never owned a pair of mittens before in my life so I'm looking forward to using them.  Thank you, Barbara!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Kittens


My friend Barbara fosters sick kittens that the shelter would otherwise put down, and has been doing so for years.  She bottle-feeds these tiny little kittens, and with her expert care, nurses them through some serious diseases so that they are healthy and adoptable.  After helping 183 kittens, she finally fell for one and added him to her brood. 


The apricot kitty, Duck, will be staying with Barbara and Michael, but the black kitty, Lamb, who is a sweetie, will be available for adoption soon in the Denver area. I can attest that she is an absolute darling, so if you are in the market for a new little someone to love, let me know. Barbara tells me that there is a stigma against black cats, and that once they are full grown, they rarely get adopted. It's hard to believe old superstitions get in the way of giving perfectly good cats homes.

Barbara keeps a blog where she chronicles her efforts to care for her foster kittens, and where she shows off her knitting and crochet projects as well.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wesley


So I metioned a few days ago that last week I went down to Denver to see Wicked the Musical with some friends (which was SO very good).  It happens that my friends, Michael and Barbara, are very much cat people and I am very much not.  But they have one cat that I can't help but think is the most beautiful cat in the world, Wesley.  He is silky grey and such a very nice kitty.  I even threatned to steal him (though, I'd like to report, I did no such thing).

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

FEATURED ON: Nigh Bluey

I had the pleasure of being featured today on the blog of the talented jewelry artist Nigh Bluey.  It is always nice when someone is so kind, out-of-the-blue. 

You should really take a look at Nigh Bluey's Etsy shop.  She has such an eye for color and shape combinations in earrings and necklaces.


She is giving away the following pair of earrings at her blog - there are a few days left for you to enter.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Winter in October


Sometimes the best laid plans go awry.  I had planned this week to play along with other blogs that have been posting Autumn-colored photos, but since my yard looks like this, I'm just not in the mood.  It has occured to me that for some, Fall may include snow.  I feel like I've come a long way in being okay with Winter since moving away from South Carolina, but I will never be able to conjure images of premature snow when I think of Fall.  Since moving to Wyoming, I've become aware that October can include a dusting or two, but the snow up to my knees was unwelcome.  


Maybe it will melt soon and we can get back to Fall.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Blue and Green Books


Pretty books from our library.  I'm actually in Denver today, visiting with friends and going to see Wicked!  I'll be driving home tommorow (unfortunately in some snow, it appears) so I don't have an Etsy Plug for you.  I'm sure you will manage to have a great weekend anyway (please do!).

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Treetops


This photo doesn't even come close to capturing just how brilliantly these treetops were lit with afternoon sun.