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Archive for May, 2010

This cute creation found it’s way into my shopping cart today ($1.99 at Savers). Turning this one in to a tote for sure!

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When I was a kid, I have this distinct memory of arguing with my best friend Carrie if certain unwanted flowers that grew in our lawns were weeds or flowers. I preferred to think of them as flowers while Carrie thought of them as weeds. As an adult I guess I would say we were both right. I will have to ask her how she feels now. Anyway, the other day I noticed that the area across the street from our house had this pinkish tone to it. It is usually just filled with weeds that we chop down in late spring. I went over to check it out. Look at these interesting and beautiful flowers that were growing! They look like little orchids or fuschias. The thistle was growing over there too and I still do consider this a weed due to all the painful prickles that my feet endured as a kid but the purple stuff is kind of pretty…

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Crewel World


The first crewel work embroidery I bought was probably over three years ago. I had the intention of making a line of “Crewel World” tote bags. I still have that plan and a whole stack of these colorful, happy wool on cotton or linen creations. I am hoping that blogging my idea will get me motivated to start! Not only is this entry about crewel work, it is also about one of my favorite people in the world, my friend Dawn. We met on a busy street in Sacramento ten years ago and have bonded over thrifting, picking up stuff on the side of the road (piano benches and lawn furniture to name a few) and it doesn’t hurt that our kids are best friends. Dawn called me the other day with the news that she found a huge framed crewel work picture for me at the thrift store! Just check out all of these individual little embroideries! THANK YOU DAWN!

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*One Year Anniversary*

Today is the one year anniversary of Open Window Studio Blog! I have to say that it has been a good experience all around. I love looking for something hopefully fun and interesting to post or at least a way to document life around here since I have never been a one to journal. Thanks for checking in from time to time and I look forward to continuing on with this blogging experience. The pictures posted today are a perfect example of getting really nice art at next to nothing prices. This still life was one of many pieces of art that I saw at the Happy Dragon last week. It looked like a studio was being cleaned out since the paintings seemed to be by the same artist. I don’t recall seeing a signature on any of the paintings and the prices were all good but I think this was an absolute steal at only $5.00 which is much less than the cost of the canvas and paint and certainly the time put in to it. I really like the brush strokes and bright colors. It is hanging in the kitchen now but will be put into the “rotating painting library” for a trip around the house and an occasional rest in the closet. Such is life for paintings around here.

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My young artists

I love kid’s art for so many reasons. They don’t worry as much about if it looks “right” or what people think, they just paint or draw and enjoy the experience and it really shows through. The top one was done by Will and is called “Cupcake Yum!” and the bottom two were done by Avery. I use simple and inexpensive frames from Ikea and hang my favorites in the hallway. It really brightens up the space and makes the kids feel proud.

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Mystery Box…

Last week as we pulled in the driveway, we saw this HUGE box on the porch. I thought Jeff had bought a new computer. It was about 2 1/2 feet by 3 feet. We opened it up and found it filled with four more boxes and lots of foam peanuts. We opened those boxes one by one and found various glass bowls, plates an trays in clear, lime and forest green plus a letter from my Aunt in Pennsylvania. All the pieces fit together to form a lazy susan from the 50’s. It belonged to my Grandpa and my aunt and uncle thought I would like it. It is fabulous and will be great for taco night, veggies and dip or buttons and such. Chuck and Jackie, thank you SO much!

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Jeff took this picture yesterday and it was so good, I had to post it. The expression on Avery’s face looks so much like a “Lucy” to me. I love you, Lucy!

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