Monday, November 29, 2010

Ornament Giveaway-WOO HOO


Ok everybody-here's a chance to win one of the Cozy Cottage felt ornaments that I have for sale on my blog.

All you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment.

and

Share a link to my blog on your Facebook page and/or Twitter page and/or your own blog.

That's it!

On Friday a random winner will be selected and the ornament will be mailed to you.

Good Luck!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

LA Part 2-Fun Stuff


Before our trip to LA we promised each other that we would just relax once we got there. We had both been working like crazy and needed a break. It started out nice and slow but soon shifted into full speed ahead.

Our first stop was The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Two pretty terrific photography exhibits were on display while we were there; Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography Since the Sixties and In Focus:Still Life . Although I consider myself a hack when it comes to photography, it was my major in college. I have always admired documentary photographers for being able to put themselves in uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous situations and at the same time be able to capture a split second that describes what words cannot.

The stunning grounds of the Getty.

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Our friends from Atlanta, Nick and Renee, suggested that we visit The Adamson House in Malibu. Renee said it was her absolute favorite thing that she did when she was in LA. That was good enough for us. If you haven't been, you must go, it is pretty darn spectacular.

The home was built on the beach in 1930 and is decked out in Malibu tile. The bathrooms had at least 5 different patterns of tile each and the kitchen was, well, amazing. Like I said-it's a must see.

The front of the house.

A tile on the patio, there were zillions of these covering the outside surfaces.


Stairs to the second floor.


Tile "rug"- love the fringe.


Kitchen (photo courtesy The Adamson House)


Pool stairs.

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Jody, another Atlanta friend, suggested Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino. We took about 1000 photos but I thought I would share just a few of our favorites.

This is the faux bois trellis that follows an extensive walkway. It had sustained water damage over the years and was under restoration. The artisan was there making repairs that were going to take several months.
Detail of the original cement work.

In addition to the 120 landscaped acres that are open to the public the gardens also have some pretty interesting displays. I loved the look of these vintage light bulbs.




The Huntington has 14 beautifully themed gardens. We made it to 5 and we were there for several hours. This meticulous pebble "shoreline" led to the pond in the Japanese Garden.



We were told not to miss the Desert Garden and it was indeed a must see. I have never seen such a beautiful display of cactus and succulents-EVER!



On the way out, Tom and I noticed this hedge and we were fascinated. The leaves were so tiny from years and years of pruning that we had to investigate further. It's not like we've never seen pruned shrubbery before but we couldn't stop touching and patting it. Just when I was sure that people were beginning to wonder; several more curious observers also started patting and photographing the shrub.


The little world under the leaves.


Well, that's it for part 2- sorry for going on and on but I really did restrain myself-I promise.
Next up will cover studio tours and our trip to the fabulous Roger's Gardens.

Monday, November 22, 2010

LA Part 1-Tom's show


Last week Tom and I flew to California for his LA debut. We had both been burning the candle at both ends for some time and we kept saying that we were just going to take it easy and relax when we got there-it was not to be. We did so much and had such a great time that I am going to have to cover the trip in several posts.
We stayed with our friends Oscar and Chris of Made Goods, their 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 year old boys, Oscar's mama and papa who were visiting from Spain, Juan Carlos (also visiting from Spain), Tata, the nanny, and dogs Ruby and Nano. It was a house full of fun and love to say the least.
Oscar's mama and papa really enjoyed cooking and Tom and I really enjoyed eating what they cooked.

Tom and Oscar in the kitchen.


Roasted eggplant and red peppers and some sort of delicious salad.


Most of us around the dinner table.

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Saturday night was the big event. Obsolete Gallery hosted an artist reception for Tom, and I can't begin to tell you how proud I was of him. He worked for almost a year to get 14 pieces completed for the show and they were pretty impressive pieces (if I do say so myself). Ray and his amazing staff put together a truly memorable night and took great care of the two of us-thanks guys!
The front window.


Front windows.


Interior of the gallery looking out. A movie of the pieces in the show was running. I thought it looked pretty cool from inside the gallery.


Tom and his beautiful fans.


Tom, Stella Ritter, Amy Yasbek and me. Dang that Amy for making me laugh so hard that my eyes are all squinty. I'll get you my pretty..........

Like I said it was a great evening filled with family, friends and sales. I think I laughed the entire night-what more could a girl want?

Stay tuned for Huntington Gardens, Adamson House, studio visits with Eric Cortina and Aaron Kraemer and a trip to Roger's Garden's. I told you we did a lot!
xop

Friday, November 12, 2010

Down on the Farm

Last weekend's Artist gathering at my talented friend Dan DiPaolo's farm was a truly special event. I saw old friends and met some new ones-all amazing creative, talented and sharing people.
About 20 of us met at Verinico's Restaurant in Burlington, WI for dinner on Friday night. I was pretty excited to finally meet Ned Young, who recently won a prestigious children's book illustration award for his book Zoomer.

The next day we met and showed our portfolio's to Legacy Publishing and Sunset Vista. I can't say for sure but I think there's a Cupcake Calendar in my future.

Robin and I stayed at the farm with Dan, Jamey and a menagerie of animals. Thanks to Robin for the flannel PJ's and Ruthie the dog for sleeping with me and keeping me warm.

Jamey feeding Eddie Spaghetti out of his hand. This rooster was rescued from a petting zoo and is pretty happy to have the run of the place.

Robin and I attempting to ride a two seater. We never did master turning.

Had I driven; this kitty and his brother would have come home with me.

Turkeys who are probably in someone's freezer by now.

Ruthie, my little bed heater.

This weekend I am in LA for my husband Tom's show at Obsolete Gallery in Venice. If you're in the area please come by!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Artist Meeting

Friday I head to my friend Dan DiPaolo's farm to meet with a group of artist friends. While I'm looking forward to spending time with people (and Ruthie the dog) that I love I'm not looking forward to the chilly weather. I will have to pack my flannel pj's for sure.

I will be showing my portfolio to a calendar company and hopefully selling them on the idea of resurrecting the "Girlfriends" calendars and Family Activity Planners . Thanks to all of you who have left comments regarding the calendars. Part of my master plan is printing out and sharing these in the meeting.

Wish me luck!