Saturday, February 25, 2012

Saturday Miscellaneous

We went to the farmers market today, a cold, snow-flurrying, blustery one it was. I picked up these black beans from Ivor, who is so thrilled with the story of how 10 acres of feed and fuel crops were transitioned to food-the black beans, non-genetically modified and not sprayed with chemicals. Sweet!

Chalkboard tribute to our visitor, Amy who arrived from Kenya.

I noticed the other day that my hellebores are blooming. Good thing I looked, I might have missed this treat! I hope the cold doesn't ruin them!

Aren't they beautiful?

Lastly, tonight is the long anticipated Dark Side of the Wall concert at the Brown Theater, with our favorite Rock Star relative- Brian- in the lead singer role. I made a shrink art charm necklace for the event. Some of us are meeting for a quick bite at Taco Punk beforehand. I'll give you a review of both soon (but really, would I say anything bad about the concert?)

Sunday, February 19, 2012


This is my contribution to the journal in my possession currently in the ArtFest collaboration I'm in.
Her theme was Chinese Proverbs.
Liking all things birds lately, I went with a bird quote.
The only parameter was to incorporate part of an Asian newspaper on the page somewhere so I stamped the sheet music stamp and embossed in gold on the newsprint. 
The background in free hand paint in purple and gold acrylic. The little birdie is stamped with Distress Ink. The quote is lettered with Sharpie Pen.
Close up view.

Also, Jim and I finally hung the great piece of metal art that Brian gave us for Christmas!
I love it! 
It is repurposed metal piece that lights.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Quietfire Designs Queen of Hearts Challenge

For the challenge this year on Quietfire Style blog, I made a little gift for my Women's Prayer Breakfast friends, no queen here-but a heart! :).  I found these bags at Impress, which I thought were super cute, stamped one of Suzanne's quotes with red ink, free-hand cut out and adhered with pop dots to the little bag.
I used my only heart punch to punch red and pink hearts for the tea bags. Attached the hearts to the tea bags with baker's twine in red and white and tucked the tea in the zig zag bag and left the heart hanging.
My take on Martha's idea.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Farmers market, birthday boy, and church and coffee wars

I prepared for a visit from the birthday boy by decorating the chalkboard yesterday. Today is his big day but we celebrated together yesterday afternoon.
The farmers market was freezing cold with a wind chill of 12 degrees, but had quite a few attendees. I grabbed some brussel sprouts and red potatoes.  Need to get some grapes for my fav brussel sprout dish with the balsamic vinegar. Yum.

 These are the signs at the coffee shop I frequent-Day's, and their next door neighbor restaurant.
. When the restaurant was opening the owner of Day's said they should talk about how they could be supportive of each others' business. The restaurant owner's response was- "what I really want is part of your building space". Hummm- not off to a very friendly start.
So the last week or so the restaurant has a sign outside touting its "Sensational Coffee". 

Day's chalked up this response

The friendly banter of next door neighbors....

On to the birthday boy!

Where did the time go? Can it possible be 7 years since this dear boy came into our lives? He is just the sweetest and so much fun!  He wanted to go to Sweet CeCe's for yogurt for his birthday. Usually, I have him get a moderate amount (they give you a HUGE cup for self-serve) with two healthy toppings (fruit, nuts) and one sugary one.
But, for his special day- all he wanted of anything!
This was his creation.
I still thought it was sweet that he didn't overly fill the cup and was fairly moderate in his toppings considering he had carte blanche.

Happy Birthday, my love.

My sweet church was super sweet today.
We are all about inclusivity, peace, justice and love.
Many a Sunday it is so sweet that I cry.
I had control of myself today but another sweet one-it was.
We celebrated 20 years of the Urban Goatwalker Coffee House- a place where all are equal, all are served and all are welcome at the open microphone.
Homeless and advantaged, elbow to elbow over a tablecloth set table with popcorn, candlelight and a server to take your coffee or tea order and serve you up a sweet treat. All at no charge, though tips can be made by those who wish at a jar in the back. Anyone can offer up a reading, song, play the spoons, or a rubber band accompaniment. So affirming, all are clapped for. Surely the Lord is in that place. You can see it on each face.
On the justice front- a group is going to Frankfort, our commonwealth's capital, to support saving the mountains from mountain top removal. Pinwheels were made by the Wednesday night group for them to take with for the gathering. The pinwheels were offered during the offering and blessed. A symbol that we ALL go with them even those who aren't able to physically go.
So on the weekend before Valentine's Day I was reminded of how sweet life is in so many ways:
Farmers-who love the earth and share the earth's bounty-fruit of their labor
A dear child-who's love is a great gift
A computer chat with a daughter 8000 miles away doing fine work
A faith community that lives out the good news of Christ in so many ways-every day-Amen and Amen
Coffee shop friends-who know me and are happy to see me and share my day
Good friends who will be first time grandparents this year
A wedding shower for a friend's daughter who survived an event that could have robbed her of joy- but she didn't let it and found the love life had to offer
A dear husband, even now in the kitchen trying a new recipe.
Life is just so sweet.
So take a pinwheel from the container and let the wind of love blow through it into your life and all you hold dear.