Here's my husband skating outdoors for the first time:
I'm looking forward to hitting the bike trails! I'm just not sure how one stops when one gets going really, really fast.... (YouTube videos on that topic have me shaking my head. I guess I'm going to learn by experience....)
From left to right-- my boss, my husband, my prom date from high school. Yes, when we played The Settlers of Catan I got completely ganged up on!
.... planned a craft afternoon.
..... lunch with friends
.... scored a small pile of very old and mostly broken bricks for free on Craigslist. Mom helped, bless her heart! She spent the whole time laughing and muttering about how I take after my Grandma Rose.
... tried on my new skates in! More on that later.
.... make a black velvet headband in my newly cleaned studio.
by Diane Maurer-Mathison
This book is useful as a survey of the many techniques you can do with paper. It doesn't go into depth much about any particular technique. You can, for example, find entire books on papermaking or marble or collage. So it is more of an inspiration, a reminder of the amazing versatility of paper, then it is a how-to book, even though instructions are included with each technique. The instructions are fine, but not thorough enough for me.
Visual Chronicles: The No-Fear Guide to Creating Art Journals, Creative Manifestos and Altered Books
by Linda Woods and Karen Dinino
Organized around the fears that might keep someone from making an art journal, this energetic book written by two sisters was charming. It includes techniques, specific journaling prompts, and lots of examples from the sisters' personal journals. It was fun and accessible and made me want to play, and while I suppose highbrow, hard-core arts-journal-makers might look down their noses at its fairly simple techniques, it's a good starting place.
Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden: Making Pots, Planters, Birdbaths, Sculpture & More
by Sherri Warner Hunter
This looks like so much fun! I really enjoyed this book and I am definitely planning on checking it out again when it is time to make some sculpture for the garden. It has the right level of detail, plus photos to go with the instructions. I'm going to try to start with some mosaic paving stones first. But I really like the idea of working in such a durable medium. The book also has lots of inspiring photographs from artists with many different aesthetics. This is definitely on my to do list!
Here a fun and not-too-pricey gift for a little pick-me-up
for someone who needs it: favorite photos in a magnetic frames to stick in a
locker or on a fridge.Thrift stores
always have gobs of these, and I’ll bet you have photos your friend, teenager,
relative, etc. would like.
I made some for my mom, who is counting down the days until
she retires in May.She can put these in
her locker at work and hopefully smile when she sees them.
I'm thinking that the lower right corner got literal. I'm not sure how I feel about that. We were going to go totally abstract and I should be feeling like I messed it up, but truth be told, I rather like it.
But then it is going to push viewers into trying to decide what the other items represent. And my husband has a bunch of abstract geometry planned....
My husband made a new video, this time answering the crucial question: "How do I get my beard to stop itching?"
It is part of his 1 Minute Beard Tips series. (It is a little over a minute, I confess. But that's because his beard is so long....)
Please watch and pass on the link! Sales have been up in March, and I'd like to think that that is in part because my loyal readers are watching all the way to the end of the videos which bumps up Charlemagne Beard Oil in the search rankings for YouTube.