Friday, December 26, 2008

After the Storm, Look Here...

I think that's the word I'd use...'storm'. Celebrating, parties, phone calls and packages sent to family all over the globe, cooking, baking, wrapping, card writing, trips to the post office and supermarkets. Not to mention, the driving to Thanksgiving at my cousin's - seeing how each niece and nephew, cousin and friend has changed over the past year.

And, then there were storms! Black ice in Portland, OR, 15" of snow in Boston, MA, tornado and blizzards in Mississippi...and, there was a complain about rain in Las Vegas but I didn't feel too badly.

Unfortunately, in while swatting away random wrapping paper and flying boxing tape, I completely missed Heide Hibbard's fabulous Etsy Treasury until the last hour! She included a pair of my gemstone earrings and the entire color scheme is extremely fun.

Hieide Hibbard Fine Art Paintings & Fine Art Gifts

What you see in my artwork is the expression of what I feel and think. I interpret in the way that with all my obsessions and life's dings and dents...I see things. I hope you find my artwork interesting.

And, I KNOW you will! Just click the banner below!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

How Did You Know Where We Are?

Well, Marie created a wonderful Etsy Treasury to make sure you do know where we are...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Stunning Holiday Design!

Stunning art from fabulous artists: EBSQ, WWAO & Interior Design Team. And, I was lucky enough to snag an Etsy Treasury and create one of my own!

I was so excited!

Please click on the image below to view these wonderful works until Saturday, December 20th.

If you miss this Etsy Treasury, please click below to view these fabulous artists' work!

atelier marie mella - original and unique oil paintings

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Have a Hip Hanukkah

These are the two adorable tots that featured my "To Be a Kid at Chanuka" Chanukeah. I got the idea after an abundance of Hebrew building blocks that were complicating my storage and my brain was itching to create something special with them.

See their wonderful article below, or click on their banner to see it in its entirety on their site!

But, these cuties are the inspiration for a fabulous shopping site featuring some fabulous artists and gifts to make your little ones smile! Please click below to visit their site and wonderful gift ideas!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Red Wanted!

I've sorted the gifts for family and friends. I've started wrapping, bagging, card making and just purchased those last two books for my niece and nephew. I'm feeling overwhelmed, but good that I am an all year shopper instead of waiting until December to find everything!

I was happy to see my Judaica gemstone earrings included in an Etsy Treasury created by Marie Mella, from atelier marie mella - original and unique oil paintings. It's a lovely treasury with wonderful works by fellow EBSQ members. I'm sorry I didn't find this earlier, but if you click below, you can still view it until Wednesday, December 10th.

I KNOW I've mentioned Marie before! She is a wonderful woman, a talented artist, and an excellent support! Go...go to her shop and enjoy!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Today has been a rough day full of good news. I don't know if that makes any sense...but, there it is!

And, after seeing I was in QueenBiscotti's Etsy Treasury, I was delighted. I checked again and Carol from Designing It featured one of my pendants in her Etsy Treasury, too! I'm elated! Click on the image below to view until Monday, December 8th.

Designing It
Jewelry Designs by Carol Langston

Please come in and look around. I started making jewelry about 25 years ago. After a couple of classes at a local college, I was hooked!! I love BEADS....working with wire....chainmaille.....I just really love designing jewelry.

I didn't make jewelry as a child, but I did "collect" rhinestones from my mothers jewelry!!! I kept them all in a tiny vial. I would take them out just to touch them.... show them to my uninterested friends. I still love taking out my beads and just looking at them and showing them, at times, to my uninterested friends!!! So I guess some things really never change.

Sweet Deal

The BiscottiQueen is queen for a reason! She created another fabulously delicious Etsy Treasury. With the help of some EBSQ Artists and their scrumptious creations it is a true delight. And, I was delighted to see my Signature Swirl Polymer Clay Pendant included! Click on the image below to view until Monday, December 8th.

And, if you haven't been to Fogl's Kitchen yet...GO! Her shope is filled with goodies perfect for the holidays - perfect for everyday!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

All That is Fluffy and Warm - A Few EBSQ Favorite Artists

Fluffy and warm...exactly what I was doing when I found the excellent Etsy Treasury that Shannon Girouard created. She found some wonderful EBSQ artists' works and put them together and even decided to include one of my picture frames! Yeah!

Click on the image below to view until Sunday, December 6th!

BiscottiQueen at Fogl's Kitchen

After years of baking with my grandmother, I am passing on her wonderful cookies to you. I've been baking biscotti for years and have moved from ebay to etsy. This is a wonderful site and I enjoy being here. Click below to drool and order!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Happy Holiday Recipe

I noticed a strange, irritating buzzing in my ears when I went to the post office yesterday. I was concerned...I was waiting in a long line, and the postal workers looked busy, except for the manager (for the life of me I have no idea what he does other than smile as he walks past customers and employees...). And, the sound wasn't coming from anyone in was coming from the air. The music of the holidaze I would be inadvertently consuming via my delicate ears for the next month. And, the music doesn't care if I'm Jewish.

But, Elizabeth Fiedel of Wrinklegrin Studio knows that the holiday season encompasses more than the regurgitation of the same ten toe-tapping, mind-numbing songs! Her recent treasury included wonderful art with varying themes from fabulous artists! I as extremely excited to see my hand made Chanukea included!

(*Point of reference, here. A Menorah has seven candle holders and is used to represent the seven days of the week for the Sabbath or Shabbat. A Chanukea has nine candle holders to represent the miraculous eight days the Jews' oil lasted until they could get more with an extra candle called the Shamash that is used to light all the other candles.)

You can view this lovely treasury by clicking the image below until Friday, December 5th.

Enjoy the season's changes, the warmth of family and friends that fight the incoming cold, and don't forget those less fortunate than others - this season and throughout the entire year!

Monday, December 1, 2008

I Have Been Tagged by Torrie Smiley!

Three Olive Martini IV

16 x 20 Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

by Torrie Smiley

I just got tagged by Torrie Smiley.

Here are the rules:

1. Place a link to the person that tagged you.

2. List seven unusual things about yourself.

3. Tag (and link to) seven other artists at the end of your post, and post on their blogs to let them know they have been tagged.

Unusual Things About Me

1. I am an afghan junkie! I LOVE them...almost all of them. The women in my family all know how to make them and when I see one it just takes me back to warmth and family and security. There's nothing better (maybe chocolate!) than getting cozy with an afghan, something you know someone worked hard on, to bring comfort and that "oh I feel much better now" feeling.

2. DH's big contribution to this list was Butterfly Kisses. My father and mother and aunt and grandparents always used to give me Butterfly Kisses. It's when you take your eyelashes, get real close to someone's cheek, and flutter your eyelashes against their skin...their cheek usually. If you get really good at it, you can do it eyelash to eyelash! I love it, think it's sweet, and DH thinks it's odd.

3. I live in an apartment complex with a lovely courtyard in the middle of several buildings. I've lived here almost six years but this year our gardener as been MIA. So, I've been pulling weeds, removing the dead flowers from the rhododendron so they can bloom again, and generally keeping an eye out for the welfare of the plants. It got to the point where new tenants were asking me if I was The Gardener...

4. I don't like diamonds. Really, never have. I love gemstones, the colors and surprises they can hold, but I do not like diamonds. I find them somewhat boring and would rather a sapphire or fire opal.

5. For some reason, I give nick-names. Always people I love or have a strong relationships with. My nieces and nephews are as follows: Chicken, The Kid, Princess, and My Sunshine. I have a bunch for DH...most of them good.

6. I am a messy person. I like to blame it on the artistic license, but I know where everything is located. You may not be able to see it in the boxes or under the bags but I know where all my belongings are hiding.

7. I can not tell a joke. I am a very funny person with a great sense of humor. I can make people laugh all the time. However, when it comes to telling a joke, it might as well be in Middle English because I suck at it! But, I'm more of an intuitive person and can get to the humor that belongs to that particular person and have them on the floor, crying while they're also laughing!

I don't know if this is considered unusual...we all have our quirks, abilities, and preferences. I thank Torrie for tagging me - she is a wonderful person and stunning artist, I have never seen anyone paint water as beautifully as she can.

I'd like to tag the following fabulous artists:

Diane Clancy

Heide Hibbard

Noelle Hunt

Gillian Lee Smith

Sidhe Kalas

Monday, November 24, 2008

Functional Art - WWAO November Online Exhibit

Worldwide Women Artists is an international collective of women artists showing and selling our original art through the worldwide web. As women artists, we give birth to our ideas in a variety of styles and media. We embrace the diversity of each others' work, celebrating the joy of creating our art and sharing it with the world.

I am very excited and extremely proud to present this month's WWAO Online Exhibit (fresh for the holidays!!!), Functional Art! Peruse, purchase - these fabulous pieces are just the tip of the creative iceberg from these wonderful artists! I know you will have a very happy shopping experience with these fabulous artists!

Don't forget to stop by WWAO for more excellent artists and fabulous gifts for a loved one AND yourself!

So...sit back and watch the slide show and then scroll down for contact information! Enjoy!

Amy L. Burns
Infinite Kindness – Mug

Stoneware Clay, $16

Sharon K. Shubert
Woodburned 3 Panel Pine Dressing Screen
Measures 4 x 6-feet, $5,000.00 plus shipping

Janine Maves
Koi Hand Painted Dupioni Silk
shawl or table runner, edged with jacquard silk
lined Dupioni silk, 18" x 74", batik, dyes

Carolyn Osborne
Bunny Ornament & Santa on the Moon Ornament
copper, beads, mica

*35% of all Carolyn Osborne's sales will go to St. Anthony's Oncology Unit in Gig Harbor, Washington in honor of her brother.*

Lava Jewelry
My Favorite Sterling Silver Earrings

Tara Robertson
The Love Mugs on a Tray in Raspberry Red
High fired stoneware clay (dishwasher and microwave safe)

Robin Hernandez
Sunny Day (tile)
Fused Glass Size: 6 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 1/4"

Carol Lago
It is a art glass inlaid serving tray. The tray itself is wood, decoupaged in imported handmade paper.

Nora Blansett
Red Hot Pepper Pixie, Maria
OOAK Doll made from fabric, wired antenna, glass beads, paint, pens, yarn, love and magic.

Linda Erzinger
Time to Upcycle
This is a clock made from upcycled Plexiglas, fabric and acrylic

Upstream Creations
Purple Spiral Earrings
These are made from upcycled Plexiglas painted with acrylic

Gayle Bell
Hummingbird Garden
A glass mosaic table, 18" round

Schar Freeman
Kauai Sands Art Vessel/Vase
Limited Handpainted Vase is made of tempered glass. The sand and shell go completely around the base of the vase. I use shell and sand that I have gathered around my island. Approximate size is 6" high and 12 inches around, rectangle.

Nancy Davenport
Hand painted notecard Watercolor on Strathmore Ivory Cards with Deckle

Cathy O Lewis
Crazy Quilt Cane
Wooden cane, hand painted with acrylics in a crazy quilt design, 2 coats of poly

Cathy O. Lewis
Personalized Tote Bag
100% cotton, machine quilted, portrait is fused applique

Staci Rose
To Be a Kid at Chanukah!
Wooden Hebrew Letter Blocks, Mixed Media Chanukah Menorah (Chanukeah)

Thank You!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Art Smiles from Everywhere - Dreams from EBSQ Tender Artists

Red Moon Stars Magic Mirror - Sold

It's gloomy here...but, the colors of Fall are starting to surround us in San Francisco. They lend themselves perfectly to warm nights snuggled up creating, borrowing the Season's colors and overwhelming feeling of change.

Marie Mella, a fabulous artist and wonderful human being, from atelier marie mella - original and unique oil paintings created a lovely Etsy Treasury. It was a pleasure to see my Gemstone Jewelry Collection included! You can click on the image below to view until Tuesday, November 25th.

Thank You!