Last week when we took a ride in our boat Chelsea . . . Here are some photos I'd like to share from that trip . . .Read More
We have been moving furniture around so I could easily make more use of our dining room table . . . for art! When we swapped rooms there ended up being a big empty space above the TV. None of our other artwork seemed right for this space . . .Read More
So, we called in Ann Hall, my friend from Nia class and Florida friendly garden designer. We asked her to help us come up with a plan and to help us to get it all done. She has done a wonderful job and we are so enjoying our new space, settling in and feeling at home. I invite you to take a look at what we have done, working together with Ann, Grant Blackwell, Len Besterman and Billy Jenkins.
Many thanks to all of those involved for our wonderful end result! Direct link if you cannot see the video: http://animoto.com/play/mmnN0NoQvCbS7olhkEjRZg
p.s. you'll find more of my animoto videos right here on their own page.
Last weekend Steven said, "I'm coming to get you at 4pm at take you out on the river in Chelsea." I was pleased; he was arranging a date! Chelsea is the boat that we bought from Lucas Boatworks about a year ago. It was hand built by Dave Lucas and Howard Heimbrock. Chelsea is an unusual boat because it is powered by a Briggs and Stratton riding lawn mower engine (!) and looks a bit like the "African Queen" with the canopy top. I took a short video and a bunch of photos while out in the boat with Steven and our 2 dogs, Asia & Chloe. I remembered about the video yesterday and enjoyed putting it together with a few photos and some music ~I'm learning! But I think it came out good -most importantly, Steven loves it! If you do not see it below, here's a direct link. Only 2 minutes long and a lovely boat ride. Won't you join me?
|Asia & Chloe having a chat?|
Below, a photo of Joanna taken for an Art House Co-op project we were both in together called, The Meal. I love this photo of her and Rosie Mae! It helps me to imagine her "across the pond".
"Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is." -Mary Anne Hershey
Thanks for coming along with us . . . . we are making our way and slowly getting resettled. I am concentrating on the kitchen first, my clothes next, and then my studio!!!!! OH! My actual studio space is too small for my big art table so now it is out on the lanai -a screened porch, very large. It overlooks the water and is so grand! More photos as things come together : )
Chloe investigating the back yard . . . .
This will be a lovely home for us. Thanks for visiting, I'll stop in as I can. One week till we move!
I hope you are safe tonight, thinking of my family & friends in the Northeast. Love, lenna
If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.
~ Marc Chagall
So guess who wrote back to her? That's right, me! I figured I would need a break from that tedious job of packing, so I went ahead and agreed to a trade. I knew Jan loved "shabby chic", so I took some fabric I had found and plunged in. These flags are small, around 5" x 8" - so it didn't take long and was a treat for me after a morning of squishing things into boxes and going through oodles of packing tape. While packing up some of my fabric I found a really old piece of cotton print that I made something out of 20 or 25 years ago!!! I also purposely chose one of my grandmother's old linen pieces with cherries on it, very small in size -not sure what it was used for, some type of napkin? I also chose a lace doily & trim for a shabby look. If you click on this first photo, you can view them all in the lightbox . . . . I made 2 layers for this flag, one muslin and one the old cotton print and only sewed them together at the top so they could move freely.
Well, I have finally completed emptying my very large 4-drawer metal file cabinet and tossing a lot of stuff out. Then reorganizing all the folders and placing the contents into file boxes for our upcoming move, phew! We will close on a new home at the end of next week and are anticipating moving sometime in early November. I will keep you posted on when we move and I know you will understand if I am not posting here on the blog as much. I do have a personal trade or two that I hope to accomplish soon -- I still need to be creative, even if I am moving!
We now have an empty file cabinet . . .
Another interesting thing about packing and sorting was that I came across a few old newspaper clippings, old emails, old poems (mine & my boys), school reports and drawings. I even found an old invitation we made for my oldest son Decklin's 9th birthday (he is now 31 years old!). These things now have their own special accordion file folder - click for details.
That was really fun and made it all worth it for me.
I hope you all are well and happy and making the most of what you've got! sending love, lenna
The most valuable of the arts is the art of living.
The new house we found is moving along nicely as far as the contract, so it looks like we should close by the middle of October. There is some painting in the kitchen to be done before we more in, plus I have my Nia White Belt Training October 13-19, so we don't think we will move until early November. I guess it depends on how the packing goes! So far, I have only just begun. It wil be worth it! Our new home is located on a short canal right off the Braden River.
This space below is in the front of the house; a more formal "living room" and separate dining room. The dining table you see there was left behind and we wiill not use it . . . I have a lovely dining room table given to me by my parents. I will put this long table in the front "living room area" along with some of the furniture from my studio that would look alright there. Then I will use the smaller "dining room" area for my messy studio work table, messy storage things etc. In fact, the large table in the front room could double as a teaching spot or an extra work area, when covered! It is amazing I'll get to spill my studio over into 2 rooms....
This is the view from the kitchen (we will paint the cabinets white) into the family room, complete with a wood burning fireplace which we will use in December & January!! The "dining room" space is in front of the kitchen, facing the street and the "living room" space is in front of the family room. The large screened lanai is behind the family room. There are 3 bedrooms as well, so plenty of room for guests.
October 1st is coming up soon. This is the 1st anniversary of my father's passing and also the 1st wedding anniversary of my son Dallas and his wife Liz. My family experienced both death and a life commitment - all on the same day. I could not be at their wedding understandably, but I am so happy to have made a celebratory animoto photo-video for Dallas and Liz for their first wedding anniversary. If you cannot see the video below, follow this link. And wonderful news, my older son Decklin & his partner Tina will be getting married next year on October 5th, 2013!
The flags were sent to me to be exchanged/ swapped and then returned home. View all of the flags that were created for this swap on my creative swaps blog. A visit to the blog is recommended for inspiration factor alone! Beautiful artist prayer flags arrived in my mailbox from Scotland, Great Britain, Germany, Norway, Canada and many of the states across the USA -so much fun!
As part of this exchange I wanted to share photos of my swapped flags hanging up and then invite the participants to do the same. I'm adding a "link list" to the creative swaps blog so everyone can add a link themselves to a specific blog post or photo that shares the flags they received, hanging up. I'll add this to the "link list" on creative swaps as soon as I finishing sharing my photos with you!
As the swap hostess I was unexpectedly gifted with many gorgeous prayer flags, 23 of them to be exact! I also participated in this swap. I made 3 to swap but I also made 3 extras to hang with my received swaps, for a total of 26 flags hanging! Details of the flags I created are shown in my September 17th post if you'd like to see.
I started by dividing my prayer flags in three fairly equal piles, trying to coordinate them. The Super-Tech spool on the counter is the fishing line I decided to use to hang them. Click for details!
There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go.
- Author Unknown
The photo above shows what I did with foam block stamps on a table Steven recently made - stamping in progress.
This stamping was modeled after what I did 15 years ago, on the table shown below!
We both really liked the original table but our home in Florida is much smaller. The living room is especially tiny! So we came up with the idea to re-size some existing pieces and remove others. A boot bench is already gone. We don't really need it here!! Steven offered to make a new table. My job would be to art it up! Steven's beautiful table below.
I got out my stash of decorator Glaze and cosmetic sponges.
I like mixing the glaze right on the stamps.
I practiced on a piece of painted scrap wood first, to get the feel of it.
my first stamp . . .
a few more are added . . .
I added gold spatters too! (I just can't help myself)
A day to let it dry, then Steven sanded the legs and prepared to coat the whole thing with epoxy. I really like the way he designed the legs.
After the epoxy treatment, it came home to our living room. It’s difficult to photograph because it is so shiny, but you get the idea.
I love it! This new table fits so much better. Thank you, Steven! xoxo
|Asia & Chloe checking it out!|
|love this pattern!!|
|we are quite pleased!|
|My dad was the first one inside. Everyone came over to see our new home!|
|My nephew Ian, me, my dad, my sister Kathy, and my mom with Chloe.|
|It's really been fun to have my immediate family all together this weekend!|
Look at my proud papa with his 2 daughters : )
|This is a little blurry, but it's still so much fun to have Steven in the photo with us!|
After the birthday dinner we went to Mom & dad's for Kathy's birthday cake. Don't you love my dad's bandanna? This round of chemo made him loose a bunch of hair so he's been sporting this bandanna. I think he looks really cool!
|**Happy Birthday Kathy!!** I picked out this cake for her myself and told Kathy could have the entire Rose! (we used to fight over this when we were little). Kathy was amazing and shared it with everyone, gave me part of the rose and a leaf!!!! ; ^ )|
|Very importantly, Steven moved all of the boats. I believe there are 8 of them, but not sure. They seem to multiply.|
|The living room got set up this afternoon. It is small but nice & cozy.|
|Another view of the living room.|
|Kitchen to my studio . . .|
|There is a lovely kitchen . . .|
|An even lovelier studio (i think!!)|
|Our first dinner here.|
|The overhead lights in the studio are newly installed - perfect.|
| My new studio space looks awesome! Thanks again to Steven and my dad.|
|Chloe and Asia like it too . . . they have had dinner there a few times!|
|The orange walls are being transformed, thank you Steven! It is much lighter and brighter.|
|"why are they doing all this cleaning & painting?? mmmm, resting is so much better."|
|The first piece of mail/package I received, from my dear friend, Frieda!! |
A 'Home Sweet Home' doorstop : )) so sweet of her, sent all the way from Scotland!
|Yes, our new mailbox is THAT big!! creative swaps, you know . . . .|