Sunday, April 17, 2011

Glorious sunny Sunday! So good to get my fingers back into the dirt! My husband made us a cold frame this year and here in a week or two, when all danger of frost is gone, we'll have some decent sized plants to put out. Squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, okra and eggplant. They all look great so far. Only a few flowers out so far... catmint... lilacs. The daffodils are gone, but the iris has lots of blooms.

Today was also the first sunny warm day that I let the squirrel out for a while. I've been hand raising this squirrel cause she lost her mama. I got her about 3 weeks ago and she didn't even have her eyes open. she is now eating cherrios, bananas and soft nuts on her own, but still on formula. Time to start getting her acclimated to the great outdoors! They are so sweet at this age. Unfortunately, in about 2 weeks, she'll be so wild I won't be able to touch her. But that's OK. Squirrels are not meant to be pets, but wild tree creatures! Wishing everyone a wonderful sunny Sunday :)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Birds Fly Home

I am still new to art. I am learning how it happens, but not so much why it happens. Sometimes it is very personal and something that I need to do. the process is therapeutic and healing. Then there are those times when I make something that I just have to make, but I have no idea why. This bird shadow box was one of those projects. I had this old drawer hanging around forever. I could never bring myself to get rid of it for some reason, although I tried several times. Then one day I found these birds at the local hobby store. I just knew they belonged in that drawer. So over the course of about six months, this shadow box came to life. When it was done I was happy with it. I thought it was beautiful, but I knew it wasn't something I wanted to keep. So I sat it on my mantle and made a half hearted attempt to sell it in my etsy store. I couldn't seem to get a picture of it that did it justice though and I just knew it wasn't going to sell.

Yesterday my daughters teacher came to our house to pick her up for an outing. Long story short, she saw the shadow box and fell in love with it. She asked me if I would consider selling it! She said she had the perfect spot for it in her home. This is a very special lady and I was thrilled that this was the person for which this art was intended! I think I now have a little better understanding of how art is supposed to touch people other than the artist. I still get embarrassed when people see my art. It comes from such a personal place. However, this project wasn't for me and I knew that, but I sure didn't understand it... until yesterday. The "Birds and the Beads" have a new home now, the perfect one. I hope that it brings it's new family many blessings and I am so happy that I got to be a part of it.