Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day we remember those Soldiers that died defending our wonderful country. I love America, we aren’t perfect but we are strong. This picture was taken in Holland Michigan at Centennial Park. Just the right amount of breeze.

Love a clean and sparkling pool and that is ours. Still getting it warmed up. Yesterday we got in and it was 76 degrees. That is not good enough, it was almost torture for me. I like 86 and it is almost there. I will be in it this afternoon. Our outside weather station alarm was going off recently because the temp. hit 100 outside.

We have ordered new furniture for around the pool. It is made of recycled plastics and manufactured in Canada. I loved this green rocker that they had in the store. It is called Kiwi. We have a side table ordered in green and another rocker rocker in white with a side table. Then a chaise lounge in turquoise. They are heavy and and tough so they can be left outside year round. The claim is that the color won’t fade and we loved it because of the weight, the rockers will not flip over in the wind and land on the pool cover.The name of the company is C.R. Plastic Products, and they are located in Stratford, Ontario.

Picked out some nice bright chair pads for the front porch. The bottom pad is reversible with stripes on the other side. They were bought from Pier One Imports.

Lastly we were in Detroit on Saturday at a Tigers game, I could see this building from my seat and it wasn’t this colorful last year. After doing some internet searching here is what I came up with to explain what it is all about. Being a person who loves color I was drawn to it immediately.


Another new app

My photos from my IPhone were too large, that was why I had to go in and edit the photo to add to my last test. I downloaded Iresize from the App Store to be able to make the photos smaller on my IPad. Let’s see how well it works.

I carved these stamps a while back and made a mandala out of them. I resized to 800 pixels and it up loaded fine. Hopefully it will publish fine also. If that is so, it was a well spent 99 cents.

Chesterton Art Fair – August 4 & 5

Added another new venue where I will be selling my art. The Chesterton Art Fair on August 4 and 5 at Dogwood Park. On my homepage here I have all the information, address and website that you need to get there. You can also click here for the website and click here for the facebook page. Very excited, I have not been to Chesterton before.

The Vinoklet Winery Art and Wine Festival

I have just added a new art fair where I will be selling my art. This working vineyard is northwest of Cincinnati and is holding an art and wine fair in September. A woman came into my booth at the Wyoming Art Show and gave an application to me. It looked interesting so I gave it a try and was accepted. I enjoy two day shows because it gives people a chance to come back if they had to go home and think it over or measure, check colors, etc.

Palmer Park Art Fair Detroit

The next show I am selling at is Palmer Park in Detroit. I am very excited about this, it is in an old established area with lovely homes. This is one of the social media posters that they have had made up and I was very honored that they chose my “From the Garden” to be included on it. It so happens that this is also the weekend that my husband and son are going to the Belle Isle Grand Prix so I have help setting up and tearing down and room mates.

Awaken Your Creative Spirit

In April I attended a three day workshop in Cincinnati with Carrie Schmitt. It was a group of women who loved to paint, loved Carrie and her way of creating and we formed new friendships. I really love this picture!

A flower bar where we chose a bouquet of flowers to interpret and paint in our style.

my interpretation.

Beautiful wings were painted and we had our pictures taken in front of them.

Fun Picture!

Carrie and myself on the last day. She is as beautiful inside as out. This is the second year that I took a workshop with Carrie. Last year I flew all the way to Oregon. This was just a three hour drive. So grateful for the opportunity.

Tulip Time Artisan Festival

The Tulip Time Artisan Festival is a two day affair and is held in Holland Michigan at Centennial Park which meant to set up in my designated tent area I would have to cart in my tent, art, etc. I did not have a helper for this show and I spoke with an employment agent and she was able to set me up with someone. He was so helpful and prompt. He helped me on Friday and then on Sunday to tear down. He also connected with another person where he will be helping them also.

The weather was not rainy nor too hot or cold. The crowds were plentiful and since this city is beside Lake Michigan it received a long winter and residents were probably glad to get out.

The word Artisan means a skilled trade made by hand. This show had many different vendors from Fine Artists to Craftspeople. Fine Arts are purely for decoration and Crafts are useful items. All these items need to be made by and designed by that artist.

Artists around each other become acquainted and usually help each other out by watching your booth should you need to step away usually to find a restroom. I had brought a cooler with items so I didn’t need food. Many times a show will have booth sitters and I was hoping that one would come by at the time I needed one. But there must not have been many volunteers for that shift so I was able to have a neighbor watch for a few minutes.

My booth is a very colorful and happy place to step into. I had so much good feedback from people in regards to my art. Oftentimes they stop, look and then start to smile.

I so enjoyed talking with people coming into my booth and getting their feedback on the paintings.

Holland is a delightful city and homeowners have planted tulips in the easements, in the medians, just everywhere and it was lovely. My Holiday Inn Express was very nice also. I would roll my cart in with me to carry the cooler, money basket and purse and it brought much interest and questions in the elevator.  People were kind of fascinated with it. 

I didn’t get any pictures of dogs but they were abundant, walking and in strollers. It was a good two days to bring them out for a walk.

We started the tear down process at 4:00 pm on Sunday. Even though there is a written procedure about the tear down, vendors are anxious to get home as it has been a long three days. Some people get in a hurry and then get in others way. This time I saw it happen twice and loud yelling ensued and it was not really good or respectful of others. Hopefully they do better next time. This was the worse that I had seen in my three years of shows. But let me tell you, the Tulips were absolutely beautiful.

The Wizard did it

My friends Theresa and Toni and me drove to Indianapolis to see the Broadway play Wicked. It was at the Murat Theatre. This is half of the side.

The other half of the side, pretty impressive.

Beautiful stained glass windows.

Another circular one. The story is about how the Wicked Witch came about. Truly, none of it was her fault. It was a clear cut case of people treating people wrong who are different. The girl was born green, she had to deal with that her whole life. She had a bullseye on her from the beginning. Then people making false accusations against her and the crowd going along with it. In the end she outsmarted them so that she may live a normal life. The actress who played GL…..ENDA did an excellent job. The whole play was so enjoyable and had a good message. The next picture is a video because my Iphone was on live by accident. We had to stand in line to get our picture taken with the poster. It was a good time with good friends!

On the road again

Last weekend I was in Holland Michigan, next weekend I will be going south to the Wyoming Ohio Art Show, this will be my second visit to this show. Wyoming is a suburb of Cincinnati and is a really pretty town that takes their arts seriously. I will be staying with my booth helper Margaret who always makes it an enjoyable visit. As an added bonus we are going to attend the play, His Eye is on the Sparrow on Saturday. I saw this play here in Fort Wayne and it left an impression as one of my favorites, so I jumped at the chance to see it again. Click here for information about the play. It is going to be a fun weekend, and if you are in the area please come to the Wyoming Art Show and find me, I am in booth 52.