Archive for August, 2009

Long Bike Ride…


I love having Ellie home for the summer, but I also enjoy the days she visits Grandma so I can go on an extra long bike ride. Today I biked almost 16 miles out and back to a little town called Dixboro. I chose a new route that you can see here on Bikely. I loved this route because it was very rural… lots of farms, big sky, puffy clouds and even a cute little cow. The only bad part is on the way back, a tractor had plowed the dirt road so it was more dusty than flat and smooth as it was on the way out. Oh well.

I also did not wear my bike shorts, with the pads. I'm having trouble walking. That'll teach me! 🙂

Here is a bit of what I saw along the way! Off to pick up Elle and go get our shares from our CSA.



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I love the sexy, sassy and strangeness of Dollface Design's collages. She does them digitally and they're incredible. I read about Layla Renzi, a mixed-media digital artist, the latest Somerset Digital Studio Volume 2.  She even prints them out on vintage paper and has lost many a precious antique ledger, or two, in the process. Brave soul.

Her work inspires me to create without caring… to do it for me and no one else. Have you ever noticed, as artist's, that when we succumb to creating what delights us, it in turn, has a stronger attraction to others? I often tend to hold back on my art, thinking of what would be acceptable instead of what I want to see. When I look at Ms. Renzi's art, I am utterly inspired.

Here are some more of her collage work for you to enjoy! Check out her Etsy shop!

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I have become obsessed lately with fabric. It seems irrational as I am not, nor have I ever been, a seamstress. Sure I made a few Halloween costumes and the requisite school play costume  but the results were well, borderline acceptable. One Halloween when she was 2, instead of a Hershey's Kiss, Ellie looked like an alien. You get the idea.

But lately, I cannot help but notice a parallel between designing scrapbook papers and all the beautiful fabrics I've been seeing on sites like Spoonflower, Etsy and Fat Quarter Shop. In fact, at FQS, I recognize some paper manufacturers such as Basic Grey and My Mind's Eye. We are offering fabric designs at ScrapArtist, which you can download and send off to Spoonflower, where they also some cool project ideas as well.

I'm in love with the patterns, bold colors and esp. with the idea of taking these fabrics and making something for my home… a pillow or a quilt, like a splash of color! Especially this morning I am inspired by the work of Bari J. Ackerman who was one of Spoonflower's first customers. You can read an interview with her here.


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