Sunday, March 23, 2008

Gimme, gimme, gimme!!

I have been eyeing these beautiful things for a couple of months now. I keep hoping that one day they will go on sale and I can let myself splurge!!! :) These in a 7 1/2 would be a perfect addition to my shoe closet.

Loves, loves, loves!!!

Friday, March 21, 2008

These would look lovely in my spare bedroom!

I can see these two prints matted and framed to match, hanging in my spare bedroom with those adorable little nesting bowls scattered around the room.  I want, I want, I NEED!  

*sigh*  One day....

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

We have brick!

It's been a rough month out at the land and the new house. With all the rain that we've gotten here in South Ga, our front yards looks more like a swamp than anything else. And it's causing so much trouble for the big trucks that have to drive in and out of the driveway everyday. The cement truck got stuck in the backyard this past Friday and two days later, the truck that was delivering the sand for the brick mortar got stuck just off the driveway. What a weekend! We are getting to know the tow truck drivers very well at this point!

Other than that - we've started priming the sheetrock, the shingles are all up, the back patio and carport leading up to the garage have been poured and the really exciting thing is that our brick is going up! So fast too! So much left to do, but it's really taking shape now. Can't wait for y'all to see it too!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

We celebrated St. Pat's a little early here in Savannah this year - the parade was on Friday, March 14th. A few of us from work took off and went downtown for the parade. We had a great time, walking around and making fun of the other freaks, drinking a couple of beer and just hanging out. Good times had by all!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Life forms illogical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return.

Looking at life a little differently....

Welcome to the wonderful, random, crazy, beautiful, complex, confusing, luminious, melancholy, dizzying, splendidly imperfect world of me.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Random Journal pages...

I used to have time to "play" in my art journals, but not lately. Here's a couple of pages from one of my old ones.

Design work...

Here's some of my old design work from school.... It's hard looking back at some of it now! What was I thinking?! *L* But these - I still enjoy.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Fabric heaven!

Choices, choices!!

There are so many decisions involved in this house! Makes my head spin just thinking about it! However, we did finally make a few desicions... our brick is called Old Fredericka with a khaki mortar, the cabinet stain we picked is called Huntley Brown and we're in the process of picking paint colors. We're thinking of Gunmetal for the bedroom (the name's horrible, but the color is lovely!) and a lighter creamy beige for the living room. Hmmmm.... still looking though!

Monday, March 3, 2008

We have sheetrock!! :)

Most of these are the newest I have taken. (some old ones still mixed in - I know, I should be more organized!)

More house photos....

These are pretty old... but I still thought I'd share them. :)

{Ben playing on his tractor }

{building the dock and the view of the woods}

Dining Table crisis!

Ben and I stopped by this store called The Warehouse here in Statesboro this past weekend.  Not really intending to buy anything, I wanted to just look around.  With Ben shuffling his feet behind me, asking every two mins "Can we go yet?",  I was heading towards the front door when I saw it.  In a sea of furniture and whatnots scattered around this vast, dark space, the darkness parted and a ray of light shone down on the most beautiful dining table I've ever seen. :)  I stopped in my tracks and then walked slowly towards it, looking closely at it's lines, color, size...  looking for something, anything at all wrong with it so that I could dismiss it and continue on.  But the more I studied and analyzed, the more my heart just tumbled and I fell in love.  Yes.  With a table.  

Now,  before you all start calling me and referring me to your shrinks, I am NOT CRAZY.  I promise (at least not any more so than the rest of you!).  I have been LUSTING after this amazing table from Pottery Barn for more than a year now.  I've bookmarked it on my computer, I've clipped it out of the catalog and put it into my "Inspiration" folder, I've shown it to Ben at least a dozen times.  I've been wanting this thing forever!  But priced at $1600 - just for the table - no chairs - there's no  way in heaven or hell I could afford it, however perfect for my house it would be.  

The point of this whole psycho rambling is that my happened-upon love of a table is an EXACT match to the perfect, ideal PB Montego dining table with a honey oak stain of my dreams!!!  Same size, shape, lovely color and turned legs.  Perfect replica.  And the absolutely BEST part is the price - less than half the cost!!  $679 to be exact.  Within my budget - if I max out my credit card, that is!  And then there's still the issue of chairs...   need to find some to match it.  But I'm determined to get this table.  I couldn't live with myself if I let it pass by!!!!  
Here's the PB version  of it...  a large, chunky yet sophisticated  version of an old farmhouse table.  Loves it, loves it, loves it!!!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

I've been re-reading Brook Jenson's Letting Go of the Camera again and it never ceases to amaze me how much insight he has into the mind and heart of artists. His words are full of warm inspiration and a cold dose of reality all rolled into one book and I love it.

"Be careful of allowing yourself the freedom of creativity; it might just shatter the limits of everything you now know. Creativity - the life of an artist - is not for the timid. You might find that you make some pretty awful art - on this trust me, I know. And not everyone will like or respect, (or buy, or understand) your work. But you will find that there are those who will "get it" and it is for these people and yourself that you create. It is for the process of exploring and finding, failing and finding, finding and sharing that you create."

Isn't this sooooooooo very true!?! Artmaking is such a personal endeavor - a deeply personal endeavor - and it's so very hard to share that with the outside world, knowing that the majority will not understand why you were compelled to create this at all.

A few more random thoughts...

"The process of being an artist is to forget everything that you know and to really see, with eyes that are simultaneously naieve and sophisticated."

"Artmaking is a battle, a confrontation, a pursuit, a matter of the soul and survival, a passion, a pile of frustration and a grain of reward, an irresistable impulse, an addiction, a form of self-imposed insanity in a world that does not require me to make art at all. My art is, therefore, a great joy simply because it is of no use whatsoever to anyone at anytime. . . . Artmaking is solitary. . . . Artmaking is about the soul."

LOVE IT!!!! :)
The start of our woodpile at the new house... plenty to keep us warm on those cool, autumn nights to come.

"If we can't change life, then we must change our response to life and see the magic of the world in which we live."

Dream Variations

To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,
To whirl and dance
Till the white day is done.
Then rest at cool evening
Beneath a tall tree
While night comes on gently,
Dark like me --
That is my dream!
To fling my arms wide
In the face of the sun,
Dance! Whirl! Whirl!
Till the quick day is done.
Rest at pale evening . . .
A tall, slim tree . . .
Night coming tenderly
Black like me.
--Langston Hughes