holy cow its been a nice weekend. i’m still in the middle of all those projects i was talking about, but i got a few things checked off of the ol’ to-do list. i’m ready for this new week!
the hardest decision i had to make this weekend? which ban.do accessory to wear out and about saturday night!
ahh, the good life! i hope you had a good weekend – let’s get this week started!
pick out somethin’ pretty for yourself . . .
oh! and ps – i’ve drawn a random winner for the giveaway! congrats and many thanks to jen, the fox frugal! you win! (see you soon!)
ahhh, another weekend all shut up in my home. i can’t wait! i am involved in one too many projects right now, so two back-to-back days of freedom is just what i need to get myself caught up. at the moment i am okay with not having any big and exciting plans, but pretty soon i’m going to need something to get fancy for! that’s a must! what are your weekend plans? staying close to home like me? or are you heading out to paint the town?
oh, and have you got yourself entered in the giveaway?! today’s your last chance!
you know, as a ceramic artist i look at ceramics as ‘make it. fire it. glaze it. fire it again.’
but then i think of all of my pieces that came out kinda crappy. pin-holey, brush strokes. yuck.
but i never thought to just up-cycle some of it. paint on it, give it some new life. genius. clare dubina thought of it already! take a look at her up-cycled creations. i love the bright colors against the brown stoneware.
images by clare dubina
the bando metallic heart clutch has made its way into the world! i can’t even begin to decide which color i would choose! the classic red, or the glamorous gold? which is your favorite?
go pick up one of your own from bando
i am happily getting pieces ready to apply for another craft fair. this time its a holiday fair, and i have lots of fresh ideas in mind. i’m a happy maker over here!
cups, plates, gold leaf vases – the works! i can’t wait to show you!
image by kaley cornett
i am a sucker for a good caesar salad, and my mom changed my life the day she made me a grilled romaine caesar salad. changed my life!!!!
the best salad you’ll ever have,
the grilled romaine caesar salad:
1 head of romaine lettuce (one for each person)
extra virgin olive oil
light caesar salad dressing
fresh parmesan cheese
fresh cracked pepper
lightly brush each head of lettuce with the olive oil and add a few pinches of sea salt. place each head of lettuce on a hot grill, for just about 3 minutes on each side, or until the lettuce starts to get wilty and show grill marks. (oh my gosh, yum)
once they’re done, add the fresh grated parmesan and pepper and a touch of salad dressing. chop it up and enjoy it hot!
giveaway number two has been so kindly given to us by my sculptor-boyfriend luke severson and we’re giving you a chance to win one of his iron morel mushrooms! (who doesn’t love winning?!)
these make the perfect little treasure in a garden or flower pot. practically any place you’d like! (i keep some of mine scattered throughout my spice rack – just something to make me smile when i’m reaching for the cumin)
all you have to do to win one of your own morel mushrooms is pick which shape you’d like (tall and skinny or short and stout) and then tell me where you see your lucky ‘shroom spendin’ its life. that’s all!
*for one extra entry to win, ‘like’ the object enthusiast on facebook, and let me know you did in a separate comment, and i’ll put your name in the bowl TWICE! yep! two times! (a great way for you to stay connected on future giveaways!)
i will be randomly selecting a winner on monday october 1st, and the giveaway will close at midnight (central time!) on friday september 28.
these were made as part of a larger installation from luke‘s thesis exhibit pictured below. he made over 600 morel mushrooms to fill that pig trough. sooooo many mushrooms!
*because of the rusty nature of the iron material i would not suggest using this as a paperweight for important documents!
and because no morel mushroom should stand alone, you can buy morel mushrooms at any time in luke‘s etsy shop.
interested in sponsoring a giveaway on the object enthusiast? email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
yep! i need to learn about lighting, and photography, and what things mean on my camera. ALL of that jazz. i’m ready to start taking better pictures both for my blog and my etsy shop. i want both places to make me proud, and become sources of inspiration for others. learning about lighting and taking a better photograph are the first steps toward getting myself to that point where i feel proud of what i’m putting out there.
so i enrolled in an e-course.
a lighting e-course by sarah rhodes (whose style i just love. she’s cool as can be!) one half of arrow & apple, the husband and wife photography duo. it is really the perfect course for me; online, 8 weeks long, go-at-your-own-pace.
so, as i journey through this e-course, i’ll be posting my homework assignments on this ol’ blog here. just another space to hold myself accountable for what i create and how i share about it.
so, the first homework assignment was to gather photographs of images showing great lighting. i’m splitting my images into two groups. product images and still life arrangements. these are useful to me because i want to take better images of my ceramics for my shop. the second group of images are just photographs that inspire me to take better photos, and become a better photographer. for my blog and just for documenting life. these examples aren’t just great because of their light – they have captured a beautiful moment and the photo makes me want to keep looking at it and never stop.
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none of these photos were taken by me! but someday i hope to take photos that ignite similar feelings in others.
remember that giveaway i hosted a few weeks ago? well my dear friend kate was the winner, and she so kindly proved her theory that red and orange buds would look best in that little bud vase. thanks so much for snapping a picture and sharing it with the world. those flowers are simply perfect.
photo by kate muehlemann
happiest of weekends to you!
i had such a great week! i’m getting more and more settled in at work and in wichita.
i had a very accessory-filled week too, thanks to bando! (shop these styles as well as many others right here!)
i am seizing every moment of my saturday and sunday. a lot of special ceramic projects happening right now, and i can’t wait to show them to you. i hope you have a great weekend!