We Didn’t Go to the Animal Fair

Hubs and I enjoy art crawls and craft fairs and now that he’s fully retired, we’re able to catch more of them.  So we jumped at the invitation from my son and his wife, when they wanted to take us to their local art fair, as part of my Mom’s Day and Birthday celebrations.  With a gift of my choice and dinner out, who could turn that down.

I was pretty excited during the drive down to their place.  It’s an hour and a half drive, and on the freeway, we passed an “older” couple on their Sunday Drive.  This triggered thoughts of my Grandma, and I remembered “Animal Fair” . . . one of the little songs she sang to me as a child.

Do you know it?  “I went to the animal fair . . . the birds and the beasts were there”.  For you who are closer to my age group, gotta tell ya, public opinion has changed the lyrics a couple of times over the years.  Here’s a current version from the internet.

The monkey no longer gets drunk . . .  he gets bumped by a skunk.

Hhmm.  Anyhoo . . . my day gave me my own lyrics to that melody.

I went to a country art fair
So much to see and buy there

Artzzle ART FAIR FeatureFrom shiny steel to an old metal feel,
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and beautiful pottery ware.

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The Chinese dinner was great.
I ate and ate . . . and ate.
And on the way home, I rested and zoned,
and dreamed of my beautiful date . . . the date, the date!

A perfect “memory” day!  And the LeAnne Chin’s did double duty . . .

lunch and take-home for dinner.  Yum.

Hey, remember the mulch and plants gift from my daughter on Mom’s Day?Artzzle Weather Feature

It’s really filled in.

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Meanwhile . . . the countdown to more fun is on!
My crazy cousins will be here in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS!
Holy Hannah!

So we’re fixin’ and buildin’ and cleanin’ . . . lots and lots of cleanin’.
I’ll keep you posted on the progress.
Until then, stay positive and it’ll help you be productive.

Later – Cheryl

Hey … Timing ISN’T Everything … is it?

How’s your timing?

Not the musical or early/late kind of timing . . . but just in everyday things . . . you know.

Ever just miss something great that happened because your timing was a little off?  Example:  You work in a popular metropolitan store where a major movie star is coming in before store opening to shop  AND she’ll sign autographs.  I get You come to work the usual time – and just miss her . . . how did I not you not know?

How about when everyone else – but you – always seems to know what day it is.  Bloggers mention all these special calendar days that I’ve never heard of. Hey, I love puppies, so how did I not know – until May, that National Puppy Day was in March?

(FYI:  Evidently there really is a Puppy Day.  Click the pic for a fun daily calendar.)

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Creativity doesn’t fit to a timetable.   For me, it strikes at any time of day or night.  I know a few people – besides myself – who keep pad and pen on the bed stand, for those occasional, great middle-of-the-night ideas, or the one that hits just as you’re falling asleep.  I’m also part of that group that takes pad, paper and a camera with them wherever they go.  Well, the camera gets forgotten a lot . . . thank gawd for my cell phone!

Studio Arts Classes in college, can get tough.  You’re given a week or so to complete a specific assignment . . . plenty of time, right? But more often than not, my best idea didn’t hit until a day or two before deadline. I spent many nights painting or drawing until 4:00 am of due day – and I had morning classes   😦   Other ideas developed earlier, but THE ONE  usually came down to the wire. A couple of times my oils were still wet at presentation.

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Inspiration can’t be scheduled. It originates through life’s daily experiences. In a single moment, something fantastic can set the ideas flowing. My son is, and I was, in advertising. We both preferred NOT to be art directors and specifically chose other avenues. There is a tremendous amount of pressure to instantly produce. Schedules can be excruciating on the creative process (and the nerves), especially if you’re the person who has to come up with the campaign’s ideas.

My timing issues are possibly why I love decorating. Other than special displays for holiday themes, in your own home, you can decorate the way you want, and work on any room or project, any time of year.  AND you always have options for changes.  You don’t have to live by a schedule or calendar unless of course, you’re working with clients.  Even then though, it’s more of a fun process than ulcer producing.

Ideas and initiative for a master bedroom project, have been bombarding my brain big-time lately, so that’s what I’m working on. Previous versions were featured HERE

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and HERE.

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Details for the re-do are coming together quickly, but all I’ll tell you today is, there are big changes afoot, especially with the colors.  I’m adding an accent color and the two top contenders are  LILAC  and  CORAL.  We’re also developing an architectural feature.

So you know, I began this article yesterday, with every intention of posting it then.  Honestly I did!

See, I found this.  “June 1st, by the way, is NATIONAL HAZELNUT CAKE DAY.”  I was going to include this crazy calendar day . . .

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and tell you a funny story about how I used to like hazelnuts, but one time ate way too many . . . moaned, groaned and threw up most of the next day.

That’s funny – right?  But, maybe it’s more of a time management issue, not timing, huh; not knowing when to stop!?

Hubs’ timing was lousy yesterday.  I was almost finished with this post when I got a “Need a little help out here”. Working in the shop, he somehow caught his finger in/under/between a caster ??? and, long story short . . . we made an unexpected trip to the ER for stitches.

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Gracie and I got kinda freaked out with all the blood, yuk!

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We’re all OK now – Hubs too.

Today is National Rotisserie Chicken Day though – no, seriously.  It also happens to be my grocery day so . . . it’s off to WalMart to buy one!

Don’t forget – stress less and you’ll start more!

Later – Cheryl

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I’m still waiting  for some project updates and pictures from some of you (YOU know who you are! 🙂   Remember, you can find the email address when you click my profile pic on the home page.  Send pics, questions and concerns via that address!

Talk to you soon!

 

 

 

 

Picasso, Warhol & Picasa?

Of course you’re familiar with Picasso.

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Source:  in fashion chicago.com

Though not among my favorite painters, I enjoy many of his sculptures.  I did learn to value Picasso’s paintings through my college art courses. (At least I came to appreciate the work involved.)

And Warhol . . . you know.  The Campbell’s Soup Can poster.  Warhol’s experiments with color and printing techniques always intrigue me.

Pieces like his  MARILYN SERIES  Source: Art Observed

Poster and illustration are among my favorite art categories, so my strong attraction to Picasa is understandable.

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Don’t know Picasa?  That’s not odd, because Picasa is a WHAT not a WHO.  It’s a computer photo software editing program..

Included with the package on my laptop at purchase, I really never explored it until last winter. Remember last winter?  The never ending cold and snow provided plenty of inside time, to attempt something new.  The piece above was created from the original shot, below, using Picasa.

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Picasa brought an idea to mind right away. I wanted to make posters for my granddaughters, using photos of them at various ages. Well, the project slid to the back burner until this summer for the girls’ birthdays.

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The dates are barely two weeks apart and there is usually a combined party of some sort. Both are teenagers now, but no big celebration this time, as the family was in the middle of moving to a new house.  Always looking for out-of-the-ordinary gifts, I thought this might do the trick.

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The poster idea was given up for three shots in a horizontal frame. I had a set of prints in pewter colored frames and I chose mat and image colors to coordinate with the girls’ rooms.   They got new bedding sets from the parent figures.  Carm’s is black, white, gray and hot pink.  Ash chose teal, brown and beige.  So I worked in those ranges.

NOTE:  I saved the cardboard prints for a later fun DIY project!

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I was very happy with the final pieces, and so were the girls.  They really liked them and the fact that no one else has anything like it.  When their rooms are newly painted and the art is hung, I’ll pass along better pictures!

Picasa 3 is the version I have.  It includes five menus to play with.  The first two are basic editing options. There are three more menus with lots of fun toys to try out.

Whatever photo edit software you have, play with it to discover all of it’s toys!

And Remember Now . . . don’t stress about a project, just start one!

Later – Cheryl

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Chicken Queue

CLICK THE CHICKEN QUEUE !!!  SO FUN  🙂

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Hi All.
I get a daily dose of wonderful,
from the blog LEAF and TWIG, and
I just HAD TO SHARE today’s gem.

I’m thinking patience not luck,
produced this wonderful composition.
Thanks, Seedbud

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone . . . and remember,
try not to stress too much, just start something!

Later – Cheryl

Seasonal Serenades

As Summer’s blossoms begin to fade

Others welcome Autumn

Wildflowers and Seedum start their Fall Serenade

And the bees are glad they’ve got “em”

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Reader’s Note: Expect condensed posts in the next week or so. Our systems will be receiving their semi-annual Technician checkup and clean out.
(And I’ll research the origin of these random links now appearing in my posts!)

Thanks – Cheryl

The Art Part

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Many of you know that the name “Artzzle” comes from my philosophy that “Life is a Giant Puzzle of Art and Design” and I like to help people put the pieces of their homes together (that plus the fact that Art is a fantastic alpha and topic search word!).

Cruising the St. Cloud Summer Art Crawl last week was almost over-stimulating for us. And I realized that to this point, Artzzle has concentrated more on interiors and design than art. So you’ll see a new tab on the menu now, and I’ll be on constant search for interesting items to feature there.


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Of course “Art” means many things to millions of people. My first thoughts always go to painting and drawing, but there are so many other areas to explore.

Please suggest any topics you’d like to see featured. I like new ideas!

Later – Cheryl

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Art Crawl, Y’all


“Autumn Ride to the Farm” Acrylic on canvas

Okay, corny, but I needed something that rhymed with crawl. I’m attending a fun art event tomorrow and wanted to tell you all about it! Pictured today are some of my older artworks, as I mostly paint walls and wood lately.

Minnesota’s metropolitan Twin Cities are not the only artistic areas the state has. I was afraid that might not be the case when I moved up to the Princeton area. I was very surprised and happy to discover many opportunities and great organizations up here, that interest and support artistic endeavors of all kinds.


“Social Security Check” Conte on paper.

St. Cloud, Minnesota is a heavy art area and that’s where Hubs and I are headed tomorrow. Here’s the scoop

St Cloud Sizzling Summer Art Crawl
August 23, 2013
10 A.M – 9 P.M.

What time is it? It’s Art Crawl Time! Come crawl St Cloud’s Historic Downtown Sizzling Art Crawl August 23rd, 10am-9pm. Over 30 venues will host 50+ local artists, including undergrads and graduates of the SCSU studio arts program.
There will be an Art Off! From 4pm-6pm, in which a group of artists will live paint to the funky bluegrass stylings of the Zombie Pit String Band. Art work made to the tasty licks of the Zombies will be auctioned off after the event.
Hoopers, fire breathers, musicians and demonstrating artists will be located up and down the the streets to perform and tantalize the senses.
And for the kids we have the elbow pot exchange at the Mahowald Plaza where kids can make and exchange clay pots.
Are you ready to get your art on?
For more information, check out our website at ART CRAWL ST. CLOUD


“Experiment in Color & Technique” Water color on paper.

And there’s more. The exhibit “Art as a Catalyst for Social Change” is on display from June 20th – August 30th in the Paramount Theater lobby (free admission). Tomorrow, the public is invited to join Juror, Michael Strand at a reception on August 23rd, 4-6pm with an awards ceremony at 5pm. for participants in this exhibit. The ceremony will be held in the Paramount Lobby. LINK HERE for complete information.

The long promised (but probably not long awaited) tutorial on the wedding flowers will be posted next week. They’re all done and the big event is tomorrow. Hubs dropped them off today and I received the official OK from the bride. Whew, now I can relax!

Before I go I wanted to share this recent shot from my front garden.

We have a family of three robins that resides in the big old ninebark right by our front door. The dad always cusses me out when I go out to water, but then he flaps around in the puddle, the fickle fella!

Here’s baby Robin broadcasting his opinion from our tomato cage yesterday. Ahh … I love where I live!

As always, don’t stress about a project, just start one.

Later – Cheryl

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September Soon

It’s almost August 24th, “wedding day” for oldest daughter. I’m still busy with the flowers but wanted to send out a quick Monday post, to stay on schedule for you.

Late August also means it will be September soon (yikes winter approaches). Today I’ll share some spring & summer photos with you. My nature pics folder stores all the warm season beauties I click. Something to peruse in a cozy chair on a winter afternoon, reminders that the cold isn’t eternal!

FUN… that was my first gallery in a post. Cool, and not too difficult (I love WordPress!). Looks like you can click on a picture for a slideshow of the gallery. You’ll get a black screen with one picture. Just continue to click directly on the picture and it should go through them all. I noticed there is also another COMMENT opportunity at the bottom of each picture as you go through the slideshow. Give it a try.

Here’s a final one with more color this time.

Let me know how you like the galleries or if you have any troubles with them! Remember it’s my first attempt here 🙂

But remember, all content on Artzzle, text and photography, is copyrighted and cannot be used in any form, without my expressed permission. You can leave a comment below with any questions on this.

Now gotta get back to my floral duties. Have a good week, and if you live near me, keep cool in these rising temps and humidity.

As always, don’t stress, just start.
Later – Cheryl

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