Tuesday, December 8, 2009

My View From the Bus - Be Inspired to Create Spontaneously

I went on yet another field trip (#4 so far this year). This time to 3 of DC's art museums. I didn't take many photos as I was having to keep a close eye on the group of boys in my care. I think they all had sugared cereal and Pop Tarts for breakfast. I was inspired by some of the different artist series I had seen and on the long noisy bus ride home I decided to amuse myself and create my own series by taking multiple pictures from the window of the bus. Many are blurry, but I actually like that. It was a fun because I didn't really think about the composition, I just snapped away and when I got home I had almost 200 pictures to go through. It was like opening Christmas presents seeing all the little details I missed along the way. Here is a slide show of the pictures. They are all straight out of the camera and many are blurry (which I actually love). Maybe you'll be inspired to create something spontaneously like I was with this little series. Maybe squirt some paint randomly on a canvas. Maybe grab several unrelated collage elements and make them work together. Or maybe combine all your scrap polymer clay and see what patterns and colors emerge. Be spontaneous, don't think too much and just create!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Holiday Heap - Sneak Peek

I'll be at the Charm City Craft Mafia's Holiday Heap tomorrow:
Saint John’s Church
2640 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Here are a couple of last minute goodies I'm working on finishing up:

Last Minute Goodies for Holiday Heap

Last Minute Goodies for Holiday Heap

Last Minute Goodies for Holiday Heap

Hope to See you there!

Tis the Season - Daily Dose of Inspiration 12/4/09

I've been struggling with a bad sinus infection over the last week, so I haven't taken many pics. Here's a quick one I snapped of my neighbors Christmas Lights. I loved the red color in the sun and the pattern of the light.

Tis the season

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Buy Handmade and Help The MD Food Bank

It has been a difficult year for many Marylanders because of the tough economy. Many are without jobs and without food. In an effort to help those in need this holiday season, several BEST members will be donating a percentage of money from the the sales of their handmade items from December 1-14. Buyers will have a unique opportunity to support handmade and help feed hungry Marylanders.

The Maryland Food Bank provides nearly 14 million pounds of food annually to 1,000 Network Partners - including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, low-income day care centers, after-school programs, senior centers, rehabilitation centers, and other feeding programs. They supply food for over 50,000 Marylanders each week who otherwise would go hungry or not eat enough, including families with children, the elderly, the homeless, the homebound, low-income workers, the recently unemployed, and people with AIDS and other health problems. For every $1 contributed to the Maryland Food Bank, they are able to provide 3 meals to Maryland’s needy families and individuals.

From December 1st through 14th, the following participating BEST members will be donating a percentage of their sales:

blockpartypress- 10% of Etsy sales
sweetpepita- 10% of all Etsy sales
jenmenkhaus- 10% of all Etsy sales
glowgirl - 10% of all Etsy sales
yummyandcompany- 10% of all Etsy sales
atelieradornments - 10% of all Etsy sales
lanabella - 10% of all Etsy sales
lolamiren - 10% of all Etsy sales
thebrokenplate - 10% of all Etsy sales
tigerlillyshop - 10% of all Etsy ring sales
greenstarstudio - 10% of all Etsy sales
vwstudios - 10% of all Etsy sales

Take some time to visit these Etsy shops, support handmade and know that when you make a purchase between Dec. 1 - 14, you will be helping to provide food and services to someone in need this holiday season. Here are some other ways to support the MD Food Bank:

* Make a direct monetary donation

* Purchase and donate food through the Food Bank's “Virtual Food Drive”

* Deliver the food directly to the Maryland Food Bank at 2200 Halethorpe Farms Road. Please call 410-737-8282 to arrange your delivery.

* Volunteer Opportunities


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