It's my little* sister's birthday, and although we'll be celebrating this weekend, I have a surprise for her today: an interview and special Happy Birthday message at the lovely website, The Sister Project. For anyone out there who is a sister, this website is a wonderful place to cozy up in. A big thank you to Margaret and Anastasia for all their hard work and kind words, you ladies are fantastic!
Happy Birthday, Carrie!
*this is typed with a bit of irony, as Carrie is a foot taller and infinitely more mature than I am.
This woman's name is Julia Belle Oldham, and the photograph of her was taken in 1866. I think she was my great great great grandmother.
My mom brought over a box of old family photos recently and I was really excited to poke through it. It took most of the afternoon, carefully pulling apart tissue paper letters and squinting at names written in pencil a hundred years ago. I found little notes tucked behind framed photographs, and beautifully painted gift- and place cards that my great grandparents made. Look at these!
Aren't they amazing? It made me so happy to find these. I'd always been told that I was born into an artistic family, but to actually hold this beautiful work in my hands was something else. And it got me thinking about what is passed on from generation to generation.
French artist Sofia Barão has started a wonderful tradition this summer: Creative Ones. Each week she interviews artists, asks about their top 10 loves, and hosts a giveaway. I've been reading her blog for several years now.. it is always an inspiration.. and I think her Creative Ones series is so, so great. What makes an artist tick is very interesting to me, and I love to see what inspires people's lives.
And, who can resist a giveaway? I was lucky enough to win a necklace by Miranda Van Dijk a few weeks ago, and it's now on the way to me from the Netherlands. Yay!
This week I am lucky enough to be Sofia's Creative One. Click here to see my top 10 loves and to enter to win the Creative Ones giveaway:
*A custom collage made by me*
Give me a theme, a word, a color, and I'll make you an original piece of art and send it happily on its way to you. I'm very excited about this. I love making things for people. So please enter!
Summer has always felt slow to me... in a good, lazy way. I have such a long list things to do. I don't feel like doing one lick of it.
Beau and I went "for an adventure" today: we took a long walk up to the Monte Nido firehouse and checked out the shiny red fire engine, the new roses on the lawn, and all of the funky wildflowers and weeds along the way.
This evening Beau suggested that we plant our pumpkin patch tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we'll be out in the yard: me, squinting in the sunlight with my coffee mug, and Beau with her huge yellow gardening gloves... wish us luck, won't you?