Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! I just heard that my fair city of Des Moines (That's in Iowa folks) is voted as one of the cities to have the cleanest drinking water in the country. Whoo hoo!
I feel good about the fact that I have been recycling household containers/paper etc. for at least 18 years! Though really, I've been doing other forms of "recyling" my whole life. (hand-me-down clothes and art from found objects count!)
Anyway, I don't have a whole lot of time this morning, I have to get ready to go to the ZOO with my son Owen's kindergarten class. What a good way to spend Earth Day huh? Afterwards I think I'll go downtown and pick up some garbage. :-)
I'll leave you with some recyclable "art" that Quentin (he's 7) made. He even cleaned up his mess afterwards How sweet!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sunday Special

Man it's always a long time between Blog posts for me isn't it?
I'm so sorry about that.
Some people are so GOOD at this kind of thing. I tend toward silence, and then EXCESSIVE RAMBLING. I think today you might get the latter!

I want to say HI and thank you to my new and return customers to both my last Minnesota and Omaha shows. It's so much fun to meet new people and familar faces and see my beads come back to visit--all grown up and made into jewelry! I sure have some talented customers! Good to see everyone and I hope to see you again next year!

What else? Well, I've been trying to stock my Etsy shop. I've had lot of different things pass through the store in the last week. Some really good stuff I think! :-)
OH! Here's something I totally meant to BLOG about a long time ago and then just never did.
Not really sure where to start....
OK, I'm sure all of you know of Cathy Lyberger of Aardvark Art Glass . If for some reason you don't know of Cathy's wonderous works, go--familiarize yourself! I'll wait.
Cathy has recently joined the Etsy movement too! You can see her shop here . ANYWAY..so quite a while ago Cathy had a thing on her Blog about The Ardvaark Project . Cathy's blog is one of the only things that will cheer me up some days and I often follow ALL of her posted links because I think she is cool and want to know about the things SHE thinks are cool. Ok, so upon her mention of the Aardvark project I immediately went to see what the hoopla was about. Part of the project is the Pimp My Aardvark . So I ended up buying two aardvarks for "pimping" (mordern slang for the act of changing something to make it new and fresh) but until NOW hadn't done anything with them.
(Geeze I can really make a short story long.)
MY POINT!? Well Quentin (he's 7) got tired or waiting around for me to do something with my plastic, squeaky (yeah--they SQUEAK!) aardvark, so he took it upon himself to "Pimp" it.
***side note: I didn't tell Quentin about the "pimp" part...he saw it briefly online and he thought it was PICK your Aarvark, so it was all good!***

Here's what he came up with:

I thought that was pretty darned clever. He's got a metal slinky-type stretchy bracelet that he "borrowed" from his little brother rubber banded around the aarvark that is supposed to make the cannons. That's what he said anyway.
So, maybe you had to be here. Well, at any rate, if you are so inclined, go check out the aarvark galleries. They just might inspire you. :-)

Ok, just one more thing I wanted to share before I have to go play Playmobil:
Owen (he's 5) said to me in the car the other day,
"Mom, I know why we can never go on the Oprah show"
"Oh really? Because we're not Tom Cruise or haven't written a prize-winning novel?"
"Um no Mom, it's because we're mentally healthy and you always keep the house clean"
I about ran off the road! I don't know where he came up with that, but it's so funny on several levels!
Have a great day guys!