" One day is spun in gold..
Another day seems red hot or icy cold..
Passing storms clear the air and change the tide..
Each day a new sun!"

Lisa Powell

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter !

Easter spells out beauty,
the rare beauty of new life..

~S.D. Gordon ~
















Muscavy duck with a duckling






I went to Burke Crenshaw Park three times on different days to visit with this sweet family..These creatures let me sit very close amongst them on all of my visits..The mom and her ducklings took naps at my feet while I enjoyed some fresh air and nature scenery from my park bench..

These ducklings were protected by the adult ducks AND geese :-)

Of course I was quiet and didn't make any sudden movements...

On my first visit, this mom and her babies (seen in video ) were startled away by the cackling of a large bird flying overhead...




I am grateful to wake up to another sunrise....Each new day has its promise of opportunities  to make positive improvements in my life and in how I see things..

I wish each and every one of you an awesome Easter Weekend :-)

Friday, April 14, 2017

Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2017

This year is my third year to participate in the LYA postcard swap hosted by Kat Sloma and her helpers...Check out Kat's blog here..Kateyestudio :-)

I fell in love with this postcard swap from the time I found out about it..The LYA main swap takes place over several weeks, starting mid March..Once the main swap is over, there are side swaps for those who are interested.. Last year I received pretty postcard surprises from side swappers through mid summer :-)

Such a wonderful way to exchange art and reunite with old friends / meet new ones..I enjoy seeing how other people express and share their talents...



These are my postcards liberated for the main swap :-)





These are the postcards that I received from the main swap :-)




My first postcard was received from Ma Forgette in France..

Luscious berries captured during a hike...Nice to meet a fellow hiker/nature lover... http://manuelles.canalblog.com





My second postcard received from Joan Hemsworth..Postcard features "Scary Cat "  an art piece made by Joan..Body and tail are made from a gourd, the face made of "quick wood"  







Another safe landing, postcard #3..
Art named " Field of Dreams" Quote on back of postcard reads " Everything you can imagine is real." Thank you Susan Watson from Frederick Maryland :-) ~ IG @paperpenbird ~ ~ Twitter @eatcherveggies ~






My fourth postcard to arrive, this beauty from Kate TerHaar..The scenery brings back my childhood memories of winters in Chicago :-) 
This afternoon, in Texas, it is a blazing hot/humid 87 degrees outside!
www.timetotakeashot.wordpress.com
Instagram - kateterhaar
Quote on the back of postcard reads "Do the things that make your heart sing!" 
Thank you Kate!







My 5th postcard ....I decided to go to my favorite nature spot and find a way display this beautiful postcard from there..I was hoping for birds, lots of them for my background! I couldn't find any birds who wanted to pose for me, but the setting sun was magnificent!
This postcard is from Annie in California...It is rubber stamp and ink art..She writes that birds are one of her favorite artistic subjects..This is her first year to participate in LYA 






A postcard from David Wolanski, came just in time for spring...David sends me postcards at various times throughout the year..This  work is titled "Windsor Ruins"...I love David's photography work..These images are mostly limited edition, shot with a toy film camera...See more of David's art here :-)
www.davidwolanski.com.




Last but not least, Kat's postcard...It is always a nice surprise :-) Her postcard is mailed to us after ALL  five of our main swap postcards are well on their way to various mailboxes across the country / around the world..

This year I decided to  feature Kat's beautiful postcard next to the items I use for a favorite hobby of mine..I like to spin yarn with a drop spindle..After I spin my yarn, I weave, knit or crochet various projects with it :-)









This beautiful video, compiled by Kat, features many of the postcards liberated by us :-) Please view in full screen!


                         

876 pieces of art were sent around the world
146 people took part, and those people came from ...
12 different countries



My side swaps received so  far :-)


Please check back regularly.. I will share info and pics of all of my side swaps here.. LYA side swaps will often take place throughout the spring / early part of the summer!

I received my first side swap this week from Michele Matucheski of http://www.sweetnotes.blogspot.com ...She lives in Oshkosh WI..
The quote on the back of her lovely and colorful postcard reads "To practice any art, no matter how well or badly is a way to make your soul grow...So DO it!" ~Kurt Vonnegut ~






The second side swap I received this week, is from Sharon (Snap) Lane, who is from Houston Texas...Her website is Twistylane .  Sharon's  beautiful postcard features a watercolor that she painted, titled "Spring Fling"...On the back reads a quote, " Bloom where you are planted". This postcard landed in my mailbox along with with these delicious extras pictured!






My third postcard ( side swap ) to land in my mailbox this week is from Sheila Delgado... She lives in Arizona :-) Her website is http://www.sheiladelgado.com . I love her encouraging message as well as the gorgeous pastels and abstract design !








 My fourth side swap is from Kate Lehman in Woodridge Illinois... See more of her work here :-) https://www.instagram.com/sunnytoo/
Beautiful postcard! I decided to photograph it with my vintage cast iron piggy, because the pattern / texture of the angel's wings are similar..





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Yesterday (day after Easter) I received the awesome surprise of 8 side swap postcards in the mail :-)


I took this recent batch of 8 safe landings with me to coffee..I wanted to show them to my besties :-)



This card is a beautiful original made by Trang Kang..She lives in Sachse Tx, near Dallas..The beautiful note seen below was written on the back :-)  Trang's work was sent to me in her envelope art, as seen in the coffee photo.. Postcard seen in the same picture as Trang's work is my "Morning Glory" photo :-) Thank you Trang...I love  beautiful handmade original art :-)




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These three fabulous postcards are  -

Top Center: "Conceive, Believe, Achieve" by Sherry Harmes of Amook Island Creations..Sherry is  a retired occupational therapist who lives in Larson Bay Alaska, where it is 39 degrees..Good to swap with you again Sherry!!

Left is from Patsy Lawrence..She lives in Murfreesboro TN..Her art depicted on this postcard is an acrylic and pastel she painted on a page in an altered photography book..Good to swap with you again Patsy!!

Right is from Vienna Austria...Andrea Farthofer. Andrea wrote that she had been doing postcard - mail art exchanges for 6 years..

Thank you so much my friends, these postcards add color to my day :-)




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Postcard on the left if from Lynn Foerster who lives in Pennsylvania..

Postcard on the right is from Patricia Mark in Portland Oregon..Her website is patmarkphotography.blogspot.com ...."To be an artist is to believe in life " ~ Henry Moore ~ reads the quote on the back....Thank you ladies for your beautiful cards :-)






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The postcard  seen on the left is from Linda Ursin..She lives in Norway.. Her website is at http://lindaursin.net

The right postcard is from Christine Brooks..She is lives in Arizona..She writes about the legend of "Thistles" that are pictured on the front of her postcard..Thistles are the national flower of Scotland..These postcards are beautiful with many happy colors..Thank you ladies :-))




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This beautiful postcard made its way to me from France..On the front is Louise Mamet's beautiful photography..On the back Louise tells me a little about these buildings and the region she lives in..

I love the texture of the brick and rooftops :-)

Louise Mamet's blog is here https://dropsofeverything.wordpress.com/about/

I was crocheting flowers for a project when an idea popped into my head, to give Louise's buildings a garden!




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The beautiful eye popping postcard on the left is from Terry Owenby..We did a side swap last year too!
Terry is from Portland Oregon...She resurrected one of her old paintings done in a Jesse Reno class by photographing it and cropping it digitally to make small scale art for postcards...The lovely postcard on the right is from Suzette Rothlisberger of Grantsville Utah...You can find her at Sarah's Garden  https://www.flickr.com/groups/1379088@N25/
Her postcard depicts a very picturesque serene scene that brings back memories of a field I used to play in when I was a child 



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I received some more snail mail lovelies today <3 from LYA side swaps :-)
Top left is from Christine Brooks ..I love spring snowstorms like this one :-)
"Dreamer" is the postcard top right..From Janice Darby . I love all of the layers of color and texture! On the back it reads " Never let it be said that to dream is a waste of one's time, for DREAMS are our realities in waiting..In dreams we plant the seeds of our future" Janice is from Santa Maria California :-)
Botton left postcard is from Teena Lurlene .. Printed from an original drawing that she made ..Teena is from Richmond Virginia.. The back of her postcard reads,
"Never doubt that a group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world..It is the only thing that ever has" ~Margaret Mead~
The bottom right postcard is from Chandra Lynn  http://iamchandralynn.com. Her postcard features an edited version of an original coneflower image that she shot..
The back of her postcard reads " We do not escape into philosophy, psychology and art~We go there to restore our shattered selves into whole ones." --Anais Win





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This beautiful postcard is from Natasha Papousek..She lives in Santa Ana California...I love these colorful luminescent poppies with the added surprise of a nice plump bee :-) Thank you Natasha, and happy Spring to you too 













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This wonderful postcard landed in my mailbox today! From Barbara Evans..I love the bold colors and simple beauty of the petals..Barbara lives in South England, in Salisbury..Thank you for brightening my day 



You can find more of her work here ...




http://funkyrosebudstudio.com













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Thursday, February 16, 2017

A favorite way to start my day.....

When I savor my first cup of coffee, I am barely conscious, lol...By the time I begin sipping on my second cup of Java, I usually find myself doing something I enjoy..Something creative...Until real life intervenes, lol...

























Saturday, February 4, 2017

Hear My Voice

"Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence"

~Leonardo da Vinci ~





In this time of unrest, it is more important than ever to let our elected officials know our concerns..

I won't burden others with my position statement on  political issues.....

I am praying fiercely that our three branches of government work together to provide checks and balances as needed....

No one or group of elected officials can be above the law..

No one elected official or group of people should be allowed to barge in and take over our country, our home to make changes that don't benefit and protect ALL of us ..


I like to design my own postcards..Over time I will  be voicing my concerns (in writing) on these postcards..I will be sending them to senators, congressmen, etc..


Speak out to people who will listen, who have the ability to help..


Thursday, November 10, 2016

A walk in the fog...

This Fall has been unconventional, as they usually are in my neck of the woods..Instead of fall colors we usually get fog, humidity and mozzies..Until we are deep into November or December..

I love an early morning walk in the fog..Especially on the beach..With my friends...

Texas City Dike didn't disappoint...I was careful to watch my step, because there were dozens of hermit crabs walking with me along the shoreline...We passed seagulls lined up on their perches like sentries..

My friends and I find it soothing to watch marine wildlife during our walks on the shore :-)









This cormorant was chilling for a bit























Some of my walking buddies :-)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Inspiration

Good morning my dear friends...

I have been away from the blog universe for a while, the past several months.....My inspiration to write has been at a standstill...

With that said, good things are happening in my world...

Earlier this year, I found out that I am a new grandmother to be...Her name is gonna be Caroline Elise :-)

Caroline is due later this month...Happy dance!!!

I meet with my two best friends often! Together we can talk the day away!

I am learning and practicing some fun skills with my drop spindling and crochet...

I have also learned a new lesson or two about Photo Shop and logos..I launched my new photography website..

Photography of Lisa

All in all, a good break!



A new creation begins with inspiration, a dream...........






Talking takes inspiration to a new level






So does experimentation




And then just do...



I love the smell, the colors and softness of wool top and roving...The yumminess puts me in a good place!



"Coral Clouds" being spun into a single using the Z twist, my drop spindle spinning clockwise...



"Coral Clouds" two singles plied together , wound,  ready for a 20 minute soak in hot water....

Once this yarn is dry, it can be made into a project ....




I always start my creative journey with coffee






I learned some new crochet stitches this summer..
Some of those stitches are used in this project pictured...Shawl in a Ball is the name of the yarn I am using..
 "Community Coral" is the colorway..




About halfway finished









  Do you have a favorite way to wear a triangle shawl ?                                                                





I gave this shawl to my sweet daughter in law, Melissa, for her birthday




May each and every one of you be blessed with  happy Happy inspirations!