May 13, 2014

Around Here

We've been having fun and getting life done around here.

We took a meandering drive to northern California and Redwoods National Park for spring break, stopping to see friends and family along the way. We hiked a few awe-inspiring trails and dabbled next to the Pacific Ocean with sun on our faces, exactly the getaway this family needed.

Our garden is blooming.
 I planted this poppy last year and it is rewarding me with its beauty this year.
The artichokes and onions are planted, the strawberries are flowering, and the geraniums I overwintered are out on the deck. I'd say summertime is on its way.

This is how Ben feels about me taking pictures these days.
He's away at 5th grade camp this week and I am literally missing his face.

Two of my favorite people.
This girl is catching up on sleep since playing laser tag all night in Spokane with the PHS band. 
That was their choice of activity, along with dining Ethiopian and attending the symphony, for an end-of-the-year celebration trip. She is so ready for summer.
Mark is working hard and gardening even harder; we are going to have a kick-ass pond very soon. He's also away at 5th grade camp this week and I'm missing him too.
I've been playing chicken mama.
Here I am holding Harper, the chirper, who unfortunately never grew and died on mother's day.
(I have to admit I chewed on that little coincidence a little longer than necessary!)
I still have three hens who are happily growing and exploring their new coop in the backyard.
I really love having chickens again.

My friend Karen and I are slowly evolving two new business ventures,
Paper Pals Online and Art Maven Studio.
Through these venues we will be teaching classes and hosting events,
as well as pursuing our own artwork.
I was recently awarded a license from WSU which will allow me to sell my handmade books using their logo, so I will be very busy this summer getting ready for the fall craft fair in October.

And last, but by no means least, is my fabulous job at MaryJanesFarm Magazine.
Our current issue just hit the stands and I am delighted with the work inside.
Go grab yourself a copy!

May 3, 2014

Creative Color

I love yarn bombing.
 Can you imagine the dedication involved in bombing this tree?

Or what about an entire bus?

Also known as guerilla knitting or kniffiti, yarn bombing is a fairly recent phenomenon of street art that is believed to have originated in the U.S. in Texas as a creative way to give leftover fiber and unwanted projects new life.
How sweet are these little mushrooms happily growing on the back of a wooden bench?
This rancher dyed the wool before it was even sheared. Love it!
Can you imagine your delight were you to stumble upon this barnyard on a lazy afternoon drive?
Here's to color and whimsy. -Kristi

May 1, 2014

Mail Art

Mail Art is defined simply as sending small scale art works through the postal service. It took root as an artistic movement in the 1960’s and it is still enjoying a quiet fame today. Mail Art is such a great way to foster personal communication and creative expression between artistic friends.

This lovely hand-drawn envelope with card recently graced my mailbox. I can't tell you how much it made me smile to open the mailbox and see such beauty inside, and I would think it made everyone along its path to me smile as well.

Here's some envelopes that recently went out from me. I quickly used ink sprays and stamps to embellish a padded envelope for some gifts I was mailing. Decorating the outside of your envelopes is such a simple and beautiful way to share your artistic energy with the world and give yourself a quick dose of creativity.

This is a piece of mail art I found online that caught my eye. Wouldn't it be great if all our mail came adorned in such a manner?