Friday, December 27, 2013

More Family photos of New Grandson, Sawyer

 The top two are Sawyer, a few days old.  The rest are at about two months.  We met in Kalamazoo at the Childrens Museum.

 Sawyer's first Christmas!  He's starting to smile!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Kalamazoo Museum trip

 Fun at the Kalamazoo Museum -we met up with Everett, 2 and Sawyer, a month old!  Mandy, Marsh and Everett enjoying the guitars...

 Working with steel- love the gloves and apron!
And Sawyer sleeping through it all.  No curly hair yet!

Heather Held Workshop

I only took a couple of photos of my work in the workshop!  I forgot to take more before posting.  Will add more later. We worked with the pointed pen and Heather worked with us in small steps so everyone had great success in the process.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Artprize Winner from 2012- Elephants

 This huge three paneled piece was displayed in one of the first buildings we visited to get our map.  It said it was done with graphite pencil and "an old sock".  It's a huge piece which a person who was speaking about it said that the artist worked on it while it was being looked at last year and as she worked and added more, she started drawing more and more and even off the paper onto the wall!  The video showed how they were cutting out the walls and removing even the metal studs to save her work!  You can see the tree extends over the elephant!  The detail and the dark and light values make it so beautiful.

If you google Artprize you can read more about this event in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Family visit in Grand Rapids to see ARTPRIZE

 Artprize is a three week display of artwork from all over the world and is set up throughout the whole city. There were 1250 exhibitors of all types of art including painting, wood carving, sculpture, pencil, mixed media, everything you could think of.  We enjoy going even though we could never see it all.  The weather was perfect this year and it's always great to see our Grandson and get the family together.  

 Everett looking over a fountain
 This art piece was in a shoe store and is made up of squares of leather from their shoe samples and depicts the city of Grand Rapids.
 I loved the building reflections on the glass windows.  The city is beautiful right on the river.

A large wood burning picture of the city from a photo from the 1800's.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Trip to Saugatuck and Gr. Rapids

 We took a short trip to Saugatuck when my sister and her husband came for a visit.  This is the restaurant in Fennville we ate at- it's in a train car.
 Our room at the Bed and Breakfast we stayed at and the barn on the grounds.
 Then on to Grand Rapids to see our son and family- Everett at the door!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Pointed Pen Envelopes

 I had an envelope order using gold ink and it came out pretty good- but can't seem to fix the photo the right way.

The Big Helper!

 A big helper- Everett wanted to do his share too- getting the new counter and sink in.
 Yep- wants to be right in there in the middle of everything!  Can't miss a thing!

Almost a whoops!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Herb Garden

Lois' herb garden at the Center done in pen and ink.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Envelope Book

I saw information on making a book for a travel journal using envelopes that I created for a workshop.  The envelopes are stacked and sewn with a nice paper cover.  Then I added a handmade button and a ribbon tie to wrap around the book.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Some of Betsy's plants

 My sister has a wonderful little moss garden (at the top) and then the little garden in between the porch and garage which stays moist and is just right for the ferns, snow-on-the-mountain, verigated solomon seal, and some sedum plants.
 Rabbit's Foot Fern- you can just make out the little soft stems on the right side...
 She's put some hostas in pots- This is in N. Carolina- the soil is quite red.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Fun over the weekend with Grandson, Everett

 Fun over the weekend!  Mandy brought bubbles for Everett and Yasmine the black lab got into the fun..
 Dad got him ready to go outside.
Found the train that was put away long ago!