Saturday, February 28, 2009

Rest in Peace, Phthalo


Today my friend Nicole's dog, Phthalo (named after the paint colors--Phthalo green, blue--because Nicole is an artist) passed away peacefully in his sleep. Phthalo was one of my favorite dogs--always so happy and playful and fun to pet. He'd been sick for a few months and if he hadn't passed away in his sleep Nicole was going to have to take him to the vet today. I'm glad she didn't have to make that choice and I'm glad Phthalo is no longer suffering, but it is still a very sad day.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Fine Art Friday: Franz Marc, Der Blaue Reiter, and Color as Expression

Being an art historian and lover of all things art, I've decided to institute Fine Art Friday here on ArtsAfire. I'm doing this for two reasons: 1) I desperately miss all of my art history classes from college and would like to continue learning, and 2) Fine art seems to be somewhat of a dying breed as of late (which, unfortunately, is my chosen profession...) and I would like to hopefully give it a shot in the arm by showcasing everything that artists throughout history have given us.

Today the focus is Franz Marc. One of my all-time favorite painters. Being a lover of color in art it is obvious why I'm inspired by Franz Marc's paintings. The vibrant colors and juxtapositions of those colors evoke a distinct happiness that I've found is reserved for art that I love. (I mean, I'm a happy person, but there's an extra distinct happiness that I feel when I see a favorite work of art. Kind of like that distinct happiness I feel when I'm with my husband. It's just a different happiness than a general "happy." Get what I mean?)

The Large Blue Horses, (Franz Marc, 1911) is one of the masterpieces of Marc's nature style--the three brilliant beasts are fleshed out sculpturally from the equally vivid reds, greens, and yellows of the landscape.

Franz Marc was born in Munich in 1880 and was one of the more influential artists in the German Expressionism movement founded in Munich by Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky and Marc played crucial roles in the founding of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), an Expressionist movement within the general German Expressionist movement. The group was founded in response to the rejection of Kandinsky's painting Last Judgement from an exhibition. Der Blaue Reiter lacked a central artistic manifesto, but was centered around Kandinsky and Marc.

Marc was the closest in spirit, of the Der Blaue Reiter artists, to the traditions of German Romanticism and lyrical naturalism, taking his original inspiration from Van Gogh whom Marc thought of as "the most authentic of painters."

Marc focused his artistic endeavors on animals because of their spiritual harmony with nature, a concept and lifestyle that many Expressionist artists sought after. Marc later developed a love for color because of its richness and beauty, which were expressive of the spiritual harmonies that he was seeking. He believed blue portrayed a masculine principle, robust and spiritual; yellow was the feminine color, gentle, serene, and sensual; and red was matter, heavy and brutal. In the use and mixture of these colors to create greens and violets and oranges the colors took on a life of their own, forming abstract shapes beyond what was portrayed on the canvas, taking on spiritual significance of their own independent of the subject matter.

Liegender Hund im Schnee (Dog Lying in the Snow), Franz Marc, 1910-11

Although the modeling of the animals in Marc's paintings gives them the effect of sculptured relief projecting from the background, there is no real spatial differentiation between the animals and their environment. The only real illusion of distance is the softer rendering of the sky in Marc's paintings. He often used landscape elements, such as tree trunks or foliage, to tie the background to the foreground, somewhat flattening his image--this ensured that the colors played an even more important role in the painting.

Marc, unlike Kandinksy, had imagery that was predominantly derived from the material world, but toward the end of his short life his artworks showed a movement toward the abstraction that Kandinsky had pioneered. At first he didn't remove the material world completely from his paintings, focusing instead on abstraction of the material. This move towards abstraction most likely stemmed from the conflict in the world that ultimately ended his life (the first World War). It was during this time that Marc painted Fate of the Animals, one of his more recognized pieces that shows a distinct departure from the spiritual colorful representations of earlier years. The painting conveys the turmoil that the animals are feeling in what looks like a violent and fast paced setting--it is likely that Marc identified with the animals during this period of turmoil.

The Fate of the Animals (Franz Marc, 1913) was completed 3 years before his death in combat in World War I.

Following this move from material/representational to abstraction, Marc moved further into artistic abstraction with Fighting Forms (1914), a virtually abstract painting portraying a curvilinear pattern in a violent battle of black and red color, of light and darkness. The forms are given such vitality that they take on characteristics of forces in an ultimate encounter.

Fighting Forms, Franz Marc, 1914

Marc died two short years after completing this painting which portrays the violent battle that eventually ended up taking his life. His change in style at the end of the life shows that Marc was deeply affected by the war in ways that other Der Blaue Reiter artists weren't and he was able to show this through his use of vibrant and violent color and forms.

Franz Marc remains one of the most important artists of the German Expressionist movement and was recognized as such while still living. Today his paintings have sold for record prices at Sotheby's art auctions. In October 1999, Der Wasserfall (The Waterfall) was sold by Sotheby's in London to a private collector for $5.06m, breaking Marc's own record of $3.30m for Rote Rehe I (Red Deer I) and surpassing any other price for a piece from 20th century German painters.

What's your Ikea style?

I can't remember whether I've blogged this before. I took this test awhile ago through a link on Grassroots Modern, a local (for me) design blog. But I also just found it again through Briones & Co. blog. I took it again and came out as Modern Minimalist. I believe that's what I was last time I took it.

60% Modern, 40% Scandinavian, 0% Country. What's your style?



Coming up later today: Fine Art Friday! Franz Marc and Der Blaue Reiter. Plus, my plans for the weekend and the art that I will be working on because wow, I am behind.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

An Open Letter to McDonald's

Dear McDonald's,

Let me begin by saying that your little, cheap hamburger is delectable. The perfect blend of spices, tiny onions, ketchup, mustard, and pickles all on a warm bun. And low-calorie for a hamburger of its stature making it easy to justify as a treat once in a while. Your cheeseburger? Even better. Delectableness with a slice of cheese.

However, here's where my problem lies. No matter how often I go to McDonald's or which McDonald's location I go to there is a constant problem with my pickles. I've come to the conclusion that you must have taught your burger makers to create a pickle tower in an obscure location on top the hamburger rather than separating the two pickles and laying them side by side.

How much time can this pickle tower technique really save you over separating the two pickles? It just makes me, the customer, frustrated. Because I have to disassemble my burger and arrange it in a tasty manner on my own.

Please hold a training session and fix.

Sincerely,
Sara

Thursday Shop Feature: Metalicious

So for Valentine's Day I gave my husband a wishlist of all my favorite Etsy items for him to choose from (if you follow my blog, you know what the original wishlist looked like and that it was dominated by jewelry from Molecular Muse (which is where I got Jeremy a dopamine keychain for Valentine's Day because he's way into science--in fact, he woke me up by continually poking me at 3 a.m. this morning to tell me about science in his sleep and the night before that he woke me up by sleep walking around the bed and telling me he was going to turn on my nightstand lamp to find something science-y on nightstand--again, he gets to sleep through all this. NOT FAIR!), CoutureToAdore (which is where my Valentine's Day gift actually came from, see last week's shop feature), and Metalicious. Metalicious is, hands down, one of my favorite jewelry shops on Etsy. Here's some pictures (with links to buy the items!) to show why:

Blue Skies Stacking Set

Modern Rock Sterling Ascher Cut

Infinite Meaning Bracelet


Her jewelry is so modern and shiny and fabulous that it's impossible not to love it! Who doesn't love some tasteful bling? Obviously the last bracelet, the Infinite Meaning Bracelet, was on my Valentine's wishlist (because of it's meaning--"I'm giving you this bracelet because this is how long I will love you." Awww.) along with about 5 of her rings and a couple of her necklaces and a pair of earrings--thinking about it, I may have overwhelmed my husband with that list, but he managed. About how she became a jeweler her Etsy profile says:
My story: 12 years ago I was in a boring job and was desperate for some creative challenges where I could use my hands. I took myself to the local art school but the pottery class I was interested in was closed. Hmm. The only thing left was a metalsmithing class. So I hammered my heart out and have never looked back. I still have what looks like a tin-can I forged from copper sitting on my jewelry bench. It reminds me how close I came to missing out on my true calling as a jeweler. Sign up for deals and updates here at http://www.metalicious.com and peruse my woefully neglected blog at http://uberjewelry.blogspot.com

She has so much more to be seen at her Etsy shop with a wide range of prices to fit any budget. I strongly recommend that you check out her shop! She also will customize your jewelry for you!
Metalicious is fun, fashionable jewelry for passionate people. I believe in creating high quality, wearable styles. Since everything is made by my hands, any of the pieces in my shop can be customized to suit your needs and budget. Colors, metals and gemstones can be changed so that you can have the jewelry of your dreams.




Now, go get the jewelry of your dreams!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Finer Points of Vin Diesel's Driving Habits

Last night my husband and I were driving home from doing laundry (we know how to party on Mardi Gras!) and going to dinner with my grandparents (Chinese food--yum) and we saw someone driving with really weird posture. They were seated really low in their seat, slouching, with one arm crossed across their chest holding the opposite top side of the steering wheel (major over-correction hazard should he get startled by something). And he was in an Accord--not exactly a street racer.

Jeremy: "I hate people who drive like that. Kind of like he's trying to be Vin Diesel in Fast and the Furious."

Sara: "Yup, that's when driving like that became popular."

Jeremy: "That's not even how real racers hold the wheel. They either have both hands on it like this *demonstration*, or one hand on the bottom of the wheel to avoid over-correction."

Sara: "Yeah, I know." (And yes, I do know despite being a middle-class Mormon girl, because even before I married Jeremy and Top Gear became my favorite show I was still obsessed with Vin Diesel, The Fast and the Furious, and the cars in that movie.)

...

Sara: "Actually, Vin Diesel drove with both hands at 10 and 2 when he was racing in the movie, and he didn't cross his arm that far across his chest when he was driving one handed. He looked much more relaxed and less posed than most people who try to be "Vin Diesel" while driving.

Jeremy: "That's true."

Sara: "I can't believe I'm discussing the finer points of Vin Diesel's driving on Fast and the Furious."

Jeremy: "Why?"

Sara: "I mean, I can't believe I've seen it enough to be able to discuss his hand position on the steering wheel. I have a serious obsession with that movie."

*Sara proceeds to unabashedly Twitter about this conversation through a text*

Sara: "I can't wait for the new Fast and Furious movie to come out. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker on the same screen again. Score for that."

On an unrelated note: Nothing says "awesome" like a levitating train from Las Vegas to Disneyland.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Because I Have Nothing Artsy to Say...

I'm posting my three month meal plan. My friend Amanda, who also has a blog but it's private so I'm not going to link to it, is a nutritionist and came up with a three month meal plan to avoid cooking the same things over and over again--which is one of my problems. Without a plan, Sara + Kitchen = Fail.

So I took her plan and modified it for myself and Jeremy. We're trying to lose weight so I removed any recipes that called for things like Cream of Chicken soup (I try to stay away from that kind of soup just in general because I just think that it sounds disgusting--I don't care that I've never tasted it, I NEVER will) and added lower fat recipes in their place, added some fish since we like fish, more lemon pastas (because YUM!), etc... I also added a meal for every night except for two "date nights," whereas Amanda had a meal for every other day and weekends.

She spent $300 getting all the ingredients for THREE MONTHS of food (minus the meats), but I'm guessing my list will run around $400-450 for the three months of ingredients since I added 10 meals throughout the month (depending on how stingy you are with name brands, of course. I, for one, am perfectly content with the $1.00 Hunt spaghetti sauce with a little Lawry's powdered spaghetti sauce mixed in). But $400-450 for three months of food (minus meat, which will probably be about $100/month, making three months of food a grand total of around $650, or around $220/month--if you're a vegetarian, even cheaper!) is a definite improvement for us--considering we probably spend $200 just eating out each month on top of the $300 or so in groceries. My, we are wasteful and gluttonous. Time to change that!!

Side note:

My completely out of control list of New Year's Resolutions
1. Keep the house clean--clean a little every night
2. Make dinner with Jeremy every night
3. Yoga with Jeremy every night
4. Wii Fit every morning
5. Devote 2 hours to ArtsAfire every night--strictly painting!
6. Lose weight. Lots of weight.
7. Control need for Anthropologie and Ann Taylor clothing and home goods


I have followed through on exactly NONE of them. This meal plan will help me get a handle on my life, though. If you would like the recipes, meal schedule, and shopping list, simply click on them below and it will take you to my Google document.

Sara's Shopping List

Sara's Recipes

Sara's Meal Schedule

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thursday Shop Feature: CoutureToAdore

I've chosen CoutureToAdore as my Thursday Shop Feature because my husband got my Valentine's gift from there!! And I'm wearing it today and it's absolutely gorgeous!!

Tanzanite Dreaming - Couture Heart Necklace


I chose that necklace to put on my Etsy Valentine's wish list because I absolutely love Tanzanite. My mother gave me a Tanzanite ring for my "something blue" for my wedding, so the stone also has sentimental value for me.

I had no idea that CoutureToAdore was a new Etsy shop when I added them to my wishlist, but they're brand spanking new on Etsy! They joined on January 14, 2009 and have had 3 sales so far--all gorgeous jewelry!--with my necklace being the first sale! They do have a sister shop AmberLightz where you can see feedback and more of their creations.

The Emperor's Dragon - Couture Silk Necklace


I had sent my Etsy Wish List (which has changed since writing that post because I've added more favorites) to my husband for Valentine's Day ideas. Unfortunately, he decided to buy my present on MY account, thereby locking me out of my Etsy account and my e-mail so that I wouldn't see any conversations or e-mails from CoutureToAdore. Needless to say, his surprise failed because I still saw a CoutureToAdore conversation in my inbox and knew what he had gotten me, but seeing my necklace in person was a totally different experience to seeing it online! It was still a total surprise. It's made so well (it's heavy!) and it's even prettier in person than it is in photos.

The Silver Lining - Couture Earrings


So I definitely recommend checking out CoutureToAdore--You will not regret it! The craftsmanship is wonderful and the jewelry makes you feel really pretty when you put it on!

On Swallow Wings - Velvet Couture Necklace


On an unrelated (but somewhat related) note, I was interviewed and featured on This and That on Monday! I forgot about it because I was out of town and my shop was closed down, but the interview is up over there.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Airplanes and Rude People

I'm back from vising my parents. Got home yesterday. The plane rides there were pleasant. I very much enjoy Frontier airlines and their slightly comfier seats made of leather. The plane rides back, however? Completely different story.

I always get an aisle seat. Being short and having claustrophobia problems (mostly with my feet--I have very claustrophobic feet) I can't sit in the middle or next to the window because there's no easy escape from those two seats. And in the middle, being short with two taller people on either side of me crowding me--not a good combination for me. On my first flight I was sitting next to a lady (who was in the middle seat) and her husband was across the aisle from me, in an aisle seat. So I offered to trade with him so they could sit together because hey, I'd still get an aisle seat and I don't care where that aisle seat is as long as it's an aisle seat. I pay extra for the privilege of selecting my aisle seat more than 24 hours before the flight takes off. That is how essential an aisle seat is to my well-being.

So I'm sitting there reading my book and someone comes up and says I'm in their seat.

What?! The man I traded with was just sitting in that seat because he wanted to! And his REAL seat? Was in the middle of the row in front of where I was originally sitting. Who the hell trades seats with someone when they know they are sitting in a seat that isn't theirs?! And then doesn't even feel bad about it and offer to take their original crappy seat between two tall people who won't let me put down the armrests because their legs are too freaking tall?! Portland hippies, that's who! I hate Portland hippies with beards and greasy hair. And because I'm too nice (never again--I am taking a vow of meanness) I just took the middle seat. And proceeded to panic and get hot and sweaty and it was hard to breath and I had to take my shoes off because my feet were making me want to claw my way out of that airplane--luckily, I had packed my spa sandals for just such a foot claustrophobia disaster. So the whole plane ride I just listened to Britney Spears' Womanizer over and over again (because it reminds me of Gossip Girl which is a weekly hour of escape from Provo, UT for me and it reminds me of Chuck Bass who I have a weird crush on so I thought maybe it would take me back--in my mind--to NYC), kept my eyes closed, and tried to breathe.

Did. Not. Help.

So I tried reading Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster (because it felt like a situation that called for some funny) while listening to Britney Spears' Womanizer.

Did. Not. HELP!

Know what else didn't help? The stupid Portland couple behind me kept saying, "Brighter. Brighter. Brighter. Brightest. Darker. Darker. Darker. Darkest. Brighter. Brighter..." And it was loud enough that even my music couldn't drown it out! I don't know what the hell they were doing with their child to keep him entertained, BUT FIND A NEW ENTERTAINMENT!! Two full hours of "Brighter. Brighter. Darker. Darker." in a monotone voice followed by CLAPPING (!!!!) makes people want to kick you in the face.

Two agonizing hours later I get to Denver and head to my next plane taking comfort in the fact that I have an aisle seat and I'm not going to Portland with those people and I will never be nice to anyone ever again and how liberating that knowledge/vow is.

So I take my seat and someone pulls out some Greek food right behind me! WHAT THE HELL, PEOPLE?! Could you have picked a smellier food to bring into an enclosed space?! And so, because I already have claustrophobia after-effects, my motion sickness decides to kick in despite the overdose of Dramamine that I took before getting on the plane. And they don't have cans of ginger ale on the plane, so everyone gets a can of their chosen soda but me!! I only have 1/2 cup of ginger ale and four massive ice cubes to help settle my stomach. And the stewardess was kind of scary so every chance I got to ask for at least some more ice cubes to chew on, I GOT SHUSHED!!! So I just had to hold my cup over my nose so all I could smell was ginger ale--which, surprisingly, is as helpful to a sick stomach as the actual intake of anything ginger, but that is not the point here.

I hate Portland hippies, stewardesses, and people who can't wait FIFTY-FIVE MINUTES to get home and eat some food where the smells won't make other people throw up! It was a FIFTY-FIVE MINUTE flight!! Have a package of peanuts and WAIT, jackass!

Disclaimer: I don't hate Portland or its people. Just these people.

On a brighter note, our stores are up and running again and my studio is finished (my husband finished it for me while I was out of town) so I'll be painting a lot more and there will be new stuff up. Yay!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Flashback

**Repeat Post from Jeremy & Sara**

Today I was looking through my blog roll to see who had updated to give me something to do (my boss pulled me in today and apologized over and over for me having nothing to do right now and assured me he isn't going to lay me off because I will be busy soon with the whole book project and then told me I could lay down and take a nap if I needed to because I'm really sick this week, so this is all I have to do today at work) and I noticed "Interview with Brad Slade" and I did a double take because that's my last boss' name. Then I realized that the blog with the interview was a BYU professor who is also into photography (Brad is the BYU Magazine photographer and he has his own magazine, Seeing the Everyday, which is amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone who 1) likes photography, and 2) likes their family.) Anyway. The interview is on the Take Out Photo blog which is always a good read--today, though, I think it's a really good read. But, I'm biased.

This got me to thinking about my time working at PnG (Publications & Graphics) in the photo studio and how much fun it was. Brad took a series of my all-time favorite photos of me while I was there. They're gorgeous (and I mean that in a photography sense of the word, though I must admit that I think I look very good in them, too).






Everyone should really go and read the interview if only to see the photography--Brad is a master at what he does. His photography is absolutely beautiful. And I highly suggest subscribing to Seeing the Everyday. It's a quarterly magazine and it's absolutely advertisement free--it's amazing how moving a magazine can be when it's not interrupted with ads.

Moving on--I let Jeremy open his birthday present tonight even though his birthday isn't until the 21st. It's so he has something to occupy him while I go visit my parents and my dogs this weekend. And so that he doesn't waste his birthday putting together his computer instead of having fun with me. :) He was very excited. It's a new computer case to go with his recently purchased new computer. And it's huge. And it looks like a Transformer (at least I think it does).

Jeremy just suggested moving the office around. I asked him how he wanted to re-arrange it. He said he wanted to switch his desk with the bookcase.

So that the window on his new computer case would be the first thing you see when you walk in the door.

Hahaha! Oh, how I love him. He is so proud of his wiring capabilities.

I'm on vacation until the 18th. Be back then. Going home to visit my mom for her birthday.

Back at Work and Got a Treasury

First:


I got a treasury last night. You can view it here. Please give it some love as I think it's definitely front page worthy in its vibrancy and happiness.

Second:

I'm back at work and I still feel like death's roadkill.

I don't like working. I like my job, but I don't like having to come everyday and do it. Especially when I feel like this.

So I really need to get on the ball. Judging from my sales these past three months, if I stepped it up marketing-wise AND painting-wise so I had greater inflow, I could hopefully make a go of Etsy as a full-time gig within the year. And then when I'm sick I don't have to worry about using my vacation/sick time and not being able to take a day off with my husband later in the year. That's my dream. To be able to set my own schedule. That would be heaven for me.

On an unrelated note, my husband's birthday present came to my work today. It's huge and I have no idea how I can possibly get it into the Mini. That's the only downside of the Mini--very limited trunk space. Even laying down the seats, I don't think the hatchback is wide enough to let the box through. I got him a new Silverstone computer case. I suppose I could take it out of the box if it came to that.

Bigger problem: How do I hide something that size?!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Bleh

I'm so sick. I want to crawl into a hole and sleep. Or die. And then come back to life once I'm better.

Ugh.

Monday, February 9, 2009

And the winner is...

Joni!


She'll be receiving an 8 x 8 gallery wrapped canvas with the painting of her choice on it. Congratulations, Joni!

Also, everyone really needs to go and check out her shop and her art at 1000 Markets--Click here to see her shop. She is amazing with pastels and oil paints! Someday I aspire to be as talented with those mediums as she is.

Also, for one of the most innovative painting surfaces I've ever seen, check out her crushed can art at her Etsy shop.

To everyone else who entered, thank you very much for your participation and your wonderful comments--I appreciate them all! Keep checking back for future giveaways--they're fun so I'll definitely be doing more of them!

Now, it's time for me to get some sleep. I've come down with a respiratory infection over the weekend and I'm really needing some rest. My husband has it, too, only worse so he's been coughing every morning until around 5 a.m. We finally got him some codeine cough medicine today and hopefully that will help him (and me) get some sleep tonight.

A bit of good news before I sign off. My grandfather made the front page of Etsy yet again--this time in a front page curated by the admin of Etsy! His Country Road painting is in the middle of the top row.

You can purchase the original here and the art print here.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Free Painting!!


To celebrate 50 blog followers, I'm giving away a free painting! Here's how to enter:

1. Visit my Etsy Shop, ArtsAfire
2. Tell me what you think I should make more of--should I do more trees? Should I do more abstract pieces?
3. Come back here and leave a comment with your answer and a valid e-mail address for me to contact you at--if you don't want to leave your e-mail address here, just send me a little e-mail at artsafire.etsy@gmail.com and tell me which comment was yours
4. IMPORTANT: You have to leave a comment here even if you e-mail me to be entered to win the free painting.



For More Chances to Win:
1. Visit my Grandfather's Etsy Shop, ArtByJay and tell me your favorite painting
2. Sign up for my bi-monthly newsletter (which will give you a second entry in this drawing, but will also enter you for the bi-monthly free paintings for newsletter subscribers)--leave a comment if you signed up so that I don't get you mixed up with random people signing up
3. Blog or Twitter (with @ArtsAfire in your twitter) about this and leave me your link in a comment

Whoever wins will have a say in what kind of painting they would like. I will paint it for them. If you would like a tree painting but you'd like a blue sky or a sunset, I'll do that for you. If you would like a miniature version of my action painting, let me know your preferred colors and I'll do that. If you would like a textured painting, I can do that for you, too. And so on.

Contest will be open until 5 p.m. MT (4:00 PST) on Monday, February 9th.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Featured Etsy Seller and Best Children's Room Makeover

This week my favorite Etsy seller is Stelabird! I discovered her through an amazing owl-themed treasury and immediately fell in love with all her plush creations--her owls, in particular.

Owl Snuggly

I'm particularly a fan of Stelabird because she got her start in much the same way that I did--as a release from studying and stress!

From her profile on Etsy:
"Well, hello there! I'm Estela. I'm a recent graduate from Oklahoma State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences. I started Stelabird to escape from studying and I have not stopped since. I'm happiest when creating! I'm young at heart and love the cute things in life."

Speaking of cute:
Burl (the Squirrel)--isn't that a great name?

Meet Burl!
He worries more than is needed
He enjoys black coffee
He hoards; pencils, acorns, cake, music. You name it, he hoards it
He loves to play keys

Everyone go check out Stelabird today! You'll love her stuff!!



Also....

Today I ran across Creature Comfort's blog and she had just posted about her daughter's bedroom makeover. It is fantastic and actually makes me want to start having children. But I don't think "I want to be able to decorate her/his room!" is not a valid reason for jumping into the "children" boat prematurely. I think we'll probably just wait until we're both absolutely ready.

Everyone should check out the whole blog because it's really great, but if you just want to check out the specific makeover entry, click here.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Gorgeous Golden Treasury!!

I was put into the most gorgeous treasury today! It's based on gold (because it's tax time and everyone could use some!).

Aptly Titled: I'm One Hold With the IRS - Click Here to give it some love so it can make front page!



Now, make sure you check out the post below (from this morning) and check out the great Etsy sellers featured on my wish list!!

Wednesday's Wish List

To showcase some of my very favorite Etsy sellers, here is my wish list this week. Obviously I can't get them all. But maybe, if my husband is paying attention, I can get something from this list for Valentine's Day:



I've certainly given him enough to choose from.

Key to Sellers:
(1-4)MolecularMuse, (5)Messicakes, (6)NakedDecor, (7-8)TheBedside, (9)TrystByKerry, (10)BeadsintheBelfry, (11)morelle, (12)NeatThings, (13-14)PhippsArt, (15-19)Metalicious, (20)CoutureToAdore

Monday, February 2, 2009

Great Marimekko Desktop Wallpapers


Click here to get some great Marimekko desktop wallpapers.


I'm thinking I'll redesign this blog around one of them. Particularly the orange slices, which is my current desktop background.



And now, because I've been tagged several times and have done nothing about it, here are my 25 things about myself so you can get to know the Sara behind the artist.

1. I was born in Texas, lived in Utah for half of my life, and Minnesota the other half. So I consider myself a Texan--that way if we move there (which is where we'd like to end up) I already have an "in."

2. I only have maybe 3 teeth that haven't been worked on or aren't a crown or cap. But I brush and floss and use mouth wash. I hate my mouth. As I type this I'm drooling from this morning's Novocaine which didn't feel like kicking in during the appointment but now, after it's all over, it just won't quit.

3. I have a new art business that I'm starting up. Going well so far. :)

4. My mother is my best friend because really, there's no one cooler. But my husband is pretty cool, too. So actually, it's a tie there. I have two best friends.

5. I eat my M&M's in complimentary colors (blue & orange, red & green). It's always made me angry that there is no purple to go with the yellow so I have to eat the brown with the yellow. Sometimes I just skip that color combination.

6. The Metropolitan Museum has read my blog and linked to it for the entire world to see. That was a good day.

7. New York City is my very favorite place in the entire world.

8. My husband and I have watched the entire series of The Office at least 10 times.

9. I sometimes dream of working for a big museum, like the Met, the Louvre, or the MoMA, in art restoration.

10. I'm going to get my master's degree in either art history and curatorial studies or painting when we figure out where we'll be when Jeremy graduates next year. Or maybe art restoration if we're in one of the two places that really offer it.

11. I hate snow so much that I skipped most of my winter classes at BYU pretty much every year. And then just studied really hard. And I did well.

12. I love being a marketing manager but the first chance I get to quit and stay at home and paint--I'm outta here.

13. My husband and I have been in the same place at the same time several times in our life. But we met on the internet.

14. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland is my favorite ride of all time.

15. I always have plans for my evenings but I end up being super lazy and watching reality TV, like American Idol and Rock of Love.

16. Diane Keaton makes me want to claw my eyes out and shove red hot pokers in my ears so I don't have to see or hear her.

17. Half of the time, I'm thinking of absolutely nothing.

18. I own 6 iPods, but I'm giving one to my mother, so then I'll own five.

19. Last night I won the "grocery bill estimate" game against Jeremy. $75.

20. Being short increases my dislike for wet weather. It gets all my jeans wet because they drag on the ground.

21. I'm getting tired of my hair. Again. I'll never be able to grow it out.

22. I blog daily.

23. I kind of panic whenever someone I don't know very well talks to me--especially at church.

24. Eeyore makes me really happy.

25. I Twitter. It's very fun.

Later Today (probably tonight): ACEO of the Day