Thursday, March 26, 2015

Out and About – Marmot Photographic Art

I always enjoy it when a customer sends in a photo of themselves wearing one of my creations or showing a photographic art piece off in its new surroundings. Even better is running into one of your creations in person after it has found a new home.

I had the pleasure of seeing a gallery wrapped photographic art print of mine, a marmot titled "Food?", when my husband and I visited the BRIT earlier this year. While we were taking a tour of the facility, one of the researchers asked if I would like to see what a co-worker had done to the marmot he had purchased from me for his office. While I wasn't sure what to think about something being done to my artwork, I said we would love to come up after we were finished with the tour. I needn't have worried about what had been done to my artwork though, I totally loved it. It was fun, creative and didn't actually involve any alterations to the print itself. I can't wait to see what fun thing the marmot does next.

Speaking of fun, I have found the people who work and volunteer at the BRIT to be very passionate about what they do and have a lot of fun doing it. Whether you have young or old kids or an empty nest, I strongly suggest if you are in the area that you head over to the BRIT for their upcoming Prairie Day, a celebration of native landscapes of North Texas. This year the BRIT's Prairie Day with be Saturday, May 16 from 9am – 1pm. You can see birds of prey, listen to live music, make craft projects and go on guided prairie walks to name a few of the fun activities waiting for you. Much more information is located on their Prairie Day page.

I plan on going again this year. You can see some images I took of a screech owl last year in an earlier blog post.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy First Day of Spring 2015

My pear tree is in full bloom and looks like spring. It is right on time considering spring officially begins this evening, March 20, at 5:45 CDT. However, it has been the bulbs in my garden this year that have been giving me hope that spring really would be coming soon even when winter hung around long after it had worn out its welcome.

It started with two varieties of paperwhites followed by February Gold and 4 other varieties of daffodils and jonquils. My favorite spring bulb growing up was crocus. They often bravely poked up their pretty little flowers through the snow. I have not had luck getting them to repeat in North TX but I do have some hyacinths that I planted in a micro climate that they are happy with and have just begun to bloom once again this year.

If you got snow today on your first day of spring, may it melt soon and may you see signs of impending spring in your area. If you already have spring blooming bulbs popping up, you might want to run out to the nursery for some spring flowering annual companions to plant near by. Later as the foliage of the bulbs ripens and dies back, the annuals will have gotten larger and begun flowering to help disguise the retreating bulb foliage. By allowing the foliage to fully ripen and not cutting it back prematurely, you will help your bulbs store the needed energy to produce a good flush of flowers next spring too.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pi Day 2015

March 14 is almost here, what are you going to do to celebrate? Celebrate what you say? Why, Pi Day of course! (π = 3.14, March 14 = 3/14)

Ok, I admit it, I like math so I think it is fun that someone noticed the connection with the date and helped turn it into a day that at least math geeks around the world have fun with and celebrate. This year in particular is pretty fun in that on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 the first 10 digits of π will be represented by the date and time.

And this year I finally have something fun in my EclecticSkeptic shop for the math geek that is related to pi. When I looked back through my blog I noticed that I mentioned two years ago that I needed to come up with some pi goodies. My first one is a matted 8 x 10 image that puts together several fun ideas I had while riffing on pi. Probably the most obvious is the morphing of pi to pie, which I represented, not with a sweet pie but a savory mushroom and chicken quiche (pie). The image of the round pie also brings to mind the pun, "Pi aren't square, pi are round" that I often hear in my mind when thinking of the equation for the circumference of a circle (C = πr2). Then I got to thinking of the phrase "Let them eat cake" and thought it would be more fun with the word "pie". But instead of using pi or π to replace pie, the science geek in me used elements from the periodic table to spell pi.

If your eyes have not yet glazed over at my description of my recent creation (the image, not the quiche – my hubby cooked that and it was delicious) then you just might know someone that needs to hang it in their home or would enjoy one of my other math geek goodies. If not, I hope I at least made you smile and gave you a good excuse to have some pie of your choosing on March 14.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Thanks for the Treasuries - February 2015

Six Etsy shop owners and one Etsy team let me know they had featured one or more of my items in treasuries during February. Eighteen February Etsy treasuries, that treasury makers let me know about, included one of my creations and five treasuries featured one item from each of my shops. You can see a collage below of my items from EDCCollective and EclecticSkeptic that were featured during February. Some of them were featured in more than one treasury. (Click on the collage to see a larger view.)

I really appreciate being featured by the treasury makers. To thank them, I have listed below a link to the Etsy sellers that let me know they had featured one or more of my items, as well as an item from their shop that I like. You will also see information about the TexasFriendsTeam that also featured items of mine.

Enjoy window shopping and please click on the links of anything that catches your eye.

This shop offers handmade jewelry made of glass, semi-precious stone, shell, and wood and takes custom orders too.

If you have a wine connoisseur who happens to appreciate hand made items look no further than this shop's wonderful creations.

This shop owner turns graphics into button dangle earrings, hair clips & keychains.

Decorate your walls with shabby cottage romance style wall art from this shop.

Here you will find handmade, hand painted jewelry ready to be shipped to you.

This shop is filled vintage decor items from Istanbul.

Past, present and future Texans are welcome and encouraged to join this team. The only real rules of the group are to promote friendly, The TX Way, and be respectful to all who participate.