Thursday, May 27, 2010

someone's having a giveaway!

1. embroidered notebook, 2. revamping my shop, 3. Untitled, 4. Untitled

Head over here to The Little Red House blog and read an interview with Brooke Schmidt, and leave a comment for a chance to win some clay magnets like the ones in the photo. (comments will be accepted until midnight tonight)

I've been enjoying Brooke's blog and flickr photos (which is where these four photos are from) and she has some wonderful offerings in her etsy shop.

*mosaic made with flickr toys*

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Unity Wave Coalition on the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

On Friday, May 21, 2010, at 11:00 PM (UTC +0), join the Wave to Restore the Gulf. This fifteen minute segment features the words God and Love sung in many languages. Everyone is welcome!

Those who spoke before are speaking again in one voice. This is the time of power and transition. This is the Time to gather as one Voice, one Heart and one Mind.

Many compassionate hearts are already dedicating intention, prayer, meditation, service, mass, circle, dance, chant and song. In harmony all can come together in one universal Wave.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

first one out!!

This was so much fun to see! The video was recorded, you can watch it here...

Saturday, May 15, 2010

from the oven...

The toaster oven that is...

I made one more mold (see the original two here), from the other side of the shell piece, the one that looked like it had poppy seeds on it :-). You can see that on the left side in the top photo. Then I molded some polymer clay with some scraps that I had. One is white with a little ecru mixed in, the other may be black mixed with silver, I'm not sure. These are just straight out of the oven, no sanding or painting. I just wanted to see what I could make with the molds and show the results here for inspiration.

One thing that I found myself doing when trying to get the right amount of clay into the mold, was to squash the clay in, and then take it out and tear off the excess and remold it until I was happy with the back of the piece. In the future, I would probably also texture the back or add some other detail to it. For now, I just wanted to see how it would look and feel.

after the storm

after the storm

after the storm
Originally uploaded by cindyjean

Friday, May 14, 2010


These are the molds after popping the shell pieces out of them, after the mold sets for 25 minutes. The light is fading, spring thunderstorm coming in...yummm ;-).

making molds...

Inspired by Shannon's post at ArtBeadScene to pull out some beach finds and my molding putty...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

just in case...

Not trying to promote anything ;-), but the Molly the Owl e-book that is being produced to document the barn owl box experience will be going up in price on Friday at 5pm PST. The preorder price is $4.99 right now, and it will go up to $9.99 tomorrow night. I wasn't sure if I wanted it, but I decided that it would be a nice memento to have, and it seems to be something that will be very nicely put together. It also benefits wildlife as well as helping Carlos and Donna to recoup their expenses from the investment in the owl box, cameras, etc. I think they've done an amazing job with all of this!

The link to merchandise is here,

and this is a video interview that Carlos did with the illustrator of the book...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

all four owlets...


I am testing out Picasa's capabilities for uploading photos...

I found these growing in the garden recently. I was surprised to see them there, but now that I have looked them up, I find that it's not so much of a surprise. They seem to be Spanish Bluebells, also known as Wood Hyacinth. Very pretty, even the names are pretty, but also a plant that can grow anywhere and could possibly spread all over the garden! My plan is to get some large pots to transfer some of the herbs and flowers that seem to want to overgrow our garden space. There won't be any room for veggies otherwise! The weather's been so unpredictable, hopefully I'll be able to get something planted before the summer heat takes over.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

drawing and thrifting...

Picking up the pencils again...I finally decided where to start in my moleskine journal that I've had for awhile...

I'm enjoying Steven Aimone's book, Expressive Drawing. It has to go back to the library very soon, so I will put in a request again, and keep looking for a good price for it online. It's a beautiful book, and very motivating for me.

Yesterday I went to the thrift store, hoping to find some good frying pans and maybe some dishes and bowls...things keep wearing out and breaking here :-). Instead I found these...

My guys had a friend over yesterday. He brought his amp and guitar, and they got to see how it feels to practice together (Mike on drums, George on guitar)...wish I had some photos, but didn't want to spoil the energy that was happening between time.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

steppin' out...

This is the latest from the Owl Box...see my previous post here if you don't know what I'm talking about. The owlets are just about about ready to start making forays out of the box. Carlos has set up the outside camera differently so this will be easier to see at night.
This video was recorded May 8th and is about 12 minutes long. At about 2:50 the owlet steps onto the edge of the box. Not very exciting maybe, but a first for this brood of owls, and so very sweet to see ;-)
[Click on the play button at the bottom to stay here, or the screen itself to jump to the Ustream site. ]
You may want to set your volume down low, as the owlets are very close to the microphone so they sound quite loud.