Thursday, April 14, 2011

{Good Read} Tomi Ungerer...

I had a chance to pop into one of my favorite shops called IDEAL a few weekends ago. (Last October, I had a trunk show at IDEAL & posted about it here if you would like a peek into the shop.) I was actually meeting up with one of the two owners, Lisa to hang out & chat about design, books & motherhood that day. But, I fit in a browse through the shop before we left & ended up purchasing two books, Moon Man & The Three Robbers. Lisa is a lover of children's books too & recommended them, plus I was immediately drawn to the illustrations. When I got home, I realized that I had another book illustrated by Tomi Ungerer called, Snail, where are you?, that I got for Sayer a long time ago. Lisa had also reminded me about another one of his books, Crictor, that I remembered really liking as a kid. So it appears that I've enjoyed his work for a some time now.

{The Three Robbers}

{Moon Man}

{Snail, where are you?}


A few days after I bought those cool Tomi Ungerer books at IDEAL, I stumbled on this post  when I was cruising through my favorite blogs. Not only did I  become even more enchanted with this artist & writer, but I discovered that I had just bought a book that he had illustrated (but didn't write) in the $1 bin at the thrift store a week prior called, Seeds and More Seeds. The illustrations are more like Crictor & I also liked the style of  typography.

I always enjoy learning about artists & writers and finding little interviews like this one. I can officially say that I'm a Tomi Ungerer fan. Are you? 

*Click here to see who the winner of the 5 Creative Bundle Competition is. Due to the interest in this competition, I posted on Wednesday rather than waiting for Fabric Friday

Hope you have a great weekend! Do you have anything fun planned?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

{Creative Bundle Competition} & the winner is...

This competition wasn't as simple as guessing the right number of jellybeans- this was a creative nail biter! It was head to head between Heather, Dawn & Kari for days- then at the last minute, the top entries were separated by just one vote each. The interest, participation, & creations by all were just fantastic! Thanks for making this so fun everyone! So without further adieu...
the winner is Kari & her lovely pillows & plush bear!  Congratulations Kari!!

A very close second place goes to Dawn & her sweet bunny & very close third place goes to Heather & her wonderful doll clothes!  It was truly a joy to see what you ladies created! Let's give a big round of *applause* to all 5 entries! You really inspire so many people. Thanks again to all of you that voted as well. Hope you all enjoy the rest of your week!

*First picture is an illustration by Art Seiden from the Little Golden Book, "Never Pat a Bear: A Book About Signs". 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

{Everyday Inspiration} A day of red & fuchsia...

Color is everywhere in the valley now. The tulips just started blooming & after our yellow & green  adventure last week, we decided to go immerse ourselves a different color yesterday.  The sun finally came out & we found a muddy  field of red to romp around in...

This field was bigger than the daffodil field we visited on Thursday. This one had a flower stand & Sayer wanted to get Chris some flowers since he didn't get to join us. He picked them out & bought them himself- he was very pleased with his purchase. I've learned over the years to really take advantage of tulip time in our area. It's nice to be able to explore the fields on days & at times that tourists aren't around. We usually have the fields to ourselves. The fields will be buzzy with activity next weekend I'm sure. So, here is my red & fuchsia inspiration for the week. What colors are you drawn to lately? 

Monday, April 11, 2011

{Music Monday} he's still got it...

Chris surprised me with a the new REM cd last week & we've been listening to it ever since. I have to say, Michael Stipe continues to be one of my artistic heros. As a fan since the '80's, I can always count on REM songs to conjure up great imagery. The lyrics, the vision, the detail, & in this case, the wardrobe gives me plenty of creative fuel. I do feel like an alligator going up the escalator most of the time too...  Happy Music Monday!  

Sunday, April 10, 2011

{Everyday Inspiration} shutterbug...

I've probably taken over 500 photos in the last 12 hours. Really...I don't think that's an exaggeration at all. I shoot (& think) much faster than I can edit & make-  always. There is also the dilemma of figuring out what project to work on first. I had the opportunity to take photos of a clay demonstration that Chris did at hutch studio today which was a lot of fun. I watched a lump of clay on the wheel, being transformed into a bunny right before my eyes. Before that however, I shot tons of photos of Sayer playing in his big boy room (that we have been working on a bit). Both places & faces I find visually interesting so I'm always going through the photos I shoot of them over & over again- picking out little details that I like. So, we'll see which ones I'll get to first. But before ALL of that- I need to finish 2 mobiles. Hmm, there isn't enough time in the day for everything I want to tackle.  What projects did you work on this weekend? 


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