So much has happened in the past month and I'm way behind the times here. I'll try to catch up.
Let's see... some interesting mail came just before I left for NH, and some came while I was gone. First was that 20 Things project. Some very interesting art there, I need to go back and revisit it all now that I'm not in a rush. All in all, a very cool project. I also got a new painting from Jacqueline Myers-Cho and she sent some amazing little goodies that included some items from some of my LJ friends (a beautiful bird nest bookmark by Seattle artist, Bridgette Guerzon Mills at Amano Books and a fun mini painting by Seattle artist Tara Ross) and also a way-cool "monsta apron" for Luke. Then I made a trade for some beads for these colorful note cards by Artist Sheri Burhoe - very nice, and I don't think I'll want to send them out to anyone! While I was gone, the very cool copper toggles made by my Wet Canvas friend Hollie came - check them out and stay tuned for some jewelry made with them! Oh, speaking of Wet Canvas friends, I also got a fabulous pair of earrings from Tam - they are my new summer favs. Check out the rest of her shop, she's making some really nice summer jewelry right now. Oh, and we got two paintings from Frank's sister, Michelle, one is of our old Tree House View, and another is a tie-dye peace symbol for Luke - I still need to photograph those for her site.
Here is a picture of Luke being a monster in his new apron:
In other news, I finished a book - book 10 it seems, can that be? The year is half over and I'm only up to book 10. Well, it was a good one. Anansi Boys - by Neil Gaiman. It was REALLY good.
I think that's about it really... can that be? Just garden, Luke's last days of school, and our trip east. I already wrote about all the home improvments. Oh! The Edmonds Art Festival! Here are some artists that caught my eye: Judy Wise, Jennifer Bowman, Noelle Dass, Diane Culhane, Sacred Stone, and Vivid Arts.
And then the 4th, how could I forget? We had a 3rd and a 4th this year, my grandfather was able to make it to our party on the 3rd, he had a great time and I think really enjoyed getting out of his house for the first time in a month. And the 4th, though spent mostly flying from one side of the country to the other, was also good, fireworks in Edmonds exceeded expectations and though it meant Luke and I were up for 22 hours straight in order to see them, were well worth the effort. Here's a shot of Luke drawing in the night sky with a sparkler:
And here is a flower blooming by my back door, a Passionflower I think? It looks like fireworks too, or something that might bite you and poison you to death. Pretty fun, so many happy surprises in this new garden of mine.
Ok, I'm caught up now.