Thursday, January 31, 2008


The Lunar New Year challenge... Show off your best work for the Chinese New Year on Feb. 7th. I will participate if you will.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Route 66

I went today to visit my girlfriend and we took our own tour of Route 66, what an adventure it was.

When there was a beautiful rainbow I knew it was going to be a great day.

Then the light was shining thru the clouds with the mountains as the back drop
Ate at Molly Brown's Country Cafe... Yummy
Ran into a cross street with the same name as my middle name "Swan"
Saw alot of glass bottles - I found some art in this
Day of inspiration; I had the urge to start painting again; I have not used this media is some time.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Old Town Orange

On Saturday I went antique shopping in hopes to find something to put on the mantel, no such luck. However I did come across some hidden treasures, there was a case that had silver dollars for sale $8.95 years 1918-1942. Wow I said to myself, it seems that the person selling this had not updated there case in quite some time. The price of silver has gone up to $16 and some change so you can imagine my excitement. As I waited in line there were bins of old postcards, some written on, some blank… this is where the true treasures were found. It was so exciting to see what people were writing about in 1914 and 1955, such nostalgia for the time.

Take a look at some of the postcards I got below.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Art Of Entertainment

One thing that I love most is entertaining, so you can imagine how exciting it was to learn that OCB was going to be at my house this month. OCB (orange county bastards) is where my Mother and Father in-laws drive all the way from Claremont to visit there two children.

When entertaining, all you need is some good food and good company, we got it last night. James dressed up like a horse to play with our niece, gave his father a scare by picking him up. Watched a very scary move Stuart Little, and got to catch up with the family.

Here are some pictures:

Monday, January 7, 2008

Moon Cakes

Moonc Cakes???

What in the world it that you may ask. It is a very special cake from China with egg custard inside, you can only get these moon cakes at certain times of the year (around October). I personally do not like the taste of them, but others tell me there heavenly. This is a very big thing in some parts of China; they typically sell the cakes in pretty tins or boxes. The last time I was there in October I picked up a few knowing I would use the tins at a later time.

This project below did not come with out frustration, the crystals did not want to stick on. The biggest mistake was buying Preciosa over Swarovski, I did buy some Swarovski and there is such a difference in the application. This is probably why I choose Swarovski when making Jewelry. They are just a step ahead of the rest.

The two pictures below show different prespectives and angle technology. My new camera will be arriving in the mail soon, I look forward to learning photo art a bit more.

Universal Letter Writing Week

I was just informed of the Universal Letter Writing Week from January 8-15. Here are some tips and tricks that can be used for Snail Mail.

1. Find or make a cool stamp or even a drawing that is your signature - this can be your icon to let the person who receives the letter know who it is from. Place it on the back where you would put a heat stamp, (like in the olden days)

2. In the letter you should always have a beginning a middle and an ending.

3. A letter can feel more personal if you ask the reader what is going on in there world. (this also helps initiate a letter back)

4. When my mother used to write me while I was at camp she would do little doodles at the bottom of the page with sceens from home. This was a nice touch and I still remember them today.

Have fun writing.