That Jolie Girl Crafts

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Buckman Art Show and Sale

Buckman Art Show and Sale


Posted on Mar 23, 2010

Two weekends ago I attended the Buckman Art Show and Sale.  I'm embarrassed to admit I've never been to this show before.  I don't even know how that's possible, but now I've righted that wrong.  I had a tricky time just getting in because no food or drink is allowed.  Diana and I had to chug the coffees we purchased moments before the show.  Then the bouncer at the door told us that...

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Shamrock Run 2010

Shamrock Run 2010


Posted on Mar 22, 2010

I did it!  I ran a 5k!  Never in a million years would did I imagine that I would be running and happy about it.    I started running probably about a year ago.  It's not something I do well nor do I actually really enjoy it.  My husband took up running a couple of years ago.  It was a great way for him to get into shape and to lead a healthier life.  He even ran the Portland...

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The art at the SE Area Art Walk was just superb this year.  My favorite artist of the day was Brian Crane.  His tactile kinetic art is the most amazing thing I've seen in ages.  The piece above will travel down this ramp at the slightest touch.  It is easily hours and hours of entertainment.  We were spellbound. This ball of screws is pliable.  When you put your hand over the ball and lightly...

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iHanna’s Postcard Swap

iHanna’s Postcard Swap


Posted on Mar 8, 2010

My friends, Diana and Bettie, and I thought participating in iHanna’s Postcard Swap looked like great fun.  The basic swap gist: You send out 10 postcards you made and you will receive 10 unique postcards in return.  We spent a fun evening crafting our postcards.  We didn’t finish that night, but we all got a good handle on what we wanted to do.  It was also nice to socialize and brainstorm ideas with friends. Here are my...

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SE Area Art Walk

SE Area Art Walk


Posted on Mar 7, 2010

The SE Area Art Walk is something I look forward to every  year.  It gets bigger each time and this year had 100 artists showing their work in houses and businesses.  Maps are at most stops and you can meander through the neighborhood viewing incredible art.  It's always inspiring to see an artist's workspace.  I only bought 2 things this year.  The first was this bad ass bracelet by Adam...

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Wondrous Art Wednesday

Wondrous Art Wednesday


Posted on Mar 3, 2010

I learned about Lee Hazel last week at dinner with family friends.  When talking about family, they mentioned that their daughter-in-law is an amazing artist.  They talked on and on about how talented she is.  Well as you know, I love finding new art.  I couldn't wait to come home and google her.  Wow!  My friends weren't bias in their high praise.  She IS an amazing artist. ...

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A Party for Padre

A Party for Padre


Posted on Mar 1, 2010

My Father-in-law didn't want to have a formal funeral.  His wishes were for family and friends to gather together and to have a party in his honor.  We did just that this past weekend.  We wanted to get past the holidays and to have enough time pass that this could truly be a joyous occasion. My husband, sister-in-law and I hosted this event at Silver Falls.  We rented the same lodge my sister was married...

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Wondrous Art Wednesday

Wondrous Art Wednesday


Posted on Feb 24, 2010

Christopher Bibby is my WAW Artist for this week.  I was instantly drawn to his work because of all the geometric elements to his paintings.  All of the lines and squares are just so pleasing to me.  He is participating in the SE Art Walk which is coming up in a couple of weeks.  I hope I get the chance to see his work in person. I would love to have one of his pieces hanging in my...

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Dharma Bums Reunion

Dharma Bums Reunion


Posted on Feb 23, 2010

This past Saturday was a very fun and packed day.  That night we saw the Dharma Bums at the Crystal Ballroom.  The Dharma Bums are my husband's favorite band.  They are from his same small town and were a big influence in Portland in the early 1990's.  It's been 18 years since they played.  The concert was a fun reunion and my husband saw lots of childhood friends.  The night was filled...

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Wondrous Art Wednesday

Wondrous Art Wednesday


Posted on Feb 10, 2010

I definitely have glass on the brain.  I'm just so happy to get back into working with it after such a long dry spell.   I'm completely mesmerized by Andy Paiko's work.  The level of creative talent in Portland never ceases to amaze me.  These bell jars are stunning.  I can't wrap my brain around how complex and hard these must be to create.  This working seismograph is arty...

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