The playdate at Summerland Cottage Studio in the beautiful town of Laguna Beach has been set!
It will be Sat, Sept. 25 from 10 am - 5 pm.
You will be in awe upon entering the enchanting brick wall of the historical cottage grounds. This charming cottage has it's own old Hollywood history but I assure you it's not the history that will charm you. It's the artistic talents of it's current owner, Paulette Adams that will keep you enthralled thru out the day.
We will break for a gourmet box lunch catered by the Cheese Cave in Claremont. Between all the delectable goodies we will chat, laugh and share creative secrets on the lawn overlooking the ocean.
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Please feel free to visit Paulette's blog to view her stunning artwork at http://www.summerlandcottagestudio.blogspot.com/
Friday, August 27, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I can tell you there will be wonderful food, wonderful workshops and of course the most wonderful party favors in a most wonderful place where only creative brave souls dare to meet! Stay tuned...playdates are important!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Since I have not had those artistic feelings I decided it was time to do some work on the house. This is my tiny powder room downstairs. I painted the sinkbase probably 12 years ago when I saw these darling pottery benches in the accessory displays at Nordstrom. I loved the color combos but knew my little house could not possibly use another piece of furniture so I decided to paint the sink base instead. My husband was away for the weekend climbing Mt Whitney so I figured that was the time. It's always easier to do projects when he's gone so I don't have to hear "Are you sure you know what you're doing?" Well, I remember having my son saying "Are you sure dad's going to be alright with this?" It's never easy making a decision to completely change something in the house, especially something mounted to the walls! I loved the way it came out tho, and I still love it to this day.
Our walls were papered during the 80's wallpaper age and when we tore the paper down we had the walls professionally painted. We have always done things ourselves but we were doing pretty good financially when we decided not to paint the kitchen and bath at that time. After 2 years the paint started chipping like crazy. I think they didn't get all the wallpapaer paste off or it could have been cheap paint, but whatever, it was a mess! So I papered the walls 3/4's the way up with a green and white stripe and did a black and white checked border above it. It was adorable but time took it's toll on the wallpaper and having 2 males in the house didn't help matters! I have been putting off redoing this because I absolutely loved this room and didn't know what else to do with it. Peeling, chipped walls or new wallpaper that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? I just didn't want to let go.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
The process of mosaic is very calming. We used broken dishes, seashells and lots of small tiles. As we were piecing it all together I couldn't help but notice how this process mimics our lives and my own spiritual walk. As each broken piece gets glued to the pot, you are in essence, trying to make something beautiful from brokeness. Isn't that exactly what God is trying to do with each one of us every single day? In the process, some of the pieces fall off just as we do striving for perfection in our lives. Just like the pieces of glass, we get picked up and put back onto that pot and try to hang on only to fall off once again. Perfection in these pots, just as in our lives is not possible but after finishing, we found we had indeed made something beautiful from all the broken pieces.
I could have thrown out all of my shattered shards but I'm thankful now that I didn't. Our God doesn't do that with us...no, He makes us into something beautiful no matter how many times we fall. Ok, so it's Sunday and I'm feeling a bit spiritual, what can I say?
The pot above was not made in the class. I did a more basic teaching of the craft. Each pot came out so unique to each personality and it was an enjoyable experience getting to know these women this weekend. The pot above took a bit of intricate cutting and planning to get the face. The rim is filled with shells, coral, buttons, sea glass and much more. She has enjoyed her stay in the yard this season filled with chamonmile. The herb is fading and I think her new hair will be made of succulants.