Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Thank you Mrs. Pom

I received my Cloth Paper Scissors Nov issue a few days ago.  Normally I would read it from back to front before I do anything else, the day it comes in the mail.  Back to front because our Mrs. Poms article is in the back and that is how I like to start reading CPS.  This time was different because I knew it was Loretta Benedetto Marvels last article in CPS.  As usual her article was inspiring, uplifting and I love the ending, keep buying magazines... and I cannot capture in my own words how Loretta writes it so you will have to read your magazine to see what I am talking about! 
I met Loretta Benedetto Marvel at Art Is... You, she hosts the morning journaling, soul searching events before your day gets going.  She helps us think outside the box, she teaches us to let go and just do. What a freeing concept!  She helps you find your art soul and teaches you how to hang on to it and let it grow.

Loretta, you have inspired me in so many ways, you will never know. Thank you!!!!
xox Colleen

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday at the Coventry Regional Farmers Market

Today was a crisp fall day and I vended at our Market for the last time this year outdoors.  It was a bitter sweet day as it is my last outdoor show of the year.  Our market is amazing, from coffee and teas to honey, beef, chicken and pork, fruits, veggies and flowers, organic cotton clothing and woolen wonders.  Fantastic photography breads, pastries.  Delish food vendors, kettle corn, maple delights, jewelry, and on and on.  Here are some pictures from todays market, and I would like to thank Thea and Rose for coming from Rhode Island to visit our market and to see me!  Enjoy!
From veggies to organic cotton...

My friend Dot Drobneys wonderful photography!

Wonderful food vendors

Merianos Bakery, amazing pasta and pastries

Farm to Hearths wood fired oven, the dome shaped thing in the background.  Melissa and Todd make the best pizzas and they use fresh cheese, meats and veggies from the vendors at the market.  You can see the wonderful breads all lined up for us to buy and eat!

Jams in the background, teas and herbs in the front, I was set up right next to the teas and herbs, and the smell was heavenly!

Got peppers and eggplant from Windham Gardens.

Windham Gardens has the most spectacular flowers, every single Sunday!

Some of my work, Moonfaerie Designs

More of my work

Laura Craig Stone, one of the Markets photographers posing for my pic!

What a sweetie, and she has her maple syrup, so all is good with the world!

Dogs are welcome at the Market, vendors put water bowls out for them in the summer.  There is a vendor who sells doggie treats!

Halloween is around the corner...

My hubby Rick and Sue Muldoon, one of the Market photographers and the wonderful woman who helped me get my social media up and running!  She rocks.    So does my hubby!

More of my work at Moonfaerie Designs

Thursday, October 20, 2011

my beloved bunnikins

I fell in love with bunnies when I saw one in a pet store window about 15 years ago.  I was so surprised when I was given a rabbit cage for my birthday one year.  We went to the pet store and I saw all the buns there and fell in love with a jet black bun who was yawning so big she could have swallowed herself.  She came home that evening and I named her Flopsy after the bunny in Peter Rabbit.  She weighed less than 3 pounds and she was my buddy.  She sat on one foot while the other foot was on the sewing machine pedal and she was my sewing bun!  She nibbled holes in several quilts I made and the original name of my business was Cottontail Quilts by Colleen.  She passed away from cancer when she was about 9.  I remember setting triage up in the dining room with the iv bag hanging from the chandalier to give her fluids to save on vet bills.  When she passed I thought I could never love another bun but I was missing her so much I asked our vet if they knew where I could get one from a breeder.  He recommended The House Rabbit Society.  I called and spoke with a woman named Deb who is now a dear friend of mine.  She had me visit a foster home and I fell in love with an all white bun with blue eyes and her name was Cassandra, I called her Cassie.  She was lonely so Rodney came to live with us. Rodney was so cute, he had a big head and sweet disposition.  Cassie and Rodney became fast friends.  When Rodney got sick with Head Tilt, Cassie was his nurse and let him lean on her.  When Rodney passed my heart broke.  Rodney was my confident, the only one I could tell all my sadness to and he understood me in a really sad time in my life.  Cassie was my only bun at that point and we had fun together.  I tried to bond her with other bunnies but she would not have it.  All the time I had my own buns I fostered bunnies for the House Rabbit Society.  Harry Potter came as a foster and we were hoping he and Cassie would get along, but she slightly tolerated him through the cages.  When Cassie passed an went over the Rainbow Bridge,  my heart was broken again. Harry Potter was the only one left, my foster bun. He was a little love but unadoptable since he nipped.  He was so sweet and as Rick called him, a funny little rabbit. Harry Potter and our puhuahua Rosie were good friends.  When my studio moved downstairs I had to stop fostering, I was concerned that some of the glues and other things I use in my art could hurt the bunnies.  Harry Potter was in sanctuary at my friend Debs house when he passed this morning.  I was supposed to go to see him tomorrow evening and I am so sad that I will never see him again.  Bunnies are wonderful pets, so loving in their own way.  They are intelligent and can entertain themselves with a toilet paper roll stuffed with timothy hay.  I will miss them all dearly.  I have scattered each one of my buns ashes under the lilac bush in the backyard where the wild buns romp.  I have scattered them on the Summer Soltice, when the veil between the earth and the everafter is thinnest.  The fae come to our land and carry off their spirits.  My friend Deb was kind enough to offer Harry Potters ashes to me to scatter with all my other beloved.  I am forever grateful for her kindness in this. Here are pictures of my buns that I will always keep in my heart. I do not have any of Flopsy on my computer yet but here are Cassie, Rodney and Harry Potter.  They were all dwarf buns, and weighed between 2.5 and 4 lbs.

Harry Potter

Cassie and Rodney, this picture does not show Cassies blue eyes.

Rodney loved to chew sticks!

Cassie playing Rapunzel in her Bunny Cottage.

True love.  Cassie and Rodney. I imagine this is how they are over the Rainbow Bridge.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

art is... you memories part 2

Now that I have shown you my classes, let me take you into the world of the wonderful people at Art Is... You!
 Sallianne, Di and Ellen.   Sallianne and Ellen are our wonderful leaders of Art Is...You! WE LOVE THEM| We love Di as well!!
For the 5th yr celebration, Loretta created 2 beautiful canvases for Sallianne and Ellen and they were surprised at vendor night.
The adorable Anne Hesse

Benny, it was great to pet a doggie every day!

Angela, Pammy and Anne

Sallianne, JoAnnA, Jane and Ruth

Aaron and Jenny, they are so cute!!

The lovely Lesley and Kecia, I love these ladies!

Kecia and Jane at the Flamingo Race.  I won this event and received a trophy and medal created by the wonderful Mz BEE, Miss Marlene.

Kecia getting ready for class

Keith Lo Bue getting ready for class

The lovely Leighanna Light and her new doll.

Loey and Tracy

I know I used ths picture yesterday but Loretta is so special she deserves 2 entrys!!

Mr De Meng

Sisters-- Ellen and Mariah. We also had a few mother daughters here.  So nice!!

Thomas Ashmann, Leighanna Light and Dawn Gold

21 of us participated in an ornament swap with a Suessical theme, the theme of this years Art Is... You.  Here is Dianne opening her ornaments.
We created 9 and received 8 back.  The 9th one was donated to Sarahs House, a cancer house that Stan, a member of Taryn and Scotts family is building.  Taryn and Scott own Navel Jelly Studios and have an amazing retreat in the summer up in Maine and it is called Art in the Rough.  Yes you take classes and your home is a tent!  It is so much fun.

Some of the ornaments that were created.

Taryn and Scott receiving the ornaments.

Tilly gave us henna tattoos

My henna tattoo right after Tilly created it, just for me!!

A tribute to Steve Jobs that was on every table at breakfast.

Thank you for joining me on my tour of memories.  Art Is... You is a special time for me and I hope you like this. I hope to see you next October at
Art Is...YOU.
xox Colleen

Friday, October 14, 2011

art is... you memories

My starfish in resin.
 I took an evening class with the one and only Keith Lo Bue.  Keith is a one of a kind teacher and makes things so easy to learn.  I added an old page from a book, placed it in a tin, added a starfish, a lens, some shells around the edge and then added resin.  Of course there are more steps to make it all come together but if you want to know them you will have to take Keiths class.
The picture did not come out that good as I was having glare on the resin issues and my hubby the photographer was not home.

Ruth shows us how to color fabric.
I was at home in Ruth Raes class, fabrics, vintage lace, ahhhhh!  
My comfort zone. I learned how to layer different mediums, fabric, paper, and to write with my sewing machine.
Fabrics, and lace, and ribbons, sigh...

My work in Ruth Raes class.
Mrs Pom, aka Loretta, fed our souls in the morning with her exercises.  Very freeing and she really does help you find your art soul.  Loretta is one remarkable woman.

Morning fun with Mrs Pom.  

Prepping canvas in Jodi Ohls class.

I took a class with Nancy Lefko, and we used molding paste to create texture and water soluable crayons to paint with. I learned not to be afraid to draw and my sunflower rocks!!

       I took two classes with the wonderful Jodi Ohl.  We used mixed media and acrylic paints and created groovy little villages and owls!  What freeing classes for me with paints!

Groovy Little Faerie Villages, I have a faerie dog house in the canvas on the right.

Whoo are You!