let’s see where was i…
oh yeah. i was just about to tell you how carol & i played marco polo in the pool.
and rode big beach bikes in the neighborhood.
and juggled lemons.
and all that was good and fine, but one of the funnest things we did was draw with ink on brown craft paper then paint it in. i have seen pam do this before, but never did it myself. holy cwap.
she showed us how to get started and we were trotting off down our own artistic superhighways.
then she showed us how to cover some small book boards she brought and sew in some pages to make these cute-as-hell little books.
sister & i were rapturous with the entire process! now we have 2 cute-as-hell little books to paint cute-as-hell designs all over the cute-as-hell pages.
oh the joy of creation! the feeling is divine. whatever the outcome.
and when you’re with your favorite people in a pretty place making beautiful messes together. well that’s pretty special. these are the experiences that give life a patina of richness.
but the truth is that with or without an art posse or a yellow & white citrus house, that feeling of growing big with possibility, that feeling you get when you are actively engaged in making things (anything!)…is pretty doggone good even when you’re with just one other person or all aloney on your owny.
plenty of tomfoolery doesn’t hurt either.
and crazy hair
and a nice big sturdy table.
all 3 of us also worked on little side projects.
i brought my temporary journal to fool around in. but i’ll have to show you all that stuff manana. i’ve got a travel journal that needs my attention.
Barbara Hagerty says
It’s all wonderful, but OMG–the tape! 3rd pic from the bottom, 4th item in from the left–big checks and big half circles….what is that tape? Where can I get lots of it??? pleeeze tell! I’d like the house too, but I’ll settle for the tape…there are priorities, after all…
Jane Bumar says
Beautiful, beautiful! It’s so lovely to see such cute-as-hell folks being happy – we all need mucho mucho more of that in this world. Now to grab some grocery sacks…
sharon from sharon stanley writes says
delightful post! oh my, but i am so envious of such a fun weekend of crafty goodness. and that kraft paper…must. try. now. thanks for a boatload of inspiration!
Is it okay that I am a lovely shade of pea-green with art retreat in a citrous house envy? YOU are cute-as-hell!!!! I think that is the most fun I have ever seen anybody have at an art retreat….even without the bottle of wine….though it sounds like the humungous margarita was quite an experience!
I soooooo want to come over and play with you!!
best, Annie – the Netherlands
Did you say you left your art supplies at home??? How can that be? I’m glad you had such a delicious birthday celebration. It’s good to have sweet friends and sisters.
Good gracias! You and your posse are adorable!
Fun. Lovely water. Congrats Ms. Art Journaling mag nAme on the cover even. Very hAppy for you.
Don’t forget, PH tonight.
Judy H. says
Yep, C.A.H.! And sometime you must try dyeing craft paper (crumpled up grocery sacks); my Art Journal group did that a while back and they looked great. It’s a messy, outdoor project, but very fun.
…the hell with dinner tonight, i am off to cover my table with craft paper and pretty colors of paint and make some C.A.H. paper! but first i will make a C.A.H. cocktail!
Susie LaFond says
oh yeah almost forgot those C.A.H. books are the BOMB. Pam is her own kind of paper and paint genius. Good, good company and you and carol are ‘cute as button’s cute, cute cute……..
Susie LaFond says
Life is good, oh indeed life is good, you took the words right out of my mouth just now, I was thinking some of these same thoughts last night as I was bumpin around in my art room well into the wee hours, just that nice, full feeling that creativity does to one’s heart. It is the best stuff on the planet. If I could figure out a way to bottle it I would and I wouldn’t sell it…oh no…I’d give it to everyone I meet, everywhere, grocery stores, Target, on street corners, at gas stations cuz I truly believe if we all took a little bit of creative time all on our ‘owney’ would make the world a better, richer place and then no one would ever want to pick up a gun or hurt another person with their words and actions…oh yes indeed life is good when one has paints, paper and glue out in front of them; ahem a pool, a tall frosty drink and good friends are the best kind of fringe benefits though. xxoooxxx
Oh my gosh, I am insanely jealous!!! Lucky, lucky girls! Who are cute as hell.
Beth Leintz says
The making is all good, but if it happens to turn out C.A.H., it’s just icing on the cake. (and it is C.A.H.)