Thursday, May 30, 2019

I Like Thursday #143

hey, where's the best place to find some poodle art???
Welcome to this week's list of likes!
We went to two craft festivals last weekend in Stapleton near Denver. It was a pretty day and all three of us enjoyed being together.
I asked this guy to let me take a pic of his shirt... quilters... can you relate?
While Milo was checking out the critter art, I spied a flamingo...
and a cow
teapot being held by a tin man. Cows and flamingos what could be better?

I met many very interesting artists, and it was intriguing how many were engineers or had been! DH could relate to them easily.

How about I show you some of what we saw?

 I liked this Michigan artist for his circles... the eternal shape, and also loved by quilters...

Andy Carter of  the was very knowledgeable about varieties of trees, and how time changes the look of the rings. The colors were so pretty in person, organic, swirly, like watercolors.

He does mail order, this is his card...

Whew! Glad Mama trimmed my hairs, it was hot in the sun. I had to take a little rest while she looked and had a bottle of water. Then I chewed the lid off the bottle and was ready to meet some more people and dogs. I liked most all of them, look at this little dingo-dude chilling under a tree.
I really liked being petted by this lady, so I laid down and let her get at my back.

My advice at craft shows? Never ever turn down an ear scratch or a back rub!
This lady said I was a really good boy! Hear that Daddy?
a GOOD boy!

We all enjoyed a visit with this stained glass artist, and I did a mini-interview with her while basking in the color!
Barb has been working with glass since the '70's. She worked as an engineer but one day decided to make glass art full time. She works out of her home, dedicating a spare bedroom for "clean" work, and using the garage for the "dirtier" work of glass cutting. I always want to know about studio space.

I asked how she handles roadblocks. She said she usually has 4 or 5 pieces going at once (quilters... you can relate right?) and when she hits a difficult spot, she walks away for a bit, or works on another piece.
 Her companion said, sometimes she even comes over to visit her for a day or two before returning to solve a design problem. She said rarely does she scrape it all off but she has done that to start over.
 Her process involves  laying out the colored glass onto clear glass, building the design as she goes intuitively. Her colors are clear and bright, with contrast. She likes all colors. People tend to return for more pieces after living with one for a bit. As we talked about the design concepts of line, repetition, movement and her use of color, I felt a real affinity with her. I told her I've been enjoying watercolor again to refresh my creativity, and she said she had been considering working with it too.
Ah, it's my opinion that working with different mediums is a good thing, all creative work adds to the whole person's artwork, right? Do you enjoy working in different mediums?

I liked talking to one acrylic artist about her process, no pictures but she uses a persian plaster over doily's to build up texture before painting, and she made some awesome chair seats with belts!

We enjoyed looking through some really modern kaleidoscopes while talking to the artist. He was an engineer too, and the exacting nature of his work showed that.
A very modern jeweler from Taos, Cristina Radu is an environmental engineer and turned us on to a movement called Long Now project. I checked it out and it's just fascinating.
waiting for Daddy to return with lunch in the park
 She is passionate about her day job and her art work both! And loves dogs too. 

We met many dogs and kids that day, giving Milo a very fun outing. At one point he closed his eyes, and a little 2 year old squatted down to pet him. He opened his eyes, the boy reached into his granola sample bag and gave a handful to my pup. Then he stood up and walked off eating his cereal! Milo said, hey! What's your hurry?
I liked chatting with this couple who just adopted the doodle there. After he and Milo played a bit, they both laid down trusting each other to have their backs! If people could make friends so easily! Well, I guess we did as we enjoyed a relaxing moment chatting too. This was their first dog, the man saying he always wanted a poodle, so when they got the chance to adopt this two year old they did!

We also liked returning to the botanical gardens to see if the Iris was up yet. All of our gardens have taken a hit from deep wet snow and hail lately.
some were out in their Sunday finery, and some were still buds. I love iris, and bought some at Trader Joes after we went to the gardens. Here are a couple of pics of what I liked there this visit

this is an esplaired apple tree!
and tomorrow's paint post will include some pics of flowers. I've really loved painting again. Seeing the colors mix on the paper is soothing and exciting at the same time.
Quickly, I've loved the raspberry rugelach from Trader Joe's, the BBC show Queens of Mystery, watching numerous painting videos on youtube, eating Thai food, having DH home for the three day holiday. 
Now please enjoy these fine folks also sharing their likes for the week. Let me know if you do a post, I'll add you in too. 

Linking to these parties! Awe Mondays
rosie and the boys nature pics  
Thankful Thursdays pet parade


  1. what a wonderful listing --sounds like a glorious outing for all I think working in other mediums brings you back to your fabrics with a fresh outlook...hugs, Julierose

  2. I love the tea pot.. is that a cow? how cute!!! I also love the t-shirt it would be the perfect one for our diy projects ;O)

  3. Great Likes! I love the pretty color of Milo!!! That t-shirt is a HOOT! :)

  4. I love it when you feature Milo. I love Milo and I know he's a good boy.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  5. Hi LeeAnna! Beautiful stained glass - well all of the art work for that matter. Milo is a good boy almost all of the time. ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. Eye candy!! The stained glass was stunning! Wow! And the tree slice pieces were very interesting. I used to have a trivet made from circular slices of small trees. I just used it to display because it was so pretty. Wonder where that is?

  7. Good Morning, LeeAnna, I am always sew inspired when I visit your blog. I feel like you invite me along on your every adventure and introduce me to your new friends. Thank you sew much for all the beautiful photos and shared creativity. Please give Milo an ear scratch from me. He is a good doggy ambassador ... <3 Pat

  8. So many things to love and feel inspired by too. I am amazed by all the talented artists in your area. Yes, the quilters can relate to both those references for sure. Love Milo looking so regal there. It sounds like it was a great outing for him too...good boy!

  9. Hello, the art work is beautiful. I like the tree ring art and the colored glass. The flowers are lovely. Say hello to Milo, he is sweet. Wishing you a happy day and weekend ahead!

  10. I love when you interview artists and share it with us. The Iris is absolutely stunning! I love the woodwork art too.

    1. I forgot to post...can you add me back on the list, please

  11. The tree art made of slices of branches is so neat! I love how he fits the different sizes together. Looks you found some neat art and crafts there!

  12. What a wonderful place to shop! I love that stained glass, it is so intricate and unique - and colorful!

  13. I love all the unique things you saw! And I'll be back to see what you're painting. I'm still sketching and painting some too. It's so much fun!

  14. That glass art is just fabulous! What a talented artist. And I need that shirt! :)

  15. Love that shirt! I had that cow teakettle! (but not with those legs - lol) Those woodwork pieces are beautiful. Those glass pieces are terrific. So many pictures! They're all great.

  16. Love the shirt. Can seeeewwwww relate!
    Neat glass artwork too. I like that you and milo made new friends.

  17. You sure found some interesting art critters Milo and some real ones too. That stained glass sure is pretty. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  18. My son can relate to that t-shirt! lol Thanks for linking up!

  19. Great list of likes. The stained glass! Oh my. Didn't you want to take one home? Love the metal too. Gorgeous flowers, and Milo is pawsome!

  20. What a fun place. Loving the Stained Glass, and the Art pieces were fun. You and Milo have such grand adventures.

  21. I always love your interviews. The glass is so glorious.
    The metal art is awesome. I sure wish I could have gone round the craft fair with you. So many creative people.
    And did you buy the cow? Gives me a few ideas!!
    And Milo is as cute as ever. Love the story about the little boy sharing with him. Awww.

    The irises are so beautiful. I hope yours grow just as wonderful.

    I finallly got posted today. Tomorrow I get to go out and about - to a World Textile day with my friend. I hope to get some photos. Oh - charge the phone!!!

  22. This stained glass artist makes wonderful works! I also liked the wooden circles, my father used to make a bit similar ones. How nice that your cute dog could enjoy the day with you!

  23. A couple of outstanding visits-great art and an exquisite example of Mother's Nature's artwork. Despite the rain and snow, my irises have been quite lovely. If you love irises, check out Denver's Iris Farm ( W. Amherst Avenue-east of Federal Blvd). It's a gorgeous place where you can stroll through row after row of beautiful irises. 'Iris Bob' is fascinating and extremely knowledgeable.

  24. I love that shirt! Been there myself! What fun places you visit! Milo seems to enjoy your trips too. Love the stained glass!

  25. Awww, you know how much I love Milo.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday. ♥

  26. You have some fun finds today! Love the cow. The stained glass windows are sooo pretty!