The 2009 NAME national convention has the theme of "Family Reunion". At our final banquet each table has a miniature ( 1:12 scale) centerpiece built around that theme. Each centerpiece is built my a NAME member and donated . Every centerpiece is very sought after. You always feel so lucky if you are the person at your table who wins! My centerpiece is titled "Welcome - The Circus Family Reunion". I am almost finished with my centerpiece - just a few things to finish up.
Why do ladies ( and I mean ladies in it's truest sense) no longer were hats? Something about a hat means grace - style - an appreciation for beautiful things - don't we all look a second time at a women who wears a beautiful hat? or a simple hat ? I have some of my grandmother's hats- some of my mother's hats - I love to wear a hat- last summer, I purchased the most simple black and tan summer woven hat, every time I wore it - someone truly stopped me and said, I love your hat! A month ago , my husband with the help of our son, bought a "Humphrey" hat- it changed his whole demeanor - and I am amazed how his college basketball players have said " Coach, great hat!" Now ,maybe that is what is wrong with the world- we all need to go hat shopping!
I have always had people, who really know me, say" You are so talented". It can be a curse, really.. your brain never stops, you save everything, you sketch, you write a million notes in journals , you read and read, you multi task and you never ever feel settled. If anyone other than my husband was allowed in my studio, they would look and say "Oh, mygosh!" I honestly today think I have 12 projects going on and 16 in my brain.. if you look at the pictures I have posted it tells you, I am cursed.
SO today- you see where the curse has taken me- to getting ready for the Kentucky Derby! Even though it is months away , one must have the correct hat. I think "The Oaks" ( the Thursday before the derby is the best). Now to find the dress /outfit to go with the hat.
"'There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself. '
I am working on a centerpiece for a national miniature convention to be held in Indianapolis this summer. The theme for the convention is " The Family Reunion".. (think outside of the box!) so mine is a reunion of circus performers. This clown will be part of the reunion attendees! He is still a work in progress- work on his face to get that clown look. I will add the Ringmaster and probably another clown.
I am an avid collector of children's books, I own over 3,000 Little Golden books. I love them because the illustrations are wonderful - especially those printed in the 1940 and 1950's. The books published at that time always had a wonderful message with values and morals amongst the colorful pictures. In some cases, I have two of the same little book and am going to take my duplicate book and create a miniature scene.
Alice in Wonderland is one of those children's books that no one I think has ever really figured out. Lots of hidden ideas.. I have been "searching the web" looking at illustrations by many artists for Alice and her story. It is amazing to see how people have interpreted this book- but these dolls in this picture to me is how I imagine the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and Alice.
My heart melted when I held Rose, so very tiny , soft and as light as a feather. She arrived with a twin sister, sadly we lost her but Rose is a fighter. She weighs just under 6 pounds, we know they arrived a few weeks to early. I could hold her all day but her mommy- Abigail made it quite known that her baby belonged in the pen with her.
Happy New Year... to say farewell to 2008 comes with mixed feelings for it was a year filled with joys, happiness, delight, amazement, sorrow, anxiety, no regrets, happiness and love. and I wonder what will this year bring - it will bring me what I give to it! Life is what we make of it- one moment at a time..
Me in the 5th grade and now I am the Executive Director and Owner of Youth Enrichment Services of Mid Kentucky, Member of the following "Kentucky Proud", member of Stanford Arts Guild, Garrrard County Solid Waste Committee Chair, Bluegrass Miniature Society, Board of Trustees of NAME, Bluegrass PRIDE Board Member- non profit environmental organization in Lexington, Garrard County Lions Club