Martin Luther King Jr. Street Art

Dream, Speak, Walk, Live, Sacrifice, Hope.

Street art is by the people and for the people, and seems a most connected way to honor Dr. King’s legacy and remind us of his message.  Enjoy as we celebrate Dr. King’s birthday today! (Also, don’t miss the video at the end for a very hopeful rendering of some of his I Have a Dream speech).

Martin Luther King Jr. street art

Winterswijk, Netherlands

Martin Luther King street art

Los Angeles

Martin Luther King Junior street art

Cambridge, MA

Martin Luther King Jr art


MLK street art

Los Angeles

martin luther king street art

Chico, California

Martin Luther King street art

Lagos, Portugal

Martin Luther King art

Washington D.C.

martin luther king street art

Kansas City, MO

Martin Luther King grafitti

Sydney, Australia


52 Fridays: #11 – Hawaii

Art tour of America

Aloha oukou!  It’s a good Friday indeed when we’re talking about Hawaii…  Imagine the white sands, crystal blue waters, bright flowers and warm sun.  Mmmmmmmm-mmm!

This week, I’ve made an exception to the rule by featuring Toshiko Takaezu. She passed away in March of 2011, and although I only feature current artists (and less well known artists), I had to include her.  Her work typifies what I love about clay.  Also, she spent much of her adult life off the Islands, but as she was born, educated and spent her last years in Hawaii, she certainly counts as a Hawaiian artist!

With no further ado…

Wana Sea Urchin Pendant Necklace recycled reclaimed sterling silver

Wana Sea Urchin Pendant Necklace by Kelley Girls

bright floral Hawaiian scarf

Orange Wildflower Meadow Scarf by Takuyo - Kapaa

Royal Hawaiian by Kat Reeder - Oahu

Mark chai hawaiian artist

Barrel Chair by Mark Chai - Kailua

hawaiian artists

Closed Forms by Toshiko Takaezu

David Reisland fine furniture

Bamboo Buffet by David Reisland - Captain Cook

Hawaiian surf photography

Dream of Surfing by Robert Pascua - Haleiwa

hawaiian surf art

Diving into Life by Windy Springs - Haiku-Pauwela

Ellen Crocker Hawaiian artist

Fabric Collage by Ellen Crocker - Captain Cook

Hawaiian watercolor painting

Kauai Blue Cottage by Marionette - Koloa

This week, rather than leaving you with “fun facts” about Hawaii, I’m going to point you to a post from Raincoast Cottage, where Sandra has just written There’s Nothing Like Hawaii.   I promise, we’ll all wish we were heading there for the weekend (or year)…

Take care, friends -Malama pono.  See you next week in Idaho.

Columbus Architectural Salvage

During a recent visit to Columbus, I noticed a small paper sign in a not so great part of town… It read, “Columbus Architectural Salvage“.  I was very curious for a number of reasons, so later that day when I had some time to kill, I followed the signs to an unassuming building on an industrial street.

Vintage antique homes

Columbus Architectural Salvage

Inside was a treasure trove.  During the next couple weeks, I’ll introduce you to some of the wonders I found.  I only hope that you are half as excited as I was.  I was really excited.

*One disclaimer:  All of my photos were shot without a flash, and with a 9 month old little one in my other arm.  I feel that my children should be exposed to beautiful things early and often. 🙂  And my husband was busy.

antiques and vintage

front room

Columbus Architectural Salvage

front room, detail

vintage home supplies


this old house


architectural salvage

dressmakers' dummy

vintage buddha sculpture


this old house

mom and li'l d

Believe me, there is much, much more where this came from.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

The Best Artsy Cooksy Book Around!


A couple of months ago, I saw this recipe book over at Design Mom.  They Draw and Cook, both blog and recipe book, compiles artist-illustrated recipes from around the world.

Artistic cookbook

I quickly zipped over to check out the They Draw and Cook blog.  It is so, so, so cool! Then I bought two cookbooks.  Immediately. One was for myself, and the other was for someone else, anyone else, because I knew that this was going to be HOT.

Just a couple of days later, I received an ever thrilling brown box from UPS.  Inside were two cookbooks.  I hunkered down on my couch and was mesmerized. Page after page of drool-worthy art drew me in first, but the recipes are just as captivating!

They Draw and Cook

My daughter joined me for a while, and later, came back with this:

They Draw and CookShe went on to create food drawings for an ice cream shop, a taco stand, a bento box lunch business, a baked potato bar….  Basically, They Draw and Cook is quite inspiring!

Here are a couple more peeks inside:

They Draw and CookThey Draw and CookThey Draw and CookIllustrated RecipesThey Draw and CookThey Draw and Cook Recipe BookWhen I was wrapping the second They Draw and Cook to give away to a friend, I happened to flip through again, and read (for the first time) the profiles of the Salli Swindell and Nate Padavik.  Imagine my surprise when I found that Salli Swindell lives in the same small town that I do!  I’m hoping that I’ll run into her someday at the market, so I can hug her, tell her how much I love this book, and ask her for an interview. 🙂

If you’re interested in having this cookbook for yourself, you can order They Draw and Cook from the website.  There are also wonderful prints of some of the artwork, as well as other fun arsty-gifty-cooksy kinds of things.


52 Fridays: #10 – Georgia

I love what I know of Georgia, although admittedly, that is not a lot.  My impressions:  the red dirt, the mountains, the mist, the super hip city of Atlanta rising up in the midst of it.   As of this week, I know a little bit more, and it looks like there is a pretty cool art scene in this peach of a state!  I am particularly impressed with Troy Wandzel’s work – click on the picture to check out more for yourself!  Have fun, y’all.

studio on 31st

Studio on 31st from the Mirror Series by Troy Wandzel - Savannah

Georgia Painters

"Lively Chatter" by MarianneB Van Der Haar - Atlanta

Georgia potters

Wood Fired Chawan by Roger Jamison - Juliette

Coastal Georgia Art

The Beach (G) by Katherine Sandoz - Vernonburg

Georgia fiber artists

Wool Felt Pods by Sonja Yong James - Atlanta

Georgia sculptors

Miss Haricot Vert by Tom Haney - Atlanta

Atlanta Pottery

Bird Bowl by Katy McDougal - Atlanta

Georgia jewelers

Destiny Band by Dellas Thompson - Atlanta

Colorful city painting

"Kate Lives Here" by Cindy Batten - Marietta

Georgia painters

Watercolor World Map #6 by Jessica Durrant - Atlanta

Fascinating facts:

– Wesleyan College in Macon was the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women.

– Stone Mountain near Atlanta is one of the largest single masses of exposed granite in the world.

– The sweetest onion, the Vidalia, can only be grown in the fields around Vidalia and Glennville.

Next Friday, friends, we hit Hawaii!  I’m so excited!  I’ve always wanted to go there…

See all the art in the 52 Fridays series here!

A Secret at the End of the Road


One day a long time ago, I was angry, fuming, sad and despairing.  That snowy morning, I crawled into my car and drove, making the first tracks along the way.  I left the highway, and crossed the narrow bridge over a wintery river, determined to follow the water as long as I could.  When the road veered away from the river, I parked and walked into the woods.    I don’t remember what I was upset about, or how I resolved my feelings. But I know that I walked and prayed and kicked rocks and cried.

I walked, and prayed and kicked rocks and cried and I found my secret place.  There was no sign to indicate where I was (although maybe there was a No Trespassing sign, come to think of it), and I wasn’t even sure how I’d gotten there.

I went in empty and left with treasure.  

Here are some bits of it.

These were taken last weekend when I shared my secret place with a few special people. (I did find my way back….)


One Resolution…


"I Will Achieve my Goals" by Decoylab

On New Year’s Eve, I had a grand list of resolutions and goals going in my journal.

  • weight loss
  • whole house organization, accompanied by charts, graphs and glossy photo “after” shots
  • monthly artistic assignments, blogged about regularly
  • more frequent dates with my kids
  • every other week brunch at our house with friends
  • sleepovers for the four older kids each weekend
  • read through the bible and journal
  • daily yoga
  • regular hiking on weekends
  • on, and on, and on.

Then I woke up on New Year’s Day with a kid hangover… The special cocktail: get up with a sick baby from three to seven, after waiting up for the oldest until almost one.  (I party like a rock star, I know).

The morning after, all these goals not only seemed ridiculous and unattainable, but repulsive. …They basically represented just the opposite of what I’d ever want to do with my life.  (Ah, the perspective of a sleep deprived woman…)

After some reflection and coffee (and then some more coffee), I saw clearly.  I realized in two hours what typically takes me two months to acknowledge.

to do list printables

"Owl To Do List" by Boy Girl Party

I was never going to do all that anyways.

I’d already suspected this, even yesterday, while I wrote on clean, new pages in my 2012 journal.  Something seemed off, but I pressed on anyhow.

The burblings of something important were trying to break through, however…  and they did, shining clearly through the fog!  This is something I know (and have even blogged about) but forget frequently.

Do what’s most important first.  Everything else will fall into place, or just fall off.

I am a deeply spiritual person; a Christian (although I am loathe to use that term for all the weird and sometimes well-deserved negative connotations).  In almost every way, my faith defines me… all of me (a creation) coming from the source of my creator, and all of me attempting to be headed toward that source as well.  My own creativity – coming from and headed toward my creator; my love for my family, the questions I have about life, my joy in natural beauty, my intrigue in and enjoyment of all kinds of people… all come from my source and my goal.  Even the yucky parts of me – my selfishness, despair, impatience, self-righteousness –  are at the very least being submitted for transformation and grace.

New Year's 2011So this is what’s most important to me.  And as important as it is, somehow, the ways in which I nurture this relationship with God – my faith – can get lost in the shuffle of dishes, packing lunches, napping, calorie counting, and even in more lofty endeavors; artwork, friendship, doing good works…

I’m excited about my new (and old) perspective:  I can’t do it all.  I’ll put this first.  

Jesus gave a teaching, addressing his audiences’ legitimate concerns about material things… clothing, food, anxieties about tomorrow.  He reminds them that he already knows all their needs and cares about them. The secret is that when he is in the center of their lives, everything else will fall into place.  (This is from Matthew chapter 6).

I’m counting on this.  It’s not that I’m abandoning hope of having a clean house, or dropping ten pounds, or making more art, or of brunching and hiking and slumber partying.  I’ve just remembered that these aren’t the things that belong at the center of my life. I get wacky when they are.

So now I have one New Year’s Resolution instead of 40.  It’s to nurture this relationship, and enjoy it and learn from it every day.  Whew!  That is really quite a relief.  I look forward to seeing what emerges in this pursuit.  I’m guessing more than I can hope for.

52 Fridays: #8 – Delaware

Introducing 10 artists from the tiny state of Delaware…  Tell me which are your favorites!

delaware artists photography

Abbott's Mill in Snow by Bob Connelly - Milford

delaware artists clay

Porcelain lentil bead in Blue Honey Glaze by Marsha Neal - Hockessin

delaware artists

Roscoe Luminaire by Danielle Quigley - Wilmington

delaware artists

Hummingbird's Tale by Hunter Clarke - Ardencroft

delaware state fiber artists

Block Printed Hemp and Organic Cotton Fabric by Jennifer Nelson - Greenwood

delaware artists

MW Posies Bicycle by Alan Brown - Bear

delaware artists

"Brittany and Ryan's Wedding" by David Burslem - Arden

delaware artists

Elephant by Nicole Kristiana FitzGibbon - Wilmington

delaware bead artists

Fiber and Bead Pendant by Meg Fillmore - Laurel

delaware artists

Jubilation by Karen Wolf

My favorite facts about Delaware

– It was the first state to ratify the United States Constitution, in December of 1787

– It is the American home of the log cabin – a Finnish traditional structure. In America they were built by Finnish settlers who had brought plans with them on their journey.

Remember, today is Make Up Day on 52 Fridays!  This afternoon, look forward to Florida, where I found a plethora of warm, bright, colorful works.  If it’s gray where you are, check in for a jolt of sunshine later today!

52 Fridays: #9 – Florida

I’m really impressed with this collection from Florida, the Sunshine State.  From traditional pottery to bright abstracts, the state seems to have a lot of everything!  I especially love the natural references in the first piece…

Florida artists

Fragmented Perimeter by Rick Cain - Micanopy

Florida Photography

Sailing Along by Jessica Palotas - Sarasota

Florida potters

Matcha Chawan Tea Bowl by Ray Morales - Miami

Florida ceramics

Elephant Tile by Carrie Martin - Tallahassee

florida woodworking

Reclaimed Wood Wall Shelf by Amy and Dave Kellum -Bonita Springs

Florida painters

Small Abstract by Gina Perillo - New Smyrna Beach

Florida jewelers

Ocean Ring by Natasha Kahn - Miami

Florida Jewelers

Orange Shell Necklace by Sarah - St. Petersburg

Florida potters

Dangerously Spiky Lidded Travel Mug by Symmetrical Pottery - Jupiter

Florida painters

Some More Time by Sergio Lazo - Miami

Fun Facts about Florida…

– Venice is the shark tooth capital of the world, a great place to hunt for prehistoric teeth!  (My 11 year old son found one near there…  such an adventure!)

– St. Augustine is the oldest European settlement in the United States.

Happy New Years Friends!  See you in 2012!