Monday, November 24, 2008

Take a moment to be Thankful

"What sunshine is to flowers,
smiles are to humanity.
These are but trifles, to be sure;
but, scattered along life's pathway,
the good they do is inconceivable."
~ Joseph Addison ~



Sunday, November 23, 2008

Originals under $20...just in time for the holidays

New 4x6 and 5x7 paintings available at NOLAA Gallery starting Friday after Thanksgiving. Great little affordable pieces for those you love....

See a piece you like, but don't live close to Yellow Springs, OH? Email me for availability and shipping rates: hmartdesigns@mac.com








Thursday, November 13, 2008

The "Green Art Movement" - Crushed Can Art

Using recycled aluminum cans as our canvas, NOLAA artists merge art with recycling. Each artist will have 12 original crushed can artworks on display at the NOLAA Gallery - Friday, November 21st - for a special night of art, wine, and music.

The overview of my "12-Pack" is below. Followed by a few individual shots.





Thanks to everyone who can make it out to the Gallery next Friday for this exhibit!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Visit to the Eastern Shore

Rob and I drove out just over 100 miles from our house this weekend to do a little exploring on Maryland's Eastern Shore. We are having such beautiful weather in November, and we both love getting around the water - so off we went.

The little town that we really fell in love with was St. Michaels. We had some great fresh seafood - crab cakes and clam strips - sitting outside at this local eatery.
The view from our outdoor picnic table...jealous?

After lunch we walked around town to see more of the place on foot. The houses are mainly renovated from the 1800s and have so much character. I liked the purple door on this one. Notice the door knocker?

There is a small local brewery in the town (just opened this year), and for $3 this sampler was a steal! And a great afternoon pick-me-up...

We capped off the night by driving a little further South and were graced by a beautiful sunset on the calm Chesapeake Bay.


We will definitely be back...

Friday, November 7, 2008

Organic Bird's Nests by my aunt (in law) JoAnna MacCuspie

My Aunt-in-Law is a very talented fiber artist in Cape Cod.

Throughout my years with my husband and getting to know his side of the family I was constantly given support and a push to follow my passion by his Aunt Jo. It is always great to get that advice from someone who practices what they preach.

One of Jo's trademark items are her bird's nests. I had fun photographing with my macro lense the other day and decided to show you some of the details. She actually collects the natural materials like a bird would picking and choosing fallen items along her way. She then knits the sticks together using fibers, and fills them with shells and clay eggs.

This particular nest was given as a gift to us, and was created using items found on the family house grounds - holding special meaning.




Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Handpainted Frames - Now available

I created new frames for the holidays - soon available at NOLAA Gallery. Interested in one, but can't make it to the gallery? Send me an email and we can get it shipped to you for a nominal fee.

Each frame has 1 or 2 friendship type quotes along with hand-painted filigree...some are also decoupaged with decorative papers.

You can vote however you like - just do it!

These kids are great, and the message is perfect.

Whoever you vote for at the end of the day remember that we are all Americans, and the only way we can accomplish making our country better is to work together for the greater good.

So do your part - vote, debate your views, and after the election is over don't forget that you can make a difference so get involved in your own way. In the end things aren't black and white, there are a lot of gray areas!