Sunday, April 25, 2010

One of my lost & found people...

I loved going to flea markets & estate sales when I lived in Oregon. I felt sad when I would find boxes of old family photos that were being discarded and sold to strangers.
Sometimes it seemed the eyes looking out from the portrait belonged to a kindred spirit, and I would take them home.
I often utilize their images in my art....and being kindred spirits...I don't think they mind.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Grape Hyacinths



If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,
And from thy slender store two loaves
alone to thee are left

Sell one, and with the dole
Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.


Saadi
Persian poet
(1184 - 1291)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Weed Haiku

Weed

Unimportant plant?
A beauty unexpected

Scattered by the wind




I took these photos during the last days of summer, on one of my walks at work last August. I wrote the haiku shortly after.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Remembering...




My father John B. Hooper...today was his birthday. This photo collage and journal page were done shortly after he left this mortal life.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cool links: Desire to Inspire

This blog is done by two women who describe themselves as interior design junkies. They gather up pictures of cool rooms from where ever they can find them, and then share them at www.desiretoinspire.net.
They posted this photo from domino magazine.
I love eclectic details...like the collage of photos over the mantel seen here.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Weeds


"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, April 5, 2010

We flew south for the weekend...


We celebrated Lane's birthday at his parent's...it was a fun filled weekend!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Dyeing Easter eggs with red root...

Mom was invited by a friend to dye Easter eggs with her family. I was lucky enough to have just gotten into town, so I tagged along.

The red roots were harvested from an unassuming weed growing wild along a field...



Everyone helped pick flowers and leaves...




The roots were pounded and boiled in an old pot...

Here's mom peeling petals off an iris bud...


We then wrapped the uncooked eggs with the flora and thread...


Here's my egg after I started wrapping it...

The first batch of wrapped eggs...

The eggs were placed in the root bath for around 15 minutes...


Then the unwrapping began...

Beautiful results!



A very fun and interesting afternoon...thanks for letting us play!