Saturday, August 22, 2015

Stained Glass Window Project

Last month I hired Randy Leever, the owner at Boulder Stained Glass Studio to make us two stained Glass windows (each approx. 4 feet x 2 feet) to be installed in the stairways of our brand new Boulder home.
I let Randy be the artist he is, with no interference from me and this is how everyone should allow an artist to work! I did ask for a "modern interpretation of Aspens". After that, I held back & this was especially hard for me because I use to make & sell Stained Glass windows in the 70's (back in the dinosaur days). That was how I paid for my college education. Randy's studio opened in 1976,  he has over 40 years experience and has made thousands of windows! 

The first time I saw the 1st finished window, it was hanging upside-down, leaning against a work table and I loved it! I didn't realize it was upside-down until he told me. FYI Did you know, a testament to a good design is to turn it upside-down and see if it still works with balance and design flow. If it works upside-down, it's a winner. 

Randy has now installed our 2nd window too. It went into the staircase next level up, same theme but new design. Our staircase leads to a 4th floor sky deck garden, but on the way up that stairway looked out at solar panels and I needed something to hide that. Yet both windows still let the light in & actually make the staircase more interesting. Naturally your eyes will focus on the design and not the outside solar panels_creating privacy too.

I'm very happy I selected Boulder Stained Glass Studio http://www.bldstglst.com. This art studio is perhaps the last of a dying breed of craft houses refusing to offer generic designs or become a mass production shop. Instead, each piece is uniquely handmade and offers highest quality craftsmanship. Randy made a great piece of Art for us. He's made 1000's of windows ranging for ; The White House, hotels, churches, restaurants, etc ... & now my home! He can fit all budgets into a plan. I highly recommend Randy as a talented artist & detailed craftsman. Professional business in every transaction and always putting the customer (me) first!
Give him a call at (303) 449-9030
Located 1920 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302. 
And check out his amazing Gallery; http://www.bldstglst.com/gallery.html





First time I saw it, it was upside-down, yet still a winner!

Before




The 2nd Window Installed;



This was a boring staircase 
made beautiful with a custom stain glass window
while providing privacy and yet still allowing the light in


Light plays the biggest factor on how it looks & photographs

Night time from outside, looking up!


Thank you Randy 
at Boulder Stained Glass Studio
Give him a call at (303) 449-9030
Located 1920 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302. 
And check out his amazing Gallery; http://www.bldstglst.com/gallery.html

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Our Friend Lisa Shapiro

An honor to call you my friend Lisa Shapiro.
Her legacy of being a passionate voice for the animals, 
animal rights activist and teacher for compassionate living will live on forever. 
May she rest in peace. 

Lisa Shapiro died peacefully in her sleep 
surrounded by loving friends on 11:11 pm June 11, 2015. 
I had dinner at her club house just last Saturday, June 6th.
It was one final Boulder, Colorado Vegan Meet Up Potluck Event at Lisa's club house.
Lisa was too weak to walk over__ so I knew.
I will miss Lisa, but I'm glad she no longer suffers.

Yes, even Vegans can get cancer, although somewhat rare. She died of stage 4 breast cancer, yet never even knew she was sick until just a few months before her death.

That night I met Tofurky Founder Seth Tibbot, he flew out from Hood River, Oregon, to offer his support to Lisa. He had made many trips. Seth treated Lisa like a cherished family member. He took care of all her financial needs. She was so much more than just his co-worker (and Seth the stellar boss we all wish we had). Well, to all of us she was a guiding light, friend, teacher & inspirer.

Lisa touched many lives, 4 years ago she took the time to help teach me how to switch over to Veganism. She voluntarily walked me aisle by aisle of the entire grocery store introducing me to all the vegan options. To all of us who knew her, she was the real deal, a living Saint! 

Seth wrote a lovely obituary;

JULY 2015 UPDATE: 
Lisa will be remembered at the National Animal Rights Conference 2015 on July 30 - Aug 2 at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria in a number of ways:
* At the Saturday banquet, there will be a eulogy by Seth Tibbott and Donna Rhodes, with music and photographs being screened.
* The annual Youth Award has been renamed after her
* She is likely to receive the Grassroots Activist Award.
* On Sunday, at 6:30pm, friends and family will gather to remember Lisa's life and accomplishments. Refreshments will be served. 


This will be followed by a large celebration of animal rights at 8pm, New Orleans - style, as Lisa would have wanted. 
The celebration is open to all.



 




Sunday, September 21, 2014

People's Climate March


UPDATE 2016

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2014 the Start;
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Selfie

Have Fun!

 Every Artist Should Create a Selfie


I've created a few fun examples for my Selfie :












Saturday, January 11, 2014

Review of Santa Fe II Easel

Ah-inspiring way to begin the New Year! 


Yippee my new easel arrived Jan 2nd!!! (and just ahead of a big snow storm)

I was bestowed this incredible gift by my husband!
Yes I'm a lucky girl & very grateful!
I told him, he should make this my Birthday, Valentines, Christmas & all forthcoming 2014 gifts because it's so incredible!

This easel is Made in American by the Jack Richeson Co. AKA "BEST" out of Wisconsin,
It's so special it had to come via a freight truck company to arrive at my home in Colorado.
Too large for Mail, FedEx, UPS or any regular carrier services _ so yes it's a little pricey to ship!

It's made from Oak Wood & comes with a Lifetime Warranty, but only on the Oak version. An important thing to know, The Lyptus Wood version only comes with a 3 month warranty! Which is really too bad, because the Luptus tree is a renewable fast growing tree unlike the Oak Tree

After shopping many stores that carried this easel, my husband said Cheap Joe's had the best price. They were also very helpful & knowledgeable over the phone! He also had a coupon for an additional -15% off on Cheap Joe's already heavily discounted pricing. The shipping was $190, as much as this shipping cost seems high, that shipping fee was actually a good deal too.

I can certainly tell you this easel is very well made & a very nice looking piece of furniture too,  much nicer than the photos reflect.
I proudly give it 2 thumbs up & a 5 star rating!

Let me introduce my "Classic Santa Fe ll Easel"

it handles all sizes, from the tiniest canvas up to 106 inch, 300 lb. canvas. That's huge!
I love the Marin Wench System, so fun to use. This easel sits on rollers and uses a small footprint of space inside my studio!  I love that too! So easy to push around and adjusts to various position heights, angles & slants. 

P.S. 
This is a non paid endorsement of a product I simply love!
Here it comes, all 98 lb.
Such a big truck & it arrives just ahead of a big snow storm!
Made in the USA & comes with a Lifelong Warranty

Even the pets were curious waiting for me to open it!
They really know how to pack this baby !

Actually I was surprised 
how much of this easel was already put together!
It took me about 45 minutes to assemble & it was easy!


Going to have some fun with this baby!
It handles the tiny-tiniest canvas 
all the way up to 106 inches / 300 lb. canvas
Love the Marin Wench System and the rollers!
Best of all, it takes up a small footprint inside my studio!


Happy Studio Cat!



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Handmade Holiday Cards

ho ho ho

Some people bake cookies by the batches, 

I make cards by the batches!

My Handmade Holiday Cards

*I drew a design on paper
*Placed drawing on top of my lightbox (Logan Desktop Lightbox)
*Traced design onto 50 Strathmore Watercolor Blank Greeting Cards
I love these blank cards:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WQGKHA/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
*Inked each using Faber-Castell, size small, color Sepia (a few in Black)
*Watercolor painted the ornaments red
*To speed things up, I used Copic Markers for skin, hair & dress (skin white E00, Barley Beige E11& Dark Suntan E15)
*Added glitter for fun!!!
*Sealed each envelope with my Hanko stamp (paper was too rough to stamp, I improvise a new use).
Mailed out 50 handmade cards,
If you did not get one, it's because I only had 50 cards. Next time I'll buy 100 cards. I enjoyed making these over the course of 4 evenings while watching tv.
Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah
Peace & Carrots!
Double Click on each image to supersize






Spread a little magic Glitter!

Some with silver glitter, some with gold!
And some with Ribbons


Pictured above is an easy fun craft to make with your kids. 
Cover Styrofoam trees using Candy Gumdrops attached to toothpicks!! 
Stick an ornament on top! 
These last almost forever!!!
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah
Peace & Carrots!