The Zipper end – Steampunk Choker
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s.Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science… details »
Welcoming Spring Crochet Hat
This hot pink crocheted hat with a double-layered, lime green flower fits a little girl approximately 1 to 3 years old. This is a great color combination for spring! This adorable little hat is made with careful attention to detail in a pet-free, smoke-free environment. It is fantastic for… details »
Swarovski pearl and crystal spray Bridal Hair Pins
Three beautiful bronze, french hair pins with a spray of mauve, cultured, pearls and Swarovski crystals and pearls in lite gold. All perfectly hand wired with silver plated, artistic wire.These pins are a great accessory for a french pleat or up do, adding that extra something for a… details »
D.S. Brennan’s photographs are unlike other photographs of nature in that they seem to focus on the subject matter with a microscopic eye. Inspecting what is fascinating to the woman behind the camera. While the focus is on realistic images of nature the color adds a whimsical quality, giving the photographer her signature.
She fluctuates from muted hues…
…to bold bursts of color
Brennan creates a balance between subject and color. One doesn’t over power the other. Where the dragonflies are in tones of sepia we can pay more attention to the detail in their wings, noting how well they were preserved. But the contrast of colors in the dogwood photo shows the life behind the blossom. They burst from the jewel-like sky with deep pink life.
Diana has a great series of work from the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium of Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island. This may be one of my favorites from that series. Not only are we able to study some wonderfully preserved seaweed, we are able to see the hand of the woman who lovingly preserved her finds from a day at the beach. Who do you think this collection is for? Or is it just a private journal?
Brennan doesn’t limit herself to just depicting the details of nature. She focuses on the big picture too fluctuating from larger themes in nature, leading us into the nooks and crannies to find our own treasures.
While other times, she reminds us to have child-like fun, giving us a quick reminder of good times frolicking at the beach.
I love the range of subject matter we are given by D.S. Brennan’s photographs. We are reminded that sometimes we need to step back and take in the big picture while others we are shown the fine details you can take in if you take it slow.
But most of all, we are reminded that daily life can be celebrated. Beauty is found in the mundane.
One of my favorite things about the cold winter weather is having to bundle up before you go outside. Hats, scarves and, mittens are not only necessary, but a great way to show your style, transform an otherwise bland coat, and pull together your outfit. While I don’t know how to knit, I’ve always admired the time and care that knitters put into what they make, objects that offer warmth and comfort.
These three cable mittens by LadyOverboard09 have a classic design and will match with any winter coat. The blue and black specks in the yarn add just a dash of color without taking away from the handiwork or the design. Made of 100 percent Merino wool, these gloves are sure to keep your hands warm on the coldest winter night.
These fushia mittens by Beaded Wire are a perfect way to add a punch of color to your winter coat and are bright enough to combat any gray winter day. Made of Lopi Icelandic wool and featuring a large cable knit down the middle, these gloves make a bold statement.
I love the playful design of these thrummed mittens by Lindfield Farm. Set against a navy blue background, these patterned gloves feature small white hearts all the way around. What better way to spread some love during the cold winter months? Made of 100 percent wool, these gloves are made by inserting unspun fiber through the knitting pattern to make a soft interior that will keep your hands extra warm.
I don’t have any warm clothes with me in Honolulu so my parents always bring some along with them to the airport when they pick me up. As an early birthday or Christmas gift, I may have to pass along a link to one of these gorgeous pairs of gloves and hope that they are waiting for me when I arrive in Chicago!
The lovely blizzard photograph featured at the top of this posted was created by IS Photography.
Beautiful lampworked glass by Jill Symons
As a glass artist, I am fascinated with the play of light upon glass. The beauty of glass beads is the simple power of glass itself; the power to transmit light. My approach to glass beadmaking is as simple as slowing down and letting the glass release the color, allowing the glass to speak.
I am constantly awed by the fluidity and form the solid glass takes. I draw inspiration from the glass itself and the way in which it seems to tell me what to do next. Drawing on a background in design, a passion for photography and a love of glass — ideas spill into dreams of what could be — always posing the question then of what else is possible and is there really a limit?
I remember the first time someone referred to my beads as ‘work’. My mind instantly denied that such joy could come from something called ‘work’. I have been making glass beads since 1999.
Last week we talked about back to school which must mean that we’re edging toward fall. I like to buy as many multi-purpose and multi-season items as I can, so I have spent this week thinking about how to extend our summer purchases into the autumn days ahead. This week I focused on a particular color scheme – orange, rust, amber and red – that will still look fresh in the coming months when the leaves start to change.
My first find this week is a gorgeous photo from The Garden Shed. Gerbera Daisies always lend a cheerful touch to your wall and the vibrant color will help perk up any dark corner.