Archive for May, 2010

Growing up, I associated Memorial Day with barbecues, hanging out with the family and playing in the yard until the lightening bugs came out to play. It was an annual ritual for us to go out and catch lightening bugs and put them in jars so that the jars themselves would illuminate. Even to this day, I look forward to the three day weekend and anticipate the start of summer. Coincidentally, last night the hubs and I watched Pacific, an HBO tv series and watching all the combat and soldiers fighting shed a new light to this holiday that was always so nostalgic to me growing up. I probably will still take a fun trip somewhere and spend some quality time with the family, but I might take an extra minute to think about what this day commemorates.

Happy Memorial Day Everyone!


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These days I’ve been mainly focusing on my classes, however, I’ve been able to squeeze in some time to create some cute small arrangements.  I usually have some leftover clay flowers and it’s such a waste to have them lying around so I took one day to create a bunch of petite flowers cups! It looks so tiny, but anyone who has taken my class knows that a lot of care and time is usually taken to make something even as small as this. Here are just a couple of the ones I made.

I love my job =)

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I was looking through my sketchbook the other day and I found a whole bunch of old flowers studies I did when I was first starting out making clay flowers.  It seriously brought back a ton of old memories of me painstakingly sketching away for hours at a time.

I remember the first day that I made my clay rose.  I have to say that it looked horrendous! Bernie looked at it with a confused look and pretty much suggested that I start sketching and studying the flower if I wanted to make it look right.

I took my husband’s advice and started doodling away a lot of the flowers that I wanted to create. At first I was reluctant to draw, but now I’m so glad that I invested all that time because now I am fully able to understand the intricacies of each of the flowers that I am making. Here are some of my rough sketches.

After drawings dozens of flowers, I will never take for granted how beautiful and unique each bloom truly is.

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Birthdays are usually not a big deal for me, except for maybe last year when my friends and I made a big splash in Vegas to celebrate our big 3-0.  But now that I’m 31, it was just another day were it not for this little guy!

Don’t you just want to cuddle and smoosh him! My amazing husband gave me my new plushy friend and he’s already making himself at home in my studio. He’s got so much personality and just makes me smile every time I look at him.

He’s simply a cuddly handmade work of art! Bernie was able to nab this great find from Melissa Sung who’s an artist who specializes in creating handmade plush toys!

She’s got so many different kinds of handmade plush toys and has a cute story to tell for each character!  She’s super talented and can even do custom orders if there’s a specific character that you’d want her to create.

Check out her website here and the rest of her Sugar Posse here!

Now back to work =)

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I’ve officially kicked off the summer by teaching some fun classes! One of my first classes was a small rose project class with a group of great ladies. This is what I showed them how to make.

At first the ladies were hesitant about whether they could make a whole arrangement in one class sitting. They would admire each other’s work, but downplay their own. Here they are hard at work!

One of the students, my good friend Angie, had to leave early so I wasn’t able to take a picture of her finished product, but luckily I was able to take a picture of Rinna and Crystal with their beautiful masterpieces! Angie, if you’re reading, I’d love for you to send me a picture of your beautiful project, too =)

Rinna and Crystal are both great crafters and artists themselves so it was no surprise to see that their projects turned out so well! I had such a great time with them and it’s such a rewarding experience to see people fall in love with this beautiful art form.

If you want to take a class, I still have some spots left!  Sign up HERE or just drop a line for more info.

Rose and Hydrangea Class

May 27th, Thursday 6-8:30pm

June 12, Saturday 12:30 – 3

Gardenia and Lilac Class

May 22, Saturday 9 – 11:30am

June 1, Tuesday   6 – 8:30pm

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Come support your local artists and check out the Santiago Art Walk this Saturday!

Bloomology Studio will be open alongside 20+ other artist galleries.

Time: 7 – 10 pm, May 15

Hope to see you all there!

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Urban Gardening

The one thing that I learned early on after marrying my husband is that he LOVES plants and gardening. When we first moved out to California in our tiny one bedroom apartment, he would come home every weekend with a new plant. 1 plant became 5. Then 5 became 10.  Now I think we have over 20 plants in our home and we don’t even have a backyard! Maybe I’m exaggerating just a little =)

At first when my husband asked me if he could have a garden, I looked at him with disbelief and asked “how?”  Our place is currently overflowing with plants and I had no idea how he would do it, but I reluctantly said yes.

He figured out a way to do the impossible and discovered a way to grow a vegetable garden in self watering buckets that he built all himself. That is why we now have our very own “urban garden.”

He really went all out in  growing different kinds of tomatoes, squash, green beans and more.

As the days and weeks progressed, I also started to get excited about the growing vegetables.

Until finally we were able to enjoy the fruits of our Bernie’s labor! We made a yummy dinner out of these vegetables. I wish I took a picture of the meal, but you’ll just have to take my word for it.

In the beginning of our marriage, I took for granted my husband’s green thumb, but now I am singing his praises! Good bye Trader Joe’s because I won’t be seeing you as much this summer!

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