Friday, November 28, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanks....

We are on our way to Texas today for Thanksgiving....I just wanted to give thanks and acknowledgment to the Universe for all the wonderfulness (and even for the not-so-wonderfulness) in my life. I realize how lucky I am...I have the best people in my life, the greatest most supportive friends and family...and thank you, for reading this, shopping at my store, for supporting me. You may never know what it means to me. Thank you! Thank you! I wish you a wonderful day full of light and love...

Namaste, Bekki

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Road to Joy (It's a Hat!)


Did I mention that my Cardboard Suitcase Hat (or, "Road to Joy" as I like to call it) will be in a Gallery Show in 2 weeks. Well, now I have. (I'm really exited about it, and have some touching up to do...but still....woo!)
Create a magical day, Bekki

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Travel Fairy's Shoes: Covered in Stamps! (a "kinda-tutorial")

As promised, here are my fabulous Travel Fairy Shoes....I know, what haven't I covered in postage stamps?! (not much, really). Here are the shoes before I got crafty:

Then, I got out my trash-bag full of of canceled stamps (OK, I don't have that many stamps); I glued them on using a basic craft/tacky glue and Modge-Podge which I also used to coat the stamps as I was going. Then, after covering the each shoes with the stamps, I sprayed them with a nice shiny top coat, to seal in the stampy-goodness and to make sure they won't fall apart when I have to wear them in the Fashion Show.

The shoes were the only part of this art project that my instructor would allow to be "pre-made" (granted, she would prefer we made our own shoes, but I have way too much going on to become a cobbler). So, for the Art Gallery Fashion Show I will be able to wear these decoupaged flats; which I am really excited about (and I plan to wear them out too)! And, I'm not the only one stoked about the whole thing (though this class and other aspects of this assignment are, well, another story entirely)...Even the cat wanted in on this action! (More on this project, and the gallery reception, to follow...)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Travel Fairy...

This semester is really flying by...and I have been super busy! For my 3D Design class we are creating costumes for an event--that can be real or imagined--made of "non-traditional materials" (better yet, anything that wasn't originally intended to be worn or used in a garment). We could choose our own "event" and then make an outfit that we would wear to it.

Since I am into making travel art or art about travel, I decided to create the Travel Fairy's outfit. I am working on making a skirt and top (I'd originally planned to do a dress, but that was both a challenge and boring at the same time) made of a variety of laminated maps. I also scanned in our passports, blew them up and had them made into transparencies that I then affixed to wire to make wings (but I'm not sure I like how they are turning out). I have an awesome wand made of a Christmas ornament and a plastic toy airplane (that I painted pink). I also made some super awesome shoes, which I will post pictures of tomorrow (stay tuned....).

Anyway, since I will be wearing this costume in the Art Gallery Fashion Show next month (Woo! My second art show ever!) I thought I'd tell you a little more about it....

The Travel Fairy provides assistance along a traveler’s journey; as she does not just “poof” people to the place they want to be—they would miss the fun of getting there. She might help you board a train or make a flight; she may clear your calendar for that weekend getaway and help you get there. The Travel Fairy can calm nerves and help travelers find comfort in the uncomfortable. She watches luggage and helps create all the “coincidences” travelers feel when trying to make a flight or find someone who speaks their language.

She believes that travel changes everything and wants others to experience what can change because of experiencing new places, cultures, and ideas. She also wants people to have a relaxing experience and can help people find a much needed break from their day-to-day, 9-to-5 lives.

The Travel Fairy is part of the magic of travel. She knows that when on a journey, it often helps to believe in this magic—on the road you may witness the “miracles” and “magic” of life and nature personally.

She helps people to travel, be adventurous and go to places they may not otherwise get to go. She encourages exploration and discovery. She assists people in reading their internal compasses or inspirations allowing people to trust and follow their “instincts” and “inclinations” and as they choose a path and begin a journey.

I hope that the Travel Fairy visits you at some point on your adventure through the world and life. I know that she has helped me on numerous journeys....

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

PinkBird's Picture: Gardner Bay, Galapagos Islands


At Gardner Bay in the Galapagos Islands we were able to get very up close and personal with the wildlife. The sand on this particular beach was so soft and beautifully white. We walked along the shore, weaving in and out of groups of basking sea lions.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

(More) Stuff...

I know I have talked about "stuff" before, but the other day as I was vacuuming a large "cat hut" that we own so that our cats can have their own special clubhouse, I got to thinking about the old saying "the things you own can begin to own you..." Which then reminded me of this insightful article about how the things you own can secretly screw you over. Some of the biggies for me or the hidden ways my stuff is screwing me over: "you have to clean it," and "You use everything a little bit, but nothing reaches its full capacity for usage." Just a thought....

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Faced!

I recently added this PinkBird's Nest blog to Facebook...so, if you are interested in a feed from Facebook, you can join my blog group or become a fan here or click on the BlogNetworks banner in the column on the right.

Love and Light, Bekki

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Art of the Handwritten...

I've been in a handwritten mood lately---these days, there's something so intimate about things that are handwritten. (Don't get me started on school's cutting cursive writing from their curriculums; I mean, I usually print, but still...)

I typically like to write a little note on the invoices I send to my customers, and have been opting to hand write homework assignments too. I've always been a letter-writer and postcard-sender (recall: my love of the postal system); I just love to make simple marks on paper. Especially now, when it's nothing to zip off a meaningless email or text, handwritten notes and letters are even more appreciated.

How many times have you opened your mailbox and smiled to see a hand-addressed letter. You couldn't wait to check the postmark, who sent it and why?! If they took the time to write something, it's gotta be good, right?! So, here's an idea: make someone's day for under a dollar: send a handwritten letter or postcard.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Brand New Creations....

Hooray! Today I have updated the PinkBird Creations shop with a few new jewelry items. I have also re-stocked (read: made more of) some of the really popular items (like the Rubber Ducky necklace and the Rockstar Guitar Pick bracelet--and I have all new picks for these, which aren't shown, but they are awesome!) Why not check it out? Or don't. Or do....

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Photographs:

My Basic Photography class is going OK....Here are some pictures I did so far this semester. They were taken for homework assignments with my Nikon FM2 camera. I shot them, developed them and printed them. (Then, to post them here, I had to scan them in, which did nothing for the tones, etc. but you get the idea).










Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Counted.

Wow. Thanks for voting. Regardless who you voted for, at least you went out and did it. While standing in line to vote--I waited about an hour--there were quite a few old timers around me comparing the line. "I've been voting here for 40 years, and have never seen a line like this...." one said. Another mentioned how she always votes at 9am, and never had to wait more than 20 minutes. I have voted in a presidential election 3 times (and all in different states--do I move too much?!) and never had a line like that one. It was actually kind of fun listening to the stories of elections days passed and realizing (not to sound too cheesy) that we are privileged by being able to vote. After I voted, the line was even longer--it was out the door. As I walked home, every person I passed on the sidewalk said "good morning" and it really felt that way.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Election Day:

Today is election day
(though unless you've been living under a rock,
you already know that).
Don't forget to vote!