Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Now on my Worktable at Nestle And Soar

There are lots of bright colors and warm wools being played with this week in my fiber art studio. Three distinct handmade bird pillow designs are in the works! There is still some hand embroidery needed to finish the details on these soft, eco-chic designs. I would love to know what you think? Which of these birds are you most likely to see where you live?
Northern Cardinal, Copyright 2013, Georgianne Holland
Blackbird on Sunflower, Copyright 2013, Georgianne Holland
Orange Bird on Nest, Copyright 2013, Georgianne Holland

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Spring Snow in Colorado--A Peaceful Pause

Snow Day in Colorado, April 16, 2013
The view from my dining room window is calm and quiet. Living about halfway between Denver and Boulder in colorful Colorado, I have come to expect snow in April, and this year is no exception. Can you see from my photo that there is almost 20" of white, fluffy snow in my backyard? We are all so grateful for this much-needed moisture.

My bird feeders have been almost emptied out today--I will need to trudge through the snow and refill them to satisfy demand! That's alright. It is a small price to pay for the joy that I receive from watching the birds on a day like today.

Bird Party on my kitchen table!
There are other birds in my life that I am enjoying today! I thought I would share with you my five gorgeous Jaclin Dunne bird trinket boxes. I have

received each of these bejeweled, hinged boxes as a gift from either my sisters or my mom. What I really enjoy are little notes or surprises they slip inside (each bird hinges open)!

I usually have these treasures scattered about my home, and I love how the sunlight makes them sparkle! Today, I rounded them up on my kitchen table to enjoy them as a group. I love them. Thanks ladies!

The peaceful pause that I am taking today is very healing to me. I lift up my voice with yours as I contemplate the alarming events in Boston, Massachusetts during the past 24 hours. Here is a quote that is giving me solace today. I hope it is helpful to you, as well.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Earth Day Give-Away: Awesome Tote Bag for You!

I hope you will join me in celebrating Earth Day on Monday, April 22nd! In looking around my studio, I realized I could continue on the path of operating an environmentally savvy art studio by donating some of the fabric overflow I've stashed for years. It seems to me that kids learning to sew in the after-school program in our community could better use that fabric: it will save them money and it breathe new life into that fabric stash!

How are you going to celebrate Earth Day? The first Earth Day happened on April 22, 1970, and over 20 million Americans from all walks of life  participated, which is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. "Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world."

I would like to announce the first EARTH DAY GIVE AWAY here at Nestle and Soar! Most of us like to use canvas tote bags instead of plastic or paper bags, and I always keep my eyes open for fun, washable totes to use! Tell me in a comment to this blog post how you plan to celebrate Earth Day, and you will be entered into a drawing to receive a sturdy Nestle And Soar Tote Bag of your very own! From the posted comments, I will randomly draw one winner on May 1st. You will be notified of your awesome winner status and this great tote bag will be mailed to you with my compliments.

I hope you will all enter to win, and it would be great to have your friends enter, too! Let's make a nice long list of ways Earth Day will be celebrated in 2013! We will learn from each other and be part of a hugely successful worldwide movement to honor mother Earth.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Storage Inspiration for Creative Women

Do you consider yourself to be an organized person? I thought I was, too, until I found out about the creative women who came up with these wonderful storage solutions. Now I just think I am inspired to be organized.

I love labels. I love signage. The world needs more signage.

Clear plastic bins are genius. Clear bins with labels: super genius.
I am a big fan of doors on storage. Dust happens, and these doors minimize that.
Messy food containers are a pet peeve of mine: this is a great system!
If you have fond memories about the Dewey Decimal System, like I do, these drawers are extra special.

I hope you feel organizationally inspired! I know that my garage needs to not only be organized, but hosed out. Perhaps that chore will make it to the top of my priority list on the next warm Colorado day....after I walk around the lake, that is. And refill the bird feeders. And eat an ice cream cone...while reading. But once I get to it, you have to know, there will be labels.

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