Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Just finished.

One of my sweet clients requested a custom piece for a special friend. I got to create this for her using one of my favorite
Guadalupe images.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Saints and Shrines

I guess you could say I've grown up around them, these tiny shrines, old chalk statues with candles at their base, roses and quiet spaces. My grandma had a few very simple ones in her bedroom. The one I remember most was her statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe that hung on the wall right next to her bed, just as it hangs on my Moms wall today.There was another one, on her nightstand with her Santo Nino(Infant of Prague) draped in her well used rosary. That one is in my home today.

 As I've mentioned before, I love tiny spaces and things to put things in. Having created many a matchbox nicho, mini gourd or pocketwatch case filled with tiny objects I'm drawn to these small creative spaces that have the power to evoke memory and spirit. 

This past week I was lucky to be able to take a wonderful trip to see my sweet friend in Huntsville AL. I hadn't been out there in more than five years, way too long. We filled our days with thrift store shopping, walks, and visits to all those little places she's told me about in letters, emails and texts. One of our favorite places,one we visit everytime I'm there, is a wonderful spot in Cullman, about 50 miles south of Huntsville, called the Ave Maria Grotto.  Located on the grounds of Saint Bernard Abbey, this Catholic monastery was founded in 1891. On the grounds of this magical place are 125 miniature reproductions of bibilcal scenes and famous buildings of the world. Brother Joseph Zoettl (1878-1961) first began his creations as a hobby, but as more and more people began to hear about and then come to visit the abbey and grotto he eventually produced more than 5000 small grottos. Many have been sold, but an awesome collection is here. Even though this is my fourth time visiting I always take pictures, and am continually inspired by these amazing works of art. I always leave wanting to rush home to fill my yard with miniature scenes, tiny shrines, and grottos. Here's a few of my favorite ones, but please know these pics hardly do them justice.



I love how he'd use everyday objects like cold cream jars, shells, marbles and broken jewelry to adorn his creations. He was truly reusing and recycling with found objects way before it was cool to do so! 




Noah's Ark


This is the main grotto and not in miniature at all.
It's built into a large cave,
which stands 27 ft high , 27 feet wide and 27 ft deep.
It bears the namesake of the grounds as
The Ave Maria Grotto.
Love the use of seashells and marbles here.

This is one of the very symetrical mosaic style
shrines.

The Wayside Shrine

 

Love the use of painted filigrees

 Hansel and Gretel Visit the temple of the Fairies




Grotto of St. Theresa, "The Little Flower"
I made a few cards with a similar image I photographed in black
and white with my old school Canon a few years back on my first visit.
 It's still among my favorites.




Monday, January 7, 2013

Should it be a Resolution?

Been away from blogging for a while, but with the New Year upon us, I thought a little post was in order, perhaps to reconnect, or maybe just because sometimes I feel like my life can move along without me. Sounds crazy I know, but I'll try to explain. Often with kids in sports, working and creating when I can, it all seems to move so fast. I know down deep it's good and I honestly feel grateful that I'm currently at a place in my life that provides me with a lot of really cool things to do and be a part of. With my Mom living next store for a little over a year now, I feel blessed to have her so close, but I'm also reminded how good it is, to actually be busy. I know my Mom would love to be busy but her health prevents her from doing many of the things she'd love to be involved in. I   remember when my son first entered kindergarten, my friend's Mom told me that "once they started school it would all go so fast". Of course when you're in it, standing there at the gate, watching that little guy with his giant backpack round the corner out of view, I just worried about making it through that one day till pick up time. But my friend's Mom was right, it has gone fast... that "little guy" started High School this year and it's sort of unbelievable. My sweet Bella will be starting  Jr. High next year... also very strange to imagine. Anyhow, I guess every once in a while I need to stop and take a moment to realize all this. Maybe even more importantly, I  realize that these fast fleeting days may well be those days I look back to later. These could  be those good old days that people always speak of...in spite of all their watching, waiting, and wishing for the next "big thing" to happen. I'm so forgetful sometimes, I forget all sorts of stuff, drives me crazy, but I don't want to forget these times. I want to be awake and mindful, present and really here while my life happens. I know this isn't new information, heck there's entire religions based on that whole idea. I guess for me right now it seems pressing for some reason. Up until now, there's been a multitude of both good and challenging moments that have come together to create, this big beautiful life that's mine. There have been changing events and people that have drifted in and out of my life. And I know this will continue to happen, it's just part of how it all goes.There have been relationships  that have been pushed and pulled till they nearly snapped, moments of wonder and discovery, but among it all are these small days, these little in- between the big stuff days, that I don't want to  forget either. To me, they're also life changing and somehow important in their mundane instances of rushing, or waiting, wishing and wanting. When I think of all the time that's already passed I'm daunted by it. I so don't want to wish away my days, I want to be more present and with more than a little fear of disaapointing only myself, I'm going to try.
Ernie & I on our honeymoon, not so long ago :)
I'll keep moving and do the best I can for the moment, I keep praying for us and keep remembering the Wishing Tree and do what I can right now, even if I feel it's not good enough, because it's what I can do, and I'm grateful for that.
Thanks for listening, Bridgette
P.S. If any of you out there with kids that are all grown up  have any insights for me about how to keep moving without missing all the important stuff, comment away :)  XO

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Clay date with Bella and Cindy

One of the things I promised my girl before school started was a clay date at our sweet friend Cindy's studio. With only a few days left of summer, we finally got there. Here's what we came up with this time :)
I loved Bella's Kitty Pumpkin.
I went with a little black crow.
What a fun day, we love you Cindy!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Journal Play

Here's a few pages or page pieces in progress.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Getting ready for Class

I know I should be sleeping right now I mean it's after midnight, and I am kinda tired, but I'm so excited about tomorrow. Every now and then I get a chance to do this, but it's been so long since I've had this luxury I'm a bit overwhelmed. A number of months ago a sweet friend of mine I've known for years, invited me to attend a wonderful journal class taught by MaryJo McGraw and tomorrow is the day! I have so many ideas I almost have none...I have no idea what to bring, so I want to bring everything. Can't do that so I'm just trying to gather up a few things I think would be cool to include somehow.I'll let you know what I come up with (I hope:)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cake Pops!

I got a cake pop cooker for my birthday Sat. Here's our first attempt at them! Frosting was a little runny...but ever so tasty :) Bella thought we should add a little coconut to flavor it and it turned out great with the chocolate!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Hedge surfing

The result of Oliver doing what we like to call "hedge surf." He drops his toy in the hedge and then walks along the top searching for it. Inevitably he slips in...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Thank You



A huge thank you to all my sweet customers that ventured out in the pouring rain this past Saturday! I wasn't sure what to expect with my own diminished inventory from Glitterfest and hearing about our "storm watch" on the news. I guess we get pretty worked up over rain since we don't get it too often.


I managed to beef up my inventory a bit, during the wee hours in the AM the week before, and really just hoped for the best. Thankfully, it all turned out just fine!It was great to see my Brea peeps once again! Quite a tiring day but otherwise awesome. Thank you all so much for coming out in that crazy weather.
So that night after sharing dinner with family and friends I remembered that the Long Beach flea market was the next day. Rain or shine that show goes on and I sooo wanted to go. Since I get to work at Gilding on Sundays, it's usually a super early, very focused trip I take with my boy. He said he'd be up for it. About 6am the alarm sounds and its painful...I can't do it. I didn't even bother waking the boy. It was a no go. Had a great day at the store, didn't really think about it again. When I got home that afternoon I needed to get a few things from the market. Bella wanted to come. For some reason, I decided to stop at the thrift store before we went. I guess since we didn't do the Flea Market earlier, a quick detour would have to do. We walked in and from the door I saw them.


Walked right up to these pretty little leather shoes high on the rack.



Never worn, just dropped off for some unknown reason...waiting for me to come for them.We trolled around the shoes one more time and then found these! Also leather, and in perfect condition.


Both purchased for less than 15.00! I actually felt a little guilty so we left and didn't look anymore. Some times you gotta leave something for someone else :)


Ciao for now!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Glitterfest and my better than a Leg Lamp award!

After having missed the last show, I was so happy to be back at Glitterfest again! Surrounded by gorgeous creations of art, over-the-top displays and above all the nicest people, this show never ceases to impress me. Not surprisingly, Sheryl and Dianne of Whimzy, did a fantastic job of organizing this beautiful event. And this year my little space was honored with a Beautiful Booth Award!



With so many gorgeous displays I'm not sure how they picked me, but I was thrilled!


This time I even brought my number one little


Milagra girl Bella


who stayed with me for the whole show! Here she is with her auntie Catherine and two of our sweet friends Carrie & Amy who traveled over an hour to see us here!


A huge thank you to all those wonderful customers and friends, both new and old that came out to once again support my creative endeavors. Your encouragement and presence is such a blessing to me, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Oh! and I even had a surprise visit from my sweet sister-in-law Catherine Page the current reigning Mrs. Greater Los Angeles , no joke she's competing this Sunday for a Mrs. California title! Wish her luck.


Now for my next show, eeek it's this Saturday, yep, two just days from now!


I'll be at the Brea Spring Boutique from 9-4 if you'd like to stop by. Well I better get back to work and finish those new pieces!

Ciao for now!