South County Note Cards

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My notecards have arrived just in time for The Narragansett Art Festival.

They feature my crude attempt at haiku and a lot of my favorite things about where I live.

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They also look super cute framed!

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Two more Summer Seaside Cards

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Two more South County, RI notecards.

My daughter just looked over my shoulder and told me the seagull haiku above has only six syllables instead of seven in it’s center verse.

Oh great. Just terrific! I’m glad I sent them all out to print a week ago!

I sure hope there are no poets or English majors hanging out on the sea wall this summer!

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Take a Leap!

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In a time of lawsuits, it is amazing Jim’s Dock exisits! Click on the photo below to see what Jim’s Dock is all about:

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There is a restaurant named Jim’s Dock, but locals call the state pier right next to It,  Jim’s Dock.  The location is this giant dock shaped like a peninsula, meaning you can access water on three sides.  It is intended by the state to be enjoyed by fishermen, but it is definitely enjoyed by way more than fishermen (especially because its free :))

Kids, parents, large groups of friends -EVERYONE has to jump off the dock at least once each summer.  It’s the rite of summer!  I think what amazes me most is somehow there are twenty people at any given time jumping off the dock and simultaneously fisherman fishing on the same darn pier!  Somehow, no one gets hurt and it’s been like this forever.

My favorite scene to watch is the kids swimming under the dock.  The tide can be so strong that kids can jump in on one side and be carried under the dock 30 feet to the other side.  It’s like an amusement park.  There are also a ton of crabs under the dock which means there’s an extra twenty kids down below trying to catch them!

Who knew a bunch of planks tied to a bunch of poles could be everlasting entertainment to so many?

I know my family has created so many memories here.  I hope it’s a favorite for many generations to come.

Photo Shoot with my Lunch

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Last year, my pottery studio held an event called “Soup for Syria”.  This year we’re calling it “Soup’s On”.

You come join us, pick out a beautiful homemade bowl to take home and we fill it with soup!  Last year’s donation went to a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon. This year we are helping closer to home.  The proceeds will support refugees settling in Rhode Island as well as the Granola Project which gives settling refugees a place to work and job train right here in RI.  They produce granola, package and distribute it.  It’s been a terrific success and delicious to boot!

What’s crazy is we selected our charity before all of this national political conflict errupted.  Coming together and supporting people fleeing very serious conflicts, seems all the more relevant these days, unfortunately.

For me, the fun comes when I get to create the flyer using some of my own pottery.  I get to “play” graphic designer and set up a photoshoot right in my very own kitchen. LOL.

2017-01-23-12-04-40On closer inspection, you can see I was working with a peasant blouse and two scarves. Did you notice I chose red, white and blue?  Yeah, that was no accident ;)

_2017-01-23-12-09-37_2017-01-23-12-08-45b__2017-01-23-12-06-32I am so darn lucky.  My husband is a crazy-good-cook.  There isn’t a day I can’t pull something  yummy from my fridge.  So that part was easy. This is my Dad’s recipe for Tuscan Hunter Chicken.  Red wine & rosemary… one of the best parts of winter!

So without getting all political… (I lied, I’m getting political :)  Let me just throw it out there.  Maybe you can’t make it to my teeny little willage in RI to come to our soup event. But, you can band together with like-minded people and create your own!  All it took was one woman in our pottery studio reading a newspaper article she connected to.  People trying to help with a local problem. She called and asked if we could contribute money.  What agency would say no?  From there it’s easy.  We pick a date and all start working towards it.  For us potters, we make bowls, but there are others.  Last year 15 crockpots of homemade soup showed up.  Some from people who could not even attend, but still simply wanted to help.  Panera Bread donated a giant table of diverse breads.  The room was filled with food and good folk.  It smelled amazing! –tasted pretty darn good too!

Do you belong to a bowling league?  Do you knit?  Are you part of a book club?  A corporate division? Walker? Soccer mom sitting on the sidelines for way too many hours? Of course there’s churches and schools who are already organized, but it’s amazing what even 10 people can accomplish.

Local. Lots and lots of little local can become something bigger. A difference.

You should definitely try this whole community service thing -It’s madly addicting!

 

 

Please, take my card…

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It was time for a new business card.

Gosh, you could spend days looking at advice for how to create the most effective business card.

“You will be judged before they even flip the card over”

“Make sure your title is the first thing that comes across”

“Add your photo to ensure you are remembered”

bla, bla, bla, bla, bla…

Instead of worrying about what everyone else might want in my business card, I decided to make a card I liked.

I like business cards that are visually stimulating.  Color and images are the fist ones I go for.

I also love wit and humor.  If you get me to think, ponder or laugh, then its a keeper.

My third prerequisite is that je ne sais quoi.  For me it’s seeing a card that makes me want to know more about the person behind it.  That could be an amazing logo or a terrific slogan. I do love a good pun…

I think I nailed it on the head. I said it above “For me it’s seeing a card…”  Seeing a card.  That is what I do. I’m a visual person.  I bypass black and white standard press cards and I gravitate towards ANYTHING VISUALLY STIMULATING!!!

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This was my last card.  Pretty much I wanted to hand it out to people and have them go to my website for all relevant information.  I have to say, I don’t know if anyone ever went to my website, but everyone knew me around town before I ever met them.  I guess there is something to putting your image on your card…

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This is the front of my new card.  It has a logo.  I have somehow branded myself “Be Creative Mary”. After years of trying to come up with some witty name or concept for myself, simply being creative seems to sum me up perfectly :)

The quote however, the quote is there 100% for me.  I cannot for the life of me figure out what the rest of the world wants in an artist.  What can I write on a business card that will seduce you into x, y or z? …. beats me.  I make art because I can’t not.  How’s that for a catchy slogan? 

I put the quote ” I make art to show my soul I am listening” because the second I was done creating the template for this card I wanted my card up on my bulletin board so I could read the quote over and over again.  That’s a good enough reason for me.  Maybe someone else will want it on their bulletin board and it will constantly remind them to wake up every day and do the thing that fills their soul with purpose and with happiness.

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The back of the card of course needed to have the vital contact info, but that doesn’t take up too much space.  I figure if you are at the point of wanting to contact me, you’ll squint and get the info.  Might as well go for the amusing factor instead.  The painting I added to my card is titled “the art consumer” which is poking fun of art show personas.  My mother has a gallery and we always find the most eccentric art aficionados. It’s also a little nod to a self-portrait because those are my eye-glasses and let’s just say I have a penchant for visually stimulating attire.

This was funny, I just got my new cards in time for the art festival so I dropped a stack on the table in our booth.  There were people coming and going and I was making idle chit-chat with the passers-by when this woman read the quote “What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imaging, you create” I stopped and looked at her and said “boy that was beautiful, where did you get that?”  The woman looks down grabs my card and hands it to me.  Yep.  In the weeks since I’d designed it, I had forgotten I had added that quote to the bottom… I’m such a knucklehead!  I think I need to add that side of the card to my bulletin board too.  If only to remind me what I wrote!

All said, people snatched up the cards.  I’m pretty sure it wasn’t to contact me and yet they will in a sense still get a little piece of me.  Maybe, someone will be having one of those crucial moments in their lives, where big questions are getting asked and answers can only be found within.  Maybe out will pop the card from their coat pocket and they will read some words of wisdom and it will be just what they needed to listen to their soul or to imagine or create. Or better yet, maybe just laugh.

That them there, would fit my definition of a great business card!

 

Take My Advice – NO ELF ON A SHELF BEFORE DEC 15th!

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I don’t know about the rest of you out there, but for me, the elf on the shelf is a struggle!!!

There is nothing worse than your kids waking up and finding the elf in the same place as the night before.  We tell our kids Charlie our elf must have gotten trapped in a snow storm traveling to the North Pole the night before, but this only works so many times before they are crushed.

The reality is my husband and I can’t manage 25 days of hiding an elf.  Simply put, ten days is pushing it!

I made the mistake of having our elf come to the door packaged from the North Pole each year.  This in itself is getting hard to keep up!

So our elf has gone from coming on Dec.1st to slowly making his way to arriving on December 15th… This means Mom and Dad only have to make it through ten days of hiding and still we struggle!

Sadly, my poor kids keep asking and asking where our elf is when everybody else from school got their elves three weeks ago!

And here I am dropping the ball yet a little bit further…Charlie our elf is coming on Dec 18th… an all time low.

So how do I curb my kids disappointment?  With creative writing of course.  Now my kids get amazing letters with their elf or should I say amazing excuses :)

This year Charlie the elf was in charge of South America.  Next year he might only be responsible for half of the state of Rhode Island which will free him up to come closer to Dec 1st… but then again, next year he may be in charge of China which means he might not make it until December 23rd…

Either way I’m covered :)

You know if you are going to lie to your kids about mystical figures, why does it matter how much you lie?

A lie is a lie.  I still don’t even know why we do this to our kids?  I only know it’s been passed on from generation to generation and there is a small bit of satisfaction in doing to others that which was done to you…

So there it is.  I stink at following up on these crazy traditions.  My kids are lucky if the tooth fairy remembers to drop some bit coin…

So to all of you out there…LIE.  Lie your pants off…change the tradition to fit your schedule and lifestyle.  You’ll thank yourself and the kids won’t ever know what was real to begin with.

But it’s all good….because remember…

SANTA LOVES YOU!   ;)

DAY # 261- CELEBRATING THE FARMHOUSE

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I received a last-minute request to help with an invite for my kid’s school.

Since I’m always tinkering with computer graphics, it’s definitely no problem!  I love playing with my Corel Draw program.

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Our school bought an old farm for its campus.  Most of the buildings are not to code and hence not useable.  It will cost tens of thousands of dollars to slowly be able to use the buildings.  First up, was the old farmhouse.  It was renovated this summer and will now house most of the administrative offices.  This then freed up the old school office for classroom space.

Long story short, the school would like to celebrate as well as thank the donors who helped make this project a reality.  Great accomplishment.

I was given the photos above and some ideas of what they would like.  The first photo is of the farmhouse decades ago when it actually was the house on a farm.  The second is what it looks like today.  Not much has changed on the exterior except for the tree growth!  The inside however was completely rehabbed.

The school wanted to feature the building on the invite.  My thoughts were that the snow just didn’t fit for an October invite.  However, I liked the look of the “olden days” photo.  Why not convert the current day farmhouse photo to sepia and give it that 1960’s rounded photo corner.

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Wow.  Now I really notice the sun popping out of that tree.  It gives you a better feeling of just how pretty this farmland is. I also photo-shopped out the orange telephone flags from the new phone installation.  Making headway…

The rest was choosing a suitable color to tie in with the sepia-toned photo, balancing the font styles and sizes, choosing font colors and tying it all together.

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I think the final product gives you a feeling of an old building, yet looks new, crisp and sharp.

I look forward to celebrating the Compass School’s achievement and I’m glad I can find a small way to help..

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#144 – Lands Stewardship Center of Rhode Island

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A long time ago, on day #66 I posted PLEASE STOP CUTTING DOWN OUR TREES.

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That was the day they began bulldozing the woods behind my house to add yet more homes to an area I think has more than enough….Let’s not go there.

That day I made a social decree, that if anyone knew anyone in the Rhode Island Land Trusts would they please pass my resume and tell them I’d love to volunteer my work for the cause (keeping land unused so that we have more to look at in this world than vinyl siding!) …Let’s not go there again.

Well my lovely friends put out the word, and now I have two projects.  The first is to create a logo for 4 organizations that are going to share common office space so they can better collaborate among their organizations.  They are going to call it “Lands Stewardship Center of Rhode Island”.

Here are the 4 organizations:

RI Natural History Survey

Southern RI Conservation District

RI Nursery & Landscape Association

RI Land Trust Councils

This sounds like a wonderful move.  All of these devoted organizations able to work together daily.  Great stuff.

So, in between paintings, I am going to be creating logos and working on the second project as well.  I am not telling you about that one, until I get to it!

So here is my first crack at it.  I went with a nature scene of course.  I put an extra dome over the logo to symbolize “protecting”.  One would use a dome to protect an object from destruction… These organizations are trying to protect land, water and the very air we breathe from destruction.

So we will see.  You have to start somewhere so that one can edit and create changes.  You can’t edit nothing right?

Away we go.

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