Friday, August 21, 2009

Odds and Ends

A few exciting things have been happening in the last couple of days, so you are getting a mishmash of things today. Today, I found out through a comment someone left me on my last post that my entry into Illustration Friday was chosen as the Pick of the Week for this week. How did this happen?! Totally unexpected and making me feel so proud! Thanks for all the congratulatory comments I've already received from you!!

Then, yesterday, I received my first commission for one of my women portraits adding a cat to the mix. I am soooooo excited (and proud again) and also a little nervous! I want it to be wonderful!
The other day there was so much talk about Etsy treasuries on Twitter that I decided to try to put one together. You can click on the picture to see it larger. I really love the color combination, but I didn't realize I included two pieces from the same seller and forgot to include one of my own. Made me laugh! It was great fun though and I can't wait to try it again! I'd include the link, except that it will be expired by the time I post this...

And now for some pictures from the last few days! I was trying just now to take a photo of a butterfly flitting about our garden and the camera did something strange that makes it look like it's foggy and dark here...kind of a cool picture though.
This is how it really looked - bright and sunny and colorful. I loved the underside of the butterfly.
No words needed on this one!
When I went outside the other day I saw that our gardenia bush had two flowers on it! I cut one off and made a little bouquet I could enjoy inside. Our flowers are starting to look pretty tired and hot these days, but I was still able to find a few nice ones!
These were leftover from my birthday flowers our friend and neighbor brought over. I love zinnias and even like them when they already look slightly worn.
I pulled off the petals at the end and am drying them for seeds for next year. As I was looking at the petals, I noticed the pretty plate I have them on and thought I'd take a couple of pictures to show you. It reminds me of the plates I used to have as a kid. I was a very finicky eater when I was little (wouldn't know it now...) and my mom would get me plates with pictures on them that I could uncover as I ate what was on them. I don't know if it worked, but I always liked the plates...
Another plate we are using to dry a few shallots from our garden.
And last but not least a picture of Winslow and Ramses having a sweet moment.
Wishing you many sweet moments today and going into the weekend! I love how you visit my blog and keep visiting and commenting even if I don't make it to your blogs for a couple of days. You are just wonderful, and I promise I'll visit you all in the next couple of days!!


    You are SO deserving!!! WHOO HOO!!! YIPEEE!!!

  2. HOW COOL IS THAT! Congratulations Silke! WOWIE! That's a lovely painting too!

  3. oh, that is just wonderful news - how incredibly fast this art of yours is growing and coming into fruition -
    the photo of the sunflower and butterfly is after my heart, i tell ya

  4. I'm very proud of you ~ everything is coming together so nicely! Keep on doing what you're doing!

    Love all these pictures, especially the plates! Fab! You know how I love china, and those plates are really special.

  5. Congratulations on your successes! It is wonderful to be appreciate for your creativity. I love your art and the photos are so full of joy and beauty!

  6. Wow Silke! What a week it's been for you! Congratulations on all your artistic successes - I'm so happy for you! I know your commissioned piece will be fabulous!

    The butterfly is beautiful, and so are the flowers.
    I hope you have a terrific weekend.


  7. A big Congratulations! I love that foggy photo of the butterfly and your plates are so gorgeous. Where did you find them?

  8. Many congratulations, Silke! I am so thrilled for you! Can't wait to see your commissioned painting when it is done.

  9. Congratulations Silke!!;)
    That is wonderful news about Illustration Friday!!!
    I'm really looking forward to seeing the painting too. If you are happy with it, you can sell the image as a print on Etsy as well!
    I love the stunning butterfly photos and the picture of your cat and dog. They are very sweet together!:)

    Have a great weekend. Jo.x

  10. congrads all round darling...that is so inspiring...keep creating...loving it!!

  11. Your life sounds very full, congrats on everything. Love the etsy page you put together. Have a great weekend.

  12. Way to Go Silke, lovely things to happen to a lovely person. May many many more grace your life every day.
    Love and hugs.

  13. A big heart-felt congratulations Silke - how awesome and well deserved!

    Thanks again for including me in your lovely treasury too - I'm honored!

    Your pictures are just gorgeous too - I love the butterfuly on the sunflower

  14. congrats on the lovely honor!!! Those sunflowers are beautiful!

  15. Congratulations Silke, you must be buzzing, such fantastic news!
    So pleased you think the same way, we can be mad together, happy and creative!
    Have a great week!

  16. I too saw your painting as the pick of the week at Illustration Friday, it is beautiful!! you deserve that and more!! congratulations!

  17. OH YAY!!! Congrats Silke... I love all this happy news. :)

  18. Congratulations! Happy new adventure, and well-deserved.

  19. Hurray for you! You deserve to be picked!!

  20. Hi Silke! OH, I am so incredibly proud of and happy for you! I loved my little visit over to Illustration Friday and seeing your most gorgeous creation... love, love, love it! And your commission, CONGRATULATIONS... and you KNOW I love the part about a cat in the scene...
    Those photos have me swooning as well... I especially loved expanding and exploring the ones of the butterfly on the sunflower. So visually stimulating.
    I too am a fan of dinnerware with art on them, and am even planning on designing and creating a line of SparkleMirror plates and platters. But, I have never had a problem clearing my plate... maybe I ought to have ugly pictures under my food... :D :P ;)
    PS -- That photo of Winslow and Ramses was the perfect ending to a marvelous post!