Monday, April 27, 2009

Happy Birthday to You!

Hope you have a great day!

Thoughts from Lampwork Glass Artist Sandra Lindeman:

I grew up in the Corpus Christi area. For 13 years I wandered but came back to the area to raise a family. For 25 years I had a life as an educator, and another as an artist. The past several years, my artist's passion has been creating lampwork beads and the jewelry they become. "Dancing with an angel" is the best way to describe the lampwork experience. My creations are truly unique and are "Not Your Grandma's Beads" for sure. The jewelry reflects the joy I receive from the imperfect earthly elements in our perfect nature.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sandy Sunday

You roll down the window
And even before you see it
You smell that salty, ocean scent
You already know your there
At the beach

As you walk on the shore
You see the sky red as the sun sits on the water
You feel the sand filling the gaps between your toes
You hear the soothing sounds of the waves
At the beach

Some claim to see the most wondrous things

Like beautiful mermaids sitting on rocks
Or the mysterious Loch Ness Monster
And even the lost city of Atlantis
At the beach

(From: At The Beach by Khalid)

You might find some sea glass or a sand dollar

Friday, April 24, 2009

Flamingo Friday

Baby flamingos can swim before they are even old enough to leave the nest. They begin to grow feathers after one year. Their bill also begins to curve at this time.

Newly hatched flamingos have whitish color feathers, straight bill, and pink legs. They are very limited to movement at this age and can barely move their bill and wings.

Here's a funky flamingo from The Artful Flamingo Shop.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Texas Sand Fest 2009

In 2001, the Texas Legislature voted us the official Texas Sand Sculpture Festival. SandFest is now one of the largest beach events in Texas and o
ne of the largest sand sculpturing competitions in the United States.
SandFest brings in over 100,000 people over those three days each year. The people attending "SandFest" are families who love the event and continue to return every year. They respect the event and the environment and the beach is actually cleaner after "SandFest" than it was before the event.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Flamingo Friday

Nearly everyone knows what flamingos look like ---pink birds with long legs. You can see them at just about every zoo. You can find them in storybooks. Alice uses flamingos as croquet mallets in Through the Looking Glass (by Lewis Carroll). Images of flamingos, standing under palm trees, appear in paperweights and snow globes. Plastic flamingos make colorful lawn ornaments!! But did you know that some flamingos live high up in the Andes Mountains of South America? Flamingos can swim, and flamingos can fly.
(Info from The Wild Ones Animal Index.

Here's a "Picasso" version of a flock of flamingos. This one comes as a print or note card in my TheArtfulFlamingo Shop on Etsy.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Big Kids Easter Egg Hunt

(The pictures speak for themselves.)