Friday, August 28, 2009

Merry Go Round - Summer

It's time for another ride on the merry-go-round! Jump on and join a group of 9 artists/crafts-women as they link around the world and tell you a little about their lives in art and craft.

This month's question that myself and other merry-go-rounders are answering is not so much a question as a theme: Summer

Gosh - it's the end of August already! Can you believe it? Where has the summer gone?

We love to stay at home in Northern California in the summer as I can't think of anywhere I'd prefer to be! And for me summer here means: lovely warm sunny weather; picking our fruit off the trees; eating outside most evenings; parties outside; I'm never allowed to cook as my husband wants to grill/BBQ everything; the canoe in the pond;a late afternoon swim is a perfect way to end the day; lots of wildlife around;.....it's a great time of year.


And in August, one of the times we watch for is when the grapes start turning from green to black....Normally around the middle of the month....All those shades of summer..




If I think of what jewelry pieces I've made this summer that reflect the season, I think my kayak and boat necklaces were the most summery....





paddling out on the water, the sun glistening on the lake.......






All of them sold within a few hours of my listing them - so hopefully their new owners have captured their little bit of summer.....



Be sure to check out the other members of the merry go round and see what summer means to them. Here are their link:
Fabienne at Easterya http://easterya.blogspot.com
Wendren at Wren http://thewrendesign.com/
Sara at Sara's Texture Crafts http://sarastexturecrafts.blogspot.com
Marian at Florcita http://florcitasart.blogspot.com
Agathe at Le Bar du Vent http://lebarduvent.blogspot.com
Charlotte at FancyPicnic http://fancypicnic.blogspot.com
Lily Pang at Lily Pang Art http://lilypangart.blogspot.com
Jenny at Jenny Karlsson design http://designjennykarlsson.blogspot.com/

10 comments:

Easterya said...

Love the grapes, they look so juicy, and having tasted Birdland's wine, I know they're the best!!!
Love your boat necklaces, the Love Boat is my favourite, it's just SO MEGA CUTE!!! :)

florcita said...

How fantastic those grapes!!!! yum! The only vine we have was bladly hit by a hail storm first, and birds later...
THose little boats are fantastic! love the hats on the little people!

Ruth said...

I just love those changing colors in the grapes...such a nice palette! Thanks both for your nice comments.

Lily Pang said...

Your summer is really fantastic as the grapes and jewelries. I can image how beautiful your place is with the vineyard, green glass and swimming pool.

Just wonder if I can paint the grapes from your photo. They look so beautiful.

meherio68 said...

The word GORGEOUS comes to mind. It says it all...

Deb Cards, Etc. said...

your grape photos are gorgeous...

Ruth said...

Thanks for the comments. Yes, Lily. I hope you will paint them. It's really quite unusual to see grapes in their color change. It happens quite quickly so it's not something that many people see - but I just love that transition time.

Wendren said...

Beautiful pictures of the grapes. The grapes here are just starting to have little green shoots.

Sara's Texture Crafts said...

Oh how delicious those grapes look!
And great news about your Summer pieces selling so quickly!
Sx

'fancypicnic' said...

Yikes, Ruth - I'm here so late! Am trying hard to get back to normal...!
Your summertime sounds just idyllic - especially the comment about your husband not allowing you to cook! Do you hire him out at all?
Wonderful - your images made my mouth water. xx