Saturday, July 31, 2010


We just returned home from a week camping in Montana. What a state! we were in the high country desert of the "big hole" and also spent some time in Helena.

While in Helena we visited the:

Archie Bray Foundation. The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts is a public, nonprofit, educational institution founded in 1951 by brickmaker Archie Bray, who intended it to be "a place to make available for all who are seriously and sincerely interested in any of the branches of the ceramic arts, a fine place to work." Its primary mission is to provide an environment that stimulates creative work in ceramics.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bray is located three miles from downtown Helena, Montana, on the site of the former Western Clay Manufacturing Company. Set against the wooded foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the 26-acre former brickyard is internationally recognized as a gathering place for emerging and established ceramic artists. The nearby mountains and brick factory ruins provide a backdrop for the creative environment; more important is the dynamic arts community created by the resident artists that come to the Bray to work, share experiences, and explore new ideas.

Talk about inspiration...honestly we cut our vacation short by 2 days because we were so inspired all we wanted to do was get home and start on projects!

Friday, July 30, 2010

kitties need a home...

As a favor to a friend who has generously saved this feral family of felines. I make this post. Momma Cat and the 3 kittens (2 female 1 male) have all been spayed/neutered and vaccinated. If you are in need of a mouser or just can't resist a fuzzy face, email me and I will pass it on..

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Farm Tour

Looking for something fun and unusual to do this weekend.
Check out this self guided farm tour on Sunday August 1

You have to sign up ( email is okay ) by Thursday June 29
email Carol Spurling at
or call 208-669-0763

Monday, July 19, 2010

thank you...

I don't think I have taken the time to send my gratitude. Gratitude for the support that allows me to have the perfect stay at home job. Gratitude for the ability to nurture beauty in our busy world. I love what I do and I am grateful to the community that supports that.

The greenhouse is full of tomatoes and cucumber plants for backyard harvest. They are planted in containers on a drip system. Our gardens are all on auto-pilot and we are finally settling in to our off season and starting to dream of camping.

Monday, July 12, 2010

What a wonderful day...

Thank you to everyone who attended Art in the Garden this year.
We had a wonderful time.
The day was calm and sunny and we had a steady stream of folks all day long. Our event coincided with Palouse Art Walk this year and there was good flow of people coming and going...

We would like to thank all our artists who participated this year. Merci Merci Merci

Thursday, July 8, 2010

My booth...

No surprise here. I really did had plans for making driftwood trellis, collage cards, and more for Art in the Garden, but really, where did I think the time was going to come from.

The event is starting to become real for me.... Patrick Siler came by this morning to pick out a spot in the shade where he can draw. Molly's up in the sugar shack cum studio, painting her heart out. I am so excited to see her finished work. She did such a nice job on our poster.

2 more days...

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Summer in the Garden

Another reason to visit us (besides Art in the Garden) this Saturday, July 10 is our gardens. With all the rain this spring they are extra lush and just starting to overflow with summer color.

Scotty is framing photos for his "booth" and tomorrow I will post a photo of my "booth"

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Art in the Garden 2010

A week has past since our season ended.
The gardens have grown so much with the warm weather, they look perfect for Art in the Garden. We have many new artists showing this year. I can't wait! See you Saturday.