Monday, October 4, 2010

A Little / A LOT of Art....& I am a Winner....

       1st........  I am a Winner.... : )
   Recently Kathy over at Sweet up North Mornings was hosting a party/contest. "Where in the World are Dave & Kathy?" They went on a fun vacation & invited us to go along. As she posted about thier travels, she asked us to guess where in the world they were. I was the lucky one to get the most correct guesses....
  This is especially sweet for me. You see I am a new blogger, don't even know how to do it all yet. BUT Kathy's sweet blog was the 1st one I followed.
 I don't even remember how I found her, but one night I just followed a blog trail & I came upon her lovely blog & spent the rest of the night visiting. 
  She has a wonderful, restful place, & takes absolutely fabulous pictures that make you just want to grab a cup of tea & sit for a while.
   Kathy is the one that inspired me to start. I am always anxious for her new posts, to see what great idea she has come up with now.
    Thanks Dave & Kathy for bringing us along on your travels.
   It was GREAT FUN!
     Make sure that you stop in & visit her here

      And then earlier this week I spent an evening at Art Prize in Grand Rapids Mi.  An art contest/exhibit with over 1700 pieces of art, scattered all over the city.
  It was a beautiful Michigan night, perfect weather, huge crowds & some fabulous pieces. The public gets to vote & there are some huge dollar prizes.
                  A few pictures......

                       This lovely quilt was made from much smaller pieces than you can actually see here.... & with my LOVE of fabric, sewing & quilting, I was incredibly impressed with this one.

                     The painting above is not a painting but a mosaic.
                                Currently in the top 10.
                    This floor art is made entirely of sand.... a shame that it will be    swept up & soon, gone... : )

                          Lion made entirely of nails...... & then the cubs....
                             This piece is also in the top 10

     A penny made entirely of pennies... also a top vote getter.    
                 And then some questionable art ???? :) 
       This was a pile of junk....looks like it came right from the scrap yard.. :)
      If you look real close.... that is my DIL Carrie in the mirror & ME.. taking the picture :)
                And then my cheesy little camers died....

    We took in a lot in one evening & hoping to go back one more time. 
  There is one more week. Now, the voting is just for the top 10. All, in that group will take away some money, from $7,000 to $250,000 for the winner.  It is a fun way to spend some time..... with art & food vendors all over the city.
   This is only the 2nd year for Art Prize, but it has grown since last year & is bound to only get better.... A brilliant idea of Rick DeVos.....
 Linking this with Pam @ Becolorful for MotivatedMondays                                                                                


  1. The second picture is my absolute favorite..I would love to have that in my home...

  2. Hey Kathy...
    Glad you had fun in Grand Rapids!
    We seem to be there a lot with 3 of our 4 children living there!
    Do you have an e-mail address I can reach you with?
    Would like your address so I can send you a little something for winning the game.
    Or you could just leave it as a comment on my post and I'll deleat it after I copy it.
    No-one will see it but me, Promise.
    Hope your enjoying the is only Michigan can be!

    I'm not into Halloween Creepy/evil either...
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  3. Kathy, what a beautiful exhibit. I would loved to have been there. I loved everything but the scrap pile. I have seen a few of those in my day. Thank you for sharing your visit.
    Also, thank you very much for visiting my first blog. I was so afraid no one would look at it. Choosing to follow me means a lot. I look forward to many interesting mutual visits. God bless you in your youth mission. They are our future. Hugs, Ginger

  4. Oh, how sweet, Kathy is a real precious gal. Lucky you receiving a gift from her.

    I so enjoyed the pictures of these beautiful creations exhibited. Nothing like great 'art' & good times ...

    Have a great weekend.
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  5. Oh, I'm very glad you won...and I love Kathy so much, she's a wonderful person....
    I wanted to thank you for stopping by and bragging on my junk. I'm crazy for junk, and I got some more things yesterday that are just about too far gone, just the way I like them...
    come by any time...

  6. Hi Kathy....congrats on the win!
    I grew up in Grand Rapids....great place with fun events.
    Hope you are having fun up north.

  7. Such a great post. This looks like so much fun. Sometimes I think I am doing okay with my art and then I see something like this and feel a bit small but definitely inspired to take a chance and push it up a notch.
    Thanks for linking this to Motivated Monday at Becolorful