Friday, August 5, 2011

Clowning Around...

The sweetest treasure arrived on my doorstep the other day. Inside was a dear note of thanks for creating the art that I make along with a vintage German jack-o'-lantern donning a clown's mask! Oh what a delight to receive such a special gift... (thank you Elaine!) I set this fun little character on my drawing board and decided to find the perfect spot for him when the timing was just right.....


After a few long days in the workshop sculpting papier mache characters for this year's Halloween, it's a good idea (in theory) to take a little break here and there. Early last evening, I stepped away from the papier mache to join JP for a little happy hour in the kitchen....


Together, we enjoyed a strawberry sangria, and soon he was luring me to pause a bit for a little photo session. Ok Ok.... those sculptures can wait, right? And, oh yes, I remembered that I wanted to photograph my vintage gift!


Suddenly, it was quite clear that my little jack-o'-lantern was going to fit right in with my colorful vintage pottery collection that resides in our kitchen. I set him on the shelf above our 1940s fridge (Fester) and discovered the perfect home for this spooky fun character! When I'm not in the workshop, I'm often cooking. So, why not bring a little year-round Halloween into this special space.


I arranged him just so, stepped back and voila!


It's as if he was meant to live here! What fun! It's those little acts of kindness that can bring such joy ~ when someone takes notice of what you love and makes the time to send you that special little something to brighten your day..... That's what I am talking about. I wanted to thank ALL of you out there that have sent me little treasures over the years. Whether it's a handmade card, little jewels, a vintage find or something you found in grandma's attic that you thought I would love, THANK YOU! I do love them all  :) I don't always have time to post about each thoughtful goodie, but I do appreciate them so very much...


After finishing my sangria and celebrating this sweet gift, I'm not sure if I was a little misty-eyed or perhaps a little tipsy. But things were looking a bit blurry!  HaHaHa! Just kidding of course ~ this was JP's  attempt at motion blur by setting the camera on a slower shutter speed and zooming out the lens in unison. It's fun to experiment and make a little time for play.

~ Johanna


Margaret Nock said...

Thanks for sharing and inspiring us to create, play, and make time for some yummy strawberry sangria. :)

Johanna Parker said...

Hehe, no problem Margaret! Now go play and cheers to you :)

~ Johanna

Jean said...

Fun is good, so is sangria.

The Fanciful Elephant Emporium said...

With all your hard work(play), it is good to see you and hubby play(play) for a while. Love the sweet gift you received. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Cheers, Doodles

Johanna Parker said...

Yep, clowning around with a little sangria in one hand and a vintage jack-o'-lantern in the other will typically make me smile.... :)

Glad you enjoyed the pictures!

Anonymous said...

Love this post! So much FUN!!!!!

~ Amy ~