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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tides out...I mean, FAR OUT!!!

Our weekend sale at Oceanside Community Center was Great! Thank you to all that attended. We were suprised with a minus two tide that weekend, exposing rocks and access to far reaches of the beach not easily reached. We all got a little wet, but what a great experience to see "Lost boys Cave," and other sites once seen when we were children. Don't forget our next sale at "Sandy Mt.Festival in Sandy, Oregon July 11-12. See you there!

Two Custom Orders . . .

One of my clients wanted a Lazy Susan to go with her set of dishes. She gave me a picture of the dishes and I took the idea of the blue and red flowers. Vines creep around and fill the surface . . .Pam, all this needs now is a couple coats of sealer to protect it and add depth and shine. Then you can use it in your kitchen.

Jeff wanted to get his wife a one of a kind gift for Mother's Day. We talked about a chair or an end table. In the end, they decided together that they wanted to update a coffee table that has been in her family for years. Julie's father built this table and she remembers that it was a part of her home growing up. It was sent with her when she moved out to furnish her first apartment. Now it is a part of her and Jeff's home and a part of their family.
The table is unique - it is approximately 5 feet long in the shape of a surf board. Unique features on the base make it a one of a kind piece of furniture.
Since this has been a part of Julie's family for as long as she can remember, she wanted it to reflect what means the most to her family - the beach. I worked on the base first - the colors are laid in. The details are yet to come!
Here is a brief preview of the top. A blue sky, a sun, the start of a beach. You will need to stay tuned to see the finished product. Check back soon!

Friday, May 22, 2009

A Give Away . . .

I want to win this! Take a look at this site - she has a great giveaway going on. Or then again . . .maybe you shouldn't take a look, because then you may want to win this. Hmmm - a dilemma.


I love these little giveaways that other bloggers do - it's a great way to find new inspiration from other artists and help me to look at things in a whole new way. Check it out!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Surfs Up!!!!!

Here's my latest client's request! Take their old surf board coffee table and turn it into a massive amount of color and "surfer design" arrangment, with special word phrases that hold dear to them! What a treat. Can't wait to see the finished product. I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, if you have any old chairs, dressers, dinning room table, night stands ect. that need a bright new look, please let me know.  Until then.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Another Sale down! Another one to go!

We're looking forward to another sale the weekend of  May 23rd and 24th at Oceanside Community Center. Starts at 10am. The little town of Oceanside is approx. nine miles outside of Tillamook, Ore. Easy to find, but if you want a little help with directions, just let us know.  This is what you'll see from the patio of the community center. See you there!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Eleventh Annual Columbia Gorge Art Festival

Come join Laurie Miller Designs and a variety of wonderfully gifted artistans at the 11th Annual Columbia Gorge Art Festival. It will be held May 16th and 17th and the Corbett Grade School on the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway.

What a great way to spend a weekend day - drive the old scenic highway, enjoy the scenery and look at original art.

I really like to participate in this event. All of the artists contribute a portion of their sales to the Corbett Education Foundation to fund scholarships for the students. I hope to see you there. I have been working on some new designs and new products with lots of color.

35800 East Historic Columbia River Hwy.
Corbett, Oregon 97019
From I-84, take Exit 22, go up Corbett Hill Road to Historic Hwy and turn right.Art Festival is about 1/4 mile on left.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

An Inspiration

This video was recently forwarded to me. I am not a big sports enthusiast. I am definitely not a golfer or even an appreciator of the sport. But I couldn't help but feel inspired, uplifted, and a little emotional after watching this. A lesson for all . . .