Crafty Wonderland is almost here!!! Come say hello next Saturday May 7th 11am-6pm at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland Oregon! I will be in booth #162! I will have new items available that you'll see there first!! Can't wait to see your faces :)
Come on down to booth #162 where I'll be hanging out :)
It's been quiet over here in Soma Venus land! I have been putting a lot of my time and energy into starting my pet photography business Rad Cat! You can become a fan over here :)
I've been behind on making sketchbooks because of this, so I decided to take a much needed art retreat to my favorite place on the Oregon coast. No distractions just the amazing views and the sounds of crashing waves, sea lions and seagulls. P E R F E C T!
I absolutely love heading out on road trips by myself. I live completely in the moment and feel 100% in my element when I'm on an adventure! The drive to the coast is amazing - once getting out of the city traffic and off the freeways. It's an hour and 20 minute drive through farm lands and dirt roads on each side. It reminds me of home back in upstate New York. Eventually the farm lands turn into mountains and forests. I have many secret hiding spots along the way - waterfalls, hiking trails - just places to take a break, stretch my legs and photograph the mossy green trees.
Then it was off to my usual stomping grounds on the coast - Cape Meares Lighthouse, The Octopus tree, Oceanside. I absolutely love how lush and green Oregon is even in winter!
the small town I stayed in:
The best part of the mini art retreat was of course making art! I set up shop on a big table in my hotel room (which felt more like a studio apartment than a hotel) with a pile of books to sew and ephemera to collage with! My view was spectacular - I spent my Saturday morning snuggled in blankets on the bed listening to the rain, waves, sea lions bark and seagulls! I worked on art until I had to check out at 11am.. it was so hard to leave!
I left feeling inspired and looking forward to the next time I can say hello to the ocean! One day I will live out there! It completely calms and soothes my soul and fills me with so much happiness and inspiration! I love you sweet pacific! Can't wait to visit with my twin when she's here next month visiting from New York!
I would love to see what everyone is crafting today :D I'm busy making 200 (!) vintage matchbook notepads :) - half to go to a Conference in Australia, and the rest to send to a few shops in my hometown of Portland Oregon!
Star had to get in on the photo opportunity - he's turning into such a ham lately!
(oops.. meant to post this on 2/10/11! bad blogger!)
Yesterday I set off on an adventure to the Oregon Coast. It would have been my moms 56th birthday, and I wanted to celebrate her life. She taught me to follow my heart and do what I love! I adventured out to Tillamook Oregon to the Tillamook Cheese Factory to get my fix of squeaky cheese (cheese curds)!! Tillamook is a quaint farm town just outside the Oregon Coast.
With cheese in tow, i then headed to Oceanside Oregon to one of my favorite new secret hiding spots that overlooks the entire small sea town of Oceanside. It was so peaceful up here, and I could hear the sea lions barking up a storm :)
Then it was off to Cape Meares to see the lighthouse (one of my mom's favorite things) and to watch a spectacular sunset :)
I am filled with so much inspiration when I drive out to the coast! This trip took me over 3 hours because I would stop every few miles to photograph something (sorry to everyone who was behind me and had to experience my quick pull offs along the mountains!). You can see the entire collection of photographs on my Flickr, here!
Being a new blogger, I'm still trying to choose a direction with this blog (and to be a regular poster!) - thinking of posting about how I make books (will be making a tutorial soon!), my favorite artists, and things that inspire me... what would you like to see??
wow has it really been since JULY that i said hello?! so much has happened since then!! the biggest news being I quit my day job to be a full time artist! woohoo! i will have so much time to make new products, branch out into new product lines, participate in shows (portland saturday market??), and most importantly BE HAPPY :D
i have lots of new products since i last posted, so be sure to check out my shop :)
more big news - i moved to Portland (from the 'burbs of portland) in October! I absolutely love my new place. It's this cute charming apartment built in the 1940's with lots of character. I finally got around to posting pictures of it here on my flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/somavenus/sets/72157625939907092/
i launched a new line of prints as well as cassette tape books as well! I have so many ideas running through my head - and i have to say one of my favorite things about being self employed is that i can take off on a road trip photo adventure whenever i please!! Check out the photos from my last photo adventure here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/somavenus/sets/72157625941698624/ and here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/somavenus/sets/72157625816366617/
whew! and i haven't shared the BIGGEST news! I will share that next week ;) I hope that you're all well, and please stick around, because i promise to be a frequent blogger now that i have time :)
latest photo adventure.. i have a knack for finding the most amazing secret hiding spots!! looking out at the dear pacific ocean on the Oregon Coast!