Monday, August 29, 2011

Treasury Challenge Winner!

Our winner for this weeks treasury challenge is Luvbuzz!  With fall just around the corner Luvbuzz is looking forward with her beautiful collection of fall colored items.

Make sure you take a moment and check out Luvbuzz's shop.
It's filled with all sorts of comfy wearable items that make fall all that much better!

Thanks to everyone who participates in our treasury challenge.  And stay tuned for the next winner!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Sights Around Olympia

 Procession of the Species:
Street Chalk Drawing followed by a Parade; proving life on earth matters.

I have been to this colorful parade before, but I have never known how it begins behind the scenes.  Did you know that there is an amazing art studio open to the public in downtown Olympia?  

I highly recommend going and if you do, bring a little cash to pay for your art supplies. The studio runs on donations alone! Their mission: To empower communities to engage in cultural relationships with the natural world as a means of sustaining efforts of environmental protection and restoration. That translates to: people celebrating nature in community.

On the day of the procession, as you sit on the side of the road waiting for the festivities to start, a flat bed wagon will come by carrying loads of big sidewalk chalk. Run out and grab a few colors, then create some artwork of your own while you wait.  But whatever you are doing when the parade begins, there will be no mistake about it because the sound of instruments makes you want to get up and dance. 

And the artwork and costumes that accompany the sounds are simply amazing!

There are people parading in groups,

or by themselves,

but however they pass by you, most of them are singing,

or dancing, 

And all of them moving. You should join them.

It’s a fun time to be had by all. Check out their website:

Thanks to DelaneyJewelry  for such a great blog post!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Treasury Challenge Winner!

This weeks winner of the treasury challenge is The Bracelet Tree!  The working theme was Sweet Summer Sunshine.  Congratulations are in order for the magnificent work in putting this treasury together. 

Make sure you take a moment to visit The Bracelet Tree. Her work is amazing and she portrays it wonderfully in her photographs!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sights Around Olympia

Yashiro Japanese Garden sometimes seems like a little secret that hides in plain site, it's just so easy to forget about.  I use to ride my bike to this garden as a teenager and spend hours sketching with pens and water colors.

Fellow OlyEtys member Lisa Ellefson from Nostalgia Captured uses this garden for her artistic endevours also.  "I go there all times of the year and there is always something interesting to photograph. I have done portraits there and it provides an excellent background! I love the pond with the Kois and this time when I went I spotted a little red dragon fly. The park is right on Plum so it is very close to where I work so that is convenient. If I need to get away it's just a short walk from 4th Ave."

Lisa has taken some time to share with us her experience of the garden through her photography.  I hope you enjoy.
 You can find more of Lisa's photography here at Nostalgia Captured.

Written by LaurelsArt.