Squirrel Picnic

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Up to My Eyeballs in Color


Rocky Mountain National Park 1 Rocky Mountain National Park 2 Rocky Mountain National Park 3 Rocky Mountain National Park Aspen Chihuly Denver Botanic Gardens 2 Chihuly Denver Botanic Gardens 1 Chihuly Denver Botanic Gardens 3 Denver Botanic Gardens October 2014 Olivarez_Sugar Candy Skull

My parents came to visit us from Virginia this past week and what a whirlwind adventure we had. We went to the Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Air Force vs. Navy college football game in Colorado Springs, and up to the mountains to visit Georgetown, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Estes Park. When we weren’t off exploring, I was working on my Skullbow Art Hoodies for the Muertos Mart. From Chihuly’s vibrant blown glass to the golden aspen leaves to the work I am doing on these very colorful calavera appliques, I feel like I’m up to my eyeballs in color… and it feels pretty good.

Ever since my friend, Sylvie, told me I should crochet flower pins to adorn my larger skull appliques (isn’t that a great idea!), I have been sketching and brainstorming and playing with yarn and color to come up with some fun designs. I finished my first skull this week, embellishing it with beads, buttons, embroidery, and crochet flowers. These skulls are sewn to the backs of the hoodies to create a real statement piece. For the colors, I’ve been choosing beads and buttons first and then letting them direct the yarn colors I use. It’s been a challenge for some reason, but the Ideas Man has been at my side every step of the way with his solid advice.

I know that I promised you I would release some Hodge & Podge squirrel costume patterns for Halloween this year. I will try to get them out soon, but I hope you will understand if there is a bit of a delay. In addition to my hoodies, we’ve got a Charm Exchange coming up too. I better get back to work. Have a great week everyone!


17 thoughts on “Up to My Eyeballs in Color

  1. Wow, the skull looks perfect. Nice idea! Thanks for all the nice pictures from your beautiful trip!


  3. See,see that’s what I was talking about!!Your photos are sooooo gorgeous!!!The Rocky Mountain seem so appealing to me!! 🙂 A question: but the balls from the 6th photo are artificial,arnt’t they?And the 7th and 8th photo?… What exactly is on them? Some blown glass sculptures? Beautiful colours!And your scull is so ADORABLE!!!

    • Thanks, Tajana! I knew you would like this. Your posts about your travels around Parma inspired me. Photos 6, 7, and 8 are from the Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Dale Chihuly is an American glass artist who works primarily in blown glass sculptures. It was so neat that I was able to visit this installation with my mother while she was here because she has been a fan of Chihuly for as long as I can remember. I thought it was so neat how well the glass sculptures fit into the garden environment. I’m glad you enjoyed this post!

      • I enjoyed it really much. It is fascinating how the sculptures look so natural…. I love so much when nature and art melt so well…. I wish I were there …

        • I wish you were too. You would love it! I added links to my post, so you can explore it more. 🙂

          • It is so thoughtful from you!I had a look on Chihuly page and find his work interesting… I have to try and craft something inspired by him…. should be ok… well,to be honest,it is not always easy to pass the colour shades from one art to other,I still have to do the same with my fav painter (http://www.klimt.com/) but still haven’t found enough courage to do so….

  4. such pretty pictures. didn’t know you lived in Colorado. I live in Westminster. don’t you just love Estes park. never been to the gardens, hope to someday go. have a great day, love debi Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 01:30:26 +0000 To: ladylightbuld@hotmail.com

    • Hi Debi! How awesome that you live in Westminster. I live right next door in Arvada. 🙂 I definitely recommend the gardens. It’s best during the spring and summer, but even now it was full of color. Have a great day!

  5. Stunning photography, the views look amazing.

  6. Lovely post and thanks for the peek into places I wouldn’t otherwise see. I loved all the places but in particular Georgetown. The old railway looks like big fun! Well I have downloaded your PDF big skull pattern and am experimenting with crocheting and then sticking it to a paper mache mask. This doesn’t mean it will eventuate of course but it will be fun trying it. 😀 Watch for my foxes coming up soon! i am happy with them. 😀

    • Thanks, Sharon! I love the train at Georgetown too. I took my parents on the Georgetown Loop ride last Christmas. It was a lot of fun. They even decorate the forest with Christmas lights! I can’t wait to see your foxes! And your paper mache skulls!