Monday, October 09, 2006

good art & good food & good people


It's been a busy weekend of art & food & friends -- YaY! Kelly was back in Portland for Art & Soul, and she was mostly off art-making herself to exhaustion, but Jim & Alexandra & I got to see her for some lovely meals, and we got to meet some other fabulous artists whose work and blogs we know, and we went to the Art & Soul vendor night and were blown away by the creativity and FUN of the art there! We didn't bring enough money!! The two dolls above were purchased there -- the one on the left is by Katie Kendrick, the one on the right by Leighanna Light (who doesn't have a website, for shame). I have to say again, the ART, the ART -- it was fantastic!! I didn't take any of the workshops this weekend, but Jim & I are going to Artfest next March, and I'm looking forward to it now more than ever.

Kelly, Alexandra, Jim & I had dinner one night with the amazingly talented Nina Bagley, Misty Mawn, and Katie Kendrick, followed by ice cream and strolling and giddiness.


And here I am with Alexandra & Kelly after a late lunch, getting up our strength to go buy art.


And as if art & Kelly weren't enough fun for one weekend, Abigail & Brian also made their way up to Portland with their chihuahua Perkins (who was swathed in a big fleece sweater). Abigail is an editor whose enthusiasm for my faerie characters helped nudge me toward turning them into a book, and whose CONTINUED enthusiasm over several years kept me focused on it. THANK YOU for that, Abi! After lunch at a vegan cafe, we spent way too much money on books at Powell's, had coffee, dropped Perkins off for his slumber party at Alexandra's house, and had dinner at Kennedy School with Kelly, then went back to our house for some vino.




It was a delightful weekend, and now that everyone is gone, we are sad all over again that Kelly & John moved away, and wishing that Abi & Brian lived closer!

(Meanwhile, in the midst of all this, awesome carpenter Dave was building us a little secret patio off my writing room. It is so adorable -- pics soon!)

23 comments:

Jim Di Bartolo said...

Lots of fun indeed wifey :) And SO nice to finally meet Abigail and Brian!

And next time we need to get John up here with Kelly and have them stay longer.

Jim

Alexandra S said...

I can't wait to see the patio! That seems very fast that he finished. Now I wish you had gotten those neat umbrellas we saw at Ravenna Gardens in Seattle last February- I could see one on a little bright round table on a sunny day with you throwing back shirley temples by the bottle while you write away late into the night! I'd like to see you get a special insulated rooftop over the new patio like they have on Pirates of the Carribean at Disneyland where its always a clear pitch black night filled with stars- then you could throw elaborate "outdoor" patio dinners even in the middle of winter. & it was wonderful seeing Kelly and meeting Misty, Nina, Katie, and Abi, all of whom were truly wonderful. I'm still amazed at the kindness and kindred souls we've met this year through blogging. Its really unbelievable.

liz elayne said...

such a wonderful few days! so glad you had so much fun.
love these glimpses into your home (yes, i know i have been there...but i just love it!)

(i am a little jealous i must admit. so glad you guys are coming to artfest!!!)

deirdre said...

Oh, I'm jealous. Even though I was there a month ago and got to meet wonderful people, oh, it's just too far away. Glad you had a great time and the art is fabulous.

Kim G. said...

Oh me too, jealous that is. But in a good way - glad you guys had such a wonderful time with your friends! Chilling out over a bottle of wine talking about art sounds so, so . . . so unlike anything I've got in my schedule these days! Harrumph! But I'm inspired by the pictures to plan something fun - soon . . . really soon!

sophie said...

Wonderful joyous photo's -
and the art pieces are
delightful and quirky -
LOVE them!!!:)

HoBess said...

such great pictures!

chest of drawers said...

All WONDERFUL!!!

kelly rae said...

oh laini, i'm back in oakland. still exhausted from all the fun. i plan to sleep in tomorrow until i've had an entire TWELVE hours of sleep! it was so wonderful to see you guys. i'll be back soon. and i was so cozy in the writing room - it's gorgeous. hello to jim!
xo

Left-handed Trees... said...

I love how your pictures took us all along for the Art and Soul weekend! Sounds like some wonderful connections made and strengthened...

tinker said...

I love those whimsical art dolls!
(and your house - I drool over all the luscious colors and Kasbah ambience!)

Thank you for feeding my inner looky-loo. Post more pictures, soon, please. The looky-loo has an enormous appetite.
:)

Oh and glad you had a good time at Art & Soul, too. I must confess I am just the teensiest bit envious of all the fellow bloggers connecting up there in Portland. (sigh) Especially since they can looky-loo in person! :)

M said...

These are wonderful photos!! So jealous! Glad you had a good one!!

melba said...

Lovely pics! Glad you had such a good time. Maggie (my two year old) is on my lap blogging with my pointing to your picture and saying that is you MaMa! So cute!

melba said...

Oh, and she loves the cookie in the previous post too. only now she keeps telling me she is hungry!

Susannah said...

sounds like you had a wonderful time, love - and i've just been over to Kelly's blog and seen the fairy you gave her - wow, she's absolutely divine! :-)

Rampian said...

Back in California and sitting in my office at Tricycle. Luckily, your fairies surround me with their encouragement and wise words. I'll be sending you some photos soon of my garden with its newly resident garden faeries. The wind chime has a lovely, lonely little sound that I love. After I placed one of your hummingbirds next to a rosebush yesterday, I was standing at the kitchen sink and saw a real hummingbird at the hummingbird feeder in the oliander--for the FIRST time! I think your faeries truly are endowed with magic. Next visit, we must promise to spend some time just us girls, talking about writing. I felt we barely scratched the surface of all we had to talk about. The strength of your creative will is an inspiration to me. Thanks to both you and Jim for spending the day with us and showing us some of your Portland.

Judy Wise said...

Yay, more blogging about Art & Soul to make the happiness last a little longer. I saw you and Jim at Vendor night across the room talking in an animated way to Nina. I have to admit I looked hard for the big shoes (tee hee), looked away for a moment and *snap* you were gone.

I'm going to Artfest too. So much to anticipate! Thank you for this great blog entry.

Bohemian Girl said...

look at all you lovely peeps!

i know i've said this before, Laini...but i want to live on those couches of yours. so beautiful.

xoxoxo

b/sistersshoes said...

looks like a fun filled time and I have to say that you have the coolest decor woman!!!

xxxdarlene

Patry Francis said...

The colors of your life are just so vibrant!

anahata katkin said...

Oh! So sad that I missed you cuties in Portland. I wish I could have been there to catch the buzz of Art & Soul. Youmust let me know if your Ashland trip comes through! Love the dolls!

anahata katkin said...

Oh! So sad that I missed you cuties in Portland. I wish I could have been there to catch the buzz of Art & Soul. Youmust let me know if your Ashland trip comes through! Love the dolls!

paris parfait said...

Oh what fun! Hooray for getting to spend time with such wonderful people! And your writing desk is fabulous! Seeing your huge stack of books to be read makes me feel better about my own - and how I sent my husband back to Paris with a suitcase filled with books in Spanish (a little ambitious, I know) and some antique tiles. He wasn´t happy.