Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My Trip To ZINNIA and Other News...

I've been having a wonderful time visiting with friends these past few weeks and making trips to places I haven't been to in a long time or places I've never been to but wanted to see. Recently, I made a trip with a fun and wonderful friend to a very special store called ZINNIA*...

With a motto like this, how could it take me so long to get to ZINNIA?!!?!

I don't remember how I learned about this shop, but I discovered it a year or so ago probably through the internet. My friend stumbled upon it last month and was adamant that we go take a look and we were not disappointed in what we saw! You can see amazing pictures of the shop on the website...

Lately, I've been on the search for interesting tins to use for storing my art supplies (which are too many to container-ize I fear!) and ZINNIA had a lovely tin, as well as a few other goodies I couldn't help but bring back home, despite already having so many art supplies to work with:

a bright and colorful tin to store some art supplies, old and new...

Some vintage computer cards, old library pocket sleeves, brass keys and stamps from New Zealand...

An old and beat-up round tin, glass beads and a lovely bit of tapestry fabric...

These glass beads will become a pair of earrings eventually...

Each customer gets a goodie bag...when the sales people remember to give them out! ;)

I'm trying not to bring home any more art supplies, but since I'm heading to Santa Barbara this weekend to participate in Orly Avineri's weekend workshop "TREES", I have needed to pick up a few things I don't have in my regular arsenal, like black gesso, matte medium and some larger brushes than I usually use. I've been spending time this week getting all the supplies together as well as figuring out clothes to take - it will be considerably cooler in Santa Barbara than it is at home...

I've also had to go through my images to figure out which tree pictures I want to use and I have a few tree images that I've shot over time:

my favorite fig tree in the city of Ventura...

This fabulously textured tree in Leimert Park a few blocks from my old office (I like the sound of that last bit!)

Blooming Jacaranda trees near my old office...

I'll figure out what pictures to use by July 29, when I leave for the workshop...hmmm, why does the date JULY 29 ring a bell??

GOODNESS!

I started my blog on JULY 29, 2009!

I have a 2 year Blogiversary coming!!

I guess I should have a give-away to celebrate ;)

I'll see what I can rustle up for a celebratory give-away of goodies by Friday so check back!


* - UPDATE: Zinnia closed their brick & mortar shop in 2012, but they still host workshops as they continue to search for a new storefront

5 comments:

Gwynnie B said...

What a fun store! And yea for you taking Orley's class and spending time in gorgeous Santa Barbara. Have fun!!

Gwynnie

Kathryn Hansen said...

i've been getting emails for a long time from Zinnia but have never been there...they have a lot of weekend classes too that sound great...one of these days!!!

SueAnn said...

Never heard of Zinnia...sounds like a wonderful place to lose, oops, I mean to find some supplies and lose some money in the process!! I am like you...I really don't need any..but I love to "look"!!
Yes a giveaway is a great idea!! HeHeHe!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Diana said...

Ain't Zinnia grand? I've been going there since it opened and I just love it and the people who run it.

I know you're going to SB this weekend, but there's a bead and design show at the Pasadena Hilton this weekend and I know how you can get a free pass, if you have some time before you go: http://www.pasadenabeadanddesignshow.com/index.php

The Creative Beast said...

Gwynnie - I sure am looking forward to this weekend and spending time in SB =-)

Kathryn - maybe we can meet up at ZINNIA one day? I know you'll love it

SueAnn - you are FUNNY! Yes, one can lose one's head AND money at ZINNIA very quickly!

Diana - if I thought I could squeeze in a trip to that show, I would! ;)