Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Brilliant Artists Invite You to Enjoy the Most Spectacular Safari Imaginable

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Quick note: I know I've been talking about the changes coming to the Thursday Sweet Treat for the last few weeks and I want you to know they really are coming. Stay tuned, get's going to be great.

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The entries this week knocked my socks off. All of the pieces are exquisite but what was even more incredible were the risks many artists took in challenging themselves. Many folks stepped out of their comfort zones to create completely unforgettable works. There were artists who weren't sure that they would be able to rise to the challenge however they not only rose to it, they exceeded every expectation they had for themselves. From the "Urban Safari" to the "Artistic Safari," these talented, professional, creative artists made some of the most beautiful work I've ever seen. I applaud everyone!

It gives me great pleasure to invite you on a magnificent, Artistic Safari......

Giraffelabel created this phenomenal work titled, "Safari clean-up crew."

"'Artistic safari'…I have the safari part. Artistic…hmm…maybe not. But, still a ton of fun to work on! When I saw this week's theme, my mind started brainstorming immediately. I wanted to go out on a limb, and come up with something amazing and artsy and imaginative but, in the end, I kept coming back to my studio and looking at these fabrics. It’s always about the fabrics for me. I just couldn’t resist using them. And, being a mom/aunt/godmother, I know a little bit about babies and their needs. (as well as the wants of the mom!) When my children were babies, I would pick out an outfit for them to wear, and I would pick out a bib and burp cloth to go with it. It was part of “the look”, as important as any other accessory, even if it was destined to be covered in drool and food. That is how I decided what to make with these fabrics. So, is this artistic? I think so. Mostly, I hope it makes each person who looks at it smile!"

Jody, creator of My Pencil Portraits, created this striking piece titled, "Mother's Love."

"The safari theme really stumped me at first because I immediately locked into the idea of animals. Even though I do some animal portraiture, I was having a hard time connecting to any 'safari' type animals because my art is all about catching expression, personality, and some sort of vulnerability. This is pretty hard to do with elephants, giraffes, and zebras. I don't know why it didn't occur to me right from the start to just stick with what I love doing best and draw people-- and what is more beautiful than capturing the special bond between mother and child? I took the theme as a sign that it was time to make my first attempt at drawing someone with a dark complexion and I'm ever so glad I did!"

Steph, creator of Tart Deco, created this exquisite piece titled, "Safari in Style."

“In creating this piece I knew I wanted to use scrap items I already had,” said Steph. “The leather and feathers seemed pretty natural to include in this, but I needed to make sure these were not overwhelming. I had experimented prior with creating the grass fringe based on vintage millinery I had on a hat and I thought the pattern on the fabric was cheetah-like, so I used it as a base for more texture. Lastly, the flowers reminded me of colors I had seen in pictures of jungles and added a feminine touch.”

The Nature Nomad took this incredible photo of a Cape Buffalo.

"I took it while walking through one of Africa's amazing National Parks. There's something special about a walking safari (instead of driving-as most people do). I'm guessing it requires more attention because you are right there with all of nature instead of protected inside a vehicle. It is a powerful reminder for me that in order to really experience what I want to discover, I have to get out from behind the barriers to take it all in."

Amanda, creator of Persistent Green, created this stunning WildCover hand-bound jotter, "Explore".

"This week's theme made me itch for spring and my own version of a safari--wandering by the local creek, admiring wildflowers and scribbling sunny poems in a little notebook," said Amanda. "In this spirit of adventure and play, I finally listened to the urge to try bookbinding, albeit in a very simple way. This mini jotter fits your palm or back pocket--perfect for any safari, whether you're in the Sahara or South Dakota!"

Gabrielle J-C, creator of Art Therapy, created this beautiful “Little Bee Eater” sketch.

“First thing that comes to mind when I think Africa are the big guys - elephants, giraffes, hippos,” said Gabrielle. “I wanted to honor the little guy, so here is a Little Bee-eater who lives in Kenya, Tanzania, and other parts of the world and are about 5 inches. I liked learning that both the males and females take care of the eggs :) For this theme, I went out of my comfort zone of abstract, expressionistic painting to sketching an illustration. Very exciting to challenge myself.”

Katie, creator of Kay T Taylor, created this amazing piece titled, "Summer Breeze Fitted Cowl."

"This is for a sweet 15 year old whom I admire & love," said Katie. "She asked me to make her one of my cowls & the bright colors are perfect for this beautiful girl and the happiness she brings to so many others! It's cool & breezy, perfect for the outdoors and will ward off the chill of a beautiful morning sunrise..."

Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes, creator of mkcphotography, created two stunning pieces titled "Clocks" and "Grace".

“I laughed when I first read this challenge - where is a city girl like me supposed to go on safari?” wondered Michelle. “Then I thought of our beautiful local arboretum and my two curious little boys...I had my answer! Here are two special things they helped me find - they had never seen a swan before, and who ever heard of a dandelion growing in the harsh Philadelphia winter? I'd like this our "Urban Safari" and I hope you all enjoy the results!”



Jodi, creator of Jodi Horgan, created these absolutely unforgettable "Massai inspired hoops".

“Every year my grandmother gave our family a subscription to National Geographic,” said Jodi. “As a kid, I was fascinated by all the pictures in the magazine. I clearly remember one issue with pictures of these African women wearing beautiful beaded jewelry. They wore huge necklaces and earrings -nothing like I had ever seen. These incredible pieces were created by women of the Massai. It was this memory that helped to inspire my submission this week.”

Salvaged Expression created this truly magnificent hat.

"I was originally going to make a tiger hat but my orange was not next-to-skin soft so I reached into my HUGE stockpile of white and went with a zebra stripe hat," said Salvaged. "My poor husband had to put up with a lot of me saying "hold on I'm counting." and I have to admit it may be a while before I do these kinds of stripes again. That said I think the result is pretty cool looking."

Samantha, creator of Jeans and a Sweater, created this "Purple Leopard Mini Book Bag/Purse" and "Purple Leopard Yoga Bag".

"I had have this one pair of jeans in the house for about a month," said Samantha. "When I saw them I had to have them to make something. I wasn't quite sure what when I first bought them. This challenge was the perfect reason to get off of my butt and get something made with it. Since these are both made from the one pair of jeans, I ran a little short on fabric so I improvised with some knitted pieces. As you can see I have yet to give them a real name, just a descriptive one. Suggestions are welcome."

Felicia, creator of Another Bright Idea, created this awe-inspiring piece titled, “Twilight Safari”.

"This is the first time the theme threw me off a little,"said Felicia. "I’m a “city” kid and have never been even close to a safari. However, undaunted, I went out on my patio (we finally had a semi-warm day) and took some photos of my climbing hydrangea vines, which I love. I layered that with a macro photo I took of a feather and an altered clip art photo of a jungle cat to come up with my submission this week. I actually surprised myself!"

Lorrie Veasey, creator of Our Name is Mud, created this fabulous PINK ELEPHANT.

"Seeing pink elephants" is a euphemism for drunken hallucination, caused by alcoholic hallucinosis or delirium tremens," Lorrie said. "My safari was, as usual, of the Liquid kind.I created this in earthenware but it is painted in acrylics because I ran out of time. Thanks Tash for this awesome site and to all of you guys who have stopped by my blog to say hi."

Ceridwen, creator of Wanderlust Bling, created this spectacular Safari necklace.

"I loved this theme and came up with tons of ideas," said Ceridwen. "To start I went to my embroidery floss collection and picked out what I thought were Savannah-eycolors - browns, rusts and tans - then I used the Japanese technique of Kumihimo to create a cord with these colors. I added "caged" Amazonite beads wrapped in square copper wire and a fun striped glass bead. This was such a fun theme because I very rarely work solely in these neutral colors -but I will now!"

Theresa E, creator of WoodNGoods, created this awesome puzzle using 2 different hardwoods.
made in Michigan scrollsaw art and more.

Ashley, creator of Off the Hooks, created this gorgeous "Little Tiger Handspun Beaded Art Yarn."

"My initial inspiration was the colors often associated with the "safari aesthetic"; lots of contrast, lots of bright colors; pretty much anything goes!" said Ashley. "I had been holding onto this fabulous black alpaca fiber since the fall- when a friend and I went on a little safari of our own to a local alpaca ranch! I immediately thought of using it as a contrast to another brightly colored fiber. So I grabbed one of my favorite blends- merino and silk. I let this idea bubble in my mind for a few days, and then I remembered the huge collection of beads I have! Why not use some of them in the yarn? One of the things people like to collect when they travel is jewelry- what a perfect addition to a safari-inspired yarn! I am very happy with the end result, and can't wait to see what some lucky person will knit or crochet up with this yarn!

Lada, creator of Works and Finds, created these two fantastic pieces titled Thursday Sweet Treat Safari necklace and the Thursday Sweet Treat Safari Necklace - elephant.

"Wow, you say SAFARI and go non stop. I had so much fun making these - thank you for your blog and for your fantastic ideas," said Lada.

Thursday Sweet Treat Safari Necklace - elephant

Thursday Sweet Treat Safari necklace

Maureen, a talented artist, went on her Artistic Safari in her journal.

Sky says, "help called out to her. Your've been waiting for this." Timid footsteps start at the left. "Now is the ideal time." She braves the edge of the jungle and Tree One whispers, "Stay strong. Moving forward. Because." She answers, "I will." Tree Two urges her forward, "Don't fear. Immediate relief. Yes, I can." She cries out, "I will." Tree Three encircles her, draws her onward,"Remember what's good. have you met life today? (deep breath) Discover. Possibilities. It's a new attitude. Rejoice." And there's Maureen, deep into the wild. "Suddenly, everything feels so right."

Bird, creator of Kitty Hawke, created these two magnificent pieces - Tribal Safari and Spiral Safari.

"Safari to me means journeys, whether inner or outer, no matter where the mind & body may roam," said Bird. "These pieces here, and those still to come, are journeys. Some are exploring different ways of expressing themes. Some are pushing the boundaries of what I am comfortable doing. Some are simple statements of a journey into an environment. All are unique."

Tribal Safari

Spiral Safari

Alwaysadorable created this stunning Giraffe Portrait.

"I have always had a fascination with giraffes and couldn’t help myself with the African safari theme," said Alwaysadorable. "The giraffe is hand drawn in pencil and highlighted with color pencil with a digitally colored background. I love her eyes, they say everything."

I had no idea what I was going to make this week. Then, as I was working on a children's book this new character began to take shape. I'd love for you to meet him. He's very rough as is the writing but I just adore him. He's my Safari Treat.

The text reads:

"What a silly monkey!" she said. "He doesn't even use his vine to swing from tree to tree like everyone else. He just skips rope all day."

They all laughed but he didn't care. He was having too much fun.

I have to ask....are you not amazed at the imagination in each of these pieces??

Please share your thoughts, ask the artists questions, leave a comment and some love here. Then, go visit these artists at their shops and blogs, share some more and tell a friend!
Thanks so much for visiting!!


Amanda (Blake) Fall said...

How perfect to go on this Safari while I watch all the piles of snow melt in my yard! Such different work from obviously inspired us all to step out on a limb and try something new. I, for one, am so excited to continue with my newest Natasha-inspired line :)

SalvagedExpression said...

People downstairs putting on shoes and coats are wonderwing where I am (really they are) and I... I am in Africa!
Everyone here is amazing but I have to mention PersistentGreen I think this is my favorite item of yours yet!
It's a good thing no one can hear me up here goind "Ohhh WOW!"

Amanda (Blake) Fall said...

Thanks, Salvaged! :) You just put the biggest grin on my face. Making this little notebook felt like magic--and I probably never would have gotten around to trying the process if it weren't for Natasha and her infamous creativity fairy dust... ;) Loved your hat!

Ruth of Allover Art said...

I'm so mad that I forgot to send this in. Here's mine:

Safari Sunset Art Pendant

Great work as always everyone! :)


LadyK said...

These are all beautiful, great work everyone!
I was unable to get mine finished in time so it will have to go in the one at the end of the month.
I am really loving coming in here on Thursday mornings (whether I'm done with mine or not) makes for a very inspiring day! :)

Felicia Kramer said...

Every week I say I'm going to pick my favorites and every week the list becomes so long that I end up saying - BEAUTIFUL WORK, EVERYONE!! Sounds like I wasn't the only one who was challenged and succeeded. Seeing the different interpretations really opens my own mind up to expanding the possibilities of my art. Thanks for the inspiration!

lifeartdesigns said...

Wonderful works you guys! I am loving this and having so much fun watching how everone's art responds to each theme. So sad I wasn't able to play this week, but glad because I was busy with unexpected custom work...hopefully I'll be back next week. can't wait to see what tomorrow's theme is!

j.US.t chatter said...

although my first time in, and feeling a little 'out of the loop' still. i was excited to see my not quite finished cowl surrounded by such other glorious pieces of creation. thanks for such a warm welcome into natasha's fairy theme world! :)

Natasha said...

Amanda (Blake) Fall- I LOVE the way you challenged yourself this're work is fabulous...I seriously love the direction you are heading continually amaze and inspire me...thank you!

SalvagedExpression - as always you make me laugh..that's my exact expression as each one comes in. Your hat was phenomenal...I loved it..and I loved the fact that this initially presented a huge challenge...your work is amazing! AND I agree with you about Amanda's piece..all the work here is simply fabulous

Ruth of Allover Art - WHAT A GORGEOUS PIECE....I LOVE that is goes's amazing! I'm putting a note at the top of the post about it

LadyK - definitely submit it to the Mini monthy - the call will be coming soon! And I'm with you...every Thursday I'm insanely inspired.

Felicia Kramer - your work was phenomenal...truly...I could not stop staring at that piece!! Thank YOU for inspiring me today

lifeartdesigns - totally missed you but CONGRATS on the unexpected custom work!! WoooHooo...way to cheer today...hope to see you next week!!

Natasha said...

j.US.t chatter - I am SO thrilled that you participated AND with such a beautiful piece. The colors in the cowl are stunning...I love it ..she's a lucky girl, the one who gets to wear it! It is my sincere hope that you will be here with us next week for more're a great addition to this tremendously talented, warm, inviting TST community

aquamaureen said...

In addition to LOVING all the work shared this week, I hear so many of us saying we had no clue what we would do . . . and then the magic happened. In my life right now, I'm not producing sellable art so much as I am holding onto the artist part of my identity, while in the midst of some huge changes. Having this prompt each week to tuck inside my thought and heart, lets me go through the days as an artist, despite what the outside of my life looks like. I'm so proud of each of us--the brave sharing, the loving and excited support of each other. Kinda feels like I found some new family.

Natasha said...

aquamaureen - and the winner of the "Who Will Make Natasha Cry This Week" contest is....Aqua!! What beautiful thoughts you shared...thank YOU for being a brave shining light here are always taking risks and sharing the beauty inside and all of it makes this place a better place to be...I, too, feel as though I've found a wonderful, supportive, funny, inspiring creative family...this home away from home...hugs

Xjaeva said...

What a great blog :D
I found it on the etsy forums. I love when you throw an idea out and everyone goes in their own fabulous direction!

Laura Pugh said...

Another week of wonderful entries! Great job everyone. Natasha, I'm thankful for you and the work you put into this project. I know a lot of people look forward to it every week. It also gives us the opportunity to stretch our creative muscles and work on things we might not normally do. Thanks for the encouragement.

alwaysadorable said...

I love to see what happened in everyone's imaginations with those two simple words, "African safari". Simply amazing work everyone!!!

Natasha I love your little monkey and want to know what happens next to him!

I also love Theresa's puzzle. Ingenious!

Natasha said...

Xjaeva - welcome...that's the thing that amazes me time and theme, one idea and so many creative, imaginative stories come to's exhilerating!
Will you join in a play..the new theme is revealed tomorrow!

Laura Pugh - thank YOU for cheering, creating, sharing and being such a great part of always inspire me and I am just as thankful to have a safe place to play and try things out and learn from others...I LOVE learning about new art, new artists, new's lights me up inside

giraffelabel said...

it is so hard to find the time to sit and look through all of these carefully, but i want to. so, my son is watching a movie! :) this is a really fun addition to my life right now, having this to look forward to each week. i love how different each person is when deciding what to do with the theme each week. i love each and every one. but, i do have a couple favorites...

pesistentgreen – love the journal
mkcphotography – I love the dandeliion picture
jodi – i think the hoops are amazing
salvaged – the zebra hat is too cute.
woodngoods – that puzzle is beautiful
alwaysadorable – giraffes are my favorite, and your right…it’s the eyes that can make or break. her’s are lovely!
natasha – thanks for introducing your monkey. i would love to know the rest of his story!

i could go on for days, but i need to see how the movie is going. *hee hee*

i feel truly blessed to be surrounded by such talent each week! thank you!!

Ruth of Allover Art said...

Thanks Natasha! :)

jodi said...

the other day my youngest had a play date at a friend's house. she was so excited. i think every 5 minutes she would ask "is it time to got yet?' every week when i see the new theme i feel just like her. the anticipation of the new theme is like a grown up play date for me. i can't wait for thursday and friday! yipee.

thanks natasha. it's fun to feel like a kid again.

Tart Deco said...

Its kind of humbling to look at everyone's work and see that people spent hours and hours on some of these pieces. Mine takes time, but a wooden jigsaw puzzle- wow.

I can't wait for next weeks theme. I am loving this blog!

Sherry said...

Natasha.....Another fabulous Sweet Treat. You are an inspiration to me! I know this must be alot of work for you. But it tells me how passionate you are about this! I loved the giraffe drawings. I hope I cam come up with something for next week! Thanks for all you do for others!

Ceridwen said...

Love it- so much fun this week! It's great to get little hints of people's creative processes as well as see the wonderful finished products! Thanks for getting me in, Natasha! Hopefully my technical issues will be fixed by next week!

mkcphotography said...

Natasha, your monkey makes me - and all the other creative non-conformists out there - smile!!

I must have said "WOW" a million times here - salvaged, all your counting paid off - what a fabulous hat! Felicia, your collage is *stunning*!

Thanks to all of the awesome artisans who put themselves out here this week - so much fun to see :-D

Wood N Goods said...

I love seeing all the different directions the theme takes! Thanks for the chance to participate :)

SalvagedExpression said...

Felicia Kramer said...
Every week I say I'm going to pick my favorites and every week the list becomes so long that I end up saying - BEAUTIFUL WORK, EVERYONE!!
What you said!
aquamaureen said...
Having this prompt each week to tuck inside my thought and heart, lets me go through the days as an artist, despite what the outside of my life looks like.
That too!
jodi said...
the anticipation of the new theme is like a grown up play date for me. i can't wait for thursday and friday! yipee.

Yep that one too. ;)

Mackin-Art said...

I had to miss again this week (drats), but what a pleasure to view everyone's work.
Thank you!

Steph said...

I wasn't able to submit something this week, but I had to come and check it out! I loved everyone's entry this week! There's so many wonderful things, I'll run out of room to comment, but here are my top two
Salvaged Expression- loved the stripes, they turned out fantastic

Our Name is Mud- This stood out to me so much!! My dad used to tell me to think about Pink Elephants when I was sick as a kid so that I would laugh!!!

Jess said...

These are great! The silly monkey is adorable. =)


Felicia Kramer said...

Thank you Natasha for your kind comments, and a compliment from Michelle (MKC), a fantastic photographer, is high praise indeed!

Looking forward to the next challenge!

TiLT said...

I don't think I could ever pick a fave..each week brings such great creayions!

MyPencilPortraits said...

Fantastic work everyone! I am amazed at how many different ideas came from just two inspirational words. I so enjoyed this challenge and am looking forward to participating more in the weeks to come. I'm so lucky to have discovered this group!

Hi I'm Gina said...

Though I wasn't able to participate, i couldn't wait to see all the new safari creations.

They are all so unique. Here is just a few of my favs.

I think "Our Name is Mud", created a terrific PINK ELEPHANT. The intro made me lol. Great piece.

"Explore" the Wild Cover hand-bound jotter
from Amanda (Persistent Green), is stunning!

I like (Jody's), "My Pencil Portraits", "Mother's Love." She knows how to draw!

Giraffelabel's amazingly cute "Safari clean-up crew." As a mom you gotta love it.

And Natasha: my passion is writing children's stories and creating new characters. So the adoration and love i have for this silly little monkey is enormous. What's his name?

Thanks for these sweet treats Natasha. I am hooked.

Natasha said...

I love all of your comments and will's late here and my cousin gets married in the morning (life has been nuts!!) but I will be back this weekend...loove your thoghtfulness..all of you, your spirit cheering and magic...thanks for being mke my world brighter..night

lisianblue said...

What a safari of sweet treats! All the colors, the different mediums, and ideas are such a thrill to see. For some silly reason I find myself thinking, mmmmm which is my favorite - not sure why - and I couldn't pick one if I had to - Love the baby ensemble, the colorful flower cowl, the giraffe,and elephant, and animal prints, and the collaged photo - great ideas and oh so wonderful treats!

Iris O'Connor said...

Hi guys!
sorry I'm so late leaving a comment but life is just too hectic at the moment to do more than check my emails...
And again it is a wonderful display of creativity, well done everyone ♥

i'm hoping against hope I can play this thursday...we'll see.

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