This spring, one of my students asked if she could paint during her counseling session with me. While she was painting her picture, she asked why I wasn’t painting too. I realized there was no reason why I shouldn’t be painting, so I grabbed an extra brush and made this. I have it hanging in my office as a reminder that I’m a terrible artist and that summer is just around the corner.
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Each year at our annual holiday party, we have an awful gift exchange. This is much different than a standard white elephant – our guests bring the most terrible or offensive gifts possible. This year, my brother brought this ugly and broken toilet seat clock to the exchange. Our friend, Roger (of Pee Pot Pasta fame), got the clock in the exchange. He “accidentally” left it when he left the party. Usually I get annoyed when people leave their awful gifts at my house, but this time I wasn’t annoyed at all. I think it will go perfectly in the outhouse – especially considering the outhouse’s new blue underwater theme. I also think that it’s perfect because it’s broken. It’s like it’s permanently on island time.
I got a new piece of island art as a gift from my mother-in-law. It’s not hanging up yet, but it will be soon. It’s a Tom Thomson print of his Northern River painting. Tom Thomson was a member of the Group of Seven. You can read about them here.
Every winter, my husband and I host a holiday party for our friends. Everyone’s favorite part of the party is our awful gift exchange. In this past year’s gift exchange, I got this amazing painting from our friend, Damen. He made this painting in 7th or 8th grade and thought it was terrible. When I opened it, I was thrilled. I knew exactly where I was going to put it. Here it is in the master bedroom at the cottage.
Late last week, I put this year’s finishing touches on the outhouse. Victoria and her husband started painting it a few weeks ago, and I did some of the details. We’ll be adding more details next summer. Until then though, here is out 111 year old outhouse in all its beach themed glory.
And here’s what it looked like earlier this summer.
For a few weeks, I’ve been toying with the idea of doing some themed posts. The two big themes I’ve thought about doing are island food and island art. Then when I was shopping for groceries in town, I saw this masterpiece in the bakery section. It was a sign! I need to do some posts about island art and about island food, and the perfect way to start it off is with this art on a cake. Not being much of a baker or much of an artist when it comes to cooking, I never would have thought about decorating a cake to look like a camp scene. The graham cracker tent, the roaring campfire made of frosting and pretzels, the trees – it’s amazing. I love it! I’ve never seen anything quite like it. There’s never outdoor scenes on cakes in the states. Only in cottage country my friends, only in cottage country.