Arte Es Vida

Houston Center For Contemporary Craft Call For Entries by arteesvida
July 23, 2007, 11:29 pm
Filed under: General Info & Housekeeping, Linky Goodness

Came in today’s snail mail: 

 Apply now through 3.1.08 at

 CraftTexas 2008 is in the fifth in a series of juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary art.  The exhibition is open to all artists currently residing in Texas and working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and in found/recycled materioals.  CraftTexas will be on view May 24 to Aug 17 2008 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

This year, HCCC is going digital with the CaFE online application and digital jury system. 

 For application guidelines and the latest information on artist training and workshops, visit

 To apply directly go to

Living Room Pics by arteesvida
July 22, 2007, 10:26 pm
Filed under: Home and Garden, Linky Goodness

The kitchen cabinet saga continues (ugh, don’t ask) but are finally, hopefully, nearly done.  Between the constant rain here in South Texas and my husband and I each taking turns getting ridiculously sick, my blogging has been limited.  I did, however, go shopping yesterday with me mum and scored a new West Elm sofa from the Pottery Barn Outlet for 300 cool ones.  While my sofa, a faux leather that was super-easy to clean, isn’t that old; I hate having a sofa with cushions. My kids scootch them every time they sit down and it always looks like crap and the cushions eventually break down.  My husband told me that if I find one with a solid seat at a good price to snap it up.  And I actually found one at a great price! (I sold the old one for 200.00 on Craigslist this afternoon, so net price was 100 bucks, y’all).

I also replaced the lamp my cats broke with a fanastic glass one from the Tejas Lighting Company.  It has beautiful glasswork and a bulb in the base itself which gives off a warm glow that works great as a grown-up nightlight.

I pulled this rug out of the garage and put it back in the living room.  The old sofa is a dark brown, so I had used a lighter bamboo rug for awhile to lighten the room back up, but the new sofa looks fab with the old rug.  And even shares some colors.  Some new throw pillows and possibly a new blanket may be in order soon.  Any votes on that?

 This is the view from the dining room facing in to the living room.

 My new sofa!  One solid seat!  No scunching!

My fireplace.  The sun is by local artist Roy Villareal.  I blogged more about the piece in a previous entry.

The corner to the left of my fireplace.  And my laptop desk.  That date palm is a special shade loving breed that I have not yet been successful in killing off.  The cats keep trying to help, though.

This picture doesn’t do the lamp justice.  This lamp is effin COOL.  My mom bought several light fixtures at the same place yesterday including a hanging fixture for her stairwell.  Go back and click on the link, you will dig their stuff.

My mermaid nicho looked wonky in the previous pic so here is another picture of it taken before I fixed the dimmer switch below.  The switch place was a custom order from Jennelle.  Girlfriend can do just about anything to a switchplate and her prices are ridiculous cheap.  I have one of hers hanging in my bedroom, too.

Body Glow Homemade Scrub by arteesvida
July 14, 2007, 9:11 pm
Filed under: Bath and Body

1 cup dead sea salts

1/4 cup cornmeal

1/4 cup sweet almond massage oil

a few drops of any essential oil

Mix all ingredients together.  Shower, and apply mixture to your body from next to feet.  Rub gently on freshly shaved areas, more vigorously on rough elbows and knees.  Rinse thoroughly within 5 minutes.

Rose Hip Moisturizing Cream by arteesvida
July 14, 2007, 9:10 pm
Filed under: Bath and Body

1 tbs yogurt

1/4 tsp rose hip oil

Mix thouroughly and apply to damp skin after cleansing.