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Johnny and I are excited to share the news that our baby boy arrived!  On September 30th we welcomed Finley John Ninos to the world.  As you can see there’s a lot of sleeping happening around here these days (at least that’s true for one of the three of us).  We’re all happy, healthy, and figuring each other out with each new day… 

Whoa you guys.  When it rains, it pours.  
I’m so honored to be included as a featured artist in West Elm & Etsy’s collaboration!  My work is currently up on West Elm’s website and can be found in their Holiday 2012 catalogs sometime soon.  And I’ve received word that more exciting news is on the way in the coming weeks (besides the fact Baby Boy is due TOMORROW, ahhhh).

Whoa you guys.  When it rains, it pours.  

I’m so honored to be included as a featured artist in West Elm & Etsy’s collaboration!  My work is currently up on West Elm’s website and can be found in their Holiday 2012 catalogs sometime soon.  And I’ve received word that more exciting news is on the way in the coming weeks (besides the fact Baby Boy is due TOMORROW, ahhhh).

Yikes.  It’s been an entire month since Johnny’s show at Love & Luxe.  (We’ve been a bit preoccupied…how does 9 months go so quickly?)  Better to post late than never though, right?  

The show was a blast.  The shop looks fabulous as usual and every glimpse we have into San Francisco keeps us wanting to go back for more.  Johnny was psyched to have the opportunity to meet many of his customers and some of Love & Luxe’s other featured artists.  Speaking of, the last photo is of two kinetic sculptures by John Biggs.  His work is incredibly intricate and beyond cool.  Look him up!

Johnny’s Barnacle Collection is currently on display.  Swing by and check it out if you’re in the area.

A big thank you to Laurie Griffiths Interior Design for including me in her blog post "Etsy Delights: 10 Fab Artists To Check Out".  It’s very cool to be nestled in a grouping of such talented makers (such as this lady and this lady- two of my favorite painters out there) and for the Forecast Series and shop to be written about with such kind words. 

Head over to Laurie’s site to learn more about her design services and to read the full post.  Thanks Laurie!

THIS Saturday, August 4th!  It’s show time at Love & Luxe!

If you’re in the San Francisco area be sure to stop by and say hi. Johnny will be available during his trunk show from 3-6pm. (Looking to make a custom order? This is a great time to make it happen!) Then from 6 to 10pm it’s the opening reception for “Dexterity” - a show featuring Johnny’s new Barnacle Series, sculpture by John Biggs, and painting by Jose Arenas. 

Here’s a video preview for the show, created by Martha Traer for Love & Luxe. Hope to see you there!  And for those of you who can’t make it, check Johnny’s Instagram for photos of the show (search for Johnny Ninos).

Leigh Wells

My Honors Art class spent their final weeks of school working through an abstract painting project.  I came to find that I actually don’t have a clue how to really teach abstraction.  Something magic has always happened in the past, where something instinctual kicks in for the kids and happy accidents led to goodness in the end.  Midway through I got myself together and re-approached my usual method, finding loads of eye candy along the way.  

That’s where the work of San Francisco based artist Leigh Wells comes in.  I first came across her drawings a couple years back (check out her Tangled Series- amazing right?) and recently stumbled upon her more recent work, pictured above.  Using mixed media on paper, I love the way these collages hover over the line of representation and abstraction.

Find more work on her website, right here.

Johnny’s Latest Collection: Barnacle Rings

From left to right, top to bottom:

1- 14 kt White Gold, Black Diamonds

2- 14 kt Yellow Gold, White and Black Diamonds

3- The Collection (the bottom two are 18 kt Rose Gold)

4- 14 kt Yellow Gold, Black Diamonds

5- Oxidized Sterling Silver, Sapphire Stones

All of these pieces can be seen and sold at Love & Luxe in San Francisco (more on L&L here and here).  In addition, every stone Johnny uses is certified conflict-free.  Good stuff!

Looking to make a custom order?  Email Johnny at: johnnyninos@yahoo.com

Color Theory + Hiatus + BIG NEWS !

Yikes!  It’s been an entire month since my last post.  Sorry for the hiatus.  Life has shifted in the craziest yet best of ways: we are expecting a baby boy this fall!  I am 21 weeks along and all is well.   

It’s funny how much priorities shift with a game-changer such as this.  The notion of sitting in front of my computer for hours on end went right out the window as soon as I found out I was pregnant.  My daily fix of Pinterest even dwindled- no shakes, no withdrawal (cutting down on caffeine, however, is a different story)!  Now that I’m halfway along and gaining energy back, Wholesome Scraps will start to get more attention.  Posts on the daily are doubtful, but at least once a week is do’able!  

I’m eager to get back into the swing of things and to share some of the latest developments from Johnny’s studio.  Brag alert: his latest series of barnacle rings are really something!  Check back tomorrow for photos of his latest.

1 (JMW Turner’s Sunrise with Sea Monsters) / 2 / 3 / 4 (artwork by Susan Dwyer) / 5 / 67 (watercolor by Luli Sanchez) / 8 (vessels by Up in the Air Somewhere)