Wednesday, January 28, 2015


I was thinking the other day about the movie, "In the Realms of the Unreal"...
which talks about the life of artist/janitor Henry Darger. (It is fabulous movie by the way).
In the same light; I was thinking about another of my favorite artists, Vivian Maier
(and the subsequent movie about her life; "Finding Vivian Maier").
And I've come to a sort of conclusion... that you just have to find what you are truly passionate about... and stick with it.
Or as a friend of mine puts it "keep showing up."

Day in, Day out.
Every day.
Work on it.
Keep at it.
Don't be swayed.

(or as in the James Taylor song, "... never give up, never die young..."

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


As you all probably know... the northeast has been hit with a massive snowstorm....
and news all around has been really bad for some areas.

What it means for me, here ... is different though.
When I was born; I was a preemie... and along with that; came some problems...
one of which is a half formed set of frontal sinuses.
So... when there are storms like this... it can be really ugly for me; and it is.
Pressure goes in... and essentially, has no place to go.. and just builds and builds...
which means, severe headaches, eye problems, allergy type symptoms like sneezing and phlegm
 and bloodshot eyes, styes, and really bad facial swelling.

Point is.... I've been pretty much "out of commission" for the past couple days...
and I expect... a couple more before all is said and done.
Unfortunately, it also means (because my vision is really messed up)...
I can't do as much as I want.... nor as well as I would like.
But it sure is pretty out there.

The photo above; shows some of a massive collection of vintage jewelry that I have collected over the years. Some of it I've never even looked at; as I bought "lots" of things.. and it ended up being boxed up for the past year or so. I hope to get it all out... clean it all up... fix what is needed to be fixed... and start listing pieces of it for sale. Of course, broken bits will be great fodder for new pieces

See you all tomorrow!

Monday, January 26, 2015


and so it is Monday... and we've the whole week ahead of us...

How do you cultivate creativity?
I know many artists/artisans... and it seems that as unique as all of us are; so too... are the ways in which we get inspired. Whether it be the movies.... reading.... gazing out the windows... walking along the city streets... or taking a ride in the country... there are so many ways in which to get that spark... that deep inspiration that moves us all.

This week... I'm encouraging you to find things that inspire you...
And to share with you what I've been making these past few days...
gemstone charms (and even a PA pine cone)...
and a twisted blue glass charm holder/ pendant that is just waiting for a chain.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

for the weekend

The photo for today's post, is one I took a couple days ago when we took a road-trip out of town.
One of the roads we took went through a particularly gorgeous area of forest land; and we came across this beautiful waterfall.

And... it's the weekend!
Which means, lots of links to share with you...

*world beard and mustache championships 2014
*7 types of broke
*printable pantry labels (organization!)
*the art of Sarolta Ban
*NASA - wow.
*Life advice from Werner Herzog
*beautiful bookshops
*the Rescued Film Project... and some fabulous film found in Antartica
*this looks yummy --- and it came from this blog
*the best OSCAR dresses since 1929
*how to tell a raven from a crow
*the art of trades
*Thailand's White Temple
*poet Mary Carolyn Davies .... and THIS

which brings me to a couple blog sites I want to share with you...
*A Year of Being Here
*Katie Daisy
*Joanna Concejo
*Alexandra Gjurasic
*Anahata Katkin

I hope you have a great weekend... and I'll see you all back here on Monday.

Friday, January 23, 2015


winter's lace
frosting on the pines
in the shadows where brief flashes of sunlight
dare not tread

where the birds chirp from the rooftops
critters nestle under branches
and my soul takes it's rest from this weary world

happy Friday to you all!
Stay warm, and I'll see you all tomorrow for the weekend post.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Life has many twists and turns... forks in the road.... bridges to cross.
I was reminded of this the other day.
We had taken a day-trip; and had ventured part of the drive on a notable road called Wykoff Run.
It's twisty, it's curvy... it's not often "maintained"... but it is also a great scenic road through some really gorgeous forest land.

Funny how that is.
What can be; on one hand... "harrowing"... can also be exceedingly beautiful and worthwhile.
And so it is with life.
Sometimes the "worst of times"... can actually be "the best of times"... in the whole scheme of things.

Just some thoughts to ponder on this Thursday morning... as the snow is gently falling.

we are here
to laugh
at the odds
and live our lives

so well that

will tremble
to take us

---by Charles Bukowski, in an interview with Life Magazine, December 1988.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


under my skin
icy tentacles reaching upward
wrapping around my heart
pulses racing
heart pounding
blood coursing
throat clenching
eyes burning from tears not yet shed

too soon
memories fading
fog lifting
legs stretching
eyelids raising