Thursday, February 26, 2015


I was reading a posting by a friend on her website; talking about the art of creating.
How, for her, she is "simply in the business of making friends"... how she and her SIL create these soft dolls/ toys out of their imagination...  as a way of sort of bringing their imagination, into reality.

If you are an artist, or know one.... know doubt you've been in on this conversation before.
What constitutes art?
What makes one an artist? How is that different from a crafter? or an artisan?

So many distinctions.... and I think, we all define it differently.
And isn't that the beauty of it? That we can make our own definitions. Make our own rules... or no rules! If that suits you.
I believe being an artist is actually an entire way of life.

The way you dress, the way you make your food, the way you create things... dance, sing.... communicate.
Right down to the atmosphere you create in your own home... and the way you approach life.
It's all an art really.

Perhaps it's time for you to think about living your life more creatively.

Here are some links I've decided to include in today's post that I think you might enjoy:
*Apartment Therapy -- all about design
*this guy... who paints on thrift store paintings
*blog- Elizabeth Milligan
*blog- Enchanted Living Arts
*blog- Dispatch from LA

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


A friend gifted my daughter this stunning, early 1900s Holy Water bottle.
I love it.

Just some cool photos to give you a little inspiration on your "hump day"...
see you all tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


As I look out my kitchen window... there are snow drifts...
Sparkling in gorgeous, brief rays of sunshine.... clouds moving swiftly overhead...
Balls of yarn gathered in African baskets... tunes playing softly in the background...
French songs being crooned by young waifs in tight sweaters... and tea in my cup.

Winter is a good time to sit back and sort of take stock of things.
What all do I have... what all can I sell.... what all can I make with the things that I have leftover?
Much of what I make, is made with recycled/ upcycled materials... and I love that I can repurpose things into something new and potentially useful.

This week, because I've been sick... I've been crocheting.
After all, it's something relatively mindless I can do; and sort of rest at the same time.
I've been making scarves that are comprised of leftovers.... remnants of other projects...
snippets and bits of old skeins... gifted to me by a friend.
They speak volumes, hopefully, of my aesthetic... and will keep someone warm on chilly days.
(you can see one of them listed here)

Stay warm, my friends... and I'll see you all tomorrow.

Monday, February 23, 2015


Some days... you can't get rid of your monday...

I suppose, in the whole scheme of things... if I was going to go into a lupus flare, the dead of February is probably as good a time as any. After all, at least I get to stay inside and enjoy fires in the fireplace, curl up with some CSI episodes...  drink lots of hot tea.... and not feel bad about missing some of the weather outside. And it's pretty from the windows... and in the case of today... a brief stepping out onto the back patio. I got to watch the sun begin to set... and the gorgeous crescent moon begin to rise..... and all is well out there.

Unfortunately, it means I have't been working in the studio this past couple of weeks...
but I am bringing smaller projects upstairs to work on when I feel up to it.
One of my recent purchases, was a slightly different guitar pick punch.
As you can see in the photo here, it is slightly smaller than the original shape; but I love the curve of the edges... and think they will make some awesome pieces of recycled jewelry.

So.... enjoy your monday... get some rest.... and I'll see you all tomorrow.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

for the weekend

One of our other stops on the trip to Tuscon, was to the Desert Museum and Saguaro National Park.
Just down the road from the Old Tuscon Studios, which I talked about yesterday... the museum is actually more like a mini-zoo and educational center. They have 230 desert animals represented there (like the coyote, bobcat, and javelina)... as well as over 1200 plant species and a significant mineral and rock section. 
The park is simply gorgeous.... and the photos for today's blog were all taken there.

And because it's the weekend.... I have a few more links for you:

*50 spots to see (from every state)
*25 incredible tent views (go camping!)
*ancient trees
*the frozen falls of Niagara
*and THIS is just too cute.

---- see you all on Monday

Friday, February 20, 2015


Yesterday, I was talking about the Old Tuscon Studios... and so I thought I would continue today with a few more photos.
I've always been a movie buff... and growing up with my dad; who was a BIG John Wayne fan.... visiting the studios felt sort of like going home. I could just imagine, that at any moment, the Duke himself would come sauntering up a pathway, spurs jangling... gun safely holstered... but ready at a moment's notice. How he would tip his hat, just so... and head on up to the saloon.

The other big "draw" for me here, was the train.
I adore trains.
One of my big dreams in life, is to take a train cross country... but alas, I don't think they do that anymore. When I was little, we had a train that went through town here, The C & PA Railroad, and the station was right near my grandmother's house. I used to walk a trestle train across the Allegheny river and come to the backside of my great-Uncle's house... then cut through gardens to my grandmother's. I loved it when the train came into town... and I know it was a "treat" for lots of folks in the area.
The station has been lovingly restored, and is now home to the local Police station.
I still have dreams that they will bring the trains back.

These past few days of not feeling well, I have been resting as much as possible...
and tonight I hope to watch a few good movies.
Maybe we'll even do a western... see you all tomorrow for my weekend post.

Thursday, February 19, 2015


A few years ago (almost to the day), Jim and I went to Tuscon for a mini-vacation.
One of the places we went to, was the Tuscon Studios.
The Old Tuscon Studios was an actual movie studio (now entertainment place) just outside of Tuscon. Lots of movies were filmed there, such as Rio Lobo, Rio Bravo and McLintock (all excellent John Wayne movies). It was also the primary location for the filming of several TV Series; such as Little House on the Prairie, Father Murphy, and High Chaparral.
You can also see more on it HERE

I was thinking about that trip these past few days.... probably because it's been so cold; and I am longing (just a little) for the desert. Or at least, the desert in February. (I still got sunburned on this trip).
So, as the snow is slowly falling outside, I thought I would share a few pictures from that trip.

See you all tomorrow.