Friday, April 29, 2016


Lots of things inspire me... and it seems like I am never without an idea for a project. However, I know lots of artists who struggle with finding inspiration for their creative endeavors. So, I thought that for today's post... I would compile a list of just some of the ways you can boost you creative spark; or get out a slump.

*music. To me, this is probably the biggest muse. Find a new station.... put on a stack of record.... google a new genre and dig in. (Pandora is a free internet station... as is Jango)
*color. Sometimes just challenging yourself to work in a particular color scheme, or opposites, or what is trendy will spur you on.
*fashion. I love fashion shows. It's sort of a guilty pleasure... because in the whole scheme of things, I don't care what I wear, I just want to be comfortable. But... fashion can be a big pool of brainstorming ideas.
*books. I try to always have a book or two that I am reading at any given moment. Lose yourself in the story. 17th century history? think about what they might have been wearing, listening too, worried about. This will start helping you pander for ideas.
*magazines. I put magazines separate from books... because magazines are set up to look through quickly. One thing I like to do .. is to flip quickly through the pages of a magazine. What colors are used most? What flavor is featured most (tropical, desert, country, urban)... and go from there.
*stay healthy. You can't do your best work if you are hungry, tired, and sick. 'Nuf said.
*take a walk. Get out in nature! Probably this is a fast second for inspiration. What is blooming right now... what are the colors, the feel, the emotion you get? Put it into your work.
*take a trip. Now, I know money is tight... but sometimes it only takes driving to the next town over. Or going to a nearby attraction. When was the last time  you went to the local Historical Society, museum, kitchy amusement park, etc...
*clean up your studio. Sometimes all you really have to do is re-discover things you already have on hand. Like, who knew I had those beads? and those tassels? and ....
*collaborate with another artist. Besides offering another viewpoint, the collabs I have worked on have always pushed me in directions I probably never would have gone on my own.

Hope those ideas helped!
Stay creating, and I will see you all tomorrow for my weekend post.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


So. A friend of mine has these plants growing around her house. I knew it, but couldn't think of the name. Turns out, it's Lungwort/ Pulmonaria officinalis. I think it's really pretty, and apparently, useful for lung conditions. Interestingly, it is thought to grow only in areas of non-pollution -- like old growth forests. ... so I guess we are sort of safe here.  >>wink<<
see more here... and here.

Today it is damp and chilly. The fog seems to have not quite left the hill... everything has a slight early morning feel to it despite being the afternoon. In the distance, I can here the click-click of wild turkeys making their way through the wooded area near our house. Our Blue Jay brothers are back (we have 3 males that live near us) and are screeching madly at each other. There is a hairy woodpecker pounding away at a dead tree in our neighbor's yard... and all seems right with the world.

Time to make some more coffee and get to work.
See you all tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Last night I had this very weird couple of hours where I was cruising online, and stumbled upon someone I used to know. And then... all of the sudden... someone else I used to know... and on it went like a strange train hurling down the rails and out of my past. One after the other... blogs, websites... social media accounts... it was completely bizarre, uncomfortable... and much like seeing a house-fire... impossible to turn away from. I left feeling oddly disenchanted, estranged... sort of out-of-body. On one hand.... it was interesting to see what all these folks had been doing, what they been creating (most are artists), and what they had been accomplishing. And yet, on the other hand... it felt somewhat sad, as these are people that are no longer in my life at all.
Life is like that... people come into your life... and sometimes, they go as well. Hopefully the leaving is not difficult; but either way... lessons can be learned... and our lives are always richer for the experience. Or at least... I try to spin it that way.

But what now? Have I grown as well? What would their response be if they saw what I was up to? And does it even matter? not really.
Spring is here. A time of re-birth.
A time of sitting in the sun and becoming your best possible you.

So... for today, I am looking forward to getting back in the studio and making something.
See you all tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Today I am running errands for my mom and my niece...
But I thought I would post this photo I took the other day at The Nomadic Trading Company. These little kiddie cars were downstairs, and there were a couple different rows of them lined up and ready for happy buyers. I think they are super cute; and wanted to share my photo of them.

Hope you are all having a great day, and I will see you all tomorrow...

Monday, April 25, 2016


Happy "Maker Monday!"... when I feature something I've made over the course of the previous week and encourage the maker lifestyle.

Yesterday, we all went out of town to go to a place in Punxsutawney PA. The Nomadic Trading Company is a huge building that used to be an 1800's silk milk; now converted to Flea Market, Auction house and Indoor Shopping Village. Needless to say, it was full of cool stuff... and we had a bawl. Off and on, I would remember to take a couple photos...

And then on the way home, we stopped a couple of times to take a short walk in nature.
One of the plants I was taking photos of, was of skunk cabbage --- which has begun to sprout up in swampy areas all over the place.
I was so inspired by the day, that I made the photo at the top of today's post... and I think it is my favorite of the altered photographs that I've made.. or at least, so far.

Also this past week, I was working on a custom order. A lady had written to me; and wanted to buy 50 rosary rings (all with Saint Luke Catholic medals on them) for her son's baptism. She wanted a little something to gift folks who came for the event to take home with them. Such a cool idea! I special ordered the necessary supplies and once they got here, got to work. They should be arriving to her house today.

(you can click on this bottom photo to see it larger if you want to)

Hope you all have a great day, and I will see you all back here tomorrow...

Saturday, April 23, 2016

for the weekend

The Juneberry is blooming, and I've got violets sprouting in my yard...
Spring has come to my hill.

Today, all the links are about Pennsylvania...
*incredible facts
*cool festivals
*enchanting man-made wonders
*unbelievable state parks for hiking
*wonders of the world right here
*places that look other-worldly
*deserted towns
*amazing farm markets
*waterfront restaurants
*inside an abandoned prison
*gorgeous summer beaches
*bizarre roadside attractions
*small towns

I hope you all have a great weekend, and I will see you all back here on Monday.

Friday, April 22, 2016


Happy, Happy Earth Day.
I will see you all tomorrow for my weekend post.