Thursday, December 18, 2014


So. Last night we (the hubby, daughter and I) were all working late in the basement.... trying to get some semblance of organization down there. It started with an email message from a cousin who lives not too far away; and she wanted to come over and see my work space... and potentially buy some jewelry for her holiday gift giving.
You see... I adore this cousin... and I was mortified at the thought of her seeing my studio space in such a disaster. Bad enough that my house is tragically stuck in 1976 (yes--- paneling, shag and funky lights.... pale pink and gold bathroom... and horrible wall paper borders)... but the basement... well, the basement looks like a hoarder lives here.
After several episodes of flooding this year... and gathering stuff from "hill and yon" as projects... and of course, never really unpacking from moving here ... yah. It's an episode from hoarders.
Or at least, it felt like it to me.

Around midnight, traits of my mother's OCD kicked in... fueled by coffee and a frantic desire to not "repulse the family"... but, we were diligent.... we pressed on. And while Brina stared at us from the top of the steps... wondering what in the world we were up too... we moved and stacked, swept and wiped... and sort of grouped things into sections.

I think the problem stems from the very nature of being an artist.
You see the potential in everything. Every bit of paper, every random piece of wood or stone, fabric or bone... holds untold stories of what it could be. And so we save it. And because I used to work as a housekeeper/ organizer/cook/etc... I put it in containers. And label it.
Sort of. Or at least, I try.
But somewhere along the way this past year... things had gotten muddled.

But hey... it's a bit better now.
And even though I am exhausted... I am smiling... and it's time to go make something.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


The snow has been fleeting these past few days... coming down in spots... lingering for moments and then flying into the wind... landing... who knows where... But it's not staying; at least not for now.

The sun however, has been doing it's usual game of hide and seek these days.... but the stars?
They go on forever.

And so it goes, up here on the hill.
If I didn't have to go out for my weekly volunteer work; I think I would happily hole up here... and do nothing but organize my studio space (which is desperately needs).... and work on art.
But alas, duty calls.

And yes, my studio is a mess. In fact, it ought to be condemned at this point... box upon box of stuff I gathered all year long from yard sales, auctions... even "finds" along the side of the road.... all awaiting attention. My studio supplies... books, papers, beads and more...  in a frantic whirlwind of scattered-nesss... all hither and yon... and strewn about. Things gotten out to make "just a quick pair of earrings"... or to "sew up those pants".... which never end up being put back where they shoulda/oughta go... if there even is such a place. And then the remains of the floods earlier this year... things I have dreaded going through... or were put up in a hurry so as not to be damaged.. and are still stacked and packed. Which I suppose, wouldn't bother me if I was a hoarder, but being a fairly organized person about so many things... and having this in my work space... well.... it's tragic. And maddening.
I need time. I need more time than I have right now.... and it's frustrating.

On the plus side... I've gotten most of my "To-Do's" done. The remains on that list are the odd jobs... (for example) ... the lady who randomly dropped off 2 necklaces for me to fix (I have no idea who she is or how she knew I even made jewelry) ... or the guy who asked me to fix a bracelet for his mother.... or the other bracelet that I was asked to "fix"... and is essentially a bag of loose beads. It's flattering in a way... that people know who I am and that I can do it... but also ... kind of odd when people just randomly leave items in my mailbox...

But... as Scarlet says "Tomorrow is another day..." ... and so it is.
See you all tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Looks like nature has put some sparkle on the trees ...

And I am slowly, but surely catching up on a few things... projects that have needed done for too long now. But for today... I am wiped out... and going to take a nap. Sweet dreams and happy, warm puppy snuggles to you all...

Monday, December 15, 2014


'tis a damp and foggy Monday here in the PA wilds...
But I've got coffee... and some jazz music going on... and I've already gotten a couple things scratched off my (seemingly endless) list...
 so all is good.
My back is somewhat better... and I can at least walk around today without too much pain... so that is awesome.
Which means, this couple weeks of (mostly) bed-rest, ice packs and motrin; has done it's majik.
So, I'm off to the studio to do some much needed work... or at least... a little.
See you all tomorrow.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

for the weekend

Here it is .... the weekend already!
Hopefully, this post finds you all well & happy... and enjoying the weather wherever you are.

As per my usual weekend routine, I've gathered some interesting links for you all to look at
while you are cruising the internet in your free time:

*working anything but 9-5 -- an interesting read
*Advanced Style... a great blog
*12 of the oldest buildings in America
*LEGO Christmas tree!
*Picasso's Poetry
*40 inspiring work places of famous creatives
*113 yr old time capsule found in Boston
*100 years of rock
*artist Aurel Rubbish
*6 of the top blogs on the business of art
*outdoor holiday decor ideas
*some remarkable old photos
*and then there was this guy... and his music.

---so stay well, and I'll see you all back here on Monday.

Friday, December 12, 2014


Small things sometime matter the most... but then, who says they're small? 
Sometimes it's a big deal ...

*fresh, hot coffee
*getting mail delivered every day... even when you are snowed in.
*toast and butter
*people who actually listen when you talk with them
*happy puppies who snuggle at your feet and keep them warm
*clean laundry
*clean drinking water and hot showers
*shelter. A good roof, warm surroundings...
*being open, being honest, caring ... and sharing... and LOVE.

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Wow. So overnight, we got about 8 inches of snow up here on the hill.
It is gorgeous... at least, to look at... from here... and because I don't have to go anywhere (even if I could) ...
I am more than content to simply look at it's beauty and drink my coffee.

It is a  most excellent day to read a good book, or listen to some great music... and so I will.

I've put some venison and spring ramps that I had frozen, into the crock pot...  some of my dried herbs from the garden...
and will add local potatoes, carrots, and corn when they get cooking a little more... and come tomorrow...
we will have a "grown in Potter County" feast.

And so, I will wish you all a warm and comfortable night... and I'll see you all tomorrow.